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On the Move, 11/19/14

Aaron Drawhorn joins KRQE in Albuquerque as an Anchor/Reporter. Drawhorn comes from KLAS in Las Vegas.

Chris Smith joins WAAY in Huntsville, Alabama, as chief meteorologist. He previously worked at KOLR in Springfield, Missouri.

Jillian Deam moves to WXIN in Indianapolis as a multimedia journalist from WCIA in Champaign.

Jason Kravarik joins CNN’s Los Angeles bureau as a producer. He was assistant news director at KOIN in Portland, Oregon.

Michael Hyland is promoted to co-managing editor/investigative reporter/fill-in anchor from general assignment multimedia reporter/fill-in anchor at WPMT in York, Pennsylvania.

Kevin Schwaller is promoted to the Investigative Unit from MMJ at KXAN in Austin, Texas.

Journalists in this post are represented by the Law Offices of Joel Weisman, P.C.

To report a move, send an email to with the subject line “On the Move”

NTSB Sides with FAA. Drones are Aircraft

FAAAttention drone operators! Drones are aircraft regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration and you will be held accountable for reckless romps through airspace, scaring birds, commercial jet pilots and police helicopters.

The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday agreed with the FAA that unmanned aircraft systems “meet the legal definition of ‘aircraft’ and that the agency may take enforcement action against anyone who operates a UAS or model aircraft in a careless or reckless manner.”

Yesterday’s ruling overturns an NTSB administrative law judge’s previous decision saying the FAA was wrong when it fined Raphael Pirker $10,000 for flying his drone over the University of Virginia in 2011. Read more

Graham Media Group Buys Social Media Startup

Graham-Media-Group-jpgGraham Media Group announced it has acquired SocialNewsDesk, a company providing social media management tools for newsrooms.

“We are excited to bring SocialNewsDesk into the Graham Media Group family,” Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said in a statement. “In fact, we have been their client and appreciate, firsthand, the value they provide to our newsrooms.”

According to the release, SocialNewsDesk gives local TV stations the tools to publish content and manage their social media presence “while providing news producers and writers the ability to better manage the flow of information put out on social platforms.”

SND said its next product “SND On Air” will allow TV stations to “curate, style and broadcast social content.”

WYFF Adds Ashley Swann, Announces New Weekend Anchor Team

swann wyffHearst-owned Greenville, S.C. station WYFF has announced a new weekend anchor team with the addition of Ashley Swann as weekend anchor.

The station promises on its website, Swann will “bring the weekend evening news to viewers” to the NBC affiliate as anchor of the 4:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. Saturday newscasts. Mike McCormick will co-anchor with Swann on Sunday. The two will be joined by sports anchor Marc Dopher and meteorologist Chris Justus.

“We are thrilled Ashley is joining our news team,” said Bruce Barkley, WYFF 4 News Director. “This move is a homecoming for her.  She grew up in the Upstate and is familiar with our area. I know Ashley is a very talented reporter and anchor who shares our commitment to reporting local news that matters to viewers. Ashley and Mike will make a great team on Sunday evening newscasts.”

Mike McCormick has been with WYFF News 4 in the Spartanburg Bureau for more than seven years.  In addition to his Sunday evening anchor duties, Mike will continue reporting from Spartanburg during the week.

WJAR Sports Guy Moving to News

bagni croppedAdam Bagni is moving over to news for Providence, R.I. NBC affiliate WJAR.

Bagni was a sports anchor and reporter at WJAR. He will soon be a digital journalist for the station’s newly created Bay State Bureau.

He told TVSpy, “I can’t wait to get to get started and do what I do best – tell stories and report the news that serves Southern New England.”

Before coming to WJAR in December 2011, he was the sports director at WNCF in Montgomery, Ala.

Sometimes a Typo Says it All

This typo is from KCTV in Kansas City. It may actually be more Freudian slip, than typo since Kansas City is still climbing out from record lows.

ass cold

According to Romenesko, who first posted this pic of meteorologist Gary Amble, chief meteorologist Chris Suchan said “‘sometimes you’re up against the clock’ and type ASS when you mean AS.”

If you are in NYC today, that graphic is wrong. It is Ass cold.

Telemundo Chicago Adds Rodrigo Arana as Sports Anchor

telemundo chicagoRodrigo Arana is joining Chicago Telemundo owned station WSNS as sports anchor for the 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. news.

Diana Maldonado, WSNS VP of News, said in a statement, “Rodrigo’s experience in covering major sporting events across the United States, Latin America and Mexico, will enhance our newscast and provide viewers with the best sports coverage possible.”

Arana worked at FOX Sports Latin America in Mexico City as a reporter, news editor and weekday sports anchor for seven years.

‘It’s Just the Right Time,’ WEWS GM Leaving Station

wewsSam Rosenwasser is leaving Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS on December 15.

The WEWS GM told TVSpy he was not sure what his next step would be.

“It’s just the right time,” Rosenwasser told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I’ve gone through an unbelievable health situation, as you know. I’ve been in and out of the office so much over the past few years. I don’t think it’s healthy for the station, and I need to step away and really get my life back in order.”

Rosenwasser’s health crisis began when his intestines were punctured during surgery for hip replacement.

“That led to peritonitis and a three-month stay in the hospital,” he said. “I was unconscious for several weeks, and there were 11 operations in 18 months. And it was a heavy-duty rehab. I had to learn how to walk and talk again. It has been a lot. This is an extremely competitive business, and you have to be running at 100 percent.” Read more

Knoxville’s WBXX to Launch Morning News

WBXX_EastTennesseeCWWBXX, the CW affiliate for Knoxville, Tenn, is launching CW 20′s Good Day Tennessee January 12, 2015.

Knoxville ABC affiliate WATE will provide the content for the local morning show that will run from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. weekdays.

“This is a great opportunity to expand our partnership with WBXX,” WATE news director Jamie Foster said in a statement. “Additionally, it allows us to expand our On Your Side brand from Good Morning Tennessee right into CW20′s Good Day Tennessee.”

WATE already produces the WBXX 10:00 p.m. newscast.

San Francisco Reporter Buys $600 Worth of Pot. For a Story.

KPIX reporter Mike Sugerman said he recently had bacteria in his aorta. In addition to the array of drugs he was prescribed, Sugerman was given medical marijuana.

His experience with the varying degrees of the quality of that pot prompted the reporter for the CBS owned San Francisco station to do a sweeps story on the regulation of the medical marijuana industry in California. He went to 12 different pot dispensaries in San Francisco and Oakland to test their wares.

Of course, to expense the $600 in pot he bought, he had to get those pesky expense reports signed by his bosses at the San Francisco CBS owned station.

“They [the bosses] actually were cool with it,” Sugerman said on the station website. “It turned out to be a great story and I think one that will really resonate in the community. We’re flying blind here. And it’s medicine.”

The big question several of Sugerman’s colleagues asked was what happened to the $600 in marijuana after the testing. Sugerman confirms, “The laboratory kept everything.”