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KAAL Adds AM News Anchor

rachel-wickRachel Wick is joining Rochester, Minn. ABC affiliate KAAL as a morning news anchor.

Wick was an anchor at Rochester NBC affiliate KTTC until 2011 when she stopped working in local TV after the birth of her first son.

“My career began as a morning news producer, so I’m used to the hours,” Wick said in a statement. “And if I have those days where the early hours catch up with me, at least I’ve developed a strong friendship with coffee!”

KAAL said Wick starts next Monday.

Viewers Not Happy With What They See After Yuma Stations Put Under One Roof

npg_304The plan to put all the Yuma, Ariz. market stations owned or operated by News-Press & Gazette under one roof has not gone as smoothly as planned.

According to the Yuma Sun, viewers started noticing signal problems after NBC affiliate KYMA, CBS affiliate KSWT, FOX, ABC, CW and Telemundo affiliate KECY were consolidated as part of a shared services agreement between Blackhawk Broadcasting and NP&G in July.

About six weeks ago, and “without any warning whatsoever, stations 11 and 13… started pixelating, started cutting programs and commercials in the middle of the program, having un-synchronous video and audio, and literally having frozen video with audio underneath,” Frederic B. Brown told the Yuma Sun recently.

George Lopez, chief engineer for the stations said it’s complicated.

“One of the things that made it a little more difficult is NBC requires us to have their own satellite equipment. CBS also was a little challenging, because KSWT was operated remotely from a place in Texas. So all the receiving equipment for the network was in Texas at the time. We took some of the equipment and shipped it cross country, but in the meantime, we had to operate on a semi-temporary basis. We just now are getting over that hump – getting the equipment from CBS, and putting it up.”

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Katherine Whaley Makes Her KTRK Debut

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Traffic reporter Katherine Whaley, formerly of Houston CBS affiliate KHOU, made her debut last night on ABC owned KTRK as an evening traffic reporter. Prior to KHOU, Whaley worked at KVBC in Las Vegas as anchor, reporter and weathercaster.

In addition to her broadcast journalism career, Whaley is also the author of a cooking blog, Dash of Decadence which she told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff all about last month.

No word on whether Whaley is allowed to continue her blogging career while working at KTRK.

Check out the station’s Instagram post welcoming Whaley here.

Vermont Station Adds Erin Cofiell as Sports Director

Erin Cofiell has joined WVNY-WFFF in Burlington, Vt.

She replaces Mike Curkov as sports director. Curkov is moving to news.

Before coming to the ABC and FOX affiliate, Cofiell was a freelance sports reporter. She has worked at WJAR in Providence, RI and WAFB in Baton Rouge, La.

WTLV-WJXX Hires Station Manager/Director of Sales

wtlv wjxx largeBill Lancaster has been named VP/station manager and director of sales for WTLV-WJXX.

This is a move within Gannett for Lancaster, who comes to the Jacksonville, Fla. NBC and ABC affiliates from WFMY in Greensboro, NC.

“I am very excited for Bill to join our team in Jacksonville,” Rob Mennie, president and GM of WTLV-WJXX and SVP of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “I have known Bill for many years and have always been impressed by his leadership and sales results.”

Lancaster started with Gannett at WFMY as an account executive. He worked at WUSA in Washington, DC before returning to WFMY as national sales manager. He then worked his way from local sales manager to general sales manager before being named VP of sales in 2011.

KMGH Nominates Eric Kahnert for ‘Sexiest News Anchor Alive’

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Denver’s KMGH has a few nominees for People‘s ‘Sexiest News Anchor Alive‘ contest, and they want their fans to spread the word.

The E.W. Scripps owned ABC affiliate is nominating evening anchor Eric Kahnert along with morning anchor Mitch Jelniker and ”TheNow” anchor Lionel Bienvenu, all three of whom have their own faux People covers.

The anchors will be judged on the following criteria: perceived sexiness (50%), location within the United States (25%) and social media following (25%). KMGH is encouraging fans to help spread the word about their three sexy contenders:

Here at 7NEWS, we’re hoping you’ll help get the attention of People Magazine’s editors by tweeting them about 7NEWS morning anchor @MitchJelniker, TheNow anchor @LionelBienvenu and @7NEWS evening anchor @EricKahnert.

To see Jelniker and Bienvenu’s covers, click here.

(Photo via Kahnert’s Facebook page)

Joel Davis Named KGTV Station Manager

JoelDavisSan Diego’s KGTV is giving Joel Davis a promotion. The former news director has now been named station manager of the ABC affiliate.

“Joel has been at my side for more than five years, working hand in hand, and 10News has seen some tremendous successes in that time,” KGTV general manager Jeff Block said in a statement. “He is uniquely qualified for this position, and I look forward to Joel taking on day-to-day operations here at ABC10.”

“I am excited and humbled to be offered this new opportunity here at ABC10,” Davis said.  “I am so very proud of the great work our journalists and managers have done over the past five years, and the entire 10News team shares in my success!”

Prior to joining KGTV, Davis was managing editor at ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando.

His new position is effective Monday.

How David Muir Got His First Big Break

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David Muir has known since he was 12 years old that he was going to be a TV news anchor. What he didn’t know is that four weeks into being named the main anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” his show would be No. 1 in the ratings.

That happened last week.

While Muir’s biggest break came this summer, his first big break came when he was in middle school, growing up in Syracuse, NY, when he sent a letter to longtime WTVH anchorman Ron Curtis writing, “I hope to have your job one day.” Then, Curtis wrote back.

WCVB Win 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Overall Excellence’

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Boston’s WCVB has reason to celebrate: Last night, at the 2014 Murrow Awards ceremony in New York (presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association) the ABC affiliate won the national Edward R. Murrow award for “Overall Excellence” in the Television (large market) category. This is the second time in three years the station has won this award.

The “Overall Excellence” award recognizes WCVB’s collective work from the past year, including its extensive coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing as well as its newscasts, breaking news, continuing coverage, investigations, features, weather and sports.

“It’s an incredible honor to receive the National Murrow award for the second time in three years,” WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “An award of this caliber, that’s bestowed by our peers, is the highest form of praise.”  Read more

KGO Adds South Bay Bureau Reporter

nguyen kgoChris Nguyen is joining KGO as its South Bay Bureau reporter.

Nguyen will also co-anchor the San Francisco Bay Area ABC owned station’s Saturday morning news alongside Katie Marzullo.

Nguyen comes to KGO from KXTV in Sacramento. He started his career at KOMO in Seattle before moving to KCPQ. He has also worked as an anchor at KREM in Spokane and WAND in Decatur, Illinois.

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