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

Putting old anchors out to pasture

It happened at KING 5 [Dennis Bounds & Jeff Renner] and at KOMO 4 [Dan Lewis] and it is happening at TV stations everywhere. The old timers are getting pink-slipped. Or as the management likes to report – retiring to spend more time with family. 40 years ago, while living in in Texas, I watched a much younger Dave Ward anchor the KTRK 13 News. He was an anchor equal to Walter Cronkite. A rarity, even back in the day. Now, Dave Ward is retiring from KTRK TV/Houston. That is the story from KTRK. Dave Ward tells it a different way.
“They seemed like they really wanted me to make my exit,” said Ward. “I always thought I would continue to anchor the news at Channel 13 until I thought I couldn’t do the job anymore. I’m not there yet. My research is very good, and our ratings are very good. They won’t give me an answer why I’m being taken off the 6 p.m. news.” [Chron.com] Maybe it was time. Ward has been at KTRK for 50 years!
WSB 2/Atlanta has announced that Justin Wilfon will be joining Wendy Corona to co-anchor the weekend editions of Channel 2 Action News at 6 and 11 p.m. Wilfon comes from KSHB TV/Kansas City and has anchored the morning and noon newscasts for KJRH-TV in Tulsa. He has also anchored at KEPR-TV/Yakima, among other TV anchor/reporter positions….Rachel Calderon, recently from KWTV Oklahoma City, joins the morning team at KIRO 7 News. During her career in TV news, Calderon has also worked at KGWN Cheyenne, KTLA Los Angeles and KOCO TV, also in Oklahoma City…New APD and 2p-6p jock at Rock 98.9 Seattle is Kim Monroe. Her experience includes 107.7 The End…Former KIMA/Yakima TV news reporter Audrey Asistio has been hired by NECN-NBC Boston as an anchor and reporter. Asistio, most recently from KOVR/Sacramento, has also worked at KSEE/Fresno and KHSL-KNVN/Chico…New chief meteorologist at KEVW-KAPP/Kennewick is Kristin Walls from WHAS in Louisville…Former KREM/Spokane meterologist-reporter Katie Boer moves to KLAS Las Vegas as a meteorologist/reporter.

Media Snippets: Anchor desk bobbleheads

There hasn’t been any noticeable plastic surgery done to the TV talking heads here in Seattle, that we can detect. You have to go to Hollywood or New York to see that circus. An example is veteran air personality, Scott Shannon, pictured. That just ain’t natural! We will keep watching to see if Mark Wright has surgery for droopy eyelids, if Greg Copeland starts having his eyebrows waxed or gets a chin implant, or whether Dori Monson has vocal cord surgery to change the tenor of his voice. Regular listeners/viewers will know immediately.You’ll notice that women were not mentioned here. It is not our intent to upset the delicate blossoms displayed on our screens mornings and evenings. Without mentioning names, HD TV makes it obvious, one gal has a noticeable zit that is evident despite the heavy makeup and studio lighting. You know who you are.
Donald Trump, being a man’s man, has not had any plastic surgery done, altough he has a bad case of ptosis, and is sorely in need of a High-SMAS face and necklift. But, as a man-in-charge, Trump knows when to put some female reporter in her place. In a news conference in Miami Wednesday morning, Donald Trump told NBC News correspondent Katy Tur to “be quiet” as she tried to ask the GOP presidential candidate about his suggestion that Russia find and release Hillary Clinton‘s emails.


Why must anchors do stand-ups in the studio? KING 5 is huuuuge on this. The studio window onto the street is a fascination for pedestrians walking over to Safeco Field — and for the anchors. It is no longer of interest to viewers. Let’s move on. The reason the anchors do so many stand-up reports is to show off the studio gizmos and gadgets. There is a lot of money being poured into the mammoth video monitors and touch-screens. Q13’s news set has a section with a sofa, for more casual chats. KIRO 7 tried News Out of The Box years ago, maybe too soon. So, it seems now is the time for tech appreciation. The behind-the-scenes Facebook videos drawback the curtain even more. The FB chats, now a regular feature of some stations, seem to be must-see-TV for many people online. Seattle stations are not alone in this. Large and medium market stations nationwide are using FB and other platforms to showcase talent and socialize with viewers. This “promotion” replaces billboards and bus cards [WHAT??]. The other reason news anchors need to get up and walk around the set is to avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Keep watching your local news. There will be a segment on “Avoiding a Sedentary Lifestyle” coming up next hour. The anchor will be standing up.


Crime against news reporters is now a thing. WTHR Indianapolis reporter Emily Longnecker says she’s OK after being attacked last Friday. She said a man grabbed for her wallet and started punching her when she was getting out of her car. He also tried to push her back into the vehicle…Protesters at the Democratic National Convention shouted at Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera, in an incident that included one protester pouring a bottle of water over Rivera’s head. Another time when Geraldo really needed a towel…
But crimes committed by news reporters seems to be on the rise also. Something not mentioned in either the Republican or Democratic conventions.
WTNH Hartford meteorologist Justin Goldstein is set to appear in court this week to face child porn charges…Orlando Salinas, who spent 12 years as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News, has been arrested in Montgomery County, Virginia, which is outside Roanoke. WSLS-TV reports Salinas faces charges of rape and forcible sodomy.
And in some cases, reporters are leaving TV for jobs outside the industry, offering better pay. Jobs with the state, real estate firms, and in many cases, forced-early retirement.
When Anthony Ponce quit Chicago NBC-owned station WMAQ, there was some speculation that he did so after being passed over for a promotion. What kind of money was he making? He quit WMAQ and went to work driving for LYFT.

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