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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]

2 Dead After KOMO Helicopter Crashes in Seattle

The KOMO news helicopter has crashed near Fisher Plaza in Seattle. Kelly Koopmans, a reporter and anchor at the ABC affiliate, is tweeting from the scene:

Koopmans said the chopper crashed into at least two cars on the ground.

>More: Watch’s KOMO’s live report on the chopper crash here.

>More: The Associated Press says casualties have been reported in the crash:

The station says the copter was apparently coming in for a landing on its rooftop Tuesday morning when it possibly hit the side of the building and went down, hitting several vehicles on Broad Street.

The copter and cars exploded in flames and casualties were reported. People in the area reported seeing a huge cloud of smoke as firefighters and police responded.

>More: The Seattle Fire Department reported via Twitter two people were killed in the crash. Seattle NBC affiliate KING, which operates the chopper in a joint partnership with KOMO, is reporting a third person is in critical condition.

>More: Video from the aftermath of the crash is 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

KOMO News Director Loses Super Bowl Bet, Dresses Like Seahawk

Holly Gauntt, news director for Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, came out on the wrong end of Super Bowl bet.

Gauntt told TVSpy, “Note to self, never take a bet concocted by a clever photographer! Being a huge Bronco fan has been quite the challenge of late! But I’m true to my Colorado roots!”

She said she has to wear the suit all day. She added, “If the Broncos won he had to wear my Orange Bronco shirt and his own orange pants, socks, underwear and shoes for the day!”

Gauntt also sent TVSpy another photo of her hard at work in the getup. Check it out after the jump. 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.

Tom Cohen Named VP of Content at KCTS

KCTS logoTom Cohen is joining KCTS, the PBS station in Seattle, as vice president of content. He begins early next year.

“I am thrilled to join KCTS 9, a prestigious brand in our community,” Cohen said in a statement. “It’s clear to the television industry and the viewing public that the type, quality and delivery of media are undergoing massive change. There is no better time for locally owned and operated broad- and web-casters to consider this and innovate. I am eager to participate.”

Earlier in his career, Cohen worked at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO for 16 years. Most recently, he has provided media, technology and marketing consulting for various companies, including Microsoft, where he worked until 2007.

More from KCTS after the jump. Read more

Layoffs at Sinclair Stations in Seattle, Portland

sinclair logoSinclair Broadcast Group has handed down a round of layoffs at its newly-acquired stations in Seattle and Portland, TVSpy has learned.

A source at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO tells TVSpy that there were 10 layoffs in the station’s newsroom and close to 20 across all Sinclair’s properties in Seattle. They include satellite truck operators, editors, producers and radio reporters and editors.

The source describes the mood at KOMO as “a combination of sadness and nervousness,” noting that the newsroom is a “very tight-knit group” that has been through a lot, including the death of Kathi Goertzen, over the past two years. Staffers are said to be banding together to help laid-off employees find new jobs.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt declined to comment. General manager Janene Drafs did not respond to an email from TVSpy.

In Portland, The Oregonian reports nine people were laid off at ABC affiliate KATU, including “three editors, a writer, a producer, two truck operators and two folks who work with KATU’s web operation, including an executive producer.”

More details? Email us: tvspy@mediabistro.com.

Seattle Choral Group Honors Former KOMO Anchor Eric Slocum


Seattle based choral group The Esoterics recently debuted a new work that uses the poetry of former KOMO radio and TV anchor Eric Slocum.

The anchor for the Seattle ABC Affiliate, who was described as a friend of The Esoterics on the choral group’s website, had planned to work with a composer to set his words to music. After Slocum’s suicide in February 2012, composer Eric Banks got permission to make Slocum’s work “into a 20-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation – on life, its struggles, and the hereafter.”

According to The Esoterics, “Banks then gave this piece a title that borrows from the final image of Slocum’s poetry – from within a symphony of butterflies – I am among them.”

The group marked “Suicide Prevention Month” by asking each composer who wrote for this most recent series of concerts to use verses written by poets who have committed suicide.

[KOMO]

VIDEO: KOMO’s Keith Eldridge Reports From Inside an Adult Entertainment Shop

File this under unique stand-up locations: KOMO’s Keith Eldridge reported Thursday from inside an adult entertainment shop in Seattle (video above).

The store, “Lovers,” was the site of a recent burglary. A man broke into the store and stole a mannequin, which broke in half while he dragged it to the door. The same man allegedly broke into the store again later that night — wearing the wig from the mannequin — to steal clothes and other items.

Eldridge finished his report inside the store, using the mannequins as props. “The folks here are surprised that the suspect didn’t come back trying to get the lower half of the mannequin he stole,” he said. “He just took off with some cheap lingerie.”

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