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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.”

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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

KXLY Swaps Morning and Evening Anchor Teams

KXLY, the Spokane ABC affiliate, is making some in-house changes to their talent lineup this fall: the morning team is going to evenings and the evening team is going to mornings.

Beginning September 12, Nadine Woodward and Mike Gonzalez — currently the station’s morning anchors — will take over the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts. That same day, Robyn Nance (pictured) and Derek Deis will debut as the morning anchor team for the station. Nance is currently the anchor of the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts; Deis is currently the KXLY sports director.

“This move is going to be great for everyone involved,” Nance said in a statement. “Mike and Nadine work so well together and Nadine is really at home in the evenings. I also feel so comfortable with the morning news. It’s where I got my start and I love the idea of helping people get their day started.”

Former Spokane Anchor Winds Up on the News After Driving Her SUV Into a Creek

Debra Gilbert Wilde, a former Spokane anchor, became the subject of news over the weekend when she drove her SUV into a creek and had to be rescued by a police dive team.

Wilde, who worked for KHQ and KXLY from 1980 to 2007, somehow lost control of her vehicle on Sunday afternoon, driving the Jeep Cherokee over a guardrail, down a 20-foot embankment and then 60 yards into the frigid water of Latah Creek, near Spokane.

Firefighters reached Wilde first and secured the vehicle from moving further downstream. The water rescue team eventually removed Wilde from the car and swam her back to safety.

Wilde, 60, received treatment for hypothermia at a nearby hospital and was eventually arrested for a DWI.

Leaving Fans in Spokane, Meteorologist Jason Kadah Lands at Phoenix’s KPHO

Meteorologist Jason Kadah has landed at Phoenix’s KPHO.  He comes from KREM in Spokane, where he leaves behind devoted fans as well as lingering questions over his abrupt dismissal earlier this year.

In June, Spokane viewers began noticing that Kadah had gone missing from the air.  Upset that their favorite weathercaster, with his energetic personality and quirky sense of humor, had been let go by the local CBS-affiliate, fans lobbied online for Kadah’s return, starting Facebook pages and selling “Keep Jason in Spokane” t-shirts.  KREM said that Kadah had left the station on his own volition but he made it clear that he was dismissed with one year left on his contract.

“I can tell you that despite KREM telling viewers I ‘left to pursue other opportunities,’ that is utterly false,” Kadah he told Spokane’s The Inlander in August.
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