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TV Music Maker Helps Give Kids Gift of Music

If you’ve worked creative services at any local station, chances are you’ve used some cuts from Stephen Arnold Music.

Arnold, along with some other musicians in Dallas made an album called “The Six Strings of Christmas” to help put instruments in the hands of kids who can’t afford them.

“There are many statistics that show that the kids that are involved in music have 52% better chance of going to college,” Stephen Arnold, of Stephen Arnold Music, said.

For every album sold, 100 percent of the proceeds go to “Little Kids Rock” It’s an organization “dedicated to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to unlock his or her inner music-maker.”

From the website:

Little Kids Rock trains public school teachers and donates all of the instruments, curricular resources and support they need to ensure that their kids receive the right to rock! What makes Little Kids Rock different is that they do more than just donate instruments like guitars, drums and keyboards; they build lasting music programs that focus on teaching kids to perform, improvise and compose the popular music genres that they already know and love, like rock, pop, blues, hip-hop, country, reggae and R&B.

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Marsha Bonhart Leaving WDTN

marsha-bonhart320Marsha Bonhart is leaving Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN after nearly 35 years in local TV news.

The Dayton Daily News says Bonhart’s last newscast will be Tuesday.

WDTN is transiting from LIN Media to Media General, which announced it would buy the station last March.

Bonhart learned her contract would not be renewed on Dec. 11.

“The station has been very gracious to me about the whole thing,” Bonhart said. “When you get into this industry, you always know this is a possibility.”

She stared at WDTN in March 1988 after working at a Dayton hospital as media coordinator. Bonhart has also worked at KTTV in Los Angeles, WKEF in Dayton, and WDHO in Toledo.

Meredith Completes WALA Buy

WALA LogoMeredith Corporation says it has completed its $86 million acquisition of Mobile, Ala. FOX affiliate WALA.

WALA was one of the ten stations involved in the station group scramble in August that saw five station groups swapping properties to comply with FCC ownership regulations. Meredith bought WALA from LIN Broadcasting which was still in the throes of merging with Media General.

The station group said it operates 17 TV stations that reach over 10 percent of US TV households and has seven stations in the top 25 markets.

Bakersfield Station Reinvents 1994 Holiday Promo

Who says Bakersfield is just the city that’s squarely between Los Angeles and Fresno?

Bakersfield CBS affiliate KBAK revived a holiday spot from 1994 that featured staffers passing a gift wrapped box from shot to shot. The station cut in shots of current staff with the 90′s staff to make a mishmash of bad hair and bad acting that will make any Grinch remember the 90′s.

Don’t say I never gave you anything. Enjoy!

KTVT Names New Evening Anchor

Yesterday, longtime KTVT evening anchor Karen Borta told the newsroom she was moving to the morning shift. Today, the CBS owned Dallas station says Borta’s replacement will be Kaley O’Kelley.

The station said O’Kelley will join Doug Dunbar at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. starting in late January.

O’Kelley comes from KTVK in Phoenix where she has been a morning news anchor and reporter since 2009. Before KTVK, she worked at KNXV in Phoenix. She’s also worked in San Diego, Santa Barbara and Yuma, Ariz.

“Kaley has the rare ability to connect with just about everyone,” said VP of news Mike Garber.Viewers will immediately sense her passion for the community, her strong journalistic skills and her enthusiasm for delivering the news. She has some big shoes to fill, but we are confident that the Dallas-Fort Worth community will soon embrace Kaley and her unique style.”

Good Day New York Bests Network Morning Shows in 2014

GDNY logoGood Day New York is the little morning show that could among adults 18-49, according to recent ratings info.

GDNY is hosted by Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto and airs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. on New York FOX owned station WNYW. So far in 2014, the show is #1 among adults 18-49 with a 1.035 rating, beating out NBC’s Today Show (.917) and ABC’s Good Morning America (.825).

For November, the show came from a third place finish in 2013 with a .945 rating behind GMA (1.407) and Today (1.148), to beat both network shows with a 1.026 in Adults 18-49. GMA had a .979 rating, while Today had a .975.

Byron Harmon, WNYW news director told TVSpy, in a video interview that will air early in January, “That’s been a tremendous boost to the morale. But I also think it’s validation of the hard work of the team we put together and, of course, the amazing chemistry that Greg and Rosanna have.”

Donna Rapado Out at WGCL

rapado WGCL croppedDonna Rapado no longer works at Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL.

A Meredith spokesperson confirmed the news, but wouldn’t comment further. Newsblues reports his tipsters say the weekend anchor has returned to South Florida.

Rapado started at WGCL in November 2013.

San Diego Investigative Journalist to Retire After 33 Years

JW August KGTVJ.W. August is retiring after 33 years at San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.

“Nobody shines a spotlight on waste and corruption like J.W. August,” said KGTV VP and GM Jeff Block. “TV investigative teams across the country have been following his lead for years, and it has been a privilege having him as a co-worker.”

August, who leaves the station at the end of the year, started as the weekend assignment editor. He’s worked as a writer, a producer, and the senior producer for special projects and consumer investigations before heading up the I-Team.

The cornerstone of Team10 – Southern California’s longest serving investigative broadcast unit – August has been recognized nationally for his investigative reporting by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), the National Press Club, and more.

In 2006, the National Society of Professional Journalists awarded J.W. their respected Sunshine Award for his efforts on behalf of open government, one of more than 130 prestigious journalism awards with which he has been kindly honored.

Media General’s Merger with LIN Complete

media general_304x200Media General says its “business combination” with LIN Media has closed, which means the two are now one company.

“We are pleased to have finalized the merger transaction that delivers numerous strategic and financial benefits, including a strong balance sheet, significant free cash flow, enhanced scale and a diverse geographic footprint that will provide important opportunities to continue growing our business,” said Media General’s president and CEO, Vincent L. Sadusky. “We look forward to a smooth integration, capitalizing on our new, combined strength and achieving our synergy goals.”

The merger was approved by the FCC Last week.

Sadusky, the former head of LIN and new head of the merged company, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he plans on keeping the company headquarters in Richmond.

He and other top executives will be mobile and spend a lot of time traveling to the company’s offices and TV stations around the nation, he said. The combined company will have 71 stations in 48 markets, reaching 27.5 million, or 23 percent, of U.S. television households. Read more

Meteorologist Jason Adams Joining WCPO

Jason Adams WCPO

Meteorologist Jason Adams is heading to Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, where he’ll join co-anchors Chris RivaKathrine Nero and traffic reporter Adam Marshall on ”Good Morning Tri-State,” airing weekend mornings.

“Jason is a great addition to an already strong weather team,” said Alex Bongiorno, WCPO news director. “Our viewers rely on 9 First Warning Weather for accurate, breaking weather information. Jason is a great fit for the Tri-State.”

Adams comes from NBC affiliate WEYI in Flint, Mich., where he was morning meteorologist for the past two years.

His first day at WCPO is December 20.

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