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Longtime WKRC Anchor Says She’s Leaving

kit-andrews_15134Kit Andrews has announced she is leaving Cincinnati CBS station WKRC after more than 33 years.

“It’s time! After one network change, five different newscasts, seven owners, and more than 33 years I’m hanging up my microphone and leaving WKRC-TV,” wrote Andrews in a letter she sent to co-workers.

Andrews started her on-air career at KHQ in Spokane, WA. She came to WKRC in 1981 as a reporter.

“Having been news director for just a small fraction of her long career, it is with deep gratitude and admiration that I say on behalf of the entire newsroom that we salute her for all of her work here at Local 12,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “She is simply a consummate professional in every sense of the word.”

Her last day will be next Thursday, July 31.

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

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San Antonio Station Declines to Identify Restaurant Found Storing Food in Bathroom

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When a customer shot cell phone video that appeared to show a San Antonio restaurant storing food in the men’s room, KENS seemed to have quite a story. The station described the video as “stomach-turning” and brought it to the city health department. The person who recorded the video also questioned restaurant employees, who can be heard on the video saying they have “storage issues” and that, out of necessity “we clean the restroom and we store the food.”

The story had it all–except, perhaps, the most important information to a local viewer. Which restaurant are we talking about? Amazingly, KENS never named the restaurant in their story, on the station’s website, nor after questions were raised about their failure to identify the business.

On the KENS website, the station says “the owner of the establishment took immediate action and fired the employee seen on the video and because of that KENS 5 has chosen not to name the establishment.” That explanation has not been good enough for viewers, who have ripped the station on Facebook–noting that the local Fox station, KABB, reported the story completely, protecting nobody.

“KENS 5 “Covered Up” the story by NOT Reporting the full story, shielding the identify of the owner and the restaurant. I thought news agencies were supposed to report all the facts. Can’t help but wonder if Andrew Weissman, the Owner of The Luxury Restaurant, knows people at KENS 5. Must be nice when a news agency like KENS 5’s “Got Your Back”. Way to go Fox 29 !!”

Nicolas Cage Makes WWL Studio Hollywood for a Day

cage on wwl setNew Orleans CBS affiliate WWL got a visit from film star Nicolas Cage in between the morning and noon news yesterday.

But he wasn’t there to talk, he was there to work. Cage was in town to shoot a movie set in the wake of the BP oil spill.

Houston CBS affiliate KHOU reports the director shot in New Orleans because he wanted to keep keep the film authentic.

But another important element for him was keeping things local. That included dozens of crew members in the studio and some familiar faces you’ll see in the film.“Like Wendell Pierce and Bryan Batt and a lot of the smaller roles are a lot of local actors, and about 90 percent of our crew are also Louisiana locals as well.” Read more

What Did They Cover in Oklahoma City Last Night?

Today we look at Oklahoma City where Sinclair (KOKH), Hearst (KOCO), Tribune (KFOR) and Griffin Communications (KWTV) own the four major stations.

The story choice was diverse with only a car crash at rush hour and a meth bust by a rookie sheriff’s deputy being the only stories that were repeated in any newscast.

The only question we have for Oklahoma City is, “How many Ogles are there anyway?”

WIVB News Director Out

wivb_304Joe Schlaerth, news director for Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB no longer works at the station, Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament reports.

The News reports Peter Jacobus is the interim news director at the station.

According to his LinkedIn page, Schlaerth had been news director at WIVB since 2004.

His departure — all the sources say he was fired this morning — is no surprise considering how unpopular he has been inside the news department.

Indeed, it was more surprising that he lasted this long running the news department of the LIN station. Read more

Joe Radske Joins WISC as Executive Producer

Yesterday we told you WKOW news director Joe Radkse had left the Madison, WI, ABC affiliate. Today we find out where he’s gone.

WISC news director Colin Benedict told TVSpy Radske has joined the Madison CBS affiliate as an executive producer.

“Friends, Family, Interested Individuals. I’m moving. I’m going to WISC, Madison after 4 years with WKOW, Madison,” Radske wrote on his facebook page. “I will miss the great journalists and friends in the 27Newsroom. I’m looking forward to working with the great journalists at WISC.”

Laurie Perez Leaving Hartford for Los Angeles

perez croppedLaurie Perez is leaving Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate WTIC.

“My husband Jeff Collette accepted a position at the NFL network in California and he started a few weeks ago,” Perez told the Hartford Courant. “I’ll be working at KCBS starting in August.”

Before coming to WTIC, Perez worked at WSPA in Greenville, SC. She started her career at KEPR in Kennewick, WA.

The Courant reports Perez will be replaced by the returning Jenn Bernstein.

Las Vegas Anchor Releases Book for Voice Actors

Las Vegas news anchor Dave Courvoisier admits he’s living out one of his dreams, on the anchor desk at KLAS. “I just knew I’d eventually be the next Walter Cronkite or Peter Jennings,” he writes on his blog. “Then, I realized I had at least one more good thing left in me–it was voice-acting.”

Courvoisier now has a second job as a voice actor and voice over artist, and today he’s releasing a book on the subject. “More Than Just a Voice” is aimed at voice talent, with advice on how to succeed in a very competitive industry. And no, he’s not expecting a New York Times bestseller:

I will be lucky to break even on the expense of this book. I’ve already spent thousands, and I don’t care. Maybe I could’ve done it for less, but I was a publishing newbie, and once I started, I knew I wasn’t gonna quit until I was published.

Meet KTHV’s Most Loved On-Air Purrsonality


Little Rock CBS affiliate KTHV has an on-air personality who comes and goes as he pleases but still manages to be a fan favorite.

Joey the Garden Cat has a robust facebook following. On his page, he’s described as “a feral cat that made the THV Weather Garden my home and the entire News staff and viewers my family.” It goes on to say, “In 2012, I was diagnosed with bone cancer and today I’m a survivor.”

TVNewsCheck’s Paul Greeley has a profile on the newsroom feline.

“Joey just showed up,” said Theba Lolley, Joey’s momma-agent, and KTHV’s community relations director, careful to not let me get the idea that this was some sort of publicity stunt. Read more

Lane Michaelsen No Longer with WGCL

WGCL_304WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen is no longer with the Atlanta CBS affiliate.

A Meredith spokesperson confirmed the news and wouldn’t say why or when he left but did say, “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Michaelsen started at WGCL in April 2013. His first news director job was at KTHV in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as VP of News for Gannett where he served as ND for WTSP in Tampa and WUSA in Washington, D.C. He also worked at WTVJ in Miami and WCPO in Cincinnati.

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