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KXLY owner Elizabeth Murphy Burns, a Giant of Broadcasting

Elizabeth 'Liz' Murphy Burns, the President and CEO of Morgan Murphy Media, which owns KXLY, was honored Tuesday with a Giants of Broadcasting Award. The honor, presented by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation, celebrates innovators, journalists, leaders, performers and producers. Elizabeth Murphy Burns joined this year's class, which includes Jack Abernathy, CEO of Fox Television Stations; actor Ed Asner; 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker; and TV/radio host Ryan Seacrest, among others.

Murphy Burns is a third-generation owner of Morgan Murphy, the company her grandfather started in 1890 as the Evening Telegram Co. in Superior, Wisconsin. It has grown to include TV stations, radio stations and other publications in Wisconsin, Washington, Texas and Missouri. The company purchased the radio station KXLY and KXLY-TV in Spokane in 1961. In 1970, Morgan expanded his empire again, this time starting Apple Valley Broadcasting in Yakima, which soon expanded to Pasco-Kennewick.

In addition to her leadership in the company, Murphy Burns is seen as a pioneer in broadcasting. She was the first woman named to the CBS affiliate board and one of the first women to serve on the National Association of Broadcasters board. She is seen as a leader in innovation with a commitment to journalism and community.

On his show 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' the day after the ceremony, Seacrest talked about Murphy Burns and her speech at the ceremony. "She's a true pioneer," Seacrest said of Murphy Burns' contribution to the development of HD technology. "She's doing her speech and she's smart and charming and funny. Then, she looks at her husband and says - and, this is when I lost it - 'I just want to thank you, you are my life's song.'"

Christmas Tree Elegance plans for even more visitors

Following a year of record-breaking sales in 2017, Christmas Tree Elegance is prepared for even more visitors in 2018. Christmas Tree Elegance will be held at the Davenport Hotel and River Park Square from Tuesday, November 27 to Sunday, December 9. Christmas Tree Elegance is a raffle of 18 custom-decorated trees with prizes which include gift certificates, items and cash and a Father Christmas sculpture. The chance to win one of the decorated trees and all its themed gifts has been a Spokane holiday tradition for 36 years. Thousands from across the Inland Northwest come to view trees and purchase $1 raffle tickets for a chance to win.

The 355,000 tickets sold in 2017 was up from 272,000 in 2016 for the event produced by Spokane Symphony Associates, a 300-member organization of volunteers who raise funds to support the Spokane Symphony.

Twelve decorated trees and an Old World Father Christmas sculpture by Elizabeth Raol will grace the mezzanine of the historic Davenport Hotel. Sales for the Davenport trees and Father Christmas will end at 9pm on December 8 with the drawing for winners to follow. Six holiday trees will line the second floor corridor at River Park Square. Sales for the River Park Square trees will end on December 9 at 4pm with the drawing to follow.

Elizabeth Raol, Christmas Tree Elegance Co-Chair and creator of the Old World Father Christmas sculptures that have been a part of the raffle for 11 years, will be featured on KSPS 'Northwest Profiles' Thursday, November 22 at 7pm and again on Friday, November 23 at 10:30pm.

Spokane Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu and members of the orchestra, known as Eckart and Friends, will present programs of popular favorites at two Holiday Luncheons on Tuesday, December 4 in the Grand Pennington Ballroom and Wednesday, December 5 in the Marie Antoinette Ballroom, both in the Historic Davenport Hotel. These performances will be the last of its kind as Eckart Preu will conclude his tenure as music director in May 2019.

For more information, visit cte-ssa.corlinc.com.


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