By Linda McCune
More than 90% of the votes represented and cast at the special meeting, or about 77% of the total outstanding shares of common stock eligible to vote, were in favor of the merger agreement.
This came despite rumors circulating on the web that Fisher shareholders would hold out for higher stock value.
Q13 FOX (KCPQ-TV) has promoted assistant news director Erica Hill to news director, succeeding Jon Brady, who was named to the new position of director of content and news programming, responsible for the overall supervision of the daily editorial content and long-form news and sports programming.
Brady will work in coordination with Hill, who will be responsible for the overall supervision and direction of the news department in Seattle as well as sister station KRCW-TV in Portland.
In addition to nearly 10 hours of daily news, KCPQ also produces hundreds of hours of programs such as Washington’s Most Wanted and Seahawks Saturday Night.
Brady was Western Region bureau chief for the FOX News Channel prior to joining Q13 FOX in August of 2010. Hill has been a broadcast journalist for 15 years in Chicago and Seattle and has been at Q13 FOX more than six years.
Speaking of Q13, industry sources say Fox is actively looking at stations in the Seattle market, besides the Tribune-owned station. There’s speculation that Fox has it’s eye on Cox Enterprises-owned KIRO-TV, a CBS affiliate. But sources cautioned that Fox is “turning over lots of rocks” right now and hasn’t zeroed in on a specific acquisition target, according to Rachel Abrams of Variety Media.
Seattle-Tacoma is the nation’s 12th largest TV market. The Seattle Seahawks are seen as an NFL franchise on the rise, which is only fueling Fox’s interest in the market.
The chatter about Fox moving into Seattle has to be a cause for concern, as Fox’s affiliation deals typically give the network flexibility to yank the affiliation if the parent company acquires a station in the market. On the other hand, Tribune is about to become the largest outside owner of Fox affiliates in the nation, with 14 outlets.
Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 moved into first place in the July 2013 Arbitron Seattle-Tacoma PPM with 6.5 share. CHR KQMV-FM 92.5 slid to second with a 5.7 and Active Rock KISW-FT 99.9 moved upto to third at 5.4. Country KKWF-FM 100.7 dropped to fourth place with 4.7 share after flirting with second and and third in May and June.
Media veteran Rob Dunlop has been named KCTS-TV interim president/CEO upon the resignation for personal reasons of Maurice “Moss” Bresnahan. Dunlop is the former executive VP/operations at Fisher Communications in Seattle.
“We are fortunate that Rob Dunlop agreed to take on the role said KCTS board chair Paula Reynolds. “Rob’s experiences in creating and implementing strategic plans, developing digital business initiatives, and competing for viewers will be extremely valuable additions to KCTS. His long-time presence in the Pacific Northwest will ensure an immediate grasp and appropriate focus on issues that are important here.”
Dunlop has been with Fisher for more than 22 years where he held a wide range of positions spanning radio, television and digital initiatives.
“KCTS holds a special place in the communities it serves with thoughtful and responsive programming,” Dunlop said. “I am thrilled to join the station’s team members, supporters and board members in forwarding this important mission.”
KUOW-FM 94.9 has created a new midday newsmagazine program. Instead of producing three separate midday shows (Weekday, The Conversation, KUOW Presents), KUOW hosts and producers from those programs will collaborate on a new, fast-paced, two-hour program called The Record on KUOW. It will air 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday with Steve Scher, Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds.
Noah Bond, news anchor from KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City, joined KOMO-TV in mid-August as a reporter on weekday mornings from 4:30-7:00 a.m.
Bond said, “I’m thrilled to travel Seattle and Washington to kick-start your day with live details about your world! I think the best stories are in the hearts and minds of people we already know. They’re just waiting to be unlocked with the right questions. My favorite part of this job is interviewing. It usually doesn’t take long for others to forget about the lens and open up with intimate details. I’m never surprised by the depth of love and knowledge I often see in others.”
Keven Strehle, former KING-TV producer and award-winning photojournalist died in a motorcycle accident in Seattle August 9 at age 45. He was with KING from 1996-2008 as producer/writer/director of photography for Evening Magazine.
