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FCC approves sale of KDLT

I was actually surprised to hear this, I didn’t think the sale would be approved;

The FCC ruled Tuesday that Gray Television could buy KDLT-TV from Red River Broadcasting Co. Gray announced the $32.5 million deal in May 2018 and with approval from the FCC and Justice Department was able to complete the deal today, according to a KSFY report.

I thought for how long this was taking they may have been some hiccups, but it looks like Gray convinced the FCC they are going to provide us MORE news by acquiring KDLT, even though I think this is about advertising dollars and NOT providing us more news;

The FCC noted that the No. 1 station in the Sioux Falls market, KELO-TV, “has consistently earned a majority of advertising revenue, making it harder for the other stations in the market to effectively compete against it. The applicants note that KDLT-TV is already struggling to maintain a profitable local news operation and that, without relief, ‘it is only a matter of time before KDLT-TV is forced to eliminate its local news.’ ”

So in order for KSFY to compete with Stormland TV they need to buy up more stations? How about better programming and news instead of the latest food truck or dog race story? Oh, Oh, Oh, but wait . . .

Gray has committed to add at least 28 hours per week of local news programming across the two stations, more local news programming than either station currently airs in an average week, according to the FCC. The company also plans to open a news bureau in Pierre, the capital, to provide better coverage of state government and install a state-of-the-art weather radar that will enable it to provide more accurate information about severe weather in the Sioux Falls market, the order states.

So they will have a reporter in Pierre for 40 days? That’s nice. Where do I sign up for that miserable job? And I guess I was a little surprised to hear that neither station was providing state-of-the-art weather reporting. So what? Were they just winging it all these years? I actually get my forecasts from KDLT, because I think they lay it out better.

According to a statement from Gray, there will be no changes at either station for awhile.

LOL. And we won’t be holding our breath either. Bring on the Weiner Dog fashion show!

Humorous Screenshots

Koch talking about the environment is like Trump giving us advice on climate change. Oh, and why are we using Tornados to grind trees, I think they did enough damage. Or do they mean they are going as fast as tornados?

After Tornado hits Sioux Falls, local paper decides it needs to share FREE information as a ‘public service’

Oh, and besides not understanding the duties of the 4th Estate, they take the opportunity of reporting on an emergency to ask for your subscription money. I’ve seen a lot of things in ‘bad taste’ in our local media, but this takes the cake. Funny, KELO, KSFY, KELOLAND & KDLT all shared the information for FREE, oh, and in real time.

Thursday Tidbits


It seems Jodi Schwan’s replacement may be seeing the writing on the wall and is leaving the Argus at the end of the month to be a health reporter for FORUM communications.


It seems the mayor doesn’t think the changes to the charter are necessary, and in some respects he is correct, because if the past mayors and himself would follow the charter to begin with, we wouldn’t have to make these changes. Let’s go over this again, the Mayor is in charge of running the city and following policy, the city council creates and implements that policy. But since him and his predecessors cannot follow rules, we have to make those changes on our own.


You know what they say, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings, and today we

found out she has yet to sing her song. While the insurance companies settled, the city and engineering firm are still not out of the clear. The FEDS also have to finish their investigation. We still have a few more hurdles to cross. And as you can see, Legacy was tied to the building collapse (DUH) this is why the council was warned about approving the bunker ramp.

Gray’s acquisition of KDLT in limbo

Jodi wrote a good article about how the acquisition is going so far. There was interesting statements made about KSFY and KDLT being owned by the same media company;

“The proposed transaction, if consummated, clearly would allow Gray to operate KSFY-TV and KDLT-TV together to increase efficiencies, reinvest capital resources to improve the stations’ service to their viewers and improve the stations’ abilities to compete with the dominant in-market station – KELO-TV,” Gray said in its federal filing.

“Gray Television has expressed that the merger will increase local news coverage and programming,” Rounds wrote.

