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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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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.”

Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting to Acquire 15 Stations For $335M

Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting have agreed to acquire 15 stations from Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting for $335 million.

The 20 stations that Gray and Excalibur will acquire from Hoak and Parker are KSFY, KABY and KPRY in Sioux Falls, S.D.; KVLY and KXJB in Fargo, N.D.; KNOE and KAQY in Monroe, La.; KFYR, KMOT, KUMV and KQCD in Minot, N.D.; WMBB in Panama City, Fla.; KALB in Alexandria, La.; KREX, KREY, KFQX and KREG in Grand Junction, Co.; KNOP and KIIT in North Platte, Neb.; and KHAS in Lincoln, Neb.

Due to FCC ownership requirements, Gray will sell Hoak’s stations station in Panama City, Fla. and four stations in Grand Junction, Co., bringing the total number of stations acquired to 15.

Excalibur has also agreed to acquire two more stations from Prime Cities Broadcasting, KNDX and KXND in Minot, N.D., for $7.5 million.

Gray will provide back-office services and limited programming to the Excalibur stations in Lincoln, Fargo, Minot and Monroe through a shared services agreement.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Hoak, Parker and Prime Cities television stations into the Gray community,” Gray President and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement. “These transactions will yield impressive synergies, many of which are unique to Gray given how well the stations’ locations, operations and culture complement our own.”

Wichita’s KSN Hires Two Anchors, Expands Newscasts

Wichita NBC-affiliate KSN is making some changes for 2012: the station has hired two anchors and will launch two new newscasts next year.

The station has hired anchor Katie Taube (pictured) from KSFY in Sioux Falls. Taube will helm the 9 p.m. newscast KSN will produce for Fox-affiliate KSAS — which was the subject of a recent lawsuit in the market — starting next year.

Also joining the station is Mary-Rachel Redman, who will be the weekend sports anchor. She joins KSN from KOCO in Oklahoma City.

Beginning January 15, KSN will add a 5 p.m. Sunday evening newscast, with anchor Aileen Simborio and meteorologist Mark Bogner, to the programming lineup.  The station will also add an extra half-hour to the morning newscasts beginning January 9. Read more

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.”

KSFY Becomes First Sioux Falls Station to HD

This week KSFY became the first station in the Sioux Falls market to broadcast its newscasts in HD, as the ABC-affiliate unveiled a brand-new, HD-optimized studio along with a sleek new logo.

“We’re so excited to be the first station in the area to deliver newscasts in an HD studio environment,” said Jim Berman, KSFY’s president and general manager. “This is a huge leap forward for KSFY that will set us apart, and we believe news viewers throughout the area are the big winners.”

The Hoak Media-owned station began upgrading its studio with HD equipment in January and then eventually gutted the entire space. For the past eight weeks, crews have been working to build the new set, which you can take a virtual tour of HERE.

KSFY has also posted photos of the renovation on its Facebook page.