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Old 08-09-2013, 07:13 PM
Location: Sisters, Oregon
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It now looks like Nina Melhoff is now gone.
These news reporters tend to last about 2 years.
With the exception of Bob Shaw nobody ever lasts as an on-air personality.

I can only guess that KTVZ does not pay very much..... But maybe they need to pay more to keep some of their personalities....

Remember when Ben Burkel started in June 2009, He was PAINFUL to watch..... But he finally was able to do the weather without to many tongue twisters.... One thing about Ben, He was a good meteorologist (but not a very good reporter)

Hey, I understand we are in a small viewing market..... But come on, the turn-over at KTVZ is really bad.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:33 PM
Location: Seal Rock
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They're pretty much a training station. I remember a few years back they used to take graduates from a TV training school in L.A. Don't remember which one though.
You'd be surprised how much the reporters do. I was interviewed for a news piece a few years back. The reporter (Makayla Zurn who now works in Vegas along with Christian Boris) set up the camera and sound, ran all the equipment and did the interview, then wrote the story, edited the video and then presented the whole lot. I would think it would be a really good grounding for anyone new in the business.
Apparently they're not paid a huge amount either. Bend is a pretty small market, being 192 out of 210 in size according to Nielsen.
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:41 AM
Location: Bend, OR
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It's been a few years since I actually had TV, but this doesn't surprise me one bit. As mrwibble stated, it's a lot of work for very little pay. In fact, when I moved to Bend I was talking to a childhood friend who told me she almost took a job here when she started her career in journalism, but was able to find something closer to home with better pay. She said Bend was known in the industry as an entry level location. It's rare for people to stay more than a few years.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:27 PM
Location: Redmond, OR
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Years ago, while working as a director in the Denver market, I interviewed with the general manager of KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs for a production job. He looked at my resume and asked "Why would you want to work here? You make more money than I do." Small market TV - it's not glamorous and it certainly doesn't pay well.
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:07 PM
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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Small market, promotions, wages, etc .........

"Entry Level,? Yep. Coos Bay used to be that way. Now they do it all in Eugene.
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