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WTVC Apologizes for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Tweet During Ferguson Coverage

While the rest of the country was watching what was happening with the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Mo., Chattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC seemed more concerned its viewers wouldn’t be able to watch Dancing with the Stars.

Buzzfeed had a screen shot of a tweet sent out by the station after it preempted regular programming to cover what was happening in Ferguson. The tweet read, “Don’t worry, Dancing with the Stars will be back soon after the special report. #Ferguson.”

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After viewers reportedly complained, WTVC tweeted two apologies.

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WDEF’s Luther Masingill Dies at 92

In Chattanooga, Luther Masingill was such an icon he was rarely called by anything other than “Luther.” The iconic newsman died Sunday night after a short illness. He was 92.

Masingill started working at WDEF Radio in 1940, and added duties at CBS affiliate WDEF-TV when the station signed on in 1954:

“To have the fortitude to be on the air for this long you have to have a love of people and a love of country and a love of God, and you have to keep your private life to yourself and present yourseld as a caring person and Luthers was that.

“Luther holds a lot of records in broadcasting that will never be topped.”

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said in a prepared statement that “Luther is a Hamilton County icon, not only for his decades of broadcasting service, but for his community efforts throughout his memorable life.”

What Did They Cover in Chattanooga Last Night?

The stations in Chattanooga, TN, showed off some longer form storytelling on their evening newscasts last night.

There was little duplication in what the stations covered.

The interesting story of the night goes to the election to oust three Tennessee Supreme Court Justices. Both CBS affiliate WDEF and ABC affiliate WTVC covered the story. But it was the Sinclair owned WTVC that looked deeper into the election, even calling out a conservative PAC’s ad as misleading.

Chattanooga’s WRCB Debuts New Set

wrcb set 3Chattanooga NBC affiliate WRCB has unveiled a new set designed by Broadcast Design International. The set replaces one that was built in 1998 and renovated multiple times.

“With input from the WRCB team and Channel 3 viewers, we created a set that is uniquely Chattanooga and represents who we are as a news team,” WRCB news director Derrall Stalvey said in a statement. “This set will offer us more versatility than before. It is contemporary classic.”

The set, which has been in the planning phases for more than a year, was constructed with the help of JDM Construction in Chattanooga. More pictures after the jump. Read more

Don Welch Set to Retire From WTVC

don welchDon Welch will retire from WTVC, the ABC affiliate in Chattanooga, next month. Welch, who has worked at WTVC since 1990, will officially sign off April 23.

Welch is a longtime veteran of local television. He has worked at two other Chattanooga stations, WRCB and WDEF, as well as WTVF in Nashville.  ”Whether it was drawing on a weather board in the ’70s or hosting ‘This ‘N That’ today, the folks at home graciously invited me to be a part of their day,” Welch said in a statement. “For that, I am very grateful. As I look back, I realize it’s all been good.”

Welch hosts and produces “This ‘N That,” a daily weekday show that airs at 12:30 p.m. Watch his announcement here.

WTVC Launches Weekend Morning Newscast

lauren st germainChattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC has named an anchor team for its weekend morning newscast, which will launch next month: anchor Lauren St. Germain (pictured), meteorologist Jason Disharoon and reporter Betsy Goldin.

“We waited to expand Good Morning Chattanooga on Saturday and Sunday until we could do it right – right in terms of staffing, right in terms of resources,” general manager Mike Costa said in a statement. “To do that, it means expanding our news staff – to have a dedicated team focused on producing a weekend morning newscast that will be fresh and useful. That’s what we’ve done: a great new team, for a great new show.”

St. Germain joins WTVC from WTVY in Dothan, Ala., where she anchored the 9 p.m. newscast. Goldin most recently worked at WJHG in Panama City, Fla., where she was a producer and reporter on the noon newscast. Disharoon, currently WTVC’s weekend meteorologist, has worked at the station since 2011,

WRCB Says Goodbye to Keith Cawley

Chattanooga, TN, NBC affiliate WRCB said goodbye to sports director Keith Cawley.

Anchor Greg Glover tossed to a video tribute chronicling Cawley’s impact on the community and the station.

“I am so grateful to WRCB for each and every opportunity they have extended to me over the past six years,” said Cawley in a statement. “It has been a true privilege to cover local sports in the Chattanooga area, and I feel incredibly blessed to have met so many outstanding athletes, coaches, parents and sports fans along the way. My wife and I are excited for this next step in our journey, but we will miss Chattanooga very much.”

Cawley joined WRCB in 2007. He is following his wife to Nashville.

WRCB announced weekend sports anchor Paul Shahen will replace Cawley.

Shoplifting Suspect Crashes Into Chattanooga TV Station Parking Lot

A 19-year-old Chattanooga man led police on an early morning chase that ended in the parking lot of CBS affiliate WDEF.

According to police, Sawyer Clanton tried to steal more than $500 worth of X-Box and Playstation controllers along with a 12-pack of Bud Light from a nearby Wal-Mart.

WDEF anchor Joe Legge said he looked out a station window at 4:00 a.m. and, “The cops were out of their vehicles with their guns drawn heading off that way into our gated parking lot.” Read more

Former Anchor Running for Tennessee State Legislature

howell_wdsiFormer WDSI anchor Dan Howell has announced plans to run for the Tennessee State House District 22 in 2014.

Howell started working at the Chattanooga, TN, FOX affiliate in 1994. For the past five years he has been executive assistant to Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis.

“I determined if I were ever given the opportunity to repay this community I would take it,” Howell said in a statement. “That is why I am announcing my campaign for State Representative.”

In 2002, Howell was named “Religion Reporter of the Year for Secular Media” by the Religion Newswriters of America.

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Union Rep Calls Local Media Reports ‘Just Horrible,’ Accidentally Emails it to Reporter

uaw_contract_wrcbIn a day of “oops” emails, Matt Barbour from WRCB was the accidental recipient of an email from the subject of a story saying “local media reports have just been horrible.”

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Barbour, a reporter for the Chattanooga, TN, NBC Affiliate, told TVSpy he sent an email to UAW press rep Michele Martin, copying president Bob King and region 8 director Gary Casteel, looking to set up interviews for a story he was doing about the United Auto Workers Union trying to set up shop at the local Volkswagen plant.

“Mr. Casteel replied all to Michele (and me, unknowingly) saying to provide some people for me to interview,” Barbour told TVSpy. “And Ms. Martin replied to Mr. Casteel (and me, unknowingly) saying she thought that would be a good idea because the coverage would look bad without a voice from UAW’s side. She then went on to say the “local media reports have just been horrible.”

In his story, Barbour told viewers,”The national public relations director for UAW, Michele Martin, is apparently not happy with the local media coverage. Channel 3 was copied on an email where she called Chattanooga’s UAW coverage,”just horrible.” She said the email copy was a mistake and apologized.”

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