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News Archive - October 1997

10/28/1997: Broadcast giant Jacor Communications has announced that it will buy the assets of Nationwide Communications. Nationwide owns KSGS (950 St. Louis Park-Minneapolis) and KMJZ (Smooth Jazz 104.1, St. Louis Park-Minneapolis). Jacor does not own any other stations in the region.

10/28/1997: 93X (KEGE/93.7 Minneapolis) has done some schedule shifting: Weasel is now on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Remy Maxwell follows until 7, and then KT is on until 11.

10/28/1997: KTCJ (690 Minneapolis) is now calling itself "The Bear." KTCJ had been previously known as "Classic Country 690."

10/28/1997: WQPM AM-FM (1300/106.1 Princeton) is being sold from Segue Comminications to Milestone Radio.

10/26/1997: Todd Ryan is leaving 96Lite FM (KDAL-FM/95.7 Duluth). He does weekday afternoons and the Saturday night `70s show there.

10/26/1997: KVGO (104.3 Spring Valley) has applied to increase power from 6kW to 25kW.

10/21/1997: Amy Waggoner has been named as Mark Steinmetz' replacement at Disney/ABC's Twin Cities stations. Waggoner was KQRS' director of sales, and is now the Station Manager for KQRS (92.5 Golden Valley), 93X (KEGE Minneapolis), Zone 105 (105.1 KXXP Lakeville, 105.3 KXXU Cambridge, and 105.7 KXXR Eden Prairie), and (I think) Radio Disney )(KDIZ Golden Valley). Steinmetz is now the regional manager for ABC's radio stations.

10/21/1997: Former Rev 105 personalities Thorn and Maria Lucia will be heard on Zone 105 (105.1 KXXP Lakeville, 105.3 KXXU Cambridge, and 105.7 KXXR Eden Prairie), according to Long Live the Revolution's news page. The page says Thorn will do afternoon drive, but Maria Lucia will only be on Sunday nights. They join former Rev personality Brian Oake at Zone, who does mornings.

10/20/1997: KMFG (102.9 Nashwauk-Hibbing) is on the air as "Special K 103." "Special K" runs a satellite fed Classic Rock format and is co-owned with WMFG AM-FM (1240/106.3), which run satellite fed Sports and Oldies formats respectively.

10/20/1997: Don't look for KNLD (21 Duluth) to be on the air for "real" before next spring. KNLD still broadcasts the Shop at Home Network for 20 hours a week to keep its license, but the application to increase to a usable power still has not been approved. Meanwhile, co-owned KDDS (1490 Duluth) is not expected to quit rebroadcasting KQDS (94.9 Duluth) in favor of its own format until after KNLD is on.

10/16/1997: Months of waiting for WNCB's (89.3 Duluth) staff and listeners has come to an end: the FCC today approved North Central Christian Broadcasting's plan to resolve interference complaints filed against N.C.B.'s Minneapolis translator, K249DF/97.7. N.C.B. will immediately begin it's plan to resolve interference to KNXR (97.5 Rochester), and hopes to return K249DF to the air within 30 days. The plan can be seen at WNCB's website. WNCB had been waiting for the FCC to act on the plan since February, and operated on K242AI/96.3 for a small part of that period (see the news archive for more on that messy situation).

10/14/1997: Rumor says that Northwestern College is considering the donation of its KDNI (90.5 Duluth) to a local college, possibly Lake Superior College. Northwestern also owns KDNW (97.3) in Duluth. KDNW was effectively moved from 90.5 to 97.3 when 97.3 signed on earlier this decade. KDNI is used to broadcast secondary programming, but sometimes broadcasts the same programming as KDNW.

10/13/1997: KDWB (101.3 Richfield-Minneapolis) has new jingles, which are being used in addition to the old jingles. Hear a few of them here.

10/13/1997: Randy Meier has replaced Chris Conangla on KSTP-TV's (5 St. Paul, ABC) 6:30 p.m. newscast. Also, Kalley King no longer co-anchors the 6 p.m. news, where Conangla is now the sole anchor. The lineup is as follows: King/Meier, 5 p.m.; Conangla, 6 p.m.; King/Meier, 6:30 p.m.; and Conangla/King, 10 p.m. (Star Tribune)

10/13/1997: KUMD (103.3 Duluth) has brought a jazz program back to the station, which airs Sundays from 8 to 11 p.m. The new show bumps Mountain Stage and Harry Shearer's Le Show.

10/13/1997: KUWS (91.3 Superior) will begin to use the slogan "Ideas 91.3" on October 17 during Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network programming, as mandated by WPR management in Madison.

