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Buffalo Snow Drone Captures New York Snowstorm From the Air

Buffalo stations were able to give viewers the softer side of the aftermath of Lake Effect snow with video shot by Jim Grimaldi’s drone.

The local drone pilot didn’t go far enough or high enough to trigger any action from the FAA, but he did give WIVB and WGRZ some nice bump video showing how a snowstorm can change a neighborhood. WKBW featured the video on its website. Check it out.

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KABC GM Announces Retirement

kleiner kabcArnold Kleiner, longtime GM of Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC, has announced he’s retiring at the end of January 2015.

Kleiner has been GM of KABC since February 1996.

“I’ve been so lucky to have had such a long and rewarding career in the television business,” Kleiner said in a statement. “I’ve had the great privilege of working with an amazing group of people and I’m very glad to have helped build KABC-TV into the great station it is today. I leave the station in good hands, and they can count on me to be their most loyal viewer.”

Before coming to KABC, he was president and GM of KFMB in San Diego. He started his career with Westinghouse Broadcasting in 1968 as an account executive at KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. He’s worked at WJZ in Baltimore, WBZ in Boston, WPVI in Philadelphia, and WMAR in Baltimore until moving to KFMB in 1993.

FOX Chicago Duopoly Names Norman Lee National Sales Manager

wfld32WFLD-WPWR has named Norman Lee National Sales Manager.

This is a move within FOX Television Stations for Lee, who was a sales account executive at FOX Station Sales in New York. Before coming to FOX, he was an AE for HRP in Chicago. Lee has also worked at WPIX in New York and at Heitner Weiss.

“In Norman’s seven years with FOX Stations Sales he has demonstrated a superior knowledge of our business, a skill for delivering consistent and high quality results, as well as an unyielding work ethic, all of which I’m looking forward to having here in Chicago,” WFLD GSM Glenn Berk said in a statement.

Bobby Flay to Appear on WNYW’s ‘Wining and Dining with Rosanna Scotto’

Rosanna-Scotto-1“Good Day New York” co-anchor Rosanna Scotto‘s ongoing segment ‘Wining and Dining with Rosanna Scotto’ on FOX affiliate WNYW, gives viewers a VIP tour of some of the best restaurants in the city. This past February, Scotto spoke with celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. This month, it’s all about Bobby Flay.

Scotto will go behind-the-scenes at Flay’s NYC eatery, Gato, where the master chef will finally unveil the secret ingredient to the most popular item on the menu: scrambled eggs.

The special airs Friday, November 21 from 10:30-11:00 p.m. on WNYW.

When Sweeps and Shopping Collide

WFAAZalesDallas ABC affiliate WFAA ran an exclusive Tuesday night about the second Dallas nurse to contract and survive Ebola. You may remember Amber Vinson as the nurse who flew to Cleveland before her symptoms presented themselves.

Turns out while she was fighting the virus, crews were sanitizing her apartment and ended up throwing away many of her belongings. One of the things they chucked was her engagement ring. If you looked closely at WFAA’s exclusive 5:00 p.m. interview, you’d see it was conducted inside a jewelery store.

Which leads us to the interview, part two. At 10:00 p.m., Dallas-based mall jeweler Zales entered the story by giving Vinson a replacement ring from their store. Suddenly Vinson, WFAA and Zales found themselves standing at the intersection of the Holiday shopping season and Sweeps. Read more

KXLY Discovers ‘Good Samaritan’ Not So Good

kxly good samWhen a man contacted Spokane ABC affiliate KXLY about giving away $5,000 every week as part of his “Give Project”

He told the station he wanted to remain anonymous. Monday, reporter Aaron Luna rode along with him as he handed out nearly $2,000 in cash to the homeless. He also promised free iPhone6+’s. Turns out homeless advocates who were against the stunt had nothing to fear.

Tuesday the station learned his real name. KXLY reports, Edward Carmine Jarzabek “has a history of committing fraud and theft and is on parole for multiple felony counts in Idaho.”

Jarzabek told KXLY4′s Aaron Luna that he earned the money through smart business decisions. But, his criminal past raises serious questions about the origin of the stacks of cash he showed off to kxly4 cameras. He’s been convicted several times of writing bad checks from accounts he knew were closed, as a way to get cash from banks. Each time he was released from prison, court records show he began operating a similar scheme. According to the Idaho Department of Corrections, he was released to supervision in July and allowed to live in Washington. Read more

Joe Sullivan Named News Director at WXXV

Joe-SullivanJoe Sullivan, the 5:30 p.m. anchor at FOX affiliate WXXV, is adding news director to his title. Sullivan has worked at the Gulfport, Miss. station since September 2013.

In an interview with The Sun-Herald, Sullivan explained that he has taken on many different roles in his career (including a stint as a production assistant at ESPN and 14 years in Richmond, Va., as a sports anchor at NBC affiliate WWBT and sports director at FOX affiliate WRLH). In his new role, Sullivan will lead a team that includes six reporters:

“We have a good group. We have the most local news in this market. We have had entire newscasts that were solely local stories,” he said. “People have been very nice to us. They come up to me almost every day and say, ‘Thanks for giving us a choice.’”

Sullivan previously worked at ABC and CBS affiliate WBBJ in Jackson, Tenn., as a weekday morning anchor. He will continue his evening anchor role along with his new position.

Carey Peña Out at KTVK

Carey-Pena2Carey Peña, a longtime anchor for Phoenix’s KTVK, has decided to leave the independent station. Peña, currently co-anchor of “Good Evening Arizona” at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. and host of “Politics Unplugged,” has worked at KTVT since 1998.

Peña announced the news on Facebook last night, writing:

After many positive discussions with management, we were not able to reach an agreement on contract terms and so, the time has come to move on. I would like to thank Ed and Leona for their efforts…

She went on to thank her loyal viewers who have “quite literally, watched me grow up.” Peña told her Facebook fans that she’s looking forward to taking a break, spending time with family for the holidays and that she’s “excited to see what the future holds.”

No word yet on who will replace her.

In Buffalo, Big Snow Brings Big Ratings

WGRZAs surely as the snow has overwhelmed the Buffalo area, viewers have turned to local TV stations in huge numbers–particularly the morning newscasts.

The Buffalo News notes stations’ wall-to-wall coverage produced primetime-sized ratings throughout the day, with Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ leading the pack:

If you combine all three early evening newscasts, the rating was equal to or exceeded what a Buffalo Bills game normally receives.

The 6 a.m. morning ratings were much higher than the stations often get for most prime time network entertainment programs.

The clear winner for the day starting at 5 a.m. and continuing everywhere but 11 p.m. was Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate.

No Felony Assault Charge for Former Fargo Sports Anchor

nelson kvrrFormer KVRR sports director Jim Nelson has been cleared of felony aggravated assault charges.

Fargo-Moorhead radio station KFGO reports “Nelson’s attorney, Charles Sheeley, says a private investigator interviewed other witnesses who were not cited in the police report and they said Nelson had intervened when someone else was getting beat up.”

Nelson says he was fired from his job at KVRR-TV Fox after the assault charge was filed. He says he wishes the station had waited for due process to be carried out, but wants to put the incident behind him.

Nelson pleaded guilty to obstructing police. He was initially suspended from KVRR and later fired.

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