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Jim Shaw Leaving KVRR For Health Reasons

shaw kvrrJim Shaw, news director at KVRR, has announced he is resigning from the Fargo, ND, FOX affiliate.

Shaw has led the news department since it launched in 2000. KVRR said his last day is Friday.

“It was a very, very difficult decision to make,” Shaw told The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He then described how the newsroom reacted after he announced his decision. “I was crying, they were crying, a very emotional day.”

Although he is recovering from complications stemming from an intestinal infection, Shaw said he decided he needs more time to fully recover and regain his energy.

“I don’t have a full tank of gas in me,” he said. “I’m running with less than a full tank.”

Shaw was able to return to work a couple of months ago following a medical leave, but said he doesn’t have the energy to be as engaged as he would like. Read more

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Fargo’s KVRR Transitions to HD

kvrr setFargo Fox affiliate KVRR made the transition to high definition this week, the Forum News Service reports:

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.”

In Fargo, ABC affiliate WDAY was the first station to switch to HD, according to the Forum News Service. KVLY-KXJB also broadcast in HD.

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.

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.

WNWO Names Will Kunkel Sports Director

Toledo NBC-affiliate WNWO has hired Will Kunkel as its new sports director.

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.

A graduate of Medill, Kunkel is replacing Eric Haubert at WNWO. His first day is set for June 4. Read more

KQDS Hires Diane Alexander to Anchor Evening News

KQDS, the Fox affiliate in Duluth, has hired Diane Alexander to be the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. co-anchor. Her first broadcasts are tonight.

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.

Alexander replaces Nick LaFave, who left the station last month for an anchor position at KTAL in Shreveport.