Media in Minneapolis–St. Paul

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Minneapolis–Saint Paul, also known as the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, in the state of Minnesota, United States of America, has two major general-interest newspapers. The region is currently ranked as the 15th largest television market in the United States.[1] The market officially includes 59 counties of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and extends far to the north and west. The radio market in the Twin Cities is estimated to be slightly smaller, ranked 16th in the nation.[2]


The two major general-interest newspapers are the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Additionally, the Minnesota Daily serves the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus and surrounding neighborhoods. The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder and the Finance and Commerce business daily are published in Minneapolis as is the Web-based

A number of other weekly and monthly publications (most of which are fully supported by advertising) are also available. The most prominent of these is Village Voice Media's City Pages, the alternative weekly, with 2002 newcomer The Rake offering some competition in the form of a free monthly. Pulse of the Twin Cities is another weekly which has less advertising and more coverage of local music and activism.

There are also numerous weekly student newspapers at area colleges including the University of Minnesota's The Wake Student Magazine, Macalester College's The Mac Weekly and St. Thomas' The Aquin.

Minneapolis community newspapers include the sister publications Downtown Journal, formerly Skyway News, and Southwest Journal, which cover downtown and southwest Minneapolis, respectively, as well as numerous neighborhood papers such as the North News, Seward Profile, Southside Pride, Whittier Globe.

But there is only one weekly newspaper devoted to neighborhood news in either city. It is in St. Paul, and called the East Side Review. Saint Paul also has a monthly Highland Villager.

Instead of neighborhood or general-interest news, some periodicals focus on a particular topic, such as the ones covering the Minnesota music scene. Others are audience-specific, such as Lavender Magazine for the state's gay community. The Minnesota Women's Press, one of the few feminist newspapers in the country, serves the local feminist community. Other such periodicals of note include the Asian American Press [1] and Catholic Spirit [2].


Twin Cities Public Television operates both KTCA and KTCI. Hubbard Broadcasting owns KSTP and has a second TV station, KSTC, which is not affiliated with any network. KMSP and WFTC are co-owned, and KARE currently has a marketing agreement with KPXM-TV. The only station with its main studios in Minneapolis is WCCO, while St. Paul is host to KSTP/KSTC, KTCA/KTCI, and WUCW. Other stations are located in the suburbs. For much of the last two decades, KARE has had the most popular evening newscasts of the area channels (though WCCO still dominates in the morning slots, and has had more viewership on its programs for around the same duration). On the other end, KSTP has struggled to maintain ratings on its news programs. KMSP has had a 9 o'clock newscast since at least the early 1990s when it was a UPN affiliate.

downtown on the Nicollet Mall
WCCO-TV satellite dishes Minneapolis

KSTP claims to have been the first station in the country to run a regular nightly newscast. It is the oldest station in the state to still be operating, having first gone on the air in 1948. TV broadcasts first occurred more than a decade earlier during the 1930s when engineers for radio station WDGY (now KFAN) experimented with a mechanical television system. Mechanical TV quickly lost favor, and the station's owner decided to let the license expire in 1938.

Communities in the region have their own Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channels. One channel, the Metro Cable Network, is available on channel 6 on cable systems across the seven-county region. Minneapolis Telecommunications Network (MTN) [3] has three Public-access television cable TV channels and Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) [4] has two.

KARE television broadcast, Minnesota State Fair

Area residents of the right age look back fondly on many of the locally-produced shows that were on the air for about two decades, from the early days of TV in Minnesota up until the 1970s. WCCO, KSTP, KMSP, and WTCN (now KARE) all had children's shows, though there were a few other notable shows targeting an older audience.

Several television programs originating in the Twin Cities have been aired nationally on terrestrial and cable TV networks. KTCA created the science program Newton's Apple and distributes a children's program today. A few unusual comedic shows also originated in the area. In the 1980s, KTMA (now WUCW) created a number of low-budget shows, including the cult classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 (which later aired on The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central from 1989 to 1996 and the Sci-Fi Channel from 1997 to 2004). The short-lived Let's Bowl (which aired on Comedy Central) started on KARE, and the PBS series Mental Engineering originated on the St. Paul Public-access television network.


