KPTV News Archive - News From Past Years


Friday May 13, 2005
Wake for David Apple to be held Wednesday

Friends of David Apple are invited to join in a celebration of his life:

Wednesday May 18, 6:00-10:00pm
Historic Jenny Bramhall House
5125 NE Garfield (one block west of NE Alberta and MLK Blvd.)

If more information is needed, you can call:

DIANE JETTY AT PRO-GROUP REALTY:  (503) 357-9514, ext. 312.

Also, for friends or callers who would like to send a note of condolence to Davidís family, you can send it to Davidís office:

Founderís Mortgage Group
10157 SW Barbur Blvd, Suite 107C

, OR  97219

Attn: Patty Apple

Davidís boss, Ron Dickinson will forward the mail to Davidís wife, Patty.

Davidís body was cremated on Thursday. At this time, there are no plans by the family to have a public funeral service.

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Tuesday May 10, 2005
David Apple, former KPTV weathercaster, dies

Some very sad news for the KPTV family. David Apple, weatherman for "The 10 O'Clock News" from 1983-85 and again from 1992-98, died suddenly of a heart attack, at his office earlier today. He had been sitting at his desk when co-workers noticed he was in distress. Despite efforts to administer CPR by his co-workers, and the arrival of paramedics, David was pronounced dead before he could be taken to a hospital.

We are all in shock at this sudden, unexpected event.  Anyone who had the opportunity to know David, knew what a kind and generous man he was. His love of weather was topped only by his love for his family and his friends.  We in his KPTV family will miss him tremendously.  Our condolences go out to his wife and family, and his many, many friends.

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Saturday, May 07, 2005
Margo Chambers, 1952-2005 

Our dear friend, Margo Chambers, died on Friday April 29, after a valiant battle against cancer. Margo worked at KPTV from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, later as assistant to Bud Chisholm. Although ill, Margo attended our KPTV reunion on April 2nd at The Kingston. Her efforts allowed many of her friends to see her again after several years. She was cheerful, funny and very loving at our gathering. We all appreciate that she gave us the opportunity to see her one last time.  Below is the obituary from The Oregonian.

If you would like to send a note of condolence to Margo's husband Gary, and their children Rachel and Charlie, you can send it to this address: 
25465 Swiftshore Drive, West Linn, OR  97068

A celebration of Margo's life was held on Sunday May 1st, with many of her KPTV family in attendance.

Click here to see pictures from our April 2005 reunion:

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Margo Edna Chambers

Margo Edna Chambers died April 29, 2005, at age 52.

Margo Salas was born Sept. 28, 1952, in San Diego. She lived in Tacoma in the early 1970s and moved from San Diego to Portland in 1975. She was a media buyer for KPTV (12). In 1970, she married Gary.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Rachel E.; and son, Charles W.

Remembrances to Clackamas County Dog Control. Arrangements by Crown

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Monday, April 04, 2005
Collin 'Bud' Chisholm remembered in memorial service
A gathering was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2005, in Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland for Collin "Bud" Chisholm, who died March 27 at age 76.

Mr. Chisholm was born Feb. 13, 1929, in Seattle. He later lived in Half Moon Bay, Calif., and Medford before moving to Portland in 1961. He worked for KPTV for 32 years, retiring as local sales manager. In 1948, he married Gerry Nunes; they divorced. In 1978, he married Sandy Wing; she died in 2003.

Survivors include his son, Bruce; daughters, Cathy and Joan; stepsons, Steve Sedillo and Ron Sedillo; and seven grandchildren.

Remembrances to the Oregon Humane Society. Arrangements by Neptune.


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January 7, 2005
Larry Crnich retires from KPTV
Larry Crnich has retired from KPTV, effective January 7th. Friends gathered at The Lucky Lab Saturday January 8th to toast him farewell.

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Here's the latest KPTV alumni news, courtesy of Lori Jensen:

