Take A Tour Of CBS Minnesota

Welcome to CBS Minnesota, the new home for WCCO.COM, WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio.

WCCO-TV is joining forces with WCCO Radio to give you the best the Twin Cities — and beyond — has to offer.

Here you will find all your old favorites (video, stories, blogs, photo galleries, radio shows, weather forecasts, and traffic reports) as well as some great new things (Best of Minnesota lists, stadium guides and daily deals). So take some time to explore the new look of CBS Minnesota as we take you on a tour of our tabs.

Here are some helpful links to help you find what you need.

News – All the news you’ve come to expect from WCCO and more (Local, Consumer, Politics, Business, Health, Entertainment, National, World News and Photo Galleries.)

Blogs – This is also found under the news banner and includes ideas to keep you entertained around town, ways to snag deals, the best movies to check out, fabulous food ideas, tips for your car and more.

Sports – Follow your favorite Minnesota teams and high school sports standouts. Plus get guides to exploring what each Minnesota stadium has to offer.

Best of Minnesota – This has tips and lists to help you find the best places to get sushi, shop for a wedding dress, see a concert and so much more.

Watch + Listen – Listen to your favorite WCCO Radio Shows On Demand and Live. Miss a story on WCCO-TV? Check out the video here (available in full screen mode too.)

Local Offers – Sign up to get daily deals delivered to your inbox!

Traffic – Avoid construction and congestion and check out the roads and traffic maps before your commute to work.

Weather – This is the place to go if you want to know if you should bundle up or dress down. You can see current weather conditions, area radars, the 7-day forecast, and weather videos so you won’t get caught without a coat on a cold day!

Don’t forget that we will have a list of some of our more popular links on the top left side of our homepage under Quick Links. Here is a preview of what you might see.

Links and Numbers

The Wire

Events Calendar

School Closings

You will also notice the logos of both WCCO-TV and WCCO Radio at the top of the homepage. You can click on them to find station information, program schedules and bios for the news teams.

We want to know what you think of the new website? If you have something to share, helpful advice to make it better, or a favorite part to the new site let us know about it!

Comments

One Comment

  1. Laura says:

    dislike😦 the background image is very distracting and the font color is VERY difficult to read. the old site looked professional, but this just looks cheap.

  2. Lauriekrosch says:

    totally agree with Laura ~ this seems like a total step down from previous website! the background is distracting and there seems to be much less content on this new website.

  3. Anna says:

    I agree as well. I enjoyed visiting wcco.com everyday but now I cannot say that I will have it as a favorite. The webpage has lost the feel of ‘local news’.

    1. Kelly says:

      I agree. Now, watching Mike & Angela this morning, the backgrounds have changed to the CBS blue as well. Behind Mike Augustyniak was a giant CBS eye overlaying the local bridge picture. It feels so generic now. Very disappointed. I guess CBS is trying to make all their stations look the same – probably more cost effective. I wish they’d change it back or at least quit throwing the CBS logo all over everything! sigh.

  4. Linda says:

    I can’t read it easily. The background is too prominent. Blue and gray font on a blue background makes it all disappear. Hope you can adjust this soon.

  5. Ian Y says:

    Why? Seriously…

  6. John says:

    Dump this new format and get back to the old one.

  7. MP says:

    Liked the old one better. Wish you would quit changing this every few months. I just get used to one, then you change it. Frustrating. I click on the local and national news and one or two others. I appreciate it being quick and easy. This is not.

  8. Wendy says:

    It looks great! I really like it.

  9. Rosie says:

    i dislike the new look. Previously I had everything I needed on my main screen. Now I have to hunt for information.

  10. Bill says:

    Why???? Second worst change since you replace Dark Star with that idiot Mischke! Harry Nile would be better than Mischke. Where did you get him from?

  11. Bill says:

    Yea Rosie! Looks like it was designed by the same person that did the Phone mail menus at Capital One.

  12. Nate says:

    At this point, I prefer the old look. You could find most menu’s right at a glance. It was easier on the eyes and just seemed to flow better. Maybe with time it will grow with me but I don’t know.

  13. JR says:

    Traffic Tab on new Website page goes to Weather not Traffic. Poor design hard to read. Must have been designed in NYC…

    1. jr says:

      the link is working now. it is just slow to load.

