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Hubbard Broadcasting's KTMY/107.1 (Coon Rapids-Minneapolis) has added a simulcast of Oldies-formatted WDGY/740 (Hudson, WI-St. Paul) on its HD2 channel. WDGY, which runs a locally-originated format and a morning show hosted by market veteran Paul Geiger, is owned by Greg Borgen's WRPX, Inc. It transmits in HD with 5kW daytime from a site east of Hudson. KTMY-HD2 had been off the air recently; it previously carried a simulcast of "1500 ESPN" (KSTP St. Paul), which moved to the HD2 signal of KSTP-FM/94.5. (5/27/2015)

Winnipeg's CFJL-FM moved from 100.7 to 100.5 on Monday, upgrading from 80kW to 100kW in the process. In its application last year, owner Dufferin Communications told the CRTC it wanted the change because 100.7 had become "stigmatized as 'a station no one listens to'" after a half-dozen format changes. CFJL retained its Adult Contemporary format and tweaked its slogan from "Jewel 101" to "Jewel 100.5." (5/26/2015)

The developer of a Sioux Falls pawn shop has reached a deal to buy another radio station, which it is seeking to convert from non-commercial to commercial status. The
deal calls for Badlands Airtime, LLC to purchase KCFS/94.5 (Sioux Falls) from the University of Sioux Falls for $1.5 million. The university will retain the rights to the KCFS callsign, its web domain, and current format. Badlands Airtime already has FCC approval to purchase KZOY/1520 and K221FO/92.1 from Cup O'Dirt LLC for the same price, but the deal has not been consummated. Besides the switch to commercial status, the KCFS asset purchase agreement mentions that the deal is contingent on approval of an upgrade; KCFS currently uses 2kW/60m. Badlands Airtime, LLC is headed by Chuck Brennan, who is planning to build Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry and launch the Guns, Gold, & Rock N Roll Radio Network from the complex on Thanksgiving. (5/26/2015)

Longtime KCCI/8 (Des Moines) anchor Kevin Cooney announced his retirement during Tuesday's 6 p.m. newscast. Cooney started on the floor crew at KRNT-TV, now KCCI, in 1969 while he was in high school and has worked at the CBS affiliate for most of the time since then, except for a few years in California in the early 1980's. His last newscast will be Nov. 24, and KCCI 5 p.m. anchor Steve Karlin will then add 6 and 10 p.m. duties. Mollie Cooney, who is Kevin's wife, will continue to anchor KCCI's Noon newscast. The Cooneys were given Silver Circle Awards at the 2014 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Gala in Minneapolis. (5/19/2015)

Minn-Iowa Christian Broadcasting is continuing its expansion in the greater Twin Cities area with the purchase of KJGT/88.3 (Waconia), which serves the far southwestern metro area. Minn-Iowa will pay Jagerita Radio $250,000 for the station. Jagerita signed on KJGT in 2012 with a variety of music and a mission to provide local content. Minn-Iowa, based at KJLY/104.5 (Blue Earth), has eight full-power stations and purchased two translators in the Twin Cities area earlier this year. (5/19/2015)

Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Omaha will get the Escape and LAFF digital subchannel networks under a deal between Scripps Broadcasting and Katz Broadcasting announced on Monday. Katz operates Escape, LAFF, and Grit, the latter of which already has Milwaukee and Omaha affiliates. Scripps' WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) will add Escape and LAFF, WGBA-TV (Green Bay) will add LAFF, WACY-TV (Appleton-Green Bay) will add Escape and Grit, and KMTV-TV (Omaha) will add Escape and LAFF. It's not immediately clear which networks will be carried on which channel numbers, or if any existing subchannels will be affected (WTMJ-TV already has two subchannels). Grit targets men with western, war, and action movies, Escape targets women with movies and reruns, and LAFF carries 1990's sitcoms and movie comedies. (5/18/2015)

Hubbard Broadcasting's KSTP-TV/5 (St. Paul-Minneapolis) has promoted Anne Wittenborg from assistant news director to news director. The Marshall, MN, native has worked at the ABC affiliate since 2000, when she started as a producer. Wittenborg replaces Lindsay Radford, who left KSTP last month to become news director at Denver's ABC affiliate. (5/18/2015)

The De La Hunt family is poised to launch another AM station in north-central Minnesota. After an 11-year wait, the FCC recently granted Edward De La Hunt a construction permit for a new station on 1210 in Pine River. The 5.5kW daytime signal will be non-directional with fringe coverage of Brainerd, while the 250-Watt nighttime signal will use a directional pattern to serve the immediate Pine River area. (Maps are available in this engineering packet.) The De La Hunt family owns four other AM's and five FM's in the region, most recently launching WBKK/820 (Wilton-Bemidji). (5/13/2015)

iHeartMedia is preparing for the launch of its third FM translator with full Twin Cities coverage, adding to its five full-power signals in the market.

