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The FMs hit downtown just fine, but there’s bad multipath in an area extending from SODO to the downtown area. HDRadio does a decent job of fixing that and for the talkers on FM turning off the stereo pilot helps a LOT.
As for the AMs I don’t think there’s any pressing need to “replace” them with FMs. Two of the stronger AMs are simulcasting and a third (710) does just fine without a FM simulcast. Other weaker AMs are already being simulcast on HD FM subchannels.
KMCQ’s been running a placeholder AOR (all over the road) oldies format since they moved to Seattle and began looking for a buyer. Since none has been found, the bank has retained the Ohana Media Group to program the station. Ohana’s Anchorage ops manager Tom Oakes is acting PD.
So this amounts to a tightening of the playlist and positioners added. IOW, a non news story.
And the processing IS pathetic – stereo OR mono.
This from KOMO Newsradio:
KOMO Newsradio announces new hosts for AM and PM shows
SEATTLE — Exciting changes are coming to KOMO Newsradio this month.
Veteran Seattle newsman Gregg Hersholt joins The KOMO Morning News June 11th. Hersholt has been on the air in the Pacific Northwest for more than 37 years, 30 of those in Seattle. Most recently, he anchored radio news in Portland Oregon. Hersholt, who replaces Bill Yeend who retired in April, will share morning duties with KOMO anchor Manda Factor.
KOMO Newsradio Program Director Paul Duckworth also announced today that KOMO Newsradio Sports Director Tom Glasgow will move from afternoons to mornings. Hersholt, Factor and Glasgow will be joined by Money Editor Bill Rice, along with Paul Tosch broadcasting from the KOMO Air Patrol from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The KOMO Afternoon News will lose Glasgow, but gain another very familiar voice.
“Beginning June 18th, Tom Hutlyer will join Jane Shannon as co-host of The KOMO Afternoon News,” wrote Duckworth in an email to staffers. “Tom has done a tremendous job in morning drive since Bill Yeend’s departure and will be a valuable addition to the afternoon news. “
Not only is Hutlyer’s voice familiar to radio news and sports listeners, it’s recognizable to Seattle Mariners fans. Hutlyer serves as the public address announcer at SafeCo Field for all home Mariners games.
Hutlyer will anchor the afternoon news and provide live sports updates at :10 and :40 past the hour. The KOMO Afternoon News will continue to include Money Minutes from Editor Bill Rice as well as KOMO 4 News anchor Brad Goode, plus traffic with Paul Tosch from the KOMO Air Patrol 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“Tom’s move to PM drive will allow Herb Weisbaum to focus on his specialty: all things consumer,” said Duckworth. “Simply put, Herb is THE consumer expert in this market. He will continue to provide consumer content for KOMO radio and TV and will begin doing a consumer show on Smart Talk 570 KVI.”
Specific details on the new consumer talk show have yet to be released publicly. Weisbaum is an Emmy award-winning reporter and one of America’s top consumer experts. His reports have been honored by the Associated Press, Columbia Journalism Review, National Consumers League and the Society of Professional Journalists.
KOMO Newsradio is Western Washington’s 24/7 News, Traffic & Weather Station. For more than 80 years, Northwest listeners have grown to depend on KOMO. Today, as part of the KOMO News Network with KOMO 4 and KOMOnews.com, the station is the go-to source for breaking news, traffic and weather.
KOMO Newsradio recently received two Regional Edward R Murrow awards for ‘Overall Excellence’ and ‘Best Newscast.’
>>KPLZ 101.5 has applied to change to Class C0. I haven’t checked but believe it’s a return to Cougar Mountain.<<
Nope…they’re already on Cougar. Maybe you meant West Tiger.
Agreed. Not only that, Paul was instrumental in making KVI such a success in the late ’90s. Hopefully he’ll also take over that station which now has less listeners than ever before.
I won’t link to it here, but I’d heartily recommend going to that other radio info site, look up the Seattle board and see what choice comments KINK’s PD posted about the recent KMTT moves…(and yes, I know she was the first PD at KMTT)
I’m hearing KJR-FM riffed Heidi May (middays) and Randy Lundquist (PM drive)…but it’s not official until Craig posts the All Access story. 😀
Jeez, are you STILL sore over that post? Maybe you should change your handle ‘cuz clearly you can’t handle “the_truth”!
KIRO-FM is looking for a new PD as their one-year ops manager heads back to Phoenix.
Not a thing.
This “auction” was nothing but a charade to orchestrate debt restructuring for the lenders.
It’s so funny to see on many sites posts about that First Broadcasting auction from people that don’t seem to understand that by winning the auction they’re NOT buying a radio station.
>>I, and a number of former KING Broadcasting people are amazed that KING-FM is going listener-supported. It was one of the most successful classical music stations in the country, making a nice profit every year. Something really bad must have happened.>>
The “bad thing” that happened was farming out the sales force to another radio group about 15 years ago. It worked well when it was Bonneville & Entercom (KIRO), but when the JSA moved to Fisher things didn’t go well (financially and otherwise) for either party.
Not only that, these days KING’s running a ton of PI spots that – honestly – don’t fit very well with the station’s format or listener makeup.
Those are the reasons the station decided to go noncommercial.
>>I always get a chuckle from “KOMO-FM Oakville, Olympia, Tacoma”<<
That’s actually by design. The first part of the ID Is “KOMO, Seattle, Everett”.
Also, the purpose of LMAing 97.7 was to fill in the AM 1000 signal holes in the South Sound. You can’t receive 97.7 clearly in most of King County.
They could do that right now. FCC rules call for calls immediately followed by city of license. You can add whatever city you want afterwards.
>>I am sure KVI already has this type of equipment set up.<<
Well you’d be wrong. The processing chain was changed out seven years ago and six years ago they got a new Nautel transmitter. Not a lick of stereo gear remains.
>>I want to hear this team again on 570…because as was mentioned above by Paul W…..it may not last long !!!<<
Oh, don’t worry – it will last a little while – at least until Fisher LMAs KMCQ, then get ready for KVI-AM & FM!!