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WGN’s Robert Jordan Named ‘Journalist in Residence’ at University of Chicago

Robert-JordanRobert Jordan, the veteran news anchor and reporter at Chicago CW affilate WGN, has been named the first journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media program, reports Chicago media reporter Robert Feder:

While continuing his full-time anchoring and reporting duties for the Tribune Media station, Jordan will spend much of the fall quarter on campus, where he’ll conduct a series of workshops, lead panels with other Chicago producers, editors and news directors, and meet with students who hope to pursue journalism and media careers. He also plans to work with staffers on the Chicago Maroon, the university’s student newspaper.

Mediabistro Course

Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia JournalismStarting September 25, learn how to create interactive packages with photos, audio, and video! Taught by a multiplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to come up stories that would be best told in a multimedia format, and create original content for that package using photos, slideshows, and short video and audio pieces. Register now! 
 

WGN Celebrates ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ Just Like it Always Does

We turn our spyglass this morning to Chicago CW affiliate WGN. Every year the Tribune owned station celebrates September 19 with a visit from Long John Johnny Johnson. For those landlubbers among us, September 19 is also known as “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

This morning’s pun filled segment featured, who we’ve been told is, morning producer Jeff Hoover doing his best pirate schtick. After a nod to Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Hoover left because, as he said, “There’s a big sale at the farmer’s market. All the corn is a buck an ear.”

In case you want to see how far the bit has come, click here to see Hoover in 2012.

Allie Mac Kay Leaves KTLA

mac KayKTLA morning feature reporter Allie Mac Kay has left the Los Angeles CW affiliate.

She told viewers the news on her facebook page, “So….some news. I’ve left KTLA Morning News,” wrote Mc Kay. “If I made you smile along the way, then that made my 2:30 am wake up worth it. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart for allowing me be a little part of your morning routine these last 6 years.”

According to her station bio, Mac Kay has worked “all over the country–from Salt Lake City to Sacramento to New York City.”

Dayton Station to Air Local Reality Show About Teens


WBDT, the LIN Media owned Dayton CW affiliate, has announced it’s airing a reality show about local teens called The Valley.

The locally produced show follows six local high school grads who are “preparing for the next big step in their lives and tackling important issues along the way, including drinking and driving, self-exploration, peer pressure, etc…”

The Valley isn’t your typical reality show. This is reality with a purpose,” said Joe Abouzeid, president and GM of WBDT. “The show is enlightening and entertaining for viewers of all ages. It really captures what teenagers are going through during this important right of passage and helps deepen our connection to the local community.” Read more

Sharon van Zwieten Leaving WPIX After a Little More Than One Year

wpixlogo_304Sharon van Zwieten, one-time senior executive producer at WPIX, is leaving the station today.

A Tribune spokesperson confirmed the move with TVSpy, but didn’t provide any details.

van Zwieten was brought on last year as senior executive producer under news director Mark Effron. In April, she was moved to a news talent project management role after WPIX hired Chuck Carter as managing editor. Carter worked at WTIC in Hartford, Conn. with WPIX GM Rich Graziano before Graziano moved to WPIX.

Two weeks ago, WPIX news director Mark Effron announced he was leaving the New York CW affiliate.

WGN Names Mike Frydman National/Regional Sales Manager

wgn-logoMike Frydman has been named national/regional sales manager at Chicago CW affiliate WGN. Frydman joined the Tribune-owned station in 2006 as an account executive. Prior to that, he was an account executive at CBS Station Sales.

“His National background and eight years of success at WGN-TV as one of the senior AE’s will be a great factor in the growth of this position,” Errol Gerber, WGN director of sales, said in a statement. “Mike will work closely with national sales manager Robert Breen to develop a great national “one-two” punch.”

Frydman’s new position is effective September 29.

Sunbeam Confirms New GM at Boston Stations, Makes Changes in Sales Management

sunbeam televisionSunbeam Television has announced sales management changes at Boston NBC affiliate WHDH and CW affiliate WLVI prompted by naming Robert “Bubba” Burns, VP and GM of both stations.

Sunbeam announced Paul Magnes will replace Burns as Director of Sales for WHDH-WLVI. Magnes was the local sales manager at WHDH. WLVI local sales manager Marcy Burt McCauley replaces Magnes as local sales manager of WHDH. WHDH account executive Jennifer Howe MacDermott was named local sales manager at WLVI, replacing McCauley, while WHDH account executive Charles Shiebler was named national sales manager for WLVI.

“As I move to the corporate offices of Sunbeam Television, I am excited that we have Bubba Burns and a strong management team leading the Boston stations into the future,” Chris Wayland, executive VP and GM of Sunbeam Television Corporation said in a press release.

Sinclair Fills GM Roles in Mobile-Pensacola and Birmingham

Sinclair BroadcastIts been a busy week for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Today it announced J.C. Lowe has been named GM of Mobile-Pensacola ABC affiliate WEAR and MyTV affiliate WFGX. The group also tapped GM of Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA, Mike Murphy, to replace Lowe as GM of CW affiliate WTTO and MyTV affiliate WABM. Murphy will also oversee WDBB which is a simulcast operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement. He will stay on as GM of WBMA.

“I look forward to J.C. overseeing our stations in Pensacola. He has done a terrific job in Birmingham, and we are confident that he can continue our leadership position in Pensacola,” Steve Marks co-chief operating officer of Sinclair’s Television Group said in a statement. “Mike is a natural choice to assume oversight of the stations J.C. managed and to broaden his responsibilities in Birmingham.”

Since 2007, Lowe has been working as GM of Sinclair’s Birmingham stations. Before that, he was the GSM of KAUT in Oklahoma City. He has also worked as GM and GSM of KEYE in Austin.

Murphy has been the GM of former Allbritton station WBMA since 2004. He was GSM there from 2002 until 2004. He has also worked at WSMV in Nashville in various sales roles.

WGN Adds An Hour to Evening News and A Morning News Anchor

duarte wgnWGN, the Tribune owned Chicago CW affiliate, will begin its evening newscast at 4:00 p.m. starting September 8.

Mark Suppelsa and Micah Materre will be joined by chief meteorologist Tom Skilling and traffic reporter Sarah Jindra for the 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. show.

“By expanding our evening news we will better serve our viewers,” WGN news director Jennifer Lyons, said in a statement.

WGN also added Lourdes Duarte (pictured) as co-anchor of the WGN Morning News alongside Dan Ponce from 4:00 to 6:00 a.m. The station said the move will allow traffic reporter Erin McElroy more time to focus on traffic and breaking news.

Mark Effron Leaving WPIX

mark_effron.03WPIX news director Mark Effron announced to staff today that he is leaving the Tribune-owned New York CW affiliate. He will stay through October.

Effron wrote to staffers in a memo that, when he was hired, he told Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, that he only wanted to be news director for two years. (Read Effron’s memo after the jump.)

Effron told TVSpy the timing has been fortuitous. He said the station’s turnaround came more quickly than he expected and he hopes the positive momentum continues for the next news director.

When asked about future plans, Effron mentioned his approaching 65th birthday and said he’s confident he will continue to work in the business. “It’s been a terrific career. I’ve been very blessed both personally and professionally and I’m very excited about what happens next.”

Wert hired Effron in April 2013. Rich Graziano was hired as GM of WPIX later that year. Read more

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