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Former KHQ GM J. Birney Blair Dies

j birney blairJ. Birney Blair, a longtime president and general manager of KHQ in Spokane, died Saturday, The Spokesman Review reports. He was 92.

Blair started working at KHQ as a radio reporter. In 1952, when the station transitioned to television, Blair became the station’s first general sales manager in 1952. He served as the president and general manager of KHQ from 1970 until he retired in 1988, The Spokesman Review reports:

Patricia McRae, the current KHQ general manager, said that until the day of his passing, he was as bright as ever. She commended him for his work in helping KHQ evolve as technology changed.

“I think he brought us into today’s technology,” McRae said. “He was always very proactive about the TV industry. Whatever change we faced ahead of us, he was always right there.”

KHQ’s tribute to Blair is after the jump. Read more

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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:

KXLY Adds Weekend Weather Anchor and MMJ

kxly hendricks_donovanAlyssa Donovan and John Hendricks will soon join Spokane ABC affiliate KXLY.

Hendricks starts June 2nd as a multimedia journalist while Donovan starts June 9th as weekend weather anchor and multimedia journalist.

Donovan comes from WEEK in Peoria, IL, where she started her career. Hendricks comes from KTVZ in Bend, OR.

Keith Olbermann Tweets in Support of Spokane Reporter Who Dropped Double F-Bombs

Lindsay Nadrich, the reporter for Spokane NBC affiliate KHQ, whose double profanity spiced report went viral over the weekend can count on one famous supporter.

Keith Olbermann, formerly of ESPN, MSNBC, Current and now baseball post season analyst for TBS, tweeted to her defense yesterday, initially writing, “NOT a live newscast. Editor’s fault.” Olbermann’s was responding to a tweet by Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch who said it happened during a “live newscast.”

Nadrich replied by thanking Olbermann for clarifying that her double-cuss report did not happen in a live shot. KHQ has blamed “editor error” for the mistake. Read more

KHQ Reporter: ‘F-ck Me, I Can’t Even F-ing Talk’

Spokane NBC affiliate KHQ says an “editing error” is to blame for a profanity-laced report from Linsday Nadrich. During a report from a local strawberry festival, Nadrich said “fuck me, I can’t even fucking talk” (video above). The report aired on the 10 p.m. newscast that KHQ produces for KAYU, the Fox affiliate in Spokane.

After the soundbite aired, anchor Kjerstin Ramsing, who looked stunned, apologized for the language and quickly transitioned to her next story.

“To all who watched the ten o’clock newscast: I sincerely apologize for the error,” Nadrich wrote on Facebook after the newscast. “It was not our intention for that to make air. I apologize to those I have offended.”

Chelsea Kopta Signs Off From Spokane’s KHQ

Chelsea Kopta, a reporter and digital journalist at KHQ, signs off from the Spokane NBC affiliate Friday.

“It is with mixed emotions — excitement and a heavy heart — that I announce my departure from KHQ,” Kopta wrote on Facebook recently. “After two incredible years in Spokane, I am heading to the Big Apple to continue my career as a reporter in New York City!”

Before joining KHQ, Kopta also worked at KOMO in Seattle and KEPR in Pasco, Wash.

And Reporter Makes Three: Anusha Roy Leaves KXLY

Anusha Roy, the North Idaho reporter for KXLY, the Spokane, WA, ABC affiliate, has left the station.

Roy’s departure follows those of Mike Gonzalez and sports director Ben Kaplan, making her the third on-air personality to leave the station in the last two weeks.

KXLY news director Jerry Post told TVSpy, “Anusha chose to leave. She gave her notice a couple months ago.  We are in the process of hiring her replacement.” Read more

Ben Kaplan Second Anchor To Leave KXLY

KXLY has cut a second anchor from its lineup. Sports director Ben Kaplan is the latest to get the ax from the ABC affiliate for Spokane, WA.

“We’re restructuring the sports staff between our TV & radio properties, as we also own the local ESPN radio affiliate,” news director Jerry Post told TVSPy. “Ben has done a tremendous job for us as Sports Director, but this move made the best strategic and financial sense going forward.”

This week, evening anchor Mike Gonzalez was also let go from KXLY in what looks to be a round of cost cutting moves.

Post told TVSpy the station was looking to Dennis Patchin to lead the sports team for both KXLY and ESPN radio affiliate KXLX.

Kaplan joined KXLY from WWSB in Sarasota, FL.  He started his career with KFBB in Great Falls, MT.

Mike Gonzalez Departs Spokane’s KXLY

Mike Gonzalez, co-anchor for KXLY, the ABC affiliate for Spokane, WA, is no longer with the station.

Jerry Post, the KXLY news director, told TVSpy the station was going with a single anchor for the 5 and 6 p.m. news. “I can’t comment on Mike’s departure, other than to say he’s a great guy with a bright future ahead. Looking ahead, we feel very comfortable with Nadine Woodward as our main anchor, so there are no plans to replace Mike.”

Gonzalez, who was also the host of KXLY’s Latin cultural and cooking show, “En La Cocina,” came to the station from Omaha, NE where he was an anchor and reporter.  He previously worked at KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln, NE and KOMU in Columbia, MO.

NBC Affiliates Post Story About Ann Curry’s Struggles with the Mothership

In what may be more of a sign of the times than a break with protocol, at least two NBC affiliates have posted the recent story about former “Today Show” co-anchor Ann Curry allegedly begging to be let out of her NBC contract so she can work for her old boss Jeff Zucker at CNN.

Spokane NBC Affiliate KHQ posted a version of the story attributed to British publication the Daily Mail (click here to view). While the story on the website of West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV (click here to view) has a byline from the station’s online content producer.

Steven Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV told TVSpy, “I suspect this story will be on our air tonight on “ET” or “The Insider”. Why wouldn’t we put it on our website?  I don’t think it’s a good idea to not run a legit, talk about story just because it has to do with our network.”

You can view screen grabs of the stories after the jump. Read more

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