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Anne State to Join Portland CBS Affiliate

state witiIn May, TVSpy reported WITI anchor Anne State was leaving the Milwaukee FOX affiliate. Now we know where she’s heading.

State told TVSpy she will join Portland CBS affiliate KOIN on August 4.

Before coming to WITI in September 2010, State worked at WBBM in Chicago and KNSD in San Diego.

Her last day at WITI will be July 30.

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Squirrel Leaves Oregon Station in the Dark

Yesterday’s Good Day Oregon show on Portland FOX affiliate KPTV was a bit moodier than usual thanks to a squirrel.

According to the station, Portland General Electric said the squirrel knocked out power to 9,500 customers in Washington County at about 6:30 a.m.

The utility said a squirrel came into contact with some electrical equipment, causing the outage.

KPTV said it used a backup generator to stay on the air. The power came back on by 9:45 a.m.

KPTV-KPDX Launching 9 p.m. Newscast

kptv logo Portland Fox affiliate KPTV is launching a 9 p.m. newscast on sister station KPDX in September.

“More than ever before, we live in an on-demand world,” KPTV-KPDX general manager Andy Delaporte said in a statement. “The 9 O’clock News is launching as a direct response to the needs of busy Oregon and southwest Washington viewers. In addition to our 24-7 livestream on KPTV.com, FOX 12 and PDX TV are here when viewers need us with the most options to access morning, early evening, primetime and late-night newscasts in the Portland market.”

No word yet on who will anchor the broadcast. KPDX has an 8 p.m. newscast anchored by Wayne Garcia and Amy Troy, who also anchor the 10 p.m. newscast on KPTV.

Meredith Promotes GM of Portland Station, Names Replacement

meredith logo_304x200Meredith Local Media Group has announced Patrick McCreery has been promoted to the newly created role of Local Media Group VP of News and Marketing.

“I look forward to improving the reach and quality of local news content for our station group,” said McCreery, who was promoted from VP and GM of Meredith’s FOX affiliate KPTV-KPDX in Portland, OR.

McCreery has been with KPTV-KPDX for more than 10 years and in that time has served as station manager, news director and assistant news director. He joined Meredith as special projects executive producer for KPHO in Phoenix in 2003.

Meredith also announced Andy Delaporte has been promoted from director of sales at KPTV-KPDX to VP and GM to replace McCreery. Read more

Adrienne Roark Named KOIN GM

roark cropped koinAdrienne Roark has been named president and general manager of Portland CBS affiliate KOIN.

“Adrienne is a highly strategic and driven leader that brings an impressive range of large market experience to this position,” said Jay Howell, VP of Television fro LIN Media. “She also has a genuine, heartfelt commitment to meeting the needs of our viewers and advertisers. I am excited to welcome her to the team.”

Roark comes to KOIN from KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, where she was the VP and news director. She has also worked as news director at WFOR in Miami, FL, and assistant news director at WESH in Orlando.

She starts June 23.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce Sussman out at KOIN

sussman iwanaga_croppedThe Oregonian is reporting KOIN chief meteorologist Bruce Sussman is no longer with the Portland CBS affiliate.

On his facebook page, Sussman thanked KOIN reporter Joel Iwanaga because he posted, “Bruce delivered his last weathercast tonight and will be leaving our tv station. Bittersweet for us in the newsroom because while he will be missed…We know he will be successful in his next move.”

Sussman came to KOIN from Portland’s NBC affiliate KGW. He has also worked at KAPP in Yakima, WA, and KHQ in Spokane.

Former Portland Anchor Loses Voice After Surgery


Retired KOIN anchor Mike Donahue is recovering from throat surgery that has left him struggling to speak.

His vocal chords were damaged during surgery and he’s not sure how long it will take to get his voice back.

“I’ll never take swallowing or speaking for granted again,” Donahue told the Portland CBS affiliate.

Donahue has been working for Providence Health since he retired from KOIN in May 2012.

Anthony Congi Moving from Buffalo to Oregon

Anthony Congi has announced he is heading across country to work at Portland FOX affiliate KPTV.

“Everyone, this will be my last week at WIVB and in Buffalo,” Congi wrote on his facebook page. “My wife and I are heading back west to be closer to our families. Thank you all for welcoming me into your community. WNY has been great, I will miss it and I hope you will continue follow me in my adventures.”

KPTV news director Corey Hanson told TVSpy Congi starts two weeks from Monday as a reporter for “Good Day Oregon.”

Before coming to WIVB in November 2010, Congi worked at KIDK in Idaho Falls, ID.

KOIN on Low Power After Fire Knocks Portland Stations Off-Air

koin-transmitter-fire-021014Portland CBS affiliate KOIN, along with Sinclair owned ABC affiliate KATU and Tribune owned CW affiliate KRCW were knocked off the air yesterday by a fire.

According to KOIN the fire in an electrical room in a building in Tualatin, OR, spread to transformer lines before being put out quickly.

The LIN owned station said over-the-air and satellite signals were affected, but the cable broadcast was not. Service was partially restored a little over an hour after it was disrupted.

Viewers living far from the transmitter site may not be getting KOIN’s signal since the station said it’s been running on low power since the fire.

KOIN said it has no estimate on when full power would be restored.

Portland Reporter Suing Sinclair for Failing to Pay Overtime

sinclair_304Attorneys for former KATU investigative reporter Thom Jensen have filed a suit seeking class action status for a federal lawsuit saying Sinclair Broadcasting Group failed to pay overtime to news reporters at its stations in Oregon, reports The Register-Guard.

Jensen, who worked at the Portland ABC affiliate from October 2006 until December 2012, alleges he regularly worked between five to 10 hours of overtime each week without getting paid for it.

The lawsuit would include people who worked at KATU in Portland as well as those who worked at KMTR and KVAL in Eugene. Fisher Communications, which owned the stations before Sinclair announced it was buying the station group in April, is also named in the suit.

Also, the lawsuit claims Jensen has post-traumatic stress disorder and that the Portland station refused to accommodate his disability. The suit alleges Jensen was fired because of that disability and in retaliation for complaining about not receiving overtime pay.

Jensen claims the company created a stressful and difficult working environment that worsened his illness. Read more

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