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WZZM’s 1970s News Team Anchors Evening Newscast in Honor of Station’s 50th Anniversary

Grand Rapids ABC-affiliate WZZM is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of “retro newscasts.”

Last night, the station invited three on-air personalities from the 70s — anchor Barry Shanley, sportscaster Sam Hooks and weathercaster Craig James –  back to the anchor desk for the 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscast, which is still anchored by Lee Van Ameyde.

“I haven’t made a mistake here in 26 years,” Shanley joked. Watch Hooks’ sportscast and James’ forecast after the jump… Read more

KRDO Launches Partnership With Pueblo Chieftain

KRDO and the Pueblo Chieftain have announced they will join reporting forces in Colorado Springs.

As part of the agreement the two organizations will share content, including news stories, photographs, slide shows and video, according to a joint statement. KRDO has moved its Southern Colorado bureau into the Chieftan‘s newsroom.

“We are thrilled to be working with the terrific team at the Chieftain to provide our viewers and readers with the most accurate and up to the minute news and weather on television, in print and online,” KRDO news director Michael Sipes said in a statement.

WFTV Investigative Report Featured on ‘World News’

An investigative report from WFTV, the ABC-affiliate in Orlando, was featured on “World News with Diane Sawyer” yesterday (watch above).

WFTV reporter Jeff Deal got a tip that the owner of a local parking lot was taking cars out for a spin while their owners were out. To investigate, Deal equipped a rented red Corvette with a tracking device and left the convertible at the parking lot. Read more

Traffic Reporter Lauren Cook Joins WMAR

Lauren Cook has been hired as a traffic reporter at WMAR, the ABC-affiliate in Baltimore.

Since 2007, she has been a traffic reporter at rival WBFF, the Fox-affiliate in Baltimore. Prior to that, she was a reporter at Fox News Channel and WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City.

Cook will be the traffic reporter on the morning newscast, which is anchored by Charley Crowson and Megan Pringle. She started at WMAR yesterday.

Arkansas Native Laura Huckabee Joins KHBS-KHOG as Morning Meteorologist

Laura Huckabee, an Arkansas native and cousin of Mike Huckabee, is joining KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, where she’ll anchor the Hearst station’s weekday morning newscast.

Huckabee has over two decades of forecasting experience, including ten years at WGCL in Atlanta.

“Laura understands weather is the most important element in our morning newscast,” said Brian Sather, KHBS-KHOG’s president and general manager, announcing the move. “I’m confident from day one viewers will enjoy her comfortable delivery and informative local forecasts.” Read more

Mark Joyella Hired as Weekend Anchor at WFTV

Mark Joyella has been hired as the weekend morning anchor at WFTV in Orlando, news director Bob Jordan told TVSpy today.

Joyella joins WFTV from CNN, where he is a digital producer for “Erin Burnett OutFront.” He has previously worked as a reporter for WNYW and WPIX in New York City, WPLG in Miami and WFTS in Tampa.

Joyella, who will also be a weekday reporter at WFTV, begins at the station in June. He replaces Jamie Holmes, who will be taking over as WFTV’s weekday morning anchor.

The move reunites Joyella with his former boss. Jordan was the news director of WFTS in 1994 when Joyella was hired as a reporter.

WJBF Launches Weekend Morning Newscast

Augusta ABC-affiliate WJBF debuted a weekend morning newscast on Saturday.

The newscast will be anchored by Archith Seshadri, WJBF’s Columbia County reporter. He will be joined by meteorologist Jason Nappi.

“I’m excited. It’s really fun to start something new,” Seshadri said on Friday. “This is something that we haven’t done.”

The newscast, which airs Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m., is the first local weekend morning news program in the Augusta market.

Bob Throndsen Retiring After 34 Years at KOMO

Bob Throndsen is retiring after more than three decades at KOMO, the ABC-affiliate in Seattle.

Throndsen has been a reporter, anchor and managing editor of KOMO. Most recently, he served as news director for KOMO Newsradio

“He’s taught me a lot and I know he’s taught everybody else in this newsroom a lot,” KOMO anchor Dan Lewis said in a statement. “I really feel like it’s chipping a little brick out of the foundation of KOMO when he leaves — a piece of that foundation that will never be replaced.” Watch KOMO’s tribute to Throndsen inside… Read more

KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Makes First Appearance Following Latest Surgery

Kathi Goertzen and Dan Lewis, the longtime KOMO anchor team, were back together on Tuesday at a charity luncheon in Seattle. It was Goertzen’s first public appearance since undergoing her latest surgery to combat brain tumors.

“Her voice is very weak–it’s only been 6 weeks since the surgery, and she has to walk with a cane because she is still having some balance problems,” KOMO news director Holly Gauntt said. “In typical Kathi fashion though, with a quiet voice, she made everyone laugh with a couple jokes.”

Goertzen has been speaking at the annual YWCA luncheon every year since it began 24 years ago. Read more

KETV’s Adrian Whitsett Returns to Air Following DUI, Asks Viewers for Forgiveness

“I made a mistake, a huge mistake, and it nearly cost me everything,” KETV anchor-reporter Adrian Whitsett said in a recent interview with the station’s senior anchor, Rob McCartney, speaking about his DUI conviction.

After an unpaid leave of absence following his arrest in January, Whitsett returned to work last month and returned to the air this week. The Omaha ABC-affiliate cleared the way for his on-air return by airing a story on Sunday in which Whitsett asks viewers for forgiveness. Read more

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