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KSTP loses an anchor/reporter: Updated!

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: October 3, 2013 - 3:18 PM

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."

Longtime program director/DJ Lauren MacLeash let go by Cities 97

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: August 20, 2013 - 5:19 PM

Lauren MacLeash, longtime Cities 97 program director/DJ and the force behind the popular “Sampler” charity series, was let go by Clear Channel Radio on Monday.


“The only thing I can tell you is she is gone,” said Mike Crusham, Clear Channel’s market manager for the Twin Cities.

It was believed to be a cost-cutting move but Crusham said the company does not comment on personnel decisions.
He did say there will be “no format change and we’re still doing the ‘Sampler.’”
MacLeash, who had been with Cities for nearly 20 years, was also program director for Kool 108 and Clear Channel stations in other markets. She was widely regarded as one of the most influential programmers in the AAA format (adult rock, essentially) in the country.
However, in the past year or so, Cities 97 has been leaning more toward a Top 40 or contemporary hits format, playing the latest hits by Pink, fun. and Robin Thicke and eschewing its old standbys like Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and David Gray.
When asked to describe Cities 97’s current format, Crusham hesitated and then said: “We’re breaking new music. We want to be the fun, hip station.”
Rich Davis, program director for Clear Channel’s KDWB, will add the programming of Cities 97 to his plate. Gregg Swedberg, VP for programming, will handle Kool 108 programming and continue with country station K102.
MacLeash was a force behind such Cities 97 projects as Studio C mini-concerts with name artists, the Basilica Block Party and the Cities’ “Sampler” series, all-star compilations of exclusive performances sold for the past 24 Novembers, which have raised more than $800,000 for area charities.
“Our intention is that we’re moving forward with things,” Crusham said. “Rich Davis is in charge of the ‘Sampler,’ and I’m planning on Basilica Block Party 20 and Studio C concerts.”
MacLeash is married to KFAN personality Chris Hawkey. Their two children were born during the couple’s 19 years in the Twin Cities.

KMSP-9 promotes Marian Davey to news director

Posted by: Tim Campbell Updated: August 19, 2013 - 4:39 PM

 Twin Cities station KMSP, Channel 9, has promoted from within to fill its news director job.

Marian Davey, the Fox affiliate's assistant news director for the past decade, will take over for Bill Dallman, who left earlier this summer to help launch the new cable channel Fox Sports 1.

Davey began her career as an intern at WCCO, Channel 4, and rose through the ranks to become managing editor. She spent 14 years at 'CCO before joining Fox-9 in 2002, first as managing editor, then as assistant news director.

“Mim has strengthened our news product, led our expansion efforts to nearly 50 hours a week, and has executed tremendous digital growth," said Carol Rueppel, Fox-9's general manager, in a statement Monday. She has been an integral part of our station’s progress over the past 11 years and earned this role as leader of our news team.”

Among her highlights are the fozens of Regional Emmys won by KMSP's investigative unit, which she has supervised since 2008.

Heidi Collins has left KMSP

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: August 9, 2013 - 3:00 PM

Heidi Collins, who has sat at the KMSP, Channel 9, anchor desk for almost three years, has left the building.

Newsroom staff at the Fox affiliate were told Friday afternoon that the Minnesota native, who previously worked for eight years at CNN, would not be returning after her vacation. Her last day on the air was July 29.

"It has been gratifying to contribute to the success of Fox 9 during these three years," Collins said in a statement. "However, I have decided to explore new opportunities. I am blessed to have several opportunities both in television and global business to pursue. Neither of which will be without my continued non-profit work of 17 years supporting our brave troops and their families."

KMSP general manager Carol Rueppel offered only a short statement: "We want to thank Heidi for her contributions to the Fox news team and we wish her much success in the future."

It's the second big shake-up at the local Fox station this year. Bill Dallman left his position as news director to help run Fox Sports One in Los Angeles.

No replacement for Collins has been named. A spokesperson said a variety of faces will fill in during the search.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts invites bikers through its doors

Posted by: Mary Abbe Updated: July 8, 2013 - 4:24 PM




Now in its third year, "Bike Night" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is practically an institution itself. Come for the novelty, stay for the fun of being able to bike through the museum's doors for an evening of free bike-and-art events. Freewheel Bike  is providing free valet bike parking; Nice Ride MN will run a photobooth; and local bike shops and brands (Surly, Angry Catfish, Civia, One on One) will show their latest gear.

Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders will serve up country blues with D J David Campbell from "Local Current Live at Third Thursday." The Hub Coop will deliver bike-powered art and free safety checks. And the Minneapolis bicycle coalition will have info about bike advocacy and safe city biking. Is there an official beer? You betcha: Summit Brewing company takes that honor.

(6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, event free; refreshments for sale. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S. 612-870-3131 or www.artsmia.org)


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