Before WXIA, Hall worked at WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville. [h/t Access Atlanta]
Waters has worked with his fellow sports anchors Fred Kalil and Sam Crenshaw for 17 years. “I don’t think we’ve said three mean words to each other the entire time,” Waters told Access Atlanta. “I have an unbelievable amount of respect for them.”
Waters, who commutes 100 miles to work every day, has accepted a job in banking services closer to home. He has not yet decided when he will officially sign off, but his contract is up December 31.
“Guy’s passion for sports is evident in everything he does,” KTVT president and general manager Gary Schneider said in a statement. “He will be a great fit with our already strong sports team.”
Rawlings left WGCL in Atlanta, where he anchored the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts, earlier this month. A spokesperson told TVSpy that the station had exercised the early out option in his contract. Before WGCL, he worked at WESH in Orlando and at stations in Baltimore, Charleston and Jacksonville, according to KTVT’s release.
Artz saw a man slumped over the wheel of his truck and drooling while the truck was stopped and idling in the slow lane of a busy freeway, so she called 9-1-1 for help.
A Georgia HERO (Highway Emergency Response Operator) unit arrived and tried to help the man who was sleeping or passed out but the man woke up and drove off after a struggle with the HERO. With the Atlanta ABC affiliate’s camera rolling, the man then crashed his truck into several cars.
But he wasn’t done. The sleeping/passed out/delirious driver then jumped out of his truck, climbed a tree and hopped a fence. Police still haven’t found him. You can watch the raw video after the jump. Read more
WXIA’s former “Commuter Dude,” John Gerard, recently moved to sister station WATL as the promotion manager. Carnes, who has worked at WXIA since 1988, will be the “Commuter Dude” at least through the end of the year, according to a post on his Facebook page.
“I will be working early mornings working to fix commuter problems– potholes, missing traffic signs, awkward intersections, and the like. I’ll be holding public officials accountable when these issues linger,” Carnes wrote. “I’m nervous and enthusiastic and eager to get started.”
Ho reports WXIA is in the middle of a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.
“Hello friends, I want you to be among the first to know that I have decided to leave WXIA-TV at the end of the year,” Hall announced on his facebook page. “We haven’t decided what’s next, or where. Why? It’s time to be a free agent and see what’s out there, any ideas?”
Hall started at WXIA in January 2006. Before coming to Atlanta he worked at WBIR in Knoxville, TN. He’s also worked in Goodland, Wichita, Lawrence and Topeka, KS.
Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL is moving up its Saturday morning news show and expanding it by an hour beginning tomorrow.
“In adding people, adding content and adding news times, CBS Atlanta continues its commitment to the community,” WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen said in a statement. “Our new expanding Saturday morning is designed to fit in with your morning routine: What’s the news, what’s the weather and what’s there to do.”
CBS network’s Saturday News will now air from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
“It may not be my home state of Virginia, but this move to Georgia certainly feels like coming home,” Scott said in a statement. “As a broadcaster from the south, I know Atlanta is THE headquarters for TV news.”
Scott comes from KPNX in Phoenix, AZ, where he anchored for ten years. He has also worked in Raleigh, NC, Salt Lake City and Richmond, VA.
Kalil said that complications from brain surgery 13 years ago make it difficult for him to anchor sports on the evening newscasts, a role he has held for 22 years.
“Reading the prompter has never been a lot of fun for me. Before I could remember what I was supposed to say. Now I can’t remember what I was supposed to say,” he said Tuesday on the evening newscast (video above). “It stinks. It stinks. It’s tough. It really is. I can’t tell you how hard it is to go out there and after every single show to think well, I did something — there’s something I can’t do now. I used to be able to do all this stuff in my sleep.” Read more
During the school shooting in Atlanta Tuesday afternoon, the gunman ordered a school employee to call WSB, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta.
After the school employee placed the call, she was connected to an assignment editor, Lacey Lecroy, who talked about the conversation during the station’s continuing coverage of the incident. “All my time doing this I’ve never experienced anything like this … she said, ‘he wants me to give a message to Channel 2. He wants Channel 2 to come here,” she said (video above).
“I never heard him, just her. I asked her why and he said he wanted us to start filming as police die … I was so worried for her,” Lecroy said.