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As Jason Newton Joins WBAL, Stan Stovall Moves From Mornings to Evenings

jason newtonJason Newton is joining WBAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Baltimore. The Baltimore native will anchor the weekday morning newscasts alongside Mindy Basara beginning next month.

With Newton joining station, current morning anchor Stan Stovall will shift to evenings, joining Donna Hamilton as co-anchor of the 11 p.m. newscast at the end of December. Rod Daniels will remain Hamilton’s co-anchor at 6 p.m.

It is a move within Hearst for Newton, who is a breaking news anchor for the morning newscast at WISN in Milwaukee. He has previously worked at WBOC in Salisbury, Md., and WJZ in Baltimore.

“I look forward to joining a newsroom known for its award-winning investigative journalism and political coverage. WBAL-TV is the station I grew up watching,” Newton said in a statement. “Coming home to cover everything that makes this city special is an honor and a privilege.”

WMAR Responds to Mythical Hashtag War Declared by YouTube Stars

WMAR has responded to the hashtag war declared by former cable TV stars and current YouTube personalities Rhett and Link over the use of the twitter hashtag #GMM.

The two were using the hashtag for their show Good Mythical Morning until they discovered it was also being used by Memphis FOX owned station WHBQ and Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR for their shows Good Morning Memphis and Good Morning Maryland.

In the declaration of their two front hashtag war against WHBQ and WMAR, they offered their terms of surrender: Relinquish the use of #GMM via verbal declaration and Rhett and Link would give them a custom jingle for their shows.

While WHBQ simply changed its hashtag to #FOX13GMM, WMAR sent TVSpy a link to its video response. The station is letting it be known it will not surrender so easily. They, too, have demands. You can see Rhett and Link’s declaration and WMAR’s demands after the jump. Read more

Rick Boone Joins Baltimore’s WBFF

boone_wbff_croppedRick Boone has joined Baltimore FOX affiliate WBFF as a reporter.

This morning, Boone was welcomed by anchors Patrice Sanders and Tom Rodgers before he got to his first story.

“I’m actually a Maryland kid who’s come back home,” said Boone. “I’ll give you a little something you probably didn’t know. I even kinda dreamed about being on FOX 45 one day and here I am! How’d this happen?”

Boone comes to WBFF from XETV in San Diego where was a fill-in reporter and anchor. He’s also worked in Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Tallahassee, FL, Charlotte, NC, and Shreveport, LA.

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.

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