By Erik Burgess
The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
FARGO, N.D. – The lineup shuffle among local TV news stations continues.
TJ Nelson, producer and co-anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast on WDAY TV, will take over the empty anchor’s chair left by Austen Schauer at KVRR, the local Fox affiliate.
At KVRR, Nelson will co-produce and co-anchor the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts.
With nine years under his belt at WDAY, Nelson called this a “natural step” in his career.
“It was not an easy choice,” Nelson said. “But these main anchor gigs don’t open up very often.”
Nelson’s WDAYseat with co-anchor Robin Huebner won’t stay empty long. Reporter and
weekend anchor Todd Kurtz will step in at 5 p.m., said Jeff Nelson, WDAY news director.
“I think both Todd and Robin have a great dynamic, and I think they’ll complement each other well,” Jeff Nelson said.
TJ Nelson started at WDAY in 2004 as a producer and quickly began anchoring at 5 p.m.
Kurtz, who started at WDAY in 2009 answering phones in the newsroom, said he felt “pretty fortunate” to move up quickly.
“It’s somewhat bittersweet when these things happen. Because it’s a great opportunity for me, but it does mean that we’re losing TJ,” Kurtz said.
Weekend co-anchor Katie Lange will continue solo until her new co-anchor is found, Jeff Nelson said.
TJ Nelson’s last day at WDAY will be July 23.
Kurtz said his first day co-anchoring the 5 p.m. on WDAY isn’t set yet.
Erik Burgess is a reporter at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Both The Forum and WDAY are owned by Forum Communications. Forum Communications is a multimedia information company based in Fargo, and owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.