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CW Affiliates

John Muller Returns to WPIX, Scott Stanford Goes Back to Sports

photo_atm-john-muller-11-e1401767395558WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York, has announced the return of John Muller as weeknight anchor.

Muller will join Tamsen Fadal for the 5:00  and 10:00 p.m. shows, a move that will see current anchor Scott Stanford return to sports.

Stanford, who was named lead sports anchor at WPIX with Muller’s return, made the switch from sports to news when he came to WPIX in September from WNBC. He was weekend sports anchor at the NBC owned station.

Muller first started at WPIX in 1999 before leaving in 2011 to work at ABC. He had been anchor of World News Now and America This Morning. He also filled in as news reader for Good Morning America. He starts June 23.

“WPIX11 continues to grow and invest in our team. John and Tamsen, along with Scott and Mr. G are an all-star anchor lineup with a meaningful connection to the audience,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement. “Our viewers have watched John grow up here on PIX11, I have been a longtime fan of his work and I’m delighted he is back at PIX11 where he belongs.”

Muller started his career at WTOC in Savannah, GA before moving on to WBBH in Fort Myers, FL, WFLA in Tampa and WNBC in New York.

WGN to Add 4 p.m. Newscast in September

wgn-logoWGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, is adding a 4 p.m. newscast this fall, Robert Feder reports:

Greg Easterly, president and general manager of the Tribune Broadcasting station, told staffers Wednesday the expansion would reinforce the brand of “Chicago’s Very Own.” “We have plenty of decisions and brainstorming in front of us . . . but I thought you all would like to know where we are headed,” he wrote in a memo. “It’s clear WGN has a unique place in the market and a true connection to Chicago — let’s build on it.”

No decision has been made on a talent lineup for the new 4 p.m. newscast, but insiders said it’s likely that news anchors Mark Suppelsa and Lourdes Duarte and chief meteorologist Tom Skilling, who currently front WGN’s 5 p.m. news hour, will be involved. There also may be a role for Micah Materre, who co-anchors at 9 p.m. with Suppelsa.

Meteorologist Rachel Frank to Join WPIX

frank wpixRachel Frank will join New York CW affiliate WPIX as morning meteorologist starting next week.

Frank comes from Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC where she was the station’s evening meteorologist. She will also report on environmental issues for the station.

“Rachel is a thorough, relentless, passionate meteorologist, a NY native with an infectious personality,” WPIX GM Rich Graziano said in a statement. “We are confident Rachel will break through and make a meaningful connection with our audience.”

Frank worked for Graziano while he was GM of WTIC. Before coming to WTIC in 2008, Frank worked at WFMZ in Allentown, PA. She has also worked at WICU in Erie, PA.

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Dave McDonald Named Senior Producer, Creative Services at WPIX

wpix logoDave McDonald has been promoted to senior producer, creative services at WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. In his new role, he will be responsible for “developing high level image campaigns that support the emerging PIX11 news brand as well as new evolving station initiatives and partnerships.”

McDonald has been a writer, producer and editor at WPIX since 2001. Before that, he was a creative services writer and producer for WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia.

“Dave is an Emmy Award and Promax Gold winning producer with over 15 years of experience in production, marketing, promotion and brand management. He has long been an important part of the PIX11 creative department, tireless in his pursuit of memorable creative work and is highly deserving of this promotion,” David Hyman, VP/Creative, said in a statement.

Tom Duerr Named Late News Executive Producer for KYW-WPSG

kyw_304KYW, the Philadelphia CBS owned station, has announced Tom Duerr as executive producer, Late News.

Duerr will oversee the 11:00 pm news for KYW and the 10:00 p.m show on CW affiliate WPSG.

This is a move within CBS Television Stations for Duerr who currently works at KTVT in Dallas, TX. He starts in June.

Chase Cain to Join XETV in San Diego

chase cainChase Cain will join San Diego CW affiliate XETV as weekend morning co-anchor.

Most recently, Cain worked for San Francisco Bay Area NBC owned station KNTV. He has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, WHAS in Louisville, KY, and WLEX in Lexington, KY.

He starts anchoring alongside Susana Franco May 17.

Tucson’s KWBA Launches Morning Newscast

kwba logoKWBA, the CW affiliate in Tucson, is launching a morning newscast on April 21. It will air from 7 to 8 a.m. as an extension of “Good Morning Tucson,” the morning newscast on sister station KGUN.

“I am excited that we will be able to provide our viewers with additional local news in the 7 a.m. hour,” KWBA vice president and general manager Jim Arnold said in a statement. “This is another opportunity for new viewers who already enjoy CW programs to get local news and weather they may not have seen before.”

The newscast will be anchored by Liz Kotalik with meteorologist April Madison and traffic reporter Allen Kath.

After Jimmy Kimmel Makes Makes Fun of Him, KTLA Reporter Fights Back

KTLA reporter Doug Kolk did his best local TV version of David to the Goliath that is Jimmy Kimmel.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, local reporters have become a favorite target of late night shows. Monday, Kimmel ran a report from March 28 when Kolk was getting reaction about that night’s earthquake in LA.

Kolk asked several people on Hollywood Boulevard if they felt the quake. They all said ‘No.’

“He saw on social media there was an earthquake nobody felt it,” said Kimmel. “But he went out. So please keep us in your prayers.”

But Kolk had a comeback, telling viewers on KTLA last night Kimmel left out the part where he wrapped his report by saying, “So nobody felt thing a thing, much like being an audience member at a Jimmy Kimmel taping.”

A quick check of TVeyes showed Kolk didn’t deliver the Kimmel line live. Kolk told TVSpy he taped that part after he became Kimmel’s target.

He said he brought the same suit he wore on March 28 just in case he was allowed to do the skit. He was. Though he said he was warned it was a fight he wasn’t going to win.

WPIX Hires Arnold Diaz For Newly-Formed Investigative Unit

arnold diazFormer WNYW consumer reporter Arnold Diaz is joining rival WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. Diaz will join Mary Murphy and Howard Thompson to round out a newly-formed investigative unit at WPIX.

The news comes on the heels of Fox-owned WNYW shuttering its consumer investigative unit — and getting rid of Diaz — in January.

“Howard and Mary have built their reputations on helping right wrongs. Now with the addition of Arnold Diaz, who has a storied career as an investigative consumer reporter, we strengthen PIX11’s goal of keeping our viewers informed,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

The investigative unit will be overseen by producer Noreen Lark. Diaz’s first official day at the station will be March 31.

More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

KTLA Anchor Lampooned for Reaction to Earthquake Gets in on the Joke

oscar picKTLA anchor Chris Schauble laughed off the attention he’s been getting over the last 24 hours after his reaction to yesterday’s 4.4 earthquake went viral.

“Has anything interesting happened in the last 24 hours?” Schauble asked at the top of the Los Angeles CW affiliate’s 5:00 a.m. show.

The station filled the morning show with the latest tweets, memes and videos lampooning the anchor’s emergency response.

Here’s a meme with him as one of The Supremes.Bi-uagjCEAEMsEV

His co-anchors pointed out the existence of #EarthquakeFace on twitter and a dance remix of his reaction. You can watch the remix after the jump. Read more

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