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WCCO Anchor in Hot Water Over Freezing Weather Trick

During the recent cold spell branded the Polar Vortex, a lot of people were videotaping themselves throwing hot water into the cold air to watch it freeze in mid-air.

The Los Angeles Times recently wrote about the other thing that happens when you throw hot water into the air: People get burned.

WCCO‘s Jason DeRusha encouraged viewers on Twitter to do it. While the anchor for the Minneapolis CBS owned station wasn’t the only one touting the trick, DeRusha ended up in hot water with local paper the Star-Tribune who saw the Times article and wrote:

When DeRusha was asked for comment, he hid behind his boss’ skirt or pants.

“He couldn’t comment without proper permission from his supervisors due to company policies on speaking with the media,” wrote the L.A. Times. “But on Twitter he said to a follower … ‘Sorry that anyone got hurt! I look forward to the post on all the Minnesotans who did this safely!’ On Tuesday morning, he added, ‘None of those people are from MN or followers of mine.’ ”

That sounded a tad cavalier, I told DeRusha via Twitter on Friday. He responded. “Not my intent, certainly. But I don’t think my tweet influenced people in Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland to toss boiling water.” Read more

Minneapolis Station Looks to Colorful Past for Rooftop Weather Forecast

weatherwatcherwccoMinneapolis-St. Paul CBS owned station WCCO is going old school with its new rooftop sign called the Weather Watcher that that changes colors depending to the weather.

According to the station, “Red means it’ll get warmer. Blue, cooler. White signals no change, and green means snow or rain.”

The Weather Watcher is part of a larger rooftop weather area featuring a full outdoor kitchen, a lawn and artwork made by artists using local materials.

“In Minnesota, our lives revolve around the weather and WCCO-TV is proud to present this Minneapolis landmark and important public service,” Brien Kennedy, WCCO-TV’s vice president and general manager said in a statement.

According to the Pioneer Press,  the Weather Watcher is a reminder of the area’s past. “It’s a nod to the iconic Weatherball that was perched on top of the Northwestern National Bank building in downtown Minneapolis for more than 30 years before a fire destroyed the building on Thanksgiving Day in 1982.” Read more

Matt Kummer Named News Director at WBAY

wbay logo_304x200Matt Kummer will be promoted to news director at Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY after Tom McCarey retires at the end of the year, TVSpy has confirmed.

“Matt’s unique combination of experiences at WBAY, other Green Bay market stations, major markets, news management and social media evangelism made him the choice for a seamless transition to the Post McCarey Era at WBAY News,” WBAY general manager Don Carmichael wrote in a note to station staffers. “Congratulate Matt and help him in every way possible to continue the great tradition of Local News Leadership at WBAY’s Action 2 News.”

Kummer has been the station’s assistant news director since 2011. He has also worked at WCCO in Minneapolis, WISH in Indianapolis and WLUK in Green Bay.

Marian Davey Named News Director at KMSP

Marian Davey has been promoted to news director at KMSP, the Fox O&O in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Davey joined the station in 2002 as managing editor and was promoted to assistant news editor in 2003.

“Mim has strengthened our news product, led our expansion efforts to nearly 50 hours a week, and has executed tremendous digital growth. She has been an integral part of our station’s progress over the past 11 years and earned this role as leader of our news team,” KMSP vice president and general manager Carol Rueppel said in a statement.

Before joining KMSP, Davey spent 14 years at WCCO, the CBS O&O in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She began her career there as an intern and was eventually named managing editor.

Davey replaces Bill Dallman, who recently joined Fox Sports 1 as vice president of news.

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

Former WCCO Anchor Don Shelby Rules Out Run for Congress

Don Shelby, former anchor for Minneapolis CBS owned station WCCO, told his former station he will not run for Congress.

“When you see statements by John Boehner that says our job is not to pass laws but to repeal them,” Shelby said. “It makes you wonder who in his or her right mind would really want to get into that business, especially if they come from a background of trying to change things … trying to be helpful, trying to be a true public servant,”

Shelby said he was not comfortable being labeled either a Democrat or Republican. He said he’s neither. He also said he didn’t want to give up time with his family.

According to WCCO, National Democrats had approached Shelby in hopes he would seek the 3rd Congressional District seat currently occupied by Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen. Watch the interview with WCCO after the jump. Read more

Former WCCO Anchor Reportedly Considering Congressional Run

Don Shelby, a former anchor at Minneapolis CBS O&O WCCO, is considering a Congressional run against incumbent Rep. Erik Wilson (R) in Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional district, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:

Democrats have been tight-lipped about Shelby’s possible entry into the race, but they made clear Thursday that they would welcome a respected Twin Cities figure with almost universal name recognition across the state.

“I don’t know if he’s in or not,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “If he is considering his options, I don’t think there’s any question that he’d be a very strong candidate against Congressman Paulsen. The fact is, if he gets in the race, it [the district] would become an immediate target for Democrats, not only in this state, but around the country.”

Shelby, 66, did not respond to an emailed interview request. But several DFL sources said he has been courted as a potentially game-changing candidate who does well in internal polls of potential candidates.

Bill Shory Named News Director at WAVE

Bill Shory has been named news director at Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE, Rick Gevers & Associates reports.

Shory moves to Louisville from Knoxville, where he spent eight years as news director for NBC affiliate WBIR. He has most recently been the director of production for Jupiter Entertainment. Shory has also worked at WCCO in Minneaplis, WHNT in Huntsville, WCNC in Charlotte and WBMA in Birmingham.

He replaces Kathy Hostetter, who was named news director at WTHR in Indianapolis.

WCCO Makes Changes in the Morning

WCCO is re-tooling its morning anchor lineup right after May sweeps. The CBS owned Minneapolis station is moving current anchors Mike Binkley and Angela Davis to Sunday evenings and replacing them with Jason DeRusha (pictured right) and Jamie Yuccas (pictured left) beginning June 2.

“The expectations are very high at WCCO and we feel like we can do better in our morning show,” WCCO news director Mike Caputa told the Pioneer Press. “This isn’t about any performance issues with Mike or with Angela, they’ll still be in high-profile positions at the station, but we’re making this decision so that we hopefully can continue to grow and that we’ll be in a good position in the future. We’re hopeful that everybody will be at the television station for a long time.” Read more

Anchors from CBS O&Os to Guest Host ‘The Talk’

Anchors from CBS O&Os across the country will fill in as guest-hosts on “The Talk,” CBS’ daytime talk show, next week.

Anchors from stations in New York, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angeles will join the show’s co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler for one day each. This is the third time a round of guest-hosts have been selected from the CBS O&Os.

Kristine Johnson from WCBS will host Monday, Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro from WCCO will host Tuesday, Susan Barnett from KYW will host Wednesday, Lisa Hughes from WBZ will host Thursday and Pat Harvey from KCBS will host Friday.

WNYW’s Heather Brown Returning to WCCO

WNYW reporter Heather Brown is leaving New York City to rejoin her former station, WCCO in Minneapolis.

“I am truly grateful for the wonderful opportunity afforded to me at Fox 5.  After much thought and consideration, I’ve decided to leave New York and spend more time with my family,” Brown told TVSpy. “I’m excited to be heading back to Minneapolis and rejoining some great friends at WCCO.”

Brown joined Fox O&O WNYW in 2010 after four years at CBS O&O WCCO. Her last day in New York will be October 17.

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