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Is Minnesota music striking out at Target Field?

  • Blog Post by: Chris Riemenschneider
  • April 15, 2011 - 12:09 PM

 

Craig Finn of the Hold Steady wore his Twins gear to record "Please Don't Call Them Twinkies" for the recent "Baseball Project, Vol. 2" CD.

Those spruce trees in center field weren’t the only thing with Minnesota roots that got cut out of Target Field this season. Anyone with an ear for music who went to the opening home stand  probably noticed that the Twin Cities-flavored rallying tunes by Atmosphere, the Jayhawks, the Hold Steady, Tapes N’ Tapes and other locally-tied music acts (many of whom also happen to be regular ticket-holders) that were in rotation last season have been replaced with more Auto-Tuned tracks from Anywhere, USA.

The change in format can be traced directly to a change in music directors: Longtime jock jockey Kevin Dutcher is out, and new guy Dan Edwards is in. Edwards happens to be the assistant program director at radio station 96.3 NOW-FM, which, like the Twins, is owned by the Pohlad family. It seems that this one is all about business.

If you've been to Target Field this year, what did you think of the altered music lineup? What would your suggestions be for the new music director?

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