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KREM-TV changes anchorman again

September 9, 1987

Spokane Chronicle

In its second major anchor change in five months, KREM-TV announced Tuesday the replacement of broadcaster Rick Price.

Price, who came to KREM as 5 and 11 p.m. anchor two years ago, has been given the newly created position of senior reporter, said station news director Phil Wenstrand.

Price will produce daily reports for the evening and late-night news as well as long-term projects for KREM’s special projects team, Wenstrand said.

Filling the vacancy will be Charles Rowe, who has worked in Chicago, California and Oregon as a TV and radio broadcaster, according to Wenstrand. Rowe will join the station next week and take over anchor duties later this month.

“Charles Rowe has had a distinguished broadcast career,” Wenstrand said. “He’s one of the most professional communicators I’ve had association with.”

In April, Wenstrand fired KREM sports anchor Tod Pickett and hired Eric Johnson, a Spokane native who had been working for a Boise station.

As in the Pickett firing, Wenstrand declined to discuss specific reasons for Price’s reassignment.

KREM, owned by King Broadcasting Co. of Seattle, has failed to make a dent in the area’s news ratings lead held by KHQ-TV. In February 1986, the second ratings period that Price took part in, KREM led KHQ for one of the few times in the past 10 years.

KHQ, in the next ratings period, regained the top position and has held the market news lead ever since.

The ratings are conducted four times a year by Arbitron Ratings and A.C. Nielsen Co. They determine the rates each commercial station can charge national and area advertisers.

Wednesday, September 9, 1987

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