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Longtime WKRC Anchor Says She’s Leaving

kit-andrews_15134Kit Andrews has announced she is leaving Cincinnati CBS station WKRC after more than 33 years.

“It’s time! After one network change, five different newscasts, seven owners, and more than 33 years I’m hanging up my microphone and leaving WKRC-TV,” wrote Andrews in a letter she sent to co-workers.

Andrews started her on-air career at KHQ in Spokane, WA. She came to WKRC in 1981 as a reporter.

“Having been news director for just a small fraction of her long career, it is with deep gratitude and admiration that I say on behalf of the entire newsroom that we salute her for all of her work here at Local 12,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “She is simply a consummate professional in every sense of the word.”

Her last day will be next Thursday, July 31.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

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Larry Mendte Returns to New York Airwaves, This Time on Radio

2006Larry1-251x300Larry Mendte, who was last seen doing commentary on New York CW affiliate WPIX, has a new show on WABC radio.

“The Larry Mendte Show” will run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday nights starting this weekend.

The press release promises Mendte will “talk about New York’s biggest stories, and speak to Tri – State listeners with warmth, wit, and honesty that New York listeners have come to expect from Mendte and 77 WABC.”

WABC program director Craig Schwalb said in a statement,“The addition of Larry Mendte to our roster of trusted New York personalities makes Sunday nights on 77 WABC an appealing and exciting destination for our listeners.”

In 2008, Mendte was fired from KYW in Philadelphia after pleading guilty to hacking into co-anchor Alycia Lane‘s email account.

Charlotte Anchors Bare It All on Camera to Make a Point

WJZY anchor Barbara Lash took it all off for the cameras Monday night.

The Charlotte FOX owned station aired a newsroom discussion on whether it was OK for women to go without make up. The talk was inspired by Colbie Caillat‘s song “Try” featuring the lyrics, “Take your makeup off/ Let your hair down/ Take a breath/ Look into the mirror at yourself/ Don’t you like you?/ Cause I like you,”

Joined by chief meteorologist Rob Eicher, Lash removed her make up telling viewers the whole point was to see if she had the courage to do so. She wrote about it on the station website.

In the mornings I do; especially when I’m taking my daughter to daycare, my face is bare. But one day I had on a Fox46 shirt and one of my daughter’s teachers asked about what I do for a living. Eventually she said, “Oh! You’re the lady I saw on the news the other night!?!” Instantly, I felt like makeup was a necessity.

This video challenged me to consciously “try” to be me, naturally. Doing it on air, even for part of the show….let’s just say….I’ve learned self-acceptance is sometimes a choice.

KNXV Moves One Anchor, Adds Two and Subtracts an Assistant ND

knxv logo_304x200Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV is making moves in front of and behind the camera.

The Scripps owned station is adding Danielle Lerner and Nick Ciletti as anchors while assistant news director Dan Wilson is heading to West Palm Beach to take over as interim news director for Scripps’ NBC affiliate WPTV.

KNXV news director Pat Costello told TVSpy Lerner will join the station in mid-September replacing Stephanie Hockridge on weekends. Hockridge has already moved to weekday co-anchor on the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. after the station expanded its 6:00 p.m. show to an hour.  The station is adding Ciletti as co-anchor to the previously solo anchored weekend morning shows.

WPTV told TVSpy, “We are fortunate to have Dan as our Interim News Director. He has solid news experience and is an outstanding newsroom leader. We are in the process of speaking to candidates for the full-time news director position and the job is currently posted on our website.”

Lerner comes to KNXV from KVOA in Tucson where she is a morning anchor. Ciletti comes to KNXV from WBBH in Fort Myers, FL.

Frank Holland Leaving Chicago for Boston

holland wgn croppedFrank Holland has left Chicago CW affiliate WGN for Boston’s WCVB.

Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports Holland “is expected” to be a weekend anchor for the ABC affiliate.

Holland started at WGN in 2011 as a morning anchor. Last August, he was moved to reporter and back up anchor.

