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Kxly Lands A Big Fish For Anchor Position

KXLY-Channel 4 has landed a former Seattle and CNN anchor to handle its 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Barry Judge was the main male anchor on KING-TV in Seattle for about four years before being let go at the first of the year. He will arrive on Spokane’s airwaves on Aug. 21, where he will be the co-anchor with Marianne Mishima.

“We think this will change the course, literally, of Spokane’s news,” said KXLY executive news director Michael Espinoza. “We feel we have just added the cherry to the pie.”

Thank goodness he didn’t say pumpkin.

Still, Espinoza has reason to be giddy. It’s unusual for an anchor with so much major market experience to come to Spokane, which ranks about 75th in market size. Before his Seattle stint, Judge was an anchor on CNN for about a year and a half, working as a “floater,” or fill-in anchor, in a variety of slots. Before that, he anchored in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Dallas and Palm Beach.

“I’ve been in broadcasting for probably 23 or 24 years,” said Judge by phone from his home in Seattle’s Eastside suburbs. “I’ve been around the block.”

Judge has been on the job market since KING-TV let him go for what he says was “politics,” the typical reason for losing a job in TV. With his credentials, he probably could have gone to a bigger market, but he said he chose Spokane for family reasons. He has a wife and three children, aged 14, 18 and 22, and they all wanted to stay in Washington.

“As my resume indicates, I’ve dragged my family back and forth across the country,” he said. “I have three kids, each born in a different state. It’s like a military family. It’s about time I accommodate my family instead of the other way around.”

Judge replaces Rob Daugherty at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., but Daugherty and Karen Kelly will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast. Kelly and Mark Wright will anchor the new 11 a.m. newscast.

Interstate Fair names

Some big country names are coming to the Spokane Interstate Fair in September.

Here’s the lineup:

Tim McGraw and Martina McBride: Sept. 10.

Confederate Railroad: Sept. 11.

Kenny Chesney: Sept. 12.

Suzy Bogguss: Sept. 13.

McGraw and McBride will do one show only, at 7 p.m. The other three artists will do both early and late shows, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

You can buy tickets to all four shows for $20, through G&B; Selecta-Seat (fair admission is extra). If you want to see McGraw and McBride only, tickets are $10. Individual tickets for the other shows will go on sale later.

Arbitron advances

I have sneaked an advance peek at the spring Arbitron radio ratings, and one thing in particular stands out. KDRK-FM is not only leading the pack, but its morning team led the pack, too.

This is ironic, considering that this is the same morning team, Jay Daniels and Kevin James, who got fired on June 8, near the end of this ratings period.

The spring Arbitron ratings show that Spokane’s Top Five consists of the usual suspects: KDRK-FM, KZZU-FM, KKZX-FM, KEYF-FM and KISC-FM, in that order.

However, there are some surprises in the rest of the pack.

Keep an eye on Spotlight for the full list in the next week or two.

World-class jazz surprise

The people at Coeur d’Alene’s Art on the Green got a world-class jazz surprise on Saturday at 5 p.m.: A set from jazz musicians Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Ed Schuller and Billy Hart.

These are the same top-caliber artists who were in the Festival at Sandpoint’s Journey Into Jazz concert on Friday.

They played at Art on the Green just to represent the festival and because they thought it would be fun.

Scott Colwes, the festival’s piano technician and a Coeur d’Alene resident, talked them into it.

I should issue a disclaimer here. This was all scheduled to take place on Saturday; deadlines do not allow me to confirm that all went as planned. If not, then, never mind.

The Voice

Bob Edwards, the soothing and authoritative voice of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” will speak at The Met on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

This is a fund-raiser for Spokane Public Radio. Tickets are $16 for the general public, $8 for KPBX members and Eastern Washington University students.

For those who wonder why there are no Walter Cronkites in broadcasting anymore, well, they should listen to Edwards.

The man from Louisville is what excellence in broadcasting is truly about.

KPBX self-promotion

Now that I’ve said something nice about public radio, let me air my pet gripe about KPBX-FM.

How many thousands of times do we have to listen to promos for the station’s fund-raisers?

The KPBX Cruise, for instance, is a worthy event, but by the time it rolls around on Aug. 16, we’ll have heard the promos so many times a day, for so many weeks, we’ll want to take a hammer to our radios. A little restraint, that’s all I ask.

Zephyr season

Zephyr, the cutting edge chamber music series directed by Kendall Feeney, has announced its 1995-96 season.

It will include “Zephyr Cabaret (Berlin Theatre Songs)” on Sept. 30 at The Met; “East Meets West (The Asian Experience in Western Music)” on Dec. 7 at The Met; “Zephyr at the Cathedral,” Feb. 11 at St. John’s Cathedral; and “Faust and Feeney” featuring flutist Michael Faust, on April 14 at The Met.

Tickets are now on sale through G&B; Select-a-Seat. Zephyr, if I may editorialize here, is one of the outstanding cultural experiences in Spokane.

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