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Anne State to Join Portland CBS Affiliate

state witiIn May, TVSpy reported WITI anchor Anne State was leaving the Milwaukee FOX affiliate. Now we know where she’s heading.

State told TVSpy she will join Portland CBS affiliate KOIN on August 4.

Before coming to WITI in September 2010, State worked at WBBM in Chicago and KNSD in San Diego.

Her last day at WITI will be July 30.

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Adrienne Roark Named KOIN GM

roark cropped koinAdrienne Roark has been named president and general manager of Portland CBS affiliate KOIN.

“Adrienne is a highly strategic and driven leader that brings an impressive range of large market experience to this position,” said Jay Howell, VP of Television fro LIN Media. “She also has a genuine, heartfelt commitment to meeting the needs of our viewers and advertisers. I am excited to welcome her to the team.”

Roark comes to KOIN from KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, where she was the VP and news director. She has also worked as news director at WFOR in Miami, FL, and assistant news director at WESH in Orlando.

She starts June 23.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce Sussman out at KOIN

sussman iwanaga_croppedThe Oregonian is reporting KOIN chief meteorologist Bruce Sussman is no longer with the Portland CBS affiliate.

On his facebook page, Sussman thanked KOIN reporter Joel Iwanaga because he posted, “Bruce delivered his last weathercast tonight and will be leaving our tv station. Bittersweet for us in the newsroom because while he will be missed…We know he will be successful in his next move.”

Sussman came to KOIN from Portland’s NBC affiliate KGW. He has also worked at KAPP in Yakima, WA, and KHQ in Spokane.

Former Portland Anchor Loses Voice After Surgery


Retired KOIN anchor Mike Donahue is recovering from throat surgery that has left him struggling to speak.

His vocal chords were damaged during surgery and he’s not sure how long it will take to get his voice back.

“I’ll never take swallowing or speaking for granted again,” Donahue told the Portland CBS affiliate.

Donahue has been working for Providence Health since he retired from KOIN in May 2012.

KOIN on Low Power After Fire Knocks Portland Stations Off-Air

koin-transmitter-fire-021014Portland CBS affiliate KOIN, along with Sinclair owned ABC affiliate KATU and Tribune owned CW affiliate KRCW were knocked off the air yesterday by a fire.

According to KOIN the fire in an electrical room in a building in Tualatin, OR, spread to transformer lines before being put out quickly.

The LIN owned station said over-the-air and satellite signals were affected, but the cable broadcast was not. Service was partially restored a little over an hour after it was disrupted.

Viewers living far from the transmitter site may not be getting KOIN’s signal since the station said it’s been running on low power since the fire.

KOIN said it has no estimate on when full power would be restored.

Runner Falls in the Snow Immediately After KOIN Interview About Running in the Snow

Seconds after finishing an interview with KOIN about jogging in the snow, a woman slipped and fell on live television Friday night (video above).

“My neck was a little sore but the ridiculous, awesome irony of the situation cushioned the blow pretty well,” the woman, who was visiting Portland for the weekend, told Deadspin after the video went viral.

Portland Stations Pulled From New Streaming Service

When streaming TV service Skitter launched in Portland in March, the company set itself apart from the Barry Diller-backed TV startup Aereo because it had existing carriage agreements with broadcasters.

Now it looks like those agreements aren’t holding up.

Multichannel News reports that the ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates in Portland demanded that their signals be pulled from Skitter while they review their retrans agreements with the company. And Skitter has complied. Read more

LIN Agrees to Buy New Vision Stations for $342M

LIN Media today announced that it has agreed to purchase 13 stations from New Vision Television for $330.4 million and the assumption of $12 million of debt.

New Vision’s 13 network affiliated stations are located in eight markets across the country, including Birmingham, Honolulu, and Portland, OR.

On its website, New Vision Television describes itself as “the future of local TV” but the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, means that there will be little future for the company.

“This is a bittersweet development,” New Vision CEO Jason Elkin said today in a statement.  “The decision to sell to LIN Media was not an easy one, but we negotiated a fair price and so decided that now is the right time for me and others at New Vision to begin to look at new opportunities.” Read more

Mike Donahue to Retire After 42 Years at KOIN

KOIN anchor Mike Donahue will retire in May after 42 years at the Portland CBS-affiliate.

