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1 hour ago, TheRob said:

I was going to mention it too, that's way too much news for a market like Sioux Falls. These are stations with perhaps two reporters on a shift if they're lucky, anchors who produce their own newscasts and run the assignment desk, no extra photogs. You're basically going to see the same newscast five or six times.

 

Don't even ask about Pierre. The town is isolated, and doesn't contain much more than the capitol. It's one of the smallest capital cities in the nation.

 

Re: Pierre, it is about 160 miles from Rapid City and about 200 miles from Sioux Falls. That's a big geographic area in central South Dakota with no real local news at all. Since Gray probably already has a presence there with a bureau, they could just add an additional reporter and make one of them an anchor - even once or twice a weekday (such as at 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm or something like that) with weather out of Sioux Falls. They already do that in Scottsbluff, NE (I believe except for the evening news there, it is all out of North Platte, but they do have several Scottsbluff-based newscasts). 

 

The population of Pierre is about 15,000 with about 60,000 in central South Dakota.

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1 minute ago, GoldenShine9 said:

 

Re: Pierre, it is about 160 miles from Rapid City and about 200 miles from Sioux Falls. That's a big geographic area in central South Dakota with no real local news at all. Since Gray probably already has a presence there with a bureau, they could just add an additional reporter and make one of them an anchor - even once or twice a weekday (such as at 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm or something like that) with weather out of Sioux Falls. They already do that in Scottsbluff, NE. 

Rapid City has a different TV DMA. GRAY Owns KOTA/KEVN TV.  KNBN TV. KCLO TV  is only SIoux Falls station  in Rapid City. Rapid serves the western SD. Sioux Falls the rest of the state except Union County..

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2 minutes ago, CubsFan79 said:

Rapid City has a different TV DMA. GRAY Owns KOTA/KEVN TV.  KNBN TV. KCLO TV  is only SIoux Falls station  in Rapid City. Rapid serves the western SD. Sioux Falls the rest of the state except Union County..

 

Pierre is in the Sioux Falls DMA, but the western half of the DMA is really one of the most isolated in the nation from any local news.

 

KNBN is locally owned, while KCLO is a satellite of KELO.

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Will see what happens with KQTV in St .joe MO. KNPN is a LP station{s} It would be more than a duopoly. Let's see if the DOJ/FCC okay the deal.

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