Wayne Buttice has survived his first political season at KATU and is glad we don't have them every year.
Val Roberts and his wife Rosalie are settled and enjoying their new retirement home they built in 2002 (out in the boonies). They are staying active with their family, church and community and Val is helping out a neighbor with some farming duties!  He is a board member of  a Foundation that is restoring an old pioneer townsite too.  Barbara, Chris & their two children Samantha (6) & Hayden (3) are still in Little Rock AK. She is a Morning & Noon time Anchor.  Chris is planning on going back to school.
Phil Cassidy is busy with his new venture Shoot My Video ( and it's basketball city at his house with two boys in four different leagues!Shoot My Video keeps Phil busy producing three-to-five minute mission statements allowing companies to tell its story and how they can partner with potential clients.  Please pass along the word if  you know anyone who has a business or an event and needs promotional work done.  Phil says "We're very affordable, work fast, and produce quality, thanks to 20 years in T-V news."
Jeanette Holt and her husband Gary have been enjoying the Oregon coast and hope to do more traveling this year. They are both doing well and enjoying retirement and being free to do what they want. 
Melanie Fernandez has been busy with providing sales training in six markets for Raycom Media.  They own 42 TV stations based in the south so Melanie speaks their language!  
Bob Dickey  (KGUN in Tucson, AZ) has been keeping company with alum's Sue and Hunt Decker while John "Lash" Larue and his wife were in town.  Bob said that much ole KPTV trivia was discussed...hmmmm....imagine that!
David Apple is keeping company with alums Gary Hill, Dave Thompson, George Stephan & Phil Cassidy plotting the next Portland metro snow storm!  [NOTE: David Apple passed away on May 10, 2005.  See article above for details.]
Steve Mansker is busy at KATU operating the SAT and microwave trucks for News.
David Berger is enjoying Seattle working for Nordstrom and living in the Magnolia neighborhood.  He still maintains his Portland clientele as well so let him know if you need any help.
Rosalie Drake and Shari Busse are holding down the fort at KASA TV in Albuquerque, NM and hope to make our next alumni event.
Roger Forrest  is enjoying his retirement and staying busy with his wood shop projects.
John Lawrence will soon chalk up his 5th anniversary with KOIN TV how time flies!
Mary Samp and her husband Dennis are still living in Newberg and she's working for Touchmark Living Centers, Inc. in Beaverton and has been there for over 2 years now and loves her job. 
Nancy Soeterik and her fiance Blane just purchased their first home in Vancouver and moved in a week before Christmas.  They haven't set their wedding date yet.

June 15, 2004
Retired newsman and Senate aide dies
Bill Swing, first news director of KPTV (12), had opened a rare book store after his retirement in 1991

Bill Swing, a Portland broadcast and news journalist who bracketed a long career in journalism with stints as news director at KPTV (12), died June 10, 2004, at 78 at his Portland home.

He retired from KPTV in 1991 after 14 years as news director, a tenure remarkable in length in the television business. During his years there KPTV won an array of awards.

Mr. Swing was born Jan. 1, 1926, and grew up in New York City. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, graduated from Reed College and was hired in 1952 as the first director of KPTV's fledgling news department.

From KPTV, Mr. Swing moved on to The Oregonian as a staff writer from 1957 to 1967; he was also a stringer for The New York Times and the National Observer. He then spent two years as executive aide to Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, R-Ore.

In the 1960s, Mr. Swing opened the first television news bureau in Washington, D.C. for Chris Craft Industries Inc. The bureau, with Mr. Swing as lead reporter, supplied footage and stories from the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and the United Nations to a group of television stations around the country.

Returning to Portland, Mr. Swing was an editor and reporter at KATU (2) for four years before returning to KPTV in 1977.

A longtime rare book sleuth, after his retirement in 1991, Mr. Swing opened a small downtown Portland store called Bill Swing Rare and Fine Books, at 917 S.W. Oak St. There he indulged his unabashed enthusiasm for modern American first editions.

Mr. Swing married Yvonne Hauser in 1947 and they had eight children. They divorced in 1974.

He is survived by daughters, Yvonne Wenger, Rebecca Swing, Liza Larkin, Sally Swing, Kate Coughlin and Joan Hayter; sons Mark and Peter; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sigrid Bengeyfield and Malan Strong.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m., Monday, June 21, at Finley-Sunset Hills. Private burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery. Remembrances may be sent to Cedar Mill Community Library.


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January 1, 2004
The Latest Employee News... Who's Where and Doing What!
from an e-mail from Lori Jensen

After talking to a few folks, I have been so fortunate to have kept in touch with quite a few of you, that I thought I'd give everyone a quick update of a few of our KPTV alum.


Our deepest sympathies to Jeff Gustin's family for the loss of his father after a long battle with cancer on December 3rd. 


You can now find Wayne Buttice (programming assistant) sales assisting at KATU after a wonderful trip to Italy this summer.


We've now got a place to crash for the Pendleton Round Up!  Bruno Rudolph (promotions manager) is calling Pendleton home and is the Advertising Manager at the Wildhorse Resort and Casino. 


You can now find Chris and Barbara Roberts in Little Rock AK.  Barbara is News Anchor for KARK and Chris is at KLTR assisting them with the start of their first live newscast. 


