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KBJR Responds to Concerns Over Anchor Appearing in Political Ad


Recently, KBJR said some of its viewers became concerned when they saw a portion of the station’s newscast in an ad for Minnesota Senator Al Franken‘s re-election campaign.

David Jensch,station manager of the Duluth, MN, NBC and CBS affiliate, told viewers not to worry. Franken’s campaign used the footage without permission and there’s nothing they can do about it.

“It’s very important that the viewers here in the Northland understand that KBJR and KDLH have no political bias, have no preference with candidates, and would never take a position in a political campaign,” Jensch said Wednesday. “This is an ad that we can’t stop, it’s airing all over the state of Minnesota and we don’t like it, but legally there is nothing we can do about it.”

Jensch said he checked with station lawyers and was told that Franken’s ad does not infringe on copyright laws because it falls under the “fair use” exception.

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Quincy Buys Three Stations from Granite, One From Malara

quincyQuincy Newspapers has announced it is adding nine stations in four markets by buying five stations outright and agreeing to provide operating services to four more.

From Granite Broadcasting, Quincy will buy NBC affiliate WEEK in Peoria, IL, NBC/MyTV affiliate KBJR and its satellite KRII in Duluth, MN/Superior, WI, and CBS/CW affiliate WBNG in Binghamton, NY. Quincy is buying ABC/CW affiliate WPTA in Ft. Wayne, IN, from Malara Broadcasting.

Quincy will also provide operating services to Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s ABC/CW affiliate WHOI and Four Seasons Broadcasting’s WAOE in Peoria, IL, as well as SagamoreHill Broadcasting’s newly acquired stations NBC/MyTV affiliate WISE in Ft. Wayne, IN, and CBS/CW affiliate KDLH in Duluth, MN. Read more

Duluth Anchors Accused of Faking Outdoor Set During Holiday Parade

KBJR_11-22-2013_18.49.54Barbara Reyelts, Kevin Jacobsen and Michelle Lee got all bundled up to host this year’s live airing of the Christmas City of the North parade on KBJR last Friday night.

While temperatures dipped into the teens for the parade, the three Duluth, MN, NBC affiliate anchors looked ready for the cold in their winter jackets in the studio in front of a greenscreen.

It took radio station Mix 108 to point out the discrepancies in the shot.

What was funny is that they were wearing jackets, as if we didn’t notice the few times they referenced ”going back outside” or the lack of their breath showing in the cold air. And as a couple of people on Facebook commented, none of the three were wearing hats or gloves.

Barbara Reyelts, who is also news director for the station told TVSpy, “Two of our anchors opened the parade standing outdoors and pitched to our anchor on the inside set. Our anchors were then in and out during the parade.”

A quick check of TVeyes proved Reyelts right. Though we can’t confirm whether the trio reminded viewers throughout the night. Read more

Former Duluth Anchor and Producer Dick Wallack Dies

wallack_kbjrDick Wallack, former anchor anchor and producer for Duluth, MN, NBC station KBJR has died.

Wallack started his carer in radio before joining WDIO in 1966 as news anchor.  After five years, he moved over to KBJR. Wallack later produced the “Live at Five” news anchored by Barbara Reyelts.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, who has worked at the Northland’s News Center, which houses both KBJR and KDLH, as a receptionist since 1969.

Wallack was 82. You can watch the station’s announcement of Wallack’s death after the jump. Read more

Veteran Duluth Sportscaster Tom Hansen Announces Resignation From KBJR-KRII

KBJR-KRII sports director Tom Hansen has announced his resignation after 22 years at the Duluth stations.

“I love this job. Always have, always will. But I love my family more,” Hansen said in announcing his resignation (video above). “I want to be a better husband and father.”

“Tom has truly been Mr. Sports for the past 20 years in this market,” KBJR-KRII vice president David Jensch told the Duluth News Tribune. “He’s been a great local connection to college and high school teams and players and coaches. A lot of young people have grown up watching Tom Hansen cover them. I can’t tell you how many athletes have talked to us about the connection to Tom Hansen that they have.”

Hansen is joining the university relations department at University of Wisconsin-Superior. His last day will be March 22.

Former KQDS Meteorologist Chris Snider Dies of Cancer

Chris Snider, the former meteorologist for Duluth FOX affiliate KQDS who was fighting an aggressive form of bone cancer, died Friday morning.

Snider’s sister Tabatha posted the news to the Support Chris Snider facebook page, “We lost Chris very early this morning. He fought a long battle with grace, humor, compassion and absolute dignity. I was and forever will be proud to say he is my brother. On behalf of my family we would like to personally thank everyone of you who donated or took the time to send a message or video of support.”

Snider worked for KQDS from 2008 until 2011 when he left to perform missionary work in the South.  He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma while living in Biloxi, MS. After learning the cancer was terminal, Snider returned home to Minnesota in January to live with his sister Tabatha. Read more

Former KQDS Meteorologist Given Days to Live

Chris Snider, former meteorologist for Duluth FOX affiliate KQDS, will be heading home to Minnesota to live out his last days. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in his jawbone this summer.

According to Duluth ABC affiliate WDIO, doctors have given the 28-year-old a few days to live. He left KQDS in 2011 to do missionary work in Mississippi,

“He really didn’t think it was going to be a big deal,” his sister, Tabatha Snider told the Duluth News Tribune in a story last week. In the story, Snider seemed optimistic about her brother’s chances of recovery after visiting him in Biloxi, MS, where he is in a hospital. Read more

News Director Who Resigned Over Facebook Controversy Set to Join KGAN as Morning Anchor

Jason Vincent, the news director who resigned from KQDS earlier this month after posting a disparaging comment about Native Americans on his Facebook page, is joining KGAN, the Duluth News-Tribune reports.

Vincent will be the morning anchor at KGAN, the CBS-affiliate in Cedar Rapids.

Vincent was the news director at KQDS, the Fox-affiliate in Duluth. In early August, he posted a status update to his Facebook page that read: “Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard.” Read more

News Director Resigns Over Facebook Controversy

KQDS news director Jason Vincent, who came under fire last week after referring to a Native American man as an animal on his personal Facebook page, has resigned from his post at the Fox-affiliate in Duluth, MN.

“KQDS FOX 21 TV accepted the resignation of Jason Vincent, News Director,” KQDS general manager Jackie Bruenjes said in a statement Monday.  “Jason has elected to take a new job assignment. We wish Jason the best.”

In a statement issued on Friday, Bruenjes emphasized that Vincent was “on personal time” when he wrote the controversial Facebook post and said that she expected him to return to work on Monday. Read more

Fox-Affiliate Apologizes for News Director’s Facebook Post as Rival Stations Cover Protest Over His Remarks

As KQDS went into damage control mode following a controversial Facebook post from its news director, Jason Vincent, rival stations WDIO and KBJR sent camera crews to the Duluth Fox-affiliate to capture footage of a handful of protesters who had gathered outside of the station.

In a recent post on his personal Facebook page, Vincent wrote, “Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard.”

The remark drew the ire of local civil rights leaders and several people assembled outside of KQDS on Friday, calling for Vincent’s resignation. Read more

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