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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

Orlando Radio Reporter Jumps to TV, Joining West Palm’s WPEC

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 10.16.44 AMOrlando radio reporter Jonathan Beaton makes his last appearances on all-news station WDBO today. Monday, he starts as a television reporter at West Palm Beach CBS affiliate WPEC. The Orlando Sentinel reports Beaton had a rapid rise in Central Florida:

Beaton began as an intern at WDBO in 2011 and later joined the news team full time. He covered the George Zimmerman trial, and his reporting was featured on ABC News Radio and CNN Headline News.

He also reported on the Casey Anthony bankruptcy proceedings, the disappearance of Michelle Parker and the Allied Vets scandal. He is respected around town for a very professional style.

“Orlando’s been very good to me,” Beaton said. “I love the people and the diversity the town offers. I’ll especially miss living in Thornton Park, jogging around Lake Eola and spending time on Central Florida’s beautiful golf courses.”

It’s Official! Jacksonville Stations to Change Call Letters

WJAX WFOXSunday is the day Jacksonville FOX affiliate WAWS officially becomes WFOX and CBS affiliate WTEV becomes WJAX, both Cox Media and Bayshore Television have announced.

“Changing the call letters to WFOX-TV better represents FOX30 with the FOX TV network,” WAWS-WTEV VP and GM Jim Zerwekh said in a statement. “FOX30 has historically and continues to be one of the top 10 performing FOX TV affiliates in the country.”

The Cox Media owned FOX affiliate signed on in 1981 as an independent station and picked up its FOX affiliation in 1986.

“Changing the call letters to WJAX-TV better identifies the strengths and ties of CBS 47 to the Jacksonville market,” said Bruce Baker managing partner of Bayshore Television.

WJAX signed on as WXAO in 1981. Its call letters were changed first to WNFT in 1983 and then to WTEV in 1995. WTEV picked up its CBS affiliation in 2002.

On WBZ Reporter’s First Day, a Memorable Moment on National TV

chris2Chalk it up to a memorable first day. Chris McKinnon started as a reporter at Boston CBS O&O WBZ Thursday, and had a chance to do a live hit on national TV. Fantastic, right?

McKinnon’s package on a shark attack in Plymouth, Massachusetts aired and McKinnon tossed back to Charlie Rose and Gayle King. Then he walked out of frame. And yes, he was still live on CBS. Not quite as fantastic!

Enjoy, after the jump.
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Scottsbluff Station To Go Dark While Building New Tower

broadcast antennaWestern Nebraska CBS affiliate KSTF will be off the air for four to six weeks while it builds a new broadcast tower starting mid-September.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports the construction will affect viewers watching KSTF with an antenna and for Charter Cable subscribers watching on channel 6 and 10.

“To build a new tower is a huge undertaking and to affect our viewers for an extended period of time isn’t taken lightly,” KSTF-KGWN GM Tregg White said in a statement. “However, we believe it’s necessary to improve our signal and position our station to better serve the viewers of the Scottsbluff-Gering area in the near future.”

Tedd Florendo Returns to Las Vegas

florendoMeteorologist Tedd Florendo has returned to Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“We are very excited about Tedd rejoining the 8 News Now team,” Ron Comings, KLAS news director said in a statement. “He has developed close relationships with our community, our news team and with our viewing audience, which prompted his return.”

Florendo left the station in 2013 to work at WCAU in Philadelphia. He comes back to KLAS as the weekday evening meteorologist, replacing Darren Miller who, the station said, is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.”

Brad Johansen Named WKRC News Anchor

Brad JohansenWKRC has announced, starting next Monday, sports director Brad Johansen will anchor the Cincinnati CBS affiliate’s 4:00 p.m. newscast.

“Brad has always been an incredible storyteller,” WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement. “He’s able to handle complex situations easily and his work as sports director here has only helped to enhance those abilities.”

Johansen started at WKRC as a reporter in 1992 and was named sports director four years later.

KTHV Mascot, Joey The Garden Cat Dies

joey_TGC RIPJoey The Garden Cat, KTHV‘s morning mascot died on Friday.

“We’re sad to share that the THV11 family is mourning the loss of our beloved Joey the Garden Cat,” The Little Rock, Ark. CBS affiliate announced on Joey’s facebook page. “You may recall Joey’s health issues through the years. There’s no doubt that Joey has always shown he’s a special cat, even in dealing with so much adversity. Thank you to everyone who has loved Joey as much as we do.”

Last month, we wrote about Joey’s large facebook following.

The THV11 family would like to our extend our gratitude to each and every one of you for all your kind words and thoughts about his passing. From the beginning, when he showed up in our Weather Garden, he stole our hearts and many of yours. He will always be remembered, and his spirit will continue to be a big part of the THV11 family and beyond. Thank you again for all your kindness.

A KTHV employee put together a video tribute. You can watch it after the jump. Read more

Bob Kelly Out at Philadelphia’s KYW

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 9.50.24 AMBob Kelly, morning traffic reporter at CBS Philadelphia O&O KYW, announced on Facebook he has left the station. Kelly promised viewers he’d be back, though he wasn’t sure where or when. “Where the road leads next I’m not quite sure. But what I AM sure of, is that every step will be made easier with the thousands of unbelievably thoughtful messages from you all.”

Here’s Kelly’s full statement:

It truly is with a very heavy heart I announce that today will be my last broadcast on CBS3. For 13 years I have always looked forward to coming in to work and having the opportunity to be a part of a show and a work “family” that has given me more laughter, more love, and more rewarding moments than could fill a lifetime. To YOU the unbelievable, faithful viewers!! I cannot express my gratitude for the support and constant love and kindness shown towards myself and my family all these years!!! Endless thank you’s to each and everyone of you. To you my most awesome morning team, co-workers past and present!! Although not on the TV screen, we will continue to have fun and may the endless laughter live on!!! And to my family, your unwavering support and love is what will make this next part of the adventure the best we’ve had yet!! Hope to see you all again soon, thank you so very much for allowing me to be in your home these past 13 years. With all my love.

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