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Chris Stanford Out at KMOV

Chris-StanfordThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Chris Stanford, an anchor/reporter, has been fired from CBS affiliate KMOV.

KMOV VP and GM Mark Pimentel told TVSpy that ”Chris’s last day was last Friday.”

“They basically were saying that (Stanford’s employment at KMOV) wasn’t a good fit,” Stanford told the Post-Dispatch. “I don’t know what to say to that, since my last review was around the end of 2013. And at that time, they said I ‘met expectations.”

He’d been at the St. Louis station since March 2013. Prior to that, he worked at WCCO in Minneapolis as a weekend anchor and reporter.

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Boston Station Hires From Within for Sports Reporter Job

5x7 Bob HalloranWCVB says it has found the right person to fill the sports reporter role left vacant after Mike Dowling left in February. His name is Bob Halloran and he’s been working at the Boston ABC affiliate since 2003.

“Bob is an exceptional talent.  His ability to fill multiple roles—anchoring, writing, producing and reporting—made the decision to bring him on board as our sports reporter an easy one,” Andrew Vrees, WCVB news director, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to seeing Bob continue to grow at NewsCenter 5.”

Since he started at WCVB, Halloran has been working as a reporter, anchor and fill-in sports reporter. He will join anchor Mike Lynch on Monday.

KWTV Pilot Reportedly Suspended for Racing the Chopper

jim-gardner-suspensionThe Lost Ogle reports, KWTV helicopter pilot Jim Gardner has been suspended from the station for racing the station chopper against a microjet that makes appearances at air shows across the country.

The details regarding the incident are a bit murky, but apparently it involved the futuristic George Jetson plane that Jim posted a pic of on July 27. I guess a video recently surfaced that showed Jim racing the plane in Sky News 9. The video has since been pulled, but I was able to obtain the following pixellated screenshot (right) of the clip via the Ogle Mole Network:

The July 27 photo referred to by The Lost Ogle can be seen after the jump, along with a publicity photo the station posted to its facebook page in May.

A spokesperson for the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate told TVSpy they don’t comment on personnel matters. Read more

WXYZ’s Dave Rexroth to Return With Prosthetic Eye After Fireworks Accident

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 12.08.07 PMWXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, says chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth will return to work next week. Rexroth lost his left eye in a fireworks accident on July 4th, and the station says he has had surgery and received a prosthetic eye. Rexroth sent photos that show he’s healed from the surgery, and as the station notes in a blog post, it’s difficult to tell anything has changed.

Before receiving the prosthetic, Rexroth shared his gratitude with WXYZ viewers:

“Although the past few days have been challenging, I have been overwhelmed by the love and kind words from not only those closest to me but every single one of you,” says Rexroth. “Over my 14 years in Detroit and southeast Michigan, I’ve been truly blessed with the most caring and supportive viewers, coworkers and friends ever. Your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement are really helping me get through this. Thank you all so much. I look forward to being back on air and being able to thank you directly.”

You May Now Call Former WCCO Anchor ‘The Reverend’ Don Shelby

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 10.42.25 AMFormer WCCO anchor Don Shelby has a new addition to his resume: he’s become a minister–of sorts. “The Internet offers a world of short cuts to a man in my position,” he told the Star Tribune. “I have a little card that I can hang on my mirror for parking as clergy. I am the Reverend Don Shelby.”

Shelby says he’s not planning to don the robes as a new career, he’s just serving as an officiant for a friend’s wedding:

“Here’s what happened,” Shelby told me. “A friend of mine asked me to be his best man at his wedding. Then later he said, Why don’t you just marry us, be the officiant? I said, ‘I’m not qualified. I don’t have the paperwork.’ So that kind of hung out there. … Then Pat Miles’ daughter called me. I’ve known Kate Francis since she was born, since she was minutes old, and now she is a full-grown woman and she said, Would you marry me and my husband-to-be? I said, ‘Kate, I don’t have that authority.’ But then I found out how you went about it. … and now I am a registered officiant in the state of Minnesota, so I can marry people.”

Mike LaCrosse Named Weekend Anchor at WLNE

Mike LaCrosseMike LaCrosse has been promoted to the weekend anchor at Providence ABC affiliate WLNE. “Mike has strong investigative skills and a knack for compelling story telling. He’s an excellent addition to our weekend team,” said Nic Moye, WLNE’s news director.

LaCrosse joined the station in 2013 as a photojournalist, after working at WGGB in Springfield, MA:

“I am honored and excited to be joining Meteorologist Chelsea Priest and sports anchor Nick Coit on the ABC6 News weekend team. It’ll be a real privilege to bring the people of southern New England what they need to know to get through their hectic weekends,” said LaCrosse.

Former San Antonio Anchor Lands at KCBS, KCAL

Former San Antonio anchor Elsa Ramon is back on the desk, joining CBS’s Los Angeles duopoly KCBS and KCAL.

Last October, Ramon left her job at San Antonio NBC station WOAI to follow her husband to L.A., where he’d taken a new job.

Ramon told the San Antonio Express News it’s good to be back on the air:

Although she enjoyed her seven months “being a stay-at-home mom” to her two kids, son Zev, 1 1/2, and Bella, 10, “I always planned to return to work,” she said.

“We’re very lucky that two people with very demanding careers were able to find jobs in our hometown. That’s so hard to do.”

Anchor Justin Wilfon Says Farewell to KJRH

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 9.43.52 AMKJRH anchor Justin Wilfon bid farewell to viewers at Tulsa’s NBC affiliate, ending nine years with the station. “I’ll miss all my co-workers and Tulsa, he said. “My nine years here really have been the best years of my life.”

The station aired a retrospective package and had an on-set farewell, letting viewers know he’s leaving the station, but staying with the company:

Justin, who’s been with 2NEWS since 2008, is heading north to our sister station in Kansas City where he will host a new program, The NOW KC.

Beginning in September, viewers can see Justin weekdays at 4 p.m. on 41 Action News and KSHB.com.

Accused Sacramento Anchor Makes First Appearance in Court

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 9.25.42 AMSabrina Rodriguez, former anchor for Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL, made a first appearance in a Sacramento court on theft charges. Rodriguez told the Sacramento Bee she intends to clear her name.

“As you saw in court, there are a number of people out there who have just been unbelieveably supportive.

“And it’s been really heartwarming and inspirational and has given me strength. I didn’t expect the overwhelming support that I’ve gotten.”

Rodriguez did not enter a plea. Her next court appearance is set for September 9. Rodriguez resigned from her job in the days following her arrest.

President Obama Names WREG GM to Board of TVA

tva-logoPresident Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Ron Walter, president and GM of WREG in Memphis, to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Walter was one of several people the President said he intended to nominate to key administration posts.

“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” President Obama said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

The Tennessee Valley Authority provides electricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average.  Established by Congress in 1933 to address a wide range of environmental, economic, and technological issues, including the delivery of low-cost electricity and the management of natural resources, TVA also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

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