  14. Sandi says:

    I thought I had linked to the wrong site. I agree with many others…………Your old site looked better! I don’t even feel like I’m looking at WCCO on this new site. Remember ……. the new Coke was not well-received and look where it’s at today.

  15. Rock says:

    Pages are way too slow to load and I’m on T1 line.

  16. jeff says:

    Why? This is horrible. I have always enjoyed the “at home” and local arena that WCCO has brought to its viewers. This new site certainly brings the corporate image and lacks the personal touch feeling. Im guessing more of this to come? You just lost me has a follower. Both here and the “local news”. Don, we are going to miss you and everything you brought to us.

  17. Therese S. says:

    like others have said…it’s lost it’s local feel.

    I first thought I got linked to CBS…not WCCO.

    Bring back the old format!!!

  18. rob s minneapolis says:

    ill be going back to kstp.com then, because i like the old website alot better then this one. thks

    1. Kent Anderstone says:

      I with brother Rob S on this one. I just removed the bookmark to this site. Sigh.

  19. Luanne says:

    This will be my last visit. Not very user-friendly. Bring back the old one!!!

  20. VmE in WI says:

    I moved to WI, I check for MN news every day on WCCO.com i dislike the new look . Previously It had everything I needed on my main screen. Now I have to hunt for information. too slow and too blue, It’s a sad day for WCCO.com

  21. Lou says:

    I miss the WCCO.COM feel of the site. CBS Minnesota sounds like the state is now a division of CBS. Liked the old site better.

  22. MPLS210 says:

    I’m not a fan of this new layout, and I don’t think it’s just because I”m not used to it. The background is kind of weird looking and not very professional. In general the site is not as polished-looking, more of an amateur look. A lot of space is wasted on graphics that could be spent on content. For example the weather page’s moon phases and sunrise/sunset, which only changes by a few minutes each day anyway, so why move the sun up a 1/4 inch? I also noticed an ad on the side to get products at 90% off and did some checking on that, and it sounds like a scam. Does WCCO really want to have that kind of advertising? Makes the whole site look cheap and not as reliable/professional.

  23. Clem Kadiddlehopper says:

    Okay, so is WCCO having an identity crisis? The old site was adequate. The new site simply sucks. I have removed the site from my favorites. This new site is awful. The font size and color is bad. The backdrop is very distracting. And nearly every link takes you to the CBS site. So much for the home team. I am guessing that Don Shelby is responsible.

  24. Therese says:

    NOT a fan. Unprofessional looking and very confusing. Don’t mess with a good thing.

  25. Jimmy Nod says:

    I hate the “new” look. Worn out and distracting.

  26. Darci Oberg says:

    Change is usually good. Not this one. When you put lipstick on a pig, you still have a pig.

    1. Nettie Pierson says:

      Oh Darci you are so right! Your lipstick on a pig comment is so on target! It is sort of like the old adage that you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear!

      Come on WCCO we expect so much more out of you.

  27. George Smithson says:

    I have once again been let down by WCCO. This website has been turned into a laughing stock. Pitiful.

  28. Josh says:

    I really don’t like this new site…the old site had class and was informative, this one is harder to read. Like others I thought I got transferred to some other website.

  29. Jan515 says:

    Ditto on all of the above.

  30. J Clements says:

    I don’t like it. Will no longer be my homepage.

  31. Jeff Tuttle says:

    This is probably how the web design meeting went. “So, I have an idea. Yah. This is a good one. Let’s reformat our homepage so that we lose the hometown feel and make sure the pages all load as slow as possible. Oh yah. This is good. Then when someone clicks on a link, let’s send them to the corporate site. And, and let’s put all kinds of advertising on every page so that everyone gets distracted from our main purpose!!! Oh this is so good! And the coupe de grace, let’s ask for their opinions!”

    Come on ‘CCO what are you doing?

  32. Lauri Rowe says:

    I don’t like. The old one was much better, and this isn’t just having hard tme adjusting Also, I’m very visually limited n CAN NOT read grey print on grey backgrond. Who are you kiddig? I dont even if I’ ve written what I wanted.

  33. H. Bob says:

    Too much advertising, the layout is poor. Basically a polished turd

    1. H. Bob says:

      I apologize I meant unpolished.

  34. Abby says:

    I’m sure CBS dictated that all affiliates use the same format for their websites. I can’t imagine WCCO wanting to transition to this terrible format. The headlines being shown in white text on blue looks exactly the way text looks when you highlight it with your mouse… What kind of developer thought that would look good?

