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Gray TV has taken over the FOX affiliation in the Wausau market, buying the programming and other non-license assets of WFXS/55.1 (Wittenberg-Wausau) to operate alongside existing CBS affiliate WSAW/7 (Wausau).

WFXS went silent on July 1 and its entire lineup, including FOX programming and the Me-TV and Movies! subchannels, moved Gray's recently-acquired low-power station WZAW-LD (Wausau), which is using WFXS' former virtual 55.1 to 55.3 channels. WFXS owner Davis Televison indicated in an FCC filing that it plans to return the WFXS license after selling the non-license assets to Gray. The purchase price was not disclosed in a press release announcing the deal.

Gray could not buy WFXS' license because ownership caps prohibit one company from owning more than one of the top four full-power TV stations in a market. However, LPTV stations are not covered by ownership rules.

The assets sold include the WFXS transmitter, which had broadcast with 685kW as WFXS but is now being used by WZAW-LD at reduced power of 15kW, the maximum allowed for low-power TV stations, according to a request for special temporary authority approved by the FCC. The LPTV station had originally been permitted to transmit on channel 33, but Gray told the FCC that it needed to use channel 31 because it couldn't secure a channel 33 transmitter in time for its desired July 1 airdate.

Since WZAW-LD is transmitting on WFXS' former RF channel and remapping to its former PSIP channels, some viewers in the immediate Wausau area may not notice the change. However, the LPTV signal can't reach outlying areas of the market such as Rhinelander and Marshfield, and some viewers have already taken to the station's Facebook page to complain.

WFXS had signed on in 1999 as part of a wave of station startups that completed FOX coverage of small markets. It had carried a 9 p.m. newscast produced by Quincy ABC affiliate WAOW/9 (Wausau), and WSAW says it'll launch its own 9 p.m. newscast on WZAW-LD this fall.

Gray TV has been acquiring multiple big-four network affiliations in many markets, including Lincoln, Fargo, and Bismarck. Its recent purchase of LPTV stations in Sioux Falls and Rapid City may indicate a desire to create similar setups in those markets. (7/1/2015)

De La Hunt Broadcasting has moved the Adult Contemporary format formerly heard on KSKK/94.7 (Staples) to KVKK/1070 (Verndale) following KSKK's sale to James Ingstad's Radio Fargo-Moorhead, which plans to move KSKK to the Detroit Lakes area. 94.7 went silent last Friday (6/26) after the FCC approved its move to Frazee on 94.5, where the new owners have said it will relay the Country format of "Bob 95 FM" (KBVB/95.1 Barnesville-Fargo-Moorhead). KVKK had carried syndicated Conservative Talk during the day and Classic Country at night; similar programming is available in the area from sister station KPRM/870 (Park Rapids). A post on the KSKK/KVKK Facebook page says "The Arrow" "will hopefully have an FM presence later here in the summer or early fall." That could indicate a plan to move a translator to the Staples area to relay KVKK. K285FB/104.9 (Park Rapids), which had previously relayed KSKK, has applied to raise its antenna height but remain at its present tower site, at least in the initial application. (6/30/2015)

Milwaukee-based Christian broadcaster VCY America is buying a station in rural central Iowa, its first in the state. The deal calls for VCY to pay American Radio Missions Foundation $251,100 for KRNF/89.7 (Montezuma), which signed on in 2009 and uses a 3.1kW/103m facility with coverage of Grinnell. KRNF at one time reportedly carried VCY programming in the overnight hours but currently simulcasts a Southern Gospel "God's Country" format with Horizon Broadcasting's KOJY/106.9 (Bloomfield); KOJY is not included in the sale. (6/30/2015)

NRG Media launched its new AM-on-FM translator in Waterloo over the weekend with a "Party." K297BS/107.3 (Waterloo) is now "107-3 The Party" with a Contemporary Hits format originating on KWLO/1330 (Waterloo), directly taking on established CHR outlet "Q92.3" (KKHQ Oelwein-Waterloo). KWLO, which is the second-oldest station in Waterloo, had previously carried ESPN Radio. K297BS uses 250 Watts from a tower on the southern edge of Waterloo. Besides KWLO, NRG owns two full-power FM's and one AM in the market. (6/28/2015)

