Durian also posted the news on his facebook page, “If you notice something different, don’t adjust your sets. I’m no longer anchoring the morning show at CBS 58,” wrote Durian. “I made the decision to take the next move in my career and head to Minneapolis, MN to work as an anchor and reporter there. For those who have been following me since Spokane, here goes the new adventure!!!”
Bill Dallman has been named vice president and news director at Fox Sports 1, the sports network slated to launch in August. It is a move within Fox for Dallman, who has been vice president and news director at Minneapolis Fox O&O KMSP since 2006.
“Bill is a tremendous addition to the news group and we are very excited to have someone with his expertise involved with FOX Sports 1,” senior vice president of news Rick Jaffe said in a statement. “Bill is not only a great news man, but a creative thinker who will bring a different perspective to traditional sports coverage.”
Dallman begins at Fox Sports 1 in July. In his new role, he will work with affiliates and Fox regional sports networks to manage newsgathering, as well as overseeing “Fox Sports Live,” the news, opinion and highlight show that will air weeknights at 11pmET.
“I’m thrilled to be joining FOX Sports 1 team and I’m ready to bring viewers a unique, dynamic and fun sports highlights and opinion show in FOX SPORTS LIVE,” Dallman said. “My extensive background in news, matched with my knowledge and love of sports, is the perfect fit for a 24/7 sports/news operation.”
KMSP managing news editor Marian Davey will serve as the station’s acting news director until Dallman’s replacement is named.
A reporter and a photojournalist for Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE deliberately crashed a trailer for a report on towing safety this week.
The report, which aired Wednesday, featured an interview with a woman whose husband and three-year-old daughter died after a trailer came unhitched from an oncoming pickup truck while they were driving. Reporter Boyd Huppert and photojournalist Jonathan Malat staged the crash to demonstrate the consequences of not “properly pack, haul and tow items like canoes, kayaks and mattresses.”
Poynter’s Al Tompkins takes a behind-the-scenes look at the process of putting the report together:
“The people in HR were rightfully concerned about how we were going to do this,” Huppert said. “We had a couple of first responders, officers from the highway patrol and Minnesota Department of Transportation folks there helping up.” He continued: “At one point our news director told me if I didn’t feel safe driving the vehicle that was towing the trailer that she would drive it. No way was I going to let that happen.”
The MNDOT workers rigged a closed test track road with a couple of bumps intended to jar the improperly attached trailer loose when it hit. Malat attached GoPro miniature cameras to the tongue of the trailer, to the top of the trailer, down low on the back of the truck, inside the truck, and high on the truck. “I did tell my chief photographer that we might tear up some gear on this one,” Malat said. “Dumb luck we didn’t.”
Watch the report after the jump. Read more
WCCO is re-tooling its morning anchor lineup right after May sweeps. The CBS owned Minneapolis station is moving current anchors Mike Binkley and Angela Davis to Sunday evenings and replacing them with Jason DeRusha (pictured right) and Jamie Yuccas (pictured left) beginning June 2.
“The expectations are very high at WCCO and we feel like we can do better in our morning show,” WCCO news director Mike Caputa told the Pioneer Press. “This isn’t about any performance issues with Mike or with Angela, they’ll still be in high-profile positions at the station, but we’re making this decision so that we hopefully can continue to grow and that we’ll be in a good position in the future. We’re hopeful that everybody will be at the television station for a long time.” Read more
“We are excited to bring Alan to the team. His experience speaks for itself and I’m confident the stations will benefit from all he has to offer,” KSTP-KSTC director of sales Ray Mirabella said in a statement.
“Stephanie knows how to work a story and get the very best information for the viewers. She will be a great addition providing constant updates on the biggest local stories of the morning,” KMSP vice president and news director Bill Dallman said in a statement.
Matz comes from Sioux Falls, where he was the chief meteorologist for NBC affiliate KDLT. He has also worked as a web meteorologist for the MSU Geosciences website and as an intern at KPHO in Phoenix.
“As a Chief Meteorologist in the Midwest, Cody brings experience covering severe weather and forecasting in our region to the FOX 9 Weather Team. We’re thrilled to have Cody join us on-air and look forward to the excellent presence he’s established already online and via social media,” KMSP vice president and news director Bill Dallman said in a statement.
“It’s an exciting career move for me and my family and I can’t wait to be part of the show,” Egert said in a statement.
“Twin Cities Live” is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its debut on April 21, 2008.
“The show is always evolving and improving. And with the addition of Chris Egert, our team is ready to take the show to new levels,” executive producer Mandy Tadych said.
Minneapolis FOX owned station KMSP debuted a new set this week.
The set which was designed Devlin Design Group, features a monitor array behind the anchors that shows a wide shot of the city skyline but can display any type of graphic. Newscast Studio also says the set has color changing technology and a large interview couch.
The station showed off the set on its 5:00 p.m. newscast with anchors Dawn Mitchell, Jeff Passolt and Randy Meier. “There’s a reason we gave you that nice wide shot of our studio here,” said Passolt after coming back from break. Meier added, “We’re showing off.” They then tossed to a timelapse of the set construction. You can see the video after the jump. Read more
KSTP reporter Mark Saxenmeyer was fired from the Minneapolis ABC affiliate this week after he made an “inappropriate gay reference” that was posted on the station’s website, according to The Star Tribune. Saxenmeyer, who is gay, explains the “bizarre ironic” incident in a lengthy interview with The Star Tribune’s C.J.:
On Saturday, Saxenmeyer wanted to do the story about gay Twin Cities fathers Paul Melchert and James Zimmerman being invited to attend the Obama White House’s 2013 Easter Egg Roll with their 3-year-old twins, Emmett and Gabriel. The interview was scheduled during a time of day that Saxenmeyer was not working, so he passed the story on to colleague Katherine Johnson.
“We were having a conversation about sensitivity issues when it comes to things like that. She was asking what are the appropriate questions to ask a gay couple? It was good conversation because, as a gay man, I like to help people better understand gay people, and oftentimes you can do that through humor.
“I’m an admitted jokester. Humor defuses awkward situations. Sometimes through humor you gain a better understanding. She was in the process of writing her Web script on her computer. So I wrote a few things into the Web script to make her laugh.
“She came over, looked at [what he’d written], laughed, and I said, ‘Make sure you delete that because obviously that would not be funny out of context.’ She deleted most of it. There was one little part she missed when she closed it.” Read more