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WPIX Adds Reporter From Hartford

harry_wpixAyana Harry will join Tribune’s New York CW station WPIX as a general assignment reporter tomorrow.

“Ayana has been part of the Tribune family since 2011, when she joined FOX CT,” Rich Graziano, president and general manager of WPIX said in a statement. “Ayana is Brooklyn native and a talented, hard-hitting journalist focused on telling the stories of our community.”

Harry comes to WPIX from Tribune’s Hartford, CT, station WTIC. Before working at WTIC, Harry was a digital reporter and field producer for ABC News. She has also worked as an associate producer, production associate and desk assistant for ABC News.

WPIX Names Local Sales Manager

wpixlogo_304Tribune’s New York CW station WPIX has named Alan Straub local sales manager.

“As PIX11 continues to develop our newscasts, make investments in our staffing and expand the station overall, I am confident the teams we are building have the experience and drive necessary to make a substantial impact on our goals,” Rich Graziano, President and GM of WPIX said in a statement.

Straub comes to WPIX from MSG, where he was the director, national sales manager. In his 20 year career, he has held account executive slots at WNYW-WWOR in New York, Time Warner Cable Media Sales, FOX television and Petry Media Corporation.

Straub starts February 6.

Police Investigate White Powder Sent to Two Los Angeles Stations

A suspicious white powder was sent to both Los Angeles FOX owned station KTTV and Tribune’s CW affiliate KTLA.

KTLA reported firefighters and the FBI are on the scene after the powder was discovered in an envelope addressed to KTLA around 11:00 a.m.

The station said a Fire Department test for anthrax came back negative and added, “Firefighters could not detail what they had found until a battalion chief arrived on scene, but first responders were seen wearing gas masks before descending into the basement mailroom.”

KTLA said LA Police told them they were also on the scene at KTTV. We’ve asked FOX for more details. We will update when we know more.

TV Stations Use Hot Water to Show What the Cold Can Do…to Hot Water


With this week’s cold snap, TV stations are looking for ways to show just how cold it is outside. More than a few stations are showing the trick where hot water turns to snow when it’s thrown into the freezing air.

Jim Romenesko points out this is quickly becoming the winter equivalent of frying an egg on the sidewalk in summer.

Yesterday in Chicago, both WBBM meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist and WGN morning show reporter Marcus Leshock added to the Windy City’s snow totals with the demo. Leshock also showed how quickly the cold turned a wet t-shirt into what looked like cardboard.

Gannett stations are KTHV in Little Rock is sharing a video of Des Moines, IA, CBS affiliate KCCI reporter Kim St. Onge demonstrating the trick.

If you notice any stations throwing hot water into cold air or using the “see what happens to a wet t-shirt” trick feel free to post them in the comments section.

Former WPIX Anchor Now Runs Israeli Parenting Website

When Emily Frances left WPIX in 2010, she was the morning entertainment news anchor at the New York CW affiliate.

As our sister site FishbowlNY reports, Frances is now a mother of two and an internet entrepreneur based in Tel Aviv.

A lot can happen in a few years. Back in 2010, Emily Frances was the morning news entertainment anchor at WPIX and trying to get pregnant through In Vitro Fertility treatments. Today, she is the mother of two young children and a Tel Aviv-based Internet entrepreneur.

“My husband and I are loving Israel,” Frances tells FishbowlNY after moving there from New York in September. “It is the best place to raise children. Israel is a kid-centric country where money is truly invested into playgrounds, kids activities and schools.”

“We love the fact that family is so important here,” she continues. “People have careers but the careers don’t define them. After [my four-day-a-week, intensive] Hebrew classes, I ride my bike to a place called Namal. It’s the old Tel Aviv port and has been gentrified like the Meatpacking District. I sit outside at a cafe and write my blogs, optimize my videos and do social media for HowtoMomTV.”

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‘…The Stockings Were Hung By The TV with Care’: Origin of TV Yule Log Revealed

yule-log-originalIf you grew up without a fireplace, you might have never known the comfort of a crackling fireplace on Christmas Eve. For those unlucky many, the televised yule log brought holiday comfort to the masses without the messy clean up.

In the spirit of the season, TVSpy brings you a safe conversation starter describing the origin of the televised yule log, courtesy of New York CW flagship station WPIX. You know, for when you’ve had one too many cups of eggnog or wassailed a little to much and need to drone on about something. Enjoy!