David Berger (sales assistant) is now Via C manager at Nordstrom's downtown Seattle and lives in the beautiful Magnolia neighborhood.


Another former KPTV sales assistant, Mary Byun, has relocated to Seattle as well.  Mary started with the Portland TeleRep in 2000 as an account executive and is enjoying her new digs in Queen Anne and office in downtown Seattle.


Karen Hansen (account manager) has left KATU for Comcast and will is their Local Sales Manager.


Marvin Rhodes (programming manager) is off to the Windy City.  He is the VP of Broadcasting for Total Living Network in Chicago.  Their new HDTV facility includes 60,000 square feet filled top to bottom with four HDTV studio cameras, HDTV switchers, tape machines, HDTV field cameras and, of course, our Marvin Rhodes.  Congratulations Marvin we will miss you!


Kurt Ludlow and his family has returned to Columbus, OH.  You will find him at the WBNS-10TV anchor desk joining 10TV anchor/reporter Ellie Merritt to anchor the weekend editions of 10TV Eyewitness News at 6 & 11.


Eric Behny, (account manager) now with KBPS, and Linda Behny are awaiting the joyful arrival of their third little one due Feb 20th.


Speaking of babies, Adam and Amber Beebe welcomed their second son, Luke, last July and are now making their home in Bend. 


Mike Curtain (IT guru) has left KPTV to concentrate full time on his business Inday MultiMedia Products which offers affordable products for broadcast,. industry, and home theater.  Check them out at


You will now find Mitch Stedman (former engineer) at Vic Alfonso Cadillac.


Nora Altstock (sales assistant) and her husband Bob have moved on to greener pastures....1630 W Calle Del Grajo, Green Valley , AZ 85614.


Masako Okamoto (research) is now making her home in Issaquah Wa and working as research director at KSTW UPN 11 in Renton.  She's also the proud owner of a totally cute red Mini Cooper.


Brian Cutler (promotions producer) is also calling the Seattle area home and is a writer/producer at KIRO, CBS affiliate, in downtown Seattle.


As for me....

Yep, enough is enough, the gutters are clean so it's time to get back to the 9 to 5 world.  I will be the administrative assistant extraordinaire at Staples new regional sales office effective 12/29.  Itís been an amazing year, lots of traveling, working around the house, working for Coca-Cola, catching up with family and friends etc.   Thank you for all your support (and distractions...itís been fun)!  May you all continue to find the success and happiness you


Happy Holidays,

Lori Jensen

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September 29, 2003
Remembering Rosalyn Robertson

 The following obituary appears in the obituary section of The Sacramento Bee website.

Aug 3, 1954 - Aug 24, 2003
Born in Boston , MA on August 3, 1954. Entered into rest on Sunday, August 24, 2003. Loving daughter of Ida Graves (Virgil) Swope and the late Rev. Rosenwald C. Robertson. Beloved sister of Julie A. Robinson, of Sacramento, CA and Linda D. Johnson of San Antonio, TX. Private Cremation and Inurnment was held at Camellia Memorial Lawn. Rosalyn will forever be remembered and missed by her family and friends.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 9/7/2003. Thanks to Mamie Senter for alerting Yesterday's KPTV to this obituary.


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September 6, 2003
KPTV's Roz Robertson dies

This message was sent to Yesterday's KPTV from Sue Goldsberry (and forwarded by Christine Purvis). At present, Yesterday's KPTV is unable to find any details on the internet:

I have some very sad news to report about a former KPTV friend and employee, Roz Robertson.

Roz passed away on Sunday, August 24th in Sacramento, California.

Condolences may be sent to her Mother, Ida Swope, 6910 Stoneman Drive, North Highlands, CA 95660.

Sorry to be the bearer of such sad news but I thought that those of you who knew Roz would like to know.

Sue Goldsberry

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September 3, 2003
Job News From Mitch Stedman

Mitch Stedman has joined Vic Alfonso Cadillac in sales and is starting an automotive Broker business to get other brands of cars for people. 

If you're in the market for an auto, give Mitch a holler!


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September 1, 2003
Phil Cassidy joins Bob Miller on KPAM radio show

The enormously talented and frequently hilarious Phil Cassidy has sent wonderful news to Yesterday's KPTV.

Phil has joined KPAM as the sports guy on Bob Miller's new radio show, mornings from 5:00am-9:00am.  Phil sent a very sweet e-mail announcing his good news, and thanking everyone but the Academy and Chad Lowe for keeping him going during the past year: "I believe I'm about to begin a great new chapter with what appears to be a great group of local talent and management.  It's a chance to be a pioneer again.  It feels like a great fit."

