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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

VIDEO: WLTX Reporter Makes Unscheduled Appearance During Morning News

WLTX reporter Ashleigh Messervy couldn’t get off set fast enough and got caught on camera wearing her gym clothes during the Columbia, SC, CBS affiliate’s morning news show.

“We just saw Ashleigh Messervy run through the background,” said Lauren Talarico.  Messervy could be seen racing through the background of a two shot with anchors Lionel Moise and Lauren Talarico.

“Come back,” Talarico told Messervy who can be heard off-set saying, “OK. I have never done this without any make up on.  But…” Messervy then walked between the two anchors and waved hello to viewers while clutching what looked like a pony keg of coffee.  After Moise explained away Messervy’s choice of attire, Talarico said, “Thank you for the coffee Messervy.”  Giving a viewers a hint about what Messervy was doing on set with such a large amount of coffee.

Lionel Moise Joins WLTX as Morning Anchor

Lionel Moise has joined WLTX, the CBS-affiliate in Columbia, SC, as morning anchor.

Moise joins WLTX from WXIA in Atlanta, where he has been a multimedia journalist and producer since 2010.

Moise’s first broadcast was yesterday. He anchors from 5 to 7 a.m. alongside Nat Roers, who will return to the station next week after an extended medical leave.

Reporter Back On Air After Losing Her Smile

Mary King, a 25-year-old reporter with WIS in Columbia, SC, was knocked off the air earlier this month after the right side of her face suddenly became paralyzed.

King was on a plane at the Charlotte airport on June 1st, waiting to take off, when she realized that she couldn’t move the right side of her face. She alerted a flight attendant and after deboarding the plane, she headed to a nearby hospital, where she was eventually diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, a relatively rare condition that causes facial paralysis. Read more

Former WIS Anchor Kara Gormley Meador Declares Candidacy for State Senate

Kara Gormley Meador, a former anchor at WIS in Columbia, has announced plans to run for the South Carolina state senate seat held by Republican Jake Knotts.

Meador, who left the NBC-affiliated WIS in 2010 after almost 15 years with the station, said her experience reporting on Knotts influenced her decision to run.

“Some of the stories that I covered had to do with some questionable decisions made by Senator Knotts, and I uncovered a lot of different things through investigations,” she told The State. “When people came to me with this decision to run, it just happened to be I lived in the same district.”

Meador faces a June primary against Knotts and another Republican candidate, Katrina Shealy.

>Update: Officials in Lexington County say Meador is likely ineligible to run due to a recent redrawing of State Senate districts, The State reports.

Lt. Governor’s Brother Threatens WIS Reporter

The brother of South Carolina Lt. Governor Ken Ard flipped out when he found WIS reporter Jody Barr at his business last week, asking questions about Ard’s 2010 campaign.

Ard is currently facing a state grand jury investigation into how he funded his campaign and his brother Sammy–who donated a maximum amount–testified before the grand jury last Wednesday.  Barr went to Sammy’s auto body business on Thursday to try and gain information about his testimony, and things quickly went south.  Video inside… Read more

Squirrel Gets Tangled in Electrical Circuit, Causing WIS to Briefly Go Off the Air

The WIS morning show was briefly interrupted yesterday by an unlikely source — a squirrel.

The Columbia, SC NBC affiliate was moving right along with their morning broadcast when the station was knocked off the air (in the middle of a report by meteorologist  Ben Tanner on Tropical Storm Emily) around 6:15 a.m.

The cause, according to the station’s website, was “a sneaky squirrel” who crawled into the electrical breakers that provide power to the station’s studio. Although the station’s generator powered up immediately, there was still a few minutes of dead air  due to newsroom computers that needed resetting. Tanner continued his weather report once the station was back up, saying, “It appears we had a bit of a power surge!”

Watch the video after the jump. (h/t NewsBlues) Read more

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