From WPIX.com:

It debuted as a 3-hour program, originally consisting of a 17-second 16 millimeter filmed loop of a festively decorated roaring fireplace while traditional Christmas carols played over the video.

The Yule Log premiered in full-color on Saturday, December 24, 1966, at 9:30 PM on WPIX Channel 11 in New York City.

The original one was filmed in 1966 on 16 millimeter film at Gracie Mansion, the home of then Mayor of New York, John Lindsay. Four years later, in 1970, WPIX decided to re-shoot the footage on state-of-the-art 35 millimeter film, as the original 16 millimeter footage had become worn by this time. Read more

Father Says He Saw Son Shot to Death By LA Police on Live TV

ktla_helicopterOne of the people watching the live police chase in Los Angeles more than a week ago that ended with the killing of the suspect on live TV was the victim’s father.

Bill Beaird told The Los Angeles Times his youngest son Brian called him while being chased by police the evening of December 13. He said he told his son to pull over after Brian Beaird said he done nothing wrong.

The chase and subsequent shooting was carried live by Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA and Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH. The family has filed a $20 million claim against the city of Los Angeles.

Later, Beaird watched live as a KTLA-TV News helicopter showed police chasing the Corvette into downtown L.A. He saw his son’s car T-bone another car before spinning onto the sidewalk. The driver staggered out of the vehicle, briefly raised his hands with his back to the police officers, then grabbed his stomach as he fell to the ground.

“I thought it was my son, but I wasn’t sure,” Bill Beaird said.

Beaird said he was initially confused about what happened to the man — the television reporters said he might have been shot with a Taser, he recalled. But when he tried to reach his son and couldn’t, his family began putting the pieces together. Read more

New York Reporter Says Viewers Have Better Odds Being Murdered Than Winning Lottery

WPIX_lotteryA reporter for New York CW affiliate WPIX took an unusual and some might say darker route to showing the impossible odds of winning Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot.

Arthur Chi’en enlisted the aid of an NYU mathematics professor to compute the odds in a conversational, easily relatable way.

The duo first told viewers they could guarantee a win by buying up $176 million in lottery tickets. But really, who has that sort of cash laying around?

The pair then went with the old saw, saying you’d be 50 percent more likely to be hit by lightning.

Chi’en went with the “drop the microphone and walk off the stage” moment when he told viewers they’d be 8,000 times more likely to be murdered. Happy Holidays everyone!

[Tuned In]

Questions Raised About Ethics of WFLD Contributor

wfld_tiffanySusanna Negovan, the Chicago Sun-Times editor of Splash who appears on FOX owned station WFLD‘s “Good Day Chicago,” is being called out by Chicago media writer Robert Feder.

On last Monday’s “Good Day” while reporting about a party put on by Tiffany & Co., Negovan told viewers about a crystal vase and a Tiffany book she was given by the high end jeweler before she attended the party.

Feder quotes one WFLD staffer as saying,

“You do a commercial for Tiffany and then show the free gifts you received at the end?” Calling it “a blatant ethical lapse no one else at any real news station would tolerate,”

Negovan also said her husband, WGN reporter Tom Negovan, attended the party. There was no word whether he received any gifts. “We probably each had about a thousand dollars in wine and champagne,” Negovan told viewers. Read more

Violent End to Police Pursuit Shown Live in LA and Fresno

ktla_helicopterViewers of two stations hundreds of miles apart got more than they bargained for Friday night.

At the tail end of the 10:00 p.m. news on both Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA and Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH, the station’s aired live helicopter footage of LA police in pursuit of a man wanted for reckless driving.

The chase ended when the suspect’s Corvette plowed into a car at an intersection and ended up on a curb. After trying to drive away from the accident, the suspect stumbled out of the Corvette, walked around the rear of the car and fell to the ground.

“Game over,” said KTLA’s Micah Ohlman from the studio.”They’re taking him out.” Then after what appeared to be both the helicopter pilot and Ohlman realizing what had happened, Ohlman said, “Let’s pull out, Tim. I’m not sure if those were non-lethal rounds or not. But clearly they hit him with a whole lot of something as he tried to run from behind that car.”

KMPH took KTLA’s feed, but used their own anchor, Erik Rosales to describe the action.

Watch video of part of the chase after the jump. Read more

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