About Timothy Blotz

Timothy Blotz holds a master’s degree in strategic communications from the University of Minnesota in addition to holding the position of news anchor for the Fox owned television station in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Timothy is a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award in writing, and multiple Emmy Awards for his work as a television anchor and journalist.

Timothy also served as a commuications advisor in the administration of former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Lt. Governor Diane Denish.

This blog serves as a collection of observations, views, and notebook scribblings on strategic communication issues, branding and topical news that either would have ended up in the trash can or have been a victim to a producer’s delete key.

Reflections and observations are independent of Timothy’s current employer 21st Century Fox.

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5 Responses to “About Timothy Blotz”

  1. Stephen Tuccitto January 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    Thanks for being a great anchor and reporter. It is a pleasure watching. You should be the MAIN man!!!

    • Timothy Blotz January 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

      Thanks for the kind note, Steve. I’m simply biding my time and waiting my turn, although it may never come at Fox 9. Best wishes to you always.

  2. Chris Ruter February 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Hello Mr. Blotz,
    I really enjoyed your article on the Doolittle bombers. The hangar where the aircraft were retrofitted is still standing and is now the main hangar for the 934th Airlift Wing.

    I was wondering if you might know if there is a list anywhere of the workers who did the retrofitting? I ask because my grandfather built aircraft during WWII in Los Angeles and Kansas City. He talked about meeting Jimmy Doolittle after working on the B25s and had details about the aircraft only someone who worked on them would have known.

    Thank you,
    Chris Ruter

    • Timothy Blotz February 17, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Chris,
      Thanks for the note and especially the information on the hangar at the 934th Airlift Wing.

      Tragically, I’ve never been able to find an official list of crew members who worked on the planes. Mid-Continent Airlines has long since disappeared from the landscape. It merged with Braniff in the early 50’s and then Braniff itself folded in the 70’s. The guys at the NWA History Centre have been a great resource since many of the mechanics on the retrofit including my grandfather came from their ranks. But even they don’t have a manifest of the workers on the project. It’s easy to forget that this was all top secret at the time, not even the pilots knew what their planes were really being modified for. They flew into Minneapolis assuming they were getting extra fuel tanks for U-Boat patrols off the Carolinas. The secrecy is a point underscored by two new pictures I just acquired showing armed sentries standing next to the planes outside the Mid-Continent hangar. I just posted them this morning to my blog entire: https://timothyblotz.com/2012/04/13/the-doolittle-raid-on-tokyo-one-familys-untold-story/

      Thanks again for the note.

      • Jeff Richards May 15, 2013 at 8:35 am #

        Hi Tim! Thanks for doing such a great job. We Minnesotans really appreciate it. I just wanted to apologize to you for calling you “Tom” instead of Time when we met at the State Capitol on Monday. You were very nice to me and my wife and took time out to speak with us despite calling you by the wrong name. You are a true gentleman. As soon as you walked away it hit me that I called you by the wrong name. Again, my deepest apologies. Keep up the great work.

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