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WGN Anchor Publicly Shames 12-Year-Old Video Bomber


WGN sports anchor Pat Tomasulo was doing a live shot Friday morning at the Chicago Bears training camp when 12-Year-old Dylan decided it was good time to practice his fart noises.

Tomasulo had Dylan appear on air with him in his next segment.

“Make a fart noise now, Dylan,” said Tomasulo. But Dylan demured. Tomasulo said he had no other way to shame the kid. “Seeing that he’s 12-years-old I can’t ask him about erectile dysfunction or any other inappropriate things.”

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KPIX to Launch Revamped 10:00 p.m. Newscast on CW Affiliate

delacruz kpixSan Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station KPIX-KBCW is launching a revamped newscast on CW affiliate KBCW starting Monday at 10:00 p.m.

The show, which replaces the regular KBCW 10:00 p.m. news Monday through Friday, will be called Bay Area Night Beat.

Veronica De La Cruz will host the show which mixes traditional local news with what’s trending on the internet and on social media and is targeted towards a younger audience.

“We are very excited about this newscast that augments our deeply held traditional news values with a social media lens and contemporary story-telling techniques” said Dan Rosenheim, VP of News and news director for KPIX-KBCW.

A station spokesperson promised no big set changes, no gratuitous live remotes and no co-anchors, just the news with science and environmental stories added to weather and a segment called “Jump on Tomorrow” giving news about what’s happening the next day.

Sinclair Appoints New GM to Syracuse Stations

cny centralAmy Collins has been named GM of Syracuse NBC and CW affiliates WSTM-WSTQ by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Collins will also oversee sales and non-programming related services for CBS affiliate WTVH. The three stations make up CNYcentral.

“Having grown with these stations over the past 15 years, I am thrilled to be able to lead this team into the future with a great company like Sinclair,” Collins said in a statement.

Collins started at WTVH in 1999 as an account executive. She was named national sales manager in 2000. Two years later, she became the local/general sales manager and was named VP and Director of sales at WSTM, WTVH and WSTQ in 2009.

WPIX Reporter Talks About Celebrity’s Failed Kiss Attempt

badu diaz wpixA celebrity turned the tables on WPIX reporter Mario Diaz last week by giving the New York CW affiliate reporter more attention than he really wanted.

Diaz was wrapping up a report about Shia LeBeouf‘s recent arrest when musician Erykah Badu, wearing a Pharrelesque style hat, began mugging for the camera behind Diaz before leaning in for a kiss.

Diaz pushed her away before she could plant one. Diaz later said he sensed something was going on, but the kiss attempt came out of nowhere.

Badu apologized on twitter. Diaz responded with some Prince lyrics. He also talked about the encounter on air. See the video after the jump.

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Courtney Gousman Jumps Stations in Chicago

courtney gousmanCourtney Gousman is joining WGN, the CW affiliate in Chicago, as a general assignment reporter. Gousman comes from rival WBBM, the CBS-owned station in the market, where she has been a reporter and anchor since 2012.

“A Chicago native, Courtney is a perfect fit for ‘Chicago’s Very Own’ news team,” WGN interim news director Jennifer Lyons told Robert Feder. “She’s experienced, dynamic and active in the community. She’ll be a great addition to our staff.”

Gousman will begin at WGN on July 9. She will be a reporter for the station’s evening newscasts.

Before WBBM, Gousman worked at KSDK in St. Louis, WEHT in Evansville, Ind., KRCG in Jefferson City, Mo., and WMAR in Baltimore.

WGN Adding 5 p.m. Weekend Newscast

wgn-logoWGN has announced another expansion of its news operation: the Chicago CW affiliate will launch an hourlong newscast at 5 p.m. on weekends, Robert Feder reports.

“Over the past year we’ve seen more and more major newsworthy events happening on weekends from serious weather to major construction projects,” interim news director Jennifer Lyons wrote in a memo obtained by Feder. “It will be a good thing to be in the Saturday and Sunday afternoon time slot.”

Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange, who currently anchor the 9 p.m. weekend newscasts, will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscasts starting July 12. Jim Ramsey will handle weather and Rich King will report on sports.

KTLA Quietly Adds 11:00 p.m. News

Los Angeles Tribune station KTLA added another hour of news last night.

In what Tribune called a soft launch, viewers of the CW affiliate were treated to an 11:00 p.m. newscast anchored by 10:00 p.m. anchors Cher Calvin and Micah Ohlman.

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy the station debuted the show as an extension of the 10:00 p.m.

The only mentions were in tweets like the one below from a KTLA senior producer:

WPIX Remakes AM Show in Effort to Expand News Coverage Elsewhere

wpixlogo_304Tribune’s WPIX has revamped its morning show lineup. The station said the move was meant to help it invest more resources elsewhere.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy the 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. hour has been dropped.

And despite reports of Marysol Castro and Dan Mannarino leaving the New York CW affiliate, the station said it has moved the two former anchors to reporting in the mornings with Sukanya Krishnan and Kori Chambers anchoring the entire 5:00 to 9:00 a.m. show instead of just the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

In addition to the main anchor changes and new traffic reporter Kaitlin Monte, meteorologist Rachel Frank joins from 5:00 to 6:00 a.m. while Linda Church remains on the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. show

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy, “Moving PIX11 Morning News’ start time from 4:00 am to 5:00 am allows the station the flexibility to invest more resources into the key morning hours and positions PIX11 to expand news coverage in other dayparts later this year.”

Media blogs were speculating that Castro was out at the station and Mannarino was not far behind after Castro shook Mannarino’s hand at the end of Thursday’s show and said, “Hey, dude. It was nice knowing you.”

WPIX Names Kaitlin Monte AM Traffic Reporter

monte wnbcKaitlin Monte will join New York CW affiliate WPIX as its morning traffic reporter on Monday.

Monte comes to WPIX from New York NBC owned station WNBC where she hosted the station’s interactive trivia segments. She is also the host of Mets Insider on SNY. In 2011, she was crowned Miss New York and was 2nd runner up to Miss America in 2012.

“Our viewers will come to depend on Kaitlin for up-to-the-second traffic information, including alternate routes and workarounds,” Mark Effron, WPIX VP and news director, said in a statement. “Kaitlin is a committed broadcaster, a passionate advocate, and I’m delighted that she’s joining our morning team.”

Nerissa Knight Leaving Dallas for Los Angeles

knight kdafKDAF morning anchor Nerissa Knight is heading to Los Angeles.

A Tribune spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy Knight will join Tribune’s CW affiliate KTLA as a freelance reporter later this month.

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark first reported Knight left KDAF last week.

Before coming to KDAF, Knight worked at CBS owned KTVT in Dallas. She has also worked at KBTV in Beaumont, TX, KATV and KHTV in Little Rock, AR, WALA in Mobile, AL, WDJT in Milwaukee, WI, and KNBC in Los Angeles.

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