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4/30/16 — Best line from the Washington Correspondent’s Dinner: [Larry Wilmore] “Nice to be on C-Span tonite; Glad I’m not on your rival network, NO-INPUT: HDMI 1.” CNN anchor Don Lemon responded to a joke Wilmore made about Lemon being an alleged journalist.

4/30/16 — If you have ever taken your son/daughter to work, you may or may not have let them cue a record or place a tape in the tape deck. I took my daughters to radio stations and let them start a tape deck on cue or a turntable or two. But it was a child that silenced a network last week. At NPR’s West Coast headquarters on Thursday at 11:04am, the control panel in Studio 42 was punched and twisted in such a way to take over the actual NPR feed and substitute it with that most dreaded of broadcasts—solid dead air—across much of the West Coast. The silence lasted an unthinkable one minute, 13 seconds.

NPR employee Gene Demby tweeted about the outage, saying, “No joke: I think they turned off the newscast and there was dead air.” That was followed by an email from NPR’s Engineering head, obtained by Gawker, which read, in part, “As part of Take our Daughters to work day studio 42 demonstration, one of our junior journalists was somehow able to press the exact sequence, and perfectly timed live insert panel to insert studio 42 into the stream 1.” The button-savvy child in question has not been identified. [Inside Radio]

4/30/16 — Linzi Sheldon has been promoted to weekend evening anchor/investigative reporter from her duties anchoring the weekend mornings at KIRO in Seattle. Elizabeth Dinh joins KPTV in Portland as weeknight 10 and 11 p.m. main anchor from Reporter at KTVT in Dallas.

4/30/16 — Today’s millenial is a unique radio listener. They are attracted to bright, shiny objects. They have short attention spans. They are constantly staring into their smartphone or iPad screen. NextRadio president Paul Brenner says, “Today, consumers are part of an ever-evolving app world, and they expect to see and engage with content on their smartphones. By providing local FM radio listeners a live look at what is airing in their market before they tune in, NextRadio provides a compelling, new listener engagement option. Stations benefit from NextRadio because it doubles listening through the visualization of FM broadcast radio — making listeners more engaged and loyal.” I do agree that MOST radio station websites lack imagination and DJ participation. Merely posting the latest Hollywood gossip is not going to attract this elusive audience. At the same time, I don’t think website content will bring listeners to your station unless they have a reason to participate. Be that a prize of some kind [sparkly and bright] or engrossing information. The latest TMZ trash not the way to get it done.

4/30/16 — Viacom and Comcast have struck deals with ROKU for program delivery through the TV/Wifi connection. This will rid Comcast users of that cumbersome cable box, while also giving them access to other subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. Dish was an early-adopter of Roku service with the SLING TV service.

New KVI 1984 – Bringing Back the Oldies

There’s a number of Seattle radio history fans who think of KVI’s mid-’80s transition as the “after Hardwick” era. True. When most of the station’s golden age crew (Hardwick, Jack Morton and others) left in July of ’84, what followed became one of Puget Sound’s greatest oldies radio sounds. The New KVI quickly made its mark through the efforts of Mike Webb, Ron Erak, Tom Huytler, production whiz Jay Green and others. And there were more familiar names sharing in the fame of this significant piece of KVI history. Folks like Heidi May, Humble Harve, Sky Walker, Dick Curtis, Paul Walker and Paul Thompson, to name but a few. It lasted until 1990 when KVI made its first of two leaps into the world of conservative talk radio. You’ll hear none of that in this posting. But you might enjoy this composite aircheck reflecting how AM 570 helped a lot of listeners remember how great it was to have the oldie hits back since the demise of the old KJR and KOL.
The aircheck > runs about 4:30.

The KVI of mid-’84 to ’90 was a near phenomenon. It was a huge success (and led to KBSG’s glory years) achieved on the AM band while many FM wanna-bes were struggling. Admittedly, the stereo clarity of KBSG-97-point-3 helped a lot of radio listeners get over KVI’s oldies death. Not surprising was the next chapter of success most of the KVI oldies air personalities found when they moved on.
— Ron DeHart

Paul Brendle, ex-KIRO ‘guru of gridlock,’ dies

August 8, 2002 — Paul Brendle, a former KIRO traffic reporter who was once dubbed the “guru of gridlock,” has died of carbon monoxide poisoning. He would have been 56 on Wednesday.
Police found Mr. Brendle inside his car in the parking lot of the Woodinville library Wednesday afternoon. A King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that Mr. Brendle died sometime after midnight Tuesday. A hose inserted into the car’s interior was attached to the car’s exhaust pipe.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a suicide.
Mr. Brendle was a helicopter pilot who worked for KIRO Radio from 1978 to 1997. No one from the station would comment further. A spokesman for his family said yesterday that they had no further details of his death.
Mr. Brendle ran his own company, Puget Sound Helicopters, while flying for KIRO on a contract basis.

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