    Also, all of the headlines take up so much real estate you have to scroll down to read them, I liked the way it was before with all of the headlines in one small area that you could easily read.

    Sorry WCCO, I really liked the design of the old site and that’s why I chose WCCO to read my online local news. You’ve lost me though and I’m switching over to KSTP. Your competitors will benefit from this change in two ways – 1) They will get more traffic on their sites 2) They will know that making huge changes to their sites without reader feedback is a bad idea! (I just hope KSTP doesn’t change anything now!)

  35. Ashley says:

    REALLY?? The web designer, graphic designer, and whoever is making decisions over there should be fired! This is a huge step down. The previous website was wonderful, user-friendly and legit. This is garbage, and looks like something FOX would use.

  36. penguin6 says:

    Yuck! Looks like it came from corporate and could be any station anywhere in the US. I want my ‘CCO! Not as easy to navigate- too many clicks to get to what I want and colors make it hard to read. Go back to the old one!

  37. TIffany Adams says:

    Which of the following best describes you impression of the changes to the WCCO web site?

    A. Unprofessional.
    B. Confusing.
    C. Laughing stock.
    D. Cheap.
    E. Not reliable.
    F. Horrible.
    G. Corporate.
    H. Slow.
    I. A step down.
    J. Corrupt.
    K. Distracting.
    L. Sanitized.
    M. Ambiguous
    N. A Sell Out.
    O. Alienating.
    P. A Train Wreck.
    Q. A Disaster.
    R. Backwoods
    S. A Liger.
    T. Get me out of here!
    U. I am not coming back!
    V. This too shall pass.
    W. I want to go home!
    X. Mommy!
    Y. Make it stop!
    Z. All of the above.

    1. Abby says:

      S. A Liger. <— That's awesome

      Deb: What are you drawing?
      Napoleon Dynamite: A liger.
      Deb: What's a liger?
      Napoleon Dynamite: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed… bred for its skills in magic.

  38. invitedmedia says:

    just came over from the cbspittsburgh.com property, i’ll leave the same comment here:

    gutsy move having a comment section on this issue as EVERYBODY and their brother complains when there’s a redesign.

    good move dumping the call letters, too!

  39. Susan S. says:

    If I had wanted information about WCCO radio, I would have linked to their site. It also appears to have less content at my fingertips, and the layout doesn’t encourage me to try and find out. The layout also looks “washed out.”

    I’m all for making improvements or even turning things topsy turvy: if it would be an improvement, and this is not.

  40. ML says:

    This site lost so much content compared to the old one. I know it’s a mandated change from management to move to a combined CBS radio and television site, but you’ve lost everything you built on the old site. As a wcco.com user, this is an amazing upgrade for those who used to go to the wcco radio website, but a massive downgrade for those who used wcco.com.

    The difficulty in finding pertinent information on the new site increased tenfold.

    Major disappointment.

  41. rstockwell says:

    I do NOT like this new site. I can’t find what I want. I do NOT want to see WCCO radio and will now switch to another local website for my news. Looks like ‘CCO is going the way of Shelby. goodbye

  42. Michelle says:

    wcco.com was the site I came to for news. bad decision! I will go somewhere else for my local news.

  43. CornerBob says:

    I sure hope CBS means WCCO is Coming Back Soon- really??? Are you serious??!!

  44. B Smith says:

    Very much dislike the new site. The background gives me a headache, takes way too long to load, and has way too many ‘options’ giving way to information overload. This was the first and only place I stopped to get my local news and I will now be switching to another website, KSTP, FOX9, or KARE11, but not wcco, sorry.

  45. bob says:

    You are missing the point. The change was for the sole intend of increasing advertising and the revenue that it generates.

    They are a for-profit business; any useful content is secondary. Just take a look at the scripts that are running. This site is now generating tons of ad data behind the scenes.

    WCCO has been my primary news source in the Twin Cities, it use to be KARE-11, but then they put in the registration requirement and I have not been back in several years. I suspect the same will happen here.

    Time will tell if this was a wise investment. Tons of advertising can be good for the bottom line, however, if no one is watching …

  46. Ed says:

    This new format really sucks, wcco was my first choice for local news but now I am gone.

