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Brian Monahan Leaving Seattle’s KIRO for WSB in Atlanta

web_bio_monahanBrian Monahan, meteorologist at Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO, is leaving the station for Atlanta, where he’ll join Cox sister station WSB. “Finishing up my last morning on KIRO7, and my co-workers sent me off with a signed 12th man flag (of course!),” Monahan posted to Facebook. “I’ll miss these guys a lot as I head to Atlanta!”

Monahan joined KIRO from yet another Cox station, WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Monahan followed Bob Jordan from Orlando to Seattle, making the move in 2012.

L.A. City Council Honors Kent Shocknek

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 9.15.10 AMThe Los Angeles City Council took time this week to honor retiring KCBS/KCAL anchor Kent Shocknek, who announced earlier this month he would step down at the end of the month.

L.A. council member Bernard C. Parks presented the honor to Shocknek, who’s believed to have anchored more television news than any other news anchor in Los Angeles.

With a career spanning over 36 years, Shocknek started as anchor in 1986 with “Today in L.A.” on KNBC 4 and joined CBS 2 in 2001. He was also the first TV anchor in the city to write a daily blog.

Shocknek has anchored the news during several prominent stories and breaking news such as the 1992 riots, Michael Jackson’s death, and the 1984 Olympics. In October 1987, he was on air when the Whittier Meadows earthquake struck. He was honored by the American Red Cross for taking the proper precautions and leading by example.

Earlier this year, the City Council declared January 10 to be officially renamed “Kent Shocknek Day”.

Cincinnati’s WKRC Shuffles Anchor Teams

Wkrc_news_logoCincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC shuffled its anchor teams Wednesday, with new assignments for Paula Toti, Cammy Dierking, Curtis Jackson, Brad Johansen and new hire Sydney Benter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer breaks down the new lineups:

Toti, weekend anchor since 1997, will co-anchor the 4 p.m. weekday news starting Monday with Brad Johansen, who leaves sports after 18 years. They replace anchor Kit Andrews, who quit in July after 33 years.

The Johansen-Toti team gives Channel 12 two high-profile anchors in the competitive 4-5 p.m. time slot against Ellen DeGeneres’ “Ellen,” which moved to WLWT-TV (Channel 5) on Monday, and the premiere of the hybrid local/national “The NOW Cincinnati” newscast, hosted by Cincinnati native Julie Dolan on WCPO-TV (Channel 9).

In another change, viewers will see Channel 12′s primary anchor team – Rob Braun and Dierking – for the entire 5-6:30 p.m. evening news, and again at 11 p.m. as usual. Jackson had anchored at 5:30 p.m. with Andrews until she left.

More announcements could come from the station Thursday, including where anchor Curtis Jackson goes after the shuffle.

WGCL Brings Back Noon Newscast

connell wgclStarting Monday, Meredith owned CBS affiliate WGCL will once again air a Noon newscast.

The station stopped airing a Noon show in September 2011.

Anchor Jocelyn Connell announced the new show on her facebook page saying, “I have been blessed with the opportunity to anchor the show along with Meteorologist Jim Loznicka bringing you the weather. We’re excited and can’t wait to get started!”

[Atlanta Journal Constitution]

James Brown: My First Big Break

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Early in his career, CBS Sports NFL studio host James Brown worked at Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA when it was known as WDVM. Brown credits the producers there with making him a broadcaster.

The hard working TV host was just starting his day as fill-in anchor of the CBS Evening News when he told MediabistroTV about an early failure in his life that eventually created his success. Watch his story to hear why.

Even with the occasional on-air fumble along the way, Brown told us, “I still work just as hard now, if not harder, as I did back then getting started.”

Beginning tomorrow, Brown adds hosting NFL Thursday Night Kickoff to his CBS schedule.

Terry Swails Joining KGAN-KFXA as Chief Meteorologist

tswailsCedar Rapids, Iowa CBS affiliate KGAN and FOX affiliate KFXA have announced Terry Swails will be joining the stations as chief meteorologist.

Swails comes to the Cedar Rapids stations from WQAD in the Quad Cities. The Quad City Times reports viewers held a rally for Swails when he was let go from WQAD in June.

“Growing up in Iowa City, WMT/KGAN channel 2 was always the unquestioned news channel at our house,” Swails said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing my passion and knowledge for weather to the viewers of Eastern Iowa. It’s good to be back home.”

 

Man Suspected of Killing Cop Calls WIBW During Manhunt


A man suspected of shooting and killing a Topeka police officer Sunday night, called into CBS affiliate WIBW about an hour into the police manhunt saying he wanted to surrender.

During the call, Ross Lane, told reporter Melissa Brunner he didn’t mean for the shooting to happen and said he was on foot after a car he stole during his escape broke down.

According to the station, “He added that he was now unarmed, and did not want to be a Tiscareño, referring to the man who shot and killed two Topeka Police Officers in 2012, then was killed following a standoff with authorities.”

“What can I do to help you turn yourself in unhurt, is that what you want to do?,” asked Melissa.

As we spoke, news director Jon Janes got a Topeka Police detective on the line to relay information.

“He wants you to know he is unarmed and wants to surrender,” said Melissa to police, talking into the phone one her left ear, while the caller was on the phone on her right ear.

“Ross, what are you wearing,” she said to the caller, juggling conversations.

Investigators came in to review the call and take a copy.

About an hour later, we were informed he was taken into custody without incident in Lawrence.

Kylie Bearse to Join WCCO

Salt Lake City ABC affiliate KTVX said goodbye to weekend weather anchor Kylie Bearse in a unique way last night.

Through the magic of what we once called videotape, KTVX anchor Randall Carlisle tossed to Bearse’s new colleagues in Minneapolis. WCCO weekend meteorologist  Lauren Casey, morning meteorologist Matt Brickman and Kim Johnson said howdy to their new colleague. Johnson, who worked with Bearse at KTVX, assured her that coming to the Minneapolis CBS owned station was a good career move.

Bearse joined KTVX last year from KIFI in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Philadelphia Reporter Uses Rocky-Themed Movie Trailer to Reveal Pregnancy

Syma Chowdhry, a reporter at CBS owned KYW in Philadelphia revealed she’s pregnant–and she and her husband made the big announcement in true Philly style.

Chowdhry stars in a Rocky-themed movie trailer that features husband Andy in training, including timed diaper drills, running, and of course climbing the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Congrats, guys!

Roanoke Station Promotes Two Meteorologists

Robin-Reed-and-Brent-Watts-jpgWDBJ, the Roanoke, Va. CBS affiliate, has announced promotions for two of its meteorologists.

Robin Reed has been named to the newly created position of director of weather operations, while Brent Watts has been named chief meteorologist.

“This is an opportunity to take our dominating weather team to a new level,” WDBJ news director Kelly Zuber said in a statement. “The audience is always interested in weather, and now we will tell the big and small stories with more depth on all of our media platforms.”

Reed will continue to anchor weather during the 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts on WDBJ7 along with WDBJ7’s 10 PM newscast on MY19. His new initiatives as Director of Weather Operations include an expanded commitment to education. Read more

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