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March 24, 2015

The Return of Rabe - Popular radio personality returns to Rochester

It may sound like an eight-year-old April Fool's prank, but it's no joke.

Local media icon James Rabe is returning to the Rochester radio airwaves on April 1, exactly eight years since he last signed off from the KROC-FM morning show. He is taking over morning show on TownSquare Media's Y105. Y105 belongs to the six-station radio family that includes KROC-FM, KROC-AM, Quick Country 96.5 and Z Rock.

"I was excited to jump at the opportunity," said Rabe, while on the road from Idaho to Rochester. "I totally didn't expect it and then — boom, there it was."

Rabe was a well-known personality on KROC-FM from 1991 to 2007. He went from being a weekend announcer to working the night shift. In 1997, he began hosting the morning show with radio personality Tracy McCray.

McCray moved to the AM side of KROC’s station in 2000, but Rabe stayed on in the slot until he left with co-host Cori Jensen in 2007 to move to Fargo, N.D. Rabe later moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where just left to return to RJames-Rabe-smallerochester.

During his years in Rochester, Rabe was known for being very active in the community. He was involved with many nonprofit organizations, including an active role as a Kiwanis member adviser with the Key Club at John Marshall High School.

That history was part of what made Rabe such a good choice, said Townsquare Media's Operations Manager Brent Ackerman.

"We know about his work ethic. We know about his community involvement. We want all of our people to be active members in the community," he said. "It's a great move for our station. He's a great fit for Y105."

TownSquare has been looking for a morning host for Y105 since Tom Garrett's departure in January. The station has been teasing listeners about the identity of the new morning host for a while. It revealed Rabe's name to its VIP members on Monday.

While traveling to Rochester on Monday, Rabe described what listeners should expect from his new show.

"I like to have fun that involves the listeners. The listeners have always been the stars. It's upbeat, friendly and fun," he said.

March 06, 2015

10 years of blogging Rochester

On March 4, 2005, I wrote my first blog post. Kiger's Notebook blogo 2x

It was my sixth year at the Post-Bulletin. I created the "Heard on the Street" column about three years before the blog began. 

More  than 6,200 posts, stacks of columns, mountains of tweets and many gray hairs later, I'm still here writing about business and things vaguely related to businesPhoto on 2015-03-03 at 18.11s in southeastern Minnesota.

It'syou, the readers, who make this career such a fulfilling and entertaining one. Thank you everyone for your feedback, criticism and support over these past 10 years. 

10 years of blogging Rochester

On March 4, 2005, I wrote my first blog post.Kiger's Notebook blogo 2x

It was my siPhoto on 2015-03-03 at 18.11xth year at the Post-Bulletin. I created the "Heard on the Street" column about three years before the blog began. 

More than 6,200 posts, stacks of columns, mountains of tweets and many gray hairs later, I'm still here writing about business and things vaguely related to business in southeastern Minnesota.

It's you, the readers, who make this career such a fulfilling and entertaining one. Thank you everyone for your feedback, criticism and support over these past 10 years.  

February 10, 2015

Ex-Stifel, Nicolaus building sells for $535,000

A commercial building in northeast Rochester recently sold for $535,000.

Stifel nicolausOn Jan. 30, Pensco Trust Co. of Denver bought the 4,680-square-foot former Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. building at 305 Alliance Place. The empty building is north of 37th Street Northeast and East River Road N.E.

The former tenant, Stifel, Nicolaus, now operates an office in downtown Rochester.

Pensco, a financial investment firm, purchased the 13-year-old building from Helen Properties Co. of Rochester. Helen Properties bought it for $715,000 in 2003.

It's unclear what Pensco plans to do with the Rochester building. Calls to the corporate office for comment were not returned.

Chatter in the Med City business community is that a media firm is seriously looking at the site. However, there's no firm answer either way to confirm or dispel that rumor, so stayed tuned to find out what happens next.

July 31, 2011

National Night Out and Kiger as a target

I have always attempted to make a splash in the Rochester business community and it looks like I'll literally get my chance
Nnoflyerduring Tuesday's National Night Out events.

 The Minnesota School of Business is hosting a community event from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at its campus at 2521 Pennington Dr. N.W. in honor of National Night.

This is being done in partnership with the Cimmaron Neighborhood Association.

Expect free food including hot hogs, nachos, sno-cones and more. A live DJ will be playing music. There will also be games, an inflatable bounce house and much more.

And to add to the fun, there will be a dunk tank featuring foolish folks, like newspaper columnists, as targets.

Do you hate the way I use the phrase "Med City"? I know that drives the Post-Bulletin copy editors crazy? Have I butchered the spelling of your name or overlooked your business?

This is your chance to take your best shot at me (I'm looking at you, Mr. Answer Man. Heh) and support a positive neighborhood event.

I won't be the only target. Dunken and Sam of the KROC-FM Morning Show will also take turns in the tank.

July 26, 2011

Jones to take over 102.5 Fox morning

Here's a quick follow-up to yesterday's announcement about Tracy Dixon leaving Rochester's 102.5 The Fox radio morning show.

Two of the Med City's most well-known radio voices - Julie Jones and Dave Berg - are switching things up. I'll have this in my column tomorrow.

