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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

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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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WCHS to Launch 5:00 PM News

wchs_logoBeginning January 13, Charleston, WV, ABC affiliate WCHS will begin airing a one-hour newscast at 5:00 p.m.

“We are excited to be bring­ing even more first-rate news programming to our viewers,” Harold Cooper, general manager of WCHS-WVAH, said in a statement. “The addition of the weekday 5 p.m. show will further cement Eyewitness News as the news leader in the Charleston-Hun­tington market.”

“We’ll be using our full com­plement of anchors and report­ers to cover stories and provide content that matters the most to our viewers,”said news direc­tor Matt Snyder. “If you look at the level of experience and longevity our news talent has in this market, it’s clear you’re not just watching quality news pro­fessionals, but you’re watching people who’ve lived and worked here for years.”

The station will move “Judge Judy” to the weekday 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. time slot.

[The Herald-Dispatch]

From Huh? to Hilarious: A Roundup of How Morning Teams Celebrated Halloween

Countless anchors across the country got into the spirit of Halloween by dressing up in kooky costumes and camping it up. The winners in the broadcasting version of the Halloween Parade continues to be the viewers who witnessed everything from awkward concepts to small moments that were genuinely funny.

The unofficial TVSpy award for the cattiest and most likely to be viewed by the Human Resources department went to Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV. (video above) Anchor Bobbie Miller dressed like Tammy Payne, while Payne dressed like Miller in what came off as a thinly veiled excuse for them to take potshots at each other.

While the two were busy insulting one another, co-anchor Stan Miller scored the sexist remark of the day when he said “I want you to met Bobbie Miller.” He then patted “Miller’s” baby bump and said “Bucking for another 12 weeks off!”

Fake Bobbie Miller summed up the segment after taking a few shots across her bow by telling fake Tammy Payne, “We’re not going to be friends when this show’s over, are we?” Read more

Amanda Barren to Anchor Evenings for WSAZ

Amanda-Barren_largeAmanda Barren who currently anchors the WSAZ 5:00 p.m. show will now anchor the 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00 p.m. news for the Charleston NBC affiliate.

“It’s a lot but I’m looking forward to it,” Barren told the Charleston Daily Mail. “I love to write and I love people so this job is perfect for me.”

She replaces Jessica Ralston who left the Charleston-Huntington, WV,  NBC affiliate in early October.

Barren rejoined WSAZ last December after two years at WKYC in Cleveland. She started her career at WTAP in Parkersburg, WV.

Amanda Barren Returns to WSAZ

Amanda Barren is back at WSAZ.  The Charleston, WV, NBC affiliate has announced Barren will co-anchor the 5:00 p.m. news beginning next Monday, December 17.

This is the second stint at WSAZ for Barren who worked for the station in 2006 as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter.  She left WSAZ for WKYC in Cleveland in 2010.

“Beyond the family that is WSAZ, I have a special place in my heart for the extended family of viewers,” said Barren. “The people in this region make it special. I can’t wait to start sharing their stories again.”

“Amanda is an outstanding journalist whose number one priority is to serve the community she loves,” said WSAZ news director Dan Fabrizio. “She’s a great addition to a great news team. We’re excited to have her back.”

You can watch her future co-anchor Bill Murray announce the news in a video after the jump. Read more

WSAZ Reporter Let Go After DUI Arrest

Reporter Randy Yohe was let go from WSAZ after he was arrested on Saturday morning for DUI and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

“I was let go (Wednesday),” Yohe told the Portsmouth Daily Times. “It was a seriously bad decision. It’s the first time anything like this has ever happened to me — and it will be the last. I’m embarrassed, humiliated and deeply sorry.”

According to a story on the WSAZ website, Yohe was stopped after running a stop sign in Coal Grove, Ohio at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Police found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an open container of “an alcoholic beverage” in his car, according to the Huntington-Charleston NBC affiliate. Read more

WCHS Transitions to HD With New Studio

WCHS, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, W.Va, debuted a new high-definition set designed by Devlin Design Group on Saturday. New features include a rear projection screen and a large video wall, as well as a rolling kiosk that can be used in all areas of the set.

“The new set is an obvious point of difference when compared to our competition; it elevates our people and our product to the next level,” news director Matt Snyder said in a statement. When someone tunes in to sample what local news looks in this market, the choice is clear.” More pictures inside… Read more

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