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6/26/16 — From Q13 to KING 5, [not sure whether that is a step up or a lateral move] Parella Lewis has completed her first week at her new job. Watch for her during the evening newscasts.

This will be a story that all local news media will stay on top of. The outcome will be featured all day long. I say, call the moose “Moosey Moosey Moose Moose Moose” so that newscasters have to hear themselves saying these words during a newscast. Someone in the news organizations might hear it and realize IT’S NOT NEWSWORTHY!

Les Keiter, spent 50 years as a sportscaster but was best remembered for his three imaginative summers in a Manhattan radio studio recreating San Francisco Giants baseball games for abandoned fans from the Polo Grounds years.
Beginning in 1958, the Giants’ first year in San Francisco, and continuing for the next two seasons, listeners to WINS radio in New York heard the refrain, “Hi there again baseball fans, this is Les Keiter with Giant baseball.”
The Giants had gone west along with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but they lingered on Coogan’s Bluff and elsewhere in the New York area through Keiter’s booming voice and excitable embellishments, aided by his Western Union ticker reports, his taped crowd noise and a drumstick and wooden block alongside his microphone.
When the Giants and the Dodgers departed, Keiter was the sports director of WINS. He was broadcasting Knicks and Giants football games and doing pregame and postgame Yankee broadcasts.
As Keiter told it in his 1991 memoir, “Fifty Years Behind the Microphone,” the owner of WINS, J. Elroy McCaw, asked him to do re-creations of Giants or Los Angeles Dodgers home games.
“Listen, Elroy, you’ve got to be out of your mind,” Keiter responded. “Sports fans in Manhattan, New Jersey and Westchester are too sophisticated for re-creations.”
But McCaw persisted, and Keiter chose the Giants, which had Willie Mays and a host of talented young players, over the aging Dodgers.
Keiter monitored telegraph reports bringing the essential play-by-play into the WINS studio and filled in the rest, offering descriptive flourishes based on his best guess as to what was actually happening.
A native of Seattle and a graduate of the University of Washington, Keiter began his sportscasting career in Hawaii in the late 1940s. Keiter later worked at McCaw’s KELA Centralia. He did radio broadcasts for most Knicks games from 1955 to 1962 and Giants football from 1956 to 1959. He also provided the blow-by-blow for heavyweight championship boxing matches on ABC radio, with Howard Cosell as his color commentator.

6/23/16 — From Rock 100.5 Atlanta to 107.7 The End Seattle, the new midday talent is named Alyssa Page…Apple Music has added NBC SportsRadio to the platform. Like alternative platforms to cable television, Apple Music, Tune-In etc. will keep the beat going on, even after car radios no longer provide for an AM or FM band. Wi-fi is coming to your car radio. So together, Internet options for blasting radio through your cars sound system will provide many choices beyond the 70 or so local AM/FM stations [Maybe radio isn’t dead after all]…What former Seattle TV news anchor told me the changes in the industry are both “dizzying and disappointing”? I won’t name names…Here is a great Jimi Hendrix story from Pat O’Day with Brad Cash & John Reynolds/KISM Red …The cutbacks have struck KIRO 7. Alexis Smith uses the latest KIRO 7 form of communication. The Banana Phone…

6/22/16 — Labor negotiations at KING 5 have now gotten the attention of Seattle’s City Council. A council committee has passed a resolution supporting the unionized news staff who say their jobs are threatened by the corporate owner’s business model. The Union says Tegna wants to be able to pay citizen journalists $50 to submit video instead of the trained union members it has on staff. [KPLU News] — I think we all saw that coming.

6/19/16 — Coming soon to your smartphone… an app designed by your cable company, through which you would be able to search and view all kinds of content not limited to your regular cable lineup; instead, you would also be able to access Netflix-style streaming video content right from the same app. Consumer advocates say this form of integrated search that unifies cable and streaming programming benefits consumers. [WASHINGTON POST]

6/18/16 — The number of vehicles on U.S. roads with an installed infotainment system will reach nearly 105 million within the next five years. (

6/16/16 — Cumulus Media’s Westwood One will launch a 24/7 Soft AC network on Monday, July 11. “Lite AC” will be programmed by Cheri Marquart, the VP/Programming for Contemporary Formats, and Director of Operations Jonathan Steele. It will offer an AC format in between the company’s Adult Standards and Mainstream AC networks with core artists including Adele, Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Chicago, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oates, Michael Bublé and Whitney Houston.