“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work for such a great company in a competitive and exciting television market. Thanks to [KWTV director of content] Todd Spessard for making all of that possible,” Konopasek wrote in a note to KWTV staff. “I’ve met so many wonderful people here over the past three years. It truly is a special place.”
Bob Jordan took to social media this afternoon to announce that after nearly a half century in more than a half dozen markets, he’s leaving the news business.
After 45 years in TV, it’s time for the next chapter in life. I’m happy to be retiring, effective the end of June. ‘The Rest is the Best.’
— Bob Jordan (@bobatkiro7) May 23, 2014
Jordan has been news director at Cox-owned KIRO-TV for the last two years, transferring from Cox-owned WFTV in Orlando. “It never felt like work,” Jordan told us this afternoon. “I was blessed to find a career I loved and lucky to have met and worked with so many great, talented people.” This was Jordan’s second stint in Seattle. He was news director at KING-TV from 1990-1993 before heading south to run the newsroom at KCBS in Los Angeles.
A Minnesota native, Jordan has been news director at KSTP in Minneapolis/St. Paul and was twice news director (and, in the earlier stint, an anchor, here’s proof) at WFTV in Orlando. In 1994, he built the newsroom at WFTS in Tampa/St. Pete when the station switched from a news-less Fox affiliate to ABC station. (I was one of the fortunate ones to work for Jordan at WFTS). He would later be named station manager at WFTS before moving across the state to West Palm Beach in 1998 as GM of Scripps-owned WPTV. He returned to WFTV in 2002, where he remained for 10 years.
While Lewis was known as a newsroom leader who never took a sick day during his long career, he was also known and respected for his luxurious head of hair.
Reporter Eric Johnson may have stolen Lewis’ thunder when he penned the soon to be immortal description of the retiring anchor’s mane, “In the early days it fit like a helmet made out of groovy. Women want to run their fingers through it. Men want to putt on it.”
Before officials at Belmont Park said the winner of the Kentucky Derby and last weekend’s Preakness Stakes can wear a nasal strip in their race, Levine took to the airwaves to give his opinion about the initial decision not to allow the horse to wear the strip.
Levine’s protest probably had no influence in the ruling being overturned. According to CNN it was more likely New York State Gaming Commission Equine Medical Director Scott E. Palmer who told Belmont officials, “Equine nasal strips do not enhance equine performance nor do they pose a risk to equine health or safety and as such do not need to be regulated,”
Levine ended his commentary by saying, “Then again I don’t think it improves my performance as an anchor.” Watch the video after the jump. Read more
“Come July, I am moving to Seattle to work as a reporter for the CBS station there,” McGurk wrote in a facebook post about his first experienced in Colorado. “For the first time in my life, I will be based in a big city newsroom — with a photographer every day — and I couldn’t be more excited.”
KIRO news director Bob Jordan told TVSpy McGurk starts in July.
McGurk works as what KUSA calls a backpack journalist, meaning he shoots edits and writes his own stuff. He came to KUSA three years ago from WNDU in South Bend, IN. He started his career at WBOY in Clarksburg, WV.
No one can accuse Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO of forgetting the team that brought the emerald city its first championship.
For non-NBA fans, there once was a professional men’s basketball team in Seattle called the SuperSonics. The team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became another loud sounding name, the Thunder.
KIRO now refers to the Thunder as the “Former Sonics.” A statement on its website says, “The former Seattle SuperSonics are in the NBA playoffs. Throughout their run, KIRO 7 promises you we won’t say OKC or their team name in our newscasts. ”
Viewers of Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV posted their reactions to KWTV’s facebook page. One viewer wrote, “Remember when the “former sonics” were in Seattle and didn’t get enough support to afford to STAY there?! Get over it, Seattle. The handful of fans doesn’t include your entire city. Don’t try to act like you care to get attention!”
Seattle NBC affiliate KING has taken inspiration from those facebook quizzes that show all your friends what type of character you’ve been hiding beneath your mild-mannered persona.
Instead of confirming with your friends that you are, indeed, really Gollum from the “Lord of the Rings,” KING’s quiz reveals which morning anchor secretly lives inside the very heart of you.
“You watch them every morning. You think you know them,” says the explainer on the quiz page. “But when it comes to Mark, Joyce, Rich, Tracy and Mimi, you may be surprised who you have more in common with. Take this quick quiz to find out which KING 5 Morning News anchor is most like you!”
Stations in Seattle provided varying degrees of breaking news coverage yesterday to cover May Day protests, which turned violent as the day went on.
CBS affiliate KIRO covered the protest in its early evening newscasts before going to the “CBS Evening News” at 6:30 p.m. The station broke in to the program at 6:47 p.m. to go back to local coverage and stayed live until 8 p.m., preempting “Entertainment Tonight.”
Fox affiliate KCPQ also extended its evening newscast through the 7 p.m. hour, preempting “The Big Bang Theory.” The station returned to regular programming at 8 p.m.
NBC affiliate KING aired “NBC Nightly News” as scheduled and covered the protests in its regularly scheduled newscasts from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. KING cut away from coverage of the protests at 7:30 p.m. for “Evening,” the station’s nightly newsmagazine.
ABC affiliate KOMO covered the protests during its regularly scheduled 6 p.m. newscast and went back to scheduled programming at 7 p.m. with “Wheel of Fortune.”
“Coming to Seattle 27 years ago was the best move I ever made,” Lewis told newsroom staffers Wednesday. “KOMO has been a wonderful place to work and this community is just amazing. It’s a difficult decision that has been two years in the making.”
During his four decades in TV news, Lewis covered some of the biggest stories of our time. From the Pang Warehouse fire to the Nisqually earthquake and recently the crash of the KOMO 4 helicopter. Viewers across Washington have come to rely on Lewis for their news.
“Television news,” he told the staff Wednesday, “has been my passion for four decades. To this day I love my job but I just feel like I need a break from the news.” Read more