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Albany TV Crew Threatened with Arrest


A WNYT news crew doing a story on the historic cottage where Ulysses S. Grant spent his final days was threatened with arrest yesterday.

WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland and his photographer Matt Soriano, who work out of the station’s Saratoga-North Country bureau, were shooting in an area near a soon to be closed and empty state prison when a corrections officer told them they couldn’t shoot footage there.

When Mulholland told the officer they would shoot at Grant’s cottage instead, the crew for the Albany, NY, NBC affiliate were told they couldn’t shoot there either.

Mulholland and Soriano then attempted to drive to the cottage, but were blocked, at first,  by a corrections officer who had parked his car in the driveway.

The situation escalated as far as having the state police get involved. That’s when they were told they would be arrested if they didn’t turn over their footage.

A call between station management, state police and the Department of Corrections resolved the matter. No one was arrested and no footage was surrendered. Read more

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Cody Holyoke to Anchor in Albany

Cody Holyoke is joining Albany, NY, CBS affiliate WRGB as an anchor.

The reporter for Milwaukee’s WTMJ told TVSpy he’ll be “taking over as 5/5:30 anchor at CBS 6 in Albany (WRGB).”

Before coming to WTMJ, Holyoke was a weekend anchor and reporter at WSFA in Montgomery, AL.

Parodies of Song from Disney Movie ‘Frozen’ Are the New Ice Desk


Is the Polar Vortex relentlessly gnawing away at our collective good taste and dignity? Is singing a customized version of the song “Let it Go ” from Disney’s animated film “Frozen” the musical version of the Ice Desk?

You remember the wave of stations putting their anchors in harms way by making them broadcast from news desks made of ice to show how cold it was outside?

Last month, a traffic reporter at Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC did a “Let it Go” spoof for his traffic report. Since he’s always singing on his traffic reports anyway, it wasn’t too much a of a stretch.

But today, TVSpy learned that WTEN the ABC affiliate in Albany, NY, did a version of the song with its staff.

Also, via Hypervocal we learn Dan Ponce from Chicago CW affiliate WGN performed a version for the Windy City. Check it out after the jump. Read more

Albany Station Runs Old News During NFL Halftime Report

WXXA-wrongforecastViewers of Albany New York’s WXXA who were watching the game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys got some surprising and confusing news during the local FOX affiliate’s halftime report.

After January Keaton started off the cut-in with breaking news of a small plane crash, she then told viewers it was a beautiful day to take a stroll.

Weather.com listed Albany, NY, as having a high of 26 degrees with wind gusts reaching 42 mph on Sunday. But meteorologist Andy Gregorio agreed with Keaton saying, “A beautiful evening out there. Clear skies, temperatures will be falling through the 60s. Currently we’re close to 70 right now.”

According to the Albany Times Union, the station accidentally ran tape of a news update from September. “We have egg on our face,” an employee at WTEN who asked not to be identified told the Times Union. “Our phones are ringing off the hook.” WTEN operates WXXA through a shared services agreement. Read more

Meteorologist Mike Bennett Joining WTVT

Mike Bennett is joining WTVT, the Fox O&O in Tampa, as the weekend evening meteorologist.

“Growing up, I was always fascinated by Florida weather, from hurricanes to water spouts, and everything in between. Now as a Meteorologist, I’m excited to tackle these forecasting challenges of the area, while working with the best weather and news team in the Tampa Bay region,” Bennett said in a statement.

Bennett joins the station from WTEN in Albany, where he has worked since 2011. He has also worked at WYSR in Syracuse and as an intern at WCBS in New York City.

Read the official announcement from WTVT after the jump. Read more

Chris Gloninger Joining WISN From WRGB

Meteorologist Chris Gloninger is joining WISN, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, OnMilwaukee.com reports.

Gloninger will be the weekend evening meteorologist at WISN. He moves to Milwaukee from Albany, where he was a meteorologist at CBS affiliate WRGB.

“Chris is a highly-skilled meteorologist who will be a great addition to the Weather Watch 12 Team,” WISN news director Chris Gegg told OnMilwaukee.com. “He has extensive experience reporting live in extreme weather conditions, including covering Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene.”

Gloninger replaces Luke Sampe, who is leaving WISN to be the chief meteorologist at WFRV in Green Bay.

WNYT Buying MyNetworkTV Affiliate WNYA

WNYT has announced a deal to buy the Albany, NY, MyNetworkTV station WNYA.

“We are pleased to be adding WNYA’s programming to the services we currently provide in New York State’s Capital Region,” said WNYT vice president and general manager Steve Baboulis. “We will work hard to enhance the good work WNYA has done in our market, and we look forward to this exciting opportunity.”

The Albany NBC Affiliate, which is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, is purchasing WNYA from Venture Technologies Group. As part of the transaction, WNYT has agreed to provide sales services to WNYA.

The sale is pending FCC agreement.

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Anchor Ann Hughes, Sports Anchor Kristian Read Victims of WXXA Layoffs

Six employees, including primary anchor Ann Hughes (pictured), were laid off at Albany Fox affiliate WXXA this week, the Albany Times Union reports.

The layoffs come as WXXA continues to merge news operations with WTEN, the ABC affiliate. In addition to Hughes, sports anchor Kristian Read, chief photographer Barry Sanders and three non-news employees were let go. More layoffs may be on the way as the merge continues, according to the Times Union.

“As we consolidate our resources we had to make staffing decisions,” WTEN general manager Andy Alford said.

WXXA eliminated its 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts last month. Hughes, who joined the the station in 1998, anchored the 11 p.m. alongside John Gray.

Former Albany News Director Don Decker Dies

Don Decker, a former news director at WRGB and WTEN in Albany, died Monday at his home in Rotterdam, N.Y. He was 79. Friends and former colleagues recalled working with Decker in The Daily Gazette:

Liz Bishop, longtime anchor at WRGB, said Decker had the ability to see a “hidden light” in the people he hired. She was one of those hires, joining WRGB in the mid-1970s.

“He never gave up on people,” Bishop said. “I look back on myself and say I was just a kid doing weekend sports and there weren’t any women doing that. It was tough, it was hard, all these guys who didn’t want a woman delivering their sports news or writing angry letters. The potential was there for Don to say, ‘You know, I don’t know, this may be offending or annoying more people. It may not be working.’ But he never did that. Read more

Shield Media to Buy WXXA in Albany for $19.5M

Shield Media LLC has agreed to pay $19.5 million for WXXA, Newport Television’s Fox-affiliate in Albany.

Shield announced it intends to enter into a shared services agreement with Young Broadcasting, the owner of ABC-affiliate WTEN, in Albany.

Shield Media is owned by Sheldon Galloway, a longtime broadcasting veteran. This is the first broadcast acquisition by the company, but it is “actively pursuing other opportunities,” according to a statement. Read more

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