Meet Michael Barone in person from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Minnesota State Fair to celebrate his 50th anniversary at Minnesota Public Radio! He'll be chatting with MPR News' Tom Crann and taking your questions. Join us at the MPR booth at the corner of Judson and Nelson.
Fifty years ago this month, Michael Barone started working at Minnesota Public Radio.
Vietnam was in the headlines and Lyndon B. Johnson was president. Through 10 presidents, Martin Luther King Jr., a moon landing, the fall of the Berlin Wall and World Trade Center, Woodstock, Watergate, Apple, and Google, Michael has been a steady voice of calm intellect and passionate engagement for classical music.
I talked with Michael about some of the highlights of his career, and reminisced with tape from the past five decades. Who knew that Michael came to MPR on a coin toss? Or that his cultural footprint might ascend beyond the pages of the New York Times Arts & Leisure section to the game board of TV's Jeopardy?
Hats off to a talent who is unique in public radio.
Check out this gallery of Michael Barone through the years.