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Coming soon: Agweek TV

Agweek TV debuts Jan. 11. The 30-minute weekly television show will focus on agricultural issues and developments important in the Upper Midwest, says Shawna Olson, the show's host. "I'm really excited about the new program," she says. "I think i...

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Agweek TV debuts Jan. 11.

The 30-minute weekly television show will focus on agricultural issues and developments important in the Upper Midwest, says Shawna Olson, the show’s host.

“I’m really excited about the new program,” she says. “I think it will really add to the farmers’ world. It will be an informative, educational show based on research, and we have a great staff of experienced ag reporters.”

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Olson, based in Fargo, N.D., began as a general reporter for television in 1999. She’s worked as a news anchor, meteorologist and ag reporter.

Agweek TV will include contributions from WDAY, including meteorologist John Wheeler.

“It’s pretty exciting to have John Wheeler,” Olson says. “Every week he’ll be giving a weather segment. It won’t be your typical seven-day forecast. It will be more elaborate, more in-depth, more agricultural-based - how weather is affecting agriculture around the nation.”

Olson will work closely with Agweek magazine staff, including Editor Lisa Gibson and staff writers Mikkel Pates and Jonathan Knutson.

“I’m excited about this project moving forward,” Gibson says. “It really gives Agweek the opportunity to reach a broader audience, one that might not already read the magazine.

“Agweek is a trusted news source, and I’ve had the pleasure of being its editor for 2 ½ years,” she says. “I look forward to working closely with Shawna to build Agweek TV. I’m also looking forward to learning more about how television news programs are produced. Having worked only in print journalism, this is a new frontier for me and a completely new endeavor. Agweek is building huge momentum as a brand and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.”

Agweek TV and Agweek magazine, as well as WDAY and WDAZ, are owned and operated by Forum Communications Co.

“Agweek, as a brand, is the premier supplier of ag information in our region,” says Bill Marcil Jr., publisher of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and president and CEO of Forum Communications Co. “With our network of almost 200 reporters and the top ag reporters in the industry, we feel it is time to expand into TV and the web.”

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He says, “Today, our audience expects the information they want, the way they want it, not just how we have delivered it in the past. With Agweek TV, we will open a whole new channel for our audience.”

Agweek TV will be shown every Sunday at these times and on these stations:

  • 5:30 a.m. - WDAY, WDAZ, KBMY, KMCY

  • 6:30 a.m. - WDAY’Z XTRA

  • 11:05 p.m. - WDAY, WDAZ

  • 11:30 p.m. - KBMY, KMCY

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