On Sunday night, a new late-night talk show began on WCCO Radio-Minneapolis. What made this event upsetting was the fact listeners had not been told the show they had been listening to for years would be removed.

The Al Malmberg Show had regular callers: “The Lonely Guy” who never seemed to get a date and “Sweet Katie,” a single lady whose story we followed as she got a new home and went through cancer treatment. We laughed and we cried, but mostly, we cared, because Al did.

A new radio format is happening across the country. In Boston, people had their late-night talk show with “Steve” pulled when we did. They, too, are not happy.

From 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., many stations are just the same. I encourage you to speak out and tell these stations how you feel — or you will get what you do not want and will only have yourself to blame. We may be Minnesota Nice, but we’re Minnesota Tough, too. Thirty-two degrees is a heat wave. Right is Might.

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