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Former KHQ GM J. Birney Blair Dies

j birney blairJ. Birney Blair, a longtime president and general manager of KHQ in Spokane, died Saturday, The Spokesman Review reports. He was 92.

Blair started working at KHQ as a radio reporter. In 1952, when the station transitioned to television, Blair became the station’s first general sales manager in 1952. He served as the president and general manager of KHQ from 1970 until he retired in 1988, The Spokesman Review reports:

Patricia McRae, the current KHQ general manager, said that until the day of his passing, he was as bright as ever. She commended him for his work in helping KHQ evolve as technology changed.

“I think he brought us into today’s technology,” McRae said. “He was always very proactive about the TV industry. Whatever change we faced ahead of us, he was always right there.”

KHQ’s tribute to Blair is after the jump. Read more

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KNTV Wins Three SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards

spj logoThe Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of this year’s Sigma Delta Chi Awards for exceptional professional journalism. Topping the list of local stations is KNTV, the NBC-owned station in San Francisco, which took home three awards.

KNTV won in the breaking news category for coverage of the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco airport and for feature reporting for a piece called “Bay Area Proud.” The station also won in the public service for television journalism category for a report called “The Gift of Time: Exposing a District Attorney’s Secret Perk for his Appointees.”

KWTX in Waco, WFTS in Tampa, WVUE in New Orleans, KBMT-KJAC in Beaumont, Texas, KUSA in Denver, KHQ in Spokane and WKBT in La Crosse, Wisc., won one award each. See the full list of winning reports after the jump. Read more

Paul Dughi Named VP-GM at WAAY

paul dughiPaul Dughi has been named vice president and general manager of WAAY, Calkins Media’s ABC affiliate in Huntsville-Decatur, Ala. He will begin at the station in January.

In a note announcing the hire, Jeff Benninghoff, the vice president and general manager of sister station WWSB, said Dughi brings “an impressive track record in broadcasting.” Dughi was previously the president of Cowles California Media Company, which owns and operates six stations in California. He is a former general manager of KNDO-KNDU in Yakima and news director at WBNS in Columbus, KHQ in Spokane and WAEO in Rhinelander, Wisc.

Dughi replaces Art Lanham, who tipsters tell us resigned in October. Read Benninghoff’s note after the jump. Read more

KMGH Morning Anchor Ana Cabrera Joins CNN

After four years at Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, Ana Cabrera is joining CNN.

Cabrera joined KMGH as a reporter and weekend morning anchor and was promoted to weekday morning anchor in 2011. She will be a Denver-based correspondent for CNN.

“Cabrera is an incisive and versatile communicator,” CNN/U.S. vice president of newsgathering Terence Burke said in a statement. “Her award-winning journalism is a testament to her passion for telling the multitude of stories from Denver and the western region.”

Before joining KMGH, Cabrera worked at KHQ and KAYU in Spokane. She began her career as intern for KMGH and KCNC, the CBS O&O in Denver.

Keith Olbermann Tweets in Support of Spokane Reporter Who Dropped Double F-Bombs

Lindsay Nadrich, the reporter for Spokane NBC affiliate KHQ, whose double profanity spiced report went viral over the weekend can count on one famous supporter.

Keith Olbermann, formerly of ESPN, MSNBC, Current and now baseball post season analyst for TBS, tweeted to her defense yesterday, initially writing, “NOT a live newscast. Editor’s fault.” Olbermann’s was responding to a tweet by Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch who said it happened during a “live newscast.”

Nadrich replied by thanking Olbermann for clarifying that her double-cuss report did not happen in a live shot. KHQ has blamed “editor error” for the mistake. Read more

KHQ Reporter: ‘F-ck Me, I Can’t Even F-ing Talk’

Spokane NBC affiliate KHQ says an “editing error” is to blame for a profanity-laced report from Linsday Nadrich. During a report from a local strawberry festival, Nadrich said “fuck me, I can’t even fucking talk” (video above). The report aired on the 10 p.m. newscast that KHQ produces for KAYU, the Fox affiliate in Spokane.

After the soundbite aired, anchor Kjerstin Ramsing, who looked stunned, apologized for the language and quickly transitioned to her next story.

“To all who watched the ten o’clock newscast: I sincerely apologize for the error,” Nadrich wrote on Facebook after the newscast. “It was not our intention for that to make air. I apologize to those I have offended.”

KYW, WVUE Win Edward R. Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

Philadelphia CBS O&O KYW and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE are the 2013 recipients of RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards for overall excellence.

“We are very humbled and honored to be recognized for our body of work in 2012,” WVUE news director Mikel Schaefer told TVSpy. “This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication our entire staff has day in and day out, whether covering Hurricane Isaac, investigating corruption or our unique culture.”

In the breaking news category, WNBC in New York City won for coverage of Hurricane Sandy and WHEC in Rochester won for coverage of the four firefighters shot at a house fire in Webster. In the continuning coverage category, KXAS in Dallas won for “Driven to Distraction,” a nine-month series on Texas police officers who crashed while typing on mobile dashboard computers, and KXRM in Colorado Springs won for coverage of the Waldo Canyon fire.

Murrow Awards for best newscast go to KUSA in Denver and KSPR in Springfield, Mo. Awards for best feature reporting go to KARE in Minneapolis and KHQ in Spokane, and WFAA in Dallas and CTV in Vancouver Island were honored for best investigative reporting.

A full list of the winners is after the jump. Read more

Chelsea Kopta Signs Off From Spokane’s KHQ

Chelsea Kopta, a reporter and digital journalist at KHQ, signs off from the Spokane NBC affiliate Friday.

“It is with mixed emotions — excitement and a heavy heart — that I announce my departure from KHQ,” Kopta wrote on Facebook recently. “After two incredible years in Spokane, I am heading to the Big Apple to continue my career as a reporter in New York City!”

Before joining KHQ, Kopta also worked at KOMO in Seattle and KEPR in Pasco, Wash.

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.”

You can view screen grabs of the stories after the jump. Read more

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

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