December 21, 2011
Maybe it's because I finally finished my Christmas shopping,
but I've had a chance to really reflect on what we have going here at FM News
101 KXL. It's been a year of a lot of transitions. We've moved from the
AM to the FM dial. We've launched a brand new Web site.
We've upped our commitment to news. Sadly, we had to saygoodbye to Barbara
Voight who passed away in May from Melanoma. We've added new faces like
Gregg Hersholt, Pat Boyle, Rosemary Reynolds, and Steve Herman.
We've kept some fantastic KXL news veterans who are so valuable to
Behind the scenes, the staff works so hard each day to give you news that you need to know and can't get anywhere else. We've had passionate discussions (disagreements?) and conversations at our news meeting to make sure we handle things fairly and thoroughly. We hope you've noticed. We also plan to do much more in 2012 and would love to have you come along with us. Here's to a fantastic KXL news staff....and here's to you and yours this holiday season. There really is something special about Christmas.
News Director and Morning Anchor
The difference is subtle but really important. Starting today, we are offering more news during our morning and afternoon news blocks. That means 10 minutes non-stop news at the top and bottom of the hour. We are still doing all of the things you've come to love about KXL like traffic and weather on the 7's, sports and money news twice an hour, and our in depth segments every hour.
Here's why we made the change. So many times, we've had to break for commercials at the expense of good news flow. Follow-up pieces that added dimension to stories had to be bumped to the next segment. Some stories didn't play at all. That doesn't seem fair to you as a listener, or to the people who produce such great content.
Now, we have fewer commercial breaks and more opportunity to get the stories out to you.
I hope you like it!
The Spanish language television network, Univision, spent one year investigating Iranian activities in Latin America. The documentary aired last week. Here's the clip (in English).
There are a lot of holiday events going on this weekend, including some old favorites: the Oregon Zoo lights, the Festival of Lights at the Grotto, and the Jubitz Winter Wonderland at PIR. The Oregon Ballet Theatre is also putting on two holiday shows, The Nutcracker and A Holiday Revue.
Looking for something with a little more of a "party" atmosphere? Then try the Annual Winter Beer Festival at Amnesia Brewing in North Portland. (I stole that one from Beer Goddess Lisa Morrison. Check out her web page for more events like that!)
Personally, I will spend my Saturday tracking down the perfect Christmas tree. I am a person motivated by convenience, so I will probably go to whatever lot or farm my brother with a truck wants to take me. But I'm open to suggestions! Do you have a favorite place that you take your family every year?
However you decide to spend your weekend, enjoy it! But don't forget, the dedicated newsies here at FM News 101 are working 24/7, even on the weekends, to bring you all the important stuff. :-)
December 9th, 2011
In 2007, Seung-Hui Cho went on a rampage, killing 32 people and wounding 25 others before committing suicide. It is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history.
The campus security and administrators took some heat for not activating warnings sooner. It took them 2 hours to respond. Some say if they worked faster, the death toll would have been much lower. Yesterday, they handled things differently when they learned that a campus cop was shot and killed and a man in gray sweat pants and a maroon gray hoodie was on the loose. Later another man was found dead and it turned out to be the shooter. This time was different because campus officials got the word out within 6 minutes via Twitter, the campus Web site and even with sirens on campus.
This morning, we'll talk about how they used technology to alert students and faculty. Tech Expert Brian Westbrook joins us at 6:20 and 8:20. Students had an impromptu vigil last night and they plan on holding a more formal vigil tonight on the campus of Virginia Tech.