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]

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.

Sinclair Eyes Tribune Stations

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc has approached rival U.S. broadcaster Tribune Media Co to discuss a potential combination, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, a deal that would hinge on existing regulations being relaxed. A deal between Sinclair and Tribune Media, which have market capitalizations of $3.8 billion and $3.3 billion respectively, would combine two of the largest U.S. local TV station owners and face regulatory curbs on how many households they can reach. REUTERS

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

KMAS Changes Ownership

It’s official now. The FCC has cleared the purchase of KMAS AM 1030 Shelton from Olympic Broadcasting, Inc. [Dale Hubbard – pictured, with new glasses. Congratulations!] to Ifiber Communications Corporation. Check the new KMAS website for more station info: http://www.ifiberonenewsradio.com/

Entercom Seattle announced today that “Bourbon & Bacon Fest,” one of the city’s premier tasting events, is returning to the Seattle Design Center on Saturday, March 11th. The smoky smell of bacon from some of the Puget Sound area’s greatest eateries will mingle with the caramel and vanilla notes of… bourbon from select distilleries in an upscale and spacious tasting environment.” ALLACCESS

SINCLAIR continues lay-offs across the nation. As in, “This will continue until morale improves…” It is difficult to carry on when friends in the office/newsroom are sent packing. Corporate execs haven’t got a clue about content and personality.

Newspapers are getting thinner as content moves to the web. In the Puget Sound region, we could see consolidation of papers or cut-backs, such as has happened with the Oregonian, which prints on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Internet Radio units are pretty, pretty, pretty handy. This one was a gift from Bill Ogden, most recently a traffic reporter with KOMO Radio [airchecks on the KTAC audio page]. This is just another technological step toward a new era in radio. How will LOCAL stations survive? STAYING LOCAL is the key.

KNBQ continues stunting

98.5 KNBQ (All-Christmas music) Josh Broadcasting. -CENTRAL PARK
A division of Jodesha Broadcasting, owners of several Aberdeen stations, including KBKW. KNBQ took to the air in April 2015, stunting with all-Christmas music as North Pole Radio. Testing of KOMO FM audio on KNBQ 98.5 the last two weeks of September 2016 and a return to Christmas music in early October.

KOMO broadcasts on the [former KFMY] signal 97.7 FM. The KOMO-FM license is still held by Greg Smith and his South Sound Broadcasting. He also owns SunnyLands, and is a partner in JOSH. * If testing went well, I predict KVI will soon announce their new FM 98.5 — Possibly with a target date as early as Election Day, November 8th.