Friday, May 27, 2005

Memorial Day

I plan to take the weekend off, but wanted to tell everyone who's written or are just peeking in, thank you.

I continue to be amazed that so many people care so much about what they do (listening bosses?) and care so much about Portland. Or aren't in the biz and write in to help us make better decisions.

When I return, I want to write about newspapers, which I don't have as much insight to the daily tremors, but I hear enough from my reporter and photographer friends to start the ball rolling. I also want to write about diversity - or the lack thereof.

And lastly, because I think it's important to note that it all doesn't suck, I'd like to solicit who the best reporters in town are (all media), the best photographers, and the unsung heroes back in the shops.

I also plan to have my gmail up and running - as suggested.

Please be safe with your cars and your drinks (and other things). Wear lots of sunscreen.

This is fun.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

From KATU's news director Mike Rausch to staff.

This Fall, we will see changes at KATU news involving our morning newscast and AMNW.


First off, Ken Ackerman intends to leave broadcasting and set off in another direction. Join with me in wishing Ken the very best. He will continue to be with us through November. My personal thanks to Ken for his many contributions to our morning news and AM Northwest. Ken is a consummate professional and will do well in the business world.

Ken asked me to include these comments:

“Following twenty-one years in broadcasting, I've decided to turn off my microphone...

I want to thank the loyal viewers for sixteen wonderful years in Portland. It's time to devote my energy to other passions. Leaving broadcasting will also afford me precious time to spend with the love of my life, my six-month old son Colby.

I'd like to thank everyone with whom I've worked, especially the folks at KATU who have given me the incredible opportunity to host AM Northwest.”


With Ken’s departure we will be adding a Portland news veteran to take his place. Carl Click will be joining KATU as morning news co-anchor and co-anchor of AM Northwest.

Carl brings more than 20 years of news reporting and anchoring experience to the KATU news team. Carl’s last day behind the anchor chair at KGW will be this Sunday. He will start here the second week of August and will take over morning anchor duties the first week of September.

Carl and I worked together at KGW and I have the greatest respect for his talents and abilities.

He sent me these background details:

Carl Click, 44, born and raised in Vancouver Washington.
Hired out of college, after internship at local Portland TV station. Began TV journalism career in Portland at the age of 22, in 1983, First job was as sports reporter. Followed by news and feature reporting, and news anchoring.

Has won numerous reporting awards from Associated Press, Soc. of Professional Journalists, and Radio and TV News Director's Assoc. Emmy nominated three times --- Has anchored top-rated early morning news and weekend news in Portland market since 1997.

Radio play-by-play announcer for Vancouver area high school sports on radio and internet.
Education: 1983 BA from Murrow School of Broadcasting at Washington State University. Awarded Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding senior in 1983.

Married to Jil (one "L" is correct) since 1986. Two children, Jack and Sarah are active students and athletes at Vancouver's Skyview high school.

These are just a few of the many changes we have ahead of us ----- Our new NewsTicker goes on line, the 4:30 newscast launches this fall, new cameras arrive, we jump to an all digital news format and the news room gets remodeled. Exciting times ahead.


Friday, May 27, 2005 3:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portland is such a slow town, I can predict the Memorial Day weekend news:

"it's hot folks!" Live shot Jamison Sq.

"Careful diving!" Live shot at Sandy River

"Big sports weekend. No Blazers!" Why Portland sports fans are so sad at this holiday -- no Blazers in playoffs.

PDX news is one thing -- predictable.

Friday, May 27, 2005 4:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not in the media business, just a local news junkie but I love this blog! Thanks.

Friday, May 27, 2005 5:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot...

"Stay cool"... Live Shot Salmon St. Fountain

"Stay poor" .. Live Shot Gas Station

Friday, May 27, 2005 5:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Junkie4newz said...

So what do you all think of the changes at KATU that were posted above? Thoughts on that? Or - how about the rumors CW Jenson is going to KOIN? Anyone, Anyone? Dish it! Go!

