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KTVT Anchor Tracy Kornet Leaving Station

Tracy-KornetTracy Kornet, an anchor/reporter and eight-year veteran of the CBS O&O KTVT, has decided to leave the Dallas station.

KTVT’s director of communications, Lori Conrad, confirmed the move to TVSpy today: ”She is moving to Nashville to be closer to her family,” Conrad explained.

Kornet arrived at the station in 2006. She previously worked at KNXV in Phoenix as a morning news anchor and host.

Kornet’s last day is September 5.

Cox Looking to Change Call Letters of Jacksonville Stations

WTEV-WAWS logo_304x200The Florida Times-Union reports Jacksonville, FL, CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS is asking the FCC to change its call letters.

In a July 30 filing, station owners, Cox Media Group, asked the FCC to change WAWS to WFOX and WTEV to WJAX.

“These call letter changes are natural fits for our TV stations. It symbolizes our commitment to our local communities and showcases the rebirth of our two great stations,” [station GM Jim] Zerwekh said in an email Tuesday.

An FCC official in Washington, D.C. said call letter change requests are not unusual both for television and radio stations and the agency receives dozens of requests and grants changes every month.

Zerwekh said the change from WTEV to WJAX was aimed directly at clearly identifying with the local market. Read more

What Did They Cover in Rockford Last Night?

Today we travel to Rockford, IL, where they are dealing with hot weather.

The heat was the main topic of conversation on a couple of newscasts, while CBS affiliate WIFR and FOX affiliate WQRF reported mainly on non-weather related news in the first five minutes.

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Joe Gumm Out, Ian Reitz In at WTSP in Tampa

reitz_gumm wtspWTSP morning anchor Joe Gumm (right) is no longer with the Tampa-St. Petersburg CBS affiliate.

WTSP GM Elliott Wiser confirmed with TVSpy, the station has named Ian Reitz (left) as Gumm’s replacement.

“I have some exciting news to share,” Reitz wrote on his facebook page. “Later this year my wife and I will be moving to the Tampa Bay area where I’ve accepted a morning anchor job.”

Reitz comes to WTSP from WSMV in Nashville, where he is a morning anchor. Before coming to WTSP in 2012, Gumm worked at KOKH in Oklahoma City.

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WBZ Makes Expected Anchor Moves

wbz logo copyYesterday, we reported the GM of Boston CBS owned station WBZ said more changes were coming when he announced the addition of two anchors to the morning news.

Today, WBZ revealed those changes: Starting Monday, Lisa Hughes and David Wade will co-anchor the 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts while Paula Ebben and Jonathan Elias will co-anchor the 6:00 p.m. on WBZ and the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.

Chief meteorologist Eric Fisher, who will stay on at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. in addition to the WBZ News at Ten on WSBK.

“We are very fortunate that the entire WBZ-TV anchor team has great experience, a track record for outstanding journalism, strong local ties, and unmatched commitment to public service,” Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ said in a statement. “These anchor assignments give us even more opportunities for the WBZ-TV news team to create the best content in the market, produce more investigative and enterprise reports, and continue to be the market’s #1 choice for news on the stories that matter most to our community.”

Last week, 6:00 p.m. anchor Jack Williams announced he was leaving the anchor desk.

San Francisco Stations Break in Early Sunday After Earthquake

sf bay equake stationsResidents in the San Francisco Bay Area are cleaning up and assessing the damage today after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the region just south of Napa at 3:20 a.m. Sunday. It was the largest shaker since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989.

The local stations broke in early, starting continuing coverage by getting viewers up to date on what happened. Most of the stations started with quick phoners with local residents and reporters living nearest the epicenter. Later in the morning, live shots and video started coming in showing the mess caused by the quake.

First with anchors on the air was ABC owned KGO which started running a crawl at 4:00 a.m. over infomercials, until Matt Keller broke in at 4:22 a.m. He was later joined by Kristen Sze and Cheryl Jennnings.

