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TMZ Disputes KABC’s Lindsay Lohan Report

According to KABC, Lindsay Lohan was rushed to the hospital after she was reportedly found unconscious in the penthouse of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey Friday morning.

But leave it to TMZ to one-up traditional media outlets once again as Harvey Levin‘s team says Lohan not only never went to the hospital but she’s back on the set of her Lifetime movie:

We’re told someone became alarmed because they could not wake her up and the person called 911.

Paramedics responded, and determined nothing was wrong with Lindsay.  They left without transporting her to the hospital.

Lindsay is back on set shooting her Lifetime movie, “Liz and Dick.”

As far as we know, Lindsay did not go to the hospital herself.

TMZ: 1, KABC: 0.

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WEMP Hires New VP/News Director

While WEMP/FM News 101.9 has enjoyed anything but a steady ride since launching last summer, perhaps this will mark the start of smoother sailing.

The Merlin Media All-Newser has hired veteran Los Angeles news director Mark Austin Thomas, All Access.com reports.  He’ll take on the same management role left vacated when original VP of programming, Liz Aiello who was dropped in February.

Thomas has extensive radio experience in the number two market, serving as news director and anchor at KABC-AM and KFI. He was program director at KLAC.  Also in L.A., Thomas has been anchor/host at KNX and KPCC.

Additionally, Thomas worked as news director and anchor at KSOL in San Francisco, and was host of public radio’s Marketplace Morning Report.

Since Merlin began its news format last August, the ratings have been dreadful. It’s been a consistent .7 in the last several Arbitron books.  Along with Aiello, station COO Walter Sabo exited before the start of the year. Several on-air staffers also were sent packing, as the station sought the right mix.

KABC Leading the Way in Social Followers

With television networks finding new ways to incorporate social media into their broadcasts, it’s important to have a solid digital footprint.

In the case of KABC, they are leading the country in the number of Facebook likes (344,145) and Twitter followers (78,053), according to Lost Remote. This is the first time a TV station has led both categories.

“As a news organization, we see social media as a way for our viewers to talk to us, and not just as a way for us to talk to them,” KABC’s vice president/news director Cheryl Fair told Lost Remote on the secret to such strong numbers. ”Listening is important. Since starting our Twitter feed in 2008, we have made it a commitment to reply to comments and questions as often as we can. People will frequently Tweet us to let us know about what’s happening near them and to ask us for details. That carried over to our relationship with our viewers on our Facebook page.”

Doug McIntyre Teaming Up With Terri-Rae Elmer on New KABC Morning Show

Earlier this week, Terri-Rae Elmer signed off from KFI 640 AM after 28 years at the station, leaving many to wonder where she was headed.

Well, Elmer left the station for a new morning show gig (5 a.m. to 9 a.m) with Doug McIntyre on KABC 790 AM called McIntyre in the Morning.

McIntyre and Elmer are replacing Peter Tilden‘s morning show, effective Jan. 3. The Daily News columnist left KABC in 2009 to host the syndicated Red Eye Radio.

“I’m excited to return to the morning drive with leading radio station, KABC,” said McIntyre in a statement. “I look forward to keeping my audience informed and entertained as they wake up with me each morning.”

April Winchell: KABC Is “Disloyal, Completely Shortsighted And Unimaginative”

winchellfun.jpgBill O’Reilly gets local comedian April Winchell banned for life from KABC. Winchell, who says, “Banning me from KABC is like banning me from Sizzler,” is clearly broken up about it.