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Friday, July 18, 2008

Jason's Final Day at KPIC-TV in Roseburg

As of Friday, July 18, 2008, I will no longer be at KPIC Television in Roseburg, Oregon. I have decided to move on and I have exciting opportunities I am pursuing in the near future in media and entertainment. Stay tuned to this blog as I hope to keep you posted on what I'm doing.

I have enjoyed an exciting eight years at KPIC, working most of those years as a news and sports anchor and reporter. Only News Director Dan Bain remains from the original team that I worked with beginning in June 2000. The other reporters at the time included seasoned veteran Tami Sanders, who had previously won two Emmy awards for her work in Salt Lake City; video reporter Lee Carter; tenacious Mary Brandenberger, who eventually worked at KVAL in Eugene and several other stations before returning to her native Arizona; and Bain, who has anchored the evening news at KPIC since 1992.

It was tough in the beginning, having come from a radio background and knowing nothing about the visual aspect of journalism. Over the past eight years I've honed my skills in reporting and anchoring, video production, and control room duties where I eventually directed newscasts behind the scenes. It has been quite a rollercoaster ride and I never stopped learning.

I left the airwaves in April 2007 to concentrate on other aspects of the broadcast industry. I spent six months working as an Account Executive, promoting the station to potential clients, many of whom eventually purchased advertising on our station. For the final four months I worked in the Commercial Production Department, learning even more video production skills and techniques. These skills taught me a lot about cinema-style production and will be valuable in my future endeavors.


My final team photo, with Dan Bain, Melva Mackey, myself, & Sara Desautel in 2006

I'd like to thank the countless news journalists who made KPIC a stop on their career journey and shared with me their insights and knowledge. In addition to those mentioned above, there were several others that I had a great time working with and getting to know: Jill Ryan, Jeanny Lee, Melva Mackey, Brook Roberts, Brandi Smith, Sophie Soong, Scott Littlejohn, Meghan Kalkstein, Sara Desautel, Megan Sweeney and Lindsey Kovacevich. I am sure there are others that escape my mind at the moment, but I learned from everyone and I consider all of these people friends. If those of you mentioned ever visit my page, shoot me an email and let me know what you're up to.

But now on to other things. I hope to tell you about what I'm working on now in the next month or so. I hope you'll stick around and check back soon!

8 Comments:

  • At 7:09 AM, Anonymous Becca said…

    Good Luck!! I see big things in your future :o)

     
  • At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Sherry O'Neill said…

    Best of luck with all that you do!

    Question: Why didnn't I get a mention???? Wow, and we have not only worked together but have many memories outside KPIC too.

    Nah, I'm not bothered really. :)

    When you're rich and famous, will you come visit me in Florida?

    Love you buddy,

    Sherry

     
  • At 8:33 AM, Blogger Sara said…

    Jason-

    I still consider KPIC my favorite news experience and that is entirely because of the people that I got to learn from, work with and make friends with (you)! You are so talented and such a good friend and I wish you the best of luck in everything you do! I'm so excited to hear what your next pursuit will be and don't forget about me in Spokaloo (: Sara

     
  • At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Kevin said…

    You forgot Warren Wells.... ugh. It was fun, look forward to your goodbye party, which after 8 years will probably consist of a couple handshakes and a 99 cent greeting card.

     
  • At 10:21 PM, Blogger Sophie said…

    Yay J! This sounds exciting and I am happy for you. Be sure to keep me posted and let me know where you're headed...

    ~Sophie

     
  • At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am so excited for you! I know how hard it is to leave something you have done for a long time even after the pizazz is gone. It's a comfort thing...time to step outside of the zone and fly on my friend;)

    Amy T

     
  • At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Tracey Maddux said…

    Good for you Jason - I want to say thank you so much for all your support for our local Relay For Life here in Roseburg! All the times you came out just to be involved :)I appreciate you and wish you the best!!

     
  • At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Loved working with you on our TV ad for FORCED BLOOD THE NORSEMAN. We just got a private critique from the world-known author Janet Dailey. Thanks for your great work, and we wish you much happiness in all your future pursuits.
    Linda Newton-Perry (author of FORCED BLOOD THE NORSEMAN)

     

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