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Stephanie Grady Set to Join WITI in Milwaukee

stephanie gradyStephanie Grady is joining Milwaukee Fox affiliate WITI, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek reports.

WITI news director John LaPorte told Dudek Grady starts in September. She comes from WXXA-WTEN in Albany, where she has worked since 2011. She currently anchors the morning show from 5 to 9 a.m.

Before WXXA-WTEN, Grady worked at WSAZ in Huntington, W.V. and WSEE in Erie, Penn.

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Albany’s WRGB Unveils New Set

WRGB_7427E_WebSSinclair’s Albany CBS affiliate WRGB revealed its new set Monday night.

“We do a lot of news at Sinclair Broadcasting’s WRGB-TVCBS6. The new DDG set allows us to completely diversify how we present our programs,” said Lisa Jackson, WRGB news director.

The set, designed by Devlin Design Group, includes large video displays and color-changing backlit graphics that are programmable.

The curved anchor desk features wood tones and a backlit panel. The station uses 6 HD cameras instead of what they are saying is the usual four. The weather center has a 4X1 monitor array and what they’re calling a “presentation pod.” A 12 monitor wall left of the main desk is used for reporter stand ups. See more photos after the jump. Read more

January Keaton Leaving WTEN

january keatonJanuary Keaton is leaving Albany ABC affiliate WTEN, she announced on Facebook.

“It’s time to take a break and focus on filling my YEARS with LIFE, instead of just filling my LIFE with YEARS. I’m off to Barranquilla Colombia for a LONNNNNNNNNNG vacation,” Keaton wrote. “This isn’t the end of my TV career– just a hiatus for a couple of months. Onward & upward, my loves. I feel like I’ve made a million new friends.”

Keaton, WTEN’s weekend anchor, joined the station in 2012.

Jerry Gretzinger Signs Off From WRGB

jerry gretzingerJerry Gretzinger is leaving Albany CBS affiliate WRGB to join SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, the Albany Times Union reports.

In his new role, Gretzinger will be the vice president for strategic communications and public relations. He has worked at WRGB since 2002, first as a reporter and then as a weekend anchor. He was promoted to the weekday evening anchor desk in 2007.

“As an experienced journalist who watched and reported on the college for years as it grew and flourished, I’m eager to share CNSE’s stories of multi-faceted, game-changing progress with the world,” Gretzinger said in a statement.

Andrew Catalon Joining CBS Sports Network

Andrew Catalon is leaving WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany, for CBS Sports Network, the Albany Times Union reports.

Catalon has worked as a sports anchor and reporter at WNYT for nearly 10 years. Earlier this year, he became part-time to allow for more freelance opportunities. He will officially sign off from the station July 19.

“It’s been a very special place to me, and they’ve always been so good to me. They could have blocked me off from these other opportunities that I had, but to the contrary,” Catalon told the Times Union.

At CBS Sports Network, he will call college football and basketball games.

Meterologist Jason Caterina Out at WXXA

Jason Caterina was laid off this morning at WXXA-WTEN in Albany, making him the latest victim of job cuts that resulted from the stations merging last year.

Caterina posted the news on his Facebook page, according to the Albany Times Union:

I guess it’s not official until it’s made Facebook official. I’ve really enjoyed bringing you the weather and more every weekday morning for the past few years, but this morning I became the latest victim of the shrinking staff due to the joint services agreement between FOX and WTEN and my job has been cut. So this morning’s show was, sadly, my last.

Anchor Ann Hughes and sports anchor Kristian Read were among the layoffs last month.

WTEN-WXXA News Director Charged with DWI

The Albany Times Union is reporting David Ciliberti, news director for Albany’s FOX affiliate WXXA and ABC affiliate WTEN, has been charged with DWI after a policeman pulled him over for drifting out of his lane and running a red light. He was driving a station vehicle.

According to the Times Union, court records show Ciliberti refused a formal breath-alcohol test at the police station after police said he smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and failed several field sobriety tests. Refusal to submit to a breath-alcohol test resulted in the automatic temporary suspension of his license and can result in having his license suspended for a year.

Ciliberti was charged with misdemeanor DWI and two traffic infractions. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court March 21. He will also face a hearing with the DMV for refusing the breath-alcohol test.

WXXA Eliminates 5 p.m., 11 p.m. Newscasts

Albany Fox affiliate WXXA has cut its 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. The station made the announcement on Facebook Thursday afternoon:

FOX23 NEWS at 5PM and 11PM have been discontinued to focus resources and efforts toward FOX23 NEWS at 10PM and FOX23 NEWS in the morning. For all of your news and weather coverage at 5PM and 11PM please go to NEWS10 ABC. You can continue to watch FOX23 NEWS at 10PM and FOX23 NEWS in the morning from 7am-9am.

WXXA is operated by WTEN, Albany’s ABC affiliate, through a shared services agreement. John Gray anchors the 5 p.m. newscast solo, and the 11 p.m. newscast with Ann Hughes.

When the Sports Guy Covers a Hurricane

Drew Brill is the main sports anchor at WTEN (ABC) in Albany. But as Hurricane Sandy approached, Brill, who splits time between New York City and Albany, put on his news reporter hat and headed to lower Manhattan. On his Facebook page he writes, “Our day started at 3am and this (image right) was the scene at 7pm.”

After that 7pm report, Brill and his photographer began to head out of what was then waist-high water, but their car began to take on water while they were in it. “After climbing out the windows and grabbing as much gear as we could we headed uptown. With no way out we were escorted through the World Trade Center Construction site and finally made it out safely,” Brill says, adding “Now I know why I do sports!”

Josh Sims Joins WTEN as Weekend Sports Anchor

Josh Sims is joining Albany ABC-affiliate WTEN as a reporter and weekend sports anchor, the Albany Times Union reports.

Sims joins the station from WMGM, the NBC-affiliate in southern New Jersey, where he was a multimedia journalist. Drew Brill, WTEN’s other sports anchor-reporter, told the Times Union Sims will report on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and anchor sports on Saturdays and Sundays.

“When I was at my old station, I was basically the backup sports guy,” Sims said. “I did a good deal of sports with them, but my ultimate goal was always to get into sports reporting.”

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