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WDTN Anchor Leaves to Join Chamber of Commerce

holly*304xx889-1333-56-0Holly Samuels, a morning anchor at Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN, will leave the station to join the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce as director of marketing and communications.

The Dayton Business Journal reports Samuels will use her married name, Holly Allen, when she starts October first:

“Holly’s extensive background in public relations, journalism and business outreach gives her a unique skill set that will be an asset to the members of the chamber,” said Phil Parker, president and CEO of the chamber. “Marketing and communications is an essential function of the chamber and I’m excited to have Holly overseeing these efforts.”

Currently, Allen is co-anchor of 2 NEWS Today weekday mornings on WDTN/WBDT. Before joining the desk on 2 NEWS Today, she was a reporter and weekend anchor for the station.

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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

Katie Kenney Joins WDTN’s ‘Living Dayton’

living daytonKatie Kenney has been named co-host of “Living Dayton,” WDTN’s daily local lifestyle program. Kenney has spent the past year as a contributor and fill-in host for the show.

“We are thrilled to have Katie join our Living Dayton family,” WDTN general manager Joe Abouzeid said in a statement.  “She’s been outstanding as our Dayton’s CW Star and with her strong ties to the community, will be an asset to the Living Dayton team.”

Kenney officially joins the show August 25. She joins co-hosts Shaun Kraisman, Vanessa Freeman and Sallie Taylor.

Wale’ Aliyu Joins WKYC From WKEF

wale aliyu_304Wale’ Aliyu is joining WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, as a multimedia journalist. He comes from WKEF-WRGT, the ABC and Fox affiliates in Dayton, where he has worked since 2010.

The station announced news of the hire on the WKYC Director’s Cut blog, which reports that Aliyu has also worked at Newsy.com and stations in Columbia, Mo. He said looks forward to reporting stories that make an impact on people’s lives.

“One of the first television stories I ever did was on human trafficking back in 2007 while I was at KOMU-TV8,” he said. “This was before anyone was really talking about it. In our little town of 100,000 people, we spoke to a human trafficking victim who was arrested prostitution. Our story helped get her out of jail and helped spread awareness on a worldwide issue that had come to our town.”

WHIO Meteorologist Rescues Kitten from Tornado Rubble


WHIO meteorologist Rich Wirdzek heard a kitten meowing while he was checking out tornado damage in Cedarville, OH.

According to the station, “He found the kitten and pulled it from the debris. The kitten was placed in a jacket and was kept warm in a News Center 7 live truck.”

The Dayton CBS affiliate reports the kitten has been reunited with its owners who say the kitten was one of several recently born in their barn.

Apparently It’s OK to Fly a Video Drone Over a Fire in Dayton

Dayton DroneFor Dayton, OH, FOX affiliate WRGT, the top local story last night was a fire burning downtown…and what the station said were “all the drones flying above the flames.”

In our TVNewser Show on April 29th, we will be discussing the increasing use of drones in journalism.

Unlike the drone incident in Hartford, CT, where a UAV operator got into trouble with local authorities when he flew his drone above a crime scene, Dayton firefighters seemed to see the upside of the aerial view. There’s no word on what the FAA thinks.

“It’s just another case of advances in technology being used for intentions that they were never intended for but in a case like this, if you can get an aerial view of a burning building, it’s very helpful,” said Dayton District Fire Chief Vincent Wiley.

Self-described video hobbyist Bob Ellis told WRGT, “I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some video footage.”

Firefighters say they want to look at the footage since they consider the fire suspicious. Ellis told the station he’d be happy to help.

Click here to watch the story.

[FTVLive]

WHIO Promotes Sean Dunster to News Director

seandunsterSean Dunster has been named news director for Dayton CBS affiliate WHIO.

Dunster had been the news technology manager for WHIO since July 2012. Before coming to WHIO in 2012, Dunster was news director for KECI-KCFW-KTVM in Montana. He has also worked as assistant news director at KTVM in Butte-Bozeman, MT, and executive producer , special projects for WCPO in Cincinnati.

Dunster told TVSpy former news director David Bennallack now oversees the station’s collective platforms as senior managing director of content.

[Loveland Magazine]

John Seibel Named Morning Anchor at WDTN

john seidelJohn Seibel is joining Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN as the co-anchor of the morning newscast.

Seibel is a Dayton native and a Gulf War veteran. He comes to WDTN from Pittsburgh, where was a radio host who helped launch the first all-sports radio station in the city. Prior to that, he worked at ESPN.

“I’ve covered stories and experienced nearly every corner of the country, but I’m excited to be coming home,” Seibel said in a statement. “I look forward to beginning each morning with the viewers of 2 NEWS and I’m excited to join the 2 NEWSToday team.”

Beginning January 27, Seibel will join Holly Samuels and meteorologist Jamie Jarosik on the station’s morning newscast.

WDTN Host Sallie Taylor Recovering After Health Scare

sallie taylorWDTN‘s Sallie Taylor is recovering from a major health scare that caused bleeding in her head and neck, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Taylor told the Daily News that she originally thought she had a migraine. When she finally went to the hospital, she was listed in critical condition and airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus. Taylor spent four days in intensive care while doctors treated her for the bleeding, which was caused by a blood vessel that broke away from an artery.

“Everything goes through your mind: Is this going to happen? Am I going to live? Am I going to die?” Taylor said.

Taylor, who currently works as a gust co-host for WDTN’s “Living Dayton,” wrote a Facebook post thanking her friends and family: “Blessed to have you all in my life! Hug and Kiss your family and friends. Tell them you love them. Live for today,” she wrote.

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini Joins WHIO

kirstie zontiniMeteorologist Kirstie Zontini is joining WHIO, the CBS affiliate in Dayton.

Zontini comes from Youngstown, where she worked at WKBN-WYTV-WYFX. At WHIO, she will be the meteorologist on the weekend morning and noon newscasts.

“We are excited to have Kirstie as an addition to our Storm Center 7 team,” chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson said in a statement. “Kirstie was born, raised, and educated in Ohio, so she is very knowledgeable of our weather patterns. Her experience forecasting lake effect snow in Youngstown will very valuable to WHIO viewers and listeners.”

More from WHIO after the jump. Read more

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