Would it? I would think there would be a lot repetition between the two stations (there already is). If a KSFY reporter is getting an exclusive on a ‘BIG’ story, wouldn’t they share that with KDLT? I would think so. So how would we get MORE news? I will admit adding a Pierre office and expanding weather would be good, I’m just not sure eliminating a competing station would give us a different perspective in local news. I have a feeling the FCC has been delaying this merger for a reason.

A picture is worth a 1000 words

You gotta love it when the local media places the WRONG picture, but get it so RIGHT. LOL!

It’s about time!

Imagine my surprise when I got this email today! They finally admitted it 🙂

Off with their heads!

Over the last couple of weeks I have been enjoying the un-edited version of Inside Stormland. This week was priceless when Angela motioned ‘Off with their heads!’ Remember Angela, it’s just a flesh wound.

I would love to see some of the unedited tape from Bowlcut’s show.

Is a local TV reporter ‘trying’ to moonlight as an escort?

Last night at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting, sex trafficking watchdog Sierra told the city council during public input that she was concerned that a local TV reporter was trying to sell escort services online on an internet dating site. She said she made the station aware of the person but they seem to be in denial since the reporter still works for them. I guess they claim this person’s photo was taken from them without permission and used in this manner. A lot of he said, she said going on.

Sierra commented, “If the media was paying their employees more competitive wages they wouldn’t have none of their news reporters looking for Sugar Daddies on these websites.”

I was made aware of this last week and have seen some of the ads. While it may be a ‘gray area’ since this was on a dating site, Sierra commented that it still is a form of prostitution.

I’m willing to hear someone out, especially if they think their identity is being stolen from them. I guess if I was in a situation like this (LOL, no one would use a half-naked photo of me unless it was for a weight loss website) I would report it to the police immediately without hesitation.

We will see how this plays out.

*I am not posting the name of the reporter or the station, so if you make any guesses in the comment area they will be deleted.



Local Media websites incredibly frustrating and dysfunctional

I can’t hold it in anymore, the two news sites (that have obviously borrowed their website format from the super media sh*t piles that own them) are horrible. Beyond horrible.

As a person who hasn’t had a functioning TV in almost ten years, I depend on my large monitor and the internet to get everything I need. I actually think by only depending on the internet, I’m more informed. You can really weed thru the BS faster while surfing the net.

So now it comes to our local media. Ironically the best local media website, KDLT doesn’t have as many followers, but somehow have figured out simplicity works, they need to pass that knowledge on.

First with our only local daily. It shocks me that a media company that wants to get rid of their dead tree version and promote digital subscriptions has a website that has so many ads and videos going on that if you dare take a deep breath while viewing it you are back to the home page in a second. So which is it? Do you want to charge for your content or have paid advertisers pay for that content? You seem to want to have both which is a gigantic polished turd. I don’t know how many times I have to refresh, go back to where I thought I was in the story only to be interrupted with an ad, a video about cats, or some other distraction. Please, fire your web developers, they are failing you hugely. I just want to read your stories in peace without Morgan Freeman telling me I need a credit card.

Let’s move on to Stormland-TV. Why is every single video interrupted with an ad at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of your ‘tell me nothing’ 30 second news story? And why is every news story on mute, so I have to start over to hear only to be interrupted by another ad about corn farmers? And what’s up with the volume levels that fluctuate between an AC/DC concert and a kitten purring?

Trust me, it isn’t my ‘device’ these things happen on my phone, laptop, tablet, MAC and PC, at least they are consistent in their dysfunction.

Some would say, ‘Just give up’ but I like to stay apprised with what is going on in the community, I literally am forced to go thru these hoops just to get a tidbit of news and trust me #2 TV station is not much better.

While this blog may not have all the bells and whistles these circus clowns have incorporated, at least you can come here and read the stories without having to build a barrier around your mouse in case you accidentally hit the volume control or click on a floating ad.

The MSM might wonder why they are losing readers, please, take a look in the mirror.