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Dawn Hobby, WALB’s New ND, Says Goodbye to Anchor Desk

Dawn Hobby, who was recently promoted to news director at WALB in Albany, Ga., said goodbye to the anchor desk Friday night.

Hobby has anchored the station’s evening newscasts alongside Ben Roberts for more than 20 years. In her final broadcast, she said her new job will keep her “very busy behind the camera” (video after the jump).

“I won’t say goodbye, just farewell, and heartfelt thanks for everyone’s support,” Hobby said. “And remember, I’m just a phone call, email, tweet or Facebook message away!” Video inside… Read more

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Raycom Names New GM at WLOX, New ND at WALB

There are changes coming to the executive ranks at two Raycom stations: WLOX in Biloxi, Miss. and WALB in Albany, Ga.

Rick Williams, who has been news director at WALB for 22 years, will become vice president and general manager of WLOX on January 14.

“Rick’s industry knowledge and participation in the Raycom Leadership Class has prepared him for this expanded role within Raycom as the next leader for WLOX,” Raycom SVP of Television Leon Long said in a statement. “I am most impressed with his passion and leadership skills and look forward to working with him at this important station to our company. ”

Williams replaces David Vincent, who will retire this month after 35 years at WLOX.

Dawn Hobby will step into the news director role at WALB. She is currently the assistant news director and the anchor of the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts. Read more

WFXL Expands Morning Newscast to Four Hours

WFXL has added an extra hour to its morning newscast, bringing it from three hours to four. The Fox-affiliate’s “Good Day” show now airs weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring more local content to the Southwest Georgia community,” said WFXL assistant news director Jenna McWilliams. “‘Good Day’ now has more time to share with the viewers just what’s going on in our own backyards.”

WFXL’s morning team includes anchor January Keaton, meteorologist Chris Nisinger, and reporter-producer Melanie Kendall.

Former WFXL Anchor and News Director Terry Graham Dies

Terry Graham, a longtime fixture in the WFXL newsroom who worked as an anchor and most recently news director for the Fox-affiliate, passed away over the weekend.  He was 55.

“I’m devastated by it,” station manager Deborah Gay told the Albany Herald this week, saying that everyone at the WFXL is in a state of shock. “Terry was a great person to work with. I’m sorry this has happened.”

According to the Herald, Graham died “after a long illness.” After working for many years as an anchor and news director with the Albany, GA station, Graham left three months ago.

WFXL remembered Graham during a recent newscast (video here).

Romney Smith Becomes First African-American Anchor in Albany, Georgia

When WFXL made Romney Smith its main anchor this month, she became the first African-American anchor in Albany, GA (market #145).

Smith joined WFXL in 2009 and had been working as a reporter for the Fox-affiliate, which is one of two local news stations in Albany.

“Taking the job made me happy and sad,” Smith told the Albany Herald. “I was extremely happy about getting this promotion during Black History Month because I was kind of shocked it had never happened before. My frame of reference was always large metro areas that had black and Hispanic anchors.”

Smith was raised in Marietta, GA and earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

“I look at being the first black main news anchor in Albany as a personal responsibility,” she said. “I want to be the best reporter and news anchor I can be, but I also want to be a good role model, specifically for young black women.” Read more