  47. BRUCE says:

    INCOHERENT
    DYSFUNCTIONAL
    UGLY
    HARD TO USE

  48. Kathleen says:

    The change is terrible. I’ll go elsewhere for local news from now on. WCCO will be deleted from my favorites.

  49. Bruce says:

    Your new website is awful..You do not know for sure if you have CCO radio or WCCO tv. IF CBS said to do this I am sorry for you. Go back to what you had. Be adult

  50. Axel says:

    As much criticism as there is about the new site, let’s not forget the people, who worked hard on this for probably months. They certainly had a reason for this (or maybe no choice) and I would hope there was some research behind this that would show this is the way to go. Personally, I, too have a hard time getting used to the new format, but let’s give it a chance. The fact they’re teaming up with WCCO AM essentially means that much more reporting power online. WCCO may again be on the forefront of something new and great. Time will tell.

  51. erik says:

    I have to agree with a lot of people here. The old site was a lot better, although it was not pretty it worked. The new site looks like something thrown together in wordpress. I am no longer able to view weather conditions on my phone, The Home page is too busy. It is rather difficult to really find what you’re looking for.

  52. Axel says:

    As much critcism as there is about the new site, let’s not forge the people, who worked hard on this for probably months. They certainly had a reason to do this (or maybe no choice) and I would hope there was some research that showed this is the way to go. Personally, I, too, have a hard time getting used to the new format, but let’s give it a chance. By teaming up with WCCO AM, they’re essentially adding that much more reporting power online. WCCO has always been on the forefront of trying something new and potentially great. Time will tell if this is one of those things.

  53. Ken says:

    Who designs these changes? Must be one heck-of-a Salesman. Can you please go back to the way things were? This is the worst change yet! Get a new web site designer.

  54. Ken says:

    I am a dislocated Minnesotan living in Pittsburgh. I’ve been here for 9 years. I have been accessing wcco.com everyday to keep abreast on the Minnesota happenings. I was absolutely happy with the layout of the site, then a few years later, the local CBS affiliate, KDKA, formatted their website the exact same way. I don’t the the new changes to the video selection and I absolutely can’t stand this new web page design. I think I’ll check out KSTP if this doesn’t change back.

  55. Tyler says:

    Yuck! Talk about one step (or more) backwards. Information is hard to find, the design is hard to look at, and it’s just not an appealing website overall. I used to visit wcco.com several times a day, but now that I have to dig just to see the headlines, I think I will find a different local news source online.

    P.S. Get rid of those ridiculous pop up link ads (Vibrant). It’s so annoying to mouse through a story and have fifteen things pop up showing me information that is entirely unrelated. There has to be a better way to earn ad revenue!

  56. Mike says:

    The new site is terrible! Going to another local station from now on. Goodbye.

  57. Scott in the 'burbs says:

    I don’t think WCCO had much choice in the matter. They are owned by CBS and all CBS affiliates owned by the company have the same website. Check the CBS webpage for the affiliate in Los Angeles, New York, etc. They all look the exact same. It’s not WCCO’s choice. I just wish that WCCO would have an opening for their newscast like the other CBS owned affiliates. They are very cool. Come on WCCO, use your helicopter, gets some cool shots and graphics and use ’em in your openings.

  58. Tammy says:

    Very disappointed in this new site. I wanted WCCO news, not all this other STUFF!! Hope whom ever is in charge reconsiders!!

  59. Alan says:

    Give me back the old WCCO, hard to read & follow. Taking it off my home page.

  60. mnfishing says:

    CBS sticks its big fat nose into everything an ruins it.

    The entry from wikipedia,
    Unlike most other CBS owned-and-operated stations, WCCO does not follow the CBS Mandate in its branding, using simply its call letters rather than “CBS 4”.

    Well i guess CCO lost its own branding an has to follow the mandate now. So to #1 ratings for CCO.

    Full wiki article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCCO-TV

  61. Paul says:

    Horrible! I moved from MN three years ago and would check WCCO to stay up on MN news. CBS in New York has to be behind this, and with such a move just proved how out of touch with other markets they are.

  62. Jeff says:

    I thought the new website was bad. The new mobile site is even worse.

  63. Kate says:

    Sorry, but you took the “home” out of “new home” for this website–as a loyal, daily user of this site (it has been my homepage for many years), I am deeply disappointed by this move.

