I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your part in was has been an seven of the most gratifying years of my professional life….today, ironically, was the last day of the seventh year.
I regret I did not have the opportunity to express this in person but I truly appreciate the effort, the dedication and the professionalism you all have exhibited over those seven years. I can only hope I was as supportive of your efforts as I wanted to be. I know at times it seemed like I was never satisfied, but that’s only because there was so much more potential in each of you.
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Minneapolis-St. Paul CBS owned station WCCO is going old school with its new rooftop sign called the Weather Watcher that that changes colors depending to the weather.
According to the station, “Red means it’ll get warmer. Blue, cooler. White signals no change, and green means snow or rain.”
The Weather Watcher is part of a larger rooftop weather area featuring a full outdoor kitchen, a lawn and artwork made by artists using local materials.
“In Minnesota, our lives revolve around the weather and WCCO-TV is proud to present this Minneapolis landmark and important public service,” Brien Kennedy, WCCO-TV’s vice president and general manager said in a statement.
According to the Pioneer Press, the Weather Watcher is a reminder of the area’s past. “It’s a nod to the iconic Weatherball that was perched on top of the Northwestern National Bank building in downtown Minneapolis for more than 30 years before a fire destroyed the building on Thanksgiving Day in 1982.” Read more
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).”
December 14, 2013 will be a somber day in Newtown, and town leaders are hoping people there can reflect, pray, and cry in private. Sunday on Face the State on WFSB, First selectman Pat Llodra asked all members of the media to stay away on that day.
“We are on a grief journey and we are healing and the media can be an impediment to that healing because it creates some barriers that are difficult for our community.”
WFSB management has announced the Eyewitness News team will not be in Newtown on December 14th. Instead, each day leading up to the 14th, we have been profiling those who died in the shooting.
“It’s more than a testament to modern engineering it really is a promise kept by the new owners to take KTVA to an entirely new level,” said John Tracy, consultant for parent company GCI. “In the end, it’s going to be good for journalism, it’s going to be good for competition and it’s going to be good for Alaskans.”
According to the station, new owners Denali Media doubled the staff to occupy the 17,000 square feet of office space on the second floor of the East Anchorage building housing the Anchorage Daily News.
The building also features a 3,000 square foot studio that was custom made by Devlin Design Group. Read more
Sinclair Broadcasting Group has named Glen Callanan general manager of its Cedar Rapids, IA, CBS affiliate KGAN. Sinclair also said Callanan will oversee sales and other non-programming related services at FOX affiliate KFXA pursuant to an outsourcing agreement.
“I am excited to be leading the team at KGAN and KFXA,” said Callanan in a statement “I hope to work with the station employees to make our stations, news product and digital presence more relevant and important to the Cedar Rapids market.”
Before coming to Sinclair, Callanan was the director of interactive and retail sales at WGN in Chicago. From 1999 until 2003, he was the national sales manager at WGN. In between stints at the Tribune-owned Chicago station, he was the general sales manager for KPLR in St. Louis, MO. He has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, FL, TeleRep and other stations in St. Louis.
“I find myself in unfamiliar territory,” The Baltimore Sun reported Jackson told staffers in an email last week. “After 20 years and 7 months at WJZ I’ve decided to leave at the end of the year. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to advance my career goals.”
According to The Sun, Jackson didn’t say where he was going but told the Baltimore paper, “At this time, I am still weighing my options.”
Jackson started at WJZ in 1993 as a general assignment reporter.
The marketing department for the upcoming “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is working overtime.
In addition his Dodge ads and various in character appearances on talk shows, Will Ferrell gave viewers of Bismarck, ND, CBS station KXMB a show when he donned his Ron Burgundy blazer and mustache and co-anchored the station’s Saturday night news.
WISH has announced starting tomorrow, Lori Wilson (pictured right) will co-anchor the Indianapolis CBS affiliate’s 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news and Brooke Martin (pictured left) will co-anchor the 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.
Wilson replaces the retiring Debby Knox. She currently anchors the stations 5:00 p.m. news and reports live for the 10:00 and 11:00 pm. shows. Martin currently anchors the weekend news and also reports for the weekday 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. news.
“I’m thrilled and humbled to receive this incredible opportunity,” Wilson said in a statement. “WISH-TV has a long history of excellence in news reporting and weather coverage. I am honored and look forward to continuing that tradition Central Indiana viewers have come to expect from 24 Hour News 8.” Read more
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