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WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Seriously Injured in Fireworks Accident

dave rexrothDave Rexroth, the chief meteorologist at Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, was seriously injured in a fireworks accident over 4th of July weekend. The station reports the accident caused Rexroth to lose sight in his left eye:

He is currently hospitalized in Iowa City and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. That will begin the process of Dave receiving a prosthetic eye. He expects to fully recover by September.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time. As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress – and we look forward to his return to Action News,” said Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ.

David Chandley Leaving WSB After 25 Years, Welcomes Fifth Meteorologist

chandleyDavid Chandley, meteorologist for Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB, has announced he is leaving the station.

“After 25+ years at WSB-TV, I have decided to not renew my contract,” Chandley wrote on his facebook page. “My career goal has always been to be a chief meteorologist and when my current contract expires on July 11th, that pursuit will begin.”

Rodney Ho, media writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, who first reported the story wrote, “If he leaves July 11, he has a 180-day non-compete clause that will prevent him from immediately joining any other Atlanta TV station until January, 2015.”

A WSB spokesperson told TVSpy, “The station wants David to stay and continues to hope he will change his mind.” Read more

WMAR Meteorologist During Hurricane Arthur: ‘The Station Just Got Hit By Lightning’

Mike Masco, meteorologist at WMAR, was in the middle of covering how the outer bands of Hurricane Arthur were affecting the Baltimore area, when the station was affected by a lightning strike. Masco’s audio went out for a matter of seconds, but the station was dark for about :20. While he news continued, the lightning strike affected several power functions at the station which is located in Towson. “The AC is still not fixed at ABC 2.,” Masco Tweeted around 9pm Thursday, “Meaning we will look like night of the living dead on TV..Stay tuned….”

ABC News on Apple TV Goes Local

Lost Remote reports on ABC News’ Apple TV launch this morning, which in addition to a variety of national and global news content, offers some local news flavor.

The new Apple TV product, which launched this morning at 10amET, offers a local news section, which showcases top video-on-demand clips from some of the country’s biggest markets. At launch, content from eight ABC-owned stations — including WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh and KFSN in Fresno — can be found under the local tab. Content from WISN, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, will also be offered.

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“The local experience is something that we’re very eager to launch and then expand upon,” Doug Vance, ABC News VP of Product Strategy, said.

Longtime Cincinnati Anchor Retiring

clyde gray wcpoClyde Gray, longtime Cincinnati anchor, has announced his retirement from ABC affiliate WCPO.

Gray started at WCPO in September 1990. According to his bio, he’s worked at four stations in three cities including Winston-Salem, NC, where he started his career.

““When I started in broadcasting 37 years ago, I set certain goals for myself which, through my relationship with WCPO, have all come to fruition,” Gray said in a statement posted to the station’s website. “Over the last several years, I have felt a strong tug to reinvent myself, to refresh myself and to take my life in a new direction, which includes more time with my wife and three children.”

Gray looks forward to exploring opportunities in media relations, executive coaching and crisis management. “I am excited about opportunities to continue to serve the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area by lending my experience to its many fine business and governmental institutions. I am putting the finishing touches on my future plans,” said Gray.

The station also announced the move on its facebook page saying, “We’ll miss him, and we know you will, too.”

KXTV Interviews ‘Sexy Mugshot Guy’

When Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot hit the internets last week, he became the latest social media sensation sweeping the nation.

Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV sat down with Meeks and interviewed him through the glass in jail.

The station admitted off the top that some don’t think he’s much of a story and also reminded viewers Meeks got his picture taken because he is a convicted felon who was caught carrying a weapon.

According to KXTV, Meeks wanted to set the record straight about his new found fame.

“Well I appreciate that, but I just want you to know that this is really not me.” Meeks told KXTV reporter Nick Monacelli. “Like, I’m not some kingpin.”

Lindsay Logue Makes Her Tampa Debut

logue wftsWhen Lindsay Logue left Fort Myers NBC affiliate WBBH earlier this month, she told viewers it was to spend more time with her family.

Yesterday, she was introduced as the new morning traffic reporter on Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS.

Under the picture featured (Logue is second from right), she wrote on her facebook page, “So excited for my Tampa debut! I’m thrilled to be joining this amazing team at ABC Action News – WFTS/TV. #UpWithABC — with Dan ShafferDeiah Riley and Shay Ryan.”

WQAD Reporter Celebrates 25 Years with Station


WQAD reporter John David celebrated his 25th year with the Quad Cities area ABC affiliate.

The station put up a webpage celebrating the milestone telling David, “Congratulations on 25 years!”

Before coming to WQAD in 1989 as a reporter and weather anchor, he worked at KWQC in Davenport, IA.

In 2006, he won numerous awards including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentary “Where Did The Jobs Go?”

Former Buffalo Meteorologist Lands in Louisville

shaw signing whas croppedBryan Shaw, the meteorologist who reportedly made a quick exit from Buffalo’s WIVB, has been hired in Louisville, KY.

WHAS GM Linda Danna confirmed with TVSpy Shaw will be the weekend weather guy and will also work as a general assignment reporter.

“I can now announce that I have accepted a position with WHAS in Louisville,” Shaw wrote on his facebook page. “I start July 7th and will be leaving WNY at the end of the month. Thank you everyone for your kind words over the past two weeks and please keep in touch!”

Shaw has also worked at WOWK in Huntington, WV, and WOAY in Beckley, WV.

[The Buffalo News]

Ben Wagner Upped to Morning Anchor at KHBS-KHOG

ben wagnerBen Wagner has been named morning anchor at KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s duopoly in Fort Smith, Ark. Effective immediately, Wagner will co-anchor the newscast alongside Kelly Johnson and meteorologist Laura Huckabee.

“Ben’s energy and personality will be a great addition to the morning anchor desk,” KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Ben’s willingness to go the extra mile stands out, and I’m confident he’ll bring that same commitment to Sunrise whether he’s behind the anchor desk or reporting from the field hundreds of miles away.”

Wagner joined the stations in 2012 as a multimedia journalist. The morning newscast’s previous anchor, Derek Burleson, signed off in December.

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