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Thomas 'Tom' Barnard (born November 7, 1951) is an American talk radio host and former voice-over talent. He is currently the host of The KQ92 Morning Show from 5:40am to 10:00am on 92 Kqrs and Tom Barnard Show on 105 The Ticket from 6:00pm to 7:00pm both broadcast in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The show on 105 The Ticket makes up the third hour of the The Tom Barnard Podcast know as "The Ticket" where the first two hours of the podcast is known as "The Show".
Barnard, and then-partner Dan Culhane, started the "Tom and Dan" show in 1986 featuring sports reports from WCCO-TV sports anchor Mark Rosen. At one point, the team of Barnard and Culhane spearheaded a write-in campaign to elect Rosen For Governor of Minnesota. Culhane was eventually pushed out of the broadcast in a personnel move, while Rosen was "persuaded" by WCCO TV's parent company to move his morning sports to WCCO-AM.
Barnard is known for being very reclusive, refusing virtually all media interviews and rarely making public appearances. He did however recently give an in-depth interview to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in which he discussed his strained relationship with his deceased father and compared his radio persona to that of his actual personality. Earlier in his career, Barnard and Culhane were guests with two other Twin Cities radio show duos on a local morning television show in 1988.
With podcasting technology, the KQRS Morning Show has reached national and international audiences. Regardless of the growth in his show's market, Barnard continuously assures listeners that the show will maintain its focus on the news, weather, sports and traffic of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Although he is semi-retired from voice-over work, Barnard can currently be heard in radio ads for Home Depot. For many years Barnard's voice was heard in various markets, introducing shows and appearing on commercials.
On September 29, 2009's Morning Show wrap-up, Barnard casually mentioned that he's planning to retire from live radio on December 21, 2012. Tom specifically said Terri would take over the Morning show, moments later the discussion moved to a "play off" for host during the year 2012. Tom explained that the 21st is a Friday and it's just before Christmas.
On December 8, 2009, Tom Barnard said via Facebook, "After many weeks of discussion with my wife, Marc the G.M. of KQ and the guy who hired me, Dave Hamilton, I asked a very bright friend of mine what he thought of me leaving KQRS. He said, 'If there is any proof in this world that there is a God it is the life you have because of the unwavering support of KQ listeners. Only an idiot would walk away from that.' I guess they'll have to fire me someday.
"I will be at KQ until they fire me or I drop over in my tracks. Hopefully , that will be a while. Thank you for your unbelievable support. (For the cynics out there, no, money doesn't enter in to it.)"
On January 3, 2012, Tom Barnard stated via Facebook that this will likely be the last year he does the KQ morning show and that he would like the show to continue after he's gone instead of jeopardizing the jobs of everyone else who works on the show besides him.
On July 12, 2012, Tom Barnard stated via Facebook that he signed a 4-year extension with KQRS.
On March 29, 2013, Barnard announced on the air that he would be entering treatment for isuues in regard to anger, not substance abuse as previously reported.
Over the years, Barnard has come under fire for his comments over race and politics.
- In November 1998, Minnesota's Hmong community were angered when Barnard and his co-hosts ridiculed a teenage Hmong girl who was charged with killing her newborn son.
- Also in 1998, more than 50 taxis showed up to protest at KQRS in response to jokes Barnard made in the wake of the fatal shooting of a Somali cab driver.
- During the 2002 Minnesota Senate Race, Barnard stated he hates Paul Wellstone and wishes he would "drop dead" while interviewing Norm Coleman. Weeks later Wellstone was killed in a plane crash, he later apologized for those comments.
- In August 2006, the show made fun of a local hip-hop celebration, ridiculing the African-American artists' names and predicting that there will be at least nine shootings at the event.
- "Looking Back: Mark Rosen Runs For Governor, Changes MN Politics". Retrieved 2013-06-30.
- KQ's Tom Barnard says he'll get treatment but remain on air
- "Barnard's controversial statements over the years". Retrieved 2008-05-09.
- "KQRS morning show host addresses racial controversy".
- "Large Market Personality of the Year". Retrieved 2008-05-09.[dead link]