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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.

WCYB Reporter Jim Conrad Dies

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Veteran reporter Jim “Conrad” Blankenbecler passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. He was 63 years old. Conrad first gained fame as the afternoon DJ on WETB, where he was known as “Cosmic Conrad.” He later joined Bristol Va, NBC affiliate WCYB in 1988 as a reporter, where he was best known for his folksy feature stories.

“He was a wonderful storyteller. I think his strongest attribute was listening,” WCYB vice president and general manager Jack Dempsey told TriCities.com. “You can’t tell a story if you’re not a good listener. He was very fair. Most of his stories were just nice, colorful stories about people in the region that deserve to be heralded.”

WCYB news director John Soares only worked with Conrad for eight months, but he left a lasting impression on him, “He was a professional, a great colleague, a great friend, and truly a great man with a lot of layers,” Soares said. “I will truly miss him.”

Conrad is survived by his wife, two daughters and five grandchildren.

Meteorologist Justin Stapleton Joining KPRC

JustinStapleton1Houston NBC affiliate KPRC has announced the addition of meteorologist Justin Stapleton to its weather team. Stapleton comes from ABC affiliate KEZI in Eugene, Ore., where he was chief meteorologist.

“I’ve always had a fascination with hurricanes and tropical storms,” Stapleton told media blogger Mike McGuff. “That’s one of the draws to KPRC and Houston, an opportunity to forecast storms when they get into the Gulf and to be out in the field reporting when severe weather hits…”

Prior to KEZI, Stapleton worked at WCBI in Columbus, Miss., as a morning meteorologist.

He begins his new position at KPRC early next year.

Longtime Anchor/Reporter Mary Robb Jackson Retiring from KDKA

MaryRobbJackson1Veteran journalist Mary Robb Jackson has announced her retirement from TV news.

Jackson has worked at Pittsburgh CBS owned station KDKA for 34 years, first as a general assignment reporter and later as a weekend anchor, field reporter and host of “Evening Magazine.” Jackson began her career in the 1970s as part of the WIIC (now WPXI) studio crew. She later transitioned to on-camera work as host of a 6:30 a.m. talk show.

Jackson told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she has a long list of things she’d like to accomplish upon her retirement. “I would love to mentor kids, working with them to fall in love with reading. … I’d also like to play the ukulele and I would love to learn to speak Italian,” she said.

“But I will miss everyone,” she added. “This has been the best ride of my life.”

Jackson’s last day at KDKA is December 31.

Courtney Kabot Joins WGME as Morning Anchor/Reporter

WGME, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Maine, has named Courtney Kabot reporter and co-anchor of “Good Day Maine.” Kabot will join Jana Barnello, Jeff Peterson and meteorologist Craig Miller at the anchor desk, weekdays from 4:30-7:00 a.m.

Kabot previously worked at NBC affiliate WPTZ in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where she was the morning anchor and health reporter.

Kabot made her “Good Day Maine” debut yesterday.

Meteorologist John Dissauer Leaving Colorado Springs for Indianapolis

3e3c6f6Meteorologist John Dissauer is leaving NBC affiliate KOAA in Colorado Springs for soon-to-be CBS affiliate WTTV in Indianapolis.

Dissauer announced the news on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, writing:

BREAKING NEWS: Excited to announce I will be the weekend evening meteorologist for the new CBS 4 in Indianapolis. Newscasts begin January 1. After 15 years away from the Hoosier state I’m moving back home.

Prior to joining KOAA, Dissauer worked as a digital marketing product analyst at Scottrade, and formed his own meteorological consulting company called Sky Strategies LLC. His last meteorologist position before KOAA was at Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN in 2011.

WKBW Catches Police Officer Beating Man on Camera

WKBW3A photographer at Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW caught a police officer beating a man in a popular bar district early on Thanksgiving morning. The video has just been released, and it’s causing quite a stir.

In it, you can see Officer Corey Krug confront a man who was apparently about to get into a fight. The confrontation quickly turned physical, with Krug slamming the man onto the hood of a car, pushing him to the pavement and repeatedly hitting him with his baton, yelling at him to ‘Get up!’ That’s when other officers rushed to the scene, warning Krug that he was being filmed (by a WKBW photographer, who was following police officers on the job that day). Krug eventually let the man walk away. He was not arrested.

WKBW showed the tape to Buffalo Police commissioner Dan Derenda and Krug was suspended indefinitely without pay.

You can watch the video here.

Charlie Langton Promoted to Weekend Morning Anchor at WJBK

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WJBK, the FOX owned station in Detroit, has named Charlie Langton weekend morning anchor. Langton will join Amy Andrews and Taryn Asher on the anchor desk.

Langton will continue to co-host the public affairs show, “Let It Rip,” and provide legal analysis on various weekday newscasts. Langton replaces Jay Towers, who now anchors weekdays from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“Charlie brings a unique energy to his legal analysis, anchoring and street reporting. He has deep connections within this community and we are thrilled to bring him aboard as a full time member of the FOX 2 news team,” said vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough.

Langton joined WJBK in 2007 as a legal analyst and is a practicing lawyer. Prior to WJBK, he worked at WYUR-AM as a political-legal talk show host.

Veteran WPRI Reporter Sean Daly Retiring

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After 30 years in the Providence market, veteran reporter Sean Daly is retiring from CBS affiliate WPRI. His last day at the station is December 31.

Daly began his career at Rhode Island ABC affiliate WLNE, where he worked as a reporter from 1981 to 1999. After a brief foray to Chicago in 1993, he returned to the Ocean State and joined WPRI in 2002, where he’s worked ever since.

“Throughout his career, Sean has been dedicated to being accurate and memorable. He has an ability to tell a compelling story, with context and perspective,” WPRI news director Karen Rezendes said. “Both viewers and Sean’s co-workers will miss his wit, wisdom, and commitment to local journalism.”

Daly told the Providence Journal that his immediate plans are to “chill and decompress.“ After that, he would be open to jobs in government or academia.

“Whatever might bubble up,” Daly said.

Mark Pimentel Named VP/GM at WGCL

wgclAtlanta CBS affiliate WGCL has named Mark Pimentel vice president/general manager of the station. Pimentel was previously vice president/general manager at CBS affiliate KMOV in St. Louis, MO.

Paul Karpowicz, president, Local Media Group, announced Pimentel’s new gig in an internal memo obtained by TVSpy:

He has a proven track record of success in leading KMOV in ratings growth, taking the station from No. 3 to No. 1 in News in two years. He has also significantly increased spot and digital revenues… This new role at WGCL serves as an Atlanta homecoming for Mark as he spent his early career as Executive News Producer for WSB-TV and News Director of WXIA-TV. Please help me in welcoming Mark to the WGCL team.

Pimentel’s new position is effective immediately.

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