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Dave Rexroth Thanks Viewers For ‘Thoughts, Prayers, and Encouragement’

dave rexrothWXYZ chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth, who is recovering from a fireworks accident over the 4th of July that left him without vision in his left eye, has posted a thank you note to viewers for their well-wishes on Facebook:

“Although the past few days have been challenging, I have been overwhelmed by the love and kind words from not only those closest to me but every single one of you,” says Rexroth. “Over my 14 years in Detroit and southeast Michigan, I’ve been truly blessed with the most caring and supportive viewers, coworkers and friends ever. Your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement are really helping me get through this. Thank you all so much. I look forward to being back on air and being able to thank you directly.”

Rexroth will undergo surgery today, beginning the process of receiving a prosthetic eye, according to WXYZ. He is expected to return in September.

Alan Lee Leaving WJBK After 18 Years

WJBK anchor Alan Lee announced on-air this morning he is leaving the Detroit FOX owned station.

Lee, who has been the morning show anchor at WJBK since 1996, said he decided not to renew his contract and instead will pursue plans to write a novel.

WJBK general manager Mike Renda said in a statement, “We want to thank Alan for his many contributions to the FOX2 news team over the past eighteen years.”

Lee’s last day will be July 31.

WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Seriously Injured in Fireworks Accident

dave rexrothDave Rexroth, the chief meteorologist at Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, was seriously injured in a fireworks accident over 4th of July weekend. The station reports the accident caused Rexroth to lose sight in his left eye:

He is currently hospitalized in Iowa City and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. That will begin the process of Dave receiving a prosthetic eye. He expects to fully recover by September.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time. As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress – and we look forward to his return to Action News,” said Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ.

Woman Arrested After WJBK Security Breach

wjbk security breachA 51-year-old woman has been arrested after she drove her car onto the grounds of WJBK, the Fox-owned station in Detroit, without permission:

Around 8:30 a.m in the morning a 51-year-old woman drove her way through a gated security area and continued to drive around the station’s parking lot.  Southfield Police quickly arrived on the scene and attempted to get the woman to stop her vehicle.  She eluded them and exited the property.

Police followed her to the area of Greenfield and I-696 where they successfully stopped her vehicle.  She was placed under arrest on felony charges of malicious destruction of private property and on charges of fleeing and eluding police.

WJBK says reporter Andrea Isom will have a full report on the incident on the evening newscasts.

Update: The story from Thursday’s 5:30 newscast, after the jump…

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David Bangura Named GM at WADL

wadl logoDavid Bangura has been named president and general manager at WADL, Adell Broadcasting’s independent station in Detroit, according to TVNewsCheck.

Bangura comes from WMYD, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Detroit, where he has worked for 14 years. Most recently, he was the station’s general manager. WMYD was acquired by Scripps, and began to operate as a duopoly with Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, last week.

Before WMYD, Bangura worked as an account executive at WJBK, the Fox-owned station in Detroit.

WXYZ to Add 10 p.m. Newscast on WMYD

wmyd logoDetroit ABC affiliate WXYZ is launching a 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WMYD, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in the market.

The newscast will debut tonight. WXYZ parent company E.W. Scripps’ purchase of WMYD from Granite Broadcasting closed today.

“We are passionate about Detroit and this region, and we are fortunate that our parent company, E.W. Scripps, has decided to invest deeper in this market. TV20 gives us an opportunity to expand our programming, news, and community service as we take an even bigger role in the rebirth of the city we serve,” WXYZ general manager Ed Fernandez said in a statement.

Weekday editions will be anchored by Glenda Lewis and Malcolm Maddox with chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth and sports director Tom Leyden. Dave LewAllen will anchor on weekends with meteorologist Hally Vogel and sports anchor Dave Solano.

Mike Woolfolk Joins Detroit’s WXYZ

Mike Woolfolk, former anchor for WACH in Columbia, SC, from 1996 to 2010, has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, reports The State.

After leaving WACH, Woolfolk started a media relations business. TVSpy reported about Woolfolk after he criticized his old station for hiring a beauty queen with no formal journalism experience. “I was astounded when I first heard of this move by WACH-TV, my former employer, and I remain astounded to this day,” Woolfolk wrote on his blog at the time.

Woolfolk is a Detroit native. He responded to a report about his new job in the South Carolina paper The State by writing, “I never would have expected The State to post my tweets! But, thanks for updating your readers on where I have landed. I have received many messages of congratulations from great people in Columbia. I am humbled by the love and support. I miss Columbia but, it’s good to be home!”

Jonathan Carlson Joins WXYZ From WNCN

Jonathan CarlsonJonathan Carlson is joining Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ as an investigative reporter. Carlson comes from WNCN, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, where he was an investigative reporter and anchor.

Carlson has “deep experience covering everything from political scandals, school failures and government waste to natural disasters and breaking news,” WXYZ news director Dave Manney said in announcing the hire. “He’ll fit in nicely at Action News.”

Carlson begins at WXYZ in June.

Charlie LeDuff Named National News Correspondent for FOX TV Stations

LeDuff FlagWJBK investigative reporter Charlie LeDuff has been named national news correspondent for FOX Television Stations.

In addition to reporting for the Detroit FOX owned station, LeDuff will lead a series of national news reports on all FOX owned stations called “The Americans with Charlie LeDuff.”

“Charlie’s unorthodox storytelling, no holds barred attitude and exceptional wit combine to produce a news product that is unlike any other reporting out there,” Sharri Berg, SVP of news operations for FOX TV stations said in a statement. Read more

WXYZ Reporter Pelted with Food by Angry Squatters


A group of squatters were menacing a Detroit neighborhood. When WXYZ reporter Ronnie Dahl picked up the story and lead the efforts to have the squatters evicted, she became a target of their food-based rage.

The first incident happened when the reporter for the Detroit ABC affiliate confronted them as they drove away from the house they’d taken over. They threw what appeared to be soda on her and later brandished what looked like a bottle of barbecue sauce as they drove away.

When they drove by as Dahl was doing a live shot covering their eviction they pulled out the barbecue sauce again. “Just so you guys know, you’re live on television,” Dahl told them. “I wouldn’t do that.”

But they did. Watch the story.

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