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Director, Live Programming and Ev...

Local Address: St Paul, Minnesota, United States
Minnesota Public Radio
480 Cedar Street
St. Paul , Minnesota 55101
United States

Company Description: MPR|APM is the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio, a 43-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and home to...   more

Employment History


  • Stillwater Area High School
  • master's degree , communications
    University of Minnesota
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Baltimore Public Radio | Press Clippings, 4 July 2001 [cached]
Tony Bol, spokesman for Minnesota Public Radio, said discussions with APMG were no different than any other business conversations that routinely take place.
Tony Bol: Minnesota Public ..., 31 Jan 2014 [cached]
Tony Bol: Minnesota Public Radio show-maker
Tony Bol is the director of performance programs for the Fitzgerald Theater and the UBS Forum, both owned and operated by Minnesota Public Radio. He has his photograph taken in his office in the MPR studios in downtown St. Paul. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)
Tony Bol: Minnesota Public Radio show-maker
Life is pretty good if you're Tony Bol.
He's lives in a town he enjoys, he has the job of his youthful dreams, his wife is strong, his daughter is above-average -- and to top off, he isn't bad looking.
Bol, a Hudson resident for 10 years, is the director of performance programs for Minnesota Public Radio. In that capacity, he's responsible for all the live-audience radio shows that take place at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul.
"I'm very proud to say the Fitzgerald Theater is the nation's leader in making radio stage shows," said Bol. And as a result, shows produced by other public radio organizations around the country often want to do a program at the Fitz to build their reputations.
Minnesota Public Radio owns the theater at 10 East Exchange St., located a block away from the MPR and American Public Media studios and offices at 480 Cedar St.
Bol also oversees the UBS Forum, a studio on the top floor of MPR's St. Paul facility that hosts community discussions on public policy and social issues.
"To put it simply, I make radio stage shows -- or I help to make them. I bring in others," Bol said of his job.
He took an hour out of his schedule on a Friday in mid-January to visit with a reporter from his hometown.
Dream job
Bol was a young man when he first heard "A Prairie Home Companion" and made it his goal to one day have a job at MPR.
Reading didn't come easy for him as a youth, he said, but he enjoyed learning through stories and lectures and could retain what he heard.
"I remember even as a little kid always being the one who wanted to go hear the librarian read," Bol said. "He should have had a radio show, I thought. He was great."
After graduating from Stillwater Area High School in 1976, Bol began an on-and-off-again college experience.
He was a nightmare for his parents, he said, bouncing from university to university (including a stretch in Colorado) before ultimately earning a master's degree in communications from the University of Minnesota.
He dropped out of college at one point to manage the St. Croix Boom Co., a popular Stillwater rock-and-roll bar in the 1980s.
"I will say I have no regrets about that time of running the St. Croix Boom Co. because it gave me leadership in management and tough negotiations, and real serious money -- hiring, firing," Bol said.
His first job out of college was in student affairs at Macalester College, where he worked for five years.
Bol started with MPR 23 years ago.
He was a young man living in Stillwater when he met Garrison Keillor for the first time.
Keillor was then a resident of Marine on St. Croix, north of Stillwater.
Bol got invited to a beach volleyball game on a river island that Keillor was participating in.
"I was struck by his quiet demeanor," Bol recalled. "(He was) very friendly, but very quiet."
Bol works regularly with Keillor now. They talk occasionally.
He has been to Keillor's home and he knows his son and grandchildren, Bol said, but they don't socialize.
"People sometimes don't understand his social manner, but I think we've all met people who live in their heads," Bol said.
He considers Keillor a genius. He's produced shows in which Keillor has recited many verses of poetry from memory - and helped out poets who stumbled trying to recall lines from their own work.
"Garrison's ability to retain information is shocking," Bol said. "I've seen him do it in action and he does it time and time again, over and over again."
"He's been only wonderful to me," Bol added. "…The fact of the matter is, I chose to go into public radio because of Garrison Keillor. And here I am. I'm very honored that my career worked out where I am literally working with him and not just theoretically wishing."
If Keillor is an introvert, Bol is the opposite.
Friendly and affable, he's quick with grin and a laugh, and happy to engage in conversation.
"Stories will be told," is the phrase stamped on a Fitzgerald Theater coffee mug that Bol took off a shelf and handed to a guest.
"That's the idea" at the Fitz," he said.
Bol is wearing a Kelly green shirt with a matching plaid bow tie. A Kelly green pocket square is tucked into breast pocket of his sports coat.
Bol and his wife, Eden Penn, moved to a house on Fourth Street when Yasha was 3.
Bol's brother Todd and his wife moved to Hudson a few years after Bol and Penn arrived.
Todd, the co-founder of Little Free Library, is two years older than Bol.
"Make sure that's crystal clear," Bol said jokingly.
"We chide each other enjoyably. He's done something though. His vision with the Little Free Libraries is amazing."
Tony and Todd grew up on a hobby farm near Lake Elmo, Minn. After having four boys, their parents adopted a girl. Tony is the youngest of the boys.
While Bol works in an urbane world of authors, entertainers and musicians, he said he's perfectly at home in Hudson.
He likes The Phipps Center for the Arts, the Star-Observer, the downtown, the parks and the river.
"I'm proud of our town," Bol said.
Cookie Coleman Company: Accolades, 2 June 2006 [cached]
- Tony Bol, Director, Live Programming & Events - Minnesota Public Radio, Fitzgerald Theater
"He was doing different venues ..., 30 Oct 2009 [cached]
"He was doing different venues around town - Macalester, the Science Museum theater and the Fitzgerald (then the World) theater, which was close to Minnesota Public Radio," said MPR's Tony Bol.
"Our theater is famous, because 'Prairie Home Companion' has put it on the map," said Bol, referring both to the radio program and the 2006 movie it inspired.
Insight News, 29 Nov 2003 [cached]
T. MYCHAEL RAMBO: It came as an invitation from Tony Bol of MPR who contacted me after the staff there and at the Fitzgerald were discussing this year's holiday offering at the Fitzgerald.
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