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Jack Rice is a criminal defense trial lawyer who provides legal advice to those charged with crimes in Federal and Minnesota State courtrooms.

 

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WCCO hosts go public with split
Judd Zulgad, Star Tribune


Although executives from CBS-owned WCCO (830 AM) would not comment Friday, the station's hosts confirmed on air that 'CCO had ended negotiations to retain radio rights to the Twins.
Station employees had been informed Friday morning that the 46-year relationship between the sides would come to an end after 2006. The Twins also received official confirmation from CBS' legal department that it was withdrawing from negotiations.

Twins President Dave St. Peter declined to comment, and Les Hollander, CBS Broadcasting senior vice president and regional manager, did not return calls.

The Twins and WCCO are in the final season of a straight rights-fee deal worth $9 million. Next season the ballclub plans to take its radio rights in-house, meaning it will produce the broadcasts as well as sell and retain the advertising revenue. The Twins also are believed to be looking for nearly $1 million per season from the station that airs their games.

Among those who addressed the issue on WCCO were Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman and mid-day host Jack Rice. Rice went so far as to give out St. Peter's work number on the air.

WCCO's exit appears to leave the franchise with two options. Hubbard-owned KSTP (1500 AM) and Clear Channel's KTLK (100.3) both remain in pursuit of the rights. But according to people with knowledge of the talks, Clear Channel isn't likely to pay the Twins for the air time.

Meanwhile, Twins officials were scheduled to meet with KSTP executives on Friday.