  64. Terrapin Station says:

    They follow the mandate now, to bad. I will rely more on KSTP now. The new CCO site is ugly, and much to commercial centric which IMO has never been CCO’s way..

    WCCO does not follow the CBS Mandate. it is branded as WCCO 4 rather than CBS4. Other CBS O&Os not to follow this mandate are KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh (branded by its call letters), WWJ-TV in Detroit (branded by its call letters), WJZ-TV in Baltimore (branded WJZ 13), and WBZ-TV in Boston (branded as simply WBZ).

  65. generic "clear channel-esque" strategy says:

    tough to navigate. in comment boxes, you have grey text on a white background (really?)

    WCCO-TV visual brand is completely lost after spending how much $$ retooling set and graphics recently

    lost the local touch. guess I’ll go for the strib (even though it crashes my browser) at this point.. guessing this is a CBS corporate decision…

  66. John S. says:

    I’m sure this came from ‘higher ups’ at CBS, but it’s terrible! Didn’t the marketing department OK this redesign? Should have asked for a sampling of opinions (like the comments found here), before the new site went live. Thumbs way down to the whole project. I’ll be using another local news web site for my news/home page! Lesson learned.

  67. Dave P says:

    Add me to the “hate it” camp.

  68. Sarah says:

    I too downloaded the page a couple of times thinking this certainly can’t be right. And sadly, it is. I couldn’t agree more with everyone who has said all of its local appeal has been lost. I check this website several times a day – with 2 young kids I never get to actually watch the news. Very disappointing change.

  69. Jon B says:

    I have been using WCCO.com as a homepage for years now. I am a total news junkie and I have always felt like ‘CCO does a great job reporting the local stories I cared to read about. I will give it a week or so, but I am telling you I have already become too distracted to navigate the site. I guess its a new generation for WCCO as we say goodbye to Don Shelby, it appears as though we are also going to be losing a station who has always given us a hometown feel.

    PS. I used to use WCCO.com/mobile multiple times a day — that bookmark has already been replaced.

  70. Alyson says:

    I agree with 99% of the people above…this new website sucks, bad layout, hard to find content….shame on CBS for thinking this style would work. Just looking at my screen on this website gives me a headache. I’m a former Minnesotan living in Colorado and I think I’ll be visiting KSTP.com, MyFox9.com, and KARE11.com more often to keep in touch with what’s going on in the Twin Cities.

  71. WestCoast says:

    Whoa… You did the exact same thing that kept me from going back to KPIX (CBS5.com). It’s always been a tossup between CCO and KARE. I guess that’s no longer an issue.

  72. S.Strong says:

    The strength of the previous layout is that it was WCCO and LOCAL. Now it is just a clone of CBS. It is also looks more like it’s promoting the radio station, and I’m not interested in that. Your competitors have an edge now that you’ve made this change..

  73. Sandi says:

    Since WCCO may not have had much say in this change please send this info to CBS. I switched to KSTP in my favorites for my news coverage. I’ve used the new WCCO format several times this evening and it’s almost like it doesn’t “engage”. Soooo slow…….. I don’t for a minute think that no changes should be made to sites…….but I do think they should make sense. I feel like I’m at some kind of advertising site. New is not always better.

  74. UpNorth says:

    This really blows. This WAS a great site. Too bad someone had to thumbprint the brand. New management?? Unless this changes, you just lost another daily user.

  75. UpNorth says:

    Remember “New Coke”?

    Lesson learned. ( Hopefully Quickly)

  76. Chris says:

    Absolute rubbish! Now to look for a new news website.

  77. Chad says:

    This is horrible!

  78. Rose says:

    I have to agree with the other comments…the website is unattractive, dysfunctional and difficult to use. I have dumped it as my Homepage. The old site looked more professional, was easier to read and use. I realize that this is a CBS corporate doing as all the CBS sites are the same. I guess CBS tanked again. Just not a good thing. Hire a new marketing firm! This one did not do it for CBS.

  79. Glenn says:

    Have to agree with most all of the previous comments….Time to pick a new home page. Definitely a step backwards….

  80. Justine says:

    I’m very curious as to who had the final say in approving this website before its’ launch. It’s hard to read and the layout is so odd. The other website was perfect and I enjoyed visiting it every day! I will still continue to watch WCCO news casts, but I will probably start going to other sites for my news during my work day.

