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The switch required purchasing high-definition gear, a studio redesign and a lot of work, said Kathy Lau, general manager of KVRR and chief operating officer of Red River Broadcast and Red Rock Radio. “From a management point of view, it’s been almost like building a station from the ground up,” Lau said. “It’s been no simple task, but we’re very excited. We’re looking to give our viewers the best product possible.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kunkel comes to WNWO from KVRR, the Fox-affiliate in Fargo, ND.
“Will exudes tremendous leadership qualities. His commitment to local coverage on-air and online will raise our game,” WNWO news director Amulya Raghuveer said, announcing the move.
Alexander, who will anchor the evening broadcasts alongside Dan Hanger, started her television career as a reporter at KVRR in Fargo before leaving the station to take a break from television. She said she was “thrilled to be back in the news industry.”
“Diane is a fantastic addition to the FOX 21 News, and I’m fully confident the Northland will warm up to her instantly,” news director Jason Vincent said.