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Sportscaster Nick Coit Joins WLNE

nick coit wabiNick Coit has joined WLNE, the ABC affiliate in Providence, as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Coit signed off from WABI in Bangor three months ago to seek a job in a bigger market. From Bangor to Providence, Coit is jumping 103 markets.

“When I left WABI, this was exactly the type of step I was looking for,” Coit told the Bangor Daily News. “I never expected to get a job this good. I was lucky enough to land it.

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Sports Anchor Nick Coit Leaving WABI

nick coit wabiSports anchor Nick Coit is leaving WABI, the CBS affiliate in Bangor, when his contract expires this week. The Bangor Daily News has details:

Coit’s two-year contract expires Thursday and there were contract discussions but, he said, “it is in my best interest to make the jump.

“I love this job. I love the people up here. It has been awesome,” said Coit, who turns 25 on December 23. “But it’s time to take the next step. I’m young and I have big goals. And I don’t have a personal connection here.”

He said he doesn’t have another job lined up as yet, but he wants to continue as a television sports anchor-reporter. “I’ve had a couple of opportunities come my way but they haven’t been what I’m looking for,” said Coit, a native of Plymouth, Mass. “I want to keep moving up. I’d like to find a job in a mid-major market. Not a big city but a bigger place (than Bangor).”

Bangor Anchors Who Quit On Air Talk Life After Television: ‘We Knew It Would Be a Challenge’

The Bangor Daily News checks up on Tony Consiglio and Cindy Michaels eight months after their dramatic on-air resignation from WVII-WFVX. Although the pair still decline to elaborate on the circumstances leading up to their departure, Consiglio and Michaels talk about the current status of their respective careers:

Tony Consiglio is now writing for a new website, sportsjerks.net, a rare entry into the often frothy world of online sports journalism, he says, in that it is founded by two poets who care about quality writing.

Cindy Michaels has three jobs. The California native hosts shows for WFMX MIX 107.9 FM and WAVE-93.7 FM and sells vacation excursions through sharkdiver.com for Shark Diver, a San Diego company, she says. “When we left the company, we knew we did not have anything to go to, and we knew it would be a challenge,” Michaels said. “You somehow make it. I told myself, ‘I am a survivor. I will get through this.’”

[...] Consiglio and Michaels received several offers in the immediate wake of their resignations, but said they didn’t find them suitable. The economic shock of the move forced Michaels to sell items on eBay and take loans from friends and family. “I sold stuff down to like old bottles of perfume, just trying to make money. I had a garage sale at my house,” Michaels said. “I was writing. I was doing voiceover stuff.”

[h/t Jim Romenesko]

Maine Radio Station Apologizes for ‘Hottest’ TV Newswoman Contest

Maine radio station WDEA has changed a recent listener poll from “Who is The Hottest TV Newswoman in Maine” to “Who is Your Favorite TV Newswoman in Maine?

WDEA posted an apology on the contest page, “First, let’s start by saying that we love all of these beautiful ladies! Now, let us say something else. It seems we offended a few of you out there with our use of the word “Hottest” to describe these lovely and talented journalists. It was not our intent to offend, so we’ve changed it to “Favorite.” Sorry about that.”

The contest includes Carolyn Callahan, Jackie De Tore and Adrienne Di Piazza from WABI, Nicole Gerber and Lindsey Mills from Bangor ABC and FOX affiliate WVII-WFVX and Melissa Kim and Jackie Ward from Bangor and Portland NBC affiliates WLBZ and WCSH. Read more

WCSH Names Mike Redding News Director

WCSH and WLBZ, the Gannet owned NBC affiliates for Portland and Bangor, ME, have named Mike Redding as news director, according to the Bangor Daily News.

“We are very excited to have someone of Mike’s caliber leading our news organization into the future,” Steve Carter, president and general manager of WCSH and WLBZ, told the Daily News. “Mike is familiar with the NEWS CENTER brand, and his credentials will only strengthen our broadcast and digital positions in the market.”

