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10/21/1996: KEGE/980 (Richfield-Minneapolis-St. Paul) is now silent. The Salem Radio Network has purchased the station from Entertainment Communications, and this sale has been approved by the FCC. Expect the station to return to the air with a Full Service Christian format, much like the one already found at WCTS/1030. Entercom sold FM station KRXX-FM (now KEGE-FM) to ABC a few years ago, and has been looking for a buyer for 980 since then. 980 had been rented out by ABC and rebroadcast KEGE-FM for the past few years.
10/21/1996: Greg Borgen, owner of WMIN, has bought WDGY/630 (St. Paul). 630 has been silent since Midcontinent Media sold the land the towers sat on to build an office building in April 1994. Midcontinent had applied for a new transmitter location and facility changes that would allow the station to return to the air, but the FCC returned the application, and now Midcontinent has refiled with a lower nighttime power. Borgen was renting WDGY and programming a Nostalgia format when the station went dark.
10/18/1996: Twin Cites radio personality Bob Yates has jumped stations again. Now, he's back in morning drive on KFAN, except this time without sidekick Kenny Olson. Yates had most recently been working Afternoon Drive at KLBB/1400 and 1470, and has worked in drive time slots in the Twin Cities for 13 years.
10/11/1996: WEAQ/790 and WAYY/1150 in the Eau Claire market have switched frequencies. The move follows the consolidation of WEAQ and WAYY and FM stations WECL, WIAL and WAXX. Since WAYY's News/Talk format is more popular, it was decided to move it to the 24-hour facility at 790 and move WEAQ's Nostalgia format to the daytime facility at 1150. Thanks to Mike Cook for this information.
10/11/1996: WDSM/710 (Superior-Duluth) has changed to an all-Sports format following its sale (along with KXTP, KTCO, and KZIO) to Shockley Communications (which had previously only owned KDAL AM and FM). Contrary to what I previously speculated, this will be WDSM's permanent format (as permanent as radio formats are), except with some local sports talk. No word on whether they will begin to use the slogan "The Ticket," generally used by affiliates of the One-on-One Sports network. The all-sports format has really hit it big when it comes to the number of stations using the format in this region: KFAN Minneapolis, KWEB Rochester, KBUN Bemidji, WKTY La Crosse, WHSM Hayward, and WMFG Hibbing are all programming the format, with most (if not all of them) using One-on-One Sports. WWWI/1270 (Baxter-Brainerd) also carries One-on-One Sports in addition to national talk shows.
10/30/1996: Broadcasting and Cable Magazine had an article including much information about the Duluth-Superior TV market on page 14 of its October 21 issue. The article is about the flurry of applications to build TV stations before the FCC finally stopped accepting applications for new NTSC stations. Using some information from the article and some from what I already know, here's a rundown of new TV stations proposed for the Duluth/Superior market:
10/21/1996: KXLI/41 (St. Cloud-Minneapolis) has been sold from Lang Communications to Paxson Communications, owner of the Infomall TV Network (inTV). The FCC has approved the sale, although I don't know if Paxson has officially closed. KXLI is currently filling most of its schedule with inTV Infomercials and satellite Christian programming.
10/11/1996: WQOW/18 (Eau Claire, ABC) is again airing local newscasts after a 6 year absence. Former WEAU anchor Mike Rindo returned to Eau Claire to become Anchor of the 6 and 10 newscasts and News Director. WQOW had been airing news from it's sister station WXOW/19 in LaCrosse. Thanks to Ryan Peterson for this information.
10/11/1996: Program distributor King World can't be happy with WCCO-TV/4 (Minneapolis, CBS). One of King World's shows, Jeopardy!, is being buried by WCCO at 2:07am due to other agreements CBS made with other syndicators (CBS owns WCCO). King World also distributes Wheel of Fortune and Oprah Winfrey, both seen on WCCO. These three programs are consistently among the top 5 syndicated shows.
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