Friday, May 27, 2005 7:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curious... now that the book is over, did KGW stomp all the competition in every time slot again?

Friday, May 27, 2005 9:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost...mornings now belong to Fox. I don't have all the numbers, but here are the shares.


KGW 15


KGW (Noon-1) 17
KOIN (Noon-12:30) 8
KATU (11a-noon) 9


KGW 21
KATU (5-6pm average) 10

5:30 PM Weekdays
KGW (NBC Nightly News) 20
KOIN (CBS Evening News) 8
KATU (Local News 5-6pm average) 10


KGW 17
KATU (ABC World News Tonight) 10

6:30 pm WEEKDAYS:
KGW 14


KGW 19

That's all I've got...don't have 10 PM weeknights, don't have weekends.

Friday, May 27, 2005 10:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe correspondent mccreery can give us some insight.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 1:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Saturday, May 28, 2005 1:19:00 AM  
Anonymous dotyoureyes said...

Changes at KATU... they're remodeling the newsroom?

Where is the money coming from for something like that? Does this mean they finally found some tenants up at Fisher Plaza?

It's a good move for Carl -- he'll draw some viewers with him over to KATU in the mornings, where they're seeing some life thanks to GMA. I hope he doesn't lose his soul doing a show where content is sold by the sales department.

(Sidebar: I realize our mystery blogger doesn't want to directly criticize his/her employer too much, but I'd love to hear her/his comments on the ethics of having news staff also doing a show like AMNW where content is up for sale.)

The unwritten story of the morning show race is about the 7-9 am block. GDO is capitalizing on Today's massive slide. Their newfound success from 5-7 is largely thanks to all the viewers who discovered what they're doing from 7-9.

At some point, either GMA or Today will realize the only way to succeed against the GDOs that are rapidly gaining in every market will be to switch to an NPR model -- 3 minutes of national news and 4 minutes of local news/traffic/weather at the TOP of every half hour, then another minute of local traffic/weather at :15 and :45.

Local cutins at :25 and :55 aren't going to cut it anymore.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 1:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you can say GDO's success is "largely" the result of the Today show's recent problems. GDO has been winning at 5am for years, and won at 6am last July and November as well. I think it has a lot more to do with the fact that a lot more people are starting to realize that it's a very good show. And as far as other local 7-9am shows around the country having similar success, that's simply not true. Some are doing well, but GDO is one of the very few that consistently beat the Today show and GMA. That said, I would agree that the :25 and :55 cutins won't cut it anymore. However, I don't see the national shows giving up their precious time anytime soon.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 8:16:00 AM  
Anonymous PDX TV Watcher said...

Good luck to Ken Ackerman in whatever he goes on to do. Ken is a quality individual who will be missed.

Congrats to Carl Click. Carl's talents have never been appreciated or used to their fullest by KGW. KATU is scoring big.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think GDO starting beating the Today show several years ago, when Today was still dominant. And I could be wrong, but also think they beat KGW head-to-head at 6am 3 of the last 4 books.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous junkie4newz said...

Back to CWJ: is he really going to KOIN? Is that true?

Saturday, May 28, 2005 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KOIN's got enough going on right now. I don't see any major "talent" changes in the near future.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CWJ is not going to KOIN.. that was a joke made on another board.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 2:12:00 PM  
Anonymous none of your business said...

anybody who says GDO is a "good show" must be in broadcasting and have that lack of reference that comes with working in broadcasting. i am a broadcaster but GDO pure trash. i mean, i'm going to get my ass on it when my book comes out, and they'll do it because it's TRASH and i'm (somewhat) known.
but GDO is absolute trash.
would you want to wake up next to any of them?

Saturday, May 28, 2005 5:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

none of your business... do us all a favor and lay off the weed for a couple hours before you post here.

Have you watched GDO in the last three years? Because if you've seen the show, then you'd know that GDO stopped doing studio-guest segments back in 2002. Now it's purely news, traffic, weather, and Drew Carney live shots. The only way someone like you could get on the show is if you were hurt or killed. I suggest you take yourself and your book to AMNW. They'll be glad to have you as a guest... if you pay their fee to be on the show.

