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SaveWCAL has discovered that on October 27, 2004, the members of the

St. Paul City Council, in their role as Commissioners of the St. Paul

Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA), gave preliminary approval

for issuance of $22 Million in conduit revenue bonds for the MPR

Project. MPR has designated $12 million of the bond proceeds

specifically for the purchase of WCAL/KMSE.

Conduit revenue bonds allow MPR to attain tax-exempt funding by

borrowing money at a lower rate of interest and making interest

payments non-taxable for the bond holders. The stated purpose of

conduit revenue bonds is "for the purpose of preventing the emergence

of blighted and marginal lands and areas of chronic unemployment." It

is our belief that financing the purchase of WCAL (which includes the

purchase of a transmitter tower located in Olmstead County and a

tower located in Dakota County) doesn't meet this purpose.

The lead underwriter for the bonds is Piper Jaffray. Note that of the

seven Piper Jaffray board members, three are members of the MPR Board

of Trustees (Addison Piper, Michael Francis, and Frank Sims) and two

are members of the St. Olaf Board of Regents (Addison Piper and

Kristine Johnson '73).

The current HRA preliminary approval is in addition to previous HRA

approvals including one in 2002 for the issuance of $10 million in

conduit revenue bonds for the same project, a $3.3 million forgivable

loan, conveyance of the "triangle site" to MPR, and the closure of a

portion of 9th Street. At the last MPR Board of Trustees meeting, MPR

indicated that this would bring MPR�s total long-term debt to "about

$32 million." The HRA staff report indicates MPR's stated intention

to pay back the loans on the $22 million bond issue through the use

of capital campaign funds.

On November 15, SaveWCAL contacted the St. Paul HRA to inquire

whether a draft copy of the proposed HRA application for the MPR

project was available for public inspection prior the public hearing

conducted by the HRA on October 27. State law requires that a draft

copy of a proposed HRA application be filed with the Commissioner of

the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for

approval. A copy of this application must be available for public

inspection before the HRA conducts a public hearing on the project

and prior to the submission of the application to the state

Commissioner.

On November 16, the St. Paul HRA informed us that, after speaking to

their bond attorney, the HRA has decided to hold another public

hearing on December 8. They determined that the failure to have the

proposed application available for public inspection prior to the

hearing on October 27 would render the process vulnerable to

effective challenge.

The hearing on December 8 is open to the public, giving people an

opportunity to address the HRA Commissioners. The HRA Commissioners

will be especially interested in the comments of St. Paul residents.

Copies of the St. Paul HRAs Report and the Resolution are available

at:

http://www.SaveWCAL.org/pdf/StPaulHRA_Resolution.pdf

http://www.SaveWCAL.org/pdf/StPaulHRA_Report.pdf

Ruth Sylte '82

SaveWCAL President

for the board and volunteers of SaveWCAL

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"Opposing the sale of Classical 89.3 WCAL-FM and advocating continued

ownership of the station by St. Olaf College"

* To sign the petition, send your name, city and state to:

SaveWCAL@hotmail.com

 

Contact: Andrea Matthews
(651) 290-1303
amatthews@mpr.org
www.mpr.org

MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO INTRODUCES NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC BROADCAST SCHEDULE, TO BEGIN SUNDAY, NOV. 21 ON ITS
NEW STATION, WCAL

On-air talent drawn from both Minnesota Public Radio and WCAL

New schedule incorporates WCAL listener favorites Harmonia and Favorites on Fridays, and features St. Olaf Christmas Festival concert

(St. Paul, Minn.) Nov. 19, 2004 � Minnesota Public Radio will introduce its new Classical Music Service at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 on WCAL 89.3. The new lineup includes listeners� favorite programs and the world-class music they�ve come to expect on Minnesota Public Radio, plus some of the hosts and programs from classical music station WCAL 89.3 that were so valued by its fans. The changes will be rolled out over the next few weeks.

After the first of the year, the Classical Music Service will move full-time to KSJN 99.5 and be replaced by a new music service on WCAL, designed to appeal to younger audiences. The new format has not yet been finalized. According to Sarah Lutman, senior vice president for cultural programming and initiatives at Minnesota Public Radio, �We can say that it will be a music-based service that is different from the programming you hear on our existing Classical Music and News and Information Services, and one that will reflect the mission and values of Minnesota Public Radio.�

Minnesota Public Radio purchased WCAL 89.3 in Northfield, and its sister station KMSE 88.7 in Rochester, from St. Olaf College, in a sale that closed on Friday, Nov. 19. Both stations will continue to broadcast their own programming throughout this weekend. On Sunday at 10 p.m., WCAL will join Minnesota Public Radio in launching the new Classical Music Service.