  81. shannon says:

    really disliking the new format. pictures are very pixelated. it seams cheap and amature. hoping you go back to the old, much better format.

  82. Linda says:

    I agree with the others who dislike the site. I have always used the WCCO site to look at local news and watch the weather. I can’t find anything on this site and it looks like it is a site for CBS, not WCCO. Please go back to the old one!

  83. richard says:

    Still my site but ugly as hell! Are you sure you want to make a connection with CBS? They are about the lowest rated of the Lamestream Media?

  84. CBS SUCKS says:

    CBS messed with my WCCO, I’m out!

  85. Hello says:

    Can anyone let me know when Minnesota became a division of CBS?

  86. CornerBob says:

    Just another reason to call us ” Flyover Land” !

    1. richard says:

      I thought NY was flyover land?

  87. John says:

    Terrible new site. Keep your market research and “fresh” new ideas in New York with the frat boy,marketing MBA Bro’s that came up with them.

  88. bridget says:

    Just curious as to why no blog on Veteran’s Day? Is it cause there are no liberal veterans? It would make this site look more “with the times”!!!

  89. Karin says:

    Very difficult to navigate. Looks cheap.

  90. Grand Pavard says:

    I must say that you can include me in the large group of folks who don’t like this new site. KARE11 for me from now on. And then when I didn’t fill in all the wanted info – got an error message and not even a “click here to return” or previous page. I won’t be clicking back here anytime soon

  91. lisa says:

    News on a “NEWS” website should not be something one has to search for.

    WCCO/CBS has broken the #1 design rule: Form FOLLOWS Function.
    What good is a new design if it is unusable by its existing users?

    Too busy. Too large. Even at 75% on my monitor it was still too large to see what I was looking for.

    I will be using KSTP and KARE11 from now on.

  92. Krista says:

    I really dislike this new format. The old one had all of the news stories right there–easy and user friendly. I’m officially Un-bookmarking WCCO from my browser. I’m moving to Public Radio.

  93. Chuck D says:

    This new site is the suck.

  94. Kelly says:

    I will not be going to the WCCO site with it’s current format !!! There are too many other Websites to get my overnight updates first thing in the morning. Sorry, It was fun while it lasted!!

  95. Shannon says:

    This new site is horrible. How can I find any relevant news anymore? It’s chaotic and I am not coming back until it’s changed back to the way it was. I bet this company spent about 50-75K on this site. What a shame.

  96. Susan says:

    I think the site is really well done EXCEPT for all the scrolling that must be done even AFTER a selection is made. It becomes so time consuming & also so easily flips to another place, so to speak.

    With that said, the NUMBER OF SELECTIONS & information provided on the site is incredible.

  97. Shannon says:

    Going to nominate this site as the “Daily Sucker” on webpagesthatsuck.com. Your corporate monkeys have earned this recognition!

  98. Ginny says:

    I was shocked when I clicked on the link in my Favorites and was taken to the new site! The site appears to be a wireframe from corporate with links to the local station. I had to chuckle a bit when even the option to ‘leave a comment’ was not user-friendly – didn’t enter my email address and rather than taking me to that required field, the entire comment disappeared and I had to start over. Website Design 101 class seems to be in order. I am removing the ‘wcco.com’ Favorite and will be accessing the websites of the local competition for updates on the latest and greatest.

  99. Babby says:

    I can not even get this site up at work anymore! I had to go to another news site at work to get news. Guess the “best of the twin cities” is just the Minneapolis skyline… 😦

  100. Mike says:

    What happened to the news? Far too difficult to find. Lame.

  101. Robert Paulson says:

    confusing

  102. Brad Edwards says:

    Please Please Please change your website back to the old wcco. I’ve resulted in going to Kare11 to find news because this site is far to difficult to navigate.

  103. Bill Asp says:

    Looks like it was designed in New York for NYC.

  104. Dale says:

    How to make a really bad news website in 10 easy steps.

    1. Meet the needs of the designer rather than your potential viewers
    2. Add a Flash intro

    3. Minimize local news

    4. Forget your roots

    5. Go for pictures rather than information

    6. Add lots and lots and lots of advertising

    7. Hide the local talent

    8. Don’t let people find what they are looking for

    9. Make finding the contact us link impossible to find or use

    10. Go corporate

    So long http://www.wcco.com …. I removed your bookmark.

