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Longtime Anchor David James Retiring from WFIE

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Yesterday, reporter and evening anchor David James announced he’s retiring from TV news. James has worked at WFIE in Evansville, Ind., for 41 years. He joined the NBC affiliate in December of 1973 after working for the Evansville Courier and Press and WGBF radio.

James announced the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday, writing:

It’s been an emotional journey reporting both the triumphs and tragedies in my hometown. Few broadcasters have been able to stay put in one place for such a long time. I want to thank the viewers for their trust and support over the years. It’s always been my goal to be a responsible journalist and not to judge, but present the facts and all sides of a story. I look forward to new challenges and opportunities.

This is the second longtime anchor to leave WFIE this year. We wrote about James’ former co-anchor, Ann Komis, who retired in July after 29 years at the station.

James’ last day is January 9.

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Evansville Station Sports Anchor Leaves, Former Anchor Returns

WEHT kirk ammanNexstar’s Evansville, Ind. ABC and CW affiliate WEHT-WTVW said goodbye to sports anchor Drew Amman, and announced the return of former anchor Shelley Kirk.

Kirk returns to the station after leaving the business in 2012. She will co-anchor the 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. news on WEHT and 7:00 a.m. news on WTVW.

Amman is moving to Nexstar’s Fayetteville, Ark. NBC affiliate KNWA.

“I know Shelley gave this very serious thought–She’s anxious to get back,” wrote anchor and managing editor Brad Byrd on his facebook page. “Shelley will be at the desk with Greg Parker and Ron Rhodes in the mornings with her dedication–and that smile. We could not be happier.” Read more

Longtime WFIE Anchor Ann Komis to Retire

ann komisAnn Komis is retiring after 29 years at WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Ind.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to start a new and hopefully adventuresome chapter in my life,” Komis wrote on Facebook. “I plan to have as few deadlines as possible.”

Komis anchors the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts alongside David James. Her last day at the anchor desk will be Friday, July 18.

Brandon Bartlett Named 4 p.m. Anchor at WFIE

Brandon Bartlett has been promoted to 4 p.m. anchor at WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Ind. He shared the news on Facebook:

Eric Garlick Joins WFIE as Weekend Meteorologist

garlick_wfieWFIE announced Eric Garlick (pictured right) has joined the Evansville, IN, NBC affiliate as weekend meteorologist.

Garlick last worked for Independent News Network in Davenport, IA.

“We couldn’t wait for you to start,” said chief meteorologist Jeff Lyons (pictured left) while introducing Garlick during Monday’s 5:00 p.m. show. “We’ve searched the country and Eric’s our guy hopefully for a long time.”

Anchor Randy Moore Joining WFIE

moore_wfieRandy Moore will be joining Evansville, IN, NBC affiliate WFIE.

Moore is a familiar face in the Evansville market. After working at rival station WEHT-WTVW for 33 years, Moore signed off from the ABC and CW affiliate Tuesday morning.

“As an Evansville native, I grew up with WFIE,” Moore told the Evansville Courier & Press. “Even as a competitor, I always admired and respected the work of Channel 14. To join an organization whose reputation has been built by the likes of Marcia Yockey, David James, Mike Blake and Ann Komis is truly an honor. I look forward to doing all I can to uphold that excellent tradition.”

The Courier & Press reports Moore will work behind the scenes for a year due to obligations in his WTVW-WEHT contract. Moore started working at WTVW in 1980.

Regarding what Moore will be doing for the station, the Courier & Press said WFIE general manager Nick Ulmer told them, “That’s to be determined. It’s a year away. He’ll definitely have a time slot and be part of our on-air team.”

During Moore’s Tuesday morning sign-off from WEHT-WTVW, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke declared Tuesday “Randy Moore Day” in Evansville.

WFIE Says Goodbye to Chad Sewich

sewich_wfie_goodbyeWFIE meteorologist Chad Sewich has signed off from the Evansville, IN, NBC affiliate.

Anchor Brandon Bartlett tossed to a reel of Sewich’s nearly 14 years at the station. Sewich is moving to Palm Springs, CA, to work in the family business.

Sewich, whose last day is tomorrow, started at WFIE in January 2000. He began his career at KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD, before moving to KNBN in Rapid City, SD.

You can watch the video of his goodbye after the jump. Read more

Tina Stein Joining WEHT-WTVW as Anchor

Tina Stein will be joining Evansville, IN, ABC and CW affiliate WEHT-WTVW as an anchor.

“Our search for an anchor to fill the void left by Whitney Ray has taken us to Rockford, Illinois and WIFR-TV where we’ve found an anchor who’s earned 11 Associated Press awards for her reporting and last year was named the Best Anchor by the Illinois Broadcasters Association,” WEHT-WTVW news director Bob Freeman told his staff.

Stein said goodbye to WIFR viewers in a post on her station facebook page, “I’ve accepted an Evening Anchor position in Evansville, Indiana. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives and informing me of subjects worth investigating. It’s your voice that helps journalists like myself better serve the community. You will be greatly missed.”

Stein started her career at WIFR in 2006 as a reporter.

Whitney Ray left WEHT-WTVW in July to spend more time with her family.

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Two Anchors Leaving Evansville’s WEHT-WTVW

Meteorologist David Heckard (pictured left) and anchor Whitney Ray (picture right) are leaving the Evansville, IN, ABC and CW affiliates WEHT-WVTW.

In an email sent to staffers obtained by TVSpy, news director Bob Freeman said in part, “We’re saying goodbye to Whitney Ray and David Heckard. Tough announcement to make but we all know the only certainties in the TriState are changes in the weather and the faces on local television.” You can read the entire email after the jump.

Heckard is going to Fort Myers, FL, NBC affiliate WBBH. Ray, who came back to WEHT-WTVW last year, will devote her time to her family. Read more

David Shepherd Leaves WEHT

David Shepherd, political director and weekend anchor at WEHT has left the station.

“After working as a political director and lead political correspondent for WEHT, I want to use my experience to help address the challenges our nation is facing from inside of the Beltway,” Shepherd told TVSpy. “I am currently looking at several options on how to do that. A lot of thought and prayer is going in to this and hopefully I’ll have a more firm announcement regarding my future in the coming weeks.

Shepherd was named weekend anchor at WEHT in October. He worked at WTWO in Terre Haute, IN, before joining WEHT. Read more

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