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Alex Rozier Joins KING From KHQ

After three years at KHQ in Spokane, Alex Rozier is joining KING in Seattle. He made the announcement on Twitter:

KOMO Commentator Ken Schram Dies


Ken Schram, former KOMO reporter and commentator has died.

According to the Seattle ABC affiliate, Schram had been fighting an internal infection.

Schram was known at the station for being “brash and opinionated.” KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told The Seattle Times, “Ken was a journalist cut from the old-school, hard-as-nails cloth, but he had a heart of gold.”

He worked at both KOMO TV and radio for 35 years until his retirement 2 years ago. He was 66 years old.

KOMO News Director: Sinclair Management ‘a Breath of Fresh Air’

sinclair logoKOMO news director Holly Gauntt talks to TVNewsCheck about how Sinclair Broadcast Group, which acquired the ABC affiliate last year, has made an investments in the news division with the goal of dethroning ratings leader KING:

Gauntt, who’s been at KOMO for seven years, says staffers were wary of Sinclair, which has a bad rep in newsrooms for cutting staffs and airing right-wing slanted news. And Sinclair did layoff a reported 18 KOMO staffers including editors, satellite-truck operators, writers and producers, a move that got them slammed in the local press.

But Gauntt says many of those cuts were long in coming, due largely to Fisher being heavy on unnecessary personnel. “You don’t want to lose people, but at the same time this station had never made changes that came with technology,” she says.

At the same time, Gauntt says, Sinclair asked her what she needed “to be the No. 1 station in the market.” They responded, building the station’s first new set in 15 years and buying loads of equipment including three cellular bonded units, a satellite truck, new computers and five cars. Read more

Michael Konopasek Set to Join KING

michael konopasekAfter three years at KWTV in Oklahoma City, Michael Konopasek will join KING in Seattle as a general assignment reporter. He begins in his new role July 7.

“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.”

Before KWTV, Konopasek worked at WPTA and WISE in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Bob Jordan Retiring From TV News

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.

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.

KOMO Says Goodbye to Dan Lewis with Video Retrospective

Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO said an extended goodbye to anchor Dan Lewis who is leaving the station after 27 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.”

Seattle Sportcaster Wears Nasal Strip in Support of Kentucky Derby Winner

levine cchrome kcpqAaron Levine, sports director for Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, showed his support for California Chrome, the racehorse vying to win the first triple crown since 1978.

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

Nick McGurk Joining KIRO in Seattle

mncgurk croppedNick McGurk has announced he is heading to Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO.

“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.

KCPQ Welcomes Liz Dueweke From Rival KOMO

Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ is welcoming a new morning anchor, Liz Dueweke, this week. The station has debuted a series of funny promos welcoming Dueweke, who joins the station from rival KOMO:

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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!”

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