The F/X network was in Spokane and Pullman last week, shooting live for its morning show “Breakfast Time.”
They did segments on Cyrus O’Leary’s pie-makers, the Spokane Police Regional Training Center and WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
If the Inland Northwest looked dark and sleepy on these broadcasts, there was a good reason. The segments were shot between 4 and 6 a.m., to air live on the East Coast between 7 and 9 a.m. However, in Spokane, the show is delayed three hours, to run from 7 to 9 a.m. our time.
To sum up: On a bright shiny morning in Spokane, we watched a “live” broadcast showing our town in utter and complete darkness. Ah, yes, the magic of live television.
If, like me, you have never watched the F/X network, even on a dare, I should point out that it is channel 12 on Cox Cable. It is a new Fox offshoot channel.
“Breakfast Time” is an odd cross between “Good Morning America” and “The Real World.” The hosts wander around a Manhattan apartment, drinking coffee, doing laundry and conducting interviews. It’s as informal as TV can get, if “informal” is actually possible in an apartment crammed with three or four camera crews.
The local segments were nicely done features, although some of the subtitles were a little strange. During the segment about WSU’s exotic bird clinic for injured birds, the subtitle was: “They came, they’re sore, they survive.”
Why did F/X come to Spokane? Because we are chock-full of good feature stories. And also because we happen to be one of the cable markets that carries the channel.
R.E.M. and Sonic Youth
The Gorge’s first concert of the spring will be a huge one: R.E.M. and Sonic Youth, May 21, 7:30 p.m. This is R.E.M.’s first tour in over five years. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but an announcement will be coming soon.
The Really Late Late Show
The new “Late Late Show With Tom Snyder” debuts Monday night on CBS, but here in Spokane it will air even later than usual.
KREM-Channel 2 will air it at 1:35 a.m. weeknights (or should we say week-mornings?) because the station has previous contractual commitments for the 12:35 a.m. slot following Letterman.
“We have a half-hour of paid programming and a half-hour of ‘Night Court,”’ said KREM general manager Barry Barth.
Paid programming means “infomercial.”
Barth said the 1:35 a.m. start won’t be that unusual. Many CBS affiliates have previous obligations for the 12:35 a.m. slot. He said he will reevaluate the time slot after the show has had a chance to prove itself.
A face from the past
A familiar face from the past will reappear on Spokane TV newscasts this month.
Beverly Carr, an anchor at KREM from 1979-86, will soon begin work as a weekend anchor and reporter at KHQ-Channel 6.
She left KREM for a station in New Orleans and later went to a station in Albuquerque. She then dropped out of the TV news business and went to work at a stock brokerage in Albuquerque.
KHQ general manager Lon Lee said the station successfully lured her back to TV and back to Spokane.
She begins work on Jan. 26.
New name, same music
KXLY-FM has a brand new identity.
The new name was unveiled Saturday: “Classy 99.9 FM, Continuous Soft Hits.”
You’ll hear soft adult contemporary music, by people like Sting, Rod Stewart, Michael Bolton, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Mariah Carey.
Hey, wait a minute? Isn’t that the same music they always played?
Yes, as a matter of fact, it is. The station isn’t changing its music or staff. It is only changing it’s “brand,” which is radio jargon for “name.”
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