Eleanor Mondale of WCCO radio interviewing Fred Thompson at the Minnesota State Fair on 2007-08-27.

For decades, WCCO radio was the best-known and most popular broadcaster in the region,[citation needed] with an all-day talk and news format. It was eventually edged out of the top spot by KQRS, a classic rock station with a popular morning show, although in recent years KQRS has been overtaken by other stations in the market hierarchy. Locally-owned KSTP offers a pop music format on FM as KS95 and a sports talk format on AM1500. K102 and Buz'n 102.9 are the two major country music outlets. KDWB is the market's legacy Top-40 station.

Radio K, on the other hand, is still largely an "AM daytimer" and must shut down at night to make way for two other stations located in New York and New Mexico. However, the station is also heard on three FM translators in the metro, and on the Internet. It is, by most accounts, the oldest in the state, receiving a license for the call sign WLB in January 1922.

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is also a major force in the state and across the country, best known across the U.S. for the variety show A Prairie Home Companion. Based in St. Paul, MPR is reportedly the nation's second-most powerful public radio organization behind National Public Radio (of which MPR is an affiliate).

Cities 97 is notable for its yearly compilation of live recordings, the Cities Sampler, which is now so popular that people camp out at local Target stores overnight when it is to be released. The last few volumes of the CD have sold out within a few hours.[citation needed]

Some area residents[who?] feel that the overall quality of radio in the region is poor, particularly considering the area's appetite for the arts. Radio K and community radio station KFAI are often said by media and music critics to be the best area stations because these stations' focus on local music (Minnesota has a major local music scene, see music of Minnesota). However, many listeners find the formats of these stations to be disjointed and difficult to listen to due to their relatively unpolished presentations. Both are hampered by relatively weak signals, but attempt to compensate with Internet radio streaming. MPR's KCMP, with a stronger signal, broadcasts as "89.3 The Current" and competes somewhat with KFAI and Radio K with its eclectic music format. Music aficionados in the northwestern suburbs sometimes tune into the St. Cloud State University station KVSC, which is also well-regarded.

A few pirate radio stations have been found on the local dial from time to time. The most famous of these was Beat Radio 97.7 in 1996, which was co-created by area programmer and DJ Alan Freed. Freed went on to broadcast the Beat Radio dance music format from a number of different area stations (and nationally); he later programmed dance music channels on XM Satellite Radio.

Most of the major TV and radio transmitters are located in Shoreview, Minnesota, and backup facilities for some are maintained atop the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis (though a few low-power broadcasters use the IDS as their primary transmitter location).

List of newspapers and magazines[edit]

The following is a list of print publications in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area:





Neighborhood press[edit]

In Minneapolis:

In St. Paul:

Special Interest[edit]

List of television stations[edit]


Channel Callsign Affiliation Branding Subchannels Owner
(Virtual) Channel Programming
2.1 KTCA PBS TPT 2 2.2
Minnesota Channel
TPT Weather
Twin Cities Public Television
2.3 KTCI PBS TPT Life Twin Cities Public Television
4.1 WCCO CBS WCCO 4 4.2 Decades CBS Corporation
5.1 KSTP ABC 5 Eyewitness News 5.7 Heroes & Icons Hubbard Broadcasting
5.2 KSTC Ind. 45 TV 5.3
Antenna TV
This TV
Hubbard Broadcasting
9.2 WFTC MyNetworkTV My 29 9.1
FOX Television Stations
9.9 KMSP FOX FOX 9 9.4 Buzzr FOX Television Stations
11.1 KARE NBC KARE 11 11.2
WeatherNation TV
Justice Network
Tenga, Inc.
16.2 K16HY-D EWTN EWTN 16.1
Program guide
Local programming
St. Michael Broadcasting, Inc.
17.1 WUMN-LP Univision Univision Media Vista Group, LLC.
23.1 WUCW CW CW 23 23.2
Sinclair Broadcasting
25.1 KJNK-LD Telemundo Telemundo Minneapolis 25.2
Hmong TV Network
Regal Media, Inc.
33.1 K33LN-D 3ABN 3ABN 33.2
3ABN Proclaim
3ABN Dare to Dream
3ABN Latino
3ABN Radio
3ABN Radio Latino
Radio 74
Three Angels Broadcasting Network
41.1 KPXM ION ION 41.2
ION Life
ION Shop
ION Media Networks
50.1 KTCJ-LD Cornerstone TV Cornerstone TV EICB TV
62.1 WDMI-LD Daystar Daystar 62.2
Hmong USA TV
Word of God Fellowship, Inc.