Among his many accomplishments, Strehle won 22 Emmy awards, 16 National Telly Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and was named National Press Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year” in 1999. He was founder of SMG productions, worked on Olympic games broadcasts 2010-2011.
A scholarship fund for his daughter Quinn has been setup at the Susquehanna Bank in Martinsburg, WV. Checks should be payable to Quinn Strehle with a notation indicating it is for her Education Fund, and sent to:
ATTN: Cici Glover
704 Foxcroft Avenue
North Martinsburg, WV 25401
The Seattle Mariners have extended their radio rights agreement with 710 ESPN KIRO-AM through the 2016 season. KIRO has been the Mariners’ radio home since 2009 and was the flagship radio station from 1985 through the 2002 season. 710 ESPN will continue to carry all the team’s regular-season games and most spring-training games along with pregame and postgame shows, a weekly magazine feature during the baseball season and “The Hot Stove League Show” during the offseason.
The final edition of The Ross and Burbank Show aired on August 3 on KIRO-FM 97.3. Luke Burbank is taking time off to pursue other projects but will still be on KIRO Radio hosting his podcast Too Beautiful to Live. Dave Ross will continue hosting KIRO’s Morning News daily.
“I wondered why all the free donuts were out there [in the employee break room]. It’s because this is the last edition of Ross and Burbank,” said Dave Ross. While the show has only been in existence for a few years, Dave said working with Luke has felt like a lifetime. “I have that effect on people,” Luke said.
The FCC licensed KRKO-AM 1380 Everett and KKXA-AM 1520 Snohomish at 50,000 watts full-time in late June. In the same action, the FCC rejected all remaining informal objections filed by opponents against the construction permits. The actions complete the 16-year project to launch KKXA and to relocate KRKO’s transmitter.
The Seattle Seahawks announced in August a partnership with the ESPN Deportes local radio group to launch a Hispanic Radio Network which will broadcast all Seahawks games in Spanish for the 2013 season including a two hour pregame and a one hour postgame show.
The ESPN Deportes local radio affiliates, comprised of four privately owned radio stations, include 1490 AM in Seattle/Bremerton, 1480 AM in Tacoma/Lakewood, 92.1 FM in Tacoma/Puyallup and 1280 AM in Olympia/Lacey. The network will reach Seahawks fans in Washington, Oregon, and parts of Idaho.
“This is a great opportunity to expand the Hispanic fan base throughout the northwest,” said Alan Goodman, VP of Operations for ESPN Deportes Local Radio Group. “Our employees are honored to be the vehicle to launch this new project.”
The broadcast team of Alex Rivera and Raul Sandoval, a.k.a. “El Rulas,” will serve as play-by-play announcers. The duo will be joined by local sports radio co-host’s Diego Arrioja and Paco Diaz of “Latinfut Radio Show.”
The New 102.9 NOW FM (KYNW), Hit Music for the Northwest, announced that Valentine in the Morning will join the station, unveiling its complete on-air programming line-up which also features Marci Wiser, Ryan Seacrest and Mario Lopez. The new programming lineup is:
Valentine in the Morning: 5:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Commercial Free 9 a.m. Hour: To kick off the workday, a commercial-free hour
Marci Wiser: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Ryan Seacrest: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Mario Lopez: 7:00 p.m. – midnight
Fans can listen to the New 102.9 NOW on the station’s website www.1029NOWHits.com <http://www.1029NOWHits.com> , as well as on iHeartRadio.com <http://www.iheartradio.com/> and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel’s all-in-one free digital listening service. iHeartRadio delivers a free, fully-integrated service: instant access to more than 1,500 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created custom stations inspired by favorite artists and songs. iHeartRadio also offers listeners a new “Perfect For” feature which allows users to choose from thousands of stations based on a range of moods and activities.
Entercom CEO David Field says the broadcaster didn’t look at buying the five-station Sandusky Seattle cluster, recently sold to Hubbard Radio, despite an operation that could be grown before hitting ownership limits. Field told analysts that Entercom remains open to looking at acquisitions.
Inside sources speculate Entercom is watching for Sinclair to release the Fisher radio stations after it takes over the reins this Fall.
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