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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 is starting his 4th decade with the Company, and has been a fixture on both radio and television.

Patchin spent 31 years as a television sports anchor on KXLY 4, the longest any sports anchor has been on in the history of Spokane television.   Along with Rick Lukens, he came up with the idea for Friday Night Sports Extra, which has been on the air for the past 29 years.   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.

He was the television voice of Gonzaga Basketball games for five years, and he was also the voice of the Gonzaga Bulldogs on radio for four seasons, during which the Zags went to an Elite Eight and two more Sweet 16 appearances in the post-season.  Dennis was the voice of Big Sky Conference Football for three years on Fox Sports Northwest.  In addition, Dennis also has done television play by play for Washington State, Idaho, Eastern Washington, Whitworth, the Spokane Chiefs, the Spokane Indians, along with G.S.L. football and basketball.  He also spent one year at the television voice of Montana Grizzly Football.  

Dennis has covered more than 30 Bloomsday's, more than 20 State "B" tournaments and every Hoopfest. 

Currently, Patchin is the program director of 700 ESPN in Spokane, and 1080 ESPN in Coeur d'Alene.   He also is the co-host of Patchin, Lukens and Osso on both stations.  Patchin also spent two seasons as the voice of Eastern Washington basketball and four seasons as the voice of Spokane Shock Football on 700 ESPN.

 

He has won an Emmy, and was twice nominated for an Edward R Murrow Award.   He also has been voted the most popular television sportscaster for the past 13 years in the annual Inlander poll.

 

In his free time, you might catch Dennis on the golf course, at the race track, where he spent three years behind the wheel, or just out with his camera in the great Northwest.   Dennis and his wife Dorothy, a school teacher in Spokane, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary  this summer.  They have three children, Christopher, Matthew and Lauren and two grandchildren, Jackson and Alexa.

 

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

 

Keith Osso / 700 ESPN TV Sports Director 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, and Sports Director in January of 2014. 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 part of the Eastern Eagle football broadcast, starting in 2012, and serves as sideline reporter and host of the tailgate show. Keith has also served as color commentator for the Spokane Shock since 2010.

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

You can contact Keith at keitho@kxly.com or follow him on twitter @KarlHungus

Will Sherratt / 700 ESPN Sports Anchor
 

Will Sherratt joins the KXLY 4 Sports team after working as a Sports Anchor/ Reporter for KHAS-TV in Nebraska.

Prior to working in the Cornhusker State, Will interned at KABC in Los Angeles and KMTR in Eugene, OR. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism. While at Oregon, will also worked for ESPN and for the student television station, Duck TV.

Will's excited to be back on the West Coast covering the wide array of sports that the Inland Northwest has to offer. On his off days you can catch him on the golf course just trying to keep the ball in play.

Have a story idea? Send Will an email to WillS@kxly.com or find him on twitter @willsherratt

 

Sarah Wheeler / 700 ESPN Sports Anchor

 

Sarah Wheeler joins the KXLY4 sports team after serving as the Weekend Sports Anchor at KBJR in Duluth, Minn.
 
Prior to working in Northern Minnesota (also her hometown), Sarah interned at KARE 11 in Minneapolis and 9 WSYR in Syracuse, N.Y.  She earned her Master's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and studied Electronic Media and Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of South Dakota while competing as a Division I athlete.
 
Sarah's looking forward to exploring all that the Northwest has to offer (while also covering an NFL team that enjoys winning).
 
When she's not running around with a camera, Sarah likes to do anything outdoors and can't wait to hit the slopes at Mt. Spokane!
 
Have an interesting sports story in the Spokane area? Drop Sarah a line at SarahW@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 paper’s 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-R’s online coverage at SportsLink, developed a dedicated Twitter following (vinceg55) and appeared weekly as a guest on Dennis Patchin’s radio shows.

Since retiring from The Spokesman-Review at the start of 2011, Vince has filled a part-time role as the newspaper’s sports online producer, blogging daily on the paper’s 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 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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