Popular Twin Cities morning radio show host announces he’s entering rehabTom Barnard, the most listened-to morning radio personality in the history of Twin Cities radio, announced Friday that he is taking a leave of absence and entering a treatment program.
By: Kevin Cusick, St. Paul Pioneer Press / MCT
Tom Barnard, the most listened-to morning radio personality in the history of Twin Cities radio, announced Friday that he is taking a leave of absence and entering a treatment program.
"This is the first time I’ve ever done the show with tears in my eyes," Barnard told his KQRS listeners after going on the air about 5:45 a.m.
Barnard said he has been overcome by anger issues in recent months, particularly over the management of his long-running radio show, which has topped the Twin Cities charts since its debut in 1986. He also admitted that he drinks too much wine and that he needs pills to both go to sleep at night and to wake up in the pre-dawn hours.
Barnard said he most likely would enter the famous Hazelden program based in Center City, Minn. He said he wants to give outpatient treatment a shot before committing to a stay at the facility.
Barnard’s announcement follows a week of increasingly angry pronouncements on his Twitter account. The host vented multiple times about station management and members of his "Morning Crew."
His radio partners were initially taken by surprise at Barnard’s sudden announcement Friday, but sidekicks Terri Traen, Brian Zepp and Bob Sansevere all wished him well in his recovery.