Winona State University President Scott Olson will host his final radio show from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 31, on KQAL 89.5 FM. To listen online, visit

The show will feature on-air time with members of the Winona State Cabinet, along with their individual song picks.

Olson began hosting a semi-annual radio show on KQAL in 2012. A student naming contest christened the program “Working on a Dream” in 2014, paying homage to the Bruce Springsteen song and album of the same name.

During his presidency, Olson has hosted over 20 radio shows that incorporated different musical themes, including the Beatles, Minnesota, Broadway show tunes, Sustainable Futures, and more.

Many special guests have joined him on the show through the years, from WSU Student Senate Association Presidents to WSU’s First Lady, Kelley Olson.

Olson transitions to his new role as Chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system starting Aug. 1, after 11 years as president at Winona State.

A farewell event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, in the Kryzsko Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


About KQAL

KQAL is the only full service, independent radio station in Winona and has been serving the area since 1975. KQAL is operated by the Mass Communication Department at WSU and is staffed primarily by student volunteers. It has a dual mission: to provide career training for students interested in radio broadcasting as well as to provide the residents of southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin with quality educational and entertaining programming.