Tracy Taylor Cut From KING 5

Traffic reporter, Tracy Taylor is the latest casualty from KING 5 News. TEGNA management has their reason$. ‘Tis the season. Always brutal when someone is let go during the holiday period.

59 comments

  • chuckbolland

    Sorry ’bout that. Life in this world of broadcasting never been civil. Well, that’s not true. In the “old days” right after the invention of dirt when the family owned KING people were valued. But that was from a land and a mindset from long long ago. My only council to Tracy could be what I learned after being let go (canned) after 10 years at KTAC. Much to my surprise I found that people were willing to pay me more money to get them on the news that would pay me to do the news. I moved from a job with Intercom that didn’t even keep up with inflation to a $60 a week raise (and then 6 months later another $30 a week) no weekends and holidays, full medical care coverage, a retirement plan (which is making life very good today), career development , and and far better security. I have never looked back. At the time I was offered a news job at KING Radio. I turned it down because it meant commuting from Tacoma (in the days when I5 wasn’t so bad) and the fact I’d been in radio stations since I was 17 years old and maybe it was time to try something new. A year later KING Radio dumped most of their news coverage. Just a thought. Bon Chance.

    • pugetsound

      Yes, I agree. Having a “real job” makes great sense. Having radio as a “second job” made life pretty easy for me. I had job security and still dabbled in broadcasting. The great days of KING are gone. With corporate ownership, no one is safe.

    • Diane Speer

      Hundreds of us miss Tracy Taylor especially those of us who drive to see patients . She is funny and smart and we all want her back!

    • Alicia Lamoy

      Bring Tracey back. I love her quick wit. Don’t like “changes” BRING TRACEY BACK!!! If not I will change my morning ritual and watch another news.

  • radiofollower

    Another one gone.I remember Tracy when she was on the old KRPM 106.1 country. I agree with the comments that media isn’t very safe today in regards to keeping a job at any station.Sure glad I did my 30+ years a long time ago in radio when it was sane & safe.

  • pugetsound

    Now, I worked for KRPM, early when the station first began on the FM. Jack MacDonald was the promotions manager, an old friend to Ray Court, KRPM owner, from their KVI days. I don’t remember Tracy Taylor being at KRPM, but then again, I don’t remember the names of two of my ex-wives either. So, nothing unusual there.

  • pugetsound

    Tracy Taylor informs me that she never worked at KRPM.

  • radiofollower

    Well…..maybe the mind is going…lol…but I thought it was Tracy at KRPM-FM.I don’t think she was on air, it was like doing only the traffic report???…I don’t know as it was years ago and if it was just traffic it was probably done by one of the traffic reporting company’s?.Anyway as you said,the industry isn’t worth it today with all the corporate ownership and even that isn’t local it seems.Only stations worth it today are the ones Andy S. owns…KKXA,both AM & FM now plus KRKO.I think he might be the only real “local” owner left,at least one that hasn’t sold out.

  • mikec

    Firing GOOD people has become the Xmas tradition for the corpse ‘broadcasters’. Sorry that Tracy became a victim of this heartless tradition. I too was smart enough to get out of broadcasting at a young age & get a REAL job with REAL money, job security & benefits for employers who APPRECIATED my hard work. I satisfied the broadcasting urge as a volunteer host/programmer/MD, APD, PD, IT & engineer/technician at various campus-community FMs – two of which I helped to put on air. I finished up my radio career in small market station management/engineering and got ho$ed thoroughly by the sleazy owner(s) at my final station. I guess I’m just as stupid in my mid-60’s as i was in my 20’s! 🙂 There’s no looking back now…

    • Lorine Dunavant

      I only watched that show because of Tracy. I’m switching stations in protest. Loved her bouncy personality. Most broadcasters are plastic people.

  • maplevalleymike

    I’m sure Tracy will be back in the market soon. She adds a certain zing to a broadcast, whether it’s TV or radio.

  • pugetsound

    Tracy may have been a traffic reporter for Metro or whoever– and not remembered that her casts may have been heard on KRPM. I dunno.

  • chuckbolland

    Tracy, there is life after being on the air. As I mentioned the job following radio really paid off in a much better life. Had I stayed in broadcasting, except for maybe a very lucky break, I would not be living 2 months out of the year in Southern California to escape some of the NW winter nor an additional 2 months of the year in Paris to escape….well I might be escaping several things by living in Paris. Because “media” now covers such a broad spector, it is possible to find a nich that you will enjoy and will pay you better with a bit more security for yourself. Entercom firing me after 10 years to hire someone cheaper was one of the best things that occured in my career. And it all started well, I was fortunate. A DJ at KNEW Spokane before my 21st birthday, 2 years later moving to KJR, was there about 6 years then hired by WKRC in Cincinnati and stayed about 8 years before coming back to the NW. Those were all good things, but being dumped by KTAC ranks with them. So take heart and put it in the terms, “you won’t have Tracy to kick around anymore.” Bon Chance.

