Managing Editor Steve Murphy has worked at WCCO Radio News for 30 years and still loves his job even though it requires getting to work at 4 am! A native of Virginia, Murphy dabbled in radio while serving in the US Navy and anchored the news at his campus radio station at Rutgers University, where he obtained a BA in History. He worked at radio stations in Winona, MN and Cedar Rapids, IA before coming to WCCO in 1980.
Murphy says he feels lucky to have worked for many years with such talented journalists. And he says WCCO’s loyal listeners – many of whom provide feedback and frequent news tips – make the job especially worthwhile. Murphy and his wife Monica have three grown children, four grandchildren, a dog and several alarm clocks.
It’s been nearly 13 months since the lockout began at the Minnesota Orchestra, and now some leaders are calling for state aid to settle the dispute. Former governor Arne Carlson says the orchestra is a valued community asset that should get the same attention as the Vikings stadium.
The standoff on Capitol Hill has more than 18,000 federal employees in Minnesota wondering about their work status if there’s a partial shutdown at midnight.
They’re lovin’ it — the “they,” in this case, being the travelers who demanded the return of McDonald’s to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. It may not sound like a big deal to some, but others say it’s been a super-sized issue.
Al Quie is Minnesota’s longest-living former governor, having just turned 90 years old on Wednesday. Quie remains keenly involved in the debate on issues of the day, such as the Affordable Care Act.
No damage has been reported from a tornado in far northern Minnesota Wednesday night. In fact, it’s been a quiet season for twisters.
It’s still good swimming weather with a heat index in the upper 90s, but you might have to search for a safe place to swim. Many municipal pools have closed for the season and a lot of local beaches no longer have lifeguards.
A study by the Mayo Clinic finds that thousands of patients are “over-diagnosed” with thyroid cancer. Researchers say small lesions on the thyroid gland that went undetected decades ago are now being found with high tech imaging and that’s prompting cancer diagnoses and surgeries that are expensive and unnecessary.
Talk about luck. Mike Mendyk of Minnesota City, which is near Winona, just won his second scratch-off prize worth $100,000. So what’s his secret? Even his wife doesn’t know. Becky Mendyk said it may be Mike’s casual attitude toward lottery tickets.
Starting Monday, there will be new messages on those electronic signs above the highways. You’ve seen those digital signs warning motorists about stepped up enforcement of laws on drunk driving and speeding, but MnDOT felt the messages weren’t sinking in.
Among those testifying in Washington Wednesday on ways to hire more military veterans was the chairman of Xcel Energy.
Ramadan begins Monday night and this year it means an even greater sacrifice for local Muslims.
Some consider it the next big thing, and it’s going on sale at Best Buy. The Richfield-based retailer of consumer electronics is out with a “smart watch.” It’s being described as something like a smart phone, only it fits around your wrist.
How’s your blood pressure? A new study finds that monitoring your own blood pressure at home might help get it under control. HealthPartners conducted the study with 450 patients.
Two more broadcasters from WCCO Radio have been chosen for the Pavek Museum’s Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame: Market Manager Mick Anselmo and the late Eleanor Mondale Poling. The ceremony will take place in September. The inductees were announced Monday morning.
Kim Elverum has been warning Minnesotans about water safety issues for more than four decades. Under Elverum’s watch, boating fatalities have fallen from 56 in 1975 to 15 last year. Elverum is the longest-serving state boating administrator in the nation.