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Posts Tagged ‘Greg Raschio’

Former Eugene Meteorologist Takes a Swing at Sinclair, the FCC and KMTR

Joseph Calbreath, retired meteorologist for Eugene, OR, NBC affiliate KMTR, is not being shy about giving viewers his take on Fisher Communications‘ acquisition of his former station and the layoffs that followed. In a facebook post riddled with misspellings and grammatical mistakes, Calbreath lets loose on everyone from the FCC to future owner Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

“Little did I know a couple of months ago when I picked the date of my retirement that it would coincided with the transfer of ownership that would result in 31 of my friends loosing their jobs in a blood bath type fashion.”

Calbreath retired from KMTR on May 31 after working there for almost 25 years. “Since this page is in my name and has nothing to do with my former employer, I will start changing the information I share here. I now for the first time in 30 year can have an opinion about things.” Read more

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Advertisers Wary of KMTR After Reported Layoffs

What KMTR called “operational and organizational changes” earlier in the week, some employees of the Eugene, OR, NBC affiliate are now calling a “bloodbath,” The Register-Guard reports and it’s worrying station advertisers.

According to The Register-Guard, “Employees, former employees and advertisers said they have been told that 31 of the station’s approximately 50 workers received layoff notices after sale of the station to Seattle-based Fisher Communications closed on Monday, retroactive to June 1.”

KMTR was bought by Fisher Communications which will operate the station in tandem with its Eugene CBS affiliate KVAL under a shared services agreement with Roberts Media, LLC.

Donna Smith, president of the Adlib Advertising Agency told The Register-Guard, “We buy (advertising spots on) the evening and late night news. I’ve asked questions of them: ‘Whose news is going to be on? Is it going to be a replay of KVAL News? Are you going to hire cheaper (anchors)? Is the price going to go down? And what’s going to happen in four months when it’s all taken over by Sinclair?’ ” Read more

Layoffs Possible After Sale Of KMTR

With Fisher Communications taking over at KMTR in Eugene, Ore., “operational and staff” changes are on the way, the Register-Guard reports.

KMTR, previously owned by Newport Television, was purchased by Roberts Media, LLC and will be operated by Fisher Communications under a shared services agreement. Content sharing between KMTR and KVAL, Fisher’s CBS affiliate in Eugene, will begin next month.

KVAL-KMTR general manager Greg Raschio told the Register-Guard that management has held individual meetings with “virtually every employee.”

“Any operational and organizational changes that are made will be to gain efficiencies and eliminate (duplication),” Raschio said. “Out of respect for the individuals I’m not going to give you any numbers or names.”

Fisher Communications is in the process of being acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which Raschio said may bring more changes to the station later this year.

Katie Delaune Resigns From KVAL in Eugene

Katie Delaune has left KVAL, the CBS affiliate in Eugene, Ore.

“Katie has resigned her position with KVAL,” general manager Greg Raschio told TVSpy in an email.

Delaune joined the station earlier this year from WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville. She co-anchored the morning and noon newscasts alongside Chris Wright. Delaune last appeared on KVAL in mid-November.

Anchor Positions Elminated at KPIC, KCBY in Oregon

A round of cuts at Fisher Broadcasting will force KPIC anchor Dan Bain (pictured) and KCBY anchor Tim Novotny to sign off from their respective stations on March 9, according to the Douglas County News-Review.

Both Oregon stations — KPIC in Roseburg and  KCBY in Coos Bay — are satellite stations of KVAL, the CBS-affiliate in Eugene. Bain and Novotny present five-minute local updates each night packaged within the KVAL newscasts. Beginning March 9, staffers at the satellite stations will submit stories to KVAL, which will fold the reports into normal broadcasts using in-house anchors.

Bain, who is also the news director at KPIC, has anchored the evening updates for the station for 20 years. He will receive a severance package that has not been made public, according to the News-Review. Read more

KVAL Anchor to Take Over KCBY Evening News

The KCBY evening news will be anchored by David Walker from the KVAL studios, beginning March 12th, as longtime KCBY reporter and anchor Tim Novotny departs the station.

Both KCBY and KVAL are owned by Fisher Communications.  KVAL is a CBS-affiliate based in Eugene, and KCBY operates as a satellite station in Coos Bay.

Walker was the news director at KCBY before becoming an anchor at KVAL in 1999.  Novotny succeeded Walker as KCBY’s news director and has anchored the station’s local news for the past decade. Read more

Husband of KVAL Anchor Shelley Kurtz Announces Her Departure in Eugene Newspaper

Shelley Kurtz, who has been the primary anchor at Eugene, OR’s KVAL for nearly 30 years, has been cut loose at the CBS affiliate — according to a letter to the editor written by her husband and published in Sunday’s Eugene Register-Guard.

“I’m sorry the KVAL management no longer feels you are an asset to our community and is letting you go,” Ron Jack, Kurtz’s husband, wrote. “But at least on Sept. 15 both of us can sleep in until it’s time to wake our kids for school.”

Jack, who wrote the letter because he wanted “to say thank you to a woman who has provided me with my news for the past 29 years,” named the newscasts Kurtz has been a part of — 5 a.m., 6 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. — and said his wife has “done them all, and was there with that smile and that larger-than-life sense of enthusiasm.” Read more