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Amy Koch and State Sen. Karin Housley 'Get Real' with New Podcast

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Amy Koch and State Sen. Karin Housley 'Get Real' with New Podcast

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To your vast and growing playlist of local podcast personalities, you may want to consider adding Amy Koch and Karin Housley.

The former Republican Senate majority leader and her pal Housley, who currently represents the east metro's District 39 in the state Senate, have ?"soft-launched" a show called "The Get Real Happy Hour" via the Pohlad-owned Go 96.3 with Kailen Rosenberg, aka "The Love Architect." (From her bio: "[Rosenberg] is a Master Certified Love, Life and Relationship Coach with specialized training in Spiritual Psychology, Addictions, and Relationships.")

The association with Go 96.3 is interesting if seen as another step in the evolution of terrestrial radio and podcasting, or both, even though Go's manager in charge of new business and event development, Peter Johns, says he has no plans to drop the show into one of the station's broadcast time slots. For the time being, he prefers to think of the relationship with the women as more of a fortuitous happenstance.

According to Koch, it was a meet--up with Rosenberg, who has known the Go 96 team for several years, that led her and Housley to a handshake agreement with the station. Both Koch and Johns say that at the moment nobody is getting paid, but that there is an understanding about marketing (mainly Go 96 on--air plugs for the podcast) and ad sales outreach by both the women and the station. Currently, Juut Salons is on board as a sponsor.

It's fair to say that Koch, 44, is the most interesting facet in this equation. The self-admitted "political addict" (and Russian linguist who once did work for the NSA) not only survived one of the more embarrassing public downfalls in recent memory, but managed to do so while maintaining an engaging sense of humor, earning respect from most points of the political compass for resilience and just being a damned good sport.

She doesn't much care for comparisons of the podcast to ABC-- TV's enormously popular chat show, "The View," though. "That's not our model at all," says Koch. "Our hope is that we're not just pigeon-holed as a show for women, because that isn't what we want. With one former and one current politician, we think we have plenty of things to say of value to men as well."

And if Rosenberg isn't as up to speed on bonding bills and backroom legislative back-stabbing, Koch believes her asking "the average person's dumb question" serves a valuable purpose. "Those questions need to be asked. It's like a reality check for any of us who are way into that stuff."

The show, still as I say feeling its way toward a format, is operating in a kind of "rotating quarterback" process with the women trading off putting the next show together.

Housley, wife of former pro hockey star Phil Housley, has Univerity of Minnesota President Eric Kaler lined for next week, but also had Pioneer Press tech guru Julio Ojeda--Zapata on a couple of shows back to explain the finer points of her new iPhone to her. …

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