  105. Jenna says:

    Idiotic decsion to change this. Now you have a mess.

  106. gene says:

    W – we
    C – cannot
    C – corporately
    O – overcome

  107. Sally says:

    What a mess this website has become. Sad. Very sad.

  108. AJ says:

    New site is HORRIBLE!!!! WCCO used to be my favorite news site to visit just because the layout was so user friendly. Now, I can barely stand looking at the page. As soon as I saw the new design, I totally quit visiting the site.

  109. Casey Jones says:

    Just awful! WCCO has been ruined by CBS.

    Just like the Weather Channel was ruined by NBC.

  110. DC says:

    I moved from Minneapolis to South Dakota a few months ago for work. I enjoyed keeping up with the news stories, sports, etc. on wcco.com until now. I am afraid I will have to remove this site from my list of “regulars” as it is no longer quick and user friendly.

  111. Stephan says:

    Once again WCCO has given in. So much for their leadership. So much for their ability to stay unique. So much for a non-corporate flavor. Before long everyone at WCCO will all be wearing the same draab grey outfits with slippers like they do in, dare I say, China. I am just saying.

  112. elizabeth says:

    This is a horrible design. A person should not have to hunt for the top news stories and scroll down forever and ever. The sad thing is that a lot of time and money and resources were spent on this and no one in Management or on the Project Team stepped up and voiced any concerns on how it looks.

  113. Craig says:

    I guess KARE11 and the Star Tribune are my only options for online local news now. Sorry to see CBS has destroyed what was once a great service, WCCO. You can blame them in a couple of weeks when your web traffic drops to near zero. I know I certainly won’t be coming back.

    Also, is anyone else further annoyed they call it “CBS Minnesota” instead of “CBS Twin Cities”? What an embarrassment.

  114. Sad San Franciscan in MN says:

    I feel betrayed. What a load of rubbish. I too am a news junkie and have had WCCO.com as my homepage for years. I think of WCCO’s personalities like extended family, I know them all and love them all. (Well except Don Shelby, he’s like that crazy uncle that drinks too much you have to invite.) I CHOSE WCCO in the first place because of their world class website. I used it several times a day and followed many of their links (and ads!) If THIS useless, cheap, massproduced swill is what is going to pass for online content now from WCCO? I’m broken hearted, but I’ll move on too. Goodbye WCCO family. I loved you and thanks for everything.

  115. Nel says:

    Goodbye WCCO, hello KARE11

  116. JM says:

    So disappointed. I though I had logged on to WCCO.com and up comes CBS Minnesota? The new layout is terrible, where is the content?, where is the local flavor. I have to find a new homepage for my primary local news now – like someone who cares (KARE 11) Good bye WCCO. I left WCCO radio not too long ago because of the corporate mandates on station formats and the firings of local personalities. Way to go again Good Neighbor.

  117. Karen1957 says:

    Based on research I have conducted on news items over the last few years from a variety of news sources across the country, the website format WCCO WAS using was consistent with a few other websites I accessed that I can only assume were also affiliates of CBS. So, I believe this new WCCO website format was the result of a corporate decision to re-format all of their affiliate’s websites. However, I have not had a chance to visit the other possible CBS websites I visited in the past to find out if this is true.

    However, I am not happy with the change because it is taking me much longer to navigate the website to find the news stories I want to read and the pop up advertisements are very, very irritating.

    And, I agree with some of the posters that the WCCO website no longer has a “local feel” but I take exception with Craig who objects to the new website title of “CBS Minnesota” when he feels it should be “CBS Twin Cities”. I live in northern Minnesota, just south and west of Grand Rapids and I, along with many Internet users up here, use (did use) WCCO as our home page. So, I think CBS Minnesota is more appropriate, but would also prefer to go back to the WCCO website we came to know and love.

    I think I COULD get used to the new format eventually, but it’s too time consuming right now so I have moved to KSTP for my home page and check KARE 11 periodically.

  118. Zaphod says:

    I opened the website today and thought, OMG, ick. Flashing ads are taking up a third of the space now…ugh. This site is like the weather…it blows.

  119. Blizzard59 says:

    Karen1957, you’re exactly right – the old format WCCO had was based on a design that all of CBS’ owned & operated stations shared. This new one is the same way, except that it’s not as good. But that doesn’t really matter, since the main motivation behind the new design was to combine both the TV and radio websites into one and save money.