Minnesota Public Radio is buying an FM signal that could potentially be used to bring its "Current" Adult Alternative network to Duluth. MPR is buying Family Radio station W215CG/90.9 (Duluth) from Family Stations for $45,000 and states on the application that W215CG will relay MPR's WSCD/92.9 (Duluth); MPR could potentially add an HD2 feed of "The Current" on WSCD to feed programming to the translator as it already does with its stations in Ely and Grand Rapids. "The Current" already has an online following in Duluth and hosted an event in the city last summer. The Twin Ports already has an unusually large number of public radio stations for a city its size, including Adult Alternative/Folk-formatted KUMD/103.3 (Duluth), two MPR stations, and two Wisconsin Public Radio stations. W215CG is currently licensed for 10 Watts from the Duluth antenna farm but has been difficult to receive since moving from its original home on 88.5 three years ago; it has a pending application to increase its antenna height from 69m to 115m. (6/26/2015)

After years of regulatory battles, Truth Broadcasting's KTIA-FM/99.3 (Boone) has moved its transmitter closer to Des Moines. The Christian Talk station is now broadcasting from a tower near Sheldahl and will eventually use 5.3kW/95m (class A), though an announcement on the station's Facebook page Sunday night said it was not yet at full power. KTIA-FM is also changing its community of license to Huxley. The move gives KTIA-FM a strong signal to much of Des Moines, and the original application ran afoul of FCC rules intended to preserve rural radio service. The second application was first rejected, then approved. In order to make way for the move, Positive Impact Media Contemporary Christian outlet KPUL-FM/99.5 (Winterset) moved to 101.7, in turn forcing Iowa Public Radio Classical translator K269EJ/101.7 (Des Moines) to move to 97.7. (6/22/2015)

iHeartMedia and Educational Media Foundation appear to be starting a partnership in the Des Moines market. iHeartMedia's KKDM/107.5 (Des Moines) recently began carrying EMF's "K-Love" Contemporary Christian network on its HD3 channel, a move that has preceded EMF-iHeart translator deals in other markets, including Minneapolis. iHeartMedia already owns and operates one HD2-fed translator in the market, "96.5 Country" (K243CA Millman-Des Moines). EMF has three construction permits for new translators in Des Moines, including two which said they would rebroadcast iHeartMedia stations on their applications. EMF also has one CP in Ames, and existing EMF "K-Love" translator K290AJ/105.9 (Gilbert-Ames) recently changed frequency to 106.5 with the new callsign K293CG. It had to downgrade from 250 to 37 Watts in the process, weakening its signal to Ames; such frequency changes sometimes mark the start of a series of facility changes. (6/20/2015)

KSIB/1520 and KSIB-FM/101.3 (Creston), which serve a rural area southwest of Des Moines, are being transferred between family members. David and Kathy Rieck are selling the stations to Chad and Amy Rieck for $1.4 million. Chad, who is David and Kathy's son, has been the general manager since 2006. The FM station carries an information-heavy Country format, while the AM side carries a Sports format. (6/19/2015)

Continuing a strategy used in its other markets, Gray Television is buying a low-power TV station to operate alongside its full-power station in Sioux Falls. Gray, which owns ABC/CW affiliate KSFY/13, is buying K20MB-D from EICB-TV East, LLC for $100,000. EICB-TV retains the construction permit for another Sioux Falls station, K22KD-D. K20MB-D is not yet on the air. Its 15kW signal will easily cover Sioux Falls itself but won't reach most of the geographic area of the market, which covers the eastern two-thirds of South Dakota as well as a few counties in neighboring states. Gray has also recently purchased LPTV stations to operate alongside its full-power stations in Rapid City and Wausau. (6/17/2015)

One week after launching "Hot 102.5" (see below), iHeartMedia has launched another HD3/translator format in the Twin Cities. K244FE/96.7 (Calhoun Beach), formerly W244CS/96.7 (Hudson, WI), is now "96.7 Pride Radio" with a Dance format for the LGBT community. The launch comes after several days of a #ComingOutFriday hashtag campaign.

iHeartMedia says "96.7 Pride Radio" is the first (analog) station for the LGBT community in the country. It's an extension of the national "Pride Radio" format available on iHeartRadio and an HD2 channel in the New York market. 96.7 transmits with 170 Watts from the IDS Center, with programming originating on the HD3 signal of iHeartMedia's KQQL/107.9.