Educational Media Foundation's K273BH/102.5 (Fridley), which transmits from the IDS Center, has stopped carrying EMF's "Air1" Christian Hits network and is now running a looped announcement telling listeners to tune to 92.9 to hear "Air1." W225AP/92.9 has been running "Air1" since moving its transmitter from St. Paul to EMF's site at the Wells Fargo building in Minneapolis earlier this year.

K273BH's programming is originating on the HD3 signal of iHeartMedia's KTCZ/97.1 (Minneapolis), which shows up as "Hot 102.5" on HD radios. That slogan goes along with a Twitter handle and domain name first reported by RadioInsight last week. KTCZ-HD2 originates the "Air1" network for W225AP.

iHeartMedia also programs the "Alt 93.3" format on EMF's W227BF/93.3, originating on the HD2 channel of KQQL/107.9 (Anoka-Minneapolis), and simulcasts its KTLK News/Talk format on K278BP/103.5, which it bought from EMF. It has also applied to move W244CS/96.7 from the southeast metro to the IDS Center. (5/10/2015)

NET Television's KTNE-TV/13 (Alliance) is back on the air with a reduced coverage area. The PBS station, which serves the panhandle, had been off the air since its antenna fell nearly 1,500 feet to the ground on April 9. The network says a temporary antenna has now been installed and reaches about a 40-mile radius, enough to theoretically reach viewers in Scottsbluff and Alliance. Translators K06KR Crawford and K08LN Harrison, which are outside of KTNE's temporary coverage area, remain off the air. NET says several agencies are involved in an investigation of why the seven-year-old antenna fell, and the Nebraska Legislature is considering a $385,000 appropriation to buy a new antenna for KTNE. (5/7/2015)

KTMX/104.9 (York) has dropped Adult Contemporary for "Max Country" following the station's sale to the Nebraska Rural Radio Association, which runs Country formats on all of its other FM stations. The cooperative recently closed on its $1.335 million purchase of KTMX and KAWL/1370 (York) from Mark Jensen's MWB Broadcasting. KTMX's new format launched at 7 a.m. Wednesday (5/6) after a Christmas music stunt, according to posts on KAWL's Facebook page. KTMX serves a rural area between Lincoln and Grand Island. York native Brad Leggett, who started at KAWL as a teenager and most recently worked at Entercom's group in Madison, is the new KAWL/KTMX station manager. (5/7/2015)

Nebraska's Spirit Catholic Radio network is in the process of more than doubling its number of signals with the sign-on of eight low-power FM affiliates. The LPFM's are owned by locally-controlled non-profit groups. Already on the air are KLPH-LP/103.9 (Alliance), KQPK-LP/96.9 (McCook), KCTH-LP/95.1 (Scottsbluff), and KJAM-LP/107.5 (Sidney). Meanwhile, the network's website says stations in Beatrice, Imperial, Holdrege, and York are due to sign on by the end of May. The network plans to launch a separate program schedule for stations in the Mountain time zone. Spirit Catholic Radio is heard on four full-power stations, including KVSS/102.7 (Papillion-Omaha-Lincoln), and two translators. (5/6/2015)

Townsquare Media is making another attempt to pull three Waterloo-market stations out of trust. It's filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC's denial of a waiver, saying the Audio Division incorrectly interpreted the rules.

To recap the long story: KKHQ-FM/92.3 (Oelwein-Waterloo), KCRR/97.7 (Grundy Center-Waterloo), and KOEL-FM/98.5 (Cedar Falls-Waterloo) were assigned to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls market until 2012, when the market was dissolved. The stations were reassigned on paper to the nearby Cedar Rapids market, but continued to target Waterloo. When Townsquare wanted to buy the former Cumulus groups in the two cities, it placed the three Waterloo FM's into the Cedar Rapids Divestiture Trust.

