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Dick Bogle started his career as an officer with the Portland Police Bureau, and worked there from 1959 to 1968. The classrooms certainly look different. KATU presently broadcasts 33½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 5½ hours on weekdays and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays).

Kinkaid died in 1994, at age 71. by Steve Dunn, KATU News and KATU.com Staff. Another high-profile Portland refugee, Rob Marciano, was KATU's chief meteorologist from 1997 to 2003 before making the jump to CNN as news and weather anchor. Rusty Nails definitely made an impression on "The Simpsons" creator, Matt Groening. In 2014, Marciano returned to weather when ABC News hired him as senior meteorologist. Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/OregonLive, Rusty Nails – whose real name was James Allen -. For more than 40 years, Mike Donahue was a reassuring presence on KOIN, even when he was delivering distressing news. Formerly separately licensed as WCGV-TV and merged with WVTV's spectrum, but remains on its former channel number as a separate station, Learn how and when to remove this template message, U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts, "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition", "Sinclair acquiring Fisher Communications", "Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion plus debt", "Sinclair Broadcast Group Sets $3.9 Billion Deal to Acquire Tribune Media", "Sinclair Broadcast to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion, giving it control over 215 local TV stations", "Sinclair Broadcast nears deal for Tribune Media", "Sinclair and Tribune Fall as FCC Slams TV Station Sale Plan", "FCC chair rejects Sinclair-Tribune merger", "FCC throws Sinclair/Tribune deal in doubt", "FCC Throws Wrench Into Sinclair Media Megadeal", "Sinclair Tries to Appease F.C.C., but Its Tribune Bid Is Challenged", "FCC orders hearing even as Sinclair changes plans to sell TV stations to address concerns about Tribune deal", "Tribune Terminates $3.9 Billion Sinclair Merger, Sues Broadcast Rival", "Tribune Kills Sinclair Merger, Files Suit", "Tribune Media pulls out of Sinclair Broadcast merger", "Tribune Ends Deal With Sinclair, Dashing Plan for Conservative TV Behemoth", "Tribune Ends Deal with Sinclair, Files Breach of Contract Suit", "Tribune withdraws from Sinclair merger, saying it will sue for 'breach of contract, "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds", BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KATU-TV, KMTR-DT 16.2 / KMCB-DT 23.2 / KTCW-DT 46.2 / "KZWB", sorted by primary channel network affiliations, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=KATU_(TV)&oldid=983720498, Television channels and stations established in 1962, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles needing additional references from February 2008, All articles needing additional references, Articles with unsourced statements from August 2013, Articles with unsourced statements from March 2009, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 21:14.

[citation needed] Song also won dual first place (2006) Associated Press Awards in Best Writing, and Best Investigative Reporting.

Some Portlanders of a certain age still serenade loved ones with the Heck Harper happy birthday song. KATU’s “Channel 2 News” was also the highest-rated news program in Portland under the anchor team of Jeff Gianola and Julie Emry.

Marciano left CNN to join "Entertainment Tonight" as co-host.
After helping start the day for Portland TV viewers for a decade, Boule joined the Oregonian as a columnist, in 1987. Bogle then turned to politics, and was elected to the Portland City Council in 1984. Emily Sinovic has lived in Pyongtaek for several months while her husband is stationed at Camp Humphreys military base. ". The full rollout premiered during their 4 p.m. newscast on August 17, 2009, making it the second station in the Portland market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition.

He died in 1998, at age 79. By Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/OregonLive. Bogle had deep roots in the Northwest.

By all means, let us know, in the comments. "Now you see your favorite weatherperson, now you don't". After a brief retirement in the mid-1980s, it was big news when Smith returned to Portland’s airwaves, rejoining KGW in 1990 as co-anchor of an afternoon show, “First at Four.” Smith made another move in 1996, joining KPTV. Some news reporters and anchors with long careers in Portland are still on the job at local stations.

Nothing crap, promise. [32], This article is about the television station in Oregon. Song also won du… Another Portland TV pioneer, Frank Kinkaid was a newscaster at KOIN, who joined the station in 1958. Who are the notable former personalities for KATU weather and news? Smith’s 30-year Portland TV career came to an end after a 2001 on-air accident, when a blast of feedback into her headphones damaged Smith’s hearing.

