Ogden Has Left The Building

Former Metro Traffic reporter/KOMO radio South Sound correspondent, Bill Ogden, has opted not to renew his deal with KLAY Lakewood, as co-host of the [Friday] Mike Franco program. Ogden claims he wants to spend more time with family…Olympia Oldies KGY FM (95.3/KYYO-HD 2) also offers music from the 1940s, specifically, Big Band tunes on Saturday nights. Although a great idea since KUOW dropped The Swing Years program, the KGY offering relies heavily on cover versions of the hits, lacking the wide library of originals…We have said it before – Mixx 96 KXXO/Olympia needs to update their jingle…[PUGETSOUND.MEDIA recently moved the home-office to Olympia. Olympia is a nice place but has gone the way of other Liberal, “progressive” communities, banning plastic grocery bags, charging for the paper grocery sacks and promoting other bullshit causes. Many of the citizens wear white socks with Birkenstocks – and recently, many of the area Snowflakes rioted during May Day protests. Arrests were made – Justice prevails!] …Driving through Albany, Oregon we see that KHJ Radio has been revived in the form of a tribute station, available there on FM. As of this posting there is not an Internet stream for Albany’s KHJ…Someone said it, and we agree – there is no reason to buy the print version of the Tacoma News Tribune, now called The News Tribune [distancing themselves from Tacoma?] because it is OLD NEWS before they print it. Everything in the paper has already been seen on the Internet – days earlier! I remember when the TNT upped the price of the paper to a dime. Now, it is priced way beyond the value of what is offered. Even a dime would be too much to pay. Sorry! But the Internet has killed the newspaper. Time marches on…
Former owner of KRKO Everett, Sparky Taft, ever the snazzy dresser, seen here either fending off the paparazzi with his cane, or taking a selfie.

KMAS Changes Ownership

It’s official now. The FCC has cleared the purchase of KMAS AM 1030 Shelton from Olympic Broadcasting, Inc. [Dale Hubbard – pictured, with new glasses. Congratulations!] to Ifiber Communications Corporation. Check the new KMAS website for more station info: http://www.ifiberonenewsradio.com/

Entercom Seattle announced today that “Bourbon & Bacon Fest,” one of the city’s premier tasting events, is returning to the Seattle Design Center on Saturday, March 11th. The smoky smell of bacon from some of the Puget Sound area’s greatest eateries will mingle with the caramel and vanilla notes of… bourbon from select distilleries in an upscale and spacious tasting environment.” ALLACCESS

SINCLAIR continues lay-offs across the nation. As in, “This will continue until morale improves…” It is difficult to carry on when friends in the office/newsroom are sent packing. Corporate execs haven’t got a clue about content and personality.

Newspapers are getting thinner as content moves to the web. In the Puget Sound region, we could see consolidation of papers or cut-backs, such as has happened with the Oregonian, which prints on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Internet Radio units are pretty, pretty, pretty handy. This one was a gift from Bill Ogden, most recently a traffic reporter with KOMO Radio [airchecks on the KTAC audio page]. This is just another technological step toward a new era in radio. How will LOCAL stations survive? STAYING LOCAL is the key.

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