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Rusty Gatenby Out at KSTP

RustyGatenby300KSTP has confirmed Rusty Gatenby is no longer with the Minneapolis ABC affiliate.

Gatenby started working as a reporter at KSTP in 1987. News director Lindsay Radford wouldn’t say why Gatenby left the station.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune, which first reported the news, said Gatenby’s departure comes as a surprise. “It is believed that he had one of the highest Q Scores — ‘a measurement of the familiarity and appeal of a brand, company, celebrity or television show used in the United States,’ according to Wikipedia — of all Twin Cities traffic reporters.”

Ken Barlow Promoted to Morning Chief Meteorologist at KSTP-KSTC

ken barlowKen Barlow has been promoted to morning chief meteorologist at KSTP-KSTC in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Beginning today, he will handle the forecasts for the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast on ABC affiliate KSTP and for the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on independent station KSTC.

Barlow, who joined KSTP in 2011, moves to mornings from the evening shift.

“I know how important weather is to our viewers and I’m looking forward to helping them prepare for their day,” Barlow said in a statement. “On the personal side, I’m excited, after 20 years in TV, I get to have dinner with my family.”

Barlow replaces Patrick Hammer, whose contract was not renewed.

KSTP Crew Involved in Highway Crash: ‘We’re Gonna Hit!’

A KSTP crew was involved in a highway crash in while covering road conditions during a winter storm (video above). There were no injuries in the accident, which happened Wednesday morning on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis.

“We only had a few scratches on our silver Honda pilot,” reporter Todd Wilson, who was in the car with photographer Adam Stevens, said on KSTP’s evening newscast Wednesday. “We came out of it unhurt, but it shows the importance of driving slowly and staying aware.”

Video of the KSTP crash was on both “Good Morning America” and “Today” this morning.

Jason Davis Announces Retirement from KSTP


Jason Davis has announced he’s retiring from KSTP after nearly 40 years with the Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC station.

“I’ve been here for 37 and a half years, and it’s just time,” Davis told the Pioneer Press. “It’s time to enter another phase in my life, which I want to do in good health. At my age, if I wait too much longer something’s going to happen. You don’t last forever. And you don’t want to end up spending your retirement visiting hospitals.”

Davis, who was born in London, England, spent the early part of his life as a British merchant seaman. After settling in Australia, he started his broadcasting career in 1968. He joined KSTP in 1976.

He told KSTP he has followed one simple rule throughout his career, “You’re only as good as your last story. That’s the one people remember.” Read more

KSTP Anchor Sues After Learning Driver’s License Info Accessed

KSTP anchor Jessica Miles has filed a federal lawsuit claiming her driver’s license information was illegally searched nearly 1,380 times.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports, about 20 people have sued local and state government agencies after hearing from the Department of Public Safety that their private records had been accessed by public employees.

Mile’s lawsuit states, “On July 30, 2013, Jessica was shocked and disgusted to learn from DPS that it had determined that officers and personnel from approximately 180 different departments and agencies had reviewed and improperly obtained or used her private data.”

Miles, the on-air name of Jessica Kampschroer, is married to Cory Kampschroer a digital news manager at the Minneapolis-St. Paul ABC affiliate who is also joining the suit.

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After Eight Years at KSTP, Mark Albert Leaves Without a Plan

Mark Albert walked away from KSTP last week after his contract was up.

The reporter for Minneapolis ABC affiliate told TVSpy he doesn’t have a job lined up, but he wants to stay in the business, “My ultimate goal has always been to be a network White House correspondent. I’m passionate about news and politics and what better place to be than DC.”

For now, Albert said he plans on traveling first and then exploring is options. “In the short-term, perhaps I’ll try to freelance somewhere while I look for my next gig. I’d report overseas in a heartbeat, too.”

Albert said it was his decision to leave KSTP. “It’s been a great run,” he told the Pioneer Press. “And after eight years, I think it’s time for a new challenge.”

Anchor Slips on Pledge, Says ‘I Pledge Allegiance to the Fag’ Before Gay Pride Story


KSTP anchor Bill Lunn had a Freudian slip while reciting the intro to the Pledge of Allegiance. To make matters worse, his next read was about Gay Pride celebrations.

“I pledge allegiance to the fag…flag,” said the anchor for the Minneapolis ABC affiliate. “That meant the start of the school day for most of us growing up…”

Lunn later tweeted about the misstep, “I celebrate the diversity of our great state and am horrified that I may have offended people. I humbly ask for your forgiveness.”

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Chris Egert Named Co-Host of ‘Twin Cities Live’

KSTP has named Chris Egert the co-host of “Twin Cities Live,” the Minneapolis ABC affiliate’s afternoon talk show.

Egert, who has been the station’s weekend morning anchor, begins in his new role on April 29. He replaces John Hanson, who left the show last year to work at a sports radio station.

“It’s an exciting career move for me and my family and I can’t wait to be part of the show,” Egert said in a statement.

“Twin Cities Live” is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its debut on April 21, 2008.

“The show is always evolving and improving. And with the addition of Chris Egert, our team is ready to take the show to new levels,” executive producer Mandy Tadych said.

KSTP Reporter Fired After Inadvertently Publishing ‘Inappropriate Gay Reference’

KSTP reporter Mark Saxenmeyer was fired from the Minneapolis ABC affiliate this week after he made an “inappropriate gay reference” that was posted on the station’s website, according to The Star Tribune. Saxenmeyer, who is gay, explains the “bizarre ironic” incident in a lengthy interview with The Star Tribune’s C.J.:

On Saturday, Saxenmeyer wanted to do the story about gay Twin Cities fathers Paul Melchert and James Zimmerman being invited to attend the Obama White House’s 2013 Easter Egg Roll with their 3-year-old twins, Emmett and Gabriel. The interview was scheduled during a time of day that Saxenmeyer was not working, so he passed the story on to colleague Katherine Johnson.

“We were having a conversation about sensitivity issues when it comes to things like that. She was asking what are the appropriate questions to ask a gay couple? It was good conversation because, as a gay man, I like to help people better understand gay people, and oftentimes you can do that through humor.

“I’m an admitted jokester. Humor defuses awkward situations. Sometimes through humor you gain a better understanding. She was in the process of writing her Web script on her computer. So I wrote a few things into the Web script to make her laugh.

“She came over, looked at [what he’d written], laughed, and I said, ‘Make sure you delete that because obviously that would not be funny out of context.’ She deleted most of it. There was one little part she missed when she closed it.” Read more

Newscasts, Syndicated Reruns Push ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Back in Some Markets

Yesterday we told you that two ABC affiliates, WISN in Milwaukee and KSTP in Minneapolis, were delaying the new start time of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in favor of local newscasts.

Several stations air Kimmel’s program an hour later than its scheduled time due to hourlong newscasts: WEAR in Mobile, KIFI in Idaho Falls, KOAT in Albuquerque and KRGV in Welasco, Texas. All of these stations had hour-long newscasts in place before the Kimmel-”Nightline” swap.

KMBC in Kansas City airs “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 11:35 pmCT because of existing contracts to show syndicated programming. The station wraps up its 10pmCT newscast at 10:35 and then airs “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” KATV in Little Rock also delays the show to 11:05pmCT in favor of sitcom reruns like “According to Jim” and, in the past, “Home Improvement” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

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