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Media General Names Replacement for Retiring Columbus GM

wcmh304Media General has named Kenneth Freedman GM of Columbus, Ohio NBC affiliate WCMH.

Freedman replaces Dan Bradley who is retiring at the end of the year, after 40 years in broadcasting. He starts January 1.

He currently works as VP and GM of KWQC in Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois.

Before working at KWQC, Freedman worked as director of sales and marketing for KGW in Portland, Oregon. Freedman has held sales management positions at at KSTU in Salt Lake City, WOFL-WRBW and WKMG in Orlando, Fla. He’s also worked for HRP and Blair TV in New York City.

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Sinclair Names New GMs in Washington, DC and Columbus Markets

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Dan Mellon GM of its Washington, D.C. ABC affiliate WJLA and local cable news network NewsChannel 8.

The station group also named Tony D’Angelo GM of Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate WSYX.

“I am excited to announce the promotions of Dan and Tony,” Steve Marks, Sinclair’s co-chief operating officer said in a statement. “They have been loyal employees of the Company with a history of success in leading our stations, especially in Columbus, one of our largest and most important markets.”

Since 2006, Mellon has been group manager of Sinclair’s stations. He was GM of WSYX from 2005 until 2006 and was also responsible for oversight into WTTE. D’Angelo had been director of sales at WSYX, WTTE and WWHO in Columbus since 2003.

WCMH GM Dan Bradley Retiring from Media General

WCMH_logoAfter 40 years in broadcast journalism, Dan Bradley is set to retire. Currently the vice president and general manager at WCMH in Columbus, Ohio, Bradley has spent the past 35 years at Media General.

He joined the company in 1979 as a photographer at WFLA in Tampa. Bradley would spend 20 years at the NBC affiliate, working his way up the ladder to news director. Prior to joining WCMH, Bradley was the vice president of news for all of Media General’s stations based in Richmond. At WCMH Bradley served as director of digital journalism and content before being named GM in 2010.

“Dan has had a truly stellar career in broadcast television, and we will miss him,” says Deb McDermott, senior vice president of broadcast markets for Media General. “We will conduct a search for a successor to Dan in the coming months.”

Bradley will officially retire December 31.

Kurt Ludlow Says Goodbye to WBNS

Kurt Ludlow said goodbye to WBNS after 23 years Friday.

“I can’t tell you what I’m going to do next, because the truth is, I don’t know,” the anchor for the Columbus, OH, CBS affiliate said in his on-air goodbye. “But once I have it figured out I’ll share it with you on facebook and twitter.”

Viewers have already taken to the internet in an effort to bring Ludlow back. A “Boycott WBNS 10TV Until They Bring Back Kurt Ludlow” page has sprung up on facebook with 703 likes as of this writing. That page is linked to a petition on change.org telling WBNS, “I’m asking you to please revisit your decision before it’s too late and you fall in your ratings by more people following my suit.”

Ludlow first started at WBNS in 1986 as a reporter. He left in 1999 to work at KPTV in Portland, OR, and came back to WBNS in 2003.

After 20 Years at WBNS, Chuck Strickler Says Goodbye

strickler_200x250WBNS weekend anchor Chuck Strickler signed off from the Columbus CBS affiliate last night.

“A final footnote right now,” Stricker told viewers at the end of last night’s 11:00 p.m.news. “This is my last newscast for 10TV as I get ready to step away from the business and spend more time with my family.”

Before coming to WBNS in 1994, Strickler worked at WVVA in Bluefield, WV, WOWK in Charleston, WV, and KIII in Corpus Christi, TX.

Columbus Station One-Ups ‘Ice Desk’ with ‘Ice Weather Board’

WSYX_icewallWSYX has taken the Ice Desk idea to 11.

Yesterday the Columbus ABC afiliate debuted the “First Warning Ice Center,” which reporter Brooks Jarosz tweeted out was “Made with real ice!

Chief meteorologist Bill Kelly told viewers on yesterday’s 5:00 p.m, “We have developed the entire First Warning Ice Center where we have a green wall that we’re going to be doing all the broadcasts out here for at least tonight.” Read more

Woman Calls WSYX Newsroom During Standoff with Police

WSYX_text_swatA Westerville, OH, woman involved in a standoff with an area SWAT team called the newsroom of WSYX to plead her case.

The Columbus, OH, ABC station said Katelyn Allen spoke to senior producer Mark Schultz on the phone for about ten minutes around 8:00 p.m.

During the station’s report on its 11:00 p.m. show, Schultz can be heard telling Allen, “I don’t think we’re going to be able to do anything to help you right now. I think you’re just going to have to go with the police now. I mean its just going to get worse if you stay in there holed up, you know?”

Allen told the station her boyfriend bought an XBox gaming system with her credit card. When she confronted him about it, he called police and told them he was being robbed at gunpoint. Allen said she was inside the home with her parents and her best friend.

During her live shot at 11:00 p.m., reporter Tara Morgan told viewers Allen texted her right before she was flushed out of her parent’s home with tear gas and sent pictures of police outside the home.

The standoff ended just before 10:00 p.m. with three of the people inside the home charged with aggravated robbery.

Police Find Vehicle Involved in Hit and Run with Columbus Reporter

steve-car_27120Columbus police have found the car they believe was involved in last night’s hit-and-run incident that left WSYX reporter Steve Levine with a broken leg.

The Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate said police were looking for Teresa Peters, a woman Levine was interviewing as part of a hidden camera investigation.

>UPDATE 10:49 a.m.: WSYX reports the woman suspected of hitting Levine with her car is now in custody.

According to the station, “Steve confronted the woman as she got into her car.  The woman started backing up even though the driver’s door was still open.  Steve’s leg was pinned under the car.  The driver took off.”

The station said the blue Honda Peters allegedly used in the hit-and-run was found close to where the hit-and-run happened.

Peters, who is still at large, faces charges of felonious assault. Levine’s leg was broken in three places. He is expected to be OK.

Columbus Stations ‘Unite to Fight Poverty’

UniteToFightPoverty_Anchors_281x156The local TV stations in Columbus, OH, have teamed up with the United Way of Central Ohio in an effort called “Unite to Fight Poverty.”

NBC affiliate WCMH, ABC affiliate WSYX, CBS affiliate WBNS and FOX affiliate WTTE will pre-empt their commercials between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. to air jointly produced segments about poverty in the local area.

According to the United Way, “These segments will highlight the work of United Way and partner organizations in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Home that is helping to build pathways out of poverty.”

Also, until 11:30 p.m. the stations will air stories “of local individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by the work of United Way of Central Ohio, partner organizations and supporters.”

Viewers will be asked to “learn more” and also “give now” to help fight poverty in the community.

[TVNewsCheck]

Ohio State Football Team Hugs Columbus Sports Anchor Who Recently Lost Daughter

After their 24-31 win against Big Ten Conference rival the Wisconsin Badgers, Buckeyes players and coaches gave Dom Tiberi, the WBNS sportscaster who recently returned to work after his daughter was killed in a car crash, a show of support that left the anchor for the CBS affiliate speechless.

One by one on their way back to the locker room, they stopped, reached out and embraced Tiberi. After it was all done, Tiberi said, “Whoah. That was amazing,” put his headset back on and let out a sigh.

[Deadspin]

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