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WCHS Reporter Shot at While Covering Story

WCHS shootingA reporter at Charleston, West Virginia ABC affiliate WCHS says someone fired several shots at him while covering a story Saturday. The gunfire happened as reporter Sean Delancey was preparing to interview a woman about a different shooting that had happened in the area the previous night. In the video aired on WCHS Saturday, the sound of three apparent gunshots can be heard:

Delancey said he could make out three or four young men in the distance who then fled the scene, but said he could not see who was holding the gun.

“When I heard the first shot, my whole body went stiff. It was only when I got behind the car you realized how close it was because you could hear that zip,” said Delancey.

Watch the video, after the jump: Read more

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Former WSAZ News Anchor Bos Johnson Dies

johnson wsazFormer WSAZ news director and anchor Bos Johnson died Sunday, according to the Charleston-Huntington, NBC affiliate.

Johnson was a much-loved figure in local broadcasting. Jim Casto, retired associate editor of The Herald-Disptach compared him to a local version of Walter Cronkite. “The authoritative Cronkite covered the big stories of the day – the Vietnam War, Watergate, the slayings of President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In much the same reassuring fashion, Johnson detailed for WSAZ’s viewers the region’s big stories,”

Johnson started at WSAZ in 1952. He was named news director in 1960. He left the station in 1976 and served as an associate professor of broadcast journalism at Marshall University. He also worked as a consultants for the Charles Ryan Associates. later becoming VP for the company.

“For a quarter century, WSAZ viewers got to know Bos Johnson,” WSAZ wrote on its website. “He was an anchor and reporter for the station during a time in which several major news stories took place. Bos covered the Marshall University plane crash and the collapse of the Silver Bridge.”

“He was my mentor and my friend,” former WSAZ reporter Tom Jacobs wrote in an email to TVSpy. “His family embraced me as one of their own, so much so I slept on their couch when I couldn’t find an apartment after arriving in Huntington all those many years ago!”

Johnson is survived by his wife Dotty, his five children including Rob Johnson, a morning news anchor at WSAZ.

Ed Rabel Is News Again, On WCHS

rabel wchs_croppedFormer NBC News and CBS News correspondent Ed Rabel, is news once again in Charleston, WV, at least on one local TV station.

Rabel, who is running for Congress, had complained that managers at WCHS, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, told staffers not to cover Rabel’s campaign. That may have been payback for this 2013 op-ed Rabel penned in the Charleston Gazette in which he called local newscasts “a colossal waste of time.”

Well now the MorganCountyUSA website reports WCHS mentioned Rabel’s candidacy on Monday’s 5:30 newscast:

On the segment, WCHS TV newsman Kennie Bass reported on the campaign ads being run by the candidates in the second Congressional district race — Nick Casey (D), Alex Mooney (R) and Ed Rabel (I).

Late last week, WCHS news director Matt Snyder went on defense saying Rabel wasn’t being snubbed.

WCHS Reporter Reveals He Has Parkinson’s

BobAaronBob Aaron, a longtime reporter at WCHS, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, WV, said Friday he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Aaron was reporting on the death of Robin Williams, who had also been diagnosed with the disease, when he made the announcement to viewers. “It kind of feels good getting it off my chest,” he told The Charleston Gazette. “It’s not hanging over me.”

Aaron, who has reported for WCHS for more than three decades, said he has no plans to stop. He credits his wife with noticing the early symptoms of Parkinson’s:

“My wife sort of saved my life,” he said. “She noticed things about me I just attributed to getting older. I was walking slope-shouldered, tilted forward. I was shuffling my feet. I lost my sense of smell. I have what you could call ‘senior moments’ when I paused … and my balance isn’t quite what it used to be. I got some shakes … I didn’t really notice it, but she certainly did.”

WCHS ND Responds to Reports His Station is Ignoring Congressional Candidate

wchs_logoWCHS news director Matt Snyder has responded to claims his newsroom is ignoring Ed Rabel‘s run for Congress.

“Eyewitness News at WCHS-WVAH TV is committed to covering news important to the people of West Virginia without bias or agenda,” Snyder wrote in a statement. “WCHS-WVAH has and will continue to be committed to covering the elections, political races and candidates including the second district race important to our viewers both online and on TV.  We will continue to cover these campaigns and candidates so that voters have the knowledge they need to make an informed decision this November.”

To counter claims of a total cone of silence surrounding Rabel, TVSpy did a quick unscientific Google search, at the urging of Snyder, and saw the Congressional candidate showed up four times on the station’s website: once in a story announcing Rabel was running for Congressonce to say he’d been endorsed by former Green Party candidate Ralph Naderonce to report Rabel was having a campaign kick-off event, and a fourth time in a story about Democratic candidate Nick Casey and Republican candidate Alex Mooney. Read more

Charleston Station told to Ignore Congressional Candidate Because of His Views on Local TV

rabel wchs_croppedCharleston, WV, ABC affiliate WCHS has reportedly told newsroom staff to ignore congressional candidate Ed Rabel because of an op-ed he wrote last year.

