Readers have been asking: Where’s longtime KXLY-4 sports anchor Dennis Patchin?
Patchin has switched over to the radio side, mostly. He’s the program director for KXLX-AM (700 ESPN The Ticket) and also the co-host of the weekday radio talk show, “Patchin, Osso and the Wingman.”
This marks the end of an era in Spokane sports television. Patchin was a TV sports anchor for 25 years, which is probably a local market record.
“As far as I know, that’s the longest stint in Spokane,” he said.
The new KXLY sports director-anchor is Derek Deis, who moved over from KHQ-6 at the end of June.
Yet this doesn’t mean that Patchin has disappeared entirely from TV. He does a daily sports commentary on KXLY’s 6:30 p.m. broadcast and also continues to be a part of “Friday Night Sports Extra.”
The switch toward radio wasn’t exactly Patchin’s idea. But the move may reflect larger forces at work in broadcasting.
On local TV news, the “sports” part of the old “news-weather-sports” trio has been shrinking. Yet sports-talk radio demands hour after hour of content, including strong local content.
Speaking of radio, the most recent Arbitron radio rankings show that rock continues to rule.
The top two stations play classic rock and hard rock, respectively, followed by variations on adult-contemporary.
The country audience is fragmented between three main stations. Only one makes it into the Top 10.
Here are the Top 10 stations for the spring quarter, based on quarter-hour share, copyright Arbitron, Inc.
1. KKZX-FM, classic rock, 8.3
2. KHTQ-FM, rock, 6.3
3. KZZU-FM, hot adult-contemporary, 6.1
4. KISC-FM, adult contemporary, 5.6
5. KQNT-AM, news-talk, 5.0
6. KDRK-FM, country, 4.9
7. (tie) KEYF-FM, classic hits, 4.7
7. (tie) KBBD-FM, adult hits, 4.7
9. KXLY-AM, news-talk, 4.4
10. KCDA-FM, hot adult-contemporary, 4.2
Another 10 stations ranked lower in Arbitron’s rankings, and another dozen or so ranked so low they couldn’t be accurately measured.
‘All Jacked Up’
Cable channel CMT’s series “All Jacked Up,” which travels the country seeking outlandish and eccentric stunts, pays a visit to the annual Combine Demolition Derby in Lind, Wash., in an episode that premiered Saturday night.
Host C. Thomas Howell – yup, the same one who was in “The Outsiders,” “Red Dawn” and “Soul Man” – gets behind the controls of one of the combines and reaps a harvest of pain.
The episode also features an excerpt involving rattlesnakes that is guaranteed to make you shiver.
It will repeat numerous times on CMT over the next two weeks.
And by numerous times, I mean, 17 times. Check the listings.
Spokane’s musical gallery
An upcoming photo show at the Chase Gallery in Spokane’s City Hall should have uncommon appeal to those who know and love the local music scene.
“Spokane Musicians,” scheduled Sept. 8 through Oct. 30, will feature 182 portraits of musicians shot by Spokane photographer Rick Singer.
Over the years Singer has asked more than 400 musicians to come to his studio with their instruments – or with any object that represents their musical passion (at least one brought a chicken).
The musicians range from classical to Celtic to country. You’ll see solo musicians, duets, bands and combos, from hometown opera star Patrice Munsel to local band Dead Man’s Pants.
This is the second big Singer project involving Spokane artists. His show “Spokane Artists and Art Patrons” was a hit at the Chase Gallery in 2007.
The show opens on Sept. 8, but the artist’s reception won’t be until Oct. 2, 5 to 9 p.m. at the gallery as part of the fall Visual Arts Tour.
Comedy Central in Spokane
Spotlight mentioned earlier that comics Dan Cummins and Juston McKinney will be filming a Comedy Central special at the Bing Crosby Theater on Oct. 17.
Now, we have a little more info. They will actually be filming two separate specials that night, with the same audience. They just re-seat everyone during intermission to make it look like a different crowd.
The good news: You get two shows for the price of one $15 ticket. They’re available through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com).
Now, we must deliver the bad news: This will be Cummins’ last show as a Spokane resident. He’s moving to L.A. at the end of the year.
As he said in an e-mail, “Spokane has worked out pretty well for me as a home base, but if I’m going to keep advancing, it’s time for the big move.”
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