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Jene Nelson Named KRDO News Director

nelson_krdo_croppedJene Nelson has been named news director for Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity that allows me to lead the team at the very station where I did my internship so long ago,” Nelson told TVSpy. “The move also allows me spend time with my elderly mother, which of course, is very important.”

She told TVSpy she wrote her first script as an intern for KRDO.

Nelson started at KRDO as managing editor in 2013. She was promoted to assistant news director in September. Before coming to KRDO, she said she worked as a freelancer with a stint at KDVR in Denver before moving back to southern Colorado. She spent 14 years with KUSA in Denver and started her career at KOAA in Colorado Springs.

[Rick Gevers]

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KXRM Lets Viewers See What the Anchors See During AM News

Colorado Springs FOX affiliate KXRM put a camera behind the anchor desk during the morning news, giving viewers a unique anchor’s eye view.

“When Kimberly [Price] leaves at about 7:55, I always try to do something with her chair” said meteorologist Justin Chambers. “So this time I put cam 4 over here and I want to show you, this is Kimberly’s perspective.”

Viewers finally got to see that behind every studio camera is just a whole lot of messy nothing, branded station banners stuck on a wall and one lone person forced to sit at a desk in the dark.

Meteorologist Matt Meister Leaving KRDO

matt meisterChief meteorologist Matt Meister is signing off from KRDO to become the director of communications for Falcon School District 49 in Colorado Springs.

“All of us at KRDO NewsChannel 13 are proud of Matt’s career growth since he began working here,” KRDO general manager Tim Larson said in a statement. “We wish him well in this career change that affords Matt a more traditional schedule and allows him to spend more time with his family.”

Meister has worked at the Colorado Springs ABC affiliate for 12 years. He will officially sign off in May.

“I wish this station and my colleagues continued success and I know they will perform to the highest level as they did during the recent fires and floods,” Meister said in a statement. “I will cherish the friendships that I made and the time I spent here.”

Katie Killen Joins KKTV in Colorado Springs

Katie Killen has joined KKTV, the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, as the morning co-anchor. Killen’s first day on the air was March 14.

Killen joins KKTV from WCNC in Charlotte, where she has been a reporter on the morning and midday newscasts since 2012. Before WCNC, she worked at WLOS in Asheville, N.C. and TV3 in Winchester, Va.

 

KOAA Adds Valerie Abati as Meteorologist

abati_croppedColorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA has announced the addition of Valerie Abati as meteorologist.

Abati will work on the Noon, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. shows.

“Not only am I excited to take advantage of all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer,” Abati said in a statement. “But I’m looking forward to being in an active weather region that will constantly keep me on my toes forecasting.”

Before coming to KOAA, Abati worked at KSBW in Salinas, CA. She also worked as program director for the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation. Abati spent eight years in Cincinnati, working for WXIX and WLWT.

Eric Singer Out at Colorado Springs ABC Station

eric-singer-jpgLongtime reporter Eric Singer is no longer working for Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO, reports The Gazette.

Singer wrote on his facebook page, “Hello FB Friends. I wanted you to be among the first to know that I no longer work at KRDO-TV. The station has chosen to go in a different direction.”

According to his bio, Singer has reported and anchored the news in Southern Colorado for more than twenty years.

Wichita Anchor Who Dropped F-Bomb Doesn’t Get New Job Over Station’s Fear of Publicity

justin kraemer_304x200Justin Kraemer, the Wichita anchor who was fired from NBC affiliate KSNW after dropping an F-Bomb in the final seconds of a broadcast, is still looking for a job.

He told The Wichita Eagle he was close to signing with Colorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA when the story about his on-air gaffe broke.

He said KOAA told him the deal was off Thursday morning. “The conversation was very clinical and professional, and they informed me that this got a lot more attention than anyone could have possibly imagined when everything got started,” Kraemer told The Eagle. “They’re in a difficult situation because they don’t want to get national or global publicity just for making a reporter hire.”

“It’s been a difficult week,” said Kraemer who told The Eagle he’s not sure what he will do now. “The only thing that’s gotten me through it is the anonymous love I’ve gotten from a lot of people.”

After His Computer Crashes, Colorado Meteorologist Gets Creative…Again

You may remember morning meteorologist Justin Chambers from the Colorado Springs FOX affiliate KXRM acting out the forecast after his graphics went down last January.

This morning, Chambers tweeted out a picture showing his computer with a blank screen. He told viewers, “This is my weather computer this morning. Watch me pantomime the weather on @FOX21News today.”

After checking with our sources at KXRM we were assured staffers didn’t just turn off Chambers’ computer to force the on-air magic that he brought today.

This morning Chambers gave viewers forecasting techniques that ranged from eating a donut and drinking coffee on-screen, to having a staffer use an iPad to write out the forecast, to dancing, to playing weather charades with his off-screen co-anchor. Enjoy.

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

Kelly Duffy Named KOAA News Director

Koaa-LogoKOAA has announced Kelly Duffy will join  the Colorado Springs NBC affiliate as news director.

“In addition to her other strengths, Kelly has been recognized for excellence in delivering breaking news on multiple platforms in life threatening situations,” KOAA president and general manager Evan Pappas said in a statement. “With the unprecedented string of natural disasters and news stories with national significance here in recent years, it’s that type of experience in the news trenches we’ll rely upon.”

Duffy, who comes to KOAA from KSBW in Salinas-Monterey, CA, takes over for David Randall who is moving into the newly created director of multimedia position.

Duffy has also anchored at KSNW in Wichita, KS. Her first day at KOAA will be December 2.

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