TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps

Larry Mendte Returns to New York Airwaves, This Time on Radio

2006Larry1-251x300Larry Mendte, who was last seen doing commentary on New York CW affiliate WPIX, has a new show on WABC radio.

“The Larry Mendte Show” will run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday nights starting this weekend.

The press release promises Mendte will “talk about New York’s biggest stories, and speak to Tri – State listeners with warmth, wit, and honesty that New York listeners have come to expect from Mendte and 77 WABC.”

WABC program director Craig Schwalb said in a statement,“The addition of Larry Mendte to our roster of trusted New York personalities makes Sunday nights on 77 WABC an appealing and exciting destination for our listeners.”

In 2008, Mendte was fired from KYW in Philadelphia after pleading guilty to hacking into co-anchor Alycia Lane‘s email account.

Mediabistro Course

Podcasting

PodcastingStarting July 31, learn how to develop and create your own podcast in just a a matter of weeks! In this course you'll learn how to determine the goals of your podcast, pinpoint your concept, contact and book guests, distribute and market your podcast and more. Register now! 
 

So, ‘Dog’ Did the Weather This Morning on ‘Good Day Colorado’

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 2.35.04 PM

Here’s the thing about reality TV show bounty hunters. They don’t necessarily know anything about doing a weather forecast on television. Case in point, Dog the Bounty Hunter, who was a guest on KDVR‘s “Good Morning Colorado”.

Dog seems to start strong, suggesting that more humidity will mean “less bad air” for the Denver area, but he’s quickly corrected by Fox 31′s Jennifer Broome. “Mm, not exactly.”

What happens next is yours to enjoy:

KNXV Bakes Cookies While Phoenix Swelters

cookies knxvKNXV chief meteorologist Amber Sullins has forecast a high of 114 for the airport, which would make it the hottest day of the year there.

Maybe we’re posting this because we’re hungry, but the Phoenix ABC affiliate is trying a sweeter, hopefully yummier take on the old hot weather gag of frying an egg to show what hot looks like.

Someone at the station put some cookie dough on a sheet and placed it in direct sunlight on the station’s patio. They want to see how long it takes for the cookies to bake. The baking started at 10:45 a.m. Phoenix time. You can even watch it happen live. Click here to watch on webcam.

KNXV promises to show off the cookies during tonight’s newscast. Maybe we’ll check in later to see how they taste. Regardless, take Ron Burgundy’s advice and don’t chase them down with milk. It’s a bad choice on a hot day.

What Did They Cover in Oklahoma City Last Night?

Today we look at Oklahoma City where Sinclair (KOKH), Hearst (KOCO), Tribune (KFOR) and Griffin Communications (KWTV) own the four major stations.

The story choice was diverse with only a car crash at rush hour and a meth bust by a rookie sheriff’s deputy being the only stories that were repeated in any newscast.

The only question we have for Oklahoma City is, “How many Ogles are there anyway?”

WIVB News Director Out

wivb_304Joe Schlaerth, news director for Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB no longer works at the station, Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament reports.

The News reports Peter Jacobus is the interim news director at the station.

According to his LinkedIn page, Schlaerth had been news director at WIVB since 2004.

His departure — all the sources say he was fired this morning — is no surprise considering how unpopular he has been inside the news department.

Indeed, it was more surprising that he lasted this long running the news department of the LIN station. Read more

Study: A Vanilla Year for Local TV Staffers

pew facts salariesThe Pew Research Center showed a study produced by the RTDNA and Hofstra University detailing “5 facts about the state of local TV newsrooms.”

Despite the combined $8 billion price tag of the nearly 300 stations that were bought and sold over 2013, the study showed news staff at local TV stations are being counted on to do more with less for small increases in low pay.

The study’s five main findings were:

1. Staffing levels have dropped in 2013 with larger stations getting hit the hardest.

2. While news anchor salaries dropped, meteorologist and sports anchor pay stayed the same. Reporters saw a small uptick in pay.

3. Ad revenue from newscasts accounted for 50 percent of a station’s overall revenue in 2013.

4. Slightly more newsroom budgets grew than shrank.

5. Both the number of stations airing newscasts and the number of stations not producing their own newscasts grew.

You can read the entire report by clicking here.

Oklahoma Station Apologizes for Cutting Rapper from Morning Show

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 10.59.57 AM

Oklahoma City station KSBI has apologized to performer Jabee Williams after he was asked to leave instead of appearing on the station’s morning show, “Oklahoma Live!” Williams told NewsOK he was invited to appear on the show Monday morning, but the show’s executive producer told him “Hi Jabee. There’s been an oversight, and I need you to leave.”

We all thought he was joking. We asked if he was serious and he said “if you need help, we can help you load your stuff.” Jabee asked if they were expecting a country act, and he said ‘honestly, yes. Upon seeing you, we realized there was an oversight.’

When we asked what exactly the oversight was, he said he had not realized Jabee was not a country act. He said the station is moving in a new direction and could not have him on the show.

Williams says it was “a blatant form of discrimination.”

Station president Vince Orza apologized in a statement Monday to The Oklahoman:

“Jabee should have been allowed to perform. He is a professional, who showed up on time, ready to entertain our audience as he has in the past,” Orza said in a statement. “I wanted him to hear directly from me that he is welcome to perform on ‘Oklahoma Live!’ and KSBI. I apologized to him, and he very graciously thanked me for calling.”

Joe Radske Joins WISC as Executive Producer

Yesterday we told you WKOW news director Joe Radkse had left the Madison, WI, ABC affiliate. Today we find out where he’s gone.

WISC news director Colin Benedict told TVSpy Radske has joined the Madison CBS affiliate as an executive producer.

“Friends, Family, Interested Individuals. I’m moving. I’m going to WISC, Madison after 4 years with WKOW, Madison,” Radske wrote on his facebook page. “I will miss the great journalists and friends in the 27Newsroom. I’m looking forward to working with the great journalists at WISC.”

Laurie Perez Leaving Hartford for Los Angeles

perez croppedLaurie Perez is leaving Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate WTIC.

“My husband Jeff Collette accepted a position at the NFL network in California and he started a few weeks ago,” Perez told the Hartford Courant. “I’ll be working at KCBS starting in August.”

Before coming to WTIC, Perez worked at WSPA in Greenville, SC. She started her career at KEPR in Kennewick, WA.

The Courant reports Perez will be replaced by the returning Jenn Bernstein.

Nexstar Names Stephen Ventura GM of Utica Stations

nexstar logoStephen J. Ventura has been named vice president and general manager of WFXV and WPNY, Nexstar’s Fox and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Utica, N.Y. In his new role, Ventura will also oversee ABC affiliate WUTR, which Nexstar operates for Mission Broadcasting.

Ventura has been the director of sales for Nexstar’s broadcast and digital properties in Utica since 2006. He has most recently been the station’s interim general manager.

“With his local broadcasting expertise, strong client relationships, and dedication to the local communities across Central New York, we are confident in Steve’s ability to provide the necessary leadership to build upon the achievements of our Utica operations,” Bill Sally, Nexstar SVP and regional manager, said in a statement.

NEXT PAGE >>