The KOMO/KCPQ Combo

Seattle will have at least 2 TV stations owned by SINCLAIR, once this merger takes effect. KOMO 4 and KCPQ 13. The others, Joe TV KZJO and Univision will likely be sold off. Lay-offs should be expected by employees at both KOMO & KCPQ. SINCLAIR runs a lean operation. The motto for employees should be “more work for less.” Other corporate mergers are in the pipeline. The remaining TV channels could flip under new ownership and we might also see some rotation of network affiliations. Lennie the Cabbie says FOX might buy some of their affiliate stations to wrest control from SINCLAIR, which will have a huuuuge number of FOX affiliates in their fold post-merger. Could happen…Radio stations in Seattle and WGN Chicago might be sold off. SINCLAIR’s main focus is obviously on television. [pun intended]

The Continued Decomposition of The Media

There is no perky receptionist outside the KING 5 studios. Just a building security guard, in uniform. You need a key code (employee) or an appointment (the rest of us) in order to enter. Why would we expect anything different from a large corporate-run (TEGNA) TV station? There is a chill in the lobby. Perhaps it comes in through the revolving door…Another syndicated morning program graces the Seattle airwaves starting Monday (4/24) on 98.9 KRVQ – The Billy Madison Show. I like it already, such an original title. Just to visit the website of the Madison show, you have to verify that you are at least 18 years old. Another, NSFW – not family-friendly, morning zoo. Booty Olympics, one of the features. Thanks, I’ll pass…Note to Bill O’Reilly: There may be an opportunity for radio syndication if you bust down the wall and add features like Booty Olympics…SINCLAIR has set a goal: Buy TRIBUNE – and stocks of both companies are on the rise – based on speculation of a pending deal. What would that mean for Seattle where Sinclair & Tribune have multiple stations? Imagine KOMO and KCPQ under the same ownership. Oh, the humanity! – Useless factoid: Nabisco shrunk the size of their Golden Honey Graham Cracker in 2009. Now they have shaved off some of the width of the cracker in 2017. Soon, you will be able to dunk them in milk – through a straw.

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

The Crystal Ball Reveals…

Lay-offs are coming to Entercom & CBS Radio…

News readers at KING, KIRO, KOMO and KCPQ will leave for other markets or jobs outside the broadcast business…Many people will realize they want to spend more time with their family…Corporate bean counters will convince radio execs that talent is not needed and that listeners just want to hear the same 40 tunes played ad nauseum, without the interruptions of a disc jockey…No new formats will be developed this year, the old ones will be rehashed and swapped from one frequency to another…Veteran TV folk will be told it is time to retire and be given the opportunity to say a tearful goodbye to viewers…There will be cake…TV reporters and anchors will dance in front of the camera and clown for viewers on Facebook and other social media because they will be required by their employers to put in more time on those apps …The public will eat it up…The best that radio has to offer has already been heard…Hopefully, someone recorded it…

Q13 Crime Tipster Was A Cop

An investigation into a Seattle police officer has revealed how an anchor for the city’s Fox affiliate was getting information about crime victims. Officer Robert Marlow has been charged with illegal drug possession and computer trespass for giving confidential information about crime victims to KCPQ anchor David Rose. The leak was discovered after Seattle police and the FBI Public Corruption Squad were investigating a strip club where Marlow was romantically linked to a dancer who he allegedly shared drugs with – Read more at TV SPY…The latest Arbitron ratings have KQMV [CHR] #1, KUOW [NPR] tops KIRO FM [News-Talk] by a slight margin and KMPS [Country] soundly trouncing KKWF [Country]. KOMO [News] Radio is not among the top 10 stations and ripe for a format switch. I vote OLDIES…KMPS PD Kenny Jay has been voted one of the Top Program Directors in Country music –Radio Ink…Last week’s TV ratings for cable news channels: Fox News was the most-watched basic cable network both in prime time and in total day viewers for the 5th consecutive week…MSNBC defeated CNN in total prime time audience this past week, coming in at No. 3, thanks to an especially strong performance from The Rachel Maddow Show – Radio Ink

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.


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