Though Nielsen Audio has now re-established the Waterloo-Cedar Falls market and re-assigned KKHQ-FM, KCRR, and KOEL-FM to that market, the FCC said in March that they can't be sold back to Townsquare until May 2016 due to a rule that requires a two-year waiting period when market boundaries are changed. However, the Trust faces a Nov. 14, 2015 deadline to sell the stations under a two-year limit imposed by the FCC when it granted the assignment of the stations to the Trust.

Townsquare now argues that it meets the requirements for a waiver specified in a February court filing in a separate case. That filing suggested that the FCC would grant such waivers if a station's "community of license is located within the Metro or such station has been considered home to that Metro for at least two years." The stations had been considered home to the Waterloo market for more than a decade prior to 2012.

The petition asks the FCC to either grant the application to transfer the licenses, or at least return the application to pending status. (5/5/2015)

Pandora Radio has cleared one hurdle in its effort to purchase KXMZ/102.7 (Box Elder-Rapid City). In a declaratory ruling released Monday, the FCC said it will allow Pandora to become a licensee even though the company can't prove it has less than 25 percent foreign ownership as required by federal law. Pandora is attempting to buy KXMZ in an effort to get lower rates for its music streaming service, but music licensing company ASCAP argued that Pandora does not qualify to be a licensee because it couldn't quantify its level of foreign ownership. The FCC decided that it would be in the public interest to simply declare that Pandora is qualified to be a licensee. Monday's action does not mean the deal is done; the FCC has not yet acted on the application to transfer KXMZ's license from Connoisseur Communications to Pandora in a $600,000 deal. (Several major media organizations apparently missed the statement, "We take no action at this time on the Assignment Application and related pleadings," on page 8 of the ruling.) Pandora has been running KXMZ, which carries an Adult Top 40 format, through a local marketing agreement for nearly two years. (5/4/2015)

Saga Communications has doubled its offerings in Mitchell, adding translator/HD subchannel combos carrying Adult Contemporary and Sports formats. FCC filings indicate "More 95.5" (K238BA) originates on the HD2 signal of KMIT/105.9 (Mitchell), while "ESPN Mitchell" (K278BJ) comes from KMIT-HD3. Facebook posts announced the new formats on Monday; Saga has actually owned the translators for several years. They join KMIT's Country format and the Classic Hits format of KUQL/98.3 (Ethan-Mitchell) in the Saga group. Saga's Mitchell group competes with Riverfront Broadcasting, which has an AM-FM combo and a pending application to move a second FM into the market. (5/4/2015)

iHeartMedia has told the FCC it doesn't plan to rebuild two towers at KWSL/1470 (Sioux City) damaged by a storm last year and is instead proposing to operate permanently at reduced power. Prior to the August 31 storm, KWSL had used 5kW with different day and night directional patterns from a four-tower array in Dakota City, NE. The storm destroyed two towers and damaged feedline on a third, and KWSL has been operating nondirectionally from the remaining tower under special temporary authority for 1.45kW day and 1.25kW night. It's now proposing to continue using the one remaining tower with 2.3kW daytime and 69 Watts nighttime, nondirectional. The change would lower KWSL's class from B to D since it would be operating with less than 250 Watts at night. KWSL carries a Regional Mexican format. (5/4/2015)

North Dakota's Real Presence Radio network of Catholic programming is expanding to South Dakota with the purchase of Family Radio's Black Hills station. It'll pay Family Stations $200,000 for KQFR/89.9 (Rapid City), which transmits from Terry Peak near Lead and has a rimshot/fringe signal to Rapid City. KQFR is relayed on K294BD/106.7 (Gillette, WY), which is separately being sold to Legend Communications fopr $35,000. Real Presence Radio has six full-power stations and one translator in North Dakota, as well as two low-power affiliates (one of which is in Minnesota). (5/1/2015)

