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Dale Connelly named KFAI news director

He’s known as a funnyman, but former Minnesota Public Radio “Morning Show” host Dale Connelly will become news director of KFAI-FM June 13, according to executive director Janis Lane-Ewart.

Bill Kling revises history about public-media-expansion plan

I suppose you’ve made it in this town when Bill Kling throws a sharp elbow your way; Andy Mannix’s recent City Pages cover on the departing Minnesota Public Radio founder catalogues the not-so-exclusive club.

I’m back — with changes

Thanks to everyone who sent “get well” notes during my month’s convalescence.
The arc of my illness went pretty much as the doctors predicted: after my liver was damaged by a drug reaction, it healed itself, and about 10 days ago, resumed processin

News break

This blog — and yours truly — are going on hiatus.
The short version is that I was in the hospital last week with what turns out to be liver damage.

MPR names Jon McTaggart to succeed Bill Kling as CEO

This is absolutely no shocker: the American Public Media Group board — MPR’s corporate parent — has just named current Chief Operating Officer Jon McTaggart to succeed the only CEO the group has ever known, Bill Kling.
I don’t have much more than t

When does a journalism awards category fall below critical mass?

See update on entrants below.
This morning, the Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins notes that the one category with no Pulitizer Prize winner — Breaking News — also attracted the fewest entries (37).
What, then, should we make of our own Pre

How Utne Reader uses cover art to Trump newsstand declines

Congrats to Minneapolis-based Utne Reader, whose March-April cover was named one of the “13 Coolest This Month” by Business Insider magazine.
Even if you disagree with the, ahem, uncivil sentiment, it’s a pretty great piece of art.

Third time charming? KDWB improves apology for Hmong parody song

I was out on Friday, so wasn’t able to update Thursday’s story about Blue Cross Minnesota suspending advertising on KDWB over the “Thirty Hmongs in a House” song.
Blue Cross officials sought to have the station improve upon its initial “Hey, some H

Local Patch freelance budgets bounce up

Two months ago, I noted that Patch.com — the patchwork of hyperlocal sites that debuted in Minnesota in November — had cut local freelance budgets in the first quarter of 2011.

What if the South had won the Civil War?

Noticed that colleague Eric Black’s Civil War Anniversary post, “What if Lincoln had allowed the South to secede?” is getting a lot of page views and comments, including from readers fiddling with “What America would look like now” scenarios.