TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps

Anchors

Anchor Steve Ryan Joins KVOA

Steve-RyanTucson’s KVOA has announced the addition of Steve Ryan to its news team. Ryan will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekday evening newscasts at the NBC affiliate.

“We are very fortunate to get a journalist of Steve’s caliber to help lead our newsroom,” Cathie Batbie, KVOA news director, said in a statement.  “Not only has he been on the big stage covering major stories that have captivated our nation’s attention, but he’s also worked extensively on the local level.”

Ryan previously worked at independent station KTVK in Phoenix as an anchor/reporter.

Mediabistro Course

Content Marketing 101

Content Maketing 101Almost 60% of businesses use some form of content marketing. Starting December 8, get hands-on content marketing training in our online boot camp! Through an interactive series of webcasts, content and marketing experts will teach you  the best practices for creating, distributing, and measuring the success of your brand's content. Register now!
 

Anchor Yasmin Dar Leaving KVAL

Yasmin-Dar1

Yasmin Dar, evening anchor at KVAL in Eugene, Oreg., is leaving the CBS affiliate and the world of TV news altogether. Dar has decided to move back to her home state of Hawaii to be a stay at home mom.

Dar announced the news on her blog on Thursday, writing:

From the bottom of my heart, thank you Eugene and KVAL News for the wonderful memories. I know my new role as a stay at home mom will be, by far, one of the hardest jobs that I’ll ever have, but it has already been one of the most rewarding ones. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my next adventures!!!

Dar joined KVAL in July 2012. She had been a traffic anchor at KITV, the ABC affiliate in Honolulu.

Carey Peña Out at KTVK

Carey-Pena2Carey Peña, a longtime anchor for Phoenix’s KTVK, has decided to leave the independent station. Peña, currently co-anchor of “Good Evening Arizona” at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. and host of “Politics Unplugged,” has worked at KTVT since 1998.

Peña announced the news on Facebook last night, writing:

After many positive discussions with management, we were not able to reach an agreement on contract terms and so, the time has come to move on. I would like to thank Ed and Leona for their efforts…

She went on to thank her loyal viewers who have “quite literally, watched me grow up.” Peña told her Facebook fans that she’s looking forward to taking a break, spending time with family for the holidays and that she’s “excited to see what the future holds.”

No word yet on who will replace her.

Longtime KVOA Anchor Leaving TV After Contract Expires

mcnamara kvoa croppedTom McNamara has announced he is leaving Tucson NBC affiliate KVOA after his contract expires in December to go into real estate.

“Investing in real estate has been a passion of mine for several years now,” McNamara said in a statement. “KVOA and I have been discussing my desire for change for many months.  I appreciate how patient & supportive they have been through this process.”

McNamara started at KVOA in July 1997. He’s worked either as a reporter or an anchor in Scranton, Pa., Raleigh, N.C., Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Tucson.

“We’ve been aware of Tom’s intentions for a couple of years now,” said Bill Shaw, KVOA president & GM. “He’s been upfront with us on his desire to expand his local business. We fully support him and wish him all the best.”

The station said McNamara’s replacement would be named later.

Washington, D.C. Anchor tells Washington Redskins, ‘I’m OUT.’

WTTG anchor Tony Perkins has had enough.

The anchor for the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station called out the hometown NFL team after its most recent loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While he doesn’t say he wants the team to change its name, he does tell his colleagues on “Good Day DC,” the team is a “problem-plagued organization.”

“We the fans have given it our all. We’ve spent our money, they get our time and attention, and they disappoint us.,” said Perkins. “They can’t get it together to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”

Watch the video of his frustration after the jump. Read more

Male Anchor Wears Same Suit for a Year to Prove a Point. No One Noticed

Karl Stefanovic anchors the Today show in Australia. He thought men and women were being judged differently for what they wore on-air.  To prove it, The Age writes, Stefanovic wore the same suit everyday…for a year. No one noticed.

“No one has noticed; no one gives a shit,” Stefanovic tells Fairfax Media. “But women, they wear the wrong colour and they get pulled up. They say the wrong thing and there’s thousands of tweets written about them. Read more

Atlanta Anchor Raps in Memory of Deceased ‘The Sugarhill Gang’ Rapper

The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” is considered the song that started it all for hip-hop in 1979.

WSB anchor Fred Blankenship saluted the memory of Sugarhill Gang member Big Bank Hank, who died this week from cancer.

WSFA Anchor John O’Connor Recovering from Open Heart Surgery

Viewers of WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala, may have noticed the absence of anchor John O’Connor over the past two weeks. He had good reason to be out. On Wednesday, November 5, O’Connor, 58, had unexpected open heart surgery and six bypasses.

“I went from not even thinking about it and less than a week later, I’m on the operating table,” O’Connor told WSFA reporter Morgan Carlson.

In the video above, O’Connor explains how it all started about two weeks ago, when he experienced some chest pain climbing a flight of stairs. The pain progressed over the weekend, spreading from the right side of his chest to a numbness in his arm. That’s when he went to the the walk-in clinic and received his diagnosis.

Doctors told O’Connor that his heart is otherwise healthy and that his condition was genetic.

O’Connor will spend the next several weeks in recovery. His anchor chair will be waiting for him upon his return: “When John is ready to come back, we will welcome him, and you will see him anchoring and reporting on WSFA 12 News again.”

Veteran KTRK Anchor Dave Ward Cutting Back on Newscasts in 2015

dave wardLongtime KTRK anchor Dave Ward is stepping down from his 10:00 p.m. anchor duties at the end of the year. According to the Houston Business Journal, Ward, who has been with the ABC-owned station for 48 years, will continue anchoring the 6:00 p.m. newscasts in 2015, with occasional appearances at 10:00 p.m. for special reports.

This change doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as Ward has had some health problems as of late. We reported back in March of his shoulder surgery, which kept him away from the anchor desk for three weeks. In May 2012, Ward was out for more than a month after breaking his hip in a fall, minutes before a newscast. Despite these injuries, Ward always managed to get back on his feet, and back to work.

In a statement, Ward assured his loyal viewers that he’s not going away entirely:

“You have invited me into your hearts and into your homes, you have trusted me with the day’s news, and I have trusted you to be there, and you have been, for almost 48 years. I am honored and humbled to still be doing the work I love, anchoring ABC-13 Eyewitness News. So let’s be clear — I’m not going anywhere! I’m just going to go home a little earlier, that’s all.”

Ward will anchor his last 10:00 p.m. newscast on December 23.

Anchor Gordon Peterson Leaving WJLA

gordon-peterson(1)

Legendary ‘Dean of Anchors’ Gordon Peterson is set to leave ABC affiliate WJLA at the end of the year. According to the Washington Post, Peterson, who is 76, isn’t retiring, just leaving the station he’s called home for the last 10 years.

In an email to his friends and colleagues, Peterson explained that his contract expires at the end of the year and he’s decided it’s time to leave. Here, he reminisces on his many years on Washington’s airwaves:

“As most of you know, I have been in the television news business in Washington, DC for 45 years. It has been my privilege to have covered many of the great issues of our time beginning with the struggle for civil rights and the huge anti-war rallies of the late ’60′s and early ’70′s through eight administrations. It has been wonderful to have been reunited with Maureen Bunyan and Doug Hill and to join forces with Tim Brant, Leon Harris and Alison Starling. I dare not name anyone else, for fear of leaving someone out, but I want each of you to know how important you are to me and how grateful I am for having had the chance to work with you…”

Prior to joining WJLA in 2003, Peterson spent 35 years at CBS affiliate WUSA. No word yet on where he’s going next.

NEXT PAGE >>