    BTW, “CBS Pittsburgh” was released the same day as “CBS Minnesota” and has an article nearly identical to this with people complaining about the new look – http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2010/11/10/take-a-tour-of-cbs-pittsburgh/

    If you want to see other cities with this same design, just replace the minnesota in http://minnesota.cbslocal.com with any of the following
    – newyork
    – chicago
    – losangeles
    – dfw
    – philadelphia
    – boston
    – sanfrancisco
    – pittsburgh

  120. richard says:

    This site stinks. The Vikings stink and Dayton stinks! Pretty much the trifecta of stink for MN!!

  121. Lynn says:

    This is so difficult to navigate! So long ‘CCO!

  122. Aaron K says:

    I tried–this is just too messed up. Looks like it’s back to mndaily.com for news.

  123. Ana says:

    I hate it too and told them so. I got the following response:
    Thank you for your e-mail and for your feedback concerning the new look of WCCO.COM.

    WCCO-TV has joined forces with WCCO Radio to bring you the latest news, weather, sports and things to do and see in the Twin Cities.

    You can still find today’s news on our homepage, or just click on the News tab, or go to WCCO.COM/news for the latest stories of the day.

    We haven’t taken anything away, we’re just adding to your experience.

    We invite you to poke around a bit and see all the new features, like stadium guides and “best of.”
    We appreciate your feedback and will take it into consideration as we continue to evolve the new WCCO.COM.

    We hope you continue to log on to WCCO.COM and enjoy all that it has to offer.

    I’m pretty sure this is CBS and not WCCO doing this. Hopefully, other local CBS stations get the same response from people.

  124. Theresa says:

    I tried to like it. I saw it on day one and thought, “oh! This is terrible!” But, I know, I sometimes balk at change, so I thought I would wait and explore. Day two, my thought was, “This just sucks.” Day three was ‘where else can I go?” I explored, I ventured out, I don’t like what I see.

    Now I have bookmarked 2 other local news sites and don’t plan to come back.

    I hope you’re forwarding these to the Corporate folks who said you needed to change, because I’m not going to bother. I am guessing this is for CBS owned stations because I see one other regional CBS station that looks the same as it did last month.

  125. dr says:

    i am surprised by the new web site. it seems like such a step down. the previous website was much more user friendly and sophisticated.

  126. Sheila says:

    I’m joining the choir. I have site bookmarked as a “Favorite”; won’t continue if the site doesn’t improve FAST. The site is difficult to navigate, difficult to read, not intuitive. Those are the “nots”; cannot identify any positives.

  127. DaveJ says:

    I must concur. This new format sucks big time!! Guess I’ll have to stay with KARE11.

  128. Drew says:

    Whatever happened to WCCO? Bye bye.

  129. Bruce says:

    Well good job with this site! you lost me as a visitor , I have switched over to KARE11 now . This new site really sucks and I dont like it. Please bring the old site back! I will not visit this site again.

  130. Jeff says:

    I agree with Bruce, I also switched to KARE11. The old site was much more user freidnly and easy to navigate.

  131. Staceey says:

    So two weeks of negative comments on the new site format and still not changed. Guess they really don’t want our opinion.

  132. S. Andert says:

    It looks like I am not alone. After 13 years of wcco.com of being my browser’s home page – I have kicked the new format to curb. Hello fox9.

  133. S.D. Mulholland says:

    No wonder you just lost the broadcast rights to the University of Minnesota. I have to admit, I have not visited the wcco.com site in awhile, but came to it today looking for more news of the Gophers Broadcasting Rights story. Your decision to strip the site of any WCCO branding and go with the generic, corporate CBS branding indicates you are not in touch with your audience. I cannot understand why you would alienate your base. Will be going back to StarTribune.com and other sites that stay in touch with their readership.

  134. Andy says:

    This website is a clunky counter intuitive pile of garbage. Scroll wheel doesn’t work on this site. Distracting pop-up embedded garbage. This is a website for morons. I’m removing this site from my favorites forever. Nice job you bunch of sellouts.

  135. trade show flooring says:

    Hiya very nice web site!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also?I am glad to search out a lot of useful info right here within the submit, we’d like develop more strategies on this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From WCCO | CBS Minnesota

The Leaderboard
Good Question

Listen Live