Tuesday, July 19, 2005

KOIN Weather

Okay, here's what I learned.

KOIN apparently has transferred (Emmis station to Emmis station) weatherman Jeff Baskin from New Orleans (WVUE - Fox) to Portland. Don't know much about Jeff - if he's a real meteorologist or a Mississippi State correspondence course kind of guy?

The bottom line is this (even if I got the guy from bad sources - in NO they're advertising for a new meteorologist) - the new weather guy gets Katie Baker off of the main shows (which she didn't want - end of her career outside of Portland). Anna Katayama comes off mornings and noon, so it's Katie and that weakling Mark Ronchetti (I think he's terrible) on the AM and Noon (4th place in the morning, 3rd at Noon - sorry Mark Hendricks and Shirley Hancock/Reed Coleman - they ruined your legacy). Then the new guy works with Jeff and Kelley, Jeff and Kelley, Jeff and Kelley, Jeff and Kelley (unless they come to their senses and put Donahue back on the anchor desk).

Ken Boddie (the #1 news anchor for KOIN right now) pairs with Anna, and Alexis Del Cid goes back in the reporting pool.

New weather guy - two things. It's Will-am-ette. And I hope you got them to buy new graphics and new toys. It'll take about two years for you to make your mark.

Welcome to Portland. Aside all the snide stuff I've written here, you are coming to an easier market to forecast and a beautiful place to live.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

His bio's been removed from WVUE's site, but a New Orleans message board poster labeled him "Really smart, great delivery and seems like a nice guy," though only #4 in a ranking of 10 local mets. You can still see his photo here:

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I checked out his picture, seems like a nice guy. I'm sure he will do well in Portland...though I am a little disappointed that he wasn't one of the African/American's featured prominently at that station. This market is really challenged when it comes to minority representation on the anchor desk. All of these middle aged white male managers need to venture away from their Lake Oswego domiciles and realize that Portland is little more diverse than the coffee group at the local Starbucks.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming PDX is right again, the most diverse group around will be the KOIN Sunday 6 and 11 crew. That would be Ken Boddie, Anna Katayama, and Ed Whelan. Portland isn't exactly diverse on the desk.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O can predict Portland's weather for FREE!

Cool, cloudy, chance of rain.

Back to you, Kelley!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Thomas Anonymous said...

I don't agree that Portland's a relatively easy market to forecast. You've got so many things here to factor in that can play tricks with the weather. Of course the ocean is one factor, but you've also got the Gorge and the Chinook winds, plus the Cascades, any or all of which can significantly change a weather system and screw up a forecast.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger The Show said...

I like the diversity issue..when look at the stations in the market.. Portland comes across as very vanilla.

That said, good luck to the new chief.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portland IS very vanilla.

We've discussed this before. Move on...

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 2:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff Baskin is originally from upstate, Rochester, N.Y. He is a graduate of Cornell

Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:46:00 AM  
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