Jason DeRusha leaving WCCO-TV for WCCO Radio afternoon job
After announcing his impending departure from WCCO-TV last month, Jason DeRusha has revealed his new broadcast home: News Talk 830 WCCO Radio.
The 47-year-old will take over the 3 to 6 p.m. weekday shift starting June 27, just four days after his final shift serving as a morning anchor on WCCO-TV. (While CBS once owned both the television and radio stations, the network sold WCCO Radio to Entercom in 2017.)
“I have always loved the creativity, the unpredictability and the interactive qualities of radio,” DeRusha said in a news release. “I can’t wait to bring my love for Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, as well as my two decades of curiosity about our neighbors and our news to WCCO Radio. Not many people get to have one dream job, let alone two. I’ve loved my time in television and can’t wait to dive into a new dream job in radio and podcasting.”
DeRusha’s arrival at the station will coincide with some other changes in its lineup. Current afternoon hosts Paul Douglas and Jordana Green will remain at WCCO Radio, with Douglas becoming the station’s chief meteorologist and Green joining Adam Carter to cohost the 9 a.m. to noon shift. They fill the time slot that’s remained vacant since February, when host Cory Hepola left the station to launch what became a failed bid for governor.
The Chad Hartman Show will remain in the noon to 3 p.m. position and Vineeta Sawkar will continue to host mornings, a position she assumed in January.
DeRusha, an Illinois native, joined WCCO-TV in 2003. He took the morning anchor role in 2013 after serving as the reporter for the station’s “Good Question” segment and working as a weekend anchor. Thanks to his active and frequent social media participation, he’s become one of the highest-profile names in local television news.
“Jason’s not only a beloved and trusted Minnesota broadcaster, he also has the rare ability to truly connect and engage with everyone he talks to,” said WCCO Radio brand manager Brad Lane. “Whether he’s delivering breaking news, telling a family story or giving a restaurant recommendation, people trust him like a friend, and that’s exactly what the legacy and future of WCCO Radio is all about.”