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City Pages cuts two of six staff writer positions

Citing soft ad sales, City Pages owner Village Voice Media cut a third of Minneapolis-based alt-weekly’s staff writer positions, editor Kevin Hoffman confirms. Food writer Rachel Hutton was laid off, and an open reporting position will go unfilled.

MPR hires Kevyn Burger as newscaster

Good news for friends and fans of Kevyn Burger, the former WCCO and KSTP TV reporter and MyTalk107 host: She has a new gig with Minnesota Public Radio.
MPR says Burger will do the 6-11 p.m.

Star Tribune’s new Capitol reporter: Pioneer Press’s Ragsdale

Jim Ragsdale, a veteran Pioneer Press state Capitol reporter who most recently worked on the paper’s editorial page, will return to the beat with the Star Tribune.
Ragsdale, 61, replaces Eric Roper, who is moving to the Strib’s Minneapolis bureau.

The Star Tribune’s new iPad app: a review

The Strib on Sunday unleashes its next digital product: an iPad app. While there are a few user-interface shortcomings, it’s a top-tier product that will be familiar to New York Times and Wall Street Journal app users.

KFAN to become FM station; KTLK goes AM

Many listeners nationally, especially younger ones, don’t touch the AM band, so going FM should help KFAN battle Hubbard Broadcasting’s year-old AM sports competitor, 1500 ESPN.

1500 ESPN canceling Colin Cowherd, going local

OK, sports junkies, if you want more Twins and Vikings talk in the morning, you’re about to get it.
By Labor Day, 1500 ESPN will ax Colin Cowherd’s nationally syndicated show, which it airs 9 a.m. to noon.

Star Tribune newsroom votes on extending labor deal, pay freeze

This morning, Star Tribune business columnist Eric Wieffering lacerated American Crystal Sugar for locking out workers after “insisting on seniority language that it knew the union would never accept.”
Ironically, there are echoes at Wieffering’s o

Why The Current’s ratings are soaring

Late 2009, a mere 1.5 percent of local radio listeners tuned in to MPR’s The Current. Eighteen months later, it’s the local ratings success story.

Shutdown deal cuts MPR 20 percent; forces Legacy Fund bidding

Minnesota Public Radio survived state Senate conservatives’ push to eliminate its general-fund appropriation. In the end, MPR took a 20 percent cut in this week’s shutdown deal, according to MPR lobbyist Lisa Radzak.

Scoggins to become new Star Tribune sports columnist

Vikings beat writer Chip Scoggins will soon be named the Star Tribune’s next sports columnist. Management isn’t quite ready to announce the ascension, but it’s happening, according to three sources with knowledge of the promotion.

KQ’s stunning ratings decline

The three-month Spring Arbitron “book” is in and it contains some stunningly bad numbers for the once-dominant rock station KQRS.
In a year, the station’s numbers have fallen 22 percent among all listeners and a whopping one-third among the ad-cove