IHEART Cracks The Whip, Tribune Cutbacks and More Corporate Double-Talk
KFOO 102.9 PD Ben Marcotte has additional APD duties at Portland’s 102.3 FM [KKRZ-HD2 airs an alternative rock format branded as “Radio 102.3]…Also pulling double-duty [likely no pay increase] is another IHEART APD, Hunter Quinn of KBKS 106.1. He will do same for KPWK 93.3 FM [Bring back the name CHEAP CHANNEL]…Tracy Taylor has a trial run on KIRO TV Morning News this week. There is a place for Taylor on Seattle TV. Taylor definitely has a huge fan base…TEGNA hired new weatherman Jordan Steele with the title “Lead Innovator”. Just more corporate bulls***. There is an acronym for that: MCB…KING 5 has gone to Hell under the TEGNA “leadership”…TVSPY reports: Anne Bentley has been named vp and chief communications officer of TEGNA. “I’m thrilled to join TEGNA at such an exciting time in its development,” said Bentley, who comes from PBS where she was the head of corporate communications. “TEGNA is a widely recognized market leader with tremendous growth potential. I’m looking forward to working with the entire TEGNA team to showcase the organization’s strengths.” [She has the goods. She will do well in this job. She is clearly down with the corporate lines of BS] …Chehalis Valley Educational Foundation has filed for a change of city of license for KBSG 90.1 from Westport to Raymond…Listening to MIXX 96.1 Olympia is like stepping back into the 1980s. Not necessarily a bad thing. Station needs a better jingle package…Cutbacks at Tacoma’s News Tribune newspaper – the effort is to move most content to the “online” platform. As readers continue to cancel subscriptions, the Trib editor, Karen Peterson, was quick to bail. The paper may end up a “weekly” if it continues in paper form at all. Karen Peterson will now spend more time with family. The Tribune did not report whether Peterson claimed “It was a good ride” or not. The Olympian is also affected by Trib cutbacks. McClatchy owns both papers. Does anyone read the Seattle P-I anymore?
IF YOU CAN’T SAY ANYTHING NICE… OK, that’s all for now.