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Squirrel Leaves Oregon Station in the Dark

Yesterday’s Good Day Oregon show on Portland FOX affiliate KPTV was a bit moodier than usual thanks to a squirrel.

According to the station, Portland General Electric said the squirrel knocked out power to 9,500 customers in Washington County at about 6:30 a.m.

The utility said a squirrel came into contact with some electrical equipment, causing the outage.

KPTV said it used a backup generator to stay on the air. The power came back on by 9:45 a.m.

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Meredith Promotes GM of Portland Station, Names Replacement

meredith logo_304x200Meredith Local Media Group has announced Patrick McCreery has been promoted to the newly created role of Local Media Group VP of News and Marketing.

“I look forward to improving the reach and quality of local news content for our station group,” said McCreery, who was promoted from VP and GM of Meredith’s FOX affiliate KPTV-KPDX in Portland, OR.

McCreery has been with KPTV-KPDX for more than 10 years and in that time has served as station manager, news director and assistant news director. He joined Meredith as special projects executive producer for KPHO in Phoenix in 2003.

Meredith also announced Andy Delaporte has been promoted from director of sales at KPTV-KPDX to VP and GM to replace McCreery. Read more

Simon Gutierrez Joins KPTV From KTRK

Simon Gutierrez has joined KPTV, the Fox affiliate in Portland. Gutierrez comes from KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston, where had been a reporter since January 2013.

It is a return to Oregon for Gutierrez, who grew up in Elmira and attended the University of Oregon. He has previously worked at KSAT in San Antonio and at ESPN.

[h/t Mike McGuff]

Anthony Congi Moving from Buffalo to Oregon

Anthony Congi has announced he is heading across country to work at Portland FOX affiliate KPTV.

“Everyone, this will be my last week at WIVB and in Buffalo,” Congi wrote on his facebook page. “My wife and I are heading back west to be closer to our families. Thank you all for welcoming me into your community. WNY has been great, I will miss it and I hope you will continue follow me in my adventures.”

KPTV news director Corey Hanson told TVSpy Congi starts two weeks from Monday as a reporter for “Good Day Oregon.”

Before coming to WIVB in November 2010, Congi worked at KIDK in Idaho Falls, ID.

Oregon Man Tells KPTV Crew Covering Stabbing He ‘Did It’

A KPTV interview with the roommate of a stabbing victim quickly turned into a confession.

According to Portland FOX affiliate reporter Kate Cagle, she was surprised when Cody Clarkson spoke to her after being detained by Sheriff’s deputies in connection with the stabbing of his roommate. She asked Clarkson who may have stabbed the man. Clarkson said, “I did it.”

Clarkson was questioned by Sheriff’s deputies who initially let him go. He was later arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault and is set to appear in court next Thursday.

KGW Selling Helicopter, Will Share with FOX Affiliate

kgw_chopperPortland NBC affiliate KGW is selling its news helicopter.

News director Richard Jacobs confirmed with TVSpy, the station chopper is listed for sale on a site a tipster sent us. Check it out by clicking here.

He said the station had entered into a shared helicopter agreement with FOX affiliate KPTV, but went quiet when we asked for more details about the agreement and wouldn’t say what was going to happen to KGW’s helicopter pilot.

A spokesperson for the company selling the helicopter told TVSpy the chopper was first listed in the Fall and is going for $1,250,000.

TVSpy has asked KGW’s parent company Gannett and KPTV for more info. We will update when we hear back.

Q3 Earnings: Meredith Local Media Group Revenue Up 3%

meredith_1Total revenues for Meredith Corporation’s Local Media Group grew +3% to $90 million in the third quarter of 2013. Non-political advertising revenues were up +3% to $64 million led by strong performance from KPHO in Phoenix, KCTV in Kansas City and KPTV in Portland, Ore.

Operating profit was $26 million, down $2 million from the year-ago quarter. Meredith reported $12 million less of political advertising revenue in Q3 2013 than in Q3 2012. Other revenues and operating expenses both increased because of growth in retransmission revenues and programming fees.

“Our record revenue performance – achieved in a non-political quarter – speaks to the fundamental strength of our television broadcasting business,” Meredith Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz said in a statement.  “We continue to engage viewers and successfully monetize the strength of our audience.”

Chris Murphy Named Co-Anchor of WTXF Early Morning Newscast

Chris Murphy is joining WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, as co-anchor of the early morning newscast. In his new role, he will helm “Good Day Philadelphia” from 4:25 to 6 a.m.

“Chris is the perfect addition to our dynamic morning team, whose energy, chemistry and camaraderie is unmatched. His personality is contagious and we can’t wait to introduce him to our loyal ‘Good Day Philadelphia’ viewers,” WTXF vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Murphy comes to Philly from San Diego, where he was most recently a weekend anchor and reporter for KGTV. He has also worked at KNSD in San Diego, KGW and KPTV in Portland, Ore., KRON in San Francisco, KTVN in Reno and KIEM in Eureka, Calif.

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

WLNE Names Nicole Moye News Director

Nicole Moye has been named news director at WLNE, the ABC affiliate in Providence. Her appointment is effective August 21.

Moye comes from WPMT in Harrisburg, Penn., where she was the assistant news director. She has previously worked at KOLD in Bend, Ore., KCOY-KKFX in Santa Barbara, KRON in San Francisco and KPTV in Portland, Ore.

“Nicole has over 20 years of experience in local broadcast news as a producer and news director.  I am confident that she is the ideal person to continue to build on WLNE’s recent success and bring us to the next level in making this station a competitor in the TV market,” vice president and general manager Chris Tzianabos said in a statement.

Moye replaces Robert Rockstroh, who resigned earlier this summer.

More from WLNE after the jump. Read more

KyAnn Lewis Named Senior Executive Producer at KNTV

KyAnn Lewis has been named senior executive producer at KNTV, the NBC owned station in San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland.

Lewis is a former news director at KIAH in Houston and WHNS in Greenville, S.C. She has also held management and producer positions at KPTV and KGW in Portland, Ore. Most recently, she was the executive producer of “The Daily Buzz,” a syndicated morning newscast in Orlando.

“We are thrilled to have someone with KyAnn’s experience join the NBC Bay Area news team,” KNTV vice president of news Jonathan Mitchell said in a statement. “Her talent and passion for local journalism make her a perfect fit with our news management team.”

Lewis will oversee the editorial, production and promotion components of the station’s evening newscasts. She will begin at KNTV on July 22.

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