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Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead, Gate City Bank announce record Teddy Bear Posse donations

FARGO, ND (May 14th, 2019) Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead announced the donation totals for the 3rd Teddy Bear Posse drive Tuesday, May 14th at Gate City Bank in downtown Fargo.   The announcement featured local law enforcement, ambulance, firefighters and others accepting the donation of the teddy bears and other stuffed animals.  A record 5,700+ teddy bears and stuffed animals were collected and will be donated directly to first responders to use with children they encounter in traumatic situations.

Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead Market Manager Dan Cash announces the Teddy Bear Posse donation total on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at Gate City Bank in downtown Fargo.

“Gate City Bank is committed to providing a better way of life in the communities we serve. We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Teddy Bear Posse to comfort children during a vulnerable time,” said Steve Swiontek, President, Chairman & CEO of Gate City Bank. “We are overwhelmed by the support and generosity for the Teddy Bear Posse that we have seen from the community, our customers and our team members.”

Gate City Bank EVP Retail Banking and Business Lending Kim Settel speaks at the 3rd annual Teddy Bear Posse press conference Tuesday, May 14th, 2019.

“Year after year the Teddy Bear Posse reminds us of how caring and supportive our community is,” said Dan Cash, Vice-President/Market Manager at Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead.  “We are so pleased to announce another record year of donation will go directly to helping first responders that encounter children in need of the support that the bears provide.”

The Teddy Bear Posse was a campaign to collect new teddy bears and stuffed animals for area law enforcement agencies to distribute to small children involved in traumatic situations. Residents throughout the Red River Valley were encouraged to donate new teddy bears and stuffed animals at the donation boxes located throughout Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead through the radio stations of Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead.

Thank You to Our Partners!

Gate City Bank                         
Midwest Radio Fargo-Moorhead            
Red Wing Shoes
North Dakota Autism Center      
Deek’s Pizza                                        
Cable One

Music, Video Stores, Advertising and Relationships have shaped Rick Stenerson

Rick Stenerson owns Stenerson Advertising in Fargo, North Dakota.

After being drafted into the Army during the Vietnam war Rick Stenerson headed to Indianapolis for computer/data entry training.  It was that training that sent him to San Francisco where he was exposed to incredible music, culture and eventually returned to North Dakota following his time in the Army.  

As he explains in today’s episode of Standing Around with Dan Cash while digging a hole for the phone company in Hankinson, North Dakota he decided to utilize the last 2 years of his G.I. Bill and go back to school for marketing and advertising.  

That has blossomed from selling radio and television advertising to being the general manager of highly successful local video rental company Take 2 Video before founding the agency Stenerson Advertising.  

Learn all about Rick in today’s episode. Within the podcast, Rick explains his son Jack Stenerson’s starring role in over 30 Take 2 Video commercials. Here’s the image we discuss during the podcast of Jack in one of those commercials.

From Williston to Fargo and a crock pot named Karen

Standing Around with Dan Cash featuring KFGO & 740 The Fan Sports Director Jack Michaels


The most recognized sports broadcaster in North Dakota is Jack Michaels but it’s his ability to connect with the average person that makes him so special.

Jack Michaels joins Standing Around with Dan Cash to talk about growing up in Williston, North Dakota as a star baseball and basketball player before coming to North Dakota State, becoming an overnight rock DJ and finally settling into his role as the North Dakota Sports Broadcaster of the Year.  

He’s one of the most interesting people I know and this week we are joined by Jack Michaels and co-hosted with Digital Sales Manager Jon Biersbach.  

Vision, details and passion take Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead’s creative department to the next level

From prospective CPA to Creative Director Greg Ressler leads the most experienced and award-winning creative team in Fargo-Moorhead.

The creative process is often an afterthought when it comes to today’s advertising campaign.  In a world where speed is abundant and details are lacking it’s usually the creative that gets overlooked.  

Creative Director Greg Ressler, Creative Assistant Troy Larson and their team of on-air talent, voices, personalities and talented editors start from the bottom and build your campaign based on the beliefs and values of your business.  

In this week’s episode Greg explains that process, why details are so vital and how important it is to work with a professional when it comes to you campaign.  


First place Minnesota Twins win again on The Mighty 790 KFGO

Minnesota Twins play live on 790 KFGO and 740 The Fan all summer long.

