Tom Barnard leaves KQRS morning show

Tom Barnard, one of the most popular radio personalities in Twin Cities history, has decided to leave his KQRS morning show.

His last show is scheduled for December 23.

“Hometown hero Tom Barnard has defined morning radio stardom for most of the lives of many Minnesotans,” said Brian Philips, chief content officer of Cumulus Media, owner of the classic rock station. “He’s masterminded tens of thousands of hours of laughter, irreverence and thought-provoking conversation. We thank Tom for the glory he brought to KQRS during its remarkable run.”

Barnard signed a contract in 2020 that would keep him at the station until 2028.

“I still really enjoy it,” Barnard told the Star Tribune at the time. “I kind of hope I’ve become a voice of reason. I think if you get this voice for everyone these years I would for good things. There’s all this hatred out there based on people just disagreeing. What is that? It doesn’t make sense to me.”

Barnard was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017. He has been with KQRS for 36 years. For most of that run, he was the Twin Cities’ most popular radio personality.

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