Swt2eftu1h4oym7172009224353This is a note from Craig Erpestad, Clear Channel's operations manager in Rochester:

102.5 The Fox, KMFX radio would like to announce that longtime morning air personality Tracy Dixon is accepting the morning drive position at WMAD in Madison Wisconsin!

  T_912_1309365833 Julie Jones who currently is on 102.5 The Fox in the afternoon drive slot will be taking over the morning show beginning Aug. 8.

Julie is one of the most well known radio personalities in the Rochester Radio market and we are very excited to promote her to be the morning show host.

Dave Berg, who currently hosts the midday show will be moving to the afternoon drive. Dave is not only a very well known air talent, he is also extremely involved in the community as our public service director.

July 25, 2011

Popular Roch. personality moving on

Here's some from my column today following up last week's tease about a change in the local radio scene:

A popular Rochester radio personality is moving on to a new gig in Wisconsin.

912_1309963600-1 Tracy Dixon, who is Clear Channel's voice in the morning on 102.5 The Fox, announced this morning that she is going to Madison, Wisconsin to lead a morning show on Clear Channel's 96.3 Star Country.

"It is very bittersweet," she says of leaving Rochester. "It is really one of the most giving communities I can imagine."

She'll wrap up her 12 years at Fox with her last show on Aug. 5.

Her new show in Madison will launch on the air on Aug. 22.

"This next month will be a whirlwind,"Dixon says of moving her family to Madison and taking on a job. "I seriously couldn't be any more excited."

Most of her time on the air at Fox, she worked with partner Jake Duffy.

Then about three years ago, the station cut back on staffing and she became a one-person morning show.

"That was tough. I had to re-invent the way I do a morning show," Dixon says.

Many local people, including Rochester police officer Lt. Craig Anderson, many firefighters and local comedian Danielle Teal, made regular on-air appearances with Dixon.

I even made semi-regular appearances on the show for a short time, on the rare days that I could manage to get up that early.
Who knew that morning radio shows start before noon? Heh.

January 04, 2011

Roch. radio station's technical difficulties

Sometimes quiet is a good thing, unless it is at a radio station.

Technical difficulties silenced AM 1270 "The Fan" (KWEB) in Rochester over the weekend, including during the Minnesota Vikings game Sunday.

KWEB Masthead While the game was broadcast as usual on KWEB's sister FM station, Laser 101.7 (KRCH), a transmitter failure did have the station's staff scrambling to fix the problem.

The problems began Saturday morning when the station's transmitter failed.

Craig Erpstad, Clear Channel Radio's operation manager in Rochester, said parts had to be flown into the Med City to make the repair.

Once the parts were in hand, the fix was made.

By Sunday evening, fans of the sports talk station could once again tune in to the station.

July 26, 2010

Crane climbers, 318 Commons update and video

07262010commonscrane In case you didn't see this yesterday or today, two 23-year-old guys decided to climb a seven story construction crane early Sunday morning in downtown Rochester.

07232010commons318firstavenue The crane, in the 300 block of First Avenue, is being used to build 318 Commons student housing/ mixed use development.

"The men told police 'they weren't afraid of heights.' Officers determined the men had been drinking."

Drinking? HHhhmmm.... Go figure.

Here's the link to the story by Jeffrey Pieters.

Since I haven't posted an update pic of the construction of this project recently, I thought this story was a good excuse to to do that as well getting a photo of the crane that show some perspective of what these urban mountain climbers were clambering up in the dark.

As a bonus, I'm throwing in a video clip of Mayor Ardell Brede speaking at the groundbreaking of 318 Commons.

As long-time readers of this blog know…I'm just a giver.


July 21, 2010

Rambling Kiger on spot news video + timeline of Chuck/ Joe's building


The life of the 54,000-square-foot building at 1200 16th St. S.W. in Rochester

• 1986 - Twin Cities-based Nash Fitch buys land to build a new Econofoods  grocery store.

• September 1988 - Econofoods store opens.

• May 2004 - Nash Finch Co. closed the Econofoods store as well as many others in the state and U.S. during the company's reorganization.

• January 2005 - Developer Kriss Novak of Minnetonka, Minn. announced plans to renovate the former grocery store and re-brand it as Apache Shoppes. He also announced that Linens 'n Things and Cost Plus World Market were going to open stores there.

• August 2005 - Cost Plus World Market opens its new 18,000-square-foot store.

• September 2005 - Linens 'n Things opens its new 27,000-square-foot store.

• December 2006 - Apache Shoppes, including the Cost Plus and Linens 'n Things building and a nearby newly built commercial strip, was, sold to Inland Real Estate Corp. of Oak Brook, Ill. for $12.3 million.

• May 2008 - Linens 'n Things closes its store.

• January 2009 - Cost Plus World Market closes its store.

• December 2009 - Chuck E. Cheese's announces plans to open in the former Cost Plus World Market space.

• May 2010 - Chuck E. Cheese's deals falls through.Trader Joe's announces plans to open a grocery store in the space Chuck E. Cheese's had planned on using.

• July 2010 - Chuck E. Cheese's says it is coming to Rochester and will be next to Trader Joe's in the ex-Linens-N-Things store.