The FCC has cancelled the licenses of two Iowa radio stations that were apparently never on the air for more than seven days during the seven years they were licensed. Randy Michaels' Radioactive, LLC had won KYME/92.9 (Rockford) and KEWS/104.7 (Sac City) in a 2005 auction with bids of $482,000 and $134,000, respectively. KYME had potential to serve Mason City if built to full power and KEWS could've reached Storm Lake or Carroll. The stations received their licenses in 2008 but filed repeated requests for special temporary authority to remain silent, each time stating that the stations had returned to the air for one broadcast day before going silent again due to "inadequate long-term staffing and programming resources." The licensee's attorney recently confirmed to the FCC that the stations had not been on the air since Feb. 4, 2014, meaning their licenses had expired due to a federal law that automatically cancels licenses when stations are silent for one year. (4/29/2015)

Companies headed by radio station owner Michael Flood are buying construction permits for low-power TV stations in Beatrice, Columbus, and Norfolk. Flood Digital Networks, LLC and Flood Communications of Beatrice, LLC will pay EICB-TV East, LLC a combined $150,000 for K21LE-D (Beatrice), K48NV-D (Columbus), and K35KZ-D (Norfolk). Flood's companies own one radio station in the Omaha market, two in Nebraska City, and two in Norfolk. The Nebraska City stations also produce a video newscast seen on a Falls City TV provider. (4/28/2015)

iHeartMedia has launched "96.5 Country" on K243CA/96.5 (Millman-Des Moines) and the HD2 signal of KDRB/100.3 (Des Moines), challenging Cumulus Media's longtime Country duo of "Nash FM 97.3" (KHKI Des Moines) and "92.5 Nash Icon" (KJJY West Des Moines). "96.5 Country" is the first new Country station to launch in the Des Moines area since KHKI adopted the format in 1993. K243CA transmits with 102 Watts from a tower at the WHO-TV building, a few blocks from the iHeartMedia building in downtown Des Moines. The translator is licensed to Millman, which is apparently a forgotten place on the edge of the Des Moines International Airport in the Southwestern Hills neighborhood. (4/27/2015)

QueenB Radio's WGLR/1280 (Lancaster) has gone silent, telling the FCC that "the current economic climate has made it difficult to keep WGLR on the air." WGLR had carried ESPN Radio in a simulcast with QueenB's WPVL/1590 (Platteville), which remains on the air. WGLR is licensed for 500 Watts daytime and 22 Watts nighttime, non-directional. The company also owns three FM stations in the area. (4/27/2015)

The FCC has dropped a Sept. 1 deadline for low-power TV and translator stations to convert to digital broadcasting. While full-power stations were required to go digital-only in 2009, LPTV/translator stations have been allowed to stay in analog -- though many have switched to digital voluntarily. The FCC said Friday it is dropping the deadline because the impending spectrum auction could force some LPTV/translator stations to make more technical changes or leave the air completely. (Class A stations, which transmit with the same power levels as LPTV but get extra protections in exchange for compliance with many of the same rules as full-power stations, will still have to meet the Sept. 1 deadline.) FCC records indicate there are still about five dozen LPTV/translator stations broadcasting in analog in the Upper Midwest, including many translators carrying big-four networks in rural areas. There are also a few analog LPTV stations in core cities such as a MundoFOX affiliate in Milwaukee and an independent station in Sioux Falls. (4/24/2015)

Townsquare Media is buying an FM translator to use for its WEBC/560 (Duluth). It'll pay Refuge Media Group $55,000 for W293CT/106.5 (Moose Lake), which the asset purchase agreement says will apply for a move to the Duluth antenna farm. The Moose Lake translator is one of the first established by WNCB, now Refuge Radio (WJRF/89.5 Duluth). WEBC, the oldest station in the Northland, carries ESPN Radio and is in a battle with three other all-Sports stations. (4/24/2015)

Bustos Media is buying back WDDW/104.7 (Sturtevant-Milwaukee), paying Adelante Media $1 million for the station. Bustos, which will begin running the station on May 1 through a local marketing agreement, launched WDDW's current Regional Mexican format after its first purchase of the station in 2005. It then sold WDDW and WBWT-LP/38 (Milwaukee) to Adelante in 2010. Adelante recently filed documents to sell WBWT-LP and a low-power TV station in Utah to DTV America for $425,000. WDDW delivers a rimshot signal to Milwaukee with a 4.2kW/103m facility. (4/22/2015)