Consider yourself a small minority in your viewpoint about GDO being "trash". It's the only show to beat KGW in any time period, and is the only newscast in the entire market that has sustained ratings growth. Viewers strongly disagree with your opinion... and so do advertisers.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 7:07:00 PM  
Anonymous none of your business said...

"Viewers strongly disagree with your opinion... and so do advertisers."

there you have it. exactly what's wrong with broadcasting. and why i DON'T watch trash (which perhaps that poster makes).
and that's why it shall ever be such. and that's also why i have no interest in returning to commercial TV, even though, in another market the size of Portland's, my show got a 40 share at 7:30pm.
how big is yours, annon?
i'm happy with my audience in portland, in TV, radio AND print.
can you say the same?

Sunday, May 29, 2005 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised by the changes at KATU. I figuered if Ken ever left, they would bring Dave Anderson to do AM Northwest - he was the regular sub for Ken.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 2:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOYB, if you're going to spout off BS like "40 share in a market as big as Portland," the least you could do is identify yourself so someone can check up on your claims.

After all, if we've got a big star in our midst, we'd all best bow down in deference to your superior knowledge of how TV is supposed to be.

If you don't have the cojones to back up your talk, then STFU. Thanks.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 2:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be nice, kids, this is starting to sound like that radio board, where they call each other moron and flame each other (badly).

If somebody used to have a 40 share at 7:30, then one wonders why that person is posting anonymously and troll-like on a local blog board such as this. Perhaps it was many moons ago, when woolly mammoths patrolled the grounds, but a 40 is damn good, damn good. The grid here on my desk shows that 7:30 PM was won, in the May sweeps, by Wheel with a 12.

So: heed the words of our Mr/Ms 40 share and learn, ye mortals!

Sunday, May 29, 2005 3:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once got an 80 share on my talk show at 7:15. And my Mom said I was very talented.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 5:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got an 105 share once. 105.1 to be exact. Oh wait, I think that was the frequency Keneth,

Sunday, May 29, 2005 7:39:00 PM  
Anonymous none of your business said...

jealousy is so often rampant in our business.
i am not required, i believe, to reveal my identity. especially to someone named "anonymous."
or to anyone.
have a nice day.
i have a tapes to log.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 8:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have diapers to change.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 9:37:00 PM  
Anonymous none of your business said...

I have trash to take out.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 9:39:00 PM  
Anonymous 2524212 said...

none of your business:

I disagree with your opinion that GDO is "trash". Nevertheless, I'm interested in reading what it is about Good Day Oregon, specifically, that you don't like. You indicated in one of your rebuttals that you don't want to return to commercial TV, and I understand your perspective. But what is it specifically about GDO? I don't think it's any more or less "commercial" than any other Portland newscast... but the talent and producing quality are superior. And with that superior quality has come viewer respect and ratings success. Is that success not a fair indicator of quality? I believe it is, and that's why I believe GDO is the finest Portland newscast currently on-air. But that's my opinion... and I know you disagree, but why?

Sunday, May 29, 2005 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous none of your business said...

dear 252

you have to be kidding.
i mean, really.
ratings success has nothing whatsoever to do with quality. nothing. nothing at all. nor does CD sales. nor book sales. nor any sort of popular measure.
as a matter of fact, it is nearly always the opposite. and i say that from the perspective of having worked on very successful shows.
quality is in the eye of the beholder, of course. you like gdo? knock yourself out.
just don't try to tell me that creative merit has anything to do with how many people watch. it doesn't. it never has.
"my mother the car" got great numbers.
"american idol" and the trump show get great numbers. are they art?
to what do you aspire, 252? i've made trash with the best of them. and i've been well-paid for it. i wouldn't presume to tell anybody it was "quality."
if we had a real TV critic (a la Tom Shales) in this town, i would be a lot happier.

