On the cover - West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller, Local Hero - Fargo Police Sergeant Kevin Pallas, Having a Beer with Radio Host, Scott Hennen, Hunting with Bret Amundson and more in Fargo Moorhead's only men's magazine.
HAVING A BEER WITH | SCOTT HENNEN 24 / THE GOOD LIFE / urbantoadmedia.com
WRITTEN BY: MEGHAN FEIR • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA Scott Hennen, the popular conservative host of What’s On Your Mind? (aired on WZFG 1100 AM and stations across North Dakota), has been a part of talk radio since the ‘80s, but he started working in the radio industry years prior. Hennen’s parents were on the air, enveloping him in a world of entertainment, information and opinions. With radio programmed into his DNA, Hennen began working at a station part time before he turned 12 years old. By high school, he was working full time at the local station in his hometown of Montevideo, Minn. As we visited in Drekker’s Brewhalla, Hennen told me more about his life, career and what’s on his mind. <strong>Good</strong> <strong>Life</strong>: What’s one thing from your childhood you wish would get popular again? Scott Hennen: Atari video games. <strong>The</strong>y were the most primitive thing. You move the little square at the bottom and you had to catch the Ping-Pong ball when it came on the screen. That’s what passed as a video game when I was growing up. GL: If you wouldn’t have grown up with such an influence in the radio industry, do you think you still would’ve ended up in radio? SH: It’s hard to say. I feel like it’s almost genetic because you don’t know anything else. I had a very good friend in high school whose dad was a funeral director and they owned a funeral home. I would go on a couple of “body runs” with them, as they were called. I actually thought, “I could do this.” I was fascinated by it and wanted to help people who were grieving. In the conversations I had with people who had lost loved ones, I kept thinking of what a tough time that would be and how I hoped they had faith at that point. Funerals often bring people to the faith that often wouldn’t have come to it otherwise. <strong>The</strong>y wonder where they’re going. That was a way to connect my faith to another profession. But all I’ve ever known is radio, so it was a thought exercise more than anything. urbantoadmedia.com / THE GOOD LIFE / 25