MapNews Archive

July 1998

BOB is back: KLCI/106.1 (Princeton-Minneapolis) began calling itself "Bob" on Monday (July 27), picking up the slogan that 100.3 dropped when it became Rock 100.3 last spring. The Country station formerly known as "New Country Q106" has been shifting its focus from east central Minnesota and St. Cloud to the Twin Cities. "The New Bob" continues to position itself as "New Country," a positioner that K102 dropped in favor of "Today's Best Country" a few years back. (7/30/1998 9pm)

KSTP-TV is demoting Chris Conangla. Here's the original Star Tribune story, and here's more about it from C.J. Here's the Pioneer Press' story. (7/30/1998 9pm)

Shelly Carr has left KQDS/94.9 (Duluth), where she was Music Director and morning co-host, according to All Access. KQDS is also without a Program Director, as Hans Evans left last month. Evans was also a morning co-host. KQDS is in the process of being sold to Red River Broadcasting. (7/30/1998 9pm)

The Spring 1998 Arbitron ratings are out for Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Pioneer Press has a look at the numbers. (7/30/1998 9pm)

Missy Wells has left WNCB/89.3 (Duluth) to take some time off before moving into another field. She was "Muffin" of the "Bagel and Muffin" morning show, and also voice-tracked the midday hours. The morning show is now known as "Bagel and Company," hosted by WNCB General Manager and Program Director Brett "Bagel" Gibson. (7/30/1998 9pm)

In WNCB translator news, K202CH/88.3 (Glencoe) has been signed on with 220W. The translator began operation last Friday, July 24. Meanwhile, the Mankato translator at 102.7 has been off the air since last Monday (July 20) due to storm damage. The problem actually originated in Nicollet, where the antenna for WNCB's translator at 88.9 was blown down. (The Mankato translator receives its signal from Nicollet.) The Nicollet site has been repaired, but the Mankato site is still having problems receiving the signal. WNCB hopes to get the problem fixed this weekend. (7/30/1998 9pm)

KFAN/1130 personality Jesse "The Body" Ventura is running for governor, and, therefore, has been removed from the air. The Pioneer Press' Brian Lambert has the story. (7/30/1998 9pm)

MPR's "Midmorning" program sees a change in hosts, as John Rabe leaves the show to focus on reporting. Pioneer Press columnist Katharine Lampher will take over the show on August 24. Lampher had previously hosted a show at KSTP/1500. "Midmorning" airs from 9-11 weekday mornings on MPR's News and Information network. (7/30/1998 9pm)

Twin Cities listeners of KVSC/88.1 (St. Cloud) will be happy to know that the Construction Permit for translator station K201DN/88.1 in Eden Prairie has been deleted. The Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, Idaho, never put the translator on the air, which would have blocked reception of KVSC in western parts of the Twin Cities. (7/30/1998 9pm)

The FCC has alphanumerically assigned the following call letters: KBGY Faribault (107.5), KBGP Belview (105.9), WBEP Siren (105.7), and WBFE Barron (97.7). (7/30/1998 9pm)

WCMP-FM Pine City has made the move from 92.1 to 100.9, and increased power to 25kW. The station is now known as "Cool Country 100.9" (formerly "92 Country"). The move is part of Harbor Broadcasting's plan to upgrade WWAX/92.1 (Hermantown-Duluth). It strengthens WCMP-FM's signal into North Branch, Cambridge, Mora, Hinckley, Sandstone, and Grantsburg. (7/25/1998 8pm)

WDGY/630 (Hudson-St. Paul) has applied to add two towers to its nighttime antenna system (bringing the total to 4) and to increase nighttime power from 130W to 220W. WDGY's signal is poor where the owners want it not to be (the Twin Cities). (7/21/1998 7pm)

KRBI-FM/105.5 (St. Peter) has applied to increase from 5.3kW to 25kW, a change in station class from A to C3. The change would solidify KRBI-FM's signal into Mankato. (7/21/1998 7pm)

All Access reports that KDWB has been nominated for the Marconi Station of the Year in the Top 40 category. Also from All Access and also at KDWB, overnighter Jack Tripper has changed his air name to J.J. Kincaid. (7/21/1998 7pm)

Randi Kaye joins WCCO-TV as a reporter. She has worked in town in the past, as host of UPN's now-cancelled Everyday Living. (7/21/1998 6:30p)

KLQP/92.1 (Madison, MN) has increased from 3kW to 25kW. (7/17/1998 6:45p)

Minnesota Christian Broadcasters has applied for a second station in International Falls. They currently have 100kW KBHW/99.5, and have applied for a 1.5kW station on 91.9. The station would be a Christian CHR, with a heavy local emphasis. Currently, eight stations serve International Falls, and none target youth. (7/15/1998 4:45p)

More on the 651/989 situation mentioned below: Chancellor Media is working with US West to allow the 989 prefix to be dialed from either the 612 or 651 area code without having to dial 10 digits. (7/15/1998 4:45p)