  • Toni

    Really miss Tracy, her fun personality kept me interested watching the news and traffic. You never knew what she was going to say that was going to make me laugh out loud. King 5 messed up again.

    • Sandy Ray

      I LOVE Tracy Taylor and have been stunned to realize she was laid off. In addition to preferring her traffic reports, I like that she is humorous and makes the morning (or any time slot) fun to watch. And not to insult the other good talents on King5, I no longer watch King5 or Kong16 for my morning news and traffic because it is too boring without Tracy Taylor.

  • Rose Norberg

    Oh, we miss Tracy in the morning- she was great- bad choice.

  • Nwtreehugger

    I was wondering what happened. I really miss Tracy. 🙁 The morning news just isn’t the same without her! If either of the other local stations had a complete morning news cast, without cutting to the national news “magazines”, I’d go there. (No, I won’t watch the local Fox station. They’re awful.) Shame on you Tegna!!!

  • Cheryl Marihugh

    Tracy was savy and not a cookie cutter! She had a quick wit about her and enjoyed her. Also missing Mark Wright in the morning!!! Don’t really care for the new fella!

    • Phillip in Aberdeen

      I miss Tracy Taylor. She added a flare to morning TV. She was quick witted and brought a bright light to King 5. I also miss Greg in the morning. The new guy is terrible. He is rude and always seems like he is pushy. I am now watching KIRO channel 7 in the morning. Bad decisions being made.

  • Lee

    Want Tracy back.

  • Christy

    Missing Tracy!! I too worked in broadcasting in the 1980’s. I remember walking through the newsroom (in Spokane) and watching anchors ‘packing it up’ seemingly without warning. It’s a ratings game … All about the numbers. Good luck to Tracy! Already missing your morning sunshine .

  • Aaron Davis

    Really do miss Tracy’s bright personality. She always brought a smile to my face!!!! Your loss King 5.

  • Mike

    I know how goes Tracy Lowe’s just did the same thing too with corporate coming down and let go of good employees.

  • PATRICIA FOUCHT

    I only watched 5 in the morning for Tracy for traffic and the weather man interface, I will miss you!!
    going to channel 7

  • Kim

    Channel five is losing interest for me
    Loved Tracy
    The young guy is horrible in the evening
    I turn the channel

  • Susan Parr

    Now I know, that Tracy Taylor was let go. So sorry that the station didn’t see what they had. The only reason I’ll watch King 5 in the morning is Joyce Taylor who still has some spark in the news station.
    If she goes, then King 5 will loose another viewer, I’ll watch another morning station.
    Good luck to you Tracy.

  • Carmen

    KING 5 should try to make amends with Tracy and get her back. That would be the smart thing to do.

  • Kathleen

    Tracey always had another route for you to take if the traffic was a mess somewhere. This new person is very blah compared to Tracey. I had for a long time said “If I lived in Seattle, I might drive if Tracey was there reporting,because she would try her hardest to for warn me of trouble and try to direct me around the problem.” How sad it is now days that corporations care more for themselves than they do for the Viewers! I am now checking out other channels, to see if I can find another team to watch and enjoy like I used to enjoy KING 5.

  • Shanna Keene

    Tracy and Rich were the reason why i watched King 5.
    They were so Amazing together!

  • Judy

    Bring Tracy back! Miss her personality and spunk! Not the same……

  • Jlf

    I don’t know the reason Tracy was laid off. She and Richard were a good team together. Sorry Rich just not the same and I’m sure you miss her senses of humor which lightened up the news. It appears you are the only one left out of the : Good People ”
    I’d like to know where she went..Was it out of broadcasting? What a great gal. She and Rich was the reason we watched King5

    • You can go to Tracy Taylor’s fan page on facebook. She does live updates on the happenings in her life. She has hinted at some opportunities that she has been offered.

  • JSWiggin

    Tracy Taylor would drive me nuts in the morning, to much energy at that time of day – and I wasn’t quite ready for it! But I have to tell you King 5 used to be my go to station, I am changing my morning routine. The crew that they have on now is the pits! Joyce you and Mimi are the only reasons to watch King 5 anymore…So my morning news and probably evening news is going to switch to another channel. King 5 I don’t know what you were thinking but you had a go to team…and now…..well……..

  • Sandy

    I’ve watched King 5 exclusively for many years for my news. Joyce, Rich and Tracy were the perfect team. I have always enjoyed Joyce but with Rich gone so often and now without Tracy T I’m leaving. The 2 new people just aren’t cutting it. There is no fun banter. You blew it king 5!

  • Tim

    Tracy T and Rich were the reasons I watched king 5. Sorry Rich I can’t stick with a company that throws away the best talent like that. I hope you have an at least Tin parachute for when the hammer drops on you. You are the last best talent left from my favorite crew.

