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WDAY Anchor TJ Nelson Joining Rival KVRR

Anchor TJ Nelson is leaving Fargo ABC affiliate WDAY for rival KVRR, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports.

Nelson, who produces and co-anchors the 5 p.m. newscast on WDAY, will anchor the 6 and 9 p.m. newscasts for Fox affiliate KVRR. He replaces Austen Schauer, who is leaving the station for a job at Park Christian School in Moorhead.

“It was not an easy choice,” Nelson told The Forum. “But these main anchor gigs don’t open up very often.”

On WDAY, reporter Todd Kurtz will replace Nelson as the co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast.

Austen Schauer Leaving Fargo’s KVRR

Austen Schauer is leaving Fargo, ND, FOX affiliate KVRR to work as a fundraiser for a local school, according to Fargo’s Forum.

Schauer has worked in North Dakota for 36 years. He started at WDAZ in Grand Forks, ND, in 1977. Three years later, he went to WDAY as the weekend anchor and reporter. In 2000, he joined KVRR as co-anchor and producer of the 6:00 and 9:00pm news.

The longtime Fargo anchor also leaves behind Jim Shaw, KVRR news director, who has worked with Schauer almost continuously since 1980, “This is not just another opening,” Shaw told Fargo’s Forum, “I’m losing the guy I’ve spent more hours with than my spouse.”

Schauer told The Forum, “It’ll be tough leaving Jim too. But for now, I want to concentrate on the good.” Schauer’s last day will be August 2.

Former Fargo Anchor Marv Bossart Dies

Marv Bossart, former anchor for Fargo, ND, ABC affiliate WDAY, has died after battling Parkinson’s disease for several years.

“He had a great heart and he really empathized with people who were affected by our news,” WDAY reporter Kevin Wallevand told The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead “And that’s rare.”

Bossart started at WDAY in 1958. He began anchoring the 6:00 p.m. and then 10:15 p.m. newscasts in 1963 and anchored for the station until his retirement in 2000. You can watch the station’s tribute to Bossart by clicking here. Read more

Fargo Newspaper Cries Foul Over KVLY-KXJB Weather Graphic

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, ND, is calling it “the curious case of the retouched photo.”

An employee of the Fargo newspaper noticed something missing from a picture of the city skyline local TV duopoly KVLY-KXJB uses as a weather background. In the picture on the right (courtesy of Charles Apple’s blog), viewers can see the five story Forum building with a white 60-foot sign on it. In the version used on-air (on the left), the sign has been removed.

This is odd, because The Forum’s sign – a 60-foot beacon that’s been a landmark in Fargo for nearly 90 years – has black letters on all sides spelling out the newspaper’s name. F-O-R-U-M. All five of them. At night, they light up.

The Forum thinks the paper’s name was removed because they are a competitor with the NBC and CBS affiliate in the Fargo news space. But they’re not so sure they have a clear cut case of bad journalism. Read more

Kip Hines Out, Rob Kupec In at KVRR

After 14 years at KVRR, chief meteorologist Kip Hines (pictured) is leaving the Fargo Fox affiliate, according to the Grand Forks Herald. Hines will be replaced by Rob Kupec, who will join the station at the end of the month from rival WDAY.

Hines will continue on KVRR’s 5, 6 and 9 p.m. newscasts through January 30. He begins a job at Titan Machinery on February 1.

“I have young kids,” Hines told the Herald. “I want to get to their baseball games, to their recitals, to their concerts, and I just can’t do that with the schedule I have now.”

Kupec, who is the weekend evening meteorologist and feature reporter at WDAY, begins at KVRR on January 31.

Candace Thornberg Promoted to Weekday Anchor at KVRR

Candace Thornberg is moving to weekdays at Fargo Fox affiliate KVRR, according to the Fargo InForum.

Thornberg joined KVRR in 2004 as a production assistant and currently works as the weekend evening anchor. In her new role, she will anchor the weekday 6 and 9 p.m. newscasts alongside Austen Schauer.

“It’s a great opportunity, and I’ve been here several years so it’s kind of an exciting new happening,” Thornberg told the InForum.

Thornberg replaces Andrea Larson, who joined rival KVLY-KXJB last year. KVRR news director Jim Shaw said Thornberg’s replacement will likely be promoted from within.

KVRR’s Andrea Larson Set to Join Rival KVLY-KXJB

Andrea Larson, the evening anchor at KVRR in Fargo, is leaving the station to join crosstown rival KVLY-KXJB, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports.

It is a return to the duopoly for Larson, who worked there from 1999 to 2007. She is returning to the stations for a daytime on-air position. “I’m getting evenings back with my family, and that’s important,” Larson told the Forum.

KVRR news director Jim Shaw said Larson is leaving on good terms and that the station has begun a national search to find her replacement at the anchor desk for the 6 and 9 p.m. newscasts.

Ike Walker Joins Fargo’s KVLY as News Director

Hoak Media has named Ike Walker news director for KVLY-KXJB in Fargo, ND.  Walker succeeds Griff Potter who stepped down last week.

Jim Wareham, president and general manager of KVLY-KWJB told TVSpy that, “Ike brings a great amount of experience and success with him and I am very glad to have Ike on board.”

In June, Walker left his job as news director for  WCMH in Columbus, OH.  He previously worked in Topeka KS, Tulsa, OK and Savannah, GA.

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Rob Hudson Joins WDAZ as Evening Co-Anchor

Rob Hudson will debut later this month as evening co-anchor on WDAZ, the ABC-affiliate in Grand Forks, ND.

Hudson comes to WDAZ from KECI in Missoula, MT, where he was the morning anchor. He has previously worked at KARE in Minneapolis and KSWB in San Diego. He will co-anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Molly Thorvilson beginning August 27.

“We’re really excited to have him here,” Thorvilson told the Grand Forks Herald. “We’ve been able to spend some time with him, and he’s a really nice guy, really down to Earth.”

Hudson replaces Charley Johnson, who left the station in May.

Nine Months After Exiting KXJB-KVLY, Robin Huebner Hired at Rival WDAY

Former KXJB-KVLY anchor Robin Huebner has been hired at rival WDAY, the Fargo Forum reports.

Huebner resigned from KXFB-KVLY in Fargo last year after she was reassigned from the 10 p.m. anchor desk. She later filed a federal lawsuit against Hoak Media, the parent company of the duopoly, calling the experience “personally and professionally humiliating.” The lawsuit is still pending.

In her new role, Huebner will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast on WDAY, the Fargo ABC-affiliate, as well as work on a new print venture for The Forum. Both the station and the newspaper are owned by Forum Communications. Read more

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