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Wichita Stations Break Into Programming to Cover Plane Crash

After a plane crashed at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, local stations broke into regular programming to give viewers updates about the crash.

CBS affiliate KWCH was first on air, breaking into The Price is Right at 10:04 a.m.  Scott Evans reported the station had confirmed with police that a plane had crashed into the Flight Safety building at the airport. The station then went quickly to a live phoner with a construction worker who didn’t witness the crash, but said he “heard a big boom” and saw the flames and smoke.

NBC affiliate KSNW broke into the Today show about a minute later. Over a shot of the airport from the tower cam, the station told viewers a plane had crashed into a two story building, one person was in critical condition and emergency crews were on the scene.

ABC affiliate KAKE broke into The View at 10:05. Jemelle Holopirek reported a King Air Jet had crashed on top of the Flight Safety building at the airport. Wichita Police told KAKE, 10 people are trapped in the building, but had no information about the people aboard the plane.

FOX affiliate KSAS was still running an episode of Judge Mathis as of this writing.

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Audrey Kuchen Promoted to Weekday Evening Anchor at WTIC

audrey-kuchen3WTIC, the FOX affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, CT, has promoted Audrey Kuchen from weekend evening anchor to weekday evening anchor. According to New England One, she will be co-anchoring the 5:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. broadcasts with Brent Hardin.

Kuchen wrote a lengthy Facebook post about her new promotion, where she describes how she’s known she wanted to be an anchor since second grade.

Prior to joining WTIC in 2010, Kuchen worked at FOX affiliate KMVU and NBC affiliate KOBI in Medford, Oreg, where she was an anchor and producer.

Greta Kreuz Retires From WJLA


After more than 30 years working as a journalist, Greta Kreuz retired from WJLA on Wednesday .

Kreuz joined the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate in 1988.

She started out as a print reporter in the Chicago area and later worked in radio as news director for WVPO-WSBG in Pennsylvania. She started her TV career at WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and has also worked at WPRI in Providence, R.I. and WBAL in Baltimore, Md.

In 2012, she revealed she had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

On set, in a 5:00 p.m. news segment where the station said goodbye, she told viewers, “I’m in remission.” And added, “I’m going to take a little time and relax and smell the roses and sleep in.”

WBRE Issues Dress Code Memo to Staff

WBREWBRE, the NBC affiliate in Scranton- Wilkes Barre, Pa, recently sent out an internal memo to let staffers know they need to dress better.

FTV Live reports that anchors, reporters and department heads must now wear suits and ties to the office, while photogs can still get away with jeans (but no more T-shirts).

You can read the full internal memo below, where WBRE news director Jim DePury goes into everything from what exactly constitutes ‘Business Casual’ attire to what to wear when it’s 100+ degrees out. TVSpy has reached out to DePury about the dress code, we’ll update you when we hear back. Read more

Jacksonville’s WFOX-WJAX Adds Phil Amato


Phil Amato will join Jacksonville FOX and CBS affiliate WFOX-WJAX as morning anchor Monday.

Amato left Jacksonville’s WJXX-WTLV in July after working there for more than 20 years.

“We were given the opportunity to bring on a pillar of the Jacksonville journalism community and we couldn’t pass it up,” Jim Zerwekh, VP & GM of WFOX-WJAX. “He is embedded in our community and knows what Jacksonville viewers expect in a newscast. We know he will bring those qualities to the CBS47/FOX30 Action News team.”

Rosanna Scotto Injured Shooting Ice Skating Segment

Rosanna Scotto, the often patient co-anchor to Greg Kelly on WNYW‘s Good Day New York, is recuperating after she took a bad fall while shooting an ice skating segment for the show.

Scotto broke her wrist and fractured her elbow and is said to be getting surgery on Friday. Sources tell TVSpy, Scotto says she will be on-air tomorrow.

WLS to Host Live Facebook Q&A with Governor’s Race Candidates

1457699_10152861092066162_7680627002931929686_nTonight, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will take questions from voters on the Facebook page of WLS, the ABC-owned station in Chicago. Tomorrow night, challenger Bruce Rauner will take questions in the same way.

Facebook’s Andy Stone tells TVSpy WLS’ event marks a first for local stations:

“Facebook’s Q&A tool offers candidates and elected officials a quick, easy and engaging way to interact with constituents and voters in real time. Facebook’s exciting partnership with WLS-TV means that days before they go to the polls, for the first time ever, Illinoisans will have the opportunity to discuss the issues with both gubernatorial candidates on the ABC 7 Chicago Facebook page.”

Viewer engagement with this kind of event can be surprising. Recently, ABC News reached more than 10 million people with a town hall on Ebola, which was hosted on the ABC News Facebook page.

Carlos Rausseo Promoted to Sports Anchor at KDEN

TelemundoKDEN, the Telemundo station in Denver, has announced the promotion of Carlos Rausseo from multimedia journalist and back-up anchor to sports anchor.

Rausseo will join news anchor Guillermo Martínez and weather anchor Javier Castro for “Noticiero Telemundo Denver” at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled that Carlos will officially join our anchor team to help Telemundo Denver deliver the latest sports news and information to our Spanish-language viewers,” KDEN news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement. “His journalistic experience, which has earned him an Emmy award, will strengthen our local news operation and the commitment we have to better serve our Hispanic community here in Denver and throughout Colorado.”

Rausseo’s first day on-air is Monday, November 3.

Des Moines Reporter Pleads Guilty to OWI

heitshusen OWISonya Heitshusen, reporter and anchor for WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, has pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated, The Des Moines Register reports.

She originally entered a plea of not-guilty to the charge. Heitshusen was arrested in June. That same weekend, another reporter for the NBC affiliate, Erik Wheater, was also arrested for OWI.

Heitshusen, 47, of Des Moines, was pulled over near downtown Des Moines’ entertainment district around 1 a.m. driving the wrong way down a street, authorities said. Police said she at first refused to exit her vehicle, then had trouble balancing and refused any field sobriety or breath tests. Read more

Andrea Clenney Named WLTZ News Director

wltz logoAndrea Clenney has been named news director of Columbus, Georgia NBC affiliate WLTZ.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, WLTZ GM Drew Rhodes told staffers, “We are looking to continue to grow our local shows and our news product as well as ratings. We know that Andrea will help us do that, and we are excited to have her join the hardest working news team in the market!”

Clenney started her career at WFTV in Orlando, Fla. working in production, engineering and then news. She comes to WLTZ from WCJB in Gainesville, Fla. where she was news director. Before WCJB, she was senior executive producer at KMGH in Denver, Colo. She has also worked in Greenville, N.C., Wilmington, N.C., Syracuse, N.Y. and Augusta, Ga.

Her first day is Tuesday, December 2. Read more

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