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Utah Anchors Parody Taylor Swift Song for Movember

KUTV‘s Heidi Hatch, Chase Thomason, Chris Miller and Brooke Graham performed a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”  for Movember, that month where guys don’t shave to bring awareness to men’s health.

The Salt Lake City CBS affiliate anchors and reporters…well, we’ll let the video speak for itself.

Now if you’ll excuse us we need to go take our daily dose of Swiftamine.

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Lawrence Karnow Reportedly Out at KPIX

karnow kpix croppedMeteorologist Lawrence Karnow no longer works at San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX.

San Francisco Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman reports Karnow was a victim of budget cuts at the station. His bio is no longer up on the station website.

Karnow started at KPIX in July 1997. Before coming to KPIX he was the morning weather anchor at KSBW in Salinas-Monterey, Calif.

>UPDATE: KPIX confirmed Karnow no longer works at the station.

WGCL Names Jim Kosek Chief Meteorologist

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Atlanta stations have lost three chief meteorologists this year alone, and WGCL is one of them. After Markina Brown‘s departure earlier this month, the CBS affiliate was once again on the lookout for a new weather anchor. Well, it looks like they’ve found Brown’s replacement.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Rodney Ho, Jim Kosek will replace Brown as chief meteorologist at the station. Kosek previously worked at Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV for just five months. Prior to that, he was chief meteorologist at AccuWeather, where his wacky weather forecasts went viral.

WGCL news director Larry Perret announced the news in a memo to staff members yesterday.

Kosek’s first day is December 1.

Anchor Yasmin Dar Leaving KVAL

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Yasmin Dar, evening anchor at KVAL in Eugene, Oreg., is leaving the CBS affiliate and the world of TV news altogether. Dar has decided to move back to her home state of Hawaii to be a stay at home mom.

Dar announced the news on her blog on Thursday, writing:

From the bottom of my heart, thank you Eugene and KVAL News for the wonderful memories. I know my new role as a stay at home mom will be, by far, one of the hardest jobs that I’ll ever have, but it has already been one of the most rewarding ones. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my next adventures!!!

Dar joined KVAL in July 2012. She had been a traffic anchor at KITV, the ABC affiliate in Honolulu.

Anchor Jennifer Loren Leaves KOTV

9405408_BG1Anchor Jennifer Loren will make her last appearance on the desk at Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV tonight. Loren writes on Facebook that she’s decided to take a media job with the Cherokee Nation:

After almost nine years here I am leaving the anchor desk and taking off my investigative reporter hat to begin a new and exciting career! I am going to work for my tribe at Cherokee Nation Businesses, helping to expand their video/multimedia footprint.

While I will sincerely miss my friends, coworkers and loyal News on 6 viewers I couldn’t be more excited about the path I am embarking upon. Not only will I be doing work that I am truly passionate about… I will be at home to tuck my little ones into bed each night.

Loren’s replacement will be announced on air, and she hints it will not be a new face. “It’s someone you already know and trust and will be excited to see each night!”

Reporter Returns to WFOR After Four Months

michele-gillen-600x450Investigative reporter Michele Gillen has returned to CBS-owned WFOR in Miami after a four-month absence, reports Jose Lambiet:

Insiders at the ratings-challenged station are reporting that 20-year CBS4 veteran Gillen materialized in the newsroom this week for the first time since a public blowout between her and fellow investigative newsman Jim DeFede.

A spywitness described how Gillen walked in Monday like she hadn’t missed one third of the work year, sat down at her desk six cubicles away from DeFede and started making calls for a story about Pope Francis‘ upcoming trip to the United States.

“It’s like she never left,” one source said. “Nobody’s talking about it. Nobody’s talking to her. And she’s not talking to anybody.”

Gillen’s absence led to speculation about her status with WFOR, where Lambiet reports her contract ends soon.

Nexstar Buying Las Vegas Station KLAS for $145 Million

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Nexstar Broadcasting Group has announced that it’s buying Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS from Landmark Media Enterprises for $145 million.

According to TVNewsCheck, Nexstar’s purchase will expand the company’s reach to 110 stations, serving 58 markets in 23 states. That’s 18% of all U.S. households.

“Under Nexstar’s ownership we intend to build on KLAS’s rich tradition of local programming and local community involvement,” Nexstar Broadcasting Group president-CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement. “Las Vegas represents a natural complement to our existing operations in the Southwestern region of the United States. KLAS-TV is presently operated by a single station owner, therefore financial results under Nexstar’s ownership will benefit from our scale, expense synergies and proven operating management disciplines.”

The acquisition has to be approved by the FCC and is expected to close in the first half of 2015.

Former WBBM Health and Science Reporter Roger Field Remembered

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Roger Field, a reporter who covered health and science stories for CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago in the 70′s and 80′s, was remembered this week. Field was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1985 and died November 12.

Field worked alongside some of WBBM’s best-known personalities, including Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson. Field built his career around a unique storytelling style–and a personal style that included driving around Chicago in a 1920′s Rolls Royce:
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WIVB’s Jacquie Walker Diagnosed With Cancer

AR-141118954Jacquie Walker, anchor at Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB, will take the next few weeks off as she is treated for breast cancer. The Buffalo News reports the cancer was detected early, and Walker plans to return to work in about a month:

The station’s general manager, Rene LaSpina, made Channel 4’s staff aware of Walker’s condition Tuesday when she posted an email from Walker.

Here’s the full statement from Walker, who has been at Channel 4 for 31 years: “To my colleagues here at Channel 4. I wanted to let you know why you are not seeing me in the newsroom this week. I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and I am now being treated by the experts at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I expect to return to work in a few weeks.

“During Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October, you hear about the importance of early detection and the importance of mammograms. Believe it. I have never missed an annual mammogram, and that is how my cancer was discovered at an early stage.

“My family and I have faith that I will be cured. We ask for your prayers and understanding. We look forward to a healthier New Year, as we continue our lifelong support of those seeking a cure for cancer.”

Sometimes a Typo Says it All

This typo is from KCTV in Kansas City. It may actually be more Freudian slip, than typo since Kansas City is still climbing out from record lows.

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According to Romenesko, who first posted this pic of meteorologist Gary Amble, chief meteorologist Chris Suchan said “‘sometimes you’re up against the clock’ and type ASS when you mean AS.”

If you are in NYC today, that graphic is wrong. It is Ass cold.

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