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Quincy Buys Three Stations from Granite, One From Malara

quincyQuincy Newspapers has announced it is adding nine stations in four markets by buying five stations outright and agreeing to provide operating services to four more.

From Granite Broadcasting, Quincy will buy NBC affiliate WEEK in Peoria, IL, NBC/MyTV affiliate KBJR and its satellite KRII in Duluth, MN/Superior, WI, and CBS/CW affiliate WBNG in Binghamton, NY. Quincy is buying ABC/CW affiliate WPTA in Ft. Wayne, IN, from Malara Broadcasting.

Quincy will also provide operating services to Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s ABC/CW affiliate WHOI and Four Seasons Broadcasting’s WAOE in Peoria, IL, as well as SagamoreHill Broadcasting’s newly acquired stations NBC/MyTV affiliate WISE in Ft. Wayne, IN, and CBS/CW affiliate KDLH in Duluth, MN. Read more

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Duluth Anchors Accused of Faking Outdoor Set During Holiday Parade

KBJR_11-22-2013_18.49.54Barbara Reyelts, Kevin Jacobsen and Michelle Lee got all bundled up to host this year’s live airing of the Christmas City of the North parade on KBJR last Friday night.

While temperatures dipped into the teens for the parade, the three Duluth, MN, NBC affiliate anchors looked ready for the cold in their winter jackets in the studio in front of a greenscreen.

It took radio station Mix 108 to point out the discrepancies in the shot.

What was funny is that they were wearing jackets, as if we didn’t notice the few times they referenced ”going back outside” or the lack of their breath showing in the cold air. And as a couple of people on Facebook commented, none of the three were wearing hats or gloves.

Barbara Reyelts, who is also news director for the station told TVSpy, “Two of our anchors opened the parade standing outdoors and pitched to our anchor on the inside set. Our anchors were then in and out during the parade.”

A quick check of TVeyes proved Reyelts right. Though we can’t confirm whether the trio reminded viewers throughout the night. Read more

Former Duluth Anchor and Producer Dick Wallack Dies

wallack_kbjrDick Wallack, former anchor anchor and producer for Duluth, MN, NBC station KBJR has died.

Wallack started his carer in radio before joining WDIO in 1966 as news anchor.  After five years, he moved over to KBJR. Wallack later produced the “Live at Five” news anchored by Barbara Reyelts.

He is survived by his wife Sharon, who has worked at the Northland’s News Center, which houses both KBJR and KDLH, as a receptionist since 1969.

Wallack was 82. You can watch the station’s announcement of Wallack’s death after the jump. Read more

Veteran Duluth Sportscaster Tom Hansen Announces Resignation From KBJR-KRII

KBJR-KRII sports director Tom Hansen has announced his resignation after 22 years at the Duluth stations.

“I love this job. Always have, always will. But I love my family more,” Hansen said in announcing his resignation (video above). “I want to be a better husband and father.”

“Tom has truly been Mr. Sports for the past 20 years in this market,” KBJR-KRII vice president David Jensch told the Duluth News Tribune. “He’s been a great local connection to college and high school teams and players and coaches. A lot of young people have grown up watching Tom Hansen cover them. I can’t tell you how many athletes have talked to us about the connection to Tom Hansen that they have.”

Hansen is joining the university relations department at University of Wisconsin-Superior. His last day will be March 22.

Fox-Affiliate Apologizes for News Director’s Facebook Post as Rival Stations Cover Protest Over His Remarks

As KQDS went into damage control mode following a controversial Facebook post from its news director, Jason Vincent, rival stations WDIO and KBJR sent camera crews to the Duluth Fox-affiliate to capture footage of a handful of protesters who had gathered outside of the station.

In a recent post on his personal Facebook page, Vincent wrote, “Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard.”

The remark drew the ire of local civil rights leaders and several people assembled outside of KQDS on Friday, calling for Vincent’s resignation. Read more

KBJR Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson Joining WAVY

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson is joining WAVY, the NBC-affiliate in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, on January 18.

Edmondson joins WAVY from KBJR, the NBC-affiliate in Duluth, where he has worked for two years. He told the Duluth News Tribune the move was “a great opportunity to continue furthering my career.”

“I’ve learned that forecasting for this area is brutal, and I’ve learned how to conquer that a little bit better,” he said. “Hopefully I can apply it to the Atlantic Ocean.”

Edmondson replaces Sagay Galindo, who signed off last month to follow her husband, who is in the Navy, to the West Coast.