Midday

Midday was a news program, broadcasting a variety of public affairs programming covering politics, education, business, world affairs, and sports. Shows were a mix of call-in discussions, interviews, speeches, debates, special presentations and documentaries.

Midday began as an extension of a daily half hour noon newscast called “Midday Report.” In September 1971 it expanded into various longer iterations, running weekdays, as well as encompassing some weekend programming.  During this period, it was described as: “A program of news and information, a calendar of the day’s cultural events and the environmental report.” In January 1972 the name changed to Midday, and a month later it was described as: “A program of news, consumer and environmental information, discussion of public issues, and reports by the MPR and NPR news staffs." Additional local programming was featured, such as Spectrum, Minnesota Meeting, Sportfolio, MPR Special, Insight, and Weekend, among others. Regular contributors included Dan Olson reports and Nancy Fushan interviews. Midday also aired outside programming, such as Options, Horizons, Communique, National Press Club, and interview shows from the likes of Studs Terkel and William F. Buckley and Nancy Fushan.

Beginning in the mid-1970’s until 1992, Midday was hosted by Bob Potter, after which, Gary Eichten became the permanent host. During the Eichten era, Midday became a daily two-hour program staple, running from 11AM-1PM. Midday ended its run in January 2012 when long-time host Eichten retired.

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