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Mari Ossenfort Joins Forum Communications as Director of Broadcasting

forum communications companyMari Ossenfort has been named director of broadcasting for Forum Communications. In her new role, which begins in November, she will has oversight of four Forum Communications stations: WDAY in Fargo, WDAZ in Grand Forks, KMCY in Minot and KBMT in Bismarck.

Ossenfort, who grew up in Fargo, comes from KDLT-KDLV in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she has worked since 1995. Since 2005, she has been general manager and general sales manager. Before that, she worked at rival KTTW as an account executive.

“I’ve had other opportunities (to advance), but nothing felt right,” Ossenfort told the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is also owned by Forum Communications. “This opportunity that was presented to me just felt right.”

Ossenfort replaces Mark Prather, who recently retired after 23 years with WDAY-WDAZ.

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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.

WXMI Launches Weekend Morning Newscasts

Grand Rapids Fox affiliate WXMI has launched weekend morning newscasts.

The newscasts, which debuted Saturday and will run both mornings from 5 to 9 a.m., will be anchored by Tim Doty and Leigh Ann Towne.

The station has also hired meteorologist Kelly Smith for the newscast. Smith joins WXMI from KDLT, the NBC affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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.

Emily Guggenmos, Lou Raguse Join Buffalo’s WIVB

There are two new hires at Buffalo CBS-affiliate WIVB: Lou Raguse and Emily Guggenmos (pictured).

Raguse joins the station from KMSB in Tucson, where news operations were shut down earlier this month. Guggenmos also joins WIVB from Tucson, where she was the weekend co-anchor at KVOA.

The pair met while working in Sioux Falls — Guggenmos at KDLT and Raguse at KELO. They were married in 2010.

“Emily and Lou are both strong journalists who will fit in perfectly with our winning team here,” news director Joseph Schlaerth tells TVSpy via email.

KDLT Anchor Receives Surprise On-Air Proposal

Anchor Jennifer Hudspeth received a surprise on-air proposal from her boyfriend during KDLT‘s 10 p.m. newscast on Friday (video above).  Nate Johnson, Hudspeth’s boyfriend of three years, worked with the KDLT news team to concoct a fake story about a wedding proposal.  After Hudspeth introduced the segment, calling it “a good old fashioned love story,” her co-anchor Tom Hanson switched the story at the last minute and KDLT cut to a video of Johnson.

Spoiler alert: Hudspeth accepted. [Via KDLT]

Jaime McCutcheon Hired As WFXI-WYDO Anchor

Jaime McCutcheon has left WOWT for WFXI-WYDO in North Carolina. She will be the primary evening anchor on the Fox affiliate.

McCutcheon has been the weekend anchor at WOWT, the NBC affiliate in Omaha, for the past five years. She  has also spent time at WMAZ in Macon, GA, and KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD.

The WFXI-WYDO duopoly is operated by the Bonten Media Group and covers the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, NC, market. McCutcheon will co-anchor the 10 p.m. broadcast with Brian North.

McCutcheon is a University of Georgia graduate who plans to spend time at the beach with her husband and daughter when she’s not on the air.