Smith, the runner-up on the 2002 season of “The Bachelor,” originally worked at NBC 13 from 2003 to 2010, starting as a morning traffic reporter and later hosting the daily talk show “Daytime Alabama.”
More recently, she anchored the morning news at CBS 42.
“I’m delighted to be coming home to Alabama’s 13 and to again be working with my friend Ken Lass,” Smith said in a media release from the station, which brands itself as Alabama’s 13.
Starting Monday, viewers of Birmingham, Ala. NBC affiliate WVTM get to watch an hour of news at 4:00 p.m.
“After a long period of planning, we’re excited to bring Alabama’s 13 News to the 4 p.m. time slot,” news director Tim Gardner said in a media release. “Viewers will quickly see that we will deliver what they desire: a comprehensive focus on news of the greater Birmingham and north central Alabama area, along with a thorough overview of news from across the nation and around the world. ”
Last month, NBC 13 also moved Ken Lass back to the anchor desk to anchor “Today in Alabama” weekdays from 4 to 7 a.m. and “Alabama’s 13 News Midday” weekdays at 11 a.m.
Lass, who has spent more than two decades of his broadcasting career at NBC 13, had hosted the weekday talk show “Daytime Alabama” for the previous year.
Hearst Corporation recently announced it was buying WVTM from Media General.
Its been a busy week for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Today it announced J.C. Lowe has been named GM of Mobile-Pensacola ABC affiliate WEAR and MyTV affiliate WFGX. The group also tapped GM of Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA, Mike Murphy, to replace Lowe as GM of CW affiliate WTTO and MyTV affiliate WABM. Murphy will also oversee WDBB which is a simulcast operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement. He will stay on as GM of WBMA.
“I look forward to J.C. overseeing our stations in Pensacola. He has done a terrific job in Birmingham, and we are confident that he can continue our leadership position in Pensacola,” Steve Marks co-chief operating officer of Sinclair’s Television Group said in a statement. “Mike is a natural choice to assume oversight of the stations J.C. managed and to broaden his responsibilities in Birmingham.”
Murphy has been the GM of former Allbritton station WBMA since 2004. He was GSM there from 2002 until 2004. He has also worked at WSMV in Nashville in various sales roles.
After nearly 6 years at WHNT in Huntsville, AL, Venton Blandin is heading about 100 miles down I-65 where he’ll join ABC 33/40 in Birmingham. Blandin has been the “Fighting for You” reporter at WHNT. He signed off during the station’s 5pm newscast Thursday. Yesterday, Huntsville’s mayor presented the ‘Mayor’s Coin’ to Blandin for his service to the community.
Langston started at Birmingham’s WBRC in 1963 as the first reporter/anchor hired at the station. He was named news director in 1969. According to al.com, he was best known as the stations anchor, working with Mike Royer, Herb Winches, Pat Gray among others.
“He was such a sweet and funny guy,” former co-anchor Fannie Flagg told al.com”We had a lot of fun. “We used to play jokes on one another, do silly things. He had a great sense of humor.”
An Army veteran, he started his career while at the university of Alabama. He retired from WBRC in 1987 to work at Jacksonville State University. He was inducted into the Alabama Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.
Langston was 82.
“As of today I’ve officially accepted job as Monday-Friday evening anchor here at FOX6/WBRC,” Hardison wrote on his facebook page. “To say this is a dream job would be an understatement, it’s more than I could’ve hoped for in my career.”
Hardison was the Sunday night anchor and weekday reporter for the Birmingham, AL, FOX affiliate. He started at the station in 2007.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has told the FCC it intends to surrender the licenses of the ABC affiliates in Charleston, SC, and Birmingham, AL, because of the FCC’s recent restrictions on joint sales agreements.
Sinclair has been trying to sell the licenses to comply with the FCC’s ruling against joint sales agreements.
Martin has been news director at Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA for the past 12 years.
Friday, his WAKA colleagues said goodbye to him on-air. Watch the video above to see the send off.
Martin worked as assistant news director at WIAT in the 90′s.
Kelly has been news director of WBMA since 1996. During his tenure at the station, WBMA has won several awards, including one national and 22 regional Edward R. Murrow awards, five Southeastern Emmys and 108 Associated Press awards.
“Without Garry Kelly’s efforts over the past 18 years, ABC 33/40 would not be the successful station it is today,” WBMA president and general manager Mike Murphy said in a statement. “Garry is well-deserved of this recognition.”
The WIAT anchor team said goodbye to Jackson Friday at the end of “Wake Up Alabama.” They gave him a cake as a send-off.
Jackson joined the station in 2008. Before coming to WIAT, he worked at WTVA-WLOV in Tupelo, MS.
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