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Ryan Rodruck Named Station Manager of KYVE in Yakima

Ryan Rodruck has joined KYVE, the public television station in Yakima, Wash., as station manager. KYVE is operated by KCTS, the public television station in Seattle.

“After a comprehensive search process, we’re delighted to welcome Ryan to the KYVE and KCTS families,” KCTS president and CEO Maurice Bresnahan said in a statement. “We were impressed by his deep connections to the greater Yakima community as well as his vision for further developing KYVE as an essential partner and player serving the diverse communities that comprise Central Washington.”

Rodruck comes to KYVE after serving as the Field Representative for the 4th U.S. Congressional District working for U.S. Representative Doc Hastings (R-WA). He previously worked in association management and marketing & communications.

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David Praga Upped to VP of Fisher Communications

David Praga has been promoted to vice president of Fisher Communications. In his new role, Praga will continue to serve as GM of KIMA-KEPR-KUNW in Yakima and KLEW in Lewiston.

“David is a strong, motivating leader who understands the important role television stations play in their local communities,” John Tamerlano, SVP of Fisher regional television, said in a statement.

Praga began his career at KEPR two decades ago as a sales assistant and has held various positions at the station, including operations director, account executive and station manager. He has been general manager at the stations since March 2011.

Former KIMA General Manager Ken Messer Dies

Former KIMA general manager Ken Messer died this morning from lung cancer. He was 70.

Messer spent 35 years at KIMA, the CBS-affiliate in Yakima. He joined the station in 1972 in the sales department, eventually working his way up to vice president and general manager of the station, as well as sister stations KEPR in Pasco, WA and KLEW in Lewiston, ID.

During his tenure at KIMA, Messer was awarded two Broadcaster of the Year awards, including one in 2005.

Anchor Named GM at KNDU-KNDO

“I have moved from the anchor desk to the corner office,” Christine Brown said, announcing her role change at KNDU-KNDO in Yakima, WA.

Brown, who has been an anchor and reporter in Washington for the past 28 years, is moving from her role as anchor and news director at KNDU-KNDO to become general manager.  Shane Edinger, Brown’s co-anchor, has been named news director and the station has hired a new evening anchor.

“I have so enjoyed sharing the news of our local community,” Brown told viewers in a message posted on the KNDU-KNDO website.  Thank you for inviting me into your home each evening.

KAPP Moves In with Local Newspaper

KAPP, the ABC-affiliate in Yakima, WA, is moving in with the Yakima Herald-Republic.

After some recent downsizing, KAPP no longer needed all of the square footage at its old location so, beginning this week, it is operating out of a space in the Herald-Republic building that is being renovated to accommodate the station.

“Everyone is excited to get out of the big giant cave,” KAPP general manager Brian Paul Lubanski told the Herald-Republic about the move. Read more

KVEW Vehicle Rolls Into River, Becomes Top Story

“Today we not only covered the news, unfortunately we became the news,” KAPP-KVEW anchor Kristi Paulus told Washington viewers on Friday evening.

Earlier in the day, a KVEW vehicle accidentally rolled into the Columbia river while a photojournalist, after just parking the SUV, was setting up his camera gear. At first, he tried to stop the vehicle from rolling into the water but he eventually gave up and jumped out of the way.

KAPP-KVEW posted a photo of the submerged vehicle on its Facebook page Friday, reporting that “something failed mechanically while it was on the shore and in park with the engine off.” Read more