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Rapid City ABC Station Sold to Schurz Communications

KOTA_NEWS_LOGO_resizedDuhamel Broadcasting Enterprises has sold its Rapid City, SD, ABC affiliate KOTA and its satellite stations to Schurz Communications Incorporated.

According to the station, Bill Duhamel, president and general manager of Duhamel Broadcasting, announced the move to employees Thursday. Duhamel also said in a statement, “The rapidly consolidating television industry makes it difficult for a single, stand-alone business to remain competitive and to develop the necessary capital to expand into the digital era.”

Marci Burdick, senior vice president of the Electronics Division for Schurz and former KOTA news anchor said, “Our goal for KOTA-TV is to expand content across traditional platforms (TV and radio) and in the area of new media for the benefit of listeners, viewers, and advertisers.”

Duhamel’s satellite stations in Lead, SD (KHSD) and Sheridan, WY, (KSGW) along with KDUH in Scottsbluff, NE, were part of the deal. The sale is pending FCC approval.

[TVNewsCheck]

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Schurz Communications President Marci Burdick Wins RTDNF Award

Schurz Communications president Marci Burdick was presented with the First Amendment Service Award at RTDNF’s 22nd annual First Amendment Dinner and Awards in Washington, DC last night.

In her speech, Burdick, who is a former news director of Springfield’s KYTV, praised local television, saying stations’ contributions to local communities “should not be overlooked.”

“On this dais tonight, I consider myself the representative of local television,” she said. “I am thankful to accept the First Amendment Service award in honor of those men and women who do this work everyday.”

Shurz Communications is the owner of 13 local stations in nine markets. Burdick was introduced by Jeffrey Marks, general manager of Roanoake’s WDBJ.

For more on the awards dinner, visit TVNewser.

In Wichita, KWCH to Launch Newscasts on KSCW

KSCW, a CW-affiliate in Wichita, is set to launch 4:00 and 9:00 p.m. newscasts in September. The 30-minute programs will be produced by sister station KWCH and feature the CBS-affiliate’s anchors Cindy Klose (at 4:00) and Roger Cornish (at 9:00).

“With such well-respected journalists such as Roger and Cindy, it seems a natural fit to extend their roles and our news in the afternoon and evenings on KSCW,” said Joan Barrett, president and general manager of Sunflower Broadcasting.

KWCH is the flagship station of Sunflower Broadcasting, which is owned by Schurz Communications. Sunflower runs stations throughout Kansas, including KSCW.

Klose currently anchors KWCH’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts. Cornish, who has been a fixture at KWCH’s anchor desk for over three decades, appears alongside Klose at 6 and 10. KWCH currently produces a two-hour weekday morning newscast on KSCW.