Redding comes to WCSH-WBKZ from Gannet station WFMY in Greensboro, NC where he was executive producer. Read more

WABI Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Bangor CBS affiliate WABI is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The station first went on the air January 25, 1953, when the television industry was much different than it is today, according to the station’s tribute segment:

Everything was live, including the commercials, which were read from cue cards. George Hale came to WABI just a few months after the television station went on the air in 1953.

“I can remember doing a thing called ‘Spin the Wheel.’ The show was supposed to be five minutes. They came in with five minutes of commercials. The sponsor said, ‘you want to do a show, that’s your problem. I bought five minutes, I want it all commercials.’ So I did the first infomercial.”

Following the On-Air Resignation of Cindy Michaels, WVII-WFVX Names Craig Colson News Director

Craig Colson has been named news director and evening anchor at WVII-WFVX, Rockfleet Broadcasting’s duopoly in Bangor.

Colson replaces Cindy Michaels, who delivered her resignation during the evening newscast last month, in both roles. Michaels’ co-anchor, Tony Consiglio, also resigned during the newscast. In an interview with the New York Times, the pair said the dramatic exit was because of general manager Mike Palmer‘s “philosophical beliefs.”

Colson, a Bangor native, spent more than two decades working for rival WABI, the CBS affiliate in Bangor. He was let go as the evening anchor in 2009 when the station downsized, according to the Bangor Daily News. Read more

Brian Sullivan Leaving WVII-WFVX

Brian Sullivan, sports director for WVII-WFVX, will be leaving the Bangor, ME, ABC and Fox affiliates to become the local sports director for Fandom Sports, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Sullivan’s resignation was overshadowed by the dramatic on-air resignation of two of his fellow anchors, Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio, last month.

“I gave my notice on Monday (November 19) and they resigned the next day,” Sullivan told the Daily News. Read more

WVII Anchors Cite General Manager’s ‘Philosophical Beliefs’ as Reason for Resignation

Six days after Tony Consiglio and Cindy Michaels resigned from WVII on the air, the finger pointing between the anchors and general manager Mike Palmer continues. Palmer asserts that the anchors quit because he was preparing to replace Consiglio on the evening newscasts. In an interview with the New York Times’ Brian Stelter, Michaels — who was also the station’s news director — says that was not the case:

In interviews off the air, the anchors asserted that they quit to preserve their journalistic independence. Ms. Michaels, who doubled as the person in charge of all news coverage at the two stations, said that the managers of the stations had meddled with news coverage. Singling out Mike Palmer, the general manager of the two stations, she said, “The general manager’s philosophical beliefs played a role in what he wanted us to cover, or not cover.”

Furthermore, Ms. Michaels said, “there was disrespect toward some staff members and a constant hand in the entire newsroom operations to the point I was not allowed to make decisions as news director.” But she declined to share any specific examples of clashes with management. Read more

Prepared Anchor Shakeup Led to On-Air Resignation, WVII General Manager Says

More details are emerging about the motivation for the dramatic on-air resignation of WVII news director Cindy Michaels and her co-anchor Tony Consiglio. The pair announced at the close of Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast that they intended to exit the station, citing ” recent developments have come to our attention.” The station’s VP-GM Mike Palmer tells the Bangor Daily News that the Bangor ABC affiliate was preparing to replace Consiglio at the anchor desk:

“Tony’s job was offered to someone else Monday. Cindy knew this and decided she couldn’t continue working without him,” said Palmer.

When told of Palmer’s statement, Consiglio said he didn’t know anything about that. Both Michaels and Consiglio said they are close friends in addition to being co-workers and have almost the same mindset when it comes to the way news should be done.

When asked if their departure had anything to do with salary issues, Palmer said no. “Actually, Cindy was offered a contract extension within the last few days. We wanted her to stay,” he said.

Consiglio and Michaels told the Bangor Daily News they don’t regret their decision, noting they have received support from family, friends and strangers.  Read more

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