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WCIV Anchor Creates Handmade Weather Graphics When Computer Fails

WxWhen weather on television evolved from real maps to green walls and clickers, the weather computer became a very important piece of equipment. And from time to time, they fail to cooperate. That happened to Dave Williams, chief meteorologist at Charleston ABC affiliate WCIV when the weather computer locked up, leaving Williams with one map to talk over–a map of watches and warnings in the Northeast. Not helpful.

So with the help of a news anchor, some script paper, and a Sharpie, Williams got some crude (but cute!) maps–even a five-day-forecast, which, originally incorrect, was fixed on the fly. I’d argue this is engaging enough to become a regular feature, no?

Watch it after the jump: Read more

Elias Johnson Named Co-Anchor at WOI’s ‘Good Morning Iowa’


WOI, the ABC affiliate in Des Moines, has announced the addition of Elias Johnson to its morning news team. Johnson will join Sabrina Ahmed and Sam Schreier on “Good Morning Iowa” weekdays from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m.

Johnson was previously the solo anchor at NBC affiliate KRNV in Reno. He announced the news of his departure on his Facebook page yesterday, writing:

The decision may surprise some who’d ask, “Why on earth would you go to ABC 5?” Those who know me understand I am a competitor who looks at challenge as opportunity. I plan to approach this next venture as I do with everything in my life – 100% with everything I’ve got… Proud to be part of the major overhaul at ABC 5 as new ownership and management implement a vision I share and believe in.

Johnson starts his new position on January 5.

Reporter Chauncy Glover Leaving Detroit for Houston

Chauncy-Glover1Chauncy Glover is leaving WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, for ABC owned station KTRK in Houston. Glover has worked as a reporter and anchor at WDIV since December 2011.

In an internal email obtained by TVSpy, WDIV news director Kim Voet shared the news of Glover’s departure with her staff:

During his time here Chauncy definitely made an impact. He immediately developed key sources which helped him enterprise stories. Chauncy also covered a couple of key national events for us: the Sandy Hook shootings, and the Cleveland kidnappings. He also won his first Emmy awards during his time here. Please join me in wishing Chauncy well as he heads to Houston.

Glover will be an anchor/reporter at KTRK. His last day at WDIV is December 22.

Al Gnoza No Longer with WHTM

Gnoza Comment WHTMAl Gnoza is no longer with Harrisburg, Penn. ABC affiliate WHTM.

“Because this is a personnel matter,” WHTM GM Joe Lewin told PennLive via email. “I can only tell you that Mr. Gnoza is no longer an employee of abc27.”

Al Gonza’s response to a fan last week on Twitter suggested that he had been reprimanded following a joke he made about the semi-annual Three Mile Island emergency warning sirens, but was hoping to return to the air yesterday (Dec. 8).

During last Wednesday night’s 11:00 p.m. news, Gnoza told viewers, “If you live around Three Mile Island and you hear emergency sirens tomorrow afternoon, we’re all going to die.” He then continued with the real story warning viewers not to be alarmed about the siren test. Read more

Tampa Station to Expand Morning News

WFTS_Article2WFTS, the Tampa – St. Petersburg, Fla. ABC affiliate, is adding more local morning news starting January 12.

Viewers will now be able to watch the local morning news a half-hour earlier, starting at 4:30 a.m. The station is also adding a 9:00 a.m. news, after Good Morning America, which airs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

The station said Dan Shaffer, Deiah Riley, meteorologist Shay Ryan and traffic reporter Lindsay Logue will anchor the expanded news.

Anchor Who Quit TV News in May Returns to TV News in December


Derek Francis, who announced he was leaving his job as morning anchor at Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM back in May, has joined cross-town rival WXMI–just a matter of months after he said he was leaving TV news to work in public relations. “I took a brief step away from the industry, by choice, and my time away gave me an even greater appreciation for it and FOX 17,” Francis told the Grand Rapids Press.

Francis worked at WZZM for eleven years until he announced his departure with an on-air farewell.

WJLA Creating New Investigative Team


WJLA has announced a new and improved ABC7 On-Your-Side investigative unit. According to TVNewsCheck, the Washington ABC affiliate’s new unit, led by current WJLA assistant news director Holly Shannon, will focus on consumer problems and government waste.

“ABC7 has had a long history in this market of watching out for the little guy,” news director Mitch Jacob said in a statement. “Our new investigative team will take this kind of reporting to the next level. We’ll be there for our viewers on matters that are important to them.”

Other reporters on the new team include: Joce StermanChris PapstKimberly SuitersHorace Holmes and Jennifer Donelan.

“This is a big undertaking,” Jacob added. “But DC and our viewers deserve this type of reporting. We’re going to dig deep into the issues that impact the DC region.”

Denver Meteorologist’s Grandson Steals Show in Holiday Liveshot: ‘I Tooted’


Meteorologist Mike Nelson of Denver ABC affiliate KMGH donned a Santa hat and brought his two-year-old grandson, Liam, along for a holiday liveshot Friday at the Denver Zoo. ‘Zoo Lights’ is an annual event, and things were moving along with suitable cuteness as Nelson tried to get Liam to say anything other than one word answers. Enjoying the lights? Yes. Enjoying that pretzel? Yes.

And then Liam decided he did have something to say: “I tooted.” Nelson was apparently already aware of this, replying “yes, you did” and then noting Liam’s live moment would be preserved. “That’s a keeper for the family reel.”

Indeed. Watch it, after the jump: Read more

WOAY Suffers ‘Catastrophic’ Transmitter Failure

Woay_2011WOAY, the Beckley-Oak Hill-Bluefield ABC affiliate, has been off the air since Thanksgiving morning after suffering what the station called, “a catastrophic failure at our transmitter.”

WOAY has a disclaimer up on its website that reads:

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties
WOAY-TV has experienced a catastrophic failure at our transmitter, we are currently working to fix the problem, but waiting on equipment. We don’t have a set time frame for when it will be fixed but we can assure you we’re working our best to get it done. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Al Marra, WOAY general manager, told TVSpy repairs will likely be completed by early this morning.

During the blackout, viewers have been watching out-of-market ABC stations on their local cable or satellite systems. One facebook commenter said DirecTV has replaced WOAY with Charleston ABC affiliate WCHS.

Former Chicago FOX EP Hired as One of Two Assistant NDs at KTRK

KTRKHouston ABC owned station KTRK has added two assistant news directors. One will work on the digital side, while the other will concentrate on traditional broadcast.

KTRK news director Wendy Granato confirmed with TVSpy what Houston media blogger Mike McGuff first reported: Rehan Aslam, formerly executive producer of FOX owned WFLD in Chicago, is the new broadcast Assistant ND while managing editor Chris Hanson will work the digital side.

Granato also confirmed Rick Bagley is the new nightside executive producer. Bagley was news director at KFSM in Fort Smith-Faytteville, Ark.