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Liz Rocca Named Assistant ND at KCPQ

Liz RoccaLiz Rocca is joining KCPQ, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Seattle, as assistant news director. In her new role, which begins April 8, Rocca will also serve as assistant news director for sister station KZJO, the MyNetworkTV affiliate.

Rocca comes to KCPQ from rival KOMO, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, where she was the managing editor. Before that, she served as the executive producer of KOMO’s investigative team.

“Liz’s local knowledge, tremendous leadership, dedication to important, enterprise, local content make her perfectly suited for this position. I am thrilled to have such an accomplished investigative journalist join our leadership team,” KCPQ news director Erica Hill said in a statement.

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Seattle Reporter Unaware He’s Live, Says Nothing Offensive

yawzinski_kcpq_baseballTom Yazwinski, reporter for Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, ably demonstrated the importance of talking about safe subjects like baseball instead of politics or religion while one is at work.

When anchors Bill Wixey and Kaci Atchison tossed to Yazwinski for his live tease on the station’s morning news, Yazwinski said, “I’d be happy man,” as if talking to someone off camera. “Rangers, to me, are a sinking ship.”

TVSpy guesses he only offended Seattle’s Texas Rangers fans. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Travis Mayfield Joins KCPQ

travis mayfieldTravis Mayfield has joined Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ as the director of audience engagement. In his new role, he will oversee the station’s social media and digital strategy.

Mayfield joins KCPQ after 7 years at Fisher Communications, the former parent company of Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO. He worked as a television and radio reporter and was eventually promoted to community network manager, executive producer and director of digital social strategy for the Fisher Interactive Network.

Before Fisher, Mayfield worked at stations in Yakima and Spokane. He began his career at NBC’s “Today” show.

There’s a ‘One’ in 12th Man: KCPQ Shuts Rivals Out of Super Bowl Rally

Wilson_KCPQFor all of Seattle’s talk of the importance of the 12th man in the Seahawks Super Bowl win, only one man, or station, was allowed to cover the entire Seahawks victory event yesterday.

The celebration started out with a parade, which all the stations covered live. But as soon as the parade entered CenturyLink Field around 2:00 p.m., only FOX affiliate KCPQ stayed in live coverage.

According to KCPQ GM Pam Pearson all the other Seattle stations were welcome to cover the rally “but only the partners were allowed to broadcast it LIVE.” And by “partners” Pearson meant the Tribune owned FOX affiliate.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told TVSpy the ABC affiliate was getting calls from puzzled viewers when it broke away shortly before 2:00 p.m. Bob Jordan, news director CBS affiliate KIRO said several viewers asked why the station was ending its coverage of the celebration early.

Even the Governor’s office got involved. Jaime Smith, director of media relations for Washington Governor Jay Inslee, told TVSpy Inslee’s office reached out to the Seahawks because they wanted as many people as possible to watch the celebration. But in the end she said they left it up to the Seahawks to decide. Read more

Seattle Stations Celebrate Super Bowl Victory

Stations in Seattle had extended local coverage of the Seahawks’ victory in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday. Fox affiliate KCPQ had the most comprehensive local coverage, piggybacking on Fox’s broadcast of the game. After the national postgame coverage, David Rose and Marni Hughes anchored from 7:22 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. They were joined by Matt Lorch, sports director Aaron Levine from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and several reporters in Seattle covering the local celebrations.

CBS affiliate KIRO reported the news of the Seahawks victory during its regularly-scheduled 6:30 p.m. newscast. Monique Ming Laven anchored until 7:30 p.m. and the station was back on the air from 9 to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight. Chris Francis reported from MetLife Stadium for KIRO.

NBC affiliate KING broke in to regularly scheduled programming at 7:26 p.m. with Dennis Bounds and Lori Matsukawa anchoring. Drew Mikkelsen joined them from MetLife Stadium. KING stayed on the air until 8 p.m. and was back at 10 p.m. for more coverage of the victory celebrations in Seattle.

ABC affiliate KOMO had a brief report about the Seahawks’ win at 7:46 p.m. Dan Lewis and Mary Nam anchored from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Eric Johnson, Mike Ferreri and Jon Humbert reported from MetLife Stadium.

