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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Burns says “farewell” to Q102 morning show

  • For the last 20 years, western Minnesota listeners have become very familiar with one radio voice if they tune in during their morning rituals or drive, or during the morning hours at the office. Montevideo resident Tim Burns has been on air with the Q102 morning show since 1994, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
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  • For the last 20 years,  western Minnesota listeners have become very familiar with one radio voice if they tune in during their morning rituals or drive, or during the morning hours at the office. Montevideo resident Tim Burns has been on air with the Q102 morning show since 1994, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
     
    On May 8, he announced on the air during Tim and Chris that May 30 would be his last day on the morning show, and that he would be going off air after 32 total years.
     
    The right time
    “It was just time,” Burns told the American-News. “In my late 40s I started thinking I shouldn’t be doing this at 50. The target audience is 18 to 40 years old.”
     
    After 32 years a lot has changed. Burns has always worked hard to keep up with the times, to stay on top of new technology, and to follow national and popular news closely to keep his show’s content fresh.
     
    “Soon I’d be a 50 year old man telling everyone about Lady Gaga,” Burns joked.
    One thing hasn’t changed, though. For 32 years, Burns has been on air every day. The last 20 years, he’s been on air for four hours straight, daily.
     
    It takes a lot to be on the air every day, Burns explained. He wanted to come on every morning with a positive attitude, and be able to bring a cheerful voice to his listeners each day. He always enjoyed doing it, but no one is feeling cheerful every day, and driving from Montevideo to Willmar in sometimes dangerous weather at four or five in the morning can get a little rough.
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    Burns was able to keep going for another three years, when he turned a room in his Montevideo residence into a personal studio. Three years ago, he worked with Q102 to hookup a computer and a couple of laptops, along with sound and recording equipment,
     
    See Burns page 2A
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