Monday, May 30, 2005 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the poster who asked if it was ethical for someone who anchors the news to also anchor AMNW:

No. AMNW is for sale. It's an hour long advertisement. ANYONE who anchors that show or appears on it as a "reporter" loses all credibility as a journalist.
Sure, newscasts are not completely free of "sponsored" stories... but KATU AM anchors also working on AMNW is an egregious example.

Monday, May 30, 2005 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are "sponsored" stories in newscasts? Please explain. I have my doubts. If that's true, then it's every bit as bad as AMNW, don't you think?

Monday, May 30, 2005 7:41:00 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

There are so many anonymouses on this blog, it gets really confusing when the incoming starts hitting ground zero........for awhile, I figured Anonymous #1, the troll, was writing ALL the comments.

Monday, May 30, 2005 8:10:00 AM  
Anonymous 2524212 said...

none of your business:

Your point that popularity doesn't automatically infer quality has some merit, and is applicable in certain circumstances. But not always. Some of TV's finest creative programs were also very popular.

We can agree that GDO is a popular news program right now. But I'd still like to find out what it is about GDO that makes it "trash". Is GDO a less-creative & lower-quality program than other PDX newscasts? If yes, how so? Is there a newscast in Portland that isn't "trash", in your opinion?

Monday, May 30, 2005 8:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Some guy said...

It has its goofy aspects, that Andy guy is always hamming it up from whichever location he's at, but the news is surprisingly solid. I think they were the first to put a helicopter in the air during the morning, which greatly enhances traffic reporting, plus whenever there's a whiff of smoke or a bear running loose someplace, there they are. True, that's usually penny-ante stuff, but it reinforces two things: 1) when the shit truly does hit the fan, they'll be on it; and 2) immediacy. What they're doing is radio--high story content, lots of breakers, a dependable clock executed by familiar friendly people.

Their format wheel helps them a lot...12 solid minutes of information at the top and bottom without commercial clutter is very useful to me as a viewer.

I'm no "Faux News" fan. But Fox 12 is earning its morning numbers, IMHO.

Monday, May 30, 2005 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came across this blog by accident, and I looked inside.
Where, oh where is there a mention of KBOO betond the ten lines or so that showed up yesterday.
I have ti say it'a the only local station that does serieous news and serious events analysis. Locally - and I live in Corvallis - 80 miles away the onl,y otherf fir news=public affairs stuff comes at night from the BBC. Sorry OPD is chat-shit, Air Americ is better but it'talk trather than info. Folx has it all - sez someone - but that doesn't explain why people listen to fox.

Monday, May 30, 2005 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger breakingsnooze said...

The main reason GDO is growing share is because they have the right people in front of the camera. To quote a great film, "personality goes a long way". I can tell you that each person on GDO is great. What you see is what you get with them. They are good people on and off the air. I know this from personal experience with all of them. The strong point with GDO is not the content, they know that too. They really want people to watch and get good info. More than anything the anchors want to have fun. The studio there is filled with laughs and jokes most mornings. thay also have real live people in the studio behind the cameras, floor directing some-thing KGW and others did away with years ago in the name of cost cuting. It shows on the air. You can feel the tention in other shows. GDO is fun to watch because most people there are having a good time while they are doing the show.

Monday, May 30, 2005 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous some other guy said...

That's really insightful..having an actual studio crew instead of a robocam creates a much more personable atmosphere behind the scenes, and that can't help but carry over on the air.

Does it seems to anyone like the KGW morning people are trying really hard to be cheerful? Maybe it's natural, but I'm seeing more teeth than ever on that show...

Monday, May 30, 2005 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They all feel pressure to "be Like Fox" yet they would be called hacks if they did. Subtle format changes over time is the name of the game. They added something called "Quckcast" at the end of the show (fox had the same thing first). Look for more changes in the format as the year progresses. ord on the street is there will be some addtions in the next comming months. In the end it comes down to chemistry, and you either have it, can fake it really well or you don't got it. KGW falls into one of those catagories I'll let you be the judge of which.

Monday, May 30, 2005 6:49:00 PM  
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