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Just a slip of the tongue, likely, when a veteran CBS Radio newscaster this afternoon referred to hurricane Irma in the vicinity of the LESSER ANTILITIES…Each evening, as I drive back to the bus yard, I pass in front of KING 5 on 1st Avenue. After Mariner games, some fans will stand at the KING 5 window to see what is happening in the studio and possibly get their faces on TV if the cameras are turned toward the window. This is similar to the setup at the TODAY show on NBC. Good to know that not everyone is jaded by social media and still have an interest in local TV…KIRO, Seattle’s CBS affiliate, will launch the market’s second 7 p.m. newscast on Monday. KIRO 7 at Seven, which will be anchored by Steve Raible, Monique Ming Laven, Jesse Jones and Morgan Palmer, will replace The Insider, which is ending its 13-year syndicated run. TV SPY

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.

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