KJRB To Simulcast KHQ-TV News
July 1, 2009 at 5:18 AM (PT)
MAPLETON COMMUNICATIONS Talk KJRB-A/SPOKANE will simulcast the news show audio of crosstown COWLES NBC affiliate KHQ-TV (Q6), starting MONDAY. KHQ will also provide reports for the other stations in the MAPLETON RADIO SPOKANE cluster. KJRB will air "KHQ LOCAL NEWS TODAY" and "KHQ LOCAL NEWS AT FIVE" under the deal.
"KHQ broadcasted its signal on 87.7 FM for years. Unfortunately the switch to digital television forced KHQ off the radio. Our audience overwhelming responded, asking to get KHQ back on the radio dial. We've been working since February to meet the needs of our viewers, and now we couldn't be happier to announce that RADIO SPOKANE has helped us to make that happen," said KHQ Pres./GM PATRICIA MCRAE.
"We are thrilled to partner with KHQ to offer the best local TV news on the radio," said RADIO SPOKANE OM MIKE SKOT. "Together, KHQ and RADIO SPOKANE are committed to servicing our local community."
The move follows changes in the deal under which KJRB newscasts were produced by COWLES' SPOKESMAN-REVIEW newspaper. Newscasts will begin being produced by the station itself on MONDAY (7/6), using its own staff and material from the newspaper. The SPOKESMAN is disbanding its four-person radio news team headed by local radio veteran DAN MITCHINSON.