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Jesse Jones Jumping Stations in Seattle

jones kiroConsumer reporter Jesse Jones is leaving Seattle NBC affiliate KING for CBS affiliate KIRO.

“After nine years I am moving on from KING-TV,” Jones wrote on his facebook page. “I want to thank the station for its support of my family and the Get Jesse franchise.”

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports, Jones grew up in Tacoma and led Montana State University to a national title in 1984 as a fullback.

Using a broadcaster’s talents, and a won’t-be-stopped style borrowed from his gridiron position, Jones blew threw dishonest Puget Sound-area businesses and made “Get Jesse” a consistently interesting feature on the evening news.

King said on his facebook page he starts at KIRO in October, but because of his contract, he can’t appear on-air until April.

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First Female Local TV News Anchor to Stop Anchoring After 42 Years


Jean Enersen is stepping away from the KING anchor desk on Friday.

Enersen has anchored for 42 of her 46 years at the Seattle NBC affiliate. According to The Seattle Times, her nickname is “The Franchise.” She is the first female local news anchor in the US.

Wednesday, Enersen told viewers, “I’m not leaving you, again. I’m refocusing at KING. I’m lucky. I’m healthy. I’m happy.” While she won’t anchor anymore, she will work on projects like KING’s HealthLink.

“This decision won’t come as a surprise to those who know me well,” Enersen said, “I’ve been passionate about health for a long time. Not just mine, but the health of my family and our community.”

Enersen will also continue working on KING 5 specials including Northwest Newsmakers, political coverage and major news events. She will also continue to serve and support the community which has been her lifelong home.  Those cause-driven organizations that have long benefitted from her commitment and passion will be able to count on her continued advocacy in the future. Read more

WCVB, WBIR Win Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

murrows 2014Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR are the winners of this year’s Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence, the RTDNA announced today.

Related, TVNewser: CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category. Both stations will be presented with their awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this fall.

WTVR in Richmond won three Murrows. KARE in Minneapolis, WFAA in Dallas and WVUE in New Orleans each won two. KOKI, WMBD, WJLA, WVIR, WCPO, KETV, WGRZKCET, KING, WSBT, WXIA, KJRH, WJXT, UNM PantherVision and Oregon Public Broadcasting each won one.

See the full list of winners on the RTDNA’s website.

Jim Rose Promoted to Station Manager of KING

KING logoKING director of sales Jim Rose has been promoted to VP and station manager of the Seattle NBC affiliate.

Rose will report to Ray Heacox, president and GM of KING-KONG.

“We have several major priorities and projects that need increased focus and I can think of no better leader to help us continue as the dominant media company in Seattle than Jim” Heacox said in a statement.

Rose started at KING in 2000. Previously he worked for KTVX in Salt Lake City and was a research manager for Blair TV in New York. He started his career as promotion coordinator with WPLJ-FM in New York.

As part of the move, director of local sales Jason Xydis will replace Rose as director of sales. Xydis has worked in the KING sales department since 1998.

[Bellevue Business Journal]

KOMO News Director: Sinclair Management ‘a Breath of Fresh Air’

sinclair logoKOMO news director Holly Gauntt talks to TVNewsCheck about how Sinclair Broadcast Group, which acquired the ABC affiliate last year, has made an investments in the news division with the goal of dethroning ratings leader KING:

Gauntt, who’s been at KOMO for seven years, says staffers were wary of Sinclair, which has a bad rep in newsrooms for cutting staffs and airing right-wing slanted news. And Sinclair did layoff a reported 18 KOMO staffers including editors, satellite-truck operators, writers and producers, a move that got them slammed in the local press.

But Gauntt says many of those cuts were long in coming, due largely to Fisher being heavy on unnecessary personnel. “You don’t want to lose people, but at the same time this station had never made changes that came with technology,” she says.

At the same time, Gauntt says, Sinclair asked her what she needed “to be the No. 1 station in the market.” They responded, building the station’s first new set in 15 years and buying loads of equipment including three cellular bonded units, a satellite truck, new computers and five cars. Read more

Michael Konopasek Set to Join KING

michael konopasekAfter three years at KWTV in Oklahoma City, Michael Konopasek will join KING in Seattle as a general assignment reporter. He begins in his new role July 7.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work for such a great company in a competitive and exciting television market. Thanks to [KWTV director of content] Todd Spessard for making all of that possible,” Konopasek wrote in a note to KWTV staff. “I’ve met so many wonderful people here over the past three years. It truly is a special place.”

Before KWTV, Konopasek worked at WPTA and WISE in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Local Meteorologists Interview Obama on Climate Change

Eight meteorologists are in Washington, D.C. today to interview President Obama on climate change. The interviews were timed with the release of a new study assessing the effects of climate change in the United States.

Participating in the interviews are John Morales of WTVJ in Miami, Jim Gandy of WLTX in Columbia, S.C., Megan Glaros of WBBM in Chicago, Bill Martin of KTVU in San Francisco, Jeff Renner of KING in Seattle and Janice Huff of WNBC in New York (pictured below with Martin). NBC News’ Al Roker and ABC News’ Ginger Zee will also sit down with the President.

The interviews will take place at 2:45 p.m. in the White House Rose Garden.

KING Asks: ‘Which Morning Anchor Are You?”

KING which anchor are youSeattle NBC affiliate KING has taken inspiration from those facebook quizzes that show all your friends what type of character you’ve been hiding beneath your mild-mannered persona.

Instead of confirming with your friends that you are, indeed, really Gollum from the “Lord of the Rings,” KING’s quiz reveals which morning anchor secretly lives inside the very heart of you.

“You watch them every morning. You think you know them,” says the explainer on the quiz page. “But when it comes to Mark, Joyce, Rich, Tracy and Mimi, you may be surprised who you have more in common with. Take this quick quiz to find out which KING 5 Morning News anchor is most like you!”

Click here to take the quiz yourself. Then do us a favor and tell everyone on our facebook page which anchor you are.

RTDNA Announces Winners of Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

murrows 2014The RTDNA has announced the winners of the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, the organization awarded 661 regional awards in 14 categories.

For the large markets, five stations — KARE in Minneapolis, WXIA in Atlanta, WCVB in Boston, WBMA in Birmingham and KING in Seattle — won six Murrows each. WBIR in Knoxville, KTVB in Boise and WISC in Madison led the way for the small markets, also winning six awards each.

Regional winners are automatically entered into competition for the national Edward R. Murrow Awards, which will be judged in May. A full list of the winners by region can be found on the RTDNA website.

Helicopter in KOMO Crash Was Formerly Used by WBZ, WFXT

komo crashThe helicopter involved in the KOMO crash was previously used by  two Boston stations, CBS owned WBZ and Fox owned WFXT, WBZ reports.

According to NBC News, the chopper, a Eurocopter AS350, was on loan from Helicopter Inc. of Cahokia, Ill., while KOMO’s regular one had new equipment installed. Gary Pfitzner, the chopper’s pilot, and Bill Strothman, a former KOMO photographer, were killed in the accident.

WBZ reports the chopper was used in Boston for 10 years and flown to Detroit last November.

KOMO shares a helicopter with KING, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. “Words cannot express the sympathy and sadness we feel for the victims who lost their lives in today’s tragedy and for their families,” KING president and general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement. “We grieve this afternoon with the entire Seattle community and our thoughts are with all those affected.”

[h/t WBZ managing editor Pete Wilson]

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