96.7's launch gives iHeartMedia nine FM signals in the market, made possible by the fact that translators don't count towards ownership caps. (6/10/2015, updated 6/12)

Duluth NBC affiliate KBJR/6 (Superior-Duluth) has been restored to Mediacom after a retransmission consent dispute that lasted ten days. The outage, which began at 11:59 p.m. May 31, also affected "My9" (KBJR-DT2). Mediacom is the second-largest cable company in the market, serving most of the Iron Range, Cloquet, the Duluth suburbs of Hermantown and Proctor, and several North Shore communities. The Mesabi Daily News had reported that Mediacom filled KBJR's channel position with NBC Sports Network during the dispute. (6/1/2015, updated 6/11)

iHeartMedia has launched "Hot 102.5" on translator K273BH/102.5 (Fridley-Minneapolis) and the HD3 signal of KTCZ/97.1 (Minneapolis), carrying Hip-Hop and R&B from the 1990's and 2000's. The new format launched at 3 p.m. Friday (6/5) after weeks of a repeating message advising people looking for "Air1," the Christian Hits network that formerly aired on 102.5, to tune to 92.9.

"Hot 102.5" is the only commercial station in the Twin Cities with a mostly African-American playlist and primarily competes with longtime non-commercial Hip-Hop/R&B outlet KMOJ/89.9. Most of the songs on the "Hot 102.5" playlist haven't been heard on commercial radio in the market since their original runs on sister Top 40 outlet KDWB/101.3, Rhythmic Hits WLOL/99.5 in 1990-91, or Hip-Hop/R&B "B96" in the 2000's.

"Hot 102.5" is iHeartMedia's eighth FM signal with full metro coverage, joining the company's five full-power FM stations and two other translators. The company also has FCC permission to move a fourth translator (W244CS/96.7) to the IDS Center. (6/5/2015)

Nextar has made some changes to the DTV channel lineup in the Quad Cities. WHBF (Rock island), which carries CBS on 4.1, is now rebroadcasting CW affiliate KGCW/26.1 (Burlington) on 4.2. Channel 4.2 had been off the air since dropping the Live Well Network last year. The KGCW simulcast had previously seen on channel 18.2 of KLJB (Davenport), which is now owned by Marshall Broadcasting Group but operated by Nexstar. KLJB, a primary FOX affiliate, moved MeTV from 18.3 to 18.2, while KGCW continues to carry ThisTV on 26.2 but dropped a simulcast of MeTV on 26.3. KGCW's signal to the Quad Cities is slightly weaker than the market's other channels since it transmits from a site midway between the Quad Cities and Burlington. (6/3/2015)

It turns out an illegible letter was one of the problems ASCAP faced in its unsuccessful attempt to stop the sale of KXMZ/102.7 (Box Elder-Rapid City) to Pandora Radio, which wants the terrestrial license to qualify for lower music streaming rates.

The FCC's Media Bureau gave final approval to the sale Tuesday, saying that ASCAP had failed to raise any substantial facts that should block the sale. The letter from Audio Division Chief Peter H. Doyle also notes that a letter from a Custer man that ASCAP was supposed to be representing is illegible, and that the man lives outside of KXMZ's primary coverage area and did not assert that he is a regular listener of KXMZ.

Because ASCAP could not show standing as a party eligible to file a petition to deny, the FCC instead treated ASCAP's allegations as an informal objection, but still found the allegations to be insufficient to block the sale.

The decision comes a month after the FCC issued a declaratory ruling stipulating that Pandora is qualified to be a licensee even though it can't quantify its level of foreign ownership. Pandora is buying KXMZ, which carries an Adult Top 40 format called "Hits 102.7," from Connoisseur Communications for $600,000. It has been running the station through local marketing agreement for two years. (6/2/2015)

Seehafer Broadcasting is adding a fourth station on the Lake Michigan shoreline with the purchase of WEMP-FM/98.9 (Two Rivers) from Mark Heller's Metro North Communications for $380,000. WEMP began regular broadcasts with an Easy Listening format late last year. Seehafer, based in Manitowoc, also owns WOMT/1240 (Manitowoc), WQTC/102.3 (Manitowoc), WLKN/98.1 (Cleveland), and four stations in central Wisconsin. With WEMP's transmitter located at WLKN's tower and its studios in the lower level of WLKN's office building, Heller said it made sense to accept Seehafer's offer to buy the station. Like WLKN, the main coverage area for WEMP's 6kW signal extends from Two Rivers to Sheboygan. Heller retains ownership of WGBW/1590 (Denmark-Green Bay) and WLWB/1530 (New Holstein). (6/1/2015)