Donahue, who anchors the noon newscast, has spent his entire career at KOIN. In a letter announcing his retirement, he said he will use his retirement “to improve my health and enjoy more time with my family.”

“It’s the people, though, that I will miss most — the many colleagues I’ve worked with over the years who made this job fun — and the captivating people in the stories I’ve told with pictures, words and sounds,” Donahue wrote. “I’ll always be a story teller and a news junkie.”

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Mike Donahue announces retirement

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Updated: 3/22 2:02 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mike Donahue, one of the most familiar and beloved faces on KOIN LOCAL 6 (CBS), announced today that he plans to retire May 31, 2012.

The award-winning journalist and noon anchor for the CBS affiliate says the decision to retire was one of the most difficult of his life, but now “is the time to open the first chapter of a new book.”

Mr. Donahue has spent nearly 42 years at KOIN-TV.  He first appeared on the CBS affiliate in 1968 and spent his entire career at the same television station as a reporter and anchor, a feat rarely accomplished in the often volatile field of broadcast journalism.  Mr. Donahue will share the news with viewers during the KOIN LOCAL 6 News @ Noon broadcast today.

KOIN LOCAL 6 President and General Manager Tim Perry said Mr. Donahue’s contributions to the station are beyond words and he will be greatly missed by his KOIN family and viewers.

“It is difficult to imagine KOIN-TV without Mike Donahue,” said Mr. Perry.  “Mike’s contributions and career long devotion to KOIN and Portland will only be succeeded never replaced.  He is not only a role model journalist, but also a rare and wonderful person.  His departure from KOIN will be deeply felt by his admiring colleagues and our community.  We are happy that he is pursuing new chapters in an impressive life that continues to enrich us all.”

Mr. Donahue chose to share his decision to retire in a letter he wrote to colleagues and fans that is posted below.  The words are moving and befitting of the cherished journalist’s personal style, a trait that made him a local favorite on the air for over four decades in Portland.  He says he will miss the excitement and people, but looks forward to the change of pace.

KOIN LOCAL 6 plans to highlight the outstanding career of Mr. Donahue throughout the month of May.  Beginning April 24 (Mr. Donahue’s birthday) viewers can visit www.koinlocal6.com to relive the stories and share the joy of his incredible career at KOIN-TV.

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Dear KOIN LOCAL 6 fans and colleagues,

Ending a rewarding career after more than 40 years leaves me still wanting more. Like reaching the end of a good book or movie, you don’t want to close the cover or leave the theatre. But, I must. It’s time to retire.

When I reach my birthday in April, I will be full retirement age in the eyes of Social Security. I’m no longer the young reporter who joined KOIN-TV in 1968 at the age of 22. While the ever-changing demands of this profession make it exciting every day, they also ask more of a person. The amazing tools we now have that allow us to cover stories, live around the world and from outer space can, at times, be frustrating to use.

I’m not complaining. I’m very grateful. This long career – covering what many call the “golden years of TV news” – has been a thrilling ride. KOIN-TV has sent me to Europe, Asia and Africa in pursuit of stories. I helped expose the Rajneeshies, searched for D.B. Cooper and chased the New Carissa up the coast.  The eruption of Mt. St. Helens was the biggest local news story of my career. It was breathtaking! I’ll never forget following President Carter’s helicopter over the moonscape left behind by the enormous explosion. Every time I see the cascades I am awed and humbled.

It’s the people, though, that I will miss most – the many colleagues I’ve worked with over the years who made this job fun – and the captivating people in the stories I’ve told with pictures, words and sounds. I’ll always be a story teller and a news junkie. Even today, I can’t resist opening that urgent line at the top of my computer to read the latest news from somewhere.

Brent Weisberg Joining KOIN From Rival KPTV

After almost four years at Portland Fox-affiliate KPTV, reporter Brent Weisberg is joining rival KOIN.

Weisberg will be a reporter for the CBS-affiliate’s morning newscast, which is anchored by Chad Carter and Alexis Del Cid.

“Brent’s energy and aggressive attitude is a perfect formula for what we are trying to achieve in our morning show,” KOIN news director Brad Neuhoff told TVSpy in an email.

Weisberg has worked at KPTV since September 2008. His first day at KOIN will be March 15.

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