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Jonathan Oh Says Goodbye to WOLO

jonathan ohMeteorologist Jonathan Oh has signed off from WOLO for a job in Tokyo.

“I am happy to announce that I have joined the weather team at NHK World, Japan’s public broadcaster and one of the largest broadcasting companies in the world. I will be anchoring weather forecasts for Newsline, the network’s flagship program,” Oh wrote on his Facebook page.

Oh was the morning and noon meteorologist at WOLO, the ABC affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

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Taylor Kearns Signs Off From WIS

After seven years at WIS, Taylor Kearns is saying goodbye to the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

Kearns said he will be staying in Columbia “for the short term” and exploring new opportunities. [h/t The State]

Sinclair Names GM of South Carolina Station

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Allison Aldridge as general manager of its Columbia, SC, FOX station WACH.

Early in her career, Aldridge worked at WACH as an account executive.

“I am thrilled to return to FOX 57 as General Manager,” Aldridge said in a statement. “The team at WACH is dedicated, hard-working and talented. I am excited about the direction our station is headed and the resources available to it under Sinclair’s ownership.”

Sinclair bought WACH as part of its acquisition of 18 Barrington Broadcast Group stations in March.

Most recently, Aldridge helped Sinclair with its newly acquired station operations. Between 2008 and 2010, she was GM of Sinclair’s Charleston, SC, station WMMP and also oversaw WTAT. Before that she worked as GSM, local sales manager, national sales manager and account executive at those stations.

WACH Adds Former Miss South Carolina as 10:00 p.m. Anchor

Bree Boyce is joining Columbia, SC, FOX affiliate WACH as co-anchor for its 10:00 p.m. news.

The 2011 Miss South Carolina will join current anchors Darryl Hood, Brian McConchie and chief meteorologist Henry Rothenberg in October.

Boyce tweeted the news saying, “Excited to be working with these guys!! Darryl, Brian, and Henry! We are going to have fun!”

“Bree not only brings a fresh look to WACH FOX NEWS at TEN – she has a compelling story of personal success,” said Jim Bleicher WACH general manager. “As an Anchor/Reporter she will look for and produce similar stories from all over the Midlands. We’re very happy to have Bree join our team.”

[The State]

WIS Names Bryan Queen as News Director

Bryan Queen has been named news director for Columbia, SC, NBC affiliate WIS.

Queen comes to WIS from WROC in Rochester, NY, where he was news director.

WIS general manager Donita Todd told TVSpy Queen starts one week from Monday on September 9.

Before working at WROC, Queen was a news manager at News14 Carolina. From 2003-2007, he was a planning producer at MSNBC. He has also worked at NBC News Channel, WXII in Winston-Salem, NC, and WLOS in Asheville, NC.

WIS News Director Rashida Jones Joins MSNBC as EP of ‘Jansing & Co.’

After two years as news director at WIS, Rashida Jones is leaving the Columbia, S.C. NBC affiliate to join MSNBC as an executive producer.

Jones will oversee “Jansing & Co.,” the 10amET show anchored by Chris Jansing. She will begin at MSNBC in August.

“Rashida, a highly-sought after newsroom leader, has always been someone I wanted on our team,” MSNBC VP and executive editor Yvette Miley wrote in an email to MSNBC staffers Wednesday. “She is a visionary who understands strategy and how to lead a team to accomplish a goal.”

Before joining WIS, Jones spent seven years as a producer at The Weather Channel. She has also worked at WTKR in Norfolk, Va., where she produced the 11 p.m. newscast.

Read the full memo from MSNBC after the jump. Read more

Anchor Hannah Horne Says Goodbye to WIS

WIS morning anchor Hannah Horne is saying goodbye to the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C. to pursue a career in business.

“I’m a little nervous to try something new, but I’m prepared,” Horne told The State. “I’ve never been more ready.”

Horne, who joined the station in 2000, anchored her final broadcast Thursday. The State reports Mary King, who is a multimedia journalist for WIS, will replace Horne.

Before joining WIS in 2000, Horne worked at KPLC in Lake Charles, La. and WLOX in Biloxi, Miss.

WIS Launches Sunday Morning Newscast

WIS, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C., is launching a Sunday morning newscast this weekend.

“It’s a great opportunity to provide critical weather and news information to our audience on television, as well as expand our footprint in the mornings on digital,” news content director Rashida Jones told TVSpy.

The hourlong 10 a.m. newscast will be anchored by Chelsea Washington (pictured) and weather anchor Tim Miller, who also handle the station’s Saturday morning newscast.

Reporter Brett Buffington Joins WIS

Brett Buffington has been hired as an investigative reporter at WIS, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, S.C.

Buffington was most recently a reporter and multimedia journalist at WJBF, the ABC Affiliate in Augusta. He was nominated for an Emmy for investigative reporting during his two-year tenure at the station. He has also worked at WJXT, the independent station in Jacksonville, Fla.

Buffington begins at WIS on April 24.

WLTX Meteorologist Surprised by ‘Singing’ Telegram On-Air

WLTX meteorologist Amy Aaronson celebrated her birthday by having the 6:45 a.m. traffic portion of her weather forecast interrupted by a man named “Captain Telegram.”

The Captain loudly joined the Columbia, SC, CBS affiliate’s weather anchor on-screen by doing an age-advanced impersonation of Robin Williams complete with shouting, bouncing around and finally singing a quick birthday ditty that ended with “Get me out of here! Exit stage right.”

The car wreck icon in the background map pretty much summed up the entire episode, with the surprised meteorologist unable to get a word in edgewise over the boisterous Captain.

“Amy, did that scare the heck out of you?” asked morning anchor Lauren Talarico. “It almost gave me a heart attack,” said Aaronson. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

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