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Prank Caller Pulls Fast One on CBS/KCAL 9

Well, it was bound to happen.

One of Howard Stern‘s loyal listeners pulled a fast one on CBS/KCAL 9 during the middle of their coverage on the Christopher Dorner standoff.

Ronnie the Limo Driver: 1, CBS/KCAL: 0.

UPDATE: Romenesko points out that Captain Janks, a regular caller on the Howard Stern show, is taking credit for the prank call.

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KTLA’s Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

KTLA pilot Tim Lynn and cameraman Jeff Laabs had quite the Monday afternoon as their helicopter made an emergency landing in Hollywood when smoke filled the cabin.

The pilot of KCBS’ SKY2 first noticed the smoke and quickly notified his fellow helicopter colleague of the problem.

Thanks to some quick thinking by Lynn, the KTLA helicopter was able to land in an empty parking lot on Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue.

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Jim Lampley on His Time at KCBS, Olympic Coverage

I recently had the chance to interview HBO Sports announcer and former KCBS anchor Jim Lampley about his remarkable career for “So What Do You Do” and here are the nuggets that I saved for FishbowlLA.

Enjoy.

FBLA: Do you have any regrets about your time at KCBS?

JL: I have no regrets about everything I experienced as a television news anchor. I think it was a very productive part of my process. It was probably another reason why I didn’t feel uncomfortable later on in the political arena because I had done news for four years. At the end of the day, that job was not as satisfying to me. I didn’t get as much out of it as some of the other things in my career. I had to do it to learn that so I couldn’t honestly say I was disappointed or regretful about that. I did what I did and it was good for me at the time. It helped me grow.

FBLA: What does it say about the current state of Olympic coverage when the broadcaster who’s anchored a record 14 games won’t be working in London but Ryan Seacrest will be?

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Male Weatherman Sues CBS for Gender Discrimination

Meteorologist Kyle Hunter has over two decades of weather broadcasting experience in Southern California, but when job openings popped up at local stations KCBS and KCAL, he couldn’t land an interview. Instead, those jobs went to younger, hotter, and decidedly more female weathercasters.

Hunter is now suing CBS for age and gender discrimination.

According to the lawsuit, Hunter, “contacted a manager at KCAL to ask why he had not been considered for that position. In response, a member of KCAL management said that the stations aired a lot of sports broadcasts and catered to its many male viewers, and he said ‘You wouldn’t be the type men would want to look at.’”

The weatherbabes hired by the CBS affiliate stations are Jackie Johnson at KCBS and Evelyn Taft at KCAL. Both are easy on the eyes, and according to Hunter, less qualified than himself.

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Sunday’s Chargers-Dolphins Game Blacked Out

Sunday’s home game between the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins will be blacked out locally because of 6,500 unsold tickets, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com

League rules require all home games to be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff or else they’re blacked out within a 75-mile radius of the stadium.

KCBS will show the Oakland Raiders-New England Patriots game at 1 p.m instead.

Fans in Southern California can watch the game starting at midnight Sunday on NFL.com.

Laura Diaz Out at KCBS, Rick Garcia Promoted

KCBS-TV suffered a huge loss Friday when veteran Los Angeles anchor Laura Diaz announced she was leaving the station after nine years to produce her own projects.

Diaz has been a mainstay in Los Angeles since 1983, landing her first break as a reporter for KABC-TV. The Southern California native made history in 1997 when she was named the lead anchor of KABC-TV’s 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts — making her the first female Hispanic weekday news anchor for an English TV station in Los Angeles.

Diaz’s last broadcast is an Eye on the Community special this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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KTLA-TV Gets A New Sales Team

We got the following press release in our inbox today:

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4, 2008 — KTLA-TV, a Tribune Company television station, today unveiled a new leadership team for its national and local sales operation, announcing the hiring of three talented sales executives with extensive experience in the Los Angeles market.

Patricia Tang has been appointed general sales manager for KTLA, overseeing all of the station’s sales operations. Tang was formerly local sales manager at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.

Troy Arce has been named local sales manager for KTLA. She had been the local sales manager at KCAL-TV since 2002.

Nancy Caldwell also becomes local sales manager for KTLA, having served as a local account executive for KCBS-TV since 2000.

“Patti, Troy and Nancy are an incredibly strong team that has the advantage of already knowing the Los Angeles market and our viewers,” said John Moczulski, KTLA-TV’s vice president/station manager.

“Most important, they’ve built long-term relationships in the advertising industry that will allow them to move quickly to be successful at KTLA.”

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This Horrible Tragedy Has Been Brought To You By …

vera_jimenez_headshot_sm.jpgOur Friends on Franklin Ave. noticed a new low for local news coverage:

Smack in the middle of reporting yesterday’s 405 closure, KCBS weather girl Vera Jimenez basically does an ad for the Lincoln SKS — including shots of her test driving the car. As Mike Schneider points out “”not so coincidentally, KCBS’ morning traffic coverage is sponsored by SoCal Lincoln dealers, whose screen bug remains on the lower left-hand corner throughout). Cut to video of Vera, hanging out inside the vehicle and extolling the virtues of the car. Then cut to weather.”

When Schneider asked a “KCBS insider” about the spot, the source “admitted that it was a bit awkward, especially given the placement. That person conceded that it was an ‘experiment, but not necessarily something we’ll be doing in the future.’”

LA Herald Examiner’s Almost-20th Reunion Party

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With L.A. media seemingly on its death bed, why not revisit an old ghost?

The Journalist from around the globe are expected to attend a party Thursday night recalling the venerable L.A. Herald Examiner, which shuttered not-quite 20 years ago.

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Stuff We’ve Been Too Sick To Blog 3: ERS “Investigates” Breasts

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Our friends at ERS have their panties in a twist (well, someone’s panties, anyway) over the fact that we’ve ignored their great investigation (now in its second week) into the local broadcast “Babe Wars.”

Someone at the site is paying extra-special-close attention to the pulchritude of TV personalities at KCBS/KCAL (Sharon Tay) and KNBC (Elita Loresa — who used to write obits, of all things, for the Orange County Register).

We don’t know what all the fuss is about, but then, we have uteruses. And a nasty cold. So, we’ll let you check it out for your horny lil’ selves.

*(Oh, did we use the wrong picture? So sorry.)