Montevideo native Hennen removed from Fargo radio station management
By Wendy Reuer
West Central Tribune
FARGO - Longtime talk-radio host Scott Hennen will no longer be heard on the station he helped create.
Hennen and a group of investors founded The Flag-1100 AM, and Hennen's show hit the airwaves in August 2008.
Hennen is a native of Montevideo. He started in radio in 1992 at a Grand Forks station. In 2001, he came to Fargo, where he hosted a talk show and was general manger at WDAY-AM 970. Hennen left WDAY in March 2008 to start The Flag.
In an e-mail obtained by The Forum of Fargo/Moorhead, station management wrote to staff Wednesday, saying the board of directors decided to remove Hennen from his position as president and CEO of Great Plains Integrated Marketing Inc., effective Wednesday.
"While Scott will continue to be a shareholder of GPIM, effective immediately, he will no longer be an employee and therefore no longer running day to day operations," the e-mail stated.
The e-mail also said the company is planning on reformatting local stations with "more emphasis on local news and information."
No other employees at the station will be affected.
"We ask that you refrain from any correspondence with Scott going forward regarding matters relating to station operations," the e-mail said.
Hennen was unavailable for comment Wednesday night. General sales manager Breck Von Bank and other station investors were also unavailable for comment.
Hennen's talk show, produced by his brother Chris Walters, had made strides in the most recent Arbitron ratings.
In August, radio ratings showed Hennen's show had jumped up to 2,600 listeners from a previous audience of 900 listeners. The Flag gained more than two shares in the market, going from 3.8 to 5.9 in 2010.
Hennen started in radio in 1992 at a Grand Forks station. In 2001, he came to Fargo, where he hosted a talk show and was general manger at WDAY-AM 970. Hennen left WDAY in March 2008 to start The Flag.