MapNews Archive

February 1999

From All Access: Mike Doucette isn't doing mornings at 93X anymore, and Weasel has moved into the shift. Tawn Mastery takes over Weasel's midday shift, and Patrick moves from overnight's to take Tawn's evening shift. (2/27/99)

Tom Martinez of USA Radio (WUSZ/99.9 Virginia-Hibbing) has been named small market OM/PD of the year by Gavin. (2/27/99)

Tone E. Fly has moved from evenings to afternoon drive at KDWB/101.3. (2/23/99)

K214DF/90.7 is on the air. Although the 10-Watt station is licensed to Golden Valley, it actually broadcasts from downtown Minneapolis and has been heard as far north as Ham Lake. The translator is part of the K-Love Radio Network, a Christian network playing Adult Contemporary Christian tunes. (2/22/99)

Wisconsin Public Radio's second Ashland translator, W275AF/102.9, signed on Friday afternoon (2/19). W275AF rebroadcasts KUWS/91.3 (Superior). (2/19/99)

Apparently Elite Broadcasting, which is buying KKIN AM-FM (Aitkin) from the Quarnstroms, is really the same thing as the Quarnstroms, so KKIN isn't really being sold. (2/19/99)

KS95 has joined the ranks of Twin Cities stations offering their signals on the web. As a matter of fact, there are more major stations with webcasts than without. Major stations without webcasts are CBS' WCCO, WLTE, and WXPT, and Chancellor's WRQC and KQQL. CBS has a policy against webcasting, while WRQC may be limited by Howard Stern's contract. See the list of stations with webcasts at the Live Internet Broadcasts page. (2/17/99)

KBJR/6 (Superior-Duluth) has been off the air in the overnight hours for the past few weeks, presumably to move equipment to its new building in Duluth's Canal Park. KBJR's cable signal in the Twin Ports carries Bloomberg Business TV while KBJR is off. (2/17/99)

KSTP-TV/5 photojournalist Mark Garvey has been named "1998 Photographer of the Year" (region 5) by the National Press Photographers Association. The awards recognize, by region, the best composite work in photojournalism over a twelve-month period. Television photojournalists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois compete in region 5. (2/17/99)

WCSW/940 (Shell Lake) has affiliated with ABC's "Real Country" format. I assume they still have some locally originated Country programming, since they've been looking for a new morning host. Sister station WGMO/95.3 began running ABC's "Stardust" last fall. Both stations still carry ABC news on the hour. (2/14/99)

KKIN AM-FM (Aitkin) is being sold from Alan and Linda Quarnstrom to Elite Broadcasting. A quick search at shows two small-market FM's in Louisiana and Oregon being owned by "Elite Broadcasting," but its unknown if this is the same company. (2/13/99)

KMWB/WB23 has a new logo and on-air graphics. The change follows Sinclair Broadcasting's purchase of the station. (2/13/99)

Former Governor Arne Carlson is joining WCCO-TV as a political analyst. He will appear every Sunday on "WCCO Sunday Morning," and will be on hand for analysis during election coverage and breaking political news. (2/9/99)

Other new faces on Twin Cities TV news include Chandra Michaels, who joins WCCO as a weekend weathercaster, and Coleen Harry, a new reporter at KSTP-TV. (2/9/99)

All Access reports that 104-1 The Point (WXPT) has given Paul Kraimer and Dino (Mark Sullivan) the title "Programming Assistants." (2/9/99)

W284AN/104.7, one of Wisconsin Public Radio's new translators in Ashland, signed on Tuesday morning (2/9). WPR will also put W275AF/102.9 on the air in Ashland shortly. W275AF's startup has been delayed by defective equipment. (2/9/99)

WVAL/800 (Sauk Rapids-St. Cloud) has been heard testing. Some sources expect the station to sign on in March or April, probably with a Classic Country format. (2/6/99)

There have been rumors that Harbor Broadcasting/Eclectic Enterprises is selling its Duluth stations, WWAX/92.1 and KZIO/104.3, to Red River Broadcasting, which owns KQDS/94.9, KDDS/1490, and KNLD/21. Employees at both offices said Friday that they haven't heard anything. (2/6/99)

Rich Davis leaving KDWB/101.3 for Z104 Madison. He'd been Assistant Program Director/Music Director/midday host at KDWB for a little more than a year. (All Access) (2/2/99)

Coincidentally, KCFB/91.5 (St. Cloud) and KLZZ/103.7 (Waite Park-St. Cloud) both recently received Construction Permits to upgrade. KCFB will increase from 800W to 15kW, with the antenna moving from 37m above average terrain to 106m. KLZZ will have a modest increase from 6kW to 9kW, with antenna height increased from 100m to 126m. (2/2/99)

KOLV/100.1 (Olivia) has bumped up to 50kW from 10kW. The station's antenna height has also increased from 83m to 142m. (2/2/99)

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