James Ingstad's Radio FM Media has announced plans for KSKK/94.7 (Staples) once the station is moved to the Detroit Lakes area. The station has a pending application to change its community of license to Frazee and change frequency to 94.5 with 11kW/150m (class C3). Radio FM Media's "Bob 95 FM" (KBVB/95.1 Barnesville-Fargo) says the relocated KSKK will rebroadcast KBVB, restoring coverage that the station lost when it moved its transmitter closer to Fargo. The station says the change is expected to happen "later this summer." Radio Fargo Moorhead, which does business as Radio FM Media, already has FCC permission to purchase KSKK from the De La Hunt family's Normin Broadcasting, but the deal has not been consummated because it's contingent on the move to Frazee being approved. KSKK signed on 20 years ago and has carried an Adult Contemporary format called "The Arrow" for that entire time. (6/1/2015)

Less than six hours after Scripps Broadcasting dropped "The Lake" from the Milwaukee radio dial (see below), Magnum Broadcasting assumed the slogan with its own version of the broad Adult Contemporary/Oldies format. WMKQ/92.1 (Racine) made the switch to "The Lake" at 3:30 p.m. Friday (5/29). Company president Dave Magnum says in a press release that they were "shocked" that Scripps dropped the format and is hoping to adopt its listeners. Just six months ago, WMKQ ditched a longtime WEZY Adult Contemporary format for Country as "Q92" following Magnum's purchase of the station. It provides a rimshot signal to southern Milwaukee. (5/29/2015)

Following ownership changes, WLWK/94.5 (Milwaukee) has ditched its seven-year-old Adult Contemporary/Oldies "The Lake" format in favor of "94-5 KTI Country." The new format launched at 10 a.m. Friday (5/29). The change comes after Journal Broadcasting merged into Scripps Broadcasting and revives the WKTI callsign that had been used on 94.5 for decades, albeit with a different format. "KTI Country" competes directly with iHeartMedia's heritage Country outlet, "FM106" (WMIL-FM Waukesha-Milwaukee), along with Magnum Broadcasting's recently-rebranded "Buzz Country" (WMBZ/92.5 West Bend) in the north suburbs. (5/29/2015)

Two new AM-on-FM translators have signed on in the St. Cloud market. W293CS/106.5 is rebroadcasting the Adult Standards "Uptown 1010" format of WMIN/1010 (Sauk Rapids), while W297BO/107.3 is relaying Classic Album Rock from "The Goat," WXYG/540 (Sauk Rapids). W293CS is owned by Mark Hoppe's Blue Wing, Inc. while W297BO is owned by Herbert M. Hoppe, who owns one FM station and four AM stations in the market, including WXYG and WMIN. On paper, the translators officially relay HD subchannels of WHMH/101.7 (Sauk Rapids) which simulcast the AM stations. The translators were moved in from Hinckley through a chain-link move and legally remain licensed to Hinckley. (5/29/2015)

Format tweaks didn't help three Winnipeg radio stations in the ratings, according to new numbers released by Numeris. Rogers' "Kiss 102.3" (CKY-FM) and Corus Entertainment's "97.5 Big FM" (CJKR-FM) are both down about two full share points in the Numeris Spring (March 2-April 26, 2015) 12+ ratings when compared with last spring's ratings. Meanwhile, Corus' "99.1 Fresh Radio" (CJGV-FM) is down three-tenths of a point over the year to become the lowest-rated commercial station in the market. At the top of the list, CBC Radio One (CBW/990 and 88.3) edged into first place by going up two-tenths of a point over the year while Corus News/Talker CJOB/680 slipped a half-point. Jim Pattison Group's "QX104" (CFQX-FM), Bell Media's "103.1 Virgin Radio" (CKMM-FM), and Rogers' 92 CITI-FM round out the top five. Overall, Bell's stations have a combined 20.4 share, followed by Pattison with 15.6 and Corus with 15.4. The full report is available here. (5/28/2015)

iHeartMedia has received permission to move a fourth FM translator to the IDS Center, adding to the company's five full-power FM signals in the Twin Cities. The FCC has granted a construction permit for W244CS/96.7 to move to IDS with 170 Watts under the new callsign K244FE and a new community of license of Calhoun Beach, a Minneapolis neighborhood. W244CS is licensed to Hudson, WI, but currently broadcasts from West St. Paul, carrying a nameless `80s Hits format from the HD3 signal of KQQL/107.9. In order to make way for the move of W244CS to IDS, the FCC approved a move of a future Christian low-power FM station in Maple Grove from 96.7 to 99.1.