MPR's Adult Alternative network, "The Current," has expanded to Ely on the HD2 signal of WIRC/89.3 and translator W267BV/101.3. W267BV, formerly on 101.7, had previously carried MPR News but was no longer needed for that network once WIRC signed on in 2011. In its announcement of the change, The Current acknowledged that it's competing with locally-programmed Adult Alternative station WELY-FM/94.5. Ely is the tenth community where The Current is available, benefitting from situations where MPR has ended up with a third signal not needed for its News or Classical services. However, The Current is missing from many larger communities where MPR only has two signals. (4/22/2015)

DirecTV customers in ten Midwest markets unexpectedly lost one or more of their local network affiliates Tuesday due to a brief retransmission consent dispute with Quincy Newspapers. The outage began at midnight and ended in mid-afternoon when the two sides reached a new deal, according to posts on Quincy's Facebook page. The brief outage affected ABC affiliates in Madison, La Crosse, Eau Claire, and Wausau, NBC affiliates in Quincy, Rochester, Rockford, Sioux City, and Waterloo-Cedar Rapids, and FOX affiliates in Quincy, Rochester, and South Bend. Unlike most disputes of this nature, there was no saber-rattling in advance to warn viewers of the impending outage. An article on the Sioux City station's website says even that station's regional vice president was surprised. (4/21/2015)

ABC affiliate KCRG-DT/9 (Cedar Rapids) has returned to DirecTV following a retransmission consent dispute that lasted more than three months. Terms of the new agreement were not released. KCRG had previously said that DirecTV was demanding contract language that would've violated its agreements with ABC and other program providers regarding online streaming. (4/20/2015)

Pioneer Public Televison (KWCM/10 Appleton) is now being carried on DirecTV and DISH Network throughout the Minneapolis TV market, adding an estimated 1.3 million potential new viewers. The addition also helps retain viewers within the station's west-central Minnesota coverage area who use satellite TV.

The move was possible because Appleton is in the Minneapolis market and KWCM can invoke must-carry status, but the station had to provide a signal to the satellite providers' Twin Cities headends since KWCM's signal cannot be received there. Pioneer was already seen on satellite providers across the Sioux Falls market since its other station, KSMN/20 (Worthington), is in the Sioux Falls market. The combination of Minneapolis and Sioux Falls satellite coverage means Pioneer is now reaching about 114 counties in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska via satellite, plus over-the-air coverage of several more counties in northwestern Minnesota.

Pioneer joins Lakeland Public Television (KAWE/9 Bemidji) and Twin Cities Public Television's TPT2 (KTCA/2 St. Paul) and TPT Life (KTCI/2.3 St. Paul) on the Minneapolis market satellite lineup. The stations carry many of the same PBS programs, but KWCM also has locally-produced shows and syndicated agricultural programming not seen on the other stations. (4/20/2015)

DISH Network has added the "My9" subchannel from KBJR/6.2 (Superior-Duluth) to its Duluth-market package. The move is unusual since satellite providers typically opt not to carry subchannels unless they are big-four network affiliates. Both DISH and DirecTV also carry the "CW2" subchannel (KDLH/3.2 Duluth) in the market. KBJR estimates the DISH addition means another 32,000 homes can receive "My9," which carries syndicated programming and local sports. (4/20/2015)

Heartland Communications is selling its AM-FM combos in Iron River, MI, and Park Falls, WI, to companies headed by Stephen Marks for $488,000. Stations included in the deal are WPFP/980 and WCQM/98.3 (Park Falls) and WFER/1230 and WIKB-FM/99.1 (Iron River, MI). Both AM stations carry Conservative Talk formats, while the FM's carry Country. Marks also owns the Upper Peninsula's ABC-TV and CW affiliates, three radio stations in Houghton, MI, and three other TV stations and eleven other radio stations, mostly in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. The deal does not include Heartland's group of four radio stations in Ashland, WI, or its AM-FM combo in Eagle River, WI. (4/16/2015, corrected to reflect Iron River as city of license for WFER/WIKB)

The new LAFF digital TV subchannel network launched on Tax Day with affiliates including KLKN/8.4 (Lincoln). The network features sitcoms from the 1990's and movie comedies from the past several decades and is run by Katz Broadcasting, which operates the Grit and Escape subchannels that KLKN also carries. LAFF joins a crowded field of subchannel offerings but is the only one focused specifically on comedy. (4/15/2015)

