Another One Gone: KOMO Boots 35-Year Veteran Ken Schram

Two longtime faces on local TV are leaving their stations. Ken Schram announced today on his Facebook page that he is leaving KOMO-TV after 35 years. This follows news that KING-5 newsman Robert Mak is leaving after 20 years.

Two TV newsmen who have been on the air for decades recently announced that they are leaving their TV stations.

KOMO-TV reporter Ken Schram announced today on his Facebook page that he is leaving KOMO-TV after 35 years.

My position here at KOMO 4 News has been eliminated.
Today is the last "Schrammie" and next Monday will be my last commentary. 

I'd be less than candid if I didn't acknowledge how disappointed I am to have my 35+ year career at KOMO end this way.

Schram was known throughout the area for his "Schrammie," a bobble-head doll "awarded" to local politicians, personalities, policy makers and organizations that exhibit "among the worst of bone-headed decision, and/or the most appalling of asinine behavior."

His post today gives the Schrammie to Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo following her announcement of the discipline of two Bellevue police officers after boorish behavior at a Seahawks game and the discovery that one of the officers drove home drunk.

The news about Schram followed the recent announcement that KING5 newsman Robert Mak is leaving after nearly 20 years following the cancellation of his political talk show, "Up Front with Robert Mak."

Sunday's show was the finale. Mak left KING for two years to be a spokesman for former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, but returned to helm the local politics show.

Mak told the Seattle Times that KING 5 offered to let him stay, but that he opted to leave. Still, a number of people have started a Facebook page lobbying the TV station to save the TV show.

EDIT 3:15 p.m.: Another local newsman, KOMO reporter Bryan Johnson, retired from the station in early November after 50 years at the station. His first day was in 1959.

Both men have been on local TV for decades. What do you think of the changes? Will you miss them?

Barry Stone December 06, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I guess KOMO will now be all right wing politically, with Schram gone. Too bad. He has always been a good "counter" to the morning show host, John Carlson.
Ron Wambolt December 06, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Of course they'll be missed - too much experience to lose! KOMO radio also recently removed their long time financial reporter for national reports - those aren't the same!
Brian Soergel December 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Ron: Agree.
Brian Soergel December 06, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Comment from Brad Thompson on Edmonds Patch FB page: Television news is going the way of newspapers. It is old and no longer relevant, it is not immediate in the age of social media. Absolutely no reason to watch news that is several hours old spoken by people who actually talk on a television. Society is moving toward immediate news that we select by subject relevance, available in 140 characters or less with imbedded hyperlinks if we wish to clich through to more information available at any time, anyplace. Television news is sort of a quaint relic of a time gone by.
one opinion December 08, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Ken was best on "The Commentators," opposite right-wing John Carlson. They proved that, while they disagreed and often somewhat-vehemently (which probably led to that show being canceled), they were generally able to "agree to disagree," which even that is uncommon these days. Ken was very humble the time I met him long ago, very unlike the personna that the media requires these days.
M. WOODS December 11, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Best news of the week, hope he is on the next bus to California...


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