Stressed Out & In Need of Mental Health Breaks, Many Anchors & Reporters Quitting The Biz

We are watching the tv news drop-out rate sky rocket.
Citing mental health, another reporter drops out. KOMO 4’s Cole Miller taps out today.
“It’s my last day at KOMO – and likely my last in TV news. Looking forward to a much-needed mental health break.”
How do people make a career out of law enforcement or the military? Those professions must be a cake walk, compared to anchoring and reporting the news.

Author: Jason Remington

Creator, Admin, & Editor of QZVX, former broadcaster at KTOY FM/Tacoma, KVAC/Forks , KDFL/Sumner, KTTX & KWHI FM/Brenham (TX), KONP/Port Angeles, KBAM/Longview, KJUN/Puyallup, KRPM FM/Tacoma, KAMT/Tacoma, KASY/Auburn, KBRD FM/Tacoma, KTAC/Tacoma, KMTT FM/Tacoma, and KOOL FM/Phoenix. -- Airchecks
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11 thoughts on “Stressed Out & In Need of Mental Health Breaks, Many Anchors & Reporters Quitting The Biz

  1. Mental health break? Doctors are quick to diagnose ADHD, ADD, depression, PTSD, and a viriety of other maladies. Also quick to dispense a pill to remedy all the related issues. It seems people are taught from a young age to be victims. They are too attached to smart phones and social media. They want the viral video, model shot on their facebook, or to virtue signal to the masses on Twitter It’s an addiction to see the new tweets or posts or accolades on social media. Cries for sympathy on social media is increasing faster than inflation. Too few realize how good they really have it and protest “fill in the cause” out of boredom. We are further teaching a generation how not to work and let government take care of them.

    Maybe many are just finding out they are in the wrong careers. It sounds like it to me anyway… at 11

  2. I remember Cole Miller and his wife sitting on the same plane to Palm Springs last Memorial Day Weekend. Seemed like a pretty nice guy.

      1. Roy Otis was my favorite DJ at KOPS McMinnville, back in the day. But he never answered the request line when I called. A couple times it sounded like the phone was picked up, and after a little silence on that end, I heard the dial tone again. I wanted to hear Go All The Way by the Strawberries. The whole thing kinda bummed me up.

    1. Paul Brendle [KIRO Air-borne Traffic] Deceased — [Seattle PI – Aug 8, 2002] Paul Brendle, a former KIRO traffic reporter who was once dubbed the “guru of gridlock,” has died of carbon monoxide poisoning. He would have been 56 on Wednesday. Police found Mr. Brendle inside his car in the parking lot of the Woodinville library Wednesday afternoon. A King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that Mr. Brendle died sometime after midnight Tuesday. A hose inserted into the car’s interior was attached to the car’s exhaust pipe. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a suicide. Mr. Brendle was a helicopter pilot who worked for KIRO Radio from 1978 to 1997. No one from the station would comment further. A spokesman for his family said yesterday that they had no further details of his death. Mr. Brendle ran his own company, Puget Sound Helicopters, while flying for KIRO on a contract basis. He was known for flamboyant, yet informative, descriptions of traffic patterns and problems during the region’s daily commute. He also covered big news stories from the air, such as the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980. During one of his most famous broadcasts Mr. Brendle vividly described the sinking of the old Lake Washington floating bridge in 1990, capturing dramatic breaking news and beating his broadcast competitors. “It looks very much like some sort of damaged ship, a large ship rolling on its side, groaning, gasping for air, then slipping on its side to the bottom of the lake,” he told listeners. He had a candid broadcast persona and held sway over traffic when he recommended commuters take certain routes to avoid an accident or a tieup. Others in the pilot community had commented over the years about Mr. Brendle’s proclivity for dangerous stunts and getting into trouble.
      Within a 10-year span, Mr. Brendle miraculously walked away from three helicopter crashes. But the second, in Kent in 1983, caused him to collapse shortly after walking away. His love was helicopters, but he also became a developer, owning a drywall company and running a Redmond firm specializing in high-end homes.
      In 1996, a court ordered Mr. Brendle to pay an Eastern Washington company $305,000. The company said he had defrauded it. Mr. Brendle had a contract from the U.S. Forest Service to reseed part of the Wenatchee National Forest, but did not pay the seeding company and used the government’s payment to pay off $100,000 in back taxes. Mr. Brendle, whose father was in the Air Force, was born in Oak Harbor and moved about the world. After graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 1964, he was drafted into the Army in 1965. He found his love for helicopter flying serving in Vietnam. He was awarded a Purple Heart and left the Army as a captain in 1970.
      “Paul’s connection with radio listeners demonstrated just a small part of his ability to touch people’s lives,” his family said in a statement. “We will miss him beyond what any words can express.”

  3. Lying, propaganda, misrepresentation, slander, false allegation will really wreck you up – just take a look at jail, politicians and celebrities. Sin is a heavy burden.

    For the ways of the LORD are right,
    And the righteous will walk in them,
    But transgressors will stumble and fall in them. – Hosea 14:9

  4. How about the stress when new management comes on board and says, “We don’t anticipate any changes, just a tweak or two”, just a week or two before the axe hits the back of your neck? Never been there? You don’t know what you’ve missed.

  5. I saw this coming years ago. I’m so glad I’m not in that biz. I was once, but that was way back when. I’m old as dirt.

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