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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

Los Angeles Stations On-Air During Earthquake


Los Angeles stations were on-air when a 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck the region.

Other than a whole lot of anchors grabbing their desks and saying “Whoa!” there were no reports of injuries or damage.

The anchors at CW affiliate KTLA had the most dramatic reaction to the jolt. Though, having been in a studio during an earthquake, TVSpy can attest to the fear of hoping the safety chains on the hot lights rattling above your head were put on correctly. See the video after the jump.

According to KTLA, the US Geological Survey said the temblor was centered six miles north of Beverly Hills. Read more

LA Reporter Sits Down with Samuel L. Jackson After Fishburne Gaffe

jackson_rubin_makeupThe last time KTLA‘s Sam Rubin interviewed Samuel L. Jackson he mistook him for Laurence Fishburne.

The word on the street was that Jackson was infuriated with the Los Angeles CW affiliate entertainment reporter, some called his reaction a smack down.

You might get a different view of things by watching the latest interview. Rubin sat down with Jackson face-to-face during the press junket for the new Captain America movie.

“I almost wore my ‘I’m not Laurence Fishburne’ T-Shirt,” Jackson said after the two shook hands.

Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Andy Adler Joins WPIX Morning Newscast

andy adlerAndy Adler is joining WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, as an entertainment reporter and sports anchor for the morning newscast. She will begin in her new role on April 7.

Adler had been working with WPIX on special projects, including the station’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII. Before that, she was a host at Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Los Angeles. She has previously worked at WNYW in New York City and at KNBC in Los Angeles.

“After working with Andy during Super Bowl week, we knew she would make a great addition to our team, her talents and energy are the perfect complement to PIX11′s Morning News,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

Bob Marra Returns to WPIX as Station Manager

wpixlogo_304WPIX is busy beefing up its executive ranks. In the second move announced today, the Tribune owned New York CW affiliate has named Bob Marra station manager.

Marra worked at WPIX for over 13 years before leaving to be VP and general sales manager of FOX owned New York stations WNYW and WWOR.

“Bob is a proven leader; and has guided teams to success for over 25 years.  He motivates and develops people, and his teams fight to win. His extensive industry relationships are unrivaled in New York and will prove to be an asset to PIX11 as we continue to grow the station,” said WPIX president and GM Rich Graziano.

According to Tribune, Marra will “serve as second in-command” and report to Graziano.

Earlier today WPIX announced David Hyman as VP of Creative Services.

David Hyman Named Head of Creative for WPIX

wpixlogo_304Tribune Broadcasting’s New York CW affiliate WPIX has named David Hyman VP of Creative Services.

Hyman has worked with the station for several months as a consultant. He’ll officially join March 10 and report to Rich Graziano, WPIX president and GM.

“I grew up watching PIX11 and I’m thrilled to join Rich’s team and play a role in advancing PIX’s competitive position in the NY market,” Hyman said in a statement.

Hyman last worked as VP and creative director for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. He was also VP of Creative Services & Programming for WNBC in New York.

Parodies of Song from Disney Movie ‘Frozen’ Are the New Ice Desk


Is the Polar Vortex relentlessly gnawing away at our collective good taste and dignity? Is singing a customized version of the song “Let it Go ” from Disney’s animated film “Frozen” the musical version of the Ice Desk?

You remember the wave of stations putting their anchors in harms way by making them broadcast from news desks made of ice to show how cold it was outside?

Last month, a traffic reporter at Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC did a “Let it Go” spoof for his traffic report. Since he’s always singing on his traffic reports anyway, it wasn’t too much a of a stretch.

But today, TVSpy learned that WTEN the ABC affiliate in Albany, NY, did a version of the song with its staff.

Also, via Hypervocal we learn Dan Ponce from Chicago CW affiliate WGN performed a version for the Windy City. Check it out after the jump. Read more

WGN AM Anchors Resort to Written Messages After Station Loses Audio

WGN_audioChicago CW affiliate WGN had a 20 minute window where the anchor’s mics didn’t work, leading Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten to find creative ways to communicate.

During a live shot at around 7:00 a.m., reporter Nancy Loo tossed back to Potash, but Potash’s mic wasn’t working. Since Loo’s mic was the only one that worked, she was left to let the viewers know what was going on in between extended commercial breaks.

Potash and Baumgarten spent the time flashing written messages to the viewers. Baumgarten wrote “Now’s my chance to dance!!” and Potash wrote one that said “Boss said ‘Hey let’s get a cheaper audio board. No one will notice.’”

“We have been silenced,” said Baumgarten after the station fixed the issue nearly 20 minutes later. “That has never happened to us before.” Watch the video after the jump. Read more

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