iHeartMedia also runs "Alt 93.3" (W227BF) and KTLK rebroadcaster K278BP/103.5 from the IDS Center. It's also presumably preparing to launch a new format on K273BH/102.5, which has been running an announcement for several weeks advising listeners to tune to 92.9 to hear the "Air1" Christian Hits format that previously aired on the frequency. K273BH's programming is originating from the HD3 signal of iHeartMedia's KTCZ/97.1. W227BF and K273BH are both owned by the Educational Media Foundation, which originates its two networks for Twin Cities translators on subchannels of iHeartMedia stations. (5/27/2015)

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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Star Tribune: Are changes afoot at MPR? (7/1)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Kidd O'Shea leaving WMYX for TV job in D.C. (7/1)
Quad City Times: KWQC's Rosehart, WHBF's Kiel leaving Q-C TV airwaves (6/29)
Milwaukee Business Journal: Carole Caine of 'Dave & Carole' leaves WKLH-FM (96.5); Dave Luczak remains (6/29)
Williston Herald: Local radio announcer reaches milestone (6/26)
Star Tribune: More charges filed against man accused of stalking Current radio DJ Mary Lucia (6/26)
Star Tribune: Kelsey Soby announces she's leaving Fox 9 (6/25)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: KARE photojournalist Jonathan Malat leaving for job in Denmark (6/25)
Star Tribune: Weatherman Jerrid Sebesta forecasts a bright future after dropping out of the rat race (6/24)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Jason Matheson's new FOX 9 show starts Aug. 17 (6/18)
The Gazette (Cedar Rapids): KCJJ returning to Iowa City (6/16)
Dudek Abides: WRIT leaps into second behind WMIL in May radio ratings (6/11)
Dudek Abides: WDJT, WTMJ and the battle for third place (6/9)
Star Tribune: Sports talk shakeup: The Ticket drops Mike Morris, Bob Sansevere (6/9)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Ryan Shaver joining dad, Randy, at KARE11 (6/8)
Quad City Times: 'Capt. Steve' marks 50th radio anniversary (6/8)
Star Tribune: Radio host Steve Seel returning to the Current, but not morning show (6/5)
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier: Anchor Bob Waters leaves KWWL for Amperage (6/4)
Star Tribune: Bud Kraehling, WCCO's 'Walter Cronkite of TV weather,' dies at 96 (6/4)
Racine Journal Times: Radio station owners ‘surprised’ by 92.1 FM’s new name, logo (6/3)
The Dudek Abides: Racine station The Lake causes waves as Scripps asserts copyright (6/2)
Rochester Post Bulletin: KSMQ goes HD, looks at Rochester (6/2)
Mason City Globe Gazette: Radio station group sues broadcaster over call sign (6/1)
Ames Tribune: KHOI looks to the future as third anniversary approaches (5/29)
Grand Forks Herald: Former Grand Forks radio personality Bollman dies (5/27)
Flin Flon Reminder: Book tunes into history of Flin Flon, northern Manitoba radio (5/23)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Longtime Twin Cities DJ Thorn dealing with serious health issues (5/21)
The Forum: Fargo TV anchor shares personal story of physical, emotional abuse (5/21)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WISN-TV leads May ratings sweeps (5/21)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WISN-TV shuffles anchor lineups: Garbaciak in, McKee out at 6, 10 p.m. (5/19)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WTMJ-TV's Mike Jacobs looks toward retirement, back on long career (5/15)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: WMIL-FM, WTMJ-AM maintain lead in Milwaukee radio ratings race (5/14)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: News anchor Jodi Becker leaving WTMJ-AM (5/13)
Star Tribune: St. Louis Park's radio history museum dazzles with nerdy gems (5/11)
Quad City Times: WVIK ready to show off its changes (5/9)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Broadcast vet, Wave announcer Van McNeil joins morning show at WLDB (5/8)
St. Paul Pioneer Press: Vikings and KFAN announce extension of broadcast rights deal (4/29)
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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