Bob Throndsen retired after more than three decades at KOMO, the ABC-affiliate in Seattle. Throndsen has been a reporter, anchor and managing editor of KOMO. Most recently, he served as news director for KOMO Newsradio.
More recently, KOMO has promoted Ryan Yamamoto from weekend anchor to weekday morning anchor on KOMO Morning News.
Jessica Taff, sports reporter from WABC and formerly with Al Jezeera America, joins KOMO 4. Allen Schauffler, formerly with Al Jezeera America and earlier from KING 5, is also at KOMO 4, as Northwest-oriented special feature reporter. One more item regarding KOMO 4 — Seattle Refined is expanding to 5 days a week starting Monday August 15 at 3 p.m. Gaard Swanson hosts the lifestyle-magazine show…Bellingham’s new low-power FM station is KZAX. The station will feature the music of local artists…Walla Walla University has sold 2 FM translators, K243BX-Skamania and K293CC-Centerville to Saga Communications for $50,000. Saga owns KPUG-AM, KBAI-AM and KGMI-AM in Bellingham.
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.
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