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
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.
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
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!”
Oh, who worked as a reporter and meteorologist at crosstown rival WACH before joining WOLO, will work the station’s 6 a.m. and noon newscasts, which are set to be filmed in WOLO’s new street-level studio in downtown Columbia, SC.
“We’re delighted Jonathan will be on the air in Columbia doing weather again, this time with ABC Columbia,” said Chris Bailey, WOLO’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the move. “Jonathan is a great team player and very techno-savvy and will continue in his role as New Media Coordinator for our station.”
Oh, who describes himself as “fun, nerdy, techie” in his Twitter profile, is a media renaissance man. In addition to being a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, Oh has experience producing and anchoring live streaming news coverage for WOLO.
Rashida Jones, who has served as director of live programming at The Weather Channel since 2009 (and is not the actress daughter of Quincy Jones known for roles on “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”), has been tapped to lead the newsroom at WIS, a Raycom-owned NBC-affiliate in Columbia, SC.
WIS general manager Donita Todd confirmed the move to TVSpy today, saying that Jones’s first day as WIS’s news content director will be August 1st.
Jones has spent most of her career with The Weather Channel, which she joined as a producer in 2004. Before joining TWC, Jones was a producer for WTKR working on the CBS-affiliate’s 11pm newscast.
Brad Neuhoff is heading cross country — all the way across. He’s leaving his gig as new director of WIS in Columbia, SC (market #78) for the news director job at KOIN in Portland, OR (market #22)
Neuhoff had been at WIS since 2007. Before that he had stints as EP at KSTP in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and senior producer jobs at KWGN in Denver and KCOP in Los Angeles.
Neuhoff is one of twelve news directors in the country to be chosen for the Kneeland New Media Leadership Forum. He starts at KOIN July 5.
KOIN’s news operation was once run by Jeff Alan, who was living under that assumed name for 24 years. He was arrested, charged and would later plead guilty to multiple counts of fraud. In September, the judge threw the book at him sentencing him to the maximum 18 months in prison for his crimes.
Lynn Heider was news director after Alan was fired. An interim news director has been in place since she departed in December.
Moore will begin work as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter for the NBC-affiliate on August 1st.
“Stewart has experience as both an anchor and a reporter,” said Bob Longo, WESH’s news director, in announcing the move. “We believe his experience and personality will make him someone weekend viewers will really enjoy watching.”
WACH’s recent story about a forthcoming book that contains details of Nikki Haley‘s alleged extramarital sex life set off a war of words this week between the newly elected Governor of South Carolina and the Columbia Fox-affiliate.
Now WACH viewers, armchair pundits, and Facebook fans are weighing in on the tiff, which included Haley’s assertion that WACH peddled “tabloid news.”
What do you think of WACH’s coverage and Haley’s criticism? Leave your comments below…
Here’s a collection of what people are saying so far:
I think the Govenor was restrained in her comments. ‘Sleazy’ is more apt description of WACH’s running of this story.
Perhaps WACH ‘News’ Director Bryan Cox should consider resigning or perhaps WACH’s owners should demand it –to signal viewers that WACH does indeed have some standards.
Thank you Mr. Cox for standing up for what is right.
This is exactly the type of newscasting that has average viewers throwing up their hands and asking for fairness in the media.