10/13/1997: FCC Construction Permit action:

10/10/1997: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company has announced that they're getting out of the broadcasting business and selling Nationwide Communications. Nationwide owns Twin Cities stations KMJZ (104.1 St. Louis Park) and KSGS (950 St. Louis Park). Rumors on American's for Radio Diversity's website say that Disney/ABC will buy KMJZ/KSGS, although All Access does not list Disney as one of the rumored suitors for Nationwide. ARD says that Disney would have to sell off one of its FM stations to keep from going over FCC limits, but from my understanding of the regulations, they would not. They say that Disney would donate one of the frequencies to Macalester College, which owns WMCN (91.7 St. Paul). Other rumors reported by the Pioneer Press say that KQRS (92.5 Golden Valley) morning host Tom Barnard will go to WCCO (830 Minneapolis) to fill Steve Cannon's old afternoon slot, and that WCCO-TV (4 Minneapolis, CBS) primary anchor Don Shelby and several of his colleagues will jump ship to KSTP-TV (5 St. Paul, ABC).

10/10/1997: Filmmaker Micheal Moore (Roger & Me) has made donations to Minneapolis-based Americans for Radio Diversity and the Beat Radio Defense Fund.

10/7/1997: KVOX (1280 Moorhead-Fargo) has dumped satellite Oldies in favor of satellite Sports. No doubt the change has something to do with the recent change of KPHT (92.7 Kindred-Fargo) to Oldies.

10/7/1997: An unlicensed station has been operating on 93.5 in Duluth for several months. "Random Radio" broadcasts from the top of the hill. I've never actually heard it in Superior, possibly due to the severe intermodulation of Duluth's stations.

10/7/1997: Wisconsin Public Radio station manager Jack Mitchell will leave the network after more than two decades there. Mitchell was the first announcer on NPR and helped create All Things Considered. Under his supervision, WPR was split into two networks in the 1979, and the number of stations on the networks was doubled.

10/3/1997: Shockely Communications is buying KXLT (47 Rochester, inTV) from Lang Communications. KXLT sister station KXLI (41 St. Cloud) was sold to Paxson Communications a year ago. (Paxson owns the Infomall TV Network (inTV), which specializes in infomercials.) KXLT is the only commerical UHF station in the Rochester-Austin-Mason City TV market, and will likely become the market's FOX affiliate. Shockley owns ABC-TV affilates in La Crosse, Eau Claire, Wausau, and Madison, rents a TV station in Eagle River, and owns six radio stations in Duluth-Superior. KXLT currently rebroadcasts KXLI with only 107kW, but holds an application to increase to the full UHF-TV power of 5,000kW.

10/3/1997: KFGX (95.1 Detroit Lakes-Fargo) changed to Modern AC as (surprise) "The Zone" yesterday at Noon. The station previously ran a Hard Rock format as "95X," and before that was satellite-delivered Oldies. Sorry to those who saw my original posting saying that KPFX (107.9 Fargo) was the one changing format -- such similar call letters in a market I don't know all that well!

10/3/1997: Sammy Stripes, who was let go by Kat Country 98.9 (KTCO Duluth) at the end of August, has joined B105-KKCB (105.1 Duluth). Chris Allen has also ventured from "The Kat" to "The B."

10/3/1997: Robert Ingstad is selling of his properties in southeastern Minnesota, which (according to my mostly accurate files) are his last stations. KDHL (920 Faribuault), KNFX (970 Austin), KMFX (1190 Wabasha), KWEB (1270 Rochester), KQCL (95.9 Faribault), KQPR (96.1 Albert Lea), KRCH (101.7 Rochester), and KMFX-FM (102.5 Lake City-Rochester) are being sold to James Ingstad. James Ingstad already owns stations in Owatonna, Waseca, Mason City, Mankato, and New Ulm.

10/2/1997: KSTP-TV (5 St. Paul, ABC) General Manager Ed Aiken will leave the station at the end of the year and move to Florida.

10/2/1997: FOX 29 (WFTC Minneapolis) has toyed with the idea of beginning local news in the past, but they'll have to begin one eventually if they wish to remain a FOX affiliate. FOX is now requiring its affiliates to produce local news in its affiliation agreements.

10/2/1997: For the record, Everyday Living (a UPN infotainment program produced at KMSP's Eden Prairie studios) ceased production at the end of the summer. The show began as NewsScope in Fall 1996, became Everyday Living in mid-season, and went through many hosts and formats. It was broadcast on six of UPN's owned-and-operated stations, including KMSP.

10/1/1997: KARE 11 (Minneapolis, NBC) anchor Diana Pierce was injured in an accident during a horse riding exhibition last Saturday night. The horse was spooked when someone threw an egg at it. She is recovering from spinal fractures, which did not injure the spinal cord and will not require surgery but will cause her a lot of pain.

10/1/1997: KDWB (101.3 Richfield-Minneapolis) night DJ Zannie K was recently kicked out of The Artist's Paisley Park, causing him to miss a special concert. Whoever kicked him out called up and apologized on the air.

10/1/1997: The FCC has issued these Construction Permits:


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