  • Russell D Eaton

    I am not sure why 5 canned Tracy but Rich alone just dose not keep me wanting to watch 5 anymore, I am finding another station to watch now maybe 7 sorry 5 you mest up by canning Tracy she made the news worth watching. miss you Tracy hope you find something better and show 5 how bad they mest up

  • Annette

    Don’t channel 5 in the am since Tracy T is gone. The only reason I might catch some of the am broadcast is because of Joyce. But it not everyday at all anymore.

  • Tina white

    Tracy and Rich were were such a good team!! Bad choice King 5

  • Christine DiRito

    Omg! The new king 5 traffic reporter is just , well not good. Her voice sounds like she is shouting at us the viewers, she reads everything from the screen (we can read too so why do it??) She’s always looking at the screen, not out toward us the viewers and she constantly stops, starts, sentences, words. Very jerky and no flow. And it appears she is not familiar with our area and roads. It is increasingly difficult to watch King 5 AM News. Sincerely, ….loosing another long time viewer.

  • Karen Erickson

    As difficult as it is to change my morning routine/habits, King TV morning news is losing another long-time viewer. The new morning traffic reporter is grating to listen to; the forced ‘high energy’ news presentation is distracting; the new co-host seems like the sports announcer that he is.
    Please bring Greg back to join Joyce at the desk and allow us to enjoy their easy raport and presentation of the morning news.
    Tracy Taylor is sorely missed.

  • Anonymous

    Tegna is ruining KING5. It used to be a local station with local talent. Now they are getting rid of the locals and hiring people from out of state who know nothing about our region. And their voices are so annoying! Pathetic. No reason to watch KING5 anymore. So sad.
    P.S. why is Cam Johnson’s traffic screen tilted forward? It looks like she’s scared of it falling on her and it appears distorted to the viewers. Do you even watch your own channel to see what it looks like??

  • yaughn

    Tegna, want a response to this? Heres one… i “loved king 5’s news broadcast” Now, i watch Q13. Playing musical broadcasters isnt what people want. They want a local station, by local people. Perhaps if people were as important to you as profits, then youd have a better staffing manager.
    Buh- bye
    Love you all megan coyle, tracy T, mary Lee,…

  • I am a huge fan of Tracy, but I don’t want to put down Cam. I think that she will grow into the job. I took Tracy a little while to transition from radio to TV, but once she did, she was lights out. I think Cam will do the same.

  • I’m sure that Nina, who replaced Tracy at KJR, went through the same thing.

  • Linda

    Wow! I miss T.T. I thought she was on vacation. Very bad news. Big mistake!

  • Jodi Nylin

    Used to like watching the King 5 morning news show. Really don’t care for Cam Johnson doing the traffic. She is just plain awful. Not sure if it’s just getting used to a new job or what but, really…she’s terrible. The other news anchor, Budin..I think. Just no snap or pizazz. I love Joyce and Rich….miss the old guys. Will no longer follow the morning show.

  • Sarah Ludwigson

    Tracy T’s dismissal was a mistake..No other personality like hers..Have switched to another morning show…

  • Scott Stinson

    From a very long time viewer all the changes in staff have left King 5 with limited talent. Sorry to see Tracy T leave.
    Moving on to ch 4 or 13.
    King 5 seems to be in disarray.

  • Pat Hymas

    Where’s Tracy Taylor??? Maybe if you made a HUGE apology to her, she would agree to come back!! Her and Rich made such a good combination, they could have had their own show!! Cam Johnson seems so “plastic “, nothing in the “personality ” department. Don’t believe this trait will change with experience,as someone else predicted, BAD decision King 5!!!

  • Michael A Breda

    Bring Tracy Taylor Back!! I would guess this was not a cost-saving measure. By now you’ve probably lost 1-2% viewing audience, including my self and family. I do not know the motivation behind the decision but I would surmise it was political.

  • Kate

    Way too many changes at king 5. Replaced all the trusted anchors, reporters and others with young, imported replacements who do not know our area at all. Just not the same.

  • Krista Goff

    I normally don’t bother with who’s who’s reporting the news. Although I do miss Tracy Taylor in the morning.
    She was a delight and funny. Still think of her when I now turn to KIRO 7.

  • Franky

    I miss Tracy Taylor! She was the reason I watched king 5. I now watch KOMO.

  • Allisen

    Tracy made me laugh in the morning with her wit and laughter. Cam isn’t personable and has no energy. Watching King 5 upon moving here in 2012 I have now moved onto KIRO 7. You lost a loyal fan. Buh Bye Bye

  • Maple Valley Stix

    Tracy was a real gem…KING has lost its way…I notice a lot of dead mikes, wrong camera angles etc. since the move.
    Must have a bunch of rookies running the show.

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