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WTVJ Adds Weekend Sports Anchor

Stefano Fusaro is joining Miami NBC owned station WTVJ as weekend sports anchor.

In a statement, Migdalia Figueroa, WTVJ VP of News said, “His energy and commitment to covering our local sports teams will really resonate with our viewers.”

Fusaro was the sports director at Houston Univision station KXLN.

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On the Move, 10/22/14

Susanne LaFrankie named Chief White House Correspondent for EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network. She has worked as a reporter at WPVI in Philadelphia.

Natasha Williams signs on as Investigative reporter and fill-in anchor at WKEF-WRGT in Dayton. Ohio. Williams had been freelancing at the ABC and Fox affiliate since May.

Nia Wong joins KEYT in Santa Barbara, California. Wong comes from KVAL in Eugene, Oregon where she was an anchor and reporter.

Meteorologist Lisha Scott has moved to weekend mornings at WVEC in the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News market. She comes from WECT in Wilmington, N.C.

Darryl Hood has joined WAKA in Montgomery, Ala. as primary anchor. He last worked as an anchor at WACH in Columbia, S.C.

Hood and Scott are represented by Steve Swienckowski at DCA Talent.

LaFrankie, Williams, and Wong are represented by David Brunner of DB & Associates.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move

Twitter Fail: KC Station Apologizes for Offering Viewers Gruesome Break from World Series

KCTV joined the growing ranks of TV stations that have discovered social media can be a fickle friend.

While home town heroes Kansas City Royals were getting their crowns handed to them by the San Francisco Giants in game one of the World Series Monday night, the Kansas City CBS affiliate tweeted out: “Need a break from the game? Watch our 10 p.m. news for the latest on a body found in the Little Blue River & more.”

A USA TODAY baseball editor saved the tweet by retweeting it:

They tried again with a lighter story:

KCTV later apologized for the awkward choice they presented:

[Yahoo Sports]

FCC Hits Texas Station with Fine for Violations Possibly Dating Back 22 Years

fcc-logo_white-on-blackThe Federal Communications Commission levied an $86,400 fine on the parent company of Midland and Odessa,Texas NBC affiliate KWES.

The FCC says it asked Midessa Television, which also owns KTLE in Odessa, KWAB in Big Spring and KTLD in Midland, about its use of Broadcast Auxiliary Services for audio and video feeds between its studio and transmitter sites.

Midessa responded on January 31, 2014, and admitted that it operated three BAS facilities without authorization and failed to operate six BAS facilities in accordance with their respective authorizations. Midessa noted that it learned of the violations in May 2012 in the course of conducting an audit of its BAS facilities.

TVTechnology writes the violations surfaced when Midessa applied “for three new as-built stations and six modified stations in April of 2013.”

“Midessa stated that, even after interviewing former station staff, it could not identify the exact dates the violations occurred, but that they probably were ongoing at various times for at least four years,” the Notice said. “Further, Midessa stated that it could not rule out the possibility that some of the stations were noncompliant at the times of their acquisitions in 1991 and 2001.” Read more

WYFF Viewers Asked to ‘Like for Prayers’ on Facebook Report About Deadly Car Crash

Greenville, SC NBC affiliate WYFF might be guilty of using someone else’s tragedy for its own social media gain, while couching it in a religious message.

WYFF reports, a teen died and four others were injured in the crash at a local gas station.

Reaction amongst viewers seemed split. “Seriously now we are ‘liking’ for prayers!!!! News 4 is ridiculous,” commented one viewer. While another said, “what’s wrong with praying…..from the looks of it they could use the prayers. Thanks channel 4.”

‘We’re Basically the Newspaper of Record,’ Nexstar CEO Talks About Local TV

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Nexstar CEO, chairman and president Perry Sook was one of 12 industry leaders to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

MediabistroTV caught up with Sook to ask about Nexstar’s next move and his views about the state of local TV.

“With the decline of newspaper and circulation and also the decline of days of publication, we’re basically the newspaper of record,” said Sook. “I think the services we provide to markets like Burlington, Vt. and Rochester, N.Y. and Salt Lake City, Utah are absolutely essential and hard to duplicate anywhere else.”

Madison MMJ Leaving TV

Max+Hess200Max Hess, multi-media journalist for Madison, Wisc. NBC affiliate WMTV, has announced he is leaving the business after less than a year on-air.

“It’s the breaking news look! But tonight, I have some news of my very own,” Hess wrote on his WMTV facebook page. “Working at NBC15 has been a great honor, but it is with mixed emotions that my last day will be Monday, November 3rd.”

He also tweeted out a still from his personal facebook page, “I am extremely excited to say that I’ll be joining the EPIC Creative team in West Bend as a PR Account Executive on December 1, 2014. On top of it all, I’ll be moving back to my beloved Milwaukee.”

Hess started at WMTV in January 2014. His first local TV job was at WTMJ in Milwaukee as an assignment desk editor.

Amanda Grace Named Anchor at KING

Amanda Grace has joined Seattle NBC affiliate KING as an anchor. New England One reports that Grace will anchor the 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. news starting tomorrow.

Grace most recently worked at NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston. She started at the station in 2008 as a general assignment reporter and later worked her way up to anchor. Check out Grace showing off her new KING gear in the Tweet below.

Jessica Holley Joins KWTV

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Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV has a new addition to their team: multimedia journalist Jessica Holley. According to the station’s website, Holley previously worked as a multimedia journalist at KZTV in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Holley’s new job is something of a homecoming, as she interned at KWTV back in 2010. Holley wrote about her new gig on Facebook earlier this month:

I have some bittersweet news to share this morning. Tomorrow marks my last day with KZTV Action 10 News. A week from today I start my new adventure in Oklahoma City reporting for the CBS affiliate. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing your many of your stories in my nearly two years I’ve spent here in Corpus Christi.

WXIX Hires Kara Sewell as Morning Anchor

635494858269400008-Kara-Sewell-headshot-10.21.14Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX has hired a replacement for morning anchor Jacki Jing, who was ousted by the station in August. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Wichita anchor Kara Sewell will join co-anchor Rob Williams starting December 8:

Sewell will move to Cincinnati after November sweeps to work with Williams, meteorologist Frank Marzullo and traffic reporter Denise Johnson.

“She gelled instantly with Rob, Frank and Denise. We think she will be a tremendous addition to the Cincinnati morning landscape,” said Bill Lanesey, vice president and general manager, in the station’s announcement.

Her KWCH-TV bio says she “even tried her hand at doing the weather and appeared on a reality show” before going to Wichita in 2008.

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