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Jan Stratton Signs Off KSWO After 34 Years

stratton_goodbyeJan Stratton said goodbye to KSWO after 34 years at the Lawton-Wichita Falls ABC affiliate.

The station aired a shortened 5:00 p.m. news Friday in order to say goodbye to the longtime anchor. Current and former anchors, reporters, producers and photojournalists wished Stratton well and told stories about her tenure with the station in taped clips.

Stratton joined KSWO in 1980 as public affairs director and started reporting for the station in 1981. That same year she was named news director, a role she kept until July 2006. According to her bio she “stepped back so she could spend more time with her family.”

KSWO news director David Bradley told TVSpy, At the time of her retirement, she was the sole anchor and co-producer of our weekday 4pm and 5pm newscasts. Her contributions to KSWO-TV are unmatched in the station’s history, and we will miss the leadership she has provided over the years.”

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News-Press & Gazette Buys KEYT From Smith Media

News-Press & Gazette Co. has agreed to purchase KEYT from Smith Media, the two companies announced yesterday. The sale, pending FCC approval, should close this year. No financial terms were disclosed.

KEYT is the ABC affiliate in Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo. The sale also includes MyRTV, a digital television property of KEYT. Smith Media has owned KEYT, which has about 50 employees, since 1987.

“We look forward to operating a top-flight station serving the Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo communities and advancing their interests in this beautiful part of the country,” David Bradley, News-Press & Gazette’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

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KPSP and KESQ Merge Operations in Palm Springs

CBS-affiliate KPSP is merging news operations with ABC-affiliate KESQ in Palm Springs, the two stations announced today. The merger is effective immediately.

In announcing the merger, KPSP owner James Houston said the station was a “labor of love” for his wife, Jackie Lee Houston, who died in September.

“With her passing, we have now made the difficult decision to find a new owner for our television operation,” he said. “While a number of options were carefully considered, a merger with the Bradley family, owners of Gulf-California (KESQ-TV) was ultimately chosen as the best opportunity.”

Gulf-California Broadcast company also owns three more stations in the market: Fox-affiliate KDFX, CW-affiliate KCWQ and Telemundo-affiliate KUNA. All four stations are headquartered in the same facilities in Palm Desert. Read more