Among the changes that listeners will hear:

TWIN CITIES/Rochester
WCAL 89.3 will introduce a new morning drive-time classical music program, weekdays from 6-9 a.m. � a feature highly requested by WCAL fans. The host is Craig Curtis, a veteran public radio music director, program director and on-air host who has worked with Minnesota Public Radio for the past seven years.

REGIONAL SERVICE
Minnesota Public Radio�s network of classical music stations � including the new frequencies, 89.3 and 88.7 (in Rochester) � will introduce programs hosted by several former WCAL hosts*:

  • Bill Morelock will host classical music programming from 7-11 p.m. weekdays. Morelock will introduce listeners to Minnesota Public Radio�s regional broadcasts of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, and will feature a wide range of musical material on The Opera and on Open Air, Minnesota Public Radio�s weekly evening broadcast featuring long-form music programming.
  • Steve Staruch will host his own program from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and create a special Sunday evening program of contemplative music that culminates in the broadcast of the popular Pipedreams program, a staple of Minnesota Public Radio�s broadcast schedule.
  • Melissa Ousley will host her well-loved WCAL request program, Favorites on Fridays, which will now be broadcast statewide on Minnesota Public Radio classical music stations from noon-3 p.m. Fridays. She also serves as assistant music director for the Classical Music Service.

(New host bios are included at the end of the release.)

Harmonia, by Angela Mariani � a listener favorite on WCAL � will be broadcast Sundays at 8 p.m. The program is produced at Indiana University�s Early Music Institute in conjunction with WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana.

Minnesota Public Radio�s classical music on-air staff � including John Zech, Tom Crann, Mindy Ratner, Julie Amacher, Steve Seel, Jeff Esworthy, Valerie Kahler, Lynne Warfel-Holt, John Birge, Lauren Rico, Brian Newhouse, Michael Barone and Bob Christiansen � will continue to host programs on Minnesota Public Radio. A detailed program schedule is available at www.mpr.org.

�By merging some of the best of WCAL and our own classical music programming, we will truly be Minnesota�s �Classical Connection,�� said Lutman. �This is one of those rare occasions where we have the good fortune to join the talents and experience of two accomplished staffs, and we are thrilled to have the most talented announcing staff in America all housed together here at Minnesota Public Radio.�

Minnesota Public Radio will also produce and broadcast the 93rd annual St Olaf College Christmas Festival concert, a highlight of WCAL�s holiday programming. This concert will be broadcast live at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 5.

In addition to on-air talent from WCAL, Minnesota Public Radio has hired Patrick Wilson as an underwriting account executive, and Tom Nelson as a Minnesota Public Radio network engineer.

Minnesota Public Radio purchased WCAL from St. Olaf College in an attempt to save the frequency for public service programming. Other bidders proposed more narrow, targeted program services.

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Minnesota Public Radio® operates a 35-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences. Programs produced by Minnesota Public Radio and its national production and distribution arm, American Public Media�, reach 13.6 million listeners nationwide each week. Of those, more than 690,000 listen regionally, in Minnesota and surrounding states. With nearly 83,000 members, Minnesota Public Radio has the highest percentage of listener membership of any community-supported public radio network in the United States. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be obtained at www.mpr.org and www.americanpublicmedia.us.

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Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc. Arbitron data are estimates only.
Spring 2004

Minnesota Public Radio
New classical music broadcast schedule announcement

REGIONAL HOST BIOS

Steve Staruch
Steve Staruch has long been a significant contributor to Minnesota�s classical music community. Since August 1990, Staruch has worked for WCAL 89.3 in various capacities: host of Favorites on Fridays from 1991-1999; weekday afternoon and evening, and Sunday morning music program host from 1990-1999; host of Evening Song, a one-hour, daily program of music for contemplation and reflection, from 2001-present; and host of Top of the Day, from 1999-present. In addition, Staruch has hosted concerts and events for St. Olaf College organizations; served as freelance musician and vocalist for numerous groups, including the Dale Warland Singers, Minnesota Opera Chorus, MM Eastman School of music and BM Oberlin college. Staruch is also a teacher of viola and voice.

Bill Morelock
A venerable classical music radio personality, Morelock is a veteran of Minnesota Public Radio, WCAL and other broadcast networks. From 1988-1996, Morelock was the creator, host and producer � with Bob Christiansen � of Bob & Bill, which won the Gold Award for music programming from Corporation for Public Broadcasting. From 1992-1995, Morelock wrote and co-hosted The Composer�s Voice (also produced by Minnesota Public Radio). In 1996, he worked with Garrison Keillor on the two-hour documentary, Fitzgerald in St. Paul, a Minnesota Public Radio broadcast for Fitzgerald�s centenary. Since 1999, Morelock has served as musical host for WCAL.

