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Matt Brickman and Kim Johnson/ photo courtesy of CBS
The Twin Cities' top-rated morning show is doing the ol' switcheroo.
Meteorologist Matt Brickman and traffic reporter Kim Johnson will join current anchors Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas at "WCCO 4 News This Morning" starting Sept. 1.
Brickman will take over for Mike Augustyniak who, in a statement released by WCCO, said he asked for a reassignment.
"My body doesn't work as well at 3 a.m. as it does at 3 p.m.," he said.
Current traffic reporter Natalie Nyhus will become anchor of the Saturday morning show, the gig currently held by Brickman.
"After four awesome years on mornings, I was ready for a new challenge," Nyhus said.
In a letter sent out to staff, news director Mike Caputa reiterated that the changes were made at the requests of Nyhus and Augustyniak.
Jesse Ventura/ photo by Tom Wallace
Jesse Ventura just can't keep himself out of the news. Just two days after posting a victory in a controversial lawsuit, the former governor launched "We the People with Jesse Ventura," a weekly podcast that will be available every Thursday on iTunes and Carolla Digital.
That second platform is no lightweight. Adam Carolla hosts the No. 1 daily downloaded podcast in the world. Other notables that have shows on his network: Dr. Drew Pinsky, Penn Jillette and comedian Larry Miller.
During the premiere episode last week, Ventura interviewed Carolla and discussed the Pope and the birther issue.
"My fans have requested a podcast for some time now," said Ventura, who once hosted a radio show in the Twin Cities. "I find it to be a new, interesting and innovative way to communicate with them."
Who says news is dead? Not the folks at Fox corporate who announced Wednesday that it's adding 29.5 hours of local news a week in nine markets.
That includes KMSP, Fox 9, which will account for four hours of the increase. Starting July 13, the Twin Cities station will air news shows from 10-11 a.m. and 10:30-11 p.m. on Sundays.
The more significant change will occur in early September, when Fox 9 adds a 6-6:30 p.m. news program Monday through Friday.
Other markets adding programming include Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte, Memphis, Atlanta and Austin, Texas.
"Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news," said Jack Abernethy, CEO for Fox Television stations. "However, the opposite is true at Fox. We are expanding in a big way."
The game of musical chairs continues at "Twin Cities Live." Steve Patterson, a member of the KSTP newsroom since December 2013, has been named co-anchor with Elizabeth Ries. He starts July 21.
Patterson may be new to the area, but he's been a favorite of the station's owners for years. The Hubbard family previously used him on its Reelz Channel as a host and reporter.
Patterson replaces Chris Egert, who moved to the morning desk this past February.
There’s a new alternative to the alternative-rock-flavored FM radio stations in the Twin Cities, but it sounds a lot more mainstream than either the indie-centric 89.3 the Current or even the harder-rocking 93X.
Clear Channel Radio debuted its new outlet Alt 93.3 FM Friday morning with very little marketing fanfare and no on-air commercials. The station’s playlist seems geared toward 20- and 30-something male rock fans who don’t venture too far from the iTunes top 20 or strip-mall record stores, with such arena-level acts as Coldplay, the Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Muse, Kings of Leon and Mumford & Sons.
Some of the more truly “alternative” acts spun so far -- acts prone to hear on 89.3 the Current (89.3 FM) -- has included Modest Mouse, the Raconteurs, Arctic Monkeys and Beck. On the other hand, the station has also spun Fall Out Boy, Bastille, Young the Giant, Foster the People and Bleachers, acts that edge toward Clear Channel’s top 40 station KDWB (101.3 FM). Some of those same acts have also been heard more and more amid the more youth-oriented format shift on Clear Channel’s “adult alternative” station, Cities 97 (97.1 FM). And then there’s the similarity to competitor 93X with such metallic acts as Linkin Park, Bush and Alien Ant Farm.
Browsing the playlist on Twitter, it seriously looks like not a single female artist has been played on the station yet.
Calls to local Clear Channel staff for more insight have not been returned. Laden with layoffs in recent years, Clear Channel did not send out any notice to press on the debut and appears to have a skeletal on-air staff for Alt 93.3. The station’s website, which is barely up and running, also lists it as 93.3 “The Edge,” which was also the previous name of 93X during the ‘90s and is an oft-used radio format moniker slapped on FM stations from Dallas to Anchorage.
The local 93.3 FM frequency that Clear Channel took over was previously listed as belonging to the Educational Media Foundation, and it was used as a Christian music and Hmong station with only a .8 mile broadcasting radius out of Shoreview. Clear Channel upped the wattage, but reception of the new station was still spotty just a few miles south of downtown Minneapolis.
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