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WMAR ND ‘Screamed For Everyone in the Newsroom to Get Out’ After Truck Rammed Lobby

wmar building_304x200WMAR news director Kelly Groft talks to the Associated Press about her reaction after a truck slammed into the lobby of the Baltimore ABC affiliate this afternoon:

WMAR-TV News Director Kelly Groft told The Associated Press in a phone interview that the station believes everyone inside evacuated safely. She said that when the truck began ramming the lobby around noon Tuesday, she screamed for everyone in the newsroom to get out.

Baltimore County police said 55 people evacuated but that they couldn’t be sure everyone was out. Police said there may be an armed person inside, but there had not been any reports of shots fired. Police also said they knew of no motive. “As far as I know everyone is safe,” Baltimore County Police Department Cpl. Brian Kelly, standing near the scene, said.

Groft also talked to Luke Russert, who is on the scene for NBC News: “Local ABC wmar news director tells me it’s the biggest story in Bmore but they can’t put anyone on air because their bldg is evacuated,” Russert tweeted.

The man driving the vehicle is reportedly barricaded in the WMAR building.

Man Barricaded Inside WMAR After Ramming Building With Dump Truck

A man is barricaded inside the WMAR building in Baltimore after repeatedly ramming the station with his vehicle, according to WJZ. Staffers were evacuated, according to WMAR meteorologist Mike Masco:

>Update: Brian Kuebler reports WMAR staffers are safe and accounted for: Read more

Adrienne Green Joins WMAR as Meteorologist

METEOROLOGIST ADRIENNE GREEN JOINS WMAR ABC2Adrienne Green has joined Scripps owned Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR as meteorologist.

“We are very excited to add Adrienne to the ABC2 weather team!” WMAR news director Kelly Groft said in a statement. “Adrienne knows the area well and will round out our team, bringing us added team weather coverage on sunny days and severe weather days.”

Green comes to WMAR from AccuWeather where she worked as an on-air meteorologist for about three years.

Hearst Makes Changes to WBAL and WGAL Creative Departments

hearst tv logo_304x200Hearst has promoted from within to head up the creative departments at two of its owned stations.

John Baldwin has been named creative services director for Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL. He moves over from WGAL, the Hearst owned NBC station in Lancaster, PA.

“John has demonstrated a keen understanding of how to successfully steward a brand, especially in today’s multi-platform world,” WBAL president and GM Dan Joerres said in a statement.

Baldwin wasted no time in announcing Elizabeth Montijo has been promoted to fill his slot as creative services director at WGAL. Read more

WMAR Launches ‘Unique and Innovative’ Investigative Newscast

wmar in focusBaltimore ABC affiliate WMAR will debut a revamped 6 p.m. newscast that concentrates on in-depth and original reporting, “ABC2 In Focus,” tonight.

“We’ve noticed a thirst in the market for in-depth stories,” WMAR news director Kelly Groft said in a statement. “We’ll always cover the news of the day, it’s just now, at 6pm, we’ll slow down a bit, dig deeper, and ask more questions.”

WMAR says the “unique and innovative” program will be led by a “crack team of investigative journalists and producers,” but did not specifically name them. The newscast will also feature additional original content online.

Don Scott Set to Retire From WJZ

Don Scott has announced he will retire from WJZ, the CBS-owned station in Baltimore, after four decades with the station:

Scott anchors the morning newscast alongside Marty Bass. He joined WJZ when he was 24 after working at station in Dayton and Lima, Ohio.

WBAL Launches Streaming Newscasts

wbal logoBaltimore NBC affiliate WBAL will stream all of its newscasts online beginning today. Live streams will be available at the station’s website and can be accessed through computer, smartphone or tablet.

“Our goal is to broadcast the most relevant local news, traffic, weather and sports coverage on-air and online. Our live streams will now deliver this useful information to busy Marylanders on the go,” WBAL president and general manager Dan Joerres said in a statement.

WBAL says additional live streams will be active during the station’s coverage of breaking news and severe weather.

WBAL Sorry for False Report During Mall Shooting on Radio, But Not TV

wbal_mall shootigWBAL is both a Baltimore radio and NBC TV affiliate.

During the Columbia Mall shooting in January, WBAL radio reported the shooter went after his fiance and her new boyfriend in what was described as a “domestic incident.” Trouble is, police say they have no evidence that’s why the the shooting happened.

The Baltimore Sun reports most of the bad info came from WBAL radio’s John Patti whose reports were also carried on WBAL TV.

WBAL radio and TV news director Michelle Butt issued an apology for the false radio reports but told The Sun the TV reports didn’t need an apology since Patti attributed them to sources. Read more

Baltimore Reporter’s Live Shot Sees Possible Reappearance of ‘Horsehead’ Video Bomber


Last year during the coverage of Hurricane Sandy, a reporter for NBC owned station WRC featured a live shot with a shirtless man wearing a horse head jogging down a street in Washington, D.C.

Today, the conspiracy theorist interwebs are abuzz with the second sighting of a horse head wearing person spotted during another weather event. This time it happened on Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL in Ellicott City, MD, behind reporter Kate Amara. Coincidence?

Probably not. This horse man is a tad more introspective than the hurricane runner and looks like he maybe gave up jogging, not that we’re in any position to judge.

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Aereo Set to Launch in Baltimore

aereoAereo is expanding to the Baltimore metropolitan area. Beginning December 16, the streaming television service will be available to viewers in 11 central Maryland counties.

“From the Inner Harbor to the Eastern Shore, the Baltimore metropolitan region is a growing and dynamic community and we’re excited to be launching there next,” Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement. “…Our technology is a more simple, elegant and easy way to watch television – the way it should be.”

Aereo is available in more than 25 cities across the country, including New York, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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