Original KCPQ 13 Sign-On As Commercial Station

This is the 32 minute launch of KCPQ TV Ch. 13 Tacoma as a commercial station on Nov. 4, 1980. Their launch program after the preview was “The Deer Hunter.”


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A little history: KCPQ signed off on Feb. 28, 1980 as a PBS station. Its tentative TV listings were posted by Seattle papers for Oct. 28-Nov. 3 but were never broadcast as far as I know. More about that another time.

Keep up the good work!!
Brian Walks

Walter Kelley Gets Into The Weather

KCPQ 13 Weather Man Walter Kelley really gets into his forecasts. He is the most animated of all weathercasters in the Puget Sound region. Fun & informative.

KCPQ is the ONLY Seattle TV station offering Chromecast streaming from their website LIVE stream. Keeping up with technology helps viewers and brings more viewers to the newscast.


Throwin’ Back On New Year’s Eve

100% Throwbacks, that’s HOT 103.7 KHTP. The music genre is heard to a lesser degree on other Seattle stations, Star 101.5 KPLZ added it to the mix recently. But, KHTP has a lock on it. How is that helping them in the ratings? December PPMs show the station had its lowest share since JANUARY 2016 and fell from #5 to a tie at #9…Rhonda Lee, KING 5 meterologist was let go from a previous station because she responded back to some negative Facebook comments from a viewer concerning her ethnic hairstyle. First impression: Is she pushing too hard, trying to present a “happy, friendly, humorous” presentation? The hair, the humor. Are these distractions?
Lily Jang was let go from KHOU TV 11/Houston recently. A new sheriff, news director Sally Ramirez, decided this was one of the changes needed at the station. Lily was with KCPQ 13 Tacoma-Seattle prior to moving to Houston…Social media is the place to find your favorite local TV news personality between casts. Weather updates, traffic reports, it’s LIVE on Facebook. News events stream on social media before stations can clear time and get anchors in place for broadcast. KIRO 7 meterologist Morgan Palmer will do 25 minutes on the upcoming snowmageddon on Facebook, whereas TV only affords him 5 minutes of air-time…FOX 10 Phoenix has a crew assigned to social media and streaming. When nothing is happening locally, KSAZ social media will stream car chases from Los Angeles stations.

Local news channels tally web browsers

Social media “ratings” or clicks for JUNE 2016 – for the four commercial news competitors:

TOTAL UNIQUE VISITORS
1. Q13FOX.com – 2,791,266
2. KOMONEWS.com – 2,319,498
3. KIRO7.com – 2,154,796
4. KING5.com – 1,998,784

MOBILE UNIQUE VISITORS
1. Q13FOX.com – 2,365,628
2. KIRO7.com – 1,789,205
3. KOMONEWS.com – 1,777,162
4. KING5.com – 1,489,540

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