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Tedd Florendo Returns to Las Vegas

florendoMeteorologist Tedd Florendo has returned to Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“We are very excited about Tedd rejoining the 8 News Now team,” Ron Comings, KLAS news director said in a statement. “He has developed close relationships with our community, our news team and with our viewing audience, which prompted his return.”

Florendo left the station in 2013 to work at WCAU in Philadelphia. He comes back to KLAS as the weekday evening meteorologist, replacing Darren Miller who, the station said, is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.”

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Knoxville Meteorologist Leaves WBIR for Weather Nation

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 10.06.45 AMMike Witcher, meteorologist at Knoxville NBC station WBIR, said farewell to viewers after ten years on Friday. Witcher’s headed to Denver and Weather Nation.

Witcher’s and his wife are both from Colorado, and the move will bring them–and their young son–close to family.

Witcher announced the move on Twitter:

 

WBIR’s sendoff included station staff giving Witcher an on-camera farewell.

Brad Johansen Named WKRC News Anchor

Brad JohansenWKRC has announced, starting next Monday, sports director Brad Johansen will anchor the Cincinnati CBS affiliate’s 4:00 p.m. newscast.

“Brad has always been an incredible storyteller,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “He’s able to handle complex situations easily and his work as sports director here has only helped to enhance those abilities.”

Johansen started at WKRC as a reporter in 1992 and was named sports director four years later.

KTHV Mascot, Joey The Garden Cat Dies

joey_TGC RIPJoey The Garden Cat, KTHV‘s morning mascot died on Friday.

“We’re sad to share that the THV11 family is mourning the loss of our beloved Joey the Garden Cat,” The Little Rock, Ark. CBS affiliate announced on Joey’s facebook page. “You may recall Joey’s health issues through the years. There’s no doubt that Joey has always shown he’s a special cat, even in dealing with so much adversity. Thank you to everyone who has loved Joey as much as we do.”

Last month, we wrote about Joey’s large facebook following.

The THV11 family would like to our extend our gratitude to each and every one of you for all your kind words and thoughts about his passing. From the beginning, when he showed up in our Weather Garden, he stole our hearts and many of yours. He will always be remembered, and his spirit will continue to be a big part of the THV11 family and beyond. Thank you again for all your kindness.

A KTHV employee put together a video tribute. You can watch it after the jump. Read more

Nearing 25 Years Together, WPXI Co-Anchors ‘Defy the Odds’

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WPXI anchor David Johnson knows the business well. Anchors, like news directors, can’t count on anything. “You can be good, and they’ll get rid of you. You can be bad, and they’ll get rid of you,” he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

And yet, for nearly 25 years, Johnson has been a fixture on the desk at the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate, alongside Peggy Finnegan:

But despite the odds, Johnson and Finnegan — who are closing in on 25 years together in January — are already the longest-running local news-anchor team in Pittsburgh television history and one of the longest in the nation.

Twenty-five years for a single anchor is extraordinary, says Robert Thompson, professor of media and culture at Syracuse University.

“For a team to stay together for 25 years is almost unheard of,” Thompson says. “You’re talking about two different people who have to be incredibly stable in a field that is unstable. Those in TV news tend to move around all over the place, to bigger markets or for personal reasons, or new management shakes things up and they’re fired.”

53 Raycom Stations Go Dark on DirecTV

raycom_logoRaycom announced Monday its 53 stations, including WBRC in Birmingham, WBTV in Charlotte, WVUE in New Orleans and WOIO in Cleveland, had been dropped on DirecTV:

For three months Raycom Media has been working with DirecTV to resolve this issue, so that DirecTV may continue to lawfully provide local news, weather sports and network programming to our viewers.

Because we have been unable to reach an agreement with DirecTV, Raycom Media stations are no longer available to DirecTV customers after August 31st, 2014.

According to Raycom Media President and CEO Paul McTear, “This is frustrating for DirecTV customers who rely on Raycom stations for information and entertainment. We share their frustration and are committed to doing everything we can to resolve this issue and have been for the last 12 weeks of discussions.”

DirecTV, meanwhile, has promised to provide NFL games to Raycom customers during the blackout:

Raycom Media is denying DIRECTV customers and some of its own most loyal viewers access to its local broadcast stations unless they pay more than double just to receive the same broadcast shows that remain available over the air for free. We will always work to protect our customers and prevent them from enduring any unnecessary interruptions, no matter how brief. We appreciate their patience since it has a direct impact on their bill. Despite Raycom’s unnecessary blackout, NFL and college football fans can see all of the first few week’s action uninterrupted, and the majority of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC series won’t premiere for several more weeks.

WWSB’s Linda Carson Marks 50 Years in TV News

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 8.59.43 AMIn a business marked by never-ending change, Linda Carson has endured. The reporter for Sarasota ABC station WWSB hit a milestone on Labor Day, marking fifty years in local news.

“She was among the first women to break into what was then a male-dominated business,” WWSB’s Scott Dennis writes. “Little did she know she was blazing a trail into TV news that other women would follow.”

From her start doing weather in Atlanta in 1964, to semi-retirement in Sarasota, she’s kept on going, with no plans to stop:

Linda’s early bosses told her she wouldn’t work past the age of 30 in television news. Well, she proved them wrong and then some. She continues to inspire us all with her tireless work ethic, her dedication and her astonishing positive attitude.

Bob Kelly Out at Philadelphia’s KYW

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 9.50.24 AMBob Kelly, morning traffic reporter at CBS Philadelphia O&O KYW, announced on Facebook he has left the station. Kelly promised viewers he’d be back, though he wasn’t sure where or when. “Where the road leads next I’m not quite sure. But what I AM sure of, is that every step will be made easier with the thousands of unbelievably thoughtful messages from you all.”

Here’s Kelly’s full statement:

It truly is with a very heavy heart I announce that today will be my last broadcast on CBS3. For 13 years I have always looked forward to coming in to work and having the opportunity to be a part of a show and a work “family” that has given me more laughter, more love, and more rewarding moments than could fill a lifetime. To YOU the unbelievable, faithful viewers!! I cannot express my gratitude for the support and constant love and kindness shown towards myself and my family all these years!!! Endless thank you’s to each and everyone of you. To you my most awesome morning team, co-workers past and present!! Although not on the TV screen, we will continue to have fun and may the endless laughter live on!!! And to my family, your unwavering support and love is what will make this next part of the adventure the best we’ve had yet!! Hope to see you all again soon, thank you so very much for allowing me to be in your home these past 13 years. With all my love.

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.

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.

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