List of radio stations[edit]


Station Frequency Format Owner
WREY 630 AM Regional Mexican Borgen Broadcasting
KFXN 690 AM Hmong Minority Media and Telecommunications Council
WDGY 740 AM Oldies Borgen Broadcasting
"770 Radio K"
770 AM
100.7 FM/106.5 FM/104.5 FM
College Rock/Eclectic University of Minnesota Twin Cities
"The Good Neighbor"
830 AM News/Talk CBS Radio
KTIS 900 AM Christian Northwestern College
950 AM News/Talk JR Broadcasting
KKMS 980 AM Christian Talk Salem Communications
WTCS 1030 AM Christian Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis
KTLK 1130 AM News/Talk Clear Channel
KLBB 1220 AM American Standards Endurance Broadcasting, LLC
"The Patriot"
1280 AM Conservative Talk Salem Communications
WLOL 1330 AM Christian Relevant Radio
KMNV 1400 AM Regional Mexican Davidson Media
"Radio Disney"
1440 AM Children's Pop Music Disney
KMNQ 1470 AM Regional Mexican Davidson Media
KSTP 1500 AM Sports Hubbard Broadcasting
KQSP 1530 AM Tropical Music Broadcast One
KYCR 1570 AM Conservative Talk Salem Communications
KPNP 1600 AM World Music Self Retire, Inc.


Station Frequency Format Owner
"Jazz 88"
88.5 FM Jazz Minneapolis Public Schools
"The Current"
89.3 FM Adult Album Alternative American Public Media Group
(via Minnesota Public Radio)
KMOJ 89.9 FM Urban/Community Center For Communication & Development
KFAI 90.3/106.7 FM Talk/Music Fresh Air, Inc.
KNOW-FM 91.1 FM News/Talk American Public Media Group
(via Minnesota Public Radio)
WMCN 91.7 FM College Rock/Eclectic Macalester College Radio
92.5 FM Classic Rock Cumulus Broadcasting
93.7 FM Active Rock Cumulus Broadcasting
94.5 FM Hot Adult Contemporary Hubbard Broadcasting
"Praise FM"
95.3 FM Worship Radio North Central University
"Hope FM"
95.9 FM Worship Radio Lakes Broadcasting Company, Inc.
"96.3 K-TWIN"
96.3 FM Modern AC Northern Lights Broadcasting
"Cities 97"
97.1 FM Adult Album Alternative Clear Channel
"Life 98.5"
98.5 FM Contemporary Christian Music Northwestern College & Radio
KSJN 99.5 FM Classical American Public Media Group
(via Minnesota Public Radio)
"The Fan"
100.3 FM Sports Clear Channel
KDWB 101.3 FM Top 40/CHR Clear Channel
102.1 FM Country Music Clear Channel
"BUZ'N Country"
102.9 FM Country Music CBS Radio
"Jack FM"
104.1 FM Adult Hits CBS Radio
"The Ticket"
105.3/105.7 FM
Sports Talk Cumulus Broadcasting
"Bob 106"
106.1 FM Country Music Milestone Radio
"myTalk 107.1"
107.1 FM Female-Oriented Talk Hubbard Broadcasting
"Kool 108"
107.9 FM Oldies/Classic Hits Clear Channel

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Local Television Market Universe Estimates" (PDF). Nielsen. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Market Survey Schedule and Population Rankings" (PDF). Nielsen Audio. Retrieved 2 November 2013.