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KSTP’s Steve Patterson leaving ‘Twin Cities Live’ later this fall

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KSTP’s Steve Patterson leaving ‘Twin Cities Live’ later this fall

The forecast is in: There’s a 100 percent chance of Steve Patterson leaving KSTP’s “Twin Cities Live” later this fall.

“Seasons are changing, my friend,” said his co-host, Elizabeth Ries, during last week’s emotional announcement.

“Seasons are changing,” he confirmed.

However, Patterson said he will continue with Hubbard Broadcasting for his radio job, co-hosting the “Donna & Steve” show with Donna Valentine on myTalk 107.1 FM.

“I have really come to love that aspect of broadcasting,” Patterson said of radio.

Patterson, 37, said he has also enjoyed his time at “Twin Cities Live,” a daytime lifestyle show he joined in 2014. In recent years, viewers have wondered if Patterson — who occasionally appears on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” with funny reports about the weather in Minnesota and other topics — would get a national gig.

In a 2020 interview with the Pioneer Press, Patterson didn’t say “Never!” — but the Pittsburgh transplant said he enjoyed life in Minnesota, despite the weather (or perhaps because of it). He and his wife, Lu, have four young children — ages 11, 9, 6 and almost 2 –and recently built a home in Chaska, where they live near his sister.

He emphasized that again last week.

“Minnesota is home,” he said.

In his Sept. 15 announcement, Patterson tried to explain his decision.

“Sometimes you get to a point where you just sense a little stirring inside of you,” he said, “and you think, ‘Maybe it’s time for something new, a new challenge, something different on a professional side.’”

His family was a factor, too.

“I don’t know if you guys know, but we have 18 children,” he joked, ” … and then we got a dog.”

Family life did play a role in his decision, he says.

“I’ve been working radio and tv the last few years, and that doesn’t leave a ton of flexibility in my day on any given day,” he said.

Now, after he signs off on noon on weekdays, there will be more flexibility.

“When my kids get home from school, I’ll be home,” he says. “When my little guy, Dev, wakes up from a nap, most days I’ll be there. I don’t know how long that schedule or this season is going to last, but I’m excited for however long that season is.”

As for his future professional endeavors, Patterson said he’s looking into pursuing “some creative opportunities that may or may not come up.”

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