He told viewers on facebook, “I loved waking up with Chicago in the beginning and I love bringing the news to you at night now. I will always remember all the great people I met here, the great experiences and special moments.”

Before coming to WGN in 2011, Holland worked at WDIV in Detroit. He’s also worked at News12 Westchester, WMGM in Atlantic City and KTVF-KUAC in Fairbanks, AK.

One Anchor Joins, Another Leaves KOLR Morning Show


KOLR the CBS affiliate for Springfield, MO, has announced a couple of morning anchor changes.

Shannon Miller told viewers she will be leaving KOLR to join sister station KARK in Little Rock, AR, while Audrey Esther was introduced as the new morning anchor.

Miller told viewers the news on her facebook page saying, “After three years with KOLR10, I have accepted an offer to work at our sister station KARK in Little Rock. It was a tough decision and I put a lot of thought and heart into it.”

Before coming to KOLR, Esther was community relations director for The Salvation Army – Ozark Area Coordination.

Longtime Albuquerque Anchor Set to Retire

dick-knipfing krqeKRQE anchor Dick Knipfing has announced his retirement after 51 years in the business.

Knipfing started his career at the CBS affiliate in 1963 when it was known as KGGM. According to the Albuquerque Journal, he will be replaced by Dean Staley.

Knipfing was taking it all in stride. “I’m 71 years old. It’s just time,” he told the Journal. “I’ve got a lot of energy and I’m in good health and I just want to participate more fully in life. Being a TV news guy, the daily deadline stress and pressure are unending. That’s the way it should be, but I’m tired of it. It’s time for me to move on and a younger guy to move in.”

Knipfing, who has also worked for the news operations at KOB-TV Channel 4, and KOAT-TV Channel 7, is finishing his career where it began.

His last day will be July 31.

Former Intern Named Weekend Anchor at Austin FOX Station

paredez_cropped ktbcFOX owned Austin, TX, station KTBC has named Ashley Paredez weekend evening anchor.

“During Ashley’s tenure filling in on the weekend newscasts, it was clear she was the best choice to be our weekend anchor,” said VP and news director Pam Vaught in a statement. “She connects with our viewers and is always looking for stories that will have an impact on our community.”

Paredez interned at KTBC in 2008. Recently, she has been working as a reporter for the station. Before working at KTBC, she was a morning anchor, reporter and EP at KFDA in Amarillo, TX.

Louisiana Anchor Issues Statement About Recent Departure

Huebner cropped KLFYChuck Huebner, the Lafayette, LA, anchor who recently left CBS affiliate KLFY has issued a statement about his departure.

Huebner told theadvertiser speculation was correct about what TheIND.com called “long running tensions” between himself and both staff and management.

I will say my departure is something that has been coming for a long time. The issues were indeed cumulative.

Huebner went on to thank local viewers saying, “I’m honored for having had the opportunity to work for you and for you allowing me into your homes each night for the last 30 years. I wish you all the best of luck and hope you will do the same for me.” You can read the statement after the jump. Read more

South Carolina Anchors Bree Boyce and Darryl Hood MIA from WACH

wach anchorsBree Boyce and Darryl Hood, the anchors for WACH 10:00 pm. news have gone missing from the Sinclair-owned Columbia, SC, FOX affiliate.

A check of TVeyes shows Boyce hasn’t been on-air since late June while Hood has been absent since July 1. Their bios have been removed from the station website. Sports director Brian McConchie has been anchoring the newscast.

As a former Miss South Carolina with no formal journalism experience, Boyce was a controversial hire at the station. The move prompted former WACH anchor Mike Woolfolk, now working for WXYZ in Detroit, to write a piece that was critical of the hire.

Hood had been with WACH since 2010. He started his career at Orange County Newschannel before working at KQTV in St. Joseph, MO. He has also worked in Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, and Memphis, TN.

Sinclair and WACH have not responded to emails asking if the two are still working for the station.

image: Free-Times

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