Former Go 96.3 morning show co-host Dana Wessel has returned to the Twin Cities airwaves with a new gig at 93X.
Wednesday morning, Wessel filled his first on-air shift as executive producer of the station’s Half-Assed Morning Show, which airs from 5:40 to 9 a.m. weekdays.
“We are really fired up to add someone to the Half-Assed Morning Show who’s been a Twin Cities star in the morning in his own right,” said program director Derek Madden in a news release. “We talked with a number of great people about this opening, but nobody fit our brand of insanity quite like Dana. He feels like a part of the brotherhood already.”
Wessel started his radio career as an intern at KFAN in 2006 while he was still at the University of Minnesota pursuing a journalism degree. He went on to work for several other metro stations before landing at K-Twin in 2013. When the station changed formats in 2015, Wessel took over the morning show with co-host Ben Holsen. The station laid off the pair in July.
In his new position, Wessel will oversee the morning show as well as appear on it.
“I’ll be coming up with ideas and segments, helping with prep work,” he said. “Everything that goes into the radio show falls to me.”
A noted Bruce Springsteen fan, Wessel won’t be able to play The Boss on 93X, which specializes in alternative rock.
“Yeah, no Springsteen unfortunately,” he said with a laugh. “But we’re in the same building as KQRS and the first day I walked in, I saw a huge 1981 ‘The River’ tour poster and I wondered if they would notice it was missing. Seriously, though, I grew up listening to 93X. To get to work at a station like this is a dream come true.”
Wessel is also getting readjusted to setting the alarm each day for 3:30 a.m.
“My wife really got used to me being able to stay up past ‘Wheel of Fortune,’” he said.