After over 30 years of service, KOIN dumped Ed Whelan,one of Portland's favorite sports reporters. According to Oregon Media Insiders, Whelan was told his contract wasn't being renewed and was offered the option of going home immediately. Instead, as the true professional he is, Whelan stayed to do the 6pm and 11pm news before packing up his personal effects and going home. Management kept this a secret from staff, apparently.
No farewell announcement on the news. No video clips of Whelan's highlights and lowlights.No going away party. No acknowledgement from management on 30 years of faithful service to KOIN. Just a quick kicking to the curb. Ed Whelan deserved much better. Although disliked by a few, he was extremely popular with KOIN viewers, including me. He wasn't just another talking head. He always made watching sports fun.
So goodbye, Ed Whelan. You're the best. Farewell to the big and little daddies of football, the burnt biscuit award, and "nice seeing you again". To KOIN: You can say goodbye to this viewer. From relegating Mike Donahue to the early a.m., to canning Shirley Hancock and now Ed Whelan, you certainly know how to show viewers you have class.