The Minnesota Twins defeated the Houston Astros 1-0 Monday, April 29th to extend their lead in the American League Central Division. This win was once again heard LIVE on The Mighty 790 – 94.1 KFGO here in Fargo-Moorhead.

Have you considered advertising in the Minnesota Twins games throughout the summer? There is no better place to reach young families at the lake, in-town or people running their evening errands. With 94% of Fargo-Moorhead listening to the radio this is the perfect opportunity to advertise where the pro’s play on KFGO.

Take advantage of a hot Twins team and connect with one of our marketing consultants here at Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead.

KFGO team captures 10 broadcast excellence awards in six-state competition


The Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association is proud to announce the 2019 winners of the Eric Sevareid Awards.

BLOOMINGTON, MN (KFGO) – KFGO News, KFGO talk shows and KFGO and 740 The FAN sports were honored with 10 Eric Sevareid awards in the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association competition in Bloomington over the weekend.

The Midwest Radio Fargo-Moorhead stations combined, won more than any other radio, TV or online news source in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

The Sevareid awards are named for North Dakota-born and University of Minnesota-educated journalist Eric Sevareid, who is best known for his work as a correspondent for CBS Radio and Television.

The KFGO/FAN winners are;

Investigative –

Don Haney, Cold Case

Jim Monk, Secret Deal

Soft Feature –

Jim Monk, I Can Handle This

Jim Monk, The Flame

Dan Michaels, The Christmas Gift

Sports Reporting –

Jack Michaels, Top Gun

Sportscast/Program –

Herd It Hear, Josh Swanson

Gone Outdoors, Kyle Agre and Scott Brewer

Talk/Public Affairs

The Heart Flight, Bob Harris

Teen Killers, Amy Iler and JJ Gordon

Former MSUM Football Player Turned Advertising Expert Donn Groth

Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead Marketing Consultant Donn Groth.

If you don’t know his name, you certainly know of him. He’s a former MSUM football player that went from the bar and restaurant industry into a 30 year carer of building customized advertising campaigns on radio, television, agency and print media.

A Herman, Minnesota boy Donn Groth has built a life in Fargo-Moorhead that centers around his wife Michelle, sons Tyler and Alek and daughter Emily.

Learn more about Donn in this week’s episode of Standing Around with Dan Cash.

Senior Marketing Consultant Amber Ertelt on family, work and what defines her

Over the past 13 years Amber Ertelt has worked with hundreds of businesses to build a marketing plan, grow their business and consult when needed to bring additional customers into their location.

Amber Ertelt is a Senior Marketing Consultant at Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead

You may know Amber as a Senior Marketing Consultant at Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead but as we find out she is much more than that.  Amber has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead, (MSUM) worked as a TV reporter in Bismarck and is one of the more tenacious people you might meet.  

Contact Amber via e-mail amber.ertelt@KFGO.com, visit online at advertisefargomoorhead.com/amber

MIDWEST RADIO OF FARGO-MOORHEAD, FM REDHAWKS ANNOUNCE NEW 5-YEAR BROADCAST AGREEMENT


Fargo, ND (April 1, 2019) – Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead and the FM RedHawks announce a new 5-year-agreement for 740 The Fan to continue as the flagship radio station of the FM RedHawks. 

“With the power of Midwest Communications and 740/107.3 THE FAN, there is really no other place the RedHawks would want to be.  We are glad to continue our long-term relationship and are looking forward to big things in the future!  With the quality of broadcasters and the signal strength – we have the best setup in the American Association,” said Brad Thom, FM RedHawks president.

“Our relationship goes back to year one with the FM RedHawks and it continues to be strong.  It’s been a wonderful marriage between the region’s number one sports station and the area’s top summer attraction,” added Jack Michaels, 740 The Fan and Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead’s sports director. “Extending the broadcast contract with the FM RedHawks means we’ll be able to continue to deliver this fantastic baseball product to countless fans in the region.  It’s great to know Marge will be ‘trackin’’ it down’ for many years to come.”

“It’s so exciting that we have the privilege of being part of the RedHawks family, said Joel Heitkamp, Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead operations manager.  “Without a doubt, having a quality, professional baseball team on our family of stations is crucial and reiterates the long-standing commitment we have to our community and RedHawks fans all across North Dakota.” 

The region’s premiere baseball organization will be featured on the flagship radio station 740 The Fan throughout the season but will now be simulcast throughout the agreement on FM at 107.3 on the dial on The Fan’s additional signal.  

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