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ABC, Fox affiliates share news personnel

November 10, 2002

By Jim Kershner
The Spokesman-Review

Isn’t it a bit odd to see KXLY-4’s weathercaster Kris Crocker and sportscaster Dennis Patchin appearing every night on KAYU-28’s “News at Ten”?

Not at all, according to the general managers of both TV stations.

They said they find this new arrangement to be a good example of “the synergism” that can exist between two independently owned companies. KAYU is the local Fox affiliate, and KXLY is the local ABC affiliate.

“It’s a way for us to be sharing resources, to be in more places and to cover more news stories,” said Jon Rand, general manager of KAYU. “Also, we get to feature two very well-known personalities who are at the top of their game.”

“It’s a way to get more exposure and promotion (of KXLY’s anchors) in a different day part,” said Steve Herling, KXLY executive vice president and general manager.

He said he finds “the Fox prime time audience to be very attractive.”

A microwave link-up between the two stations allows Crocker and Patchin to appear on KAYU without leaving the KXLY studio.

KXLY has no 10 p.m. newscast. But, as Herling pointed out, the competition does. KREM-2 produces a 10 p.m. newscast on its sister station, KSKN-22.

This arrangement frees up KAYU’s Dan Mitchinson to do other stories. He was doing the weather report, even though he is not a meteorologist. KAYU has been without a sports anchor.

The two stations will also share video footage of news stories, which they say will reduce duplication and improve efficiency. KAYU has about 17 staffers in its news department and KXLY has about 40.

Both general managers say this is only the beginning of what they call a “cutting-edge, strategic alliance.”

You can expect to see KAYU’s main anchor, Linda Stratton, crossing over to contribute to KXLY’s newscasts soon.

Sunday, November 10, 2002



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