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Gray Paying Cash for South Dakota Station

New_Gray_304Gray Television has announced an agreement to buy KEVN, the Rapid City, SD, FOX affiliate, from Mission TV, LLC for $7.75 million in cash.

“While the decision to sell is a difficult one,” William Reyner, president of Mission TV said in a statement. “I am confident that Gray Television’s resources, fine leadership and supportive management team will provide KEVN and its fine employees with tremendous opportunities to build upon their successes and better serve our loyal viewers.”

The deal, which is pending FCC approval, also includes KEVN’s satellite station in Lead, SD, KIVV.

“We expect KEVN-TV will integrate well with our recently announced proposed acquisition of the ABC affiliate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the NBC affiliates in the Fargo and the Minot-Bismarck, North Dakota, markets from Hoak Media,” said Kevin Latek, Gray’s SVP for Business Affairs.

Mission TV is not affiliated with Mission Broadcasting, Inc.

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Rapid City FOX Affiliate Expands Newscast

kevn_folksRapid City FOX affiliate KEVN expanded its weekend news by a half-hour beginning Saturday.

The station told viewers about the move on its facebook page, “Join us this weekend at 9:00 as our weekend news expands to a full hour.”

Brendyn Medina (pictured center left), Tessa Thomas(pictured center right), meteorologist Darren Leeds (far right) and sports anchor Megan Thompson (far left) anchor the expanded show.

[TVNewsCheck]

Rapid City ABC Station Sold to Schurz Communications

KOTA_NEWS_LOGO_resizedDuhamel Broadcasting Enterprises has sold its Rapid City, SD, ABC affiliate KOTA and its satellite stations to Schurz Communications Incorporated.

According to the station, Bill Duhamel, president and general manager of Duhamel Broadcasting, announced the move to employees Thursday. Duhamel also said in a statement, “The rapidly consolidating television industry makes it difficult for a single, stand-alone business to remain competitive and to develop the necessary capital to expand into the digital era.”

Marci Burdick, senior vice president of the Electronics Division for Schurz and former KOTA news anchor said, “Our goal for KOTA-TV is to expand content across traditional platforms (TV and radio) and in the area of new media for the benefit of listeners, viewers, and advertisers.”

Duhamel’s satellite stations in Lead, SD (KHSD) and Sheridan, WY, (KSGW) along with KDUH in Scottsbluff, NE, were part of the deal. The sale is pending FCC approval.

[TVNewsCheck]

Rapid City FOX Station Marooned After Weekend Snowstorm

snow_totals_kevnStaffers at Rapid City, SD, FOX affiliate KEVN found themselves stuck at the station after a snowstorm hit the area over the weekend.

The station posted a plea for help to its facebook page yesterday, “Hey viewers we have a favor to ask! Is there anyone out there in Rapid City with a snowmobile that could help us out? We have been stranded at the station for days and desperately need to replenish the crew.”

The Rapid City Police had issued a no travel advisory starting at 11:00 a.m. Friday saying road conditions were deteriorating rapidly with visibility at about 1/4 mile. Read more

Rapid City Councilman Apologizes to Black KOTA Reporter For Suggesting She Be Deported ‘Back to Kenya With Obama’

A city councilman in Rapid City, S.D., has apologized to a black KOTA reporter for questioning her citizenship and suggesting she be deported “back to Kenya with Obama.”

In August, KOTA reporter Taisha Walker called Rapid City alderman Bill Clayton and asked him how he would vote on a planned increase in property taxes. According to the Rapid City Journal, Clayton responded by asking her how she planned to vote in the Presidential election.

“Should we deport you back to Kenya with Obama?” Alderman reportedly asked. “Are you even American; are you American?”

Walker subsequently filed a complaint with the city. Alderman, who was also investigated by the city council for comments he made about a fellow council member, claims that he does not watch KOTA and did not know Walker was black.

At a city council meeting yesterday, Clayton publicly apologized for the comments, according to KOTA: Read more