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Spokane is missing its UPN affiliation

January 15, 2006

By Jim Kershner
The Spokesman-Review

Once again, Spokane is without a UPN affiliate. KQUP-24 dropped its UPN affiliation as of Jan. 1, which means the Spokane market has no outlet for such popular UPN shows as “Veronica Mars,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and “WWE Smackdown.”

KQUP is now running RTN (Retro Television Network) during prime time, which features classic shows such as “Magnum P.I.”

“In the long term, we just felt that UPN’s shows were not ideally suited for the Spokane market,” said KQUP general manager Rod Hall. “We feel this (RTN) is a better mix.”

He said the station received a few dozen calls the first time “WWE Smackdown” failed to appear, but other than that the transition has been smooth.

Most of the KQUP schedule is syndicated material and will remain the same. The station continues to be the home of Seattle SuperSonics basketball. UPN delivered only two hours of programming, five nights a week.

Hall expressed the hope that another station in the market would pick up the most popular UPN shows. So far, this has not happened.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

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