Media in the Twin Cities

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 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 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].


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 [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 have now merged as well, 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.

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 [4] has two.

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 meant for 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 (predecessor to 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.


For decades, WCCO radio was the best-known and most popular broadcaster in the region, with an all-day talk format. WCCO was eventually pushed out of the top spot by KQRS, a classic rock station with a popular morning show. Non-commercial KTIS 98.5 has leaped onto the morning show scene with its clean (no raunch) Christian format. Recent ratings have put the KTIS morning show at number 2 with over 250,000 listeners, and the station is number 5 overall in the Twin Cities market. KSTP also has some fairly popular radio stations, with pop music format on FM and a talk format on AM. Both operate on clear channel frequencies, allowing their signals to be heard across much of North America. K102 is the major area country music outlet, and often appears at third place in local ratings. WLTE and KDWB are also among the area's top performers in the ratings books.

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 situated in New York and New Mexico. However, the station is also heard on two 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.

Many area residents 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. Music aficionados in the northwestern suburbs sometimes tune into the St. Cloud station KVSC, which is also well-regarded.

A few, both of which also host a tremendous number of historical airchecks of nearly all local radio stations.

MPR's KCMP, which broadcasts under the moniker "89.3 The Current," is a new addition as of 2005 and competes somewhat with KFAI and Radio K because of its eclectic format. Regardless, it quickly became a welcome addition to the region's radio dial as it has a high-power FM transmitter and highly-respected disc jockeys that play a large amount of local music. That KCMP had previously been known as WCAL and was one of two major classical music stations in the area—a unique condition for the early 21st century, where most markets find it difficult to support even one classical outlet.

Most of the major TV and radio transmitters are located in Shoreview, Minnesota, and backup facilities are maintained atop the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis (though a few low-power broadcasters use the setup continuously).

List of newspapers and magazines

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





Neighborhood press

In Minneapolis:

  • Camden Community News published monthly
  • Northeast Beat online only
  • Northeaster published bimonthly
  • North News published monthly
  • Downtown Journal published bimonthly
  • Southwest Journal published bimonthly
  • Seward Profile published monthly
  • Southside Pride published monthly
  • Whittier Globe published monthly

In St. Paul:

Special Interest

List of television stations


Call sign Analog
Network Station Ownership
KTCA none 34 2.1 PBS-tpt Twin Cities Public Television
KTCA none 34 2.2 PBS-tptMN Twin Cities Public Television
KTCI none 23 2.3 PBS-tptLife Twin Cities Public Television
KTCA none 34 2.4 PBS-tptWx Twin Cities Public Television
WCCO none 32 4.1 CBS CBS Television Stations
KSTP none 35 5.1 ABC Hubbard Broadcasting
KSTC none 45 5.2 Independent Hubbard Broadcasting
KSTC none 45 5.3 MeTV Hubbard Broadcasting
KSTC none 45 5.4 AntennaTV Hubbard Broadcasting
KSTC none 45 5.6 ThisTV Hubbard Broadcasting
KSTP none 35 5.7 LiveWell Hubbard Broadcasting
KMSP none 9 9.1 Fox FOX Television Stations
WFTC none 29 9.2 MyNetworkTV/WFTC FOX Television Stations
KMSP none 9 9.3 The Local AccuWeather Channel FOX Television Stations
KARE none 11 11.1 NBC Gannett Company
KARE none 11 11.2 WeatherNation TV Gannett Company
WUMN-LP 13 none N/A Univision Silver Point Capital
K16HY-LD none 16 16.1 Local Catholic-Text St. Michael Broadcasting
K16HY-LD none 16 16.2 EWTN St. Michael Broadcasting
K16HY-LD none 16 16.3 Local Catholic St. Michael Broadcasting
K16HY-LD none 16 16.4 EWTN St. Michael Broadcasting
K16HY-LD none 16 16.5 EWTN St. Michael Broadcasting
K19BG-LD St. Cloud/Buffalo silent 19CP 19 RTV Luken Communications
WUCW none 22 23.1 CW Sinclair Broadcast Group
WUCW none 22 23.2 TheCoolTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
WUCW none 22 23.3 The Country Network Sinclair Broadcast Group
KTCI none 23 23.7~* PBS-tptMN Twin Cities Public Television
K25IA-LD none 25 25.1 TBN Regal Media
K25IA-LD none 25 25.2 The Church Channel Regal Media
K25IA-LD none 25 25.3 JCTV Regal Media
K25IA-LD none 25 25.4 Smile Of A Child Regal Media
K25IA-LD none 25 25.5 TBN Enlace Regal Media
W47CO-LD River Falls, Wisc. none 47 28.1 PBS/WHWC Wisconsin Public Television
W47CO-LD River Falls, Wisc. none 47 28.2 PBS-WISC/WHWC Wisconsin Public Television
W47CO-LD River Falls, Wisc. none 47 28.3 PBS-Create/WHWC Wisconsin Public Television
WFTC none 29 29.1 MyNetworkTV FOX Television Stations
KMSP none 9 29.2 MyNetworkTV/WFTC FOX Television Stations
WFTC none 29 29.3 Bounce TV FOX Television Stations
WFTC none 29 29.4 Movies! FOX Television Stations
K33LN-LD none 33 33.1 3ABN Three Angels Broadcasting Network
K33LN-LD none 33 33.2 3ABN Proclaim! Three Angels Broadcasting Network
K33LN-LD none 33 33.3 3ABN Dare to Dream Three Angels Broadcasting Network
K33LN-LD none 33 33.4 3ABN Latino Three Angels Broadcasting Network
K33LN-LD none 33 33.5 3ABN Radio-Audio Three Angels Broadcasting Network
K33LN-LD none 33 33.6 3ABN Radio Latino-Audio Three Angels Broadcasting Network
K33LN-LD none 33 33.7 Radio 74-Audio Three Angels Broadcasting Network
KPXM-TV none 40 41.1 Ion Television Ion Media Networks
KPXM-TV none 40 41.2 Qubo Kids Ion Media Networks
KPXM-TV none 40 41.3 Ion Life Ion Media Networks
K43HB-LD none 43 43.1 HSN Ventana Television
KHVM-LD none 48 48.1 GCN - Religious EICB TV
KTCJ-LD none 50 50.1 CTVN - Religious EICB TV
WDMI-LD none 31 62.1 Daystar Word of God Fellowship

~*Not directed to a virtual channel, but defaults to its broadcast channel on some receivers


List of radio stations


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
"Air America Minnesota"
950 AM Progressive Talk JR Broadcasting
KKMS 980 AM Christian Talk Salem Communications
WTCS 1030 AM Christian Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis
KTCN 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 Freeform/Eclectic Macalester College Radio
92.5 FM Classic Rock Citadel Broadcasting
93.7 FM Active Rock Citadel 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 Citadel 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

  • Upper Midwest Broadcasting
  • Twin Cities Media Discussion Forum
  • Your Midwest Media: Radio & TV Station Listings, News & Information
  • Northeaster Newspaper, Northeast Minneapolis, St. Anthony Village, Columbia Heights and Hilltop
  • NorthNews Newspaper, North Minneapolis
  •—Historical recordings, photos and documents from Twin Cities radio stations dating to 1924
  • Rick Burnett's—Historical recordings and photos of Twin Cities radio stations
  • Eastern Minnesota Television Stations [5]


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