The former CBS and NBC correspondent wrote an article for the Charleston Gazette titled “Local TV News is a Waste of Your Time.” In it, he wrote, “the local television ‘news’ landscape is populated by bubble-heads and glib, young, sometimes pretty know-nothings. The truth is, they wouldn’t know a news story if it slapped them in the face.”

Rabel recently announced he was running for the U.S. House 2nd Congressional District as an independent.

Morgan County USA reports, the news director for the Sinclair owned station, Matt Snyder, told his reporters “that no story would be aired on the station about Rabel’s independent campaign for Congress.”

“Everyone in the newsroom was given explicit instructions [by Snyder] to not write [about] or air or interview me,” Rabel told Romenesko.

“Not after what Rabel said in his Charleston Gazette op-ed,” Snyder told Morgan County USA. Read more

Man Arrested for Beating WCHS Reporter with Tripod

aaron wchs tripod attackA Clay County, WV, man has been arrested for allegedly beating WCHS reporter Bob Aaron while Aaron was shooting a story about possible animal abuse.

According to the Charleston-Huntington ABC affiliate, Howard Lilly is being held on $25,000 bond after being charged with destruction of property, grand larceny and malicious wounding for allegedly grabbing Aaron’s tripod and hitting him with it.

“He came up off of his property onto the roadway,” Aaron said. “And before we could have much of a conversation further about it he came at me grabbed the tripod and starting hitting me with it. He broke the camera lens and gave me a couple of pretty good shots before we left.”

Bob sustained injuries to his leg and finger. His tripod was taken by the attacker and his camera was destroyed. Bob went to a local hospital as a precautionary measure but his injuries did not appear to be serious. Read more

Nurse Says CEO of West Virginia Station Group was ‘Grossly Reckless’ During Insurance Exam

WVMediaThe Charleston Daily Mail reports a registered nurse is suing the CEO of West Virginia Media Holdings, parent company of TV stations in West Virginia and Ohio, over claims he left her with post traumatic stress disorder after an insurance physical.

Melinda Heiss says she went to the Huntington, WV, CBS affiliate WOWK to perform a physical on Bray Cary, Jr. because he was buying life insurance. Heiss says Cary became “very hostile and belligerent” towards her when she started asking questions during the physical.

Heiss claims Cary twice pulled hair out of her head while grabbing her phone away from her. She also said he used an office rather than a restroom to pee into his urine sample cup and came out of the office with his pants unzipped.

Heiss said he was “very rude and insulting” when he gave her the sample. The lawsuit claims Cary’s conduct during the examination was “willful, wanton, grossly reckless and indifferent to its effects” on Heiss and was “rude, crude, belligerent, insulting, provoking” and caused the woman to fear for her safety.

Heiss alleges the entire ordeal caused her to suffer severe emotional distress, so much so that she quit her job “because she was no longer able to perform her duties as a registered nurse.” She also claims that a psychiatrist diagnosed her with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more

WSAZ Moves 10 p.m. Newscast to WQCW

wsaz studioWSAZ, Gray Television’s NBC affiliate in Huntington-Charleston, W.Va., is moving its 10p.m. newscast to WQCW, TVNewsCheck reports.

The newscast currently airs on WSAZ’s digital subchannel. Beginning next week, it will air on WQCW, the CW affiliate that is operated by Gray Television. It will be expanded to one hour and anchored by Bill Murray and Brittany Hoke with meteorologist Kelly Ann Cicalese, TVNewsCheck reports.

“Our 10 o’clock news has had great response,” WSAZ general manager Matt Jaquint said in a statement. “Now, everyone will be able to see it. It’s a WSAZ newscast covering the entire region, and it’s available everywhere.”

‘No. No. No. We’re Not Done.’ WCHS Reporter Refuses to Let Head of Chemical Company Leave Presser

Kallie Cart, reporter for Charleston-Huntington, WV, ABC affiliate WCHS, wouldn’t let the head of a company responsible for a chemical spill that has left nearly 300,000 residents of Charleston, WV, without water for drinking, bathing or cooking skip out on a his chance to face the media.

After answering a few questions during a press conference, Gary Southern, president of Freedom Industries, told the assembled media, “At this moment in time, I think that’s all we have time for. So thanks for coming. Thanks for your time.”

“Hey! Hey! Hey!” Cart could be heard yelling at the departing Southern. “No. No. No. We’re not done.”

Southern returned to the mics and took a swig of water before Cart could be heard asking, “Anyone else have any other questions.”

Cart later tweeted:

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