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Duane Pohlman Joins WCMH in Columbus

duane pohlmanDuane Pohlman will join WCMH, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, TVNewsCheck reports. Pohlman comes from WLKY in Kentucky, where he has been an investigative reporter since 2011.

At WCMH, Pohlman will be the lead investigative reporter and co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast. He begins in Columbus on February 3, 2014.

Before joining WLKY, Pohlman worked at WEWS in Cleveland, KING in Seattle, WTMJ in Milwaukee and WRAL in Raleigh-Durham.

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Deidre Johnson Joins WRBL

johnson_wrblDeidre Johnson (pictured far left) has joined WRBL as morning news anchor.

She will anchor alongside Tammy Terry (center) and senior meteorologist Kurt Schmitz for the Columbus, GA, CBS affiliate.

“I’m thrilled to join the News 3 On Your Side team,” said Johnson. “Being asked to co-anchor the morning newscasts with Tammy and Kurt is an honor and privilege. I look forward to telling the stories that matter the most and starting the day with the WRBL viewers. ”

Johnson joins WRBL from WXIA in Atlanta where she was a writer and traffic producer. She has also worked at WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, GA.

WTVM Celebrates 60th Anniversary

WTVM, the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ga., is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month. The station brought some of its former anchors and reporters, including Dick McMichael, Eddie Bland and Al Fleming, back to the studio (video above).

“People will recognize me and they say you’re, you’re? And I’ll say I used to be Dick McMichael,” McMichael said. “They walk up to you cause they feel they know you because they’ve been watching you on TV and they’ve invited you into their home and consider you a friend.”

Curtis McCloud to Join WWBT From WTVM

curtis mccloud Curtis McCloud is joining WWBT, the NBC affiliate in Richmond. McCloud, who has spent the past three years as a reporter at WTVM in Columbus, Ga., announced the news on his blog:

During my time at WTVM I have had the chance to better my skills, make some lifelong friends and be a member on the team of one of the stations I grew up watching. I want to thank all of you for inviting me into your homes (through television of course), sharing your stories and teaching me so much not just about myself but about life. I won’t say goodbye because Columbus, Georgia will always be my home.

Adam Slinger Joins WSYX-WTTE as Weekend Morning Co-Anchor

Adam Slinger has joined WSYX-WTTE, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ABC and Fox affiliates in Columbus, as the weekend morning anchor.

It is a return to the stations for Slinger, who worked as a nightside reporter before joining KNXV in Phoenix in 2011. At WSYX-WTTE, he anchors the weekend morning newscasts, which launched last weekend, alongside Maria Durant and meteorologist Phil Kelley.

“I’m thrilled to return to Columbus and ABC6/Fox28,” Slinger told TVSpy in an email. “Our lives are here. Ohio is home. There’s no place like it. The GOOD DAY COLUMBUS brand is one of the most recognizable in the market, and getting to be part of the weekend edition’s launch is incredibly exciting.”

WRBL Promotes Meteorologist, Adds Weekend Newscasts

WRBL, the CBS affiliate for Columbus, GA, announced it has has beefed up its weather team and expanded its weekend news schedule.

Part-time meteorologist Kurt Schmitz goes to full time. He will join Tammy Terry on the morning and midday news.

The station also announced starting this weekend it’s adding an 11:00 p.m. Saturday newscast and a Sunday 6:30 p.m. newscast starting September 29. The weekend shows will be anchored by Sydney Cameron, meteorologist David Reese and sports anchor Dayne Young.

“At News 3, we pride ourselves in being On Your Side,” WRBL vice president and general manager David Hart said in a statement. “That means being a watchdog news organization that serves the public and having the area’s most experienced weather team to protect them during severe weather. These additions to our staff and our weekend newscast expansion reinforce that commitment.”

Schmitz joined WRBL in September 2011 from Columbus ABC affiliate WTVM where he’d worked since 1989.

Greg Majewski to Join WTVM as Weekend Meteorologist

Greg Majewski will join Raycom’s Columbus, GA, ABC affiliate WTVM as weekend meteorologist on August 19.

Majewski is an Army reservist who served as deputy director of communication infrastructure with the 335th Signal Command in Kabul, Afghanistan. Recently, he has been chronicling his deployment at his annual Army training in Georgia. Last week he wrote, “Have the uniform on today for the next 16 days until I head down to Columbus to start my new gig at WTVM.”

Majewski, who has freelanced for WVTM in Birmingham, AL, and WTVC in Chattanooga, TN, replaces Justin Logan who left for Raycom’s Jonesboro, AR, station KAIT.

Holly Steuart Named VP-GM of WTVM

Holly Steuart has been named vice president and general manager at WTVM, Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ga.

Until December, Steuart was general manager at WHP, the CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. She was let go when Sinclair Broadcasting bought the station from Newport Television. She has also worked as general manager of KFYR-KQCD in Bismarck, N.D. and KVVU in Las Vegas.

Steuart replaces Lee Brantley, who will retire in July after 18 years at WTVM’s general manager.

“I feel really honored to follow in Lee’s footsteps and be able to have the opportunity to build on the past 18 years of his leadership,” Steuart said in a statement. “I think WTVM has a great team in every department and I’m just delighted to join them and be part of Raycom Media.”

John Cardenas Named President and General Manager of WBNS in Columbus

John Cardenas has been named vice president of news for Dispatch Broadcast Group and president and general manager of WBNS, the company’s CBS affiliate in Columbus.

It is a return to the station for Cardenas, who was news director at WBNS from 1999-2010. For the past three years, he has been general manager of WTHR, Dispatch’s NBC affiliate in Indianapolis. In his new role, he will oversee both stations.

“We are thrilled that John will be returning to Columbus where I’m sure he will build upon the market leadership of 10TV and will take the executive lead of our broadcast news operations in Columbus and Indianapolis,” Dispatch Broadcast Group CEO Michael J. Fiorile said in a statement.

Cardenas replaces Tom Griesdorn, who will retire from WBNS in June after 14 years as president and general manager.

“It’s an honor to come back home to Columbus, yet still be involved in the award-winning journalism being done at both stations,” Cardenas said.

Frank Willson Leaving WBNS After 16 Years

Frank Willson, the longtime director of operations at WBNS, is leaving the Columbus CBS affiliate.

Willson will join AEP Energy as the vice president of marketing. His departure caps off a 16-year career at WBNS. He joined the station in 1997 as director of marketing and was promoted to director of operations in 2003.

His last day at WBNS will be April 3.

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