Media

Photo courtesy of Great Clips IMAX Theatre, Apple Valley

Alexandria

Region: Central
KSAX Eyewitness News
415 Fillmore Street
Alexandria, MN 56308
Contact: Melissa Mathews
Phone: (320) 763-5729
Fax: (320) 763-4627
E-mail: mmathews@ksax.com
Website: www.ksax.com
Tour Focus: The tour guide will take you through the entire building explaining what each department does for the station, as well as answer any questions about the station's functions. Tours conclude in the studio where guest are shown how things are done for live TV!
Group Size: no minimum, 15-20 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: Weekdays Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. Tours are by appointment only.
Tour Guide: Melissa Mathews, office administrator

Apple Valley

Region: Metro
Great Clips IMAX Theatre
12000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: (952) 997-9714
Fax: (952) 997-9744
E-mail: cpurfeerst@imax.com
Website: www.imax.com/minnesota
Tour Focus: Experience the ultimate movie at the Great Clips IMAX Theatre on Minnesota's largest screen! Afterwards, enjoy a projection booth tour to see the behind-the-scenes action! An experience you won't want to miss!
Group Size: 15 minimum, 550 maximum
Cost: $8/adult $6/student and senior
Availability: Reservations are required for booth tours and group rates.
Tour Guide: IMAX staff

Austin

Region: Southern
KSMQ Public Television
2000 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
Contact: Pat Stumme
Phone: 507-433-0819
Fax: 507-433-0670
E-mail: pstumme@KSMQ.org
Website: www.KSMQ.org
Tour Focus: The regional public television broadcasts serve 655,000 persons in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa with locally produced, cutting edge, family focused programs. As the most trusted source for children and family entertainment and education, KSMQ reaches families of all ages. The tour includes behind the scenes look at the production process, the chance to read for the station and samples of our local programs that have been most requested. Plan to allow an hour for the tour and viewing.
Group Size: 6 minimum, 20 maximum
Cost: contributions accepted
Availability: 9am-4pm by appointment, year-round
Tour Guide: Pat Stumme, Education/Outreach Coordinator

Duluth

Region: Northeast
Duluth Superior Area Education Television Corporation/WDSE-TV
632 Niagara Court
Duluth, MN 55811
Contact: Brita Edgerton
Phone: (218) 724-8567
Fax: (218) 724-4269
E-mail: tours@wdse.org
Website: www.wdse.org
Tour Focus: Tour the Northland's public television station; learn the history and mission of WDSE-TV; and tour the station's master control, editing suites and studio.
Group Size: 5 minimum, 15 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: By appointment, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm
Tour Guide: Promotions

Mankato

Region: Southern
Radio Mankato
59346 Madison Avenue-Old Hwy 14 east
Mankato, MN 56001
Contact: Jo Guck Bailey
Phone: (507) 345-4537
Fax: (507) 345-5364
Website: www.radiomankato.com
Tour Focus: The tour focuses on the studios, production of shows, and news.
Group Size: no minimum, 20 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: year-round

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
WCCO TV
90 S 11th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Contact: Kari Nolan
Phone: (612) 330-2576
Fax: (612) 330-2578
E-mail: kbnolan@wcco.com
Website: www.wcco.com
Tour Focus: Some of the sites included in the tour are: station air control area, tape room, newsroom, news control, news studio and the weather center. Station tours are in high demand and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis as time and staff support allows.
Group Size: tours are specifically designed for students 10 years of age or older, and limited to groups of 5-15 people, including chaperones, and each tour lasts approximately 30-45 minutes.
Cost: free
Availability: Mon-Fri 10am or 2 pm. No evening or weekend tours are available at this time. Call for more information and a reservation.
Tour Guide: communications and content staff

Rochester

Region: Southern
KTTC/KXLT Television
6301 Bandel Road NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Contact: Danika Stagemeyer
Phone: (507) 529-5154
Fax: (507) 252-5050
E-mail: dstagemeyer@fox47kxlt.com
Website: www.kttc.com or www.myfox47.com
Tour Focus: Experience the general operations of a TV station.
Group Size: 1 minimum, 30 maximum
Cost: Free
Availability: year-round by appointment. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Tour Guide: KXLT Program/Traffic Director

St. Paul

Region: Metro
5 Eyewitness News
3415 University Ave
St. Paul, MN 55114
Contact: Heather Belair
Phone: (651) 642-4374
Fax: (651) 642-4172
E-mail: hbelair@kstp.com
Website: www.kstp.com
Tour Focus: The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at the 5 Eyewitness News control rooms and newsroom, a live viewing of a newscast, plus a question-and-answer session with the news anchors and meteorologist (pending breaking news).
Group Size: Accommodate group sizes of 20 guests maximum.
Cost: free
Availability: Tours are offered once a week to students and youth groups who are studying broadcasting, ages 12 and older, with adult chaperones. Station tours are offered on Tuesday's from 5pm-6:30pm, or Thursday's from 11am-12:15pm. Please fill out an online request form at http://www.kstp.com/article/24/ before contacting Heather. You will find additional information there. Tour requests should be submitted 8 to 10 weeks in advance.
Tour Guide: Heather Belair, Public Affairs

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Twin Cities Public Television
172 E 4th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Contact: Terry Evans
Phone: (651) 222-1717
Fax: (651) 229-1282
E-mail: tevans@tpt.org
Website: www.tpt.org
Tour Focus: You will see studios and the control room of the Twin Cities Public Television Studios.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: free
Availability: Tours are only available the 1st Saturday of the months of Nov-Apr, 10am-12pm. Tours last a half hour and the last tour starts at 11:30am.

Willmar

Region: Central
West Central Tribune
2208 Trott Avenue SW
Willmar, MN 56201
Contact: Kari Gislason
Phone: (320) 235-1150
Fax: (320) 235-6769
E-mail: karig@wctrib.com
Website: www.wctrib.com
Tour Focus: On this tour you will see the operations of our newspaper facility.
Group Size: 8 minimum, 25 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: By appointment
Tour Guide: Stacy Gillespie and Kim Gislason