Brian Allen joins KSFY/13 (Sioux Falls, ABC) as an Anchor/Reporter. (7/15/1998 4:45p)

WCCO-TV has announced that Cindy Hillger is returning to the Twin Cities to work at WCCO. She will co-anchor "WCCO This Morning" with Dave Huddleston. This squashes earlier rumors that she'd end up at KSTP-TV. Hillger returns to WCCO on September 8, the same day that former WCCO anchor Colleen Needles begins co-anchoring the 6 and 10 p.m. news at KSTP-TV. (7/14/1998)

The new 651 area code has gone into effect in eastern Minnesota. Not only will stations with studios in the new code be affected, but the "989" prefix used by most major Twin Cities stations for the studio line will be in the 651 area code. This means that callers from the 612 area code will have to dial, for example, 651-989-KDWB. (The call will still be within the local calling area.) Local calls can continue to be made under the present method during a transition period lasting until January 10, 1999. Click here to see US West's explanation of the change, including a map and affected prefixes. (7/14/1998)

A sign has been sitting in the window of Duluth's old Color Tile building for more than half a year saying it's the future home of Northland Broadcasting, but no work has been done on the building. The Duluth News-Tribune has the story. (7/14/1998)

Radio/DX Information from Wisconsin reports that WMEQ/880 (Menomonie) has dropped the Country part of its format and is now all News/Talk. (7/14/1998)

Star 96.7 (KKSR Sartell-St. Cloud) began positioning themselves as "the light station" earlier this year. They have gone from a Hotter Adult Contemporary sound to a Light AC sound, probably in response to the arrival of Lite 99.9. They also dropped their Friday night version of "The Electric Avenue," and expanded the Saturday version of the show to include 1960's songs on the show. Earlier this year, the St. Cloud market had two Hot AC's and a CHR. Now, St. Cloud has two Light AC's, a Christian AC, and a CHR. KCLD/104.7 (the CHR) must be happy. (7/13/1998)

WEVE/1340 (Eveleth), which currently rebroadcasts WEVE-FM's Adult Contemporary format, has permission to change call letters to KRBT. (7/13/1998)

Northland Broadcasting's Kool 101.7 will have lost its both its Program Director and morning personality by the end of the month. PD Howie Leathers resigned on July 1. His last day is July 15, and he's looking for a new job. Jason Jones' last morning show will be on July 31. He's leaving to do a weekend talk show at WCCO. Jones had also hosted "The Eclipse," a weekend talk show about the paranormal, on Northland's WEBC/560. (7/10/1998)

Children's Broadcasting Company and Disney/ABC will face off on August 31. That's the trial date that's been set by Minneapolis Judge Donald D. Alsop. CBC has charged Disney with breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets. Basically, CBC alleges that ABC stole CBC's idea for Children's radio and started "Radio Disney." CBC and ABC developed a sales and marketing pact in 1995. In 1996, ABC pulled out and announced the launch "Radio Disney" on the same day. CBC's "Aahs World Radio" left the air in January. (7/10/1998)

KBJR/6 (Superior-Duluth, NBC) will resume doing a full 10 p.m. newscast this fall. The Duluth News-Tribune has the story. (7/8/1998)

WEIO/1050 (Eau Claire) is now running a satellite-fed Nostalgia format. The station had been rebroadcasting WISM/98.1 after "Aahs World Radio" left the air in January. (7/6/1998)

KCFB/91.5 (St. Cloud) will carry programming from Family Life Radio and the Moody Bible Network once Morningstar's "Today's Christian Music" format moves to KKJM/92.9. The format will be more of an "Inspirational" nature, and will continue to include local news and programs produced by its owner, Minnesota Christian Broadcasters. (7/3/1998)

Duluth's Random Radio (93.5) received a letter from the FCC on Wednesday (7/1). The unlicensed station has 10 days to respond with information on its "illegal" broadcasts. Random Radio has been on the air for about a year. (7/2/1998)

Dr. Toni Grant, who gives advice about human relationships, is being temporarily heard on WWTC/1280 and some of the remaining Children's Broadcasting Network stations. The sale of these stations to the Catholic Radio Network is expected to close in a few months, and CRN plans a September 1 launch. Dr. Grant is currently broadcast from 4-5 p.m. CDT, but that's expected to expand to 2-5.(7/1/1998)

Bob Marshall of KMJZ joins WJON/1240 (St. Cloud) as Program Director, effective July 13th. Prior to on air at KMJZ, Bob served as Programming Assistant/Promotions Assistant/On Air for 93.7/The Edge. (7/1/1998)

Dave Allen, Program Director of K93 (KKJM/92.9 St. Joseph), will swap chairs with Melony McKay, the PD at KMXK/94.9 (Cold Spring-St. Cloud) when K93 becomes Spirit 93 on July 6. Earlier reports saying Allen was moving to WWJO were in error. (7/1/1998)