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WDAY is about to launch a newscast that will be seen throughout all of North Dakota.
“WDAY News will broadcast on all the ABC affiliates in North Dakota on Sunday’s at 530P,” Forum Communications director of broadcasting Mari Ossenfort told TVSpy. “We will deliver the news, weather and sports that is important to ND and the region, since our signal also reaches Canada, western Minnesota, the northern peak of South Dakota and the eastern fringe of Montana.”
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.”
Mari Ossenfort has been named director of broadcasting for Forum Communications. In her new role, which begins in November, she will has oversight of four Forum Communications stations: WDAY in Fargo, WDAZ in Grand Forks, KMCY in Minot and KBMT in Bismarck.
Ossenfort, who grew up in Fargo, comes from KDLT-KDLV in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she has worked since 1995. Since 2005, she has been general manager and general sales manager. Before that, she worked at rival KTTW as an account executive.
“I’ve had other opportunities (to advance), but nothing felt right,” Ossenfort told the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is also owned by Forum Communications. “This opportunity that was presented to me just felt right.”
Ossenfort replaces Mark Prather, who recently retired after 23 years with WDAY-WDAZ.
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.
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
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.
Jason Vincent, news director at KQDS, the Fox-affiliate in Duluth, MN, has come under fire after he posted a message on his personal Facebook page this week in which he referred to a Native American man as an animal.
“Add drunk, homeless, Native American man to the list of animals that have wandered into my yard,” Vincent wrote on his Facebook page, according to the Duluth News Tribune. “Then he proceed[ed] to wave at me and give me the peace sign when he spotted me in the window. Wow.”
Vincent eventually deleted the message but not before a screenshot of it began circulating online. Read more
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
Fargo’s KVLY-KXJB is striking back against allegations made by former anchor Robin Huebner, who claimed in The Forum yesterday that she was immediately shown the door after putting in her two-weeks notice.