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TV stations set changes

July 17, 1981

By Hugh Davis
Spokane Daily Chronicle

All four Spokane television stations are making production and programming changes station officials hope will draw viewer attention.

Dean Mell, KHQ-TV news director, has confirmed reports that on Aug. 3, “Q-6 News Alive” will expand to one hour of local news broadcast from 5 to 6 p.m.

Three additional news personnel have been employed to help produce the expanded 30 minutes of news.

KXLY-TV is promoting a change in its 90-minute news format.

Steve Miller, KXLY news director, said that station will broadcast local news for one hour followed by 30 minutes of network news.

KREM-TV has moved to expand technological capacities for general programming. Recently the station received Spokane Zoning Board approval to locate a 23-foot diameter satellite receiving station on its property at 42nd and Fiske.

Irwin Starr, general manager, said Channel 2’s first fall program from the “dish” will be “Entertainment Tonight,” a show about the entertainment industry.

KSPS-TV, School District 81’s public television station, is contemplating moving its 34-foot diameter dish at 5oth and Mount Vernon to the KREM property.

Early indications are that the satellite signal KSPS receives would not be improved by relocating the dish, “but we’re waiting for the computer test results from Atlanta,” said Bob Wyatt, KSPS chief engineer.

Friday, July 17, 1981


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