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WOIO Giving Away Old Anchor Desk on Facebook

woio anchor deskWe’ve heard of stations giving away cars and money during sweeps, but Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO is giving away its old anchor desk.

The station announced on its facebook page, “19 Action News has a new studio and is giving away the old anchor desk to one of its Facebook Fans.”

In case you’re on the fence whether you want to enter the contest or not, the desk will be autographed by all of the WOIO anchors.

Longtime WKYC Broadcaster Del Donahoo Dies


Iconic Cleveland broadcaster Del Donahoo died Wednesday morning.

Donahoo started working at the Cleveland NBC affiliate in 1968. He co-anchored “Today in Cleveland Show” from 1981 until 1998. According to the station, “His wife, Martha, even became part of the show, with her now famous coffee and Tom’s incessant criticism of it.”

Together in Del’s Folkswagon, Del and Martha attended just about every parade, festival, county fair and community event in Northeast Ohio. He was most famous for his series “Del’s Folks” and his Del’s Folkswagon minibus was with him on most of his travels.

He retired from WKYC on January 20, 2007.

He was 90.

Tiffany Tarpley Joins WKYC in Cleveland

tiffany tarpleyTiffany Tarpley is joining Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC as a multimedia journalist, the station has announced on its Director’s Cut blog.

Tarpley, an Ohio native, is currently a reporter at WDJT in Milwaukee. Before that, she worked at stations in Toledo and Lima, Ohio. In her new role at WKYC, which begins in March, she will report for the morning newscast.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work in my home market and join the talented team of journalists at WKYC,” Tarpley said.

Cleveland Anchor Pays Tribute to MLK, Jr.


Cleveland anchor Leon Bibb told viewers of ABC affiliate WEWS he is sitting at the anchor desk today because of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday, during the 5:00 p.m. newscast on the holiday celebrating the civil rights leader, Bibb reported on-air about the MLK breakfast in Cleveland, but also wrote a piece on the station website talking about King’s legacy.

Even though Dr. King was felled by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 39  in 1968, his voice and his words still ring loudly. They are not only played on television and radio, they resonate in the hearts of  generations of people who struggled to be part of the American fabric in every way. I am one of those who is a product of the Movement. Had it not been for it and Martin Luther King, I would not be the news anchorman I have become. Many millions of blacks, and Asian, and Native Americans, and women, and scores of other ethnic groups would not enjoy the liberties they currently enjoy.

Bibb also told viewers, “Martin Luther King and the movement lifted black people, not only blacks but everyone. America was lifter to a higher level. For those of us who grew out of the accomplishments of the movement we revisit the movement and the man, every moment of every day.”

Click here to read his entire piece.

Meteorologist Tera Blake Joins WEWS

tera blakeMeteorologist Tera Blake has joined WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland. Blake, who made her debut today, will be the station’s morning meteorologist.

Blake comes from Charlotte, where she has been the morning meteorologist at CW affiliate WCCB since 2007. Before that, she was a meteorologist at KTEN, the NBC affiliate serving Sherman, Texas. She interned at WGN in Chicago and WTVO in Rockford, Ill. while getting her degree at Northern Illinois University.

Lawsuit Alleges ‘Sexually Hostile Work Environment’ at WOIO

woio logoA lawsuit filed against Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO accuses the station of “creating a sexually hostile work environment and retaliating against an advertisement sales employee who complained about it to station managers,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The complaint was filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last week by Kevin Flanigan II. It names WOIO parent company Raycom Media, general manger William Applegate and sales manager Debra Pando, the Plain Dealer reports:

According to the lawsuit, Pando hired Flanigan in 2007, telling him she was “taking a risk” because men didn’t normally perform as well as women. Flanigan said that despite being among the top performers in the department, he was pressured to engage in inappropriate sexual contact with other employees and clients and the use of drugs at corporate events involving clients.

According to the lawsuit, the drug use and sexual favors were common and encouraged to “foster new business relationships.” [...] The lawsuit also alleges Pando often became drunk, acted inappropriately or passed out during or after events. During an “Opening Day” party – the suit doesn’t give a date – [sic] Pando removed some of her clothes and flashed people outside a bar. Read more

Cleveland Station Puts Anchors Behind Desk Made of Ice in Bitter Cold


Maybe WKYC in Cleveland didn’t think viewers fully understood the depth of cold blanketing the area when it had an ice desk built and had various anchors broadcast from it in the freezing weather.

While most stations were warning viewers to stay out of the cold, WKYC wrote on its website, “With temperatures hitting record lows and the cold being beyond bitter, we wanted a way to showcase just how icy cold Mother Nature can be.”

The desk was built by a local artisan and features a big thermometer in the center to show viewers just how lucky they are they don’t work in local news. During her first turn at the desk, Robin Swoboda started off by rapping a personalized version of “Ice Ice Baby.”

The station is inviting viewers to check out the creation today from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and added, “you’re welcome to take photos.”

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Chris Tye Returns to WKYC Anchor Desk

chris tyeChris Tye is returning to the anchor desk at WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland. Beginning in early January, Tye will anchor the weekend evening newscasts alongside Lynna Lai.

According to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog, Tye will continue to report for the evening newscast three days a week. He has been a general assignment reporter for the station since September, when he was replaced on the morning newscast by John Anderson.

Tye joined WKYC in 2004. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Cleveland Anchor Remembers Time as Extra in ‘A Christmas Story’


Cleveland FOX anchor Stefani Schaefer talked about her time as an extra for the iconic Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story.”

While the WJW anchor doesn’t share any stories about the leg lamp, she does say she and her brother were invited to be in the movie after the talent agency they belonged to sent their pictures to producers. Later, her parents were also included in the film.

Schaefer said despite only being in a couple of scenes, she learned a lot about the amount of work that goes into movie making.

“We shot that scene of all the kids up on that stairwell going to see Santa for a long time, and when you finally see the final production of the movie, it’s not on there that long. You learn that you have to be patient, that work takes a long time, especially something like that; that a lot goes into something, but it was just a great experience for us, and we all got little checks at the end so it was great!” Read more

Cleveland Newspaper Accused of Plagiarizing Story from WJW Website

wjw_callypostAccording to its website, WJW, the Cleveland FOX affiliate, posted a story about a shooting in downtown Cleveland at 3:08 a.m. Friday. A little more than five hours later, the Cleveland Call & Post did the same. Exactly the same.

Here’s the story:

CLEVELAND — Two people were shot following an early morning altercation in downtown Cleveland Friday.

Police say the shooting occurred around 2 a.m. on Huron Road near the Halle Building.

At least one of the injured was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in a taxi cab. Both injured are expected to survive.

It is unknown what circumstances led up to the shooting.

Stay with FOX 8 as more details become available.

The only difference? The Call & Post didn’t tell its readers to stay with FOX8.

Bliss Davis, an associate producer at WJW who primarily writes for the web team, told TVSpy the information for her story came directly from a phone conversation she had with police dispatchers. She also took her complaint about the suspiciously similar stories to twitter. You can see her tweet after the jump. Read more

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