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Staff members at KFAI may want to start practicing their jumping jacks.
Willie Dean, whose professional background comes primarily out of the YMCA, has been named the executive director for the eclectic, community radio station. Dean replaces Janis Lane-Ewart who left the operation this past November after serving since 2001. Suzann Eisenberg Murray had been serving as interim director.
Dean was most recently the president/CEO of the YMCA of Arlington, Texas and previously had a stint as executive director for Monsanto YMCA in St. Louis.
"I look forward to working closely with out staff, the board and with our partners and the entire community radio network throughout Minnesota to continue the vital work of the organization," Dean said.
No word yet on any major changes from Dean, but don't be surprised if KFAI starts blocking out an hour every week to celebrate the music of The Village People.
KSTP's Bill Lunn went national Wednesday--but not in a way newscasters like to be recognized.
During Tuesday night's evening news, Lunn teased to a story about a school debating whether or not to continue to do the Pledge of Allegiance."
His line was supposed to be: "I pledge allegiance to the flag."
Instead he said: "I pledge allegiance to the fag."
He quickly corrected himself.
The error might have gone largely unnoticed except for the topic of the next piece: The Gay Pride Parade.
Lunn appeared to have a good sense of humor about the mistake. He later tweeted that it was an "unfortunate slip" that will guarantee he makes the KSTP year-end blooper reel.
Check it out for yourself. Harmless or hurtful?
Boyd Huppert/courtesy of KARE-Ch. 11
KARE-11, the Twin Cities local NBC affiliate, and the Star Tribune were big winners when the 2013 National Murrow Awards were announced Wednesday morning.
KARE was recognized for both Boyd Huppert's writing and feature reporting that involved Huppert. He know has 10 National Murrow Awards.
The Star Tribune won in the category of news documentary for "In the Footsteps of Little Crow." It also won in the category of overall excellence, the top honor among online organizations. It is the third time in the past four years that the Star Tribune has taken that prize.
The Denver Post led all online organizations with three wins. CBS News was the most honored news organization with seven awards, three for radio and four for TV.
Other local winners include Minneapolis's Public Radio International and Minnesota Public Radio.
The awards, which are handed out by the Radio Television Digital News Association, will be presented Oct. 14 in New York City.
Tom Emmer/photo by Jeff Wheeler
Tom Emmer's decision to run for Congress means putting his radio career on hold. The conservative talker's last day on AM1130's "Davis & Emmer" morning show will be Friday.
According to the Star Tribune's Rachel Stassen-Berger, Emmer said it's better to leave the program and campaign full-time sooner rather than later.
As Stassen-Berger noted, Emmer doesn't have much of a choice. If he remained on the radio after he legally becomes a candidate by filing papers with the Federal Election Commission, his opponents would have to be granted equal time.
So why did Emmer get two full days on the radio to talk largely about his campaign after he announced his intention to run on Wednesday?
Gregg Swedberg, operations manager for Twin Cities' Clear Channel, which owns the station, said he doesn't believe there is a problem because the campaign has really not started.
"But part of the reason we're not going beyond Friday is that we didn't want to get into that," he said.
Swedberg said the station has not decided how the show will proceed in Emmer's absence.
"This hit us fairly quickly. We were caught by surprise," he said. "We're hammering out different ideas, including leaving Bob (Davis) alone, teaming him up with someone else, or doing something completely different."
Swedberg praised Emmer's contributions during the two years he co-hosted the program, which ranks 11th in the morning-drive competition amongst adults 25-54 and 8th among men 25-54.
Tom Barnard/photo by Carlos Gonzalez
Can Tom Barnard and Don Shelby share the same stage? We're about to find out.
The radio giant's podcast show will be available live starting 4 p.m. Tuesday--and he's got some heady company to mark the occasion.
BringMetheNews is now partnering with Barnard's podcast and, as part of the deal, he'll be joined live for the first 15 minutes of every show by either BMTN founder Rick Kupchella, Minnesota news veteran Amy Hockert or Shelby.
"Too many people base their opinions today on opinion," Shelby said. "We are going to base opinion on fact."
Barnard's podcast now receives more than 200,000 views a month.
You can check out the free programs at tombarnardpodcast.com