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WNBC Plans Send-Off for Sue Simmons

WNBC plans to bid farewell to longtime anchor Sue Simmons with a series of tributes running throughout the day on Friday, culminating in her final newscast at 11 p.m.

“Sue has been a part of many memorable moments in New York history, and we’re going to look back at some of those and her contributions to them,” a station spokesperson told TVSpy.

WNBC will run video tributes to Simmons during all of its newscasts Friday that will include the familiar mix of on-air highlights and salutes from former colleagues and local celebrities. Read more

Anchor Bob Schaper Joins WTVO in Rockford

Bob Schaper has joined WTVO, the ABC-affiliate in Rockford, IL, as anchor and managing editor, according to the Rockford Register Star.

Schaper has previously been a reporter at rival WREX and at the Register Star. He began this week at WTVO, co-anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast with Mimi Murphy.

“Our viewers will notice the investigative edge Bob will bring to our newscasts,” news director Kent Harrell said.

Evening Anchor Nina Radetich Leaving KTNV

Evening anchor Nina Radetich is leaving KTNV next month to pursue new opportunities and spend more time with her family, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my professional life, whatever it may be, and really looking forward to more time with my family,” Radetich said. “My husband and son are the world to me, and being the best wife and mom I can be will always be my top priority.”

Radetich, who joined KNTV in 2007,  anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at the Las Vegas ABC-affiliate. After her departure, weekend anchor Tricia Kean will move into the weekday evening anchor position alongside Steve Wolford.

Morning Anchor Dayna Roselli Out at KLAS

Morning anchor Dayna Roselli is no longer with Las Vegas CBS-affiliate KLAS, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Her final broadcast was Monday.

Roselli’s departure comes after KLAS announced a new anchor team, Cale Ramaker and Shauna Khorrami, earlier this week.

“We are not satisfied with our position in the mornings, and that has led us to some difficult decisions,” KLAS news director Ron Comings said. “This is one of several changes we are making to better serve our morning viewers.”

Ramaker and Khorrami are not set to debut until July. In the interim, reporters Jessica Lovell and Patranya Bhoolsuwan will fill in as morning anchors.

Brendan Higgins Joins KTVT as Morning Anchor

Brendan Higgins is joining KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, as a morning anchor.

Higgins will be paired with Adrienne Bankert from 4:30 to 7 a.m. beginning June 25. He most recently worked at rival KXAS, where he was the early morning anchor from 2004-10.

“Brendan is well-known and well-liked by local viewers,” KTVT president and general manager Gary Schneider said in a statement. “We believe he and Adrienne will make a strong connection with morning news viewers based on their knowledge, experience and warm personalities.”

Keith Garvin, the current early-morning anchor, will remain with KTVT as a reporter and fill-in anchor, according to Dallas media blogger Ed Bark.

Mat Garcia Joins KENS as Morning Anchor

KENS has hired Mat Garcia to replace longtime morning anchor Fred Lozano, who is set to retire after more than three decades on San Antonio TV.

“We conducted a nationwide search and we are pleased to bring a journalist of Mat’s caliber to join Sarah Forgany, Natalie Tejeda and Paul Mireles,” KENS president and general manager Bob McGann said, referring to the CBS-affiliate’s current morning roster.

A Texas native, Garcia comes to KENS from KOCO in Oklahoma City, where he spent three years as a morning anchor before being bumped off the show in April. Read more

KLAS Announces New Morning Anchor Team

Las Vegas CBS-affiliate KLAS is set to debut a new morning anchor team.

Beginning July 30th, the KLAS morning newscast will be anchored by Cale Ramaker and Shauna Khorrami (right).

Ramaker comes to KLAS after seven years at WOFL in Orlando, where he anchored the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.  Khorrami joins the station after anchoring the morning news at KSTU in Salt Lake City. Read more

WPLG Anchor Adopts Abandoned Pig Featured on Morning Show

A piglet abandoned by its owner has found a new home after being featured on WPLG‘s morning show.  The 15-weeks-old piglet, named Pork Chop, was recently adopted by WPLG anchor Jen Herrera.

“I know that may sound crazy to some people, having a pet pig, but for us it’s actually the norm,” Herrera wrote on her WPLG Mommy Blog, after adopting the abandoned piglet.  “We already have one pot belly named ‘Pig’ and Friday we brought home Pork Chop.”

Herrera and her family own chickens and turkeys, and have had goats and horses in the past.  Now, they have two pigs.

Jim Lampley on Time at KCBS: ‘It Helped Me Grow’

Jim Lampley, who took a detour from sports reporting to anchor at KCBS in the late 80s and early 90s, doesn’t regret his time covering the news in Los Angeles.

“I have no regrets about everything I experienced as a television news anchor.  I think it was a very productive part of my process,” Lampley told mediabistro recently. “At the end of the day, that job was not as satisfying to me.  I didn’t get as much out of it as some of the other things in my career.  I had to do it to learn that so I couldn’t honestly say I was disappointed or regretful about that. I did what I did and it was good for me at the time.  It helped me grow.”  [FishbowlLA]

Leon Harris and Alison Starling Mark One Year as Evening Anchors with Cupcakes from Diane Sawyer

ABC’s Diane Sawyer took some time during the “World News” tease on WJLA last night to recognize the one-year anniversary of Alison Starling and Leon Harris anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast (video above).

“I just think sometimes you have to pay attention to an anniversary,” Sawyer said, as boxes of cupcakes appeared on the anchor desk. “Eat and be merry, and we celebrate you.”

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