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KCPO Promoting New Show on South Dakota Corruption: “The Nelson Verity”

KCPO-TV occasionally airs The Facts, an ironic exercise in trying to get “facts” from a stream of right-wing wishmongers. The Sioux Falls station hasn’t posted new “Facts” online since last November. However, KCPO is advertising a new program that appears to be dedicated to South Dakota politics—The Nelson Verity:

Ching-chings for EB-5 and GEAR UP, but what was that sound effect for the Mathew Wollmann sex scandal—Godzilla terrorizing Tokyo? An angry bull in the dog pound?

The inclusion of disgraced legislator Wollmann’s intern boinking suggests that the Nelson in The Nelson Verity is Senator Stace Nelson (R-19/Fulton), the Republican legislator and former NCIS agent who appears to have flushed out Wollmann’s wrongdoing and set the stage for Wollmann’s outing and resignation. Every other Republican has striven to forget this embarrassment to their former golden boy, while Nelson has highlighted the Wollmann sex scandal as a symptom of the Legislature’s broader ethical failure. What other Nelson would be spotlighting this affair in a TV promo about corruption in Pierre?

Soli Deo Gloria and LCMS logos, compared for journalistic purposes.
Soli Deo Gloria and LCMS logos, compared for journalistic purposes.

I don’t see Soli Deo Gloria in the Secretary of State’s corporate filings or fictitious names registry. But the swords and shield certainly reflect Stace Nelson’s military background, and that cross in the middle is the official logo of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, of which the church Stace attends, Zion Lutheran in Mitchell, is a member. We can only assume that the producer of the production company logo has secured permission from the executive director of LCMS communications, who, according to the LCMS Logo Usage Terms and Conditions, may make “rare exceptions” to the LCMS policy that “Private businesses may not use the logo; nor may LCMS congregational members use the logo for business or personal use.”

Is Stace Nelson ready to boost KCPO to the top-rated TV station in Sioux Falls that doesn’t broadcast Hawaii Five-O? Will his program be more Bill O’Reilly or William F. Buckley? And could a TV talk show be a launching pad for another statewide candidacy for Nelson? Put some extra aluminum foil on your rabbit ears and see if you can pick KCPO out of the ether to find out!

p.s.: Show’s not even on yet, and already we have to fact-check… or in this case, spell-check. It’s Merriam-Webster. And that’s a verity… er, fact.


  1. Jenny 2017-06-01 07:51

    Looks like an interesting show and one that is needed in SD. No matter if you don’t agree with Stace on the issues, he’s the man that you know is going to be a watch dog for corruption in Pierre. You go, Stace! Keep at em, and don’t forget to have Cory on your show once in a while.

  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-06-01 12:42

    Jenny, Stace might make interesting television. Now that you mention it, I think I could help him make it more interesting. Imagine the sales pitch: South Dakota’s arch-conservative and arch-liberal, head-to-head! It would be a throwback to Kinsley versus Buchanan on Crossfire!

    Only problem is, KCPO needs to find someone for the show who doesn’t have a face for radio. ;-)

  3. Miranda Gohn 2017-06-01 13:22

    Cory you could certainly be the counterpart to Stace on the TV program but in my opinion you would hurt Billie Sutton’s gubernatorial campaign and scare away a lot of voters.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2017-06-01 13:47

    I would certainly rather scare voters away from Stace than from Billie. But I wonder which gig would pay more? :-D

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