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Here’s What’s Happening

News, insights, programs and more. has just wrapped up its best single month of web traffic in its seven-year history with over 4.3 million pageviews, served up to an audience of nearly 1.9 million unique users, according to Google Analytics.

Since joining the Go Media family one year ago, the Twin Cities-based news website has solidified its position as the preeminent Minnesota news source for a local millennial audience.

Combined, Go Media has one of the largest social media footprints in the region for a news organization with nearly 200,000 followers, including more than 110,000 on the Go News Facebook page. That’s more Facebook “likes” than Star Tribune (105,000), City Pages (100,000), Pioneer Press (82,000), Minnesota Public Radio (37,000), and MinnPost (22,000).

A closer look at the record-breaking month of August 2016: Over 700 posted stories combined for results the team has never seen before. The team topped its previous best month in the history of the site — 3.25 million in January of 2015 — by over 1 million pageviews.

Among the leading topics of the month: Coverage surrounding the tragic kidnapping of 5-year-old Alayna Ertl, Teddy Bridgewater’s season-ending knee injury, Target’s 10 percent discount, a remembrance of a teen hockey player, and Minnesota schools that ranked in Newsweek’s 500 best colleges. The producers also took over the Minnesota State Fair — covering the personality of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, while incorporating cutting-edge platforms Snapchat and Facebook Live into their daily reports.

On October 1, BringMeTheNews will start a new chapter in its history as Go News, aligning with its parent company and radio properties, Go 95.3 and Go 96.3. The combined brands will continue their evolution with a new website at

Designed by Twin Cities creative branding agency Fellow, who provided the modern look to both Go 95.3 and Go 96.3, the new is a mobile-friendly web destination with an impressive range of brand partnership opportunities.

This online portal will feature in-depth news, live-streaming audio and video from both radio channels, and a suite of lifestyle content, including video, photography, and an expanded events calendar.

As Go Media heads into 2017, the future looks bright as the hard work behind the scenes in 2016 becomes public. This is a company positioned to inform, engage, and entertain modern Minnesotans like no other in the local market.

The Hip Hop Channel @ 95.3 will launch Tuesday Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. with 10,000 uninterrupted songs

Minneapolis, St. Paul (January 4th, 2016) – Locally owned, Go Media is excited to announce the launch of a new Go Radio station for the Twin Cities — The Modern Hip Hop Channel @ 95.3 — an independent station focused on providing local to legendary hip hop music over the air, online and anywhere music fans want to connect. The second Go Radio station, Go 95.3 will be the go-to destination for listeners craving emerging new voices in the modern hip hop world.

Go 95.3 will go live at 3pm, Jan. 5th with an uninterrupted 10,000 songs in a row.

“In 2015, we launched Go 96.3 with a focus on providing the best modern alternative music to Twin Cities listeners; we’ve had such a great time building that station — now it’s time to use the same modern approach and bring the modern hip hop channel to life.” said Joe Pohlad, CEO of Go Media.

Listeners want less canned and prepackaged programing. Modern music fans want the new and the now, with fun banter to make commuting around town more enjoyable. Go 95.3 will have an unparalleled sound with diverse musical offerings from artists like Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, J. Cole, Drake, Rihanna, The Weeknd and local artists such as Atmosphere, Doomtree & Brother Ali.

“Thanks in large part to the crew over at Rhymesayers, the hip hop scene in Minnesota is one of the best and most diverse in the country,” said Sam Gagliardi, President of Go Media. “The only thing that is missing is a radio station that focuses on mixing the best local music with the biggest national acts & songs. Go 95.3 will focus on just that.”

Along with launching with10,000 songs in row, we’re excited to announce that Mr. Peter Parker will return to the Minneapolis/St. Paul radio market as the new afternoon drive host and station music director. In addition to his past work in Minneapolis, Peter has hosted radio shows in Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Cleveland. “I can’t wait to get back on the air in the Twin Cities and bring the music that I love to the listeners of Go 95.3.” said Peter Parker. More on-air hosts will be introduced to the radio station soon.


Minneapolis (August 3, 2015) – Go 96.3 Radio, a locally owned Minnesota modern music radio station and subsidiary of the Pohlad Companies, today announced that it has acquired BringMeTheNews, a web-based news delivery service focusing on local news. The acquisition significantly expands the Go 96.3 media platform, which currently consists of radio channel FM 96.3 and an accompanying music-centric website, to include a digital news outlet. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Go 96.3 and BringMeTheNews are a great fit for each other. Not only are they both leading content providers, but they focus their efforts on serving local Minnesota. That focus will only strengthen as we become one company in the days ahead,” said Joe Pohlad, executive vice president of Go96 Media. “The BringMeTheNews staff has experience and knowledge of today’s news landscape; we are excited to work with them to become the go-to source for local news, culture, entertainment and music.”

BringMeTheNews was developed in 2009 to be a premier curator and distributor of local and national news. The news organization, which currently receives nearly 1 million unique visitors a month to its website, will maintain its name and experienced news staff.

“Over the past six years at BringMeTheNews, we’ve created a highly effective news curator with an innovative approach to delivering local news,” said Rick Kupchella, the founder of BringMeTheNews. “The pairing with Go 96.3 is a perfect combination of two locally driven media organizations, and I’m excited to watch both platforms expand as they move forward as one company.”


As the Twins head into their 25th Spring Training season in Lee County, Fla. They will take the field in behind new Manager Paul Molitor. The first ballot Hall of Famer served as a Twins coach in 2014, overseeing: baserunning, bunting, infield instruction and positioning, as well as in-game strategy. Prior to 2014, he served as the Twins minor league baserunning/infield coordinator for 10 seasons (2003, 2005-13). He was the Seattle Mariners hitting coach in 2004 and Twins bench coach from 2000-01, giving him 14 years of major league and minor league coaching experience.

Molitor, a St. Paul native and former Golden Gopher, played 21 seasons in the Majors, including his final three with the Twins from 1996-98. He finished his career with a .306/.369/.448 slash line with 3,319 hits in 2,683 games.

The Twins will open their 25th Spring Training season at the CenturyLink Sports Complex this spring. The CenturyLink Sports Complex is home to Hammond Stadium, five additional playing fields as well as the new Twins Player Development Academy. It is also the home to two Twins’ minor league affiliates, housing both the Ft. Myers Miracle of the Single-A Florida State League and the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Twins. In addition, the complex features four state-of-the-art softball fields, which are utilized throughout the year by collegiate and community teams. (more…)

Go 96.3 will have a unique sound with diverse musical offerings from artists like Imagine Dragons, Foo Fighters, Atmosphere, Fitz & the Tantrums, and new artists such as Vance Joy, Hozier and Bleachers.

In addition, Go 96.3 is excited to return as the exclusive radio play-by-play home for the Minnesota Twins in 2015.

“With KTWIN, we built a new home for the Minnesota Twins but with a radio sound that’s too familiar. Go 96.3 will be different. Our music will be different, our people will be different, how we position the Twins will be different and how we support our sponsors will be different. We are going where music is going, where our baseball team is going and where our community is going.” Joe Pohlad, Executive Vice President of Northern Lights Broadcasting.