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WMAR Adds Two Reporter/Multimedia Journalists

Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR has upped its on-air staff by two.

WMAR news director Kelly Groft confirmed with TVSpy Amy Aubert (pictured right) has joined the station as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

“We are very excited to have Amy join our team,” said Groft in a statement. “She has covered many stories as a reporter, in different markets, and I look forward to her telling the stories of people living in the Baltimore area.”

Groft also said Katrina Bush (pictured left) will join the station at the end of the month as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

Bush is an anchor and reporter for TV3 Winchester, the digital sister station to WHSV in Harrisonburg, VA. Before working at WHSV, she was a production assistant at WHDH in Boston. Aubert comes to WMAR from WRIC in Richmond, VA, where she was a fill-in anchor and video journalist. She has also worked at WMAZ in Macon, GA.

Weathercaster Miri Marshall to Join WBAL

The Baltimore Sun reports, Miri Mashall will join Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL as a weather anchor.

Marshall comes to WBAL from KCEN in Waco, TX.

She replaces John Collins who retired in May after 24 years at the station. Marshall’s first day is August 22.

Executive Fights WBFF’s Attempt to Pull WTTG Signal From Her County

After WBFF, the Baltimore FOX affiliate, asked the FCC to stop the signal from WTTG, Washington, D.C.’s FOX owned station, from overlapping into three Maryland Counties, an executive from one of the affected counties is telling the FCC she wants her residents to keep getting both channels.

In July, WBFF asked the FCC to pull WTTG’s signal from three Maryland Counties where WBFF’s signal also broadcasts: Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford counties.

But Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman disagrees. “For nearly four decades, Anne Arundel County residents have had the benefit of both broadcast outlets,” said Neuman. “We don’t have a problem with WBFF-TV and believe it provides valuable programming to its many viewers. What poses a problem is the station’s attempt to bar its competition, and by extension, our residents’ ability to make their own programming choices.”

According to the Baltimore Sun, WBFF told the FCC that WTTG was no longer “significantly viewed” in the three counties.

TVSpy has asked for comment from both WBFF and FOX. We will update when we hear back.

image: Baltimore Business Journal

Linda So Leaving Baltimore’s WMAR

WMAR has confirmed with TVSpy health reporter Linda So is leaving the Baltimore ABC affiliate next Friday.

Fellow WMAR reporter Joce Sterman tweeted about So’s departure saying, “Tears and joy for @LindafromABC2 who is moving on to a new TV adventure. After 12 yrs together in 3 markets with 6 NDs we are parting ways.” So replied, “awwwww thanks guys!! MB, I’ll be reporting for Reuters TV working out of their DC bureau.”

So has worked at WMAR since April 2006. She has also worked in Hagerstown, MD, and Harrisburg, PA.

[Baltimore Media Blog]

Sherrie Johnson Signs Off From WMAR

Sherrie Johnson is leaving WMAR, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore, to become the spokesperson for Harford County, Md.

Johnson is a morning reporter and fill-in anchor at the station. She has worked at WMAR since 2003. Her first day in her new role will be July 22, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Before working in Baltimore, Johnson worked at stations in Asheville, Wilkes-Barre and Washington, D.C

WJZ’s Adam May Headed to Al Jazeera America

Adam May, anchor and reporter for Baltimore’s WJZ, is leaving the CBS owned station at the end of May to work for Al Jazeera America.

“It was a tough decision, especially saying goodbye to our viewers who have been so loyal over the last few years,” May told the Sun. “I now consider many of them friends, and I hope when they still see me walking around Baltimore, they’ll come up and say hi.”

May has worked for WJZ for ten years.  Before working at WJZ, May worked at WHAS in Louisville, KY, and WAAY in Huntsville, AL. He started his career at KBJR in Duluth, MN.

[The Baltimore Sun]

Comedian David Alan Grier Tells WBFF, ‘The Sequester Hit You Hard’

Comedian David Alan Grier was in Baltimore to promote his latest film, “Peeples.” He showed up on WBFF in a segment the FOX Baltimore morning show calls “Funny Fridays.”

After stopping the interview to tell them his name was misspelled, Grier said, “This is the raggediest TV studio I’ve ever been in in my life.”

“The sequester hit you hard,” he told the anchors after insulting the camera crew.  He then said, “I call this Criticism Fridays.” Watch the video by clicking here.  The station’s website does not allow embedding.

Dustin Wadsworth Named Assistant News Director at WKYC

Dustin Wadsworth is joining Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC as assistant news director, according to the station’s Director’s Cut blog.

Wadsworth comes to Cleveland from WMAR, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore. Wadsworth has worked at WMAR for 12 years in a variety of roles, including executive news producer and most recently director of new media.

“We were determined to find a leader in digital news, someone who can help guide our overall editorial direction while making our social media, mobile and online channels top priorities, ” news director Brennan Donnellan said in a statement.

Meteorologist Bernadette Woods Leaving WJZ

After seven years at WJZ, meteorologist Bernadette Woods is leaving the Baltimore CBS O&O, the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik reports.

Woods will officially sign off from WJZ next month for a job at a Princeton-based non-profit focused on climate change.

“There’s so much misinformation out there, that this company started in an effort to try and get good information to the public,” she told Zurawik. “They are trying to connect climate with extreme weather, because that’s a lot of what’s happening. That’s really exciting for me, because I do love the science.”

Woods began her career at AccuWeather. Before joining WJZ, she worked at stations in Fayetteville, Ark. and Lexington, Ky.

Zurawik: Highs and Lows for Baltimore Stations During Ravens Victory Parade

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik reflects on local stations’ coverage of the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl victory parade. Zurawik saw the good — CBS O&O WJZ and NBC affiliate WBAL “dominated coverage,” he writes — and the bad:

But it made my blood boil to see reporters using fans as props. Telling fans to give a cheer or start singing and whooping when the cameras are pointed at them is both stupid and insensitive, and there was plenty of it.

And having your reporters wear purple scarves or stand on corners and act like crowd cheerleaders, which is what I saw too much of from WMAR during the parade, isn’t enough. Really.

The other thing that annoyed me, and it has been building for weeks, involves veteran reporters acting like they are buddies with the players, referring to Terrell Suggs, for example, as T-Sizzle and calling out to him on the parade route.

Zurawik noted WJZ’s Adam May and WBAL’s Deborah Weiner particularly stood out, writing, “There are reporters, and then there are reporters. Weiner and May were REPORTERS Tuesday.”

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