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Bob Stoldal Retires from KSNV


Bob Stoldal has retired from KSNV. Stoldal was executive vice president of News Operations at the Las Vegas NBC affiliate.

KSNV said US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said of Stoldal, “We tend to use the word legend too frequently. But it is an understatement to call Bob a Nevada legend. His passion for Nevada’s history is infectious. He cares about his state and his community and I wish him nothing but the best.”

Stoldal’s career in TV journalism spanned several decades. He made his mark in Las Vegas as news director and vice president of news at KLAS-Channel 8. He is a strong advocate of freedom of the press and open government.

Stoldal serves as secretary-treasurer of the Las Vegas Mob Museum and chairman of the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society and the Las Vegas Historical Preservation Commission. Read more

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Boston Stations Cover Former Mayor Tom Menino’s Passing

Local stations in Boston are serving up nonstop coverage on the death of former mayor Tom Menino. Starting at around 11:20 this morning, many local stations broke into regular programming to give viewers the sad news.

ABC affiliate WCVB broke into The View at 11:21 a.m., with anchors Emily Riemer and Erika Tarantal announcing that the mayor had died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, at the age of 71.

NBC affiliate WHDH broke into The Today Show at 11:22 a.m., with Kayna Whitworth and Nancy Chen discussing the fact that a week ago, Menino decided to stop having treatments for his cancer.

CBS-owned station WBZ broke the news at 11:26 a.m, with political reporter Jon Keller sharing his insights into the mayor’s life and legacy.

FOX-owned WFXT announced the news at 11:31 a.m., with anchor Gene Lavanchy discussing how Menino had cancelled his recent book tour to spend time with his family.

Look for continuing coverage of Menino from all four stations throughout the day (and night).

Bob Kelly Joins Good Day Philadelphia

Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF has added Bob Kelly as traffic reporter for Good Day Philadelphia.

Kelly left rival station KYW in September. At the time, he told his facebook fans, “Hope to see you all again soon, thank you so very much for allowing me to be in your home these past 13 years.”

For Kelly, “soon” came this morning when he was welcomed by Mike Jerrick in a skit where Jerrick grabbed a “random” guy standing at a bus stop to do the traffic report. That random bus stop guy was, surprise, surprise, Kelly.

In 2001 he moved over to television and became the first Philadelphia traffic anchor to do reports in front of the green screen. Animated and fun to watch with his highly popular phrases like “jammo,” “two jelly donut delay,” and “the Conshy Curve,” Emmy-award-winning Bob Kelly is now referred by so many as “The Dean of Traffic.”

Wichita Stations Break Into Programming to Cover Plane Crash

After a plane crashed at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, local stations broke into regular programming to give viewers updates about the crash.

CBS affiliate KWCH was first on air, breaking into The Price is Right at 10:04 a.m.  Scott Evans reported the station had confirmed with police that a plane had crashed into the Flight Safety building at the airport. The station then went quickly to a live phoner with a construction worker who didn’t witness the crash, but said he “heard a big boom” and saw the flames and smoke.

NBC affiliate KSNW broke into the Today show about a minute later. Over a shot of the airport from the tower cam, the station told viewers a plane had crashed into a two story building, one person was in critical condition and emergency crews were on the scene.

ABC affiliate KAKE broke into The View at 10:05. Jemelle Holopirek reported a King Air Jet had crashed on top of the Flight Safety building at the airport. Wichita Police told KAKE, 10 people are trapped in the building, but had no information about the people aboard the plane.

FOX affiliate KSAS was still running an episode of Judge Mathis as of this writing.

Audrey Kuchen Promoted to Weekday Evening Anchor at WTIC

audrey-kuchen3WTIC, the FOX affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, CT, has promoted Audrey Kuchen from weekend evening anchor to weekday evening anchor. According to New England One, she will be co-anchoring the 5:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. broadcasts with Brent Hardin.

Kuchen wrote a lengthy Facebook post about her new promotion, where she describes how she’s known she wanted to be an anchor since second grade.

Prior to joining WTIC in 2010, Kuchen worked at FOX affiliate KMVU and NBC affiliate KOBI in Medford, Oreg, where she was an anchor and producer.

Greta Kreuz Retires From WJLA


After more than 30 years working as a journalist, Greta Kreuz retired from WJLA on Wednesday .

Kreuz joined the Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate in 1988.

She started out as a print reporter in the Chicago area and later worked in radio as news director for WVPO-WSBG in Pennsylvania. She started her TV career at WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and has also worked at WPRI in Providence, R.I. and WBAL in Baltimore, Md.

In 2012, she revealed she had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

On set, in a 5:00 p.m. news segment where the station said goodbye, she told viewers, “I’m in remission.” And added, “I’m going to take a little time and relax and smell the roses and sleep in.”

WBRE Issues Dress Code Memo to Staff

WBREWBRE, the NBC affiliate in Scranton- Wilkes Barre, Pa, recently sent out an internal memo to let staffers know they need to dress better.

FTV Live reports that anchors, reporters and department heads must now wear suits and ties to the office, while photogs can still get away with jeans (but no more T-shirts).

You can read the full internal memo below, where WBRE news director Jim DePury goes into everything from what exactly constitutes ‘Business Casual’ attire to what to wear when it’s 100+ degrees out. TVSpy has reached out to DePury about the dress code, we’ll update you when we hear back. Read more

Jacksonville’s WFOX-WJAX Adds Phil Amato


Phil Amato will join Jacksonville FOX and CBS affiliate WFOX-WJAX as morning anchor Monday.

Amato left Jacksonville’s WJXX-WTLV in July after working there for more than 20 years.

“We were given the opportunity to bring on a pillar of the Jacksonville journalism community and we couldn’t pass it up,” Jim Zerwekh, VP & GM of WFOX-WJAX. “He is embedded in our community and knows what Jacksonville viewers expect in a newscast. We know he will bring those qualities to the CBS47/FOX30 Action News team.”

Rosanna Scotto Injured Shooting Ice Skating Segment

Rosanna Scotto, the often patient co-anchor to Greg Kelly on WNYW‘s Good Day New York, is recuperating after she took a bad fall while shooting an ice skating segment for the show.

Scotto broke her wrist and fractured her elbow and is said to be getting surgery on Friday. Sources tell TVSpy, Scotto says she will be on-air tomorrow.

WLS to Host Live Facebook Q&A with Governor’s Race Candidates

1457699_10152861092066162_7680627002931929686_nTonight, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will take questions from voters on the Facebook page of WLS, the ABC-owned station in Chicago. Tomorrow night, challenger Bruce Rauner will take questions in the same way.

Facebook’s Andy Stone tells TVSpy WLS’ event marks a first for local stations:

“Facebook’s Q&A tool offers candidates and elected officials a quick, easy and engaging way to interact with constituents and voters in real time. Facebook’s exciting partnership with WLS-TV means that days before they go to the polls, for the first time ever, Illinoisans will have the opportunity to discuss the issues with both gubernatorial candidates on the ABC 7 Chicago Facebook page.”

Viewer engagement with this kind of event can be surprising. Recently, ABC News reached more than 10 million people with a town hall on Ebola, which was hosted on the ABC News Facebook page.

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