MapNews Archive

August 1998

Dave St. John joins WNCB/89.3 (Duluth) as Program Director, relieving those duties from General Manager Brett Gibson. St. John comes from KZZQ in Winterset/Des Moines. He also takes over the afternoon drive slot from Paul Isaac, who will take a few weeks off and then return in middays. (8/31/1998 6am, updated 7pm)

KFAI's website mentions that the station has been operating at the reduced power of 10 Watts since early August. The site promises a new transmitter soon, and encourages listeners to try tuning in the 106.7 translator in West St. Paul. Also at KFAI, Tasya Rosenfeld has begun as News Director at the station, replacing Maris Strautmanis, who left for Portland, Oregon. (8/31/1998 6am)

Word is that former KQDS Program Director Rick Church will return to the station to fill that same position. Several other ex-KQDS'ers have returned lately, and one (Hans Evans) left again. (8/28/1998 8:30 pm)

WBHR/660 (Sauk Rapids-St. Cloud) has been running announcements saying that the station may be off the air from time to time for transmitter/tower work. Does this mean WVAL/800 will be signing on soon? (8/28/1998 8:30 pm)

Washington, D.C.-based Southpoint Educational Media has applied for a 500 Watt station in Montevideo. It would broadcast on 89.5. (8/28/1998 8:30 pm)

It turns out I've been burned by FOX29: They're not beginning a local newscast, they're adding NewsRadio to their lineup. However, they will have to add a local news department eventually, because FOX has been requiring local news in affiliation renewals. (8/28/1998 8:30 pm)

Some more Brian Lambert articles from the Pioneer Press:

Shareholders of the Children's Broadcasting Company have voted to approve the sale of the company's 13 radio stations to the Catholic Radio Network, Salem Communications, and 1090 Investments. The FCC approved the sales last month. CRN is getting WWTC/1280 and 9 stations, while Salem gets KYCR/1570 and the Houston station. (Salem is already operating KYCR through a Local Marketing Agreement and already owns KKMS/980 in the Twin Cities.) 1090 Investments is buying the Detroit station. The approximate total price of the stations is $61.7 million, more than $10 million less than what Global Broadcasting had said it would pay for the stations last year. CRN plans a mid-September launch. (8/23/1998 Noon)

KNLD/21 (Duluth) has been granted a Construction Permit to upgrade to 550kW, which will give the station a real signal (as opposed to the current 45kW signal). The FCC hasn't yet approved the station's sale to Red River Broadcasting. (8/23/1998 Noon)

KOLV/100.1 (Olivia) has applied to upgrade from 6,000 to 50,000 Watts, a change which would bring Willmar and Hutchinson into the station's primary coverage area. (8/23/1998 Noon)

Timothy Vetscher has joined KSAX/42 (Alexandria, KSTP-TV satellite) as an Anchor/Reporter. (8/23/1998 Noon)

Here are several articles that were published while I was gone last week:

After years of talk, FOX29 will begin a newscast on September 14. More information is unavailable. (8/22/1998 3am)

Meteorologist Chris Grote, formerly of KSTP-TV/5, has been seen of late on WCCO-TV/4. (8/22/1998 3am)

WWLC/104.9 (Balsam Lake) is off the air under its new owner. Casey Communications took over the station Saturday and turned it off. They will install a new antenna and survey the community to decide what the format will be when the station returns to the air in September. (8/18/1998 9:45am)

TV viewers in Fargo-Moorhead can once again receive a clear signal from KXJB/4 (Valley City, CBS). The station's tower was knocked down in April 1997. Since last July, they'd been using a temporary 700 foot tower. A new 2060-foot tower was put into use on Monday. The station has also added stereo service. (8/18/1998 9:45am)

Some changes are coming to KTIS and the Skylight Satellite Network. Jon Engen will become KTIS' Station Manager, and Don Rupp, who currently holds that position, will become Skylight's News Director. As News Director, Rupp will oversee the launch of a two-minute religion news segment to air on KTIS and be offered to Skylight affiliates. The network will carry two minutes of UPI news, followed by religion news. Engen is formerly of KDNW/97.3 (Duluth) and is a graduate of Brown Institute and Pillsbury College. The changes take place on September 1. (8/5/1998 10pm)

Promotions Director Holly Knight leaves Duluth's Shockley Communications for KELO/1320 (Sioux Falls), where she will be Promotions Director and mid-afternoon host. Also at Shockley, news reporter Jim Wishner is leaving for the Twin Cities. (8/5/1998 10pm)

Shockley's KXLT/47 (Rochester, FOX) has received FCC permission to upgrade from 107kW to 1000kW. It was necessary to get a waiver of the duopoly rule, since the signal will overlap with co-owned WXOW/19 (La Crosse, ABC). KXLT formerly rebroadcast KXLI/41 (St. Cloud, now KPXM), and affiliated with FOX in January. (8/5/1998 10pm)

DX Mid-America notes that the new format of KRBT/1340 (Eveleth) is Talk. I'll have more details sometime this month... (8/2/1998 10:30pm)

Brian Lambert of the Pioneer Press has a report on upcoming schedule changes at WCCO. (8/1/1998 6:30pm)

The Star Tribune's C.J. rumors that KSTP-TV may be auditioning new anchors in Duluth. (8/1/1998 6:30pm)

This week's Radio and Records has a story about the effects of consolidation on radio diversity, in which Americans for Radio Diversity is mentioned. Here it is. (8/1/1998 6:30pm)