NBC owned station KNTV came on next at 4:33 a.m. Sam Brock tossed to a phoner with meteorologist Jeff Ranieri talking about the quake and expected damage.

CBS owned KPIX was first with a crawl, starting it about 15 minutes after the quake reportedly hit. At 4:40 a.m., anchor Anne Makovec could be seen on air, but not heard. The station came back a few minutes later with the problem fixed. At 5:00 a.m. the station took the network’s coverage anchored by Don Dahler, but broke back in with local coverage a little more than a minute later. Makovec was later joined on set by meteorologist Paul Deanno.

Newly owned FOX station KTVU, had an early start to its Mornings on 2 show. The station broke in at 5:00 a.m. with Claudine Wong and Mike Mibach in the studio. They were joined by meteorologist Mark Tamayo.

KDKA Sports Anchor’s ‘Batman’ Wedding Photos Go Viral Years After Big Day

KDKA WeddingThey say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day. The same may be true for having your wedding ceremony coincide with the filming of a Batman movie. KDKA sports anchor Rich Walsh and his wife Michele had that happen when they were married back in 2011–but the photos resurfaced Thursday, and by Friday, the pictures were the most popular story on Vulture.

KDKA wrote about the anchor’s viral fame in a post Friday afternoon:

Rich and his wife Michele were married at St. Paul Cathedral — on the same day crews were filming fight scenes for “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Although filming created a bit of a parking issue for the wedding guests, Richie says it made for a great wedding  memory.

“It did, it definitely did,” he says. “It was something different, something unique.”

New Spending, New Hires for El Paso’s KFOX, KDBC

kdbc_logoEl Paso’s oldest television station, CBS affiliate KDBC, will soon get a massive infusion of money and manpower, in the form of a new facility and dozens of new staffers. Robert Gray writes in El Paso Inc.:

Sinclair has also invested $11 million to turn the former Currey Adkins building at 200 S. Alto Mesa into a high-tech home for KDBC as well as KFOX, which has been located near the intersection of North Mesa Street and Shadow Mountain Drive on the Westside for almost 20 years.

According to Hayes, the cameras will roll at the new location by the end of next month.

“For the first time in years, CBS is going to have their own set, their own control room, their own reporters, their own team,” Hayes said.

WBZ Adds Two to Morning and Noon Newscasts

hauser WBZ nilesBoston CBS owned station WBZ is adding Kathryn Hauser (pictured left) and meteorologist Danielle Niles (right) to the station’s weekday morning and noon newscasts.

“Kathryn is an outstanding journalist with deep connections to the New England region, and will be a great addition to the ‘BZ News team,” Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ said in a statement. “Danielle’s local roots, expertise as a meteorologist, and warm on-air presentation will be perfect for the morning newscast.”

Lund foreshadowed more changes to come by adding, “These changes will also give us the opportunity to make additional anchor reassignments that will allow us to bolster our enterprise and investigative reporting, content development, and commitment to the local community.”

Hauser come to WBZ from News 12 Connecticut where she had worked since 2009. She started her career at CBS owned WLNY in Long Island and has also worked at WXXA in Albany.

Niles moves over from the weekend mornings at WBZ. She came the station in 2013 from New England Cable News. Before that she was a forecaster at Weather Services international in Andover, MA.

Cassie Heiter Joins KWTV as Sixth Meteorologist

heiter kwtvMeteorologist Cassie Heiter has joined Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV.

“Please welcome our newest member of the News 9 Weather Team, Cassie Heiter (Meteorologist)!” KWTV meteorologist Lacey Swope wrote on her facebook page, “You might have caught a glimpse of her during our coverage yesterday. I promise she has a face, and you will get to meet her very shortly. We are so excited to add her to our team. She is filling the role of evening Weather Producer and on-air fill-in.”

Heiter comes to KWTV from WQAD in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, where she had worked since 2009. She will be the sixth meteorologist on staff at the station.

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