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Dennis Patchin / 700 ESPN Sports Executive Producer

Dennis Patchin is one of the most recognizable sports personalities in the Pacific Northwest and has been with the KXLY broadcast group since 1984. He has covered everything from the Rose Bowl to the Mariners post-season; from the Spokane Chiefs winning the Memorial Cup to 28 State 'B' Tournaments, 28 Bloomsdays and every Hoopfest.

Along with Rick Lukens, Patchin came up with the idea for Friday Night Sports Extra, which in 2010 celebrated its 25th anniversary. It was one of the first shows of its kind in the nation and is the longest running high school football show in the West.

 

Dennis also has been the television voice for every team in Spokane and many others around the area, including the Spokane Chiefs, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Washington State Cougars, Idaho Vandals, Eastern Washington Eagles, Whitworth Pirates, Spokane Indians, and G.S.L. football and basketball.

 

Dennis also was the voice of the Gonzaga Bulldogs on radio for four seasons, during which the Zags went to three straight Sweet 16 tournaments in the post-season. In addition, he was the television voice of Gonzaga Basketball games for five years, and the voice of Big Sky Conference Football for three years on Fox Sports Northwest.

 

Dennis was the play-by-play announcer for the Spokane Shock, and Eastern Washington Eagle Basketball on 700 ESPN.

 

He has won an Emmy, and has been voted the most popular television sportscaster ten years and counting by viewers in the annual Inlander poll.

 

When Dennis has free time, he likes to spend it on the golf course or on his boat at the lake. Dennis recently celebrated his 31st wedding anniversary with his wife Dorothy, a school teacher in Spokane. They have three children, Christopher, Matthew and Lauren and one grandchild, Jackson.

 

You can contact Dennis at dennisp@kxly.com

 

Rick Lukens/Show Host

Rick Lukens has the Inland Northwest in his blood. His Father was born in Spokane, and his mother grew up on Spokane’s south hill. So deep were these roots that they brought the family over from their Seattle home for exactly one visit--Expo '74.
 
Rick moved to Spokane in 1983 to work as a Sports Anchor/Reporter at KXLY TV, joining Bud Nameck, and one year later, Dennis Patchin, to form the most successful TV sports team the market has ever known.
 
Highlights from Rick's time in the Inland Northwest:
 
Co-creator, along with Dennis Patchin, of Friday Night Sports Extra, the original high school football show in the Pacific Northwest. (Those were fun days.)

6 regional Emmy Awards for reporting (They make great back scratchers)

3 national Edward R. Murrow Awards for reporting. (Snazzy door stops)

Multiple cash prizes in the office football pool and fantasy leagues. (Like taking candy...)

Met and married Teresa who became his wife, and then his co-anchor on TV and radio. (Should this have been mentioned first?)
 
Rick and Teresa Lukens live in North Spokane. They like to take long walks through their Indian Trail neighborhood. (Rick has not actually gone on one of these walks, but they sound nice)
 
Their two daughters are proud graduates of North Central High School, and now proud Washington State Cougars.
 
Rick is now back to reporting sports on his web site LukensAtLarge.com, and happy to be back on the air talking sports with his friends.

you can contact rick at rickl@kxly.com, or www.lukensatlarge.com

 

Tom Giles / 700 ESPN Sports Anchor

Tom Giles joins the KXLY4 Sports team after serving as the Sports Director at KKCO in Grand Junction, CO.

Prior to working in Western Colorado, Tom spent time producing sports at KNSD in San Diego and WHDH in Boston. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in communications. While at NU, he served as the play-by-play voice for the Huskies' men's basketball team on WRBB radio.

Tom's excited to be in the Northwest where there is a clear passion for sports at all levels. He's also looking forward to hitting the slopes and playing as much bad golf as humanly possible.

If you ever have an idea for an interesting story, drop Tom a line at tomgiles@kxly.com

 

Keith Osso / 700 ESPN Sports Reporter and Show Host

Keith began his broadcast career at KXLY4 News as a sports photographer in May of 2003, and then was promoted to sports reporter in July of 2005. Keith is a Spokane native and proud East Valley grad.

Keith was a two year baseball letterman at North Idaho College where he earned first team all conference honors. He then continued on to Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado where he majored in broadcasting. While at Mesa, Keith earned all-conference all-academic honors in baseball.

Keith is the color commentator for the Spokane Shock on 700 ESPN.

In his free time you can find Keith spending time with his daughter Skylar, his wife Tonya, and his parents Bryan and Cindy.

You can contact Keith at keitho@kxly.com

 

Vince Grippi/Fill-In Host

 

 

Vince Grippi has been intimately connected to the Inland Northwest sports scene since 1983, when he and wife Kim relocated to Spokane from Southern California.

At The Spokesman-Review, Vince worked on the sports copy desk, as an editor in the newsroom, as the papers prep sports editor and as an online columnist before taking on the role of Washington State University beat writer in 2007.

During his time as the Cougar beat writer, Vince grew the S-Rs online coverage at SportsLink, developed a dedicated Twitter following (vinceg55) and appeared weekly as a guest on Dennis Patchins radio shows.

Since retiring from The Spokesman-Review at the start of 2011, Vince has filled a part-time role as the newspapers sports online producer, blogging daily on the papers web site and occasionally covering events.

Vince and Kim, who met while working in the equipment room at the University of California, Irvine while playing baseball and basketball, respectively, have two grown boys, a cat and two dogs.

You can contact Vince at vincegrippi55@yahoo.com.

Steve Pry / The Wingman

"Wingy" has lived in Spokane since January 1979.  He has worked at KXLY and 700 ESPN since September 2007.  Steve works as the producer/board operator for Patchin, Lukens, and Osso along with all Eastern Washington University broadcasts and Spokane Shock broadcasts.

Wingman is a proud graduate of both Mead High School, class of 1995, and Eastern Washington University, class of 2000 with a degree in Electronic Media and Film.

You can contact Steve at stevep@kxly.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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