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Daryl Ritchison Signs Off From WDAY

daryl ritchisonDaryl Ritchison, the morning meteorologist at WDAY in Fargo, is leaving the station for a job at North Dakota State University.

“I’ve never actually had a ‘day job,’ so to speak, in my adult life,” Ritchison told The Forum. “So it was just an opportunity that I just thought I would take.”

Ritchison has worked at WDAY for 18 years. Before that, he worked at KSFY in Sioux Falls, S.D. and KEYC in Mankato, Minn.

WDAY news director Jeff Nelson said Aaron White and Rebecca Lebak will fill in until a permanent replacement is named.

“It’s too bad. I wish he was staying, but I understand that working, getting up at 3 a.m. every morning and doing it for that long has got to be tough on a person,” Nelson told The Forum. “I wish him nothing but the best. He was always the consummate professional here.”

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Marvin Rhodes Named KEYC General Manager

Marvin Rhodes has been named general manager at KEYC, United Communications Corporation’s CBS affiliate in Mankato, Minn.

Rhodes has held several television management jobs, including as vice president of operations for TCT Network, program manager for KPTV in Portland, Ore. and assistant general manager as KTVL in Medford, Ore. From 2008-12, he was an administrator of personal income tax and compliance with the Oregon Department of Revenue.

“Marvin believes in the power of broadcasters to make a community better — better for residents, better for business, better for future generations,” United Communications Corporation president Lucy Brown Minn said in a statement. “We’re delighted to welcome him back into broadcasting, where he has made important contributions during a career on the air and in the executive office.”

Rhodes begins at KEYC May 6. He replaces Dennis Wahlstrom, who retired in March after 25 years as general manager.

General Manager Dennis Wahlstrom to Retire After 37 Years at KEYC

KEYC general manager Dennis Wahlstrom has announced that he will retire from the Mankato CBS affiliate next year.

Wahlstrom’s KEYC career began in 1975, when he joined the station as an account executive. He has been vice president and general manager since 1988. He told station staffers Thursday that his last day will be March 31, 2013.

KEYC’s parent company, United Communications Corporation, will begin the search for a new VP-GM soon, according to a station statement.

Mankato’s KEYC Adds Local News at 5

Beginning in two weeks, viewers of KEYC, the CBS affiliate in Mankato, MN, will be able to watch their local news at 5 p.m.

In a statement released on the station’s website, vice president and general manager Denny Wahlstrom said, “This is something we believe fits in our role as public servants.  What better way to do that than to give the public what it needs during this time – news and information.”

The newscast will be anchored and produced by Nicole Winters who said in the posting, “I’m ecstatic about this move.  I’m thrilled to return to Mankato, and I’m excited to bring a new product to our viewers.”  Winters, who returned to the station after two years in Sioux Falls added, “It’s great that I am reunited with this great crew, and it will be fun to work with Mark (Tarello) on-air once again.  I will work hard to bring news and information to our viewers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.”

News Director Under Fire For Facebook Post About ‘Drunk, Homeless Native American’

Jason Vincent, news director at KQDS, the Fox-affiliate in Duluth, MN, has come under fire after he posted a message on his personal Facebook page this week in which he referred to a Native American man as an animal.

“Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard,” Vincent wrote on his Facebook page, according to the Duluth News Tribune.  “Then he proceed[ed] to wave at me and give me the peace sign when he spotted me in the window.  Wow.”

Vincent eventually deleted the message but not before a screenshot of it began circulating online. Read more

Former KEYC Anchor Annie Stensrud Speaks Out About DUI, Slurred Newscast: ‘I Needed Help’

Annie Stensrud, the former KEYC weekend anchor who was arrested for DUI weeks after slurring her words while anchoring a weekend newscast, is speaking out.

In an interview with KARE (watch above), Stensrud said she has not watched the entire video of the slurred newscast. Her performance that night not the result of drinking but because of a bad reaction to anti-anxiety medication she was taking, she said. Read more

Mallory Peebles Says Goodbye to KEYC

Mallory Peebles signed off yesterday from KEYC, the CBS-affiliate in Mankato.

Peebles, the weekend evening anchor, wrote on Facebook that she is joining a station in Anchorage. She has been with KEYC since the beginning of the year. In honor of her last newscast, Peebles shared some of her favorite blooper moments (video above).

Ex-KEYC Anchor Annie Stensrud Sentenced for DUI

Annie Stensrud, formerly the weekend anchor at Mankato CBS-affiliate KEYC, has been sentenced to probation, according to the Associated Press.

Stensrud was arrested for DUI just two weeks after she appeared intoxicated during a KEYC Sunday-night newscast, which she said at the time was due to medication she was taking. Stensrud pleaded guilty to the DUI charge in March.

Stensrud will avoid a 1-year jail term if she follows the conditions of her probation. She was ordered to pay $1,015 in fines and fees, according to the AP.

LuAnne Sorrell Set to Join WOFL From WSVN

LuAnne Sorrell will join WOFL this summer as anchor of the morning newscast, a spokesperson for the Orlando Fox O&O confirmed to TVSpy.

Sorrell joins WOFL from WSVN, the Fox-affiliate in Miami, where she is the weekend morning anchor. She will co-anchor the 4:30 to 6 a.m. newscast and contribute to the 9 a.m. newscast. Sorrell replaces Heidi Hatch, who left WOFL last year.

Sorrell has previously worked at KLAS in Las Vegas and KEYC in Mankato, MN. She will start at WOFL in July.

KEYC Anchor Annie Stensrud Pleads Guilty to DWI

KEYC anchor Annie Stensrud has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, according to WCCO. She will be sentenced on May 29.

Stensrud, the weekend anchor at the Mankato CBS-affiliate, was arrested for DWI in December. WCCO reports that Stensrud’s blood alcohol was 0.31, nearly four times the legal limit.

The anchor’s DWI arrest was just two weeks after she appeared to be slurring her words during a KEYC newscast. At the time, Stensrud said she had been “sick for some time” and her performance was the result of medication she was taking. She has not been seen on KEYC since that incident, although she is still listed on the station’s website as the weekend anchor.

>Update: Stensrud’s bio was taken down from the KEYC website today. News director Dan Ruiter told WCCO that she is no longer employed at KEYC.

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