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KARE comes out on top for regional Murrow awards

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: April 23, 2015 - 12:00 PM

KARE, the Twin Cities NBC affiliate, led all local contenders when winners of regional Murrow Awards were announced Thursday.

KARE posted victories in six categories, including the most prestigious: overall excellence.

KMSP and KSTP also were cited.

On the radio side, WCCO-AM was honored for overall excellence, one of three categories they captured. MPR received four awards.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been handing out these awards since 1971 as a way to recognize the very best in electronic journalism.

Local broadcasters compete with stations across the state, as well as South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Recepients of national Murrow Awards will be announced in June.

MPR wins Peabody Award for coverage of clergy sex abuse

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: April 20, 2015 - 2:59 PM

Minnesota Public Radio is taking home a Peabody Award for its documentary, "Betrayed By Silence," which took an indepth look into the child sex-abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

It is the sixth time either MPR or its parent company, American Public Media, has received the prestigious award.

"The individual stories throughout the investigation were superbly reported and important, yet difficult because of the victims' painful experiences," said MPR's news managing editor Chris Worthington. "This final story was critical for a full understanding — it went beyond what happened to show how and why it persisted over decades and who could've stopped it."

The coverage, led by Madeleine Baran, has already received wide recognition, including a Alfred I.duPont-Columbia University Award.

Round Earth Media, which is based in Minneapolis, was also recognized was its contributions to "Latino USA: Murder and Migration in Honduras," which aired on National Public Radio.

"Silence" and "Latino USA"  joins a slew of other recepients including FX's "Fargo," HBO's "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" and Comedy Central's "Inside Amy Schumer."

The 74th Annual Peabody Awards will be handed out May 31 in New York City. For the first time ever, the ceremonies will take place at night with a red carpet and will air in June on Pivot TV. Fred Armisen will host.

Jimmy Kimmel gets an upgrade in Twin Cities

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: April 16, 2015 - 11:18 AM

Jimmy Kimmel/photo by Matt Sayles/AP

If you tuned in for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week at its usual time, you missed almost half the show. That’s because KSTP is now running “JKL” directly against “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show” at 10:35 p.m., instead of at 11 p.m.

“The fundamental reason is that it was important to ABC,” said Rob Hubbard, the station’s general manager. The time shift was part of Hubbard Broadcasting’s recent renewal with the network. In exchange, the locally owned company got some things that it wanted. Hubbard would not go into details.

The move means KSTP will no longer have an hour of local news late at night..

“It hurts. It hurts a lot,” Hubbard said. “But we did some research and found out some people thought we needed a full hour to do a proper newscast. We know that’s not true.”

Kimmel himself is excited about the move.

"I am very happy to be on earlier," he said Wednesday night in an e-mail. "The whole thing made me tired just thinking about it. I think the result will be a huge boost in productivity for the Twin Cities."

Mary Lucia to take leave from 89.3 the Current after stalker incidents

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: April 8, 2015 - 6:07 PM

One of the most familiar voices on the Twin Cities radio dial, Mary Lucia announced on air Wednesday afternoon that she is taking a leave of absence from 89.3 the Current. A candid open letter posted on the station’s website says she’s making the hard decision after she was harassed by a stalker at both her work and home.

“My life over the last year has involved a series of restraining orders, seemingly endless calls to 911, the installation of security cameras at home, and police photo ID line-ups,” Lucia wrote in the blunt, descriptive manner that has made her a favorite of Twin Cities rock listeners going back to her '90s stint at REV-105. “I've been constantly looking over my shoulder, dead-bolting doors, and jumping when someone rings my doorbell or my motion lights go off.”

Lucia alluded to her pending leave as her usual afternoon shift wound down Wednesday. After spinning teeth-clenched hard-rock tracks by Joan Jett and Motorhead, she said, “Things out of my control have taken away all my power this year,” but she promised to fight on with the force of those two personally beloved artists.

Her letter ended with a similar strong will to return soon. She wrote: “Just know that I will be back, at The Current, and soon. I mean, come on. Someone's gotta play Rick Springfield and En Vogue weekdays at 4 p.m. and Motorhead on Friday nights.”

It’s unclear how long Lucia will be out of pocket. In the interim, her afternoon shift will be covered by a rotation cast of Bill DeVille, David Campbell and Jim McGuinn.

The Current's on-air lineup will be unusually mixed up over the next few weeks, as Steve Seel will continue his own leave of absence from the morning show. Mark Wheat will be taking his trip with listeners to his native England toward the end of April. Also, “Teenage Kicks” host and membership-drive guru Jacquie Fuller is leaving the station to return to her native Texas and work for KUTX in Austin.

Photo by Nate Ryan / Minnesota Public Radio

Local anchor leaving to work for Archdiocese of St. Paul

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: March 30, 2015 - 2:12 PM

Tom Halden

Tom Halden, a long-time fixture at KMSP, will leave the station to become director of communications for the Archdiocese of St. Paul. The announcement was made Monday in the newsroom.

Halden has been with the station since 2003. HIs most recent duties included co-anchoring the early morning news on weekdays and co-hosting Fox 9 Buzz. Halden is a native of North St. Paul.

No replacement has been named.

Halden takes the place of Anne Steffens, another former anchor, who had only served in the position for a little over a year. She is reportedly leaving to spend more time with family. It was a rocky period when the archdiocese faced an unprecedented wave of clergy abuse lawsuits.

Halden's last day at the station will be April 10.


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