Melissa Ousley
For the past 15 years, Ousley has worked at public radio station WCAL. From 1989-1999, she was WCAL�s �morning voice� as host of Top of the Day; and from 1999-October 2004, she hosted the popular Favorites on Fridays, and created and hosted Music from Minnesota, a showcase of local talent.

Craig Curtis
Craig Curtis began his career as on-air classical music host for public radio station KHCC in Wichita, Kansas. For 12 years, he worked for public radio station WUNC in Chapel Hill, N.C. as on-air host classical music host, music director and program director. He joined Minnesota Public Radio seven years ago as senior director for programming, and he was most recently senior director for research/station relations and program director for KPCC in California.

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http://www.ampers.org/HTML/index.php

 

http://www.east-lake.net/

Peter,

Our web site now features news about our FCC Petition to Deny and CPB

Complaint, filed by our attorney Ernest Sanchez in Washington, DC

yesterday. The PDF is available on our website for download, and

specifies all of the ways that St. Olaf and MPR have not adequately

involved the public in this pending transaction:

http://www.savewcal.org/alerts/index.html

Also note that we now have one senior regent of the college on our

petition, too; Leonard Hoeft (member for 25 years):

http://www.savewcal.org/keysupporters.html

Hopefully this gets us some mention in your paper. Thanks!

Kris Layon

SaveWCAL volunteer

Kristofer D. Layon, MFA

Office of the Sr. Vice President for System Administration

University of Minnesota

110 Morrill Hall

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tel. 612-624-4545

layo0002@umn.edu

 

 

Contact: Suzanne Perry
(651) 290-1276
sperry@mpr.org
www.mpr.org

St. Olaf: Amy Gage
(507) 646-3316
amygage@stolaf.edu

FCC APPROVES SALE OF WCAL
TO MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO

(St. Paul, Minn.) Nov. 15, 2004 � The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today formally authorized St. Olaf College to sell radio stations WCAL 89.3 FM in Northfield and KMSE 88.7 FM in Rochester to Minnesota Public Radio.

The FCC, in an order issued in Washington, D.C., approved an application by St. Olaf and Minnesota Public Radio for its consent to the assignment of the licenses. It rejected a petition filed by a group opposing the sale.

The purchase agreement signed by the parties in August was contingent upon the FCC�s consent. Under this agreement, the sale must now be finalized within 10 business days.

�We are very pleased that we have been able to keep WCAL and KMSE available as public service radio stations,� said Minnesota Public Radio President Bill Kling. �We are excited that we can move forward with our plans to offer the Twin Cities and Rochester a new radio format that will reflect the high standards of quality and public service that Minnesota Public Radio listeners have come to expect.�

WCAL and KMSE now broadcast classical music. St. Olaf announced in August that it planned to sell the stations to Minnesota Public Radio, following a bidding process that attracted national buyers with special-interest formats. It said it planned to place the proceeds in the college�s endowment to support its mission.

Sarah Lutman, senior vice president for cultural programming and initiatives at Minnesota Public Radio, said MPR was working on a new format for the stations, which would be announced at the beginning of next year. �We have not yet finalized our plans, but we can say that it will be a music-based service that is different from the programming you hear on our existing classical music and news and information services,� she said. �We can also say that it will reflect the mission and values of Minnesota Public Radio.�

The stations will continue to broadcast classical music programming until the new format is announced.

Lutman said that Minnesota Public Radio planned to hire several members of the WCAL staff. It has already hired WCAL host Melissa Ousley.as assistant music director/classical music producer for its regional classical music service. It also hired Patrick Wilson, underwriting accounts manager at WCAL, as an underwriting account executive.

In response to feedback from WCAL fans, Minnesota Public Radio�s classical music service, which is heard on KSJN 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities, will also adopt some format changes, including an expansion of classical music into the morning hours, after the sale is final. �We hope this will bring some of WCAL�s special qualities and outstanding hosts to listeners around the region,� Lutman said.

St. Olaf selected Minnesota Public Radio as the buyer for WCAL over another out-of-state bidder for a purchase price of $10.5 million. Minnesota Public Radio will finance the purchase through a low-interest loan that will be repaid by special gifts and grants from individuals who appreciate the value of public broadcasting, and by operating revenues from the station.

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Minnesota Public Radio® operates a 35-station radio network serving virtually all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and produces programming for radio, Internet and face-to-face audiences. Programs produced by Minnesota Public Radio and its national production and distribution arm, American Public Media�, reach 13.6 million listeners nationwide each week. Of those, more than 690,000 listen regionally, in Minnesota and surrounding states. With nearly 83,000 members, Minnesota Public Radio has the highest percentage of listener membership of any community-supported public radio network in the United States. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be obtained at www.mpr.org and www.americanpublicmedia.us.

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Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc. Arbitron data are estimates only.
Spring 2004

 

http://katesullivan.blogspot.com/2004_11_01_katesullivan_archive.html#110029029941494218


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