A four-station FM facility shift in the Des Moines area got underway Tuesday (4/14) as "Pulse" Contemporary Christian station KPUL-FM/99.5 (Winterset) moved to 101.7. The move had to be delayed from the original April 7 date due to bad weather that prevented a crew from climbing a tower. Iowa Public Radio Classical translator K269EJ/101.7 (Des Moines) left the air Tuesday and returned Wednesday afternoon on 97.7 as K249EJ. KPUL-FM's move off 99.5 clears the way for Christian Talker KTIA-FM/99.3 (Boone), owned by Truth Broadcasting, to move its transmitter to a tower near Sheldahl with 5.3kW/95m, improving its signal to Des Moines and changing its community of license to Huxley in the process. In a late addition to the shuffle, the FCC has approved a move of KFMG-LP/99.1 (Des Moines) to 98.9 to avoid interference from KTIA-FM. KFMG-LP is owned by the Des Moines Community Radio Foundation and carries an eclectic Adult Alternative format. (4/14/2015, updated K269EJ move 4/15)

Wisconsin Public Radio's news director, Michael Leland, is crossing the Mississippi River to take the same position at Iowa Public Radio. IPR announced Monday that Leland will start his new job on July 1. The news release quoted Leland as saying he looks forward to building on IPR's current news coverage to be "the best news source it can be for Iowa." IPR is a young network, having been formed a decade ago as a merger of public radio groups that had previously operated separately at the state's three universities. (4/13/2015)

Production of Global TV's local 10 p.m. and weekend newscasts in Winnipeg (CKND-DT/9) and half dozen other cities is moving to Toronto, the network reported last week. Weekday morning and 6 p.m. newscasts will continue to originate in local markets, but a single team in Toronto will anchor late-evening newscasts in all markets east of Alberta and one in British Columbia. Locally-produced newscasts will also begin to carry the same national and world news segments. The article said there would be a net loss of up to 30 jobs nationwide as a result of the change. It's the latest in a series of recent cuts affecting Winnipeg's TV news industry, including Citytv Winnipeg's cancellation of its only newscast in January and the CBC's announcement that Manitoba's only 5 p.m. TV newscast will end this fall. (4/12/2015)

Gray TV has consolidated operations of its TV stations in North Platte, joining NBC affiliate KNOP/2, FOX affiliate KIIT-CA/11, and CBS affiliate KNPL-LD/10.1 at a newly-renovated facility south of downtown. The KNOP building north of town will be maintained as a transmitter site. The newly-rebranded "NBC Nebraska News 2" says the new studio facility utilizes robotic cameras that will be operated from Gray's master control in Lincoln and a "handful of behind-the-scenes" positions will be moved to Lincoln. At the same time, news and other departments are being expanded and a 9 p.m. newscast will be launched on the FOX affiliate later this month. KNOP is the only full-power commercial station in North Platte, which is the second-smallest market in the country. Gray launched KNPL in September 2013 and began the process of buying KNOP/KIIT a few months later. (4/12/2015)

NET Television's KTNE/13 (Alliance), which serves Scottsbluff and the panhandle, is off the air due to antenna damage. The statewide PBS network says KTNE's antenna is on the ground, though the press release doesn't mention how it got there. The outage also affects translators K06KR Crawford and K08LN Harrison. KCSR Radio reports NET1 is still being seen on cable. Meanwhile, NET Radio's Facebook page says KTNE/91.1 (Alliance) was also off the air for a time but is now back on. (4/12/2015)

A belated note that WUPM/106.9 (Ironwood) is already back on the air following last week's tower collapse. The station returned to the air last Friday after apparently re-tuning the transmitter for translator W225AV/92.9 (Ironwood) to 106.9, where it's using 170 Watts. In a request for special temporary authority filed with the FCC, WUPM states that the 170-Watt facility may only be in place for one to two weeks until different equipment arrives. WHRY/1450 (Hurley), which briefly carried WUPM's Adult Top 40 format following the collapse, has returned to its Oldies format. W225AV, which normally relays WHRY, is off the air. (4/9/2015)