If you grew up in Portland, and are a member of the demographic that took school field trips to OMSI when it was located near the zoo, bought snacks at Morrow's Nut House in Lloyd Center or rode the carousel at Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, you may remember some of these names, particularly the ones who first came into TV households in the late 1950s or early 1960s. In 2012, Donahue decided to retire from KOIN. Maybe that's why Facebook and other social media sites are packed with posts from deep-rooted Portlanders who love to share faded snapshots of the city they remember, with a particular emphasis on long-gone local TV news people, kids' show hosts and a cuddly weather cat. During the November 2006 and February 2007 sweeps periods, KATU finished in third place overall in the local newscast ratings, behind KGW and KPTV. A former KATU News reporter now lives in Florida and chose to send her oldest son back to the classroom. For Baby Boomers who grew up in Portland, there may be no more beloved figure from their childhoods than Heck Harper, Portland's own singing cowboy. The two stations share studios on NE Sandy Boulevard in Portland; KATU's transmitter is located in the Sylvan-Highlands section of the city. Bill O’Reilly, one of the original anchors of Inside Edition and now of Fox News, came to KATU in 1984 as an anchor and reporter.

Beginning in 1964 when he became the host of “Popeye’s Pier 12,” and continuing as the star of his own “Ramblin’ Rod” show for more than 30 years, Rod Anders showed cartoons, held smile contests, wore his trademark button-bedecked sweater, talked to kids and earned an honored place in the Portland children’s show host hall of fame. Nicholas, Jonathan (February 26, 2003). Since leaving the Oregonian in 2010, Boule has remained part of Portland culture, acting and singing in theatrical productions, writing plays, and working in radio. Previously, the studio was divided in half, with one side the news set and the other the AM Northwest set. An actor, businessman and radio host as well, Adkins entertained young viewers with cartoons and puppets, including a beatnik type known as “Weird Beard.” Like Heck Harper, Adkins made many personal appearances around Portland as “Addie Bobkins,” often accompanied by his dog, Feather. and Wheel of Fortune (since 1992; previously, they had aired on KOIN-TV). Monday, December 30th 2019. Adkins died in 2005, at age 72. Bill O'Reilly wasn't in Portland for very long, but his subsequent broadcast career certainly makes him stand out.. O'Reilly spent nine months as an anchor at KATU in 1984-1985. Murphy, Francis (March 17, 1962). Ann Curry also moved on from Portland to a national platform. Heck Harper, Portland's own singing cowboy. Are there other Portland TV personalities you think should be mentioned? At the time of O’Reilly’s departure, KATU’s “Channel 2 News” held the top spot in the Portland TV market ratings. In Florida, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, kids are going back into the classroom.

* Rod Hill- (chief Meteorologist 2003-2009).

[citation needed]. His mother, Kathryn Hall Bogle, was an activist in Portland and advocate for civil rights dating back to the 1930s. As Smith told The Oregonian in 1990, ``It was hard because audiences weren't accustomed to seeing a woman in a position of authority,'' adding, ``We had to work longer hours for less pay to prove there was a place for us in television.”. In later life, Bogle focused on his longtime love of jazz, volunteering for KMHD and compiling his jazz reviews on a website.

The genial weatherman is a local news standby, but Jim Bosley was more than the person who told you whether to expect rain or shine. Of course, Krusty the Clown was a lot rougher around the edges than the good-natured Rusty Nails. All rights reserved (About Us). "25 bucking the trend". Full purchase is currently pending. As a reporter and an anchor, Donahue enjoyed high ratings and widespread popularity among regional viewers. On July 17, 2008 at 6:15 p.m., KATU conducted a test for viewers to determine whether their television sets were ready for the digital television transition by turning off its analog signal for 10 seconds, which the station conducted other times through the spring of 2009.


Her on-air authority and down-to-earth relatability made Kathy Smith one of the biggest stars in Portland TV news history. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Julie Emry left in the mid-1990s for family reasons, and Gianola left in 1997 after being suspended for apparently getting into an argument with a female reporter. In 2012, Donahue decided to retire from KOIN, and wrote a public letter to fans and coworkers, which was posted on the KOIN website.


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