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You May Now Call Former WCCO Anchor ‘The Reverend’ Don Shelby

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 10.42.25 AMFormer WCCO anchor Don Shelby has a new addition to his resume: he’s become a minister–of sorts. “The Internet offers a world of short cuts to a man in my position,” he told the Star Tribune. “I have a little card that I can hang on my mirror for parking as clergy. I am the Reverend Don Shelby.”

Shelby says he’s not planning to don the robes as a new career, he’s just serving as an officiant for a friend’s wedding:

“Here’s what happened,” Shelby told me. “A friend of mine asked me to be his best man at his wedding. Then later he said, Why don’t you just marry us, be the officiant? I said, ‘I’m not qualified. I don’t have the paperwork.’ So that kind of hung out there. … Then Pat Miles’ daughter called me. I’ve known Kate Francis since she was born, since she was minutes old, and now she is a full-grown woman and she said, Would you marry me and my husband-to-be? I said, ‘Kate, I don’t have that authority.’ But then I found out how you went about it. … and now I am a registered officiant in the state of Minnesota, so I can marry people.”

KSTP Photographer Dies After Battle with Cancer

Russ Brown, retired photojournalist for Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP, has died after a battle with cancer.

KSTP reports Brown started at the station in 1972 and retired in May.

“He had such a big heart, a huge heart,” Joe Caffrey, KSTP chief photographer said on the station’s website. “He was always one of the first ones here and the last ones to leave. He loved the TV news business.”

Brown was remembered by current and former co-workers across the country, including Gus Rosendale, reporter and anchor at WNBC in New York.

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WCCO Adds Two to Morning Show

matt-and-kim wccoWCCO, the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, CBS owned station, has announced Matt Brickman and Kim Johnson will join 4 News this Morning starting September 1.

Brickman and Johnson currently anchor the station’s Saturday morning news.

Brickman also produces the “Best of Minnesota” segments. He replaces Mike Augustyniak, who, the station said, asked for reassignment. Augustyniak will stay on as weekend meteorologist and weekday weather producer.

“My body doesn’t work as well at 3 a.m. as it does at 3 p.m. I’m grateful that we were able to figure out a solution that allowed me to better balance my personal life with my work life,” said Augustyniak.

Kim Johnson, who joined the WCCO team in May, currently anchors Saturday Mornings and serves as a reporter on weekdays. Read more

KARE Bids Farewell to Anchor Tim McNiff

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After 20 years, Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC station KARE has said farewell to morning anchor Tim McNiff, who made his final appearance on the anchor desk Friday.

McNiff announced in June he’d leave KARE to join a communications firm, ending a long tenure as one of the best known local journalists on Minneapolis television:

McNiff grew up in White Bear Lake and graduated from White Bear Mariner High School before starting at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and later transferring to the University of Minnesota. His first job with KARE was in 1986 as a sports intern. He joined the station’s staff as a sports producer in 1993 and went on to work as a sports reporter and sports anchor. In 2004, he moved to mornings as an anchor on “KARE 11 Sunrise.”

He says what he’s going to miss most about TV news is something he takes a lot of pride in: “just doing the job.”

McNiff’s departure including a Tim McNiff signature cocktail and full breakfast:

The St. Paul Grill prepared Tim a breakfast of champions. Executive chef, Adam Bartos, whipped up some steak and eggs and hash browns. For an extra special touch, Bartos added lobster to the scrambled eggs.

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KMSP Shows Spider-Man Video During Story on Ray Rice

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Well, that didn’t go well. Minneapolis-St. Paul Fox station KMSP intended, we assume, to show video of Ray Rice during its story Thursday about Ray Rice, and his quasi-apology to his wife for a nauseating incident of domestic violence. Instead, the station showed video of a person in a Spider-Man costume being punched.

The banner, which reads “Rice’s Apology”, remains up as the would-be webslinger is slugged and knocked to the ground, and that left anchor Kelcey Carlson to try and clean up and move on.

Watch it here.

The Story Viewers Loved–But Your Station Would Almost Certainly Ignore

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Imagine being the station in your market that finds that gem of a story that nobody else has. You know, the kind of story that gets viewers talking–and perhaps more importantly, sharing the story on Facebook by the thousands. The kind of story that quickly gets national attention, and lands on your network’s evening news. Not as a VO, but your reporter’s package aired nationally because it’s just that good. Imagine.

KARE reporter Boyd Huppert‘s story was just that–a phenomenon. It first aired on the NBC affiliate on Sunday, and re-aired on the NBC Nightly News Monday night. Home run, right? But here’s the thing. Huppert’s story would almost certainly never make the cut in many–if not most–newsrooms across the country. Why? Because it’s simple. It’s nice. It’s heartwarming. Read more

Bus Goes Out of Control, Crashes into WCCO

A Minneapolis Metro Transit bus driver died Friday after his bus went out of control and at one point took out part of CBS owned station WCCO‘s building.

The station said the bus driver “suffered a sudden collapse while driving due to natural causes.”

WCCO Meteorologist Mike Augustyniak was walking down the mall and narrowly missed being hit.

“You do a quick calculation: Do I run away or sneak by it? Because it was moving so slowly, I decided to run toward it and around it, but had to jump over some debris that was being pushed towards me,” Augustyniak said. “The streets were empty because it’s a holiday, so I would say, all and all, lucky no pedestrians were hurt.”

A bicyclist near Augustyniak was sideswiped. He suffered some scrapes, and received medical attention at the scene.

The bus came to a stop next to Peavey Plaza on the corner of 12th Street and Nicollet Mall. Gasoline was seen spewing from the back of the bus, leaving a trail across Nicollet.

Steve Patterson Named ‘Twin Cities Live’ Co-Host

Steve Patterson will begin as co-host of “Twin Cities Live,” KSTP‘s local lifestyle show, on July 21.Paterson will co-anchor alongside Elizabeth Ries. He replaces Chris Egert, who was moved to KSTP’s morning anchor desk earlier this year.

Joe Johnston Named Director of Public Affairs at KSTP-KSTC

kstp5logoJoe Johnston has been named director of public affairs for KSTP-KSTC, Hubbard Broadcasting’s duopoly in Minneapolis-St. Paul. In his new role, Johnston will oversee public affairs, community and media relations, and strategic partnerships for the stations.

“I welcome the opportunity to represent both of these great television stations in our market, to expand existing station partnerships, and explore the many great opportunities 5 Eyewitness News and 45TV can bring to the community,” Johnston said in a statement.

Johnston joined KSTP as sales and marketing manager in 2003 and was promoted director of marketing in 2005.

Longtime WCCO Promotions Executive Dies

wcco_croppedThe Minneapolis Star-Tribune looks at the legacy of Daniel T. “Tom” Cousins, a longtime WCCO promotions executive who died last month. Cousins, who spent 38 years at the CBS-owned station in Minneapolis, was the original architect of the station’s live studio broadcasts from the State Fair:

It was Cousins’ idea in 1968 to build a fully functioning, climate-controlled television studio that would be used only during the 12-day fair. WCCO has been broadcasting live from the State Fair ever since.

Nancy Nelson, who worked as WCCO’s “Saturday Night Weather Girl” for part of her long broadcasting career, said that Cousins recognized the importance of the State Fair, how it related to public relations and how it gave the station the ability to interact with its audience.

“This is the only time that people who view all of our ’CCO on-air folks regularly got to meet them,” Nelson said. “To this day it is an extraordinary presence for WCCO.”

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