NRG Media's "Rock 101.5" (KROR Hastings) is operating at reduced power from an alternate site after a storm damaged its licensed facility. The station says in an FCC filing that a wind storm on April 4 damaged the antenna system, and it's now using 2.5kW/237m from a nearby tower. KROR normally uses 100kW/306m. The auxiliary facility delivers a good signal to Kearney, with rimshot coverage of Hastings and a fringe signal to Grand Island. (4/9/2015)

Leighton Enterprises is buying Jerry Papenfuss' radio stations in the Fergus Falls and Winona areas for $9.5 million. Stations included in the deal are KJJK/1020, KBRF/1250, KJJK-FM/96.5, and KZCR/103.3 (Fergus Falls); KPRW/99.5 (Perham); KWNO/1230, KAGE/1380, KAGE-FM/95.3, and KHME/101.1 (Winona); and KWNO-FM/99.3 (Rushford-Winona). Leighton owns an existing group in the Detroit Lakes area, which borders on the Fergus Falls coverage area, as well as groups in the St. Cloud and Grand Forks markets. The deal includes a five-year non-compete clause for the Fergus Falls and Winona areas. The sale does not include Papenfuss' AM-FM combos in Blue Earth and Windom. (4/7/2015)

After one group stepped aside, the FCC has granted a new non-commercial FM station in eastern Iowa to a different group. Plus Charities, a Cedar Rapids-based Catholic group, has received a construction permit for a new station on 88.7 licensed to Coggon, which will use 5kW/95m (class A). The new station will have a city-grade signal in the Manchester area and possible fringe coverage of Cedar Rapids. New Bohemia Group had originally been granted the frequency, but returned its CP earlier this year. (4/5/2015)

WUPM/106.9 (Ironwood) says high winds toppled its tower late Wednesday or early Thursday. FCC records indicate the 300-foot tower near Bessemer had stood since 1961. WUPM's Adult Top 40 format has been moved to sister station WHRY/1450 (Hurley) and FM translator W225AV/92.9 (Ironwood), displacing the Oldies format normally heard on WHRY. The stations are licensed to Big G Little O Inc., a company owned by 11 local residents. (4/2/2015)

The Milwaukee Community Radio Alliance's WLDB/93.3 (Milwaukee) has become "Trending Radio," ditching its eight-year-old "B93.3" slogan. notes the change coincides with a transition of the station's playlist from Adult Contemporary to Hot AC. "Trending Radio" is positioned as "Today's Best Music." (4/1/2015)

