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Fox 9 has finally landed on its replacement for Heidi Collins.
Kelcey Carlson, who has spent the past decade manning the desk at WRAL in Raleigh-Durham, NC, will join Jeff Passolt in early February as anchors of "Fox 9 News at 5PM" and "Fox 9 News at 9PM."
She takes over for Heidi Collins who left under mysterious circumstances in July after a somewhat rocky three-year stint at the station.
"This opportunity is like winning the jackpot," Carlson said in a statement. "I have fond memories of my summer vacations in the Midwest and I'm so excited to move back here with my family and be a part of the talented Fox 9 news team."
Garrison Keillor/ Star Tribune photo by Tom Wallace
Garrison Keillor will bring his “A Prairie Home Companion” to his home base, the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, for seven shows in January, February and March.
Guests will include Rhonda Vincent, Paula Poundstone, Hilary Thavis and Mike Compton & Joe Newberry.
After being on tour in Texas, Tennessee and elsewhere, PHC will be broadcast live from the Fitzgerald on Jan. 17 and 25, Feb. 1 and March 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Tickets, priced from $32 to $48, will go on sale at noon Wednesday through Ticketmaster outlets (including 1-800-745-3000) and at the Fitzgerald box office.
Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan in "Downton Abbey"/ AP photo by Giles Keyte
Minnesotans really love their TPT. For the second year in a row the Twin Cities has the largest percentage of households watching public television than anywhere else in the country. Baltimore is second and Portland is third.
"It's a real tribute to the Twin Cities that audiences here so passionately embrace public TV," said TPT's COO Terry O'Reilly. "At a time when all media outlets are facing declining audiences, more and more Minnesotans are not just watching TPT, but joining us as members."
Sheryl Crow/ Associated Press photo by Dan Hallman
A few thoughts on BUZ’N 102.9 FM’s Girls with Guitars gig Tuesday at Mill City Nights featuring Sheryl Crow, Kellie Pickler, Gloriana, Maggie Rose and Ashley Monroe. It was a benefit for Park Nicollet’s Jane Brattain Breast Center.
Joy Lim Nakrin
KSTP-TV is losing another family member. Joy Lim Nakrin, who came to the station in 2010 as an anchor/reporter, departs to her hometown of Boston where she'll serve as an anchor/reporter/legal expert for Fox-owned WFXT.
Nakrin, who is a trained attorney, previously worked in Hartford.She was not available for comment.
Nakrin is the fifth on-air staffer to leave this year. Due to her departure as well as that of Vineeta Sawkar, the station will soon have no anchors of color and only one on-air minority, Todd Wilson.
Nakrin's last day is Oct. 11.
UPDATE: KSTP news director Lindsay Radford returned a phone call after this story was posted. I asked her if she was concerned that there will be only one person of color on her air. "Not really," she said, pointing out that there are plenty of people of color that work behind the scenes. "I look at who is the best. Diversity is important, but I’m looking for the most talented journalist. I look first at who’s going to be good."