Dave Lee is the popular, long-time host of The Morning News on WCCO Radio.
Dave has been with WCCO Radio for more than 25 years, nominated as one of the Top 5 Major Market Morning Hosts nationwide. He has also won Murrows, Associated Press awards and six consecutive Minnesota Broadcaster of the Year awards. When he was Program Director at KFGO, they won the prestigious Peabody Award.
Dave contributes both his time and talent to several charities. Dave’s annual Friday morning bowling tournament, “Gutter Bowl,” has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities. Dave and his wife Julie fund a scholarship at the University of Minnesota Journalism School. Dave has been honored nationally by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and also by the Minnesota Military Family Tribute. For 13 years has hosted the Drive for Kids for Bolder Options -youth mentoring, and raised funds to adopt a room at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Dave is also actively involved with the Federated Challenge for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Minnesota.
Dave is the award-winning voice of the University of St. Thomas football team, including 2 different awards for his call of last year’s national championship game. Dave spent 13 years with the University of Minnesota football and basketball programs and five years as a play-by-play fill-in announcer for the Minnesota Twins. He was a part of the 1991 World Series broadcasts. Dave has also been the TV broadcaster for the Minnesota High School League State football and basketball tournaments for several years and has been awarded three Emmys.
Dave and Julie live in the Twin Cities metro area and are the parents of three children and now a grandchild.
Everyone is getting ready for the NFC and AFC championship games on Sunday. Former NFL MVP Rich Gannon talked with Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News about the match-ups.
Gopher Basketball coach Tubby Smith joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News today. The coach talked about his 15th ranked team, and previewed Saturday’s Michigan game.
Senator Amy Klobuchar joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News to discuss today’s gathering of business and government leaders at the University of Minnesota. Klobuchar also discussed Washington DC news. She talked about the seating chart for the President ‘s State of the Union address.
Gopher basketball coach Tubby Smith talked with Dave Lee Thursday about Devoe Joseph and Sunday afternoon’s tough road test at Ohio State.
Dave Lee and news editor Steve Murphy called former US vice-president Walter Mondale today on his 83rd birthday. Mr. Mondale mentioned that he wasn’t surprise to hear from the WCCO Morning Show.
There is news out this morning that a simple blood test could detect single cancer cells. Here is the story from CBS. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/03/health/main7207858.shtml Dave Lee talked with Dr David Hilden from HCMC on the WCCO Morning News about this potential cancer breakthrough.
The holiday season is finally here and travelers, despite new airport security measures, are packing the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this Thursday.
Governor Tim Pawlenty joined Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News and discussed the transition at the State Capitol and his upcoming book tour.
Dave Lee is sharing a fun song from Jimmy Fallon’s late show last night. Sir Paul McCartney and Fallon sang a paroday of the Beatle’s hit “Yesterday”.
Dave Lee talked with Gopher basketball coach Tubby Smith this morning, after last night’s big win over St Joseph, 83-73, in Philadelphia. The Gophers next game is Saturday afternoon against Eastern Kentucky at Williams Arena.
The University of Minnesota has chosen Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill to lead the Gophers football program. Richfield athletic director Todd Olson knows Kill. Olson’s son Trevor has played at Northern Illinois for the last three years. Dave Lee talked with Todd Olson this morning.
Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat discussed property values and tax hikes this morning with Dave Lee, after a heated public hearing last night. Opat also talked about County bonding plans and Viking stadium sites.
Dave Lee talked with Hamline professor David Schultz about first day results from the State’s Governor election vote recount.
The recount in Minnesota’s Governors race begins today at election precincts across the State. Dave Lee and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie discussed the recount nuts and bolts.
Black Friday specials and early open hours have shoppers out on the roads this morning.Dave Lee talked with a listener named Nona, who was moving from store to store….just after 5 AM.
The Gopher men’s basketball team beat North Dakota State 84 to 65 last night at Williams Arena. Coach Tubby Smith talked turkey and hoops with Dave Lee this morning.
World traveler Dan Buettner visited the WCCO Radio studio this morning to tell Dave Lee about his newest work on finding happiness. National Geographic writer Ford Cochran has recently reviewed the book titled “Thrive”. http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2010/11/dan-buettner-shares-secrets-of.htl