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Six Years After Sonics Left for OKC, Seattle Station Pays Tribute to Former NBA Team

KIRO Former SonicsNo 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!”

KING Asks: ‘Which Morning Anchor Are You?”

KING which anchor are youSeattle 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!”

Click here to take the quiz yourself. Then do us a favor and tell everyone on our facebook page which anchor you are.

Seattle Stations Cover May Day Protests

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.”

Dan Lewis Leaving KOMO After 27 Years


Longtime KOMO anchor Dan Lewis has announced he is leaving the Seattle ABC affiliate.

“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.”

Lewis started working at KOMO in 1987. One year after arriving, he was paired with Kathi Goertzen. The two worked together for nearly 25 years until Goertzen’s death from brain tumors.

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

KING Explores Sale of Seattle Building

KING buildingSeattle NBC affiliate KING has put its Dexter Avenue headquarters and nearby land up for sale, the Seattle Times reports.

“We have been in this building for a long time, but it’s a very large building compared to the size of our operation,” KING general manager Ray Heacox told the Seattle Times. “As the value of the property in South Lake Union has escalated, we of course are looking at the marketplace.”

The station, which was recently acquired by Gannett, would likely stay “close to the center of Seattle” if a move does occur, according to Heacox.

Jim Romenesko, who first reported the news, has a memo to KING staffers from news director Mark Ginther.

Liz Dueweke Jumps From KOMO to KCPQ

lizDueweke_photo2After a year at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, Liz Dueweke is joining rival KCPQ. Duewke, who was the morning anchor at KOMO, will serve in the same role at Fox affiliate KCPQ beginning April 28.

“I am excited to have Liz join our incredibly talented team on Q13 FOX News This Morning. Liz is a very skilled anchor who strikes the right balance between being a serious journalist while also putting a smile on your face in the morning.  She is a perfect fit for our morning newscast,” KCPQ news director Erica Hill said in a statement.

Dueweke will anchor alongside Bill Wixey weekdays from 5-10 a.m. Kaci Aitchison, who currently serves as Wixey’s co-anchor, will host various features and segments throughout the morning, according to KCPQ. Brien Blakely, Kelly O’Connell and Tim Joyce will host from 4:30-5 a.m.

Man Burned in KOMO Crash on Mend, Doesn’t Remember Accident

komo chopper crashThe man injured when the KOMO helicopter crashed into his car is recovering from burns he suffered in the accident and his partner says he doesn’t remember what happened.

Richard Newman suffered second and third degree burns in the March 18 crash. The accident killed Seattle ABC affiliate photographer Bill Strothman and pilot Gary Fitzner.

“We’re thankful that he doesn’t remember. Maybe it will come back over time,” Daniel Jung told MyNorthwest.com.

Newman underwent a second surgery Monday, where doctors added skin grafts to his torso and arms. He continues to recover slowly, but will remain hospitalized for an indeterminate amount of time. Read more

Jason R. Latham Set to Join KIRO

jason r lathamKVVU assistant news director Jason R. Latham is leaving Las Vegas for a job at KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle.

“I have accepted the Executive Producer position at KIRO-TV, a Cox Media Group station. My first day is April 15, which leaves very little time to say goodbye to Las Vegas, the place I’ve called home since 2001,” Latham wrote on his blog.

Latham has worked at KVVU since 2009 and has been the Fox affiliate’s assistant news director since 2012. Before that, he worked at KVBC (now KSNV), the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas.

Liz Rocca Named Assistant ND at KCPQ

Liz RoccaLiz Rocca is joining KCPQ, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Seattle, as assistant news director. In her new role, which begins April 8, Rocca will also serve as assistant news director for sister station KZJO, the MyNetworkTV affiliate.

Rocca comes to KCPQ from rival KOMO, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, where she was the managing editor. Before that, she served as the executive producer of KOMO’s investigative team.

“Liz’s local knowledge, tremendous leadership, dedication to important, enterprise, local content make her perfectly suited for this position. I am thrilled to have such an accomplished investigative journalist join our leadership team,” KCPQ news director Erica Hill said in a statement.

NTSB Examines Surveillance Video of KOMO Chopper Crash

komo crashNTSB investigators are examining surveilliance video of the KOMO helicopter crash that killed two people this week. Several nearby businesses have provided the video for the investigation, the Associated Press reports:

Investigators also took samples of the railing around the KOMO rooftop helipad, Hogenson said in a Thursday afternoon interview. The samples will be sent to a materials lab in Washington, D.C. for analysis. Investigators aren’t looking for anything specific, they’re just “seeing some things they don’t understand,” he said.

At a secure hangar in Auburn, south of Seattle, the work of reconstructing the helicopter from its charred wreckage continues.

The agency continues combing through pilot and maintenance and company records associated with the flight, Hogenson said. Investigators are focusing on the helicopter’s engine, the airframe, the pilot and the environment.

Two people were killed in the crash. According to the AP, the NTSB could release preliminary findings as early as Monday.

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