Congratulations Phil and best wishes in your new gig. You're one of a kind.  KPAM is lucky to get you! 

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August 14, 2003
Congratulations to Lars Larson on the launch of his new show!

Lars Larson Goes National With New Talk Show

New York, NY Ė August 14, 2003
ó Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Lars Larson Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by Peabody and Emmy Award winning news personality Lars Larson. The show begins Monday, September 1, 2003, and will air from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

The Lars Larson Show will broadcast from flagship station KXL-AM Portland and will feature Larson tackling topics and issues on the minds of Americans with his strong opinions and insight. The Lars Larson Show will include compelling interviews with special guests and caller interaction with listeners across the country.


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June 5, 2003
Great news from Bob Dickey!

I hate to start off with the "good news, bad news" cliche, but it's appropriate. 

I've accepted the Managing Editor job at KGUN in Tucson, AZ and that's very good news indeed. I've been out of work much too long. It's particularly good news because my sister Liz lives in Tucson and it will be the first time in 3 decades that we'll share the same area code. 

The bad news is having to leave Portland and the wonderful Northwest. We have many good friends here and thirteen years of great memories. We have grown very attached to our adopted "home." We will miss the big trees, beautiful mountains and lush greenery. 

Thanks to everyone for the good thoughts and kind prayers. We'll let y'all know more when we figure out the details. 


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May 30, 2003

Congratulations to Craig Miller, who has signed-on as KATU's Marketing Director.  Craig will have the task of branding channel 2 in the months and years ahead.  Good Luck, Craig.

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May 5, 2003
Congratulations to Mitch Stedman who has accepted an offer of employment from Herzog-Meier in Beaverton. He will be selling Volvo automobiles for them. Another example of a great company snatching up a terrific former KPTV employee. He's very excited about his new opportunity and invites all KPTVers to come out and see him.

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May 1, 2003
In case you haven't heard the news, Rod Hill will be leaving KPTV at the end of May to become KATU's chief Meteorologist and weathercaster. They made him an offer he couldn't refuse, and it's a great opportunity for Rod. Congrats, Rod. KPTV's loss is definitely KATU's gain. Rod should be on-air at KATU by the end of June.

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March 26, 2003
Funeral Services held for Gertrude Mae Rae

The Oregonian website, 03/24/03

A funeral was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2003, in St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church in Portland for Gertrude Mae Rae, who died March 20 at age 74.

Gertrude Mae Williams was born April 13, 1928, in Saskatchewan. She moved to Portland and graduated from Jefferson High School. She was assistant to the director for the Urban League of Portland and later a personnel office manager for KPTV. She was a vestry member of the church as well as a lay Eucharistic minister and lay catechist. In 1948, she married Arvoll.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Dr. Anita Walton; son, Darryl R; brothers, Emmitt Holmes, Sampson Holmes and Samuel Holmes; and four grandchildren.

Remembrances to the Arthritis Foundation. Arrangements by Caldwell's Colonial.

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March 13, 2003
Congratulations to Steve Mansker, who has just been hired by KATU (2) as their ENG/DSNG engineer! Good luck, Steve. KATU made a great choice!

You can contact Steve at

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March 5, 2003
Please send your prayers and healthy wishes to Nora & Bob Altstock. Nora's husband Bob recently suffered a stroke while they were in Arizona enjoying their retirement home. They will be returning to Portland March 8th for further medical attention. Let's send Nora and Bob our best wishes for a speedy recovery from her KPTV family.

Nora's e-mail address is  

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March 5, 2003
John Sears Named V.P. of Fox O&O Orlando Duopoly

JOHN SEARS has been named Vice President of Fox's owned-and-operated Orlando duopoly, WOFL FOX 35 and WRBW UPN 65.

In his new duties, Mr. Sears will have direct responsibility for FOX 35 and UPN 65's entire news operation.
Mr. Sears joins WOFL and WRBW from KPTV FOX 12 in Portland, Oregon. During his twenty year career in Portland, Sears served as a reporter, assignment editor, producer, executive producer and, since 1991, news director. As Executive Producer, John directed documentary projects which earned both Peabody and Gabriel Awards. As News Director, the station's evening newscast was selected Portland's "Best Newscast" several times by the Associated Press.

Note: WOFL and WRBW is the duopoly created when Fox traded KPTV to Meredith Corp. in June 2002.

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March 5, 2003
Portland Opera pays $5M for former KPTV building
The Portland Opera purchased a $5 million building March 3 to merge its operations and rehearsal space under one roofóthe former KPTV Channel 12 building on Southeast Caruthers street, adjacent to OMSI.



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