Sister of Seattle Weather Anchor Found Safe

Emily Joyce, the sister of KCPQ weather anchor Tim Joyce, has been found safe.

Tim Joyce told TVSpy he along with family members tracked her down at a remote campsite after seeing she had googled the site located in the Willamette National Forest. He said it was roughly 27 miles from the nearest available cell phone signal.

He asked for help finding Emily from Eugene area residents a couple of weeks ago after his family lost contact with her last month.

Joyce credits a team effort involving friends, family members and Sheriff’s deputies along with a little bit of luck in finding his sister, “As luck would have it, an interview I had given to a local radio station was being aired while she was driving back into town—and she heard about her own disappearance”

Joyce said his sister is, “incredibly apologetic and thankful that we kept trying to find her—even though she was doing her best to stay hidden.”

Seattle Weather Anchor Asks for Help Finding His Sister

Tim Joyce, weather anchor for Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, is asking residents in the city where he once worked to help find his sister Emily.

CBS affiliate KVAL and NBC affiliate KMTR, have posted the plea for help from their former weathercaster on their websites and on KMTR’s facebook page.

Joyce said his sister Emily Joyce left her home last Thursday night and visited a friend in Lane County near Lorane on Monday. But he became alarmed when he said he got texts from friends about her.

“We have a report that she was last seen on MONDAY at a house-sit in a rural area SW of Eugene,” Joyce posted on facebook. “According to my source she was also in good spirits as well. I find this highly promising news.”

He thinks she may driven her burgundy Toyota Tacoma pickup towards the Oregon coast. Joyce said she is 36-years-old and graduated this year from the University of Oregon with a degree in dance. You can see a poster with more details after the jump. Read more

Former KIRO Anchor To Lead Washington State Republican Party

Susan Hutchison, a former anchor for Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO, has been elected the Washington State Republican Party Chair.

“People are tremendously excited about the future with me leading the party,” Hutchison told Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ.  “They see a change, a dynamic change, and I hope that I can fulfill their hopes.” You can watch the interview after the jump.

Hutchison worked at KIRO as an anchor from 1981 until 2002. She sued KIRO in 2003 for age, race and gender discrimination after she said she was replaced by a younger Asian-American woman. The lawsuit was settled in 2005. Hutchison ran for King County Executive in 2009. Read more

Fox Reportedly Eyeing Stations in Seattle, St. Louis, San Francisco

With the acquisition of a Charlotte duopoly in the rearview mirror, Fox Television Stations is looking to purchase more stations, Variety reports:

The station arm of 21st Century Fox is sniffing around acquisition targets in several major markets, including Seattle, St. Louis and San Francisco. The push is part of a larger strategy to add to its station holdings in NFL markets, particularly markets with NFC teams, the conference for which Fox has a TV rights package. Fox at present has O&Os in 11 of the 16 NFC markets.

Industry sources say Fox is actively looking at stations in the Seattle market. [sic] where Tribune owns the existing Fox affiliate, KCPQ-TV. There’s speculation that Fox has its eye on Cox Enterprises-owned KIRO-TV, a CBS affiliate. But sources cautioned that Fox is “turning over a lot of rocks” right now in the market and hasn’t zeroed in on a specific acquisition target.

Presenting to investors earlier this month, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy hinted that the station group was looking to add to its portfolio.

KCPQ Reorganizes Newsroom Leadership, Naming New ND and Director of Content

Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ has named Jon Brady director of content and news programming and promoted Erica Hill to news director.

Brady has been the station’s news director since 2010. In his new role, he will oversee daily editorial content, as well as long-form news and sports programming. Hill, who has been the assistant news director at KCPQ for six years, will be responsible for the direction of the news department, long-term initiatives and specific digital goals, according to the station.

“We are fortunate to have two talented people in Jon and Erica to lead this newsroom into the future … This reorganization will allow us to maximize our current initiatives and cultivate new ways to deliver news and information to Western Washington,” KCPQ SVP-GM Pam Pearson said in a statement.

Read KCPQ’s press release after the jump. Read more

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