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Kent Shocknek Announces Retirement After 36 Years

shocknek_croppedAfter more than 36 years in TV news, KCBS-KCAL anchor Kent Shocknek has announced his retirement from the Los Angeles CBS owned stations.

Shocknek joined KCBS in 2001. He started anchoring the 10:00 p.m. show on KCAL in 2013.

“For years at CBS 2 and KCAL 9, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with the best producers in morning TV; and more recently, the best prime-time anchor team anywhere,” Shocknek said. “Now it’s time to catch up with the people I love, and check out some places I’ve always wanted to go.”

In 1986, he helped launch LA’s first morning news show, “Today in LA” on KNBC. After 31 years in the LA market, the station said it believes he’s anchored more hours of news on local TV than anyone else in the market.

“Kent Shocknek is a Los Angeles TV news institution,” Steve Mauldin, president and GM of KCBS-KCAL said in a statement. “He’s a consummate professional who has distinguished himself as an outstanding breaking news anchor with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Southern California.”

Pioneering TV Reporter Belva Davis: ‘There’s still a lot of good journalism out there.’

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Belva Davis made her TV debut in 1963, when she covered a black beauty pageant. She later made history as the first female African-American television reporter on the West Coast when she was hired in 1966 by KPIX in San Francisco. She stayed at the station for 30 years and later became an anchorwoman in 1970.

Davis hosted “This Week in Northern California” for more than 19 years and has been honored with seven Emmys. It’s safe to say that Davis is a bona fide pioneer and has paved the way for the multiculturalism we see in the media today. Here, she shares her keys to success for journalists, particularly women of color, today:

I used to always answer, ‘Work as hard as I did,’ but I realize you have to work harder. Black women have made progress since I started [in journalism], but you can’t go into it wanting to be a movie star. You can get by and make a living. But if you only prepare yourself to do the minute and 30 seconds they give you to do a story and didn’t get the background so that it could be the best that could possibly happen, it would be difficult to contribute to journalistic knowledge. I see in so many young women an obligation to broaden the storyline. That means there’s still a lot of good journalism out there.

For more from Davis, including what it was like to make her on air-debut, read: So What Do You Do, Belva Davis, Pioneering Broadcast Journalist, TV Host and Author?

Sherri Talley Returning to KTBS

talley ktbs_304Sherri Talley will be returning to Shreveport, LA, ABC affiliate KTBS.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Gerry and Joe and the rest of the team, again,” Talley told KTBS. “KTBS is like a family to me. It’s good to be back home.”

Talley, who worked at KTBS from 1994 until April 2011, left to work in public relations and later start her own social media company.

The station said she will rejoin “old friend and colleague” Gerry May on the KTBS 6:00 p.m. news next Monday.

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WZZM Moves Van Ameyde Off Anchor Desk, Names Replacement

two wzzm anchorsGannett owned ABC affiliate WZZM has announced it’s moving Lee Van Ameyde (pictured right) off the anchor desk and into the role of managing editor of its Watchdog Investigative Team.

“No one knows West Michigan like Lee does,” WZZM news director Taz Painter said in a statement. “Our Watchdog team couldn’t be in better hands.”

The station also named Nick LaFave (left) as Van Ameyde’s replacement on the weekday evening newscasts. He will join Juliet Dragos starting in early September. Read more

WNWO Adds Laura Emerson as Anchor

emerson wnwoLaura Emerson is returning to Toledo as an anchor for Sinclair owned NBC affiliate WNWO.

The Blade reports Emerson will co-anchor the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. shows with Jim Blue.

Emerson was an anchor at WUPW-TV, Channel 36, for 16 years, before she left in January, 2012, to co-anchor the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts at NBC affiliate WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky, a market that stretches into western Missouri, southern Illinois, and the northern edge of Tennessee, and is slightly smaller than the Toledo-area market.

“She brings a familiar face to our viewers,” said Nicole Hahn, who was recently promoted to WNWO’s news director position. “She has a vast knowledge of the area, and she will bring leadership and experience to our team.

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]

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.

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