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Bloomberg: Pandora Said to Win a Nod Toward Buying KXMZ-FM in South Dakota (4/27)
Quad City Times: Fechner leaving WQAD for Indy (4/27)
Mankato Free Press: Z99 DJ's World record attempt over (4/23)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Former WCCO-TV sports personality Ralph Jon Fritz has cancer (4/23)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WMIL-FM still No. 1, but WTMJ-AM shows big gains in winter radio ratings (4/16)
Star Tribune: Jimmy Kimmel gets an upgrade in Twin Cities (4/16)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Dan Barreiro, Ron Rosenbaum to host Fox 9 talk show (4/16)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: WCCO reporter Ashley Roberts gets engaged on air (4/15)
NET Nebraska: NET's Ron Hull Wins 2015 Charnley Award (4/15)
KARE: Twin Cities radio DJ takes leave because of stalker (4/8)
Iowa City Press-Citizen: KCJJ's Tommy Lang gets some love at fundraiser to cover medical bills (4/4)
TVSpy: CBS Moves Minneapolis GM to Philadelphia Station (4/2)
KAAL-TV: Radio Legend Returns to Rochester (4/1)
Star Tribune: Jason Matheson lands a big new assignment at Fox 9 (4/1)
Star Tribune: KFAI Radio works to stay scrappy, remain relevant (3/31)
Winnipeg Free Press: Winnipeg's Nostalgia Radio finds supporters and success as non-profit co-op (3/28)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Anchor Tom Halden leaving Fox 9 (3/30)
Duluth News Tribune: Familiar face returning to KBJR-TV news team (3/26)
Dudek Abides: WTMJ’s Mike Jacobs, longest serving anchor in market, to retire in May (3/25)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: New KARE-TV morning anchor is Minnesota native (3/23)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Restored Amery, Wis., theater hosts live radio broadcasts (3/21)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WDJT-TV adds newscasts at 4 p.m. weekdays, Sunday mornings (3/23)
Aberdeen News: Radio station bomb threat thought to be a hoax (3/21)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Eric Von to host morning show on WNOV-AM (3/23)
KARE 11: KFAI Radio hopes community can help them (3/14)
Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Nancy Naeve to leave KSFY-TV (3/19)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WMIL back on top of Milwaukee radio ratings (3/19)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Victor Tedesco, former St. Paul city council member (and radio station owner), dies at 92 (3/17)
Wisconsin State Journal: The Mic adapts, perseveres in difficult progressive talk radio landscape (3/8)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Four episodes of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' coming to TPT (3/12)
WLUC-TV: 'Finland Calling' coming to a close (3/6)
Quad City Times: WHBF gets 'Local' makeover (3/5)
Wisconsin State Journal: Two Minutes with Mitch Henck will stretch to 3 hours on radio (3/4)
WXOW-TV: DJ duo marks 25 years together (3/3)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WISN-TV names Melinda Davenport morning news co-anchor (3/3)
Wisconsin State Journal: Popular radio personality Sly returns to morning time slot (3/2)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Former KARE-11 anchor Kirsten Lindquist, famous for 1986 tornado broadcast, dies (3/1)
KARE: Former KARE anchor passes away after cancer battle (3/1)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WISN-TV leads in ratings at 5, 6 p.m.; WITI-TV leads at 10 p.m. (2/27)
WCCO: Veteran WCCO Radio Broadcaster Dick Chapman Dies (2/27)
The Forum: Earl Williams, longtime WDAY radio host, voice of the Bison, dead at 79 (2/25)
Bloomberg Politics: These Radio Hosts Are Some of the Most Powerful Republicans You've Never Heard Of (2/24)
St. Cloud Times: Boon or bust, HD Radio alters Minnesota airwaves (2/22)
Twin Cities Business: Ginny Morris Making Waves In Radio (2/18)
The Buffalo News: Raguse, Guggenmos latest leaving Ch.4 as they head to Minneapolis (2/20)
Pioneer Press: WCCO-TV adds 'Midmorning' show (2/19)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: McGinnis leaving WDJT-TV; Green Bay native Burgoyne to be chief meteorologist (2/19)
Pioneer Press: Donna Valentine joins myTalk 107.1 (2/18)
Star Tribune: Jason Matheson leaves WCCO-TV for Fox 9 — again (2/18)
Rochester Post-Bulletin: KNXR to return to the airwaves next week (2/16)
MinnPost: In latest local radio battle, Go 96.3 goes after 89.3 The Current (2/11)
Mason City Globe Gazette: Mason City radio personality to avoid deportation to Canada (2/10)
Wisconsin State Journal: Public broadcasting braces for possible cuts under Scott Walker's budget plan (2/8)
Des Moines Register: Radio Station KXNO shuffles lineup (2/6)
Des Moines Register: 'Marty & Miller' has found a home on the radio dial (2/6)
The Forum: Thornberg leaving KVRR to raise child (2/3)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Donna Valentine off the air after 20 years at K102 (2/2)
KTTC-TV: 97.5 FM bids farewell to radio, founder reflects on nearly 50 years (1/30)
Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Gene Hetland retiring from KSOO Radio (1/23)
KELO-TV: Signing-Off On Retirement (1/30)
Milwaukee Business Journal: Journal Communications-Scripps deal likely to close by mid-April (1/30)
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Brooks, state Hall of Fame broadcaster, dies at 88 St. Paul Pioneer Press: Amy Hockert returning to local TV news with job at KMSP (1/28)
Star Tribune: How 89.3 the Current can stay vital after a troubled week (1/29)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: MPR loses some support over firing of Current DJ Barb Abney (1/28)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Barb Abney out as 89.3 The Current DJ (1/27)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: 89.3 The Current celebrates 10 years on the air (1/13)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Patrick Hammer temporarily delivers weather on KARE-TV (1/12)
Jamestown Sun: AM 600’s Bob Sands dies Thursday at 73 (1/10)
The Forum: Veteran local broadcaster known as “Captain Jim” dies at 88 (1/7)
Milwaukee Business Journal: WTMJ-AM back in the ag-news business (1/7)
Duane Dudek: WKLH, WHQG owner Saga reaches agreement with Nielsen (1/7)
KCCI-TV: KXNO radio host abruptly resigns (1/7)
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