Twin Cities media outlets set to scale back on-site presence at Minnesota State Fair

Now that the Minnesota State Fair has announced it won’t require proof of vaccination or masks for fairgoers, some Twin Cities media are changing their on-site plans for the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

To be sure, there will still be plenty of State Fair coverage, but fewer chances for fairgoers to interact with their favorite anchors or sit in for live broadcasts.

Here’s a look at what changes to expect.

KMSP-TV: Fox 9 will not have a booth this year, nor will it broadcast any of its newscasts or programming live from the Fair.

KSTP-TV: The ABC affiliate will staff its booth, but is changing the physical set-up to be mindful of safety protocols. The station will broadcast a special daily 9 a.m. hour-long show for the week of Aug. 30 and will also broadcast “Twin Cities Live” each day. There will be live updates from the fairgrounds during newscasts.

KARE-TV: The KARE 11 Barn will be open during the Fair. The station will also lead KARE 11 Weather Minds clinics at 11 a.m. weekdays and offer weather updates and live segments during newscasts.

WCCO-TV: The station has scaled back its plans, with live reporting from the fairgrounds, but no full newscasts on site. The station is also closing its building and moving activities outside. WCCO Radio will not broadcast live from the Fair.

Twin Cities PBS – TPT: “Almanac” will not broadcast from the Fair. Also, membership employees will not be on hand and the booth will be minimally staffed.

Minnesota Public Radio: The public radio station is “significantly scaling back” the number of staff on site and there will be no host appearances from any of its services except for what is scheduled on MPR Day.

iHeartRadio stations: “KDWB, K102, Cities 97.1, KOOL108, and KFAN will all be at the fair,” said senior vice president of programming Gregg Swedberg. “It’s part of being a Minnesota station. If the Fair is open, we’ll be a part of it.”

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