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.

Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Bitchin’?

This clip from KING 5 News [2012] comes to mind this week as we, in the lowlands/South Sound enjoy the first real snowfall in many years. Dennis Bounds’ reaction is classic!


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.

Criminal Activity, Big Money Deals and Shuffling The Deck Chairs

Media Crime Files-2 PUGETSOUND.MEDIA presents another in a series of hard news stories related to what we see as a growing epidemic – a wave of crime sweeping across the broadcasting industry. These gritty tales of the darkside of the media nationwide, and the players behind these despicable acts, will appear as details become available. All details will remain UNCENSORED.

Cleveland–WMMS ‘Alan Cox Show’ sidekick and comedian, was arrested October 17th after a dispute at a haunted house event at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield; he has pleaded no contest and placed into a 6-month diversion program that may clear the charges and his record. Squire was arrested at the “Paranormal Penitentiary” event after getting involved in a dispute with employees there when his cellphone battery ran out, making his e-tickets for the event inaccessible; he allegedly cursed at the employees and police and was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest after being pepper-sprayed.

Leslie Millwee, a former reporter for local Arkansas TV station KLMN-TV, has accused former president Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting her three times in 1980, while Clinton was governor of Arkansas, Breitbart News reports. Millwee told Breitbart she interviewed Clinton about 20 times publicly and also met with him in KLMN-TV’s newsroom. She said he groped her and rubbed his genitals on her while they were alone in KLMN-TV’s small editing room. “He came in [to the editing room] behind me, started hunching me to the point that he had an orgasm,” she told Breitbart’s Aaron Klein. “He’s touching, trying to touch my breasts and I’m just sitting there very stiffly, just waiting for him to leave me alone. And I’m asking him the whole time, ‘Please do not do this. Do not touch me. Do not hunch me. I do not want this.’ And he finished doing what he was doing and walked out. READ MORE

The second largest station sale in the 3rd quarter of 2016 was the sale by Pacific Lutheran University of noncommercial News-Talk-Jazz KPLU Tacoma (now KNKX) and its associated satellite and translator stations to a listeners’ group, Friends of 88.5 FM. This according to SNL Kagan analysts.

In the ever-changing world of LOCAL TV News, here is the current KING 5 News evening line-up:
4 p.m. Mark Wright, Amanda Grace
5 p.m. Mark Wright, Lori Matsukawa
6:30 p.m. Lori Matsukawa, Mark Wright
7 p.m. David Espinosa Hall, Amanda Grace
9 p.m. David Espinosa Hall, Amanda Grace
10 p.m. Amanda Grace, David Espinosa Hall
11 p.m. Lori Matsukawa, David Espinosa Hall

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