By Rylee Nelson
FARGO, N.D. – More than 400 people, including Forum Communications Co. employees, community members and station advertisers, recently attended a 60th anniversary party for the FCC-owned WDAY television station here.
WDAY Television Operations Manager Sue Eider said that despite a power outage at the television station itself that happened during this partially live-for-TV event, the public birthday bash held Sept. 18 at the Fargodome was a great success.
In addition to WDAY’s Dana Mock and Kirsten Keally anchoring their 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts live from the Dome, the event also included inflatable games, a magic show and a ribbon-cutting sponsored by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.
“I feel that it is a tremendous statement that the Marcil family has committed to bringing news to the area,” Eider said. “We are the only television station in our market that is locally owned. It is great having the Marcils walk in and know who you are.”
In a special roped-off section at the Fargodome, tokens of the past were displayed for attendees reminisce over. An original studio camera, a programming log of an original broadcast and other historical items were reminders of how much the station has changed.
“It was really fun to visit and listen to stories and memories others had of WDAY going on air,” Eider said. “The history is so rich.”
WDAY is owned by Forum Communications Co., a multimedia information company based in Fargo, N.D. FCC owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.