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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

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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

George Maupin Signs Off from Spokane’s KHQ

George Maupin, KHQ‘s longtime morning weatherman, said goodby to viewers this Friday after nearly twenty years at the Spokane NBC affiliate.

Friday morning’s newscast was dedicated to the local fixture with friends and family dropping by the set to wish the weatherman well.

Maupin, a Vietnam War veteran, joined KHQ’s weather team in 1993.  The station’s website added a little more color to the morning weatherman’s bio saying he started his career in Palm Springs.

George says that he got into television because he was “bored with my regular job…I decided to try something that would be harder and stretch me and perhaps take me places I would otherwise never go.”

Between Las Vegas and his current position as a morning weatherman on KHQ, George has been a reporter, a “week-in-review” talk show host, editor of a monthly Quarter-Horse magazine, a news director for an all-news radio station and spent a number of years as a television newscast producer.

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NBC-Affiliate’s Web Producer Calls Viewers ‘Whiners’ For Complaining About Olympic Spoilers

NBC’s decision to air marquee Olympic events on tape delay has put the network’s primetime coverage at odds with the instant information culture of the internet, forcing viewers to shield their eyes as they scroll through news sites to avoid potential spoilers.

KHQ, the NBC-affiliate in Spokane, had to deal with viewer backlash this week after the station posted the headline “US Women WIN Gymnastics Gold!” on its Facebook page Tuesday morning, hours before NBC was set to air the competition.

KHQ web producer Jared Frank responded to criticism from viewers by calling them “whiners.” Read more

Sports Anchor Tim Lewis Leaving Spokane to Join His Dad at Seattle’s KOMO

“Look who’s coming to KOMO 4 News!” longtime KOMO anchor Dan Lewis wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday. “My son, Tim, is going to be our new weekend sports anchor and sports reporter.”

Tim Lewis is currently the sports director at KREM in Spokane, where he’s worked since 2006. He is set to leave the station on May 25th to join his dad at KOMO.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Spokane, and I can’t thank everyone enough for making this a great place to call home,” Lewis tweeted recently. Read more

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