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South Dakota Anchor Goes Off On Viewers Who Complained About Weather Warning

It seems some viewers of Sioux Falls, SD, ABC affiliate KSFY were not happy when the station cut away from the ABC show “Once Upon a Time” for a weather warning.

“I’d like to take a moment to say, ‘my co-anchor rocks!!’” KSFY meteorologist Shawn Cable posted on his facebook page. “We received a lot of nasty calls, emails, etc when I interrupted the Once Upon a Time season finale on Saturday. This morning, Nancy Naeve ripped into them like a monkey on a cupcake!”

“I tell you what,” said Naeve on air. “Quit calling and ripping Shawn for being on the air to save people’s lives.”

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School Board Blames KELO Reporting Error for Pledge of Allegiance Controversy

kelo pledge reportSchool board members in Sioux Falls, S.D. are blaming a reporting error by CBS affiliate KELO for sparking national controversy on the role of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, according to the Argus Leader:

Some board members and their families say they’ve received threats after a Nov. 12 vote that requires middle schools to recite the Pledge daily. A group of veterans wanted the district to make it mandatory in high schools as well, and national media coverage of the issue has brought a flurry of complaints.

[...] Board members blamed what they called a misleading news story by KELO-TV as the original source of misinformation; the news station, which did not cover the meeting in person, reported that the board had voted to end the practice of saying the Pledge in high school. KELO corrected the headline and its story, but some board members say they took too long to do so.

The school board did vote unanimously not to require high school students to take the Pledge of Allegiance, but contrary to KELO’s report, the vote upheld the current policy, which has been in place since the 1970s.

The president of the school board told KELO that board members are “getting bombarded with calls and emails … from people who think we took it out of the high school.” As NewsBlues notes, KELO reported on the subsequent firestorm without noting that its own reporting had played a part in the outrage.

The school board vote has received national attention from Fox News, the Blaze and the Associated Press. [h/t NewsBlues]

Brittany Larson Joins KELO in Sioux Falls

Larson_KELO_workinBrittany Larson has joined Sioux Falls, SD, CBS affiliate KELO as a morning video journalist.

She comes to KELO from KEYC in Mankato, MN, where she told her facebook fans, “Over the past few years, I have had the privilege to inform KEYC viewers with relevant and meaningful stories. And, I’ve been blessed to work along side passionate individuals who have become my second family.”

Her first day on-air for KELO was Monday.

South Dakota Station to Launch Market’s First Online Afternoon Newscast

KELOYou can’t watch the newest newscast from Sioux Falls, SD, station KELO on your old-fashioned TV set.

This afternoon, the Sioux Falls CBS affiliate is launching a newscast airing weekdays at 4:00 p.m. available only online, meaning you can only see it on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

“We think the time is right for an online newscast,” Jay Huizenga, vice president and general manager for KELO, said in a statement. “It’s designed for busy people who want the news, but might not have access to a TV.  Anyone who has an Internet connection or mobile connection can watch wherever they are.”

What the station said is the market’s first online newscast is called KELOLAND News First@4 and will be anchored by Ben Dunsmoor.

Meagan Millage Moves From Mornings to Evenings at KDLT

Meagan Millage has been promoted to evening anchor at KDLT, the NBC affiliate in Sioux Falls.

Millage, who currently co-anchors the morning newscast, will move to evenings June 3.

“Meagan has been a fantastic addition to our news team. I am excited for her to join myself and Tom Hanson in the evenings and have such a strong South Dakota presence during KDLT News at 5, 6, and 10,” KDLT news director Paul Heinert said in a statement.

Millage replaces Jennifer Hudspeth, who is leaving KDLT to move to Minnesota.

Brandon Spinner Named Chief Meteorologist at KDLT in Sioux Falls

Brandon Spinner has been promoted to chief meteorologist at KDLT, the NBC affiliate in Sioux Falls.

Spinner joined KDLT in March as the morning meteorologist. He replaces Cody Matz, who is leaving KDLT to join KMSP in Minneapolis.

“I am confident Brandon will do a great job moving to our evening newscasts. He is an extremely hard worker, and he will bring a lot of enthusiasm to KDLT News at 5, 6 and 10,” KDLT news director Paul Heinert said in a statement.

Before joining KDLT, Spinner worked at KQDS in Duluth, Minn.

Meteorologist Cody Matz Joins KMSP

Cody Matz is joining KMSP in Minneapolis as weekend morning meteorologist. He begins at the Fox O&O on June 10.

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.

Angela Kennecke Out as Evening Anchor for KELO in Sioux Falls

KELO, the CBS affiliate for Sioux Falls, SD has named Sammi Bjelland (pictured on the left) anchor for its 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscast.  Bjelland replaces Angela Kennecke (pictured on the right) who had been the evening anchor for the last 21 years.

The station explained Kennecke’s move in a statement posted to their website saying, “KELO-TV is growing its Back to Business web page and business and consumer reporting. We feel the best way to do that is for Angela to take on a new role as Business editor.”

Bjelland comes to KELO from KEYC the Mankato, MN FOX and CBS affiliate where she was a multimedia journalist.

You can watch a story KELO put together about Kennecke’s switch from working nightside to days by clicking here.

[TVNewsCheck]

Nick Lenz Lands Sports Anchor Job in Sioux Falls

Nick Lenz is leaving KSAX in Alexandria, MN for KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD.

Lenz has spent the past six months working as an anchor-reporter for KSAX. He’s joining KDLT as the station’s weekend sports anchor.

“After careful consideration I have decided to take the next step in my career,” Lenz wrote in a message on his Facebook page, announcing the move.

He added that the job at KDLT will allow him to do what he loves: covering sports.

Video: Meteorologist Belches in Middle of Forecast

KSFY meteorologist Shawn Cable learned an important lesson this morning: don’t chug a bunch of Dr. Pepper before going on air. While delivering the forecast this morning, Cable let out a burp that halted his weather update (video above).

“Alright, that one’s gonna make the reel,” Cable said, trying to regain his composure as his co-anchor Nancy Naeve Brown lost it off camera.  “At least it didn’t come out the other end.”

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