MapNews Archive

News Archive - August 1997

8/30/1997: John Williams has left WCCO (830 Minneapolis) for WGN Chicago.

8/30/1997: Jesse "The Body" Ventura started at KFAN (1130 Minneapolis) on August 18th. He's on from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

8/27/1997: FOX 29 (WFTC Minneapolis) began doing weathercasts over the closing credits of shows at 5:58, 6:28, 9:58, and 10:58 p.m. this summer. The forecasts give temperatures, radar, national, and five-day forecasts with graphics and audio (and the show's credits squeezed into one corner).

8/26/1997: KS95 (KSTP-FM/94.5 St. Paul) has dropped the `70s out of its positioning statement. The new statement is "The Best Variety of the `80s, `90s, and Today," although "The Best Variety of the `70s, `80s, and Today" still appears on promotional material being given out at the State Fair.

8/25/1997: North Central Christian Broadcasting continues to legally jam the signal of KARP (96.3 Glencoe) with K242AI in the Twin Cities area, using 39 watts of power from the IDS tower on 96.3. K242AI was licensed to operate before KARP moved from 96.1 to 96.3 last fall. Since the FCC never told K242AI to cease operation, North Central can legally rebroadcast the "Christian Hit Radio" format of WNCB (89.3 Duluth) until the FCC tells them to turn off the translator. Ironically, the amount of interference that unlicensed station "Beat Radio" caused last year to KNXR (97.5 Rochester) is nowhere near the amount of interference being caused by this legally licensed translator. And, the "pirate" was locally programmed.

8/25/1997: KBJJ (107.5 Marshall) has become KARZ following its sale to KMHL/KKCK. "Cars 107" runs a Classic Rock format, which is automated some or all of the time.

8/25/1997: KLGR-FM (97.7 Redwood Falls) is running ABC's Oldies format, Pure Gold. The change may have taken place a long time ago, since I haven't heard the station in years.

8/25/1997: KXAX (101.5 St. James) has changed to KRRW, but the format remians Country. ABC news (Direction or Information) is carried on the hour. (Originally written 8/21/1997)

8/21/1997: Eric Olson is the new 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor at KDLH (3 Duluth, CBS). Olson comes from KARE 11 (Minneapolis, NBC) and takes the place of Joe Thornton, who left KDLH las spring for a government job.

8/21/1997: Stu Brown has returned to Twin Ports morning radio. He's paired with Jim Young on Kiss 92.1 (WWAX Hermantown). Stu had been doing the afternoon slot at Kiss, and Young has been doing mornings at 92.1 since the frequency signed on a year ago and is the station's PD.

8/21/1997: Media Properties, LLC, has been given a Construction Permit by the FCC for a new TV station on channel 26 in Bemidji. The station would operate at 5,000kW from the KBHP (101.1 Bemidji) tower. Bemidji is in the Minneapolis-St. Paul TV market, even though it's more than 150 miles from the cities themselves.

8/21/1997: KLLZ-FM (99.1 Walker-Bemidji) is no longer rebroadcasting KLIZ-FM (107.5 Brainerd), but is instead using ABC/SMN's Classic Rock satellite feed.

8/21/1997: Wisconsin Public Radio's executives in Madison have decided that they don't like the Superior bureau's Murrow-award-winning Mike Simonson covering up their statewide newscasts with regional newscasts, so they've forced Mike to cut back on the amount of locally produced newscasts weekday mornings on KUWS (91.3 Superior) and WHSA (89.9 Brule). Mike can now only do regional news in place of NPR news at the bottom of the hour. He's not happy, especially because he had been recording the statewide newscasts and putting stories relevant to Northwestern Wisconsin in his regional newscasts.

8/21/1997: Longtime WAXX (104.5 Eau Claire) personality Jim "The Ol' Shu" Schumacher has announced his retirement. Jim started with WAXX 31 years ago when they became a country station and has been on the air ever since. The last 15 years or so, he's been a fixture on Sunday mornings, and for many years was coach of the WAXX Traveling "All-Stars" charity basketball team. Jim was also a teacher in the Chippewa Falls School District. His last show will be Sunday, August 31st.

8/21/1997: The Construction Permit for 102.9 in Nashwauk has been granted the call letters KMFG. The station is owned by Alan Quarnstrom, who owns WMFG AM-FM in Hibbing and several other stations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

8/21/1997: KQEG (102.7 La Crescent-La Crosse) recently got FCC permission to increase power to 4.3kW and antenna height to 240m, changing from class A to C3.

8/11/1997: Dennis Anderson returned to WDIO (10 Duluth, ABC) today after taking time off for heart surgery. Also, Rhonda Grussendorf returns to KDLH (3 Duluth, CBS) after a maternity leave.

8/11/1997: The FCC granted the sale of KXXP (105.1 Lakeville), KXXU (105.3 Cambridge), and KXXR (105.7 Eden Prairie) from Cargill to KQRS, Inc. on July 24.

8/9/1997: Rob Morris has been named PD at KDWB (101.3 Richfield-Minneapolis).

8/9/1997: Kim Jeffries has left KS95 (KSTP-FM/94.5 St. Paul) after 20 years there. The Star Tribune's CJ quotes Jeffries, saying she's tired of being a co-host.

8/9/1997: WBOB-FM (100.3 Minneapolis) has changed to WRQC to go along with the new "Rock 100.3" format.

8/2/1997: WNCB (89.3 Duluth) translator K242AI/96.3 (Minneapolis) has returned to the air. This despite the fact that KARP (Glencoe) is operating with 50,000 watts on 96.3 from a transmitter site just 45 miles away. K242AI voluntarily went off the air last fall when KARP moved from 96.1 to 96.3 and increased power, but the translator is still licensed by the FCC. There's no doubt that KARP will force this translator off the air very soon. North Central Christian Broadcasting (WNCB and K242AI's owner) probably got tired of waiting for the FCC to act on its applications to operate on 97.7 or 97.9. North Central was forced from 97.7 by interference complaints from KNXR (97.5 Rochester).

8/2/1997: WHSM-FM (101.1 Hayward) has changed from satellite Oldies to satellite Adult Contemporary as "Magic 101." I think the change took place on August 1, or a few days before then.

8/2/1997: All Access reports the following:

8/2/1997: From the Pioneer Press:

8/2/1997: KCFB (91.5 St. Cloud) has been sold to Minnesota Christian Broadcasters, which also owns KTIG (102.7 Pequot Lakes) and KBHW (99.5 International Falls). The last time I heard KCFB, they were airing a satellite Contemporary Christian format.

8/2/1997: From the Star Tribune: FOX 29 (WFTC Minneapolis) is producing a children's show called Algo's FACTory. The show will air nationally this fall on UPN, but will be seen in the Twin Cities on WFTC.

8/2/1997: Sold Gold Soul 950 (KSGS St. Louis Park-Minneapolis) hasn't given a legal ID during satellite programming for a week or so. KSGS uses ABC/SMN's "Solid Gold Soul" format outside of morning drive and Sunday evenings.