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Grand Forks Viewers Want Local Newscast and Anchor Back

wdaz_abcFargo ABC affiliate WDAY and Forum Communications are hearing from viewers angry about the decision to take over the production of the 5:00 p.m. newscast on sister station WDAZ in Grand Forks, ND.

One viewer started a petition at change.org which, as of this writing, is 156 signatures shy of its goal of 1,000. The petition calls for the station to bring back the Grand Forks version of the 5:00 p.m. news along with anchor Terry Dullum.

Fargo NBC and CBS affiliate KVLY and KXJB reports on its website:

A call today to WDAY/WDAZ General Manager Mari Ossenfort was not returned and WDAZ News Director Julie Moravchik has been told to not comment on the matter.

In a published interview Ossenfort defended the decision saying she believes the station should concentrate on producing more content instead of producing more shows. Ossenfort also claimed she has received some positive feedback on the change however most comments on WDAZ’s Facebook page regarding the switch has been overwhelmingly negative.

Former anchor Terry Dullum wrote on his blog Monday about the change that “The decision was not made by anyone in Grand Forks. Certainly, not by me.” He went on to say, “A long-time broadcaster said it best to me years ago. He said television will break your heart. Every time.” Read more

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WDAY Takes Over WDAZ 5 p.m. Newscast

wday_croppedFargo’s WDAY took over the production this week of the 5 p.m. newscast on sister station WDAZ, the ABC affiliate in Grand Forks, the Grand Forks Herald reports:

WDAZ and WDAY began collaborative weekend newscasts in 2011, which gave WDAZ more time and resources to cover more local news on weeknights at 10 and more regional news on the weekends, the statement said. “We want to give North Dakota and Minnesota viewers the best we have to offer,” WDAZ and WDAY General Manager Mari Ossenfort said in the release. “By combining our teams, we’ll be able to make it happen.”

Anchor Terry Dullum was sad to see the broadcast go, as were his Facebook friends and followers. “We’ve focused on local, regional and community news and we’ve had a lot of fun along the way as well,” Dullum wrote in a Monday blog post. “We put a lot of energy into the broadcast in those seventeen years including a little bit of our heart and soul.”

Sportscaster Dan Corey Resigns From WDAZ

corey wdaz_304Sports reporter Dan Corey has resigned from WDAZ, the ABC affiliate in Grand Forks, N.D. He announced the news on his blog:

I would like to thank WDAZ for giving me the opportunity to cover sports daily and for the chance to grow as a reporter. Also, I must thank Pat Sweeney for hiring me and letting me work besides one of the best broadcasters in North Dakota history. Everyone at WDAZ was fantastic to work with and I will miss them dearly.

Corey was arrested earlier this month for DUI. Although he did not address the arrest in the post, he did say his exit was “not the way I wanted to end my run at WDAZ.”

“It is not the ending I could of ever dreamed of, but all good things must come to an end,” Corey wrote.

WDAZ Sports Reporter Arrested for DUI

danweb_wdaDan Corey, assistant sports director for Grand Forks, ND, ABC affiliate WDAZ was arrested for DUI last weekend.

“We regret to inform you that over the weekend Dan Corey received a DUI,” anchor Stacie Van Dyke told viewers on Monday. “Dan is a sports reporter here at WDAZ. A court date is set for May 16th.”

Terry Dullum, Victor Correa Promoted at WDAZ

dullum correaWDAZ, the ABC affiliate in Grand Forks, N.D., has announced Terry Dullum (left) as the new 6 p.m. anchor and Victor Correa (right) as the new 10 p.m. anchor.

Dullum and Correa will both anchor alongside Stacie Van Dyke. They replace Rob Hudson, who resigned as the 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor in February.

“I looked out into my own newsroom and saw two of the greatest people I have ever worked with in the business and they are already right here at WDAZ,” news director Julie Moravchik said in a statement. “So it was a thrill to promote both Terry and Victor to the positions I feel they earned. I know they will continue to serve our community well and make the viewers proud.”

Dullum, a 39-year veteran of the station, will remain in his role as the 5 p.m. co-anchor. The changes go into effect April 14.

Fargo Station to Launch Statewide Newscast

wday_croppedWDAY is about to launch a newscast that will be seen throughout all of North Dakota.

“WDAY News will broadcast on all the ABC affiliates in North Dakota on Sunday’s at 530P,” Forum Communications director of broadcasting Mari Ossenfort told TVSpy. “We will deliver the news, weather and sports that is important to ND and the region, since our signal also reaches Canada, western Minnesota, the northern peak of South Dakota and the eastern fringe of Montana.”

Forum Communications, owner of WDAY plans to use its other owned stations WDAZ in Grand Forks, ND, KBMY in Bismarck, ND, and KMCY in Minot, ND. Read more

North Dakota Anchor Resigns by Email

hudson_wdazWDAZ anchor Rob Hudson has resigned from the Grand Forks, ND ABC affiliate according to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

Station manager Rob Horken told The Forum he got an email from Hudson saying “effective immediately, I resign from my position as news anchor and producer at WDAZ.”

Horken said Hudson didn’t give a reason why he was resigning. Hudson started at the station in August 2012.

North Dakota Reporter Tells What Happened During Last Week’s Attack

wdaz_cameraWDAZ reporter Adam Ladwig told viewers of the Grand Forks, ND, ABC affiliate what what went down the day he was attacked on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

Last week, Ladwig was at the scene of a garage fire on the reservation when he was approached by two women.

“They didn’t say anything until they got right on me,” Ladwig told WDAZ reporter David Schwab. “And they started yelling obscenities at me telling me to stop filming and get out of there.”

He said the confrontation escalated with his camera eventually sustaining damage. He was also told by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer to delete the footage he had already shot. Read more

Reporter Attacked While Covering Fire on Reservation

adam_ladwig_wdazAdam Ladwig, a reporter for Grand Forks, ND, ABC affiliate WDAZ, was attacked while covering a garage fire on the Spirit Lake Reservation.

According to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, two women, who were later joined by two men, damaged Ladwig’s camera. A Bureau of Indian Affairs officer also forced Ladwig to delete the footage he shot.

WDAZ said it spoke to Devils Lake police chief Keith Schroeder who told the station the incident will be investigated by the FBI.

One Anchor Leaves Grand Forks Station, Another Gets Promoted

stacie-pic_wdazWDAZ has promoted Stacie Van Dyke to 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. anchor to replace Molly Thorvilson who leaves the station today.

“It’s hard to see Molly go, but I am proud to promote Stacie to the position,” said Julie Moravchik, news director for the Grand Forks, ND, ABC station. “She is a hard worker, a great person and an all around class act. She is the perfect fit for this job.”

“It’s bittersweet for me to say goodbye, but I think WDAZ’s decision to promote Stacie is a good one,” said Thorvilson, who told the the Grand Forks Herald she is leaving for her dream job working at a mountain resort in Montana.

Van Dyke currently anchors the station’s 5:00 p.m. news. She moves to her new position on Monday.

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