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]

Monday Update: Demery New KINK PD; Goodbye Lindsay Cohen & MEDIA CRIME FILE

Alpha Media, Portland names Sean Demery Program Director of 101.9 KINK FM/Portland. Sean Demery has been at stations such as; WNNX/Atlanta, KITS/San Francisco, KMTT/Seattle, KXRK & KLRZ/Salt Lake City, WYMS/Milwaukee, and KGGI/Riverside & San Bernardino…

Leaving KOMO before her name makes the SINCLAIR hit-list of expendable employees, Lindsay Cohen takes a “real job” at online real estate website Zillow. We wish her well!!

And how did Cohen describe her time at KOMO in a Facebook comment


Not the first time a TV or radio personality has fallen back on the phrase, “It’s been a wonderful ride.” But, that is a bit played out. This is usually followed with “but I am happy to be able to spend more time with family.”

Someone needs to come up with a couple new phrases to describe leaving a media job.

Choose one from Column A and one from Column B:

“I saw the writing on the wall…”

“I read the trades and knew it was only a matter of time…”

“They said I could stay – but they wanted to cut my pay…”

“This is what happens when you become the most senior person at the station…”
“I feel like I’m ridin’ a gravy train on biscuit wheels.”

“Time to kick the dust of this place off my boots.”

“I’ve had more fun than a tornado in a trailer park.”

“I feel like I’ve been sucked through a knot hole.”

NOW, THIS…

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.
The Biloxi, Mississippi Sun-Herald reports: WCPR-FM host Denver Crabb was arrested Monday morning by Biloxi police. The methamphetamine charge is a felony and Crabb’s bond was set at $5,000. He also has two misdemeanor capias warrants for which he is not allowed a bond. According to the jail docket, he has a court appearance for charges of no driver’s license, speeding and failure to yield at 1 p.m. Monday.

Crabb is part of the afternoon drive-time team of Denver Crabb and Riley, who have a show that airs weekday afternoons from 2-6 p.m., according to the WCPR website. By 2 p.m. when the show was set to air, the website had changed the air slot to say “Riley Knight.”

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…

Seattle Weekly Reviews KIRO Radio

“When I first came to KIRO in 1978, our role was to tell people what happened that day,” says Dave Ross, who hosts the station’s morning drive show from 5 to 9 a.m. and is the unofficial dean of KIRO radio. “Now, everyone knows what happened. It’s on their phone. So what we have to do is help people understand it. We have to basically deliver more than we used to. We have to deliver perspective.” More at SEATTLE WEEKLY
*Though other stations, including KNKX FM, were mentioned as NEWS sources – missing is KOMO Radio 1000/97.7 FM. That station lacks the personality and variety of KIRO or even KNKX FM. Looking for a buyer, Sinclair? How about Family Life Radio [National Ministry Headquarters PO Box 35300, Tucson, AZ 85740, (800) 776-1070] You’re welcome!

Sinclair Memo Has Effect On Local SBG Employees

Some SEATTLE [KOMO] people within the Sinclair Broadcast Group have deleted their anti-Trump slurs/posts from Facebook feeds and Twitter. This happened after the recent memo CITED HERE, [memo first divulged by FTV Live] was released. We have screenshots of their original posts, but choose not to use them on this blog. These particular posts go back to as far as early 2016 and up through January 2017. It is interesting to note that the political bias of these reporters, as negative and enthusiastically vehement as they were, could not stand against the threat that they might lose their jobs with SINCLAIR. These are people that report the NEWS. What do they stand for now? Can you TRUST them? What is their agenda and how does that still affect their reporting? This will be interesting to watch as developments occur.
Elsewhere, the SINCLAIR edict has had an effect on certain station employees: WWMT executive producer Randy Lubratich was fired from the Sinclair-owned station last week after violating the station group’s social media guidelines. 12/14/2017 TV SPY
*PugetSound.Media is not Wiki-Leaks, but we have screen shots of many other such posts and Tweets from OTHER local media folks. — more to come

Steve Smith Archive: Les Cole

Jason,

Ken Bertrand worked at KGMI in Bellingham. I believe he was the news director, not sure on that but one of their main newsmen. I do not have a photo of him, but you could probably copy the one at facebook. Again, this is March 1972. I worked for him for awhile at KBFW in Bellingham, after his KGMI days. I think he ended up in communications at the state legislature and retired from that. He is in the Seattle area.

Ken Bertrand mp3

As a young tradesman, Les Cole had been a stained glass artisan in Seattle-Tacoma. He fell from a ladder, probably working on a window at a church, and shattered his hip. A career change was essential. I think it was in the 1960’s, he went into broadcasting. He worked at KTNT, KMO and KOMO. In 1970 he arrived in Bellingham as program director of KOQT, a station coming back on the air after bankruptcy. That lasted a short time and then he resigned. Not long afterwards, he became news director at KBRC, an established 5kw station, in Mt Vernon’s Skagit Valley. This 1972 newscast, slightly scoped, is a great example of the way a well-crafted newscast could integrally tie a radio station to its community. Cole worked at KBRC for a few years, then he became an announcer at KVOS TV in Bellingham. He was at KVOS until he retired and Les passed away several years ago.

The photo was taken in 1998. That is me to the right, sitting with Les, who had become a personal and family friend, at my father’s 100th birthday.

Les Cole-KBRC mp3

KOMO’s New Weekend Anchor Dies

November 2012 – (Blatherwatch) KOMO and CBS Seattle reports the death of KOMO TV weekend anchor, Joel Connable, 39 who was found dead in his apartment. According to family members, Connable’s insulin pump malfunctioned without his knowledge and he suffered a fatal, diabetes-related seizure.

The Miami New Times says Connable had just married his longtime girlfriend two weeks ago.

“He called in sick Monday, saying he was very, very sorry but he had caught a bad bug,” KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told Gossip Extra. “When he didn’t show up for work late Tuesday, we called police and asked them to do a welfare check. Joel was found on the floor in his new apartment.”

Connable had been out of the news business since 2009; he was last with Miami’s NBC affiliate before coming to Seattle.

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