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Sports Reporter Keeps Rolling As She’s Tackled On Sideline of H.S. Football Game

WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC

She got the shot. In the end, the bruises won’t matter, right? Kelsey Riggs, a sports reporter at Florence, South Carolina CBS affiliate WBTW, was on the sidelines of a high school football game Friday night when the action right in front of, and then right on top of, her camera:

After Dillon wide receiver CJ Sowells took a short pass, he turned to run upfield, but was hit. He managed to break one tackle, but another Darlington defender was waiting – this time closer to the sidelines.

As Sowells collided with the defensive player, he went out of bounds and straight into – and over – Kelsey.

Kelsey took a tumble and her camera was knocked upside down – at least once. The crash was so dramatic, cheerleaders surrounded her, trying to comfort her.

Minor bumps and bruises, and Riggs will be back on Friday night football this week.

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Power Outage Knocks WPDE Off the Air

wpde logoA power outage caused by the winter storm making its way up the East Coast knocked WPDE, the ABC affiliate in Florence, S.C., off the air last night, the station says on its website:

We lost power to the transmitter around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and went to generator power. The generator is no longer putting out enough power to keep us on the air.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will work to keep you updated on CarolinaLive.com and through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Andrew Phillips, Martha Spencer Join WBTW

Meteorologists Andrew Phillips and Martha Spencer (pictured) have been hired at WBTW, the CBS-affiliate in Myrtle Beach.

Phillips will be the weekend meteorologist. He joins WBTW from rival WMBF, the NBC-affiliate in Myrtle Beach.

Spencer joins WBTW from WTVY, the CBS-affiliate in Dothan, AL. She will be the station’s weekday morning meteorologist.

Meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne Joins WTVT

Meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne is the newest addition to WTVT, the Fox O&O in Tampa.

Milbourne joins WTVT from WBTW, the CBS-affiliate in Myrtle Beach. WTVT vice president and news director John Hoffman said in a statement Milbourne’s “strong credentials, coupled with her engaging personality, make her a fitting addition to our station.”

Milbourne, who will be the weekend meteorologist, replaces Sheena Parveen, who left WTVT in November to join WCAU in Philadelphia.

Randy Ingram Named VP-GM Of WBTW

Media General has named Randy Ingram vice president and general manager at WBTW, the CBS-affiliate in Myrtle Beach.

Ingram joined Media General in 2005 as station manager and general sales manager of WYCW in Spartanburg, SC. Since 2010, he has been general manager and general sales manager of WRBL in Columbus.

In announcing the hire, Media General’s Mid-South president and market leader John Cottingham said Ingram is “well-suited to deliver for us in Myrtle Beach-Florence.”

“I am delighted for Randy to bring his many talents and great ideas to our station,” he said. Read more

Anchor Bob Juback Reflects On 20 Years At WBTW

Bob Juback has been the evening anchor on Florence, SC CBS-affiliate WBTW since 1992. Juback looks back on his career trajectory, and how he ended up behind the news desk after beginning his career in sports, in the Myrtle Beach Weekly Surge:

In 1984, he found himself out of work for a time, but received a fortuitous telephone call. “I had worked in radio in Spartanburg, and these people were in the process of buying WBTW. A woman called me and asked if I’d be interested in doing the sports on TV down here, and I said yes – so I came to Florence and did sports and then went back to Greenville/Spartanburg and did sports up there.”

But the local markets were changing, and some stations were paring down their coverage of local sports.  Read more

WBTW To Produce Morning Newscast For WFXB

Starting Thursday, CBS-affiliate WBTW will produce a 7 a.m. newscast for Fox-affiliate WFXB in Florence-Myrtle Beach, SC.

Since 2004, WTBW has also produced a 10 p.m. newscast for WFXB. The new morning show will be the only local news programming in the 7 a.m. timeslot in the market.

“Our 10 p.m. broadcast is a big success, so we’re confident we will experience the same with this new newscast,” WBTW director of content David Hart said in a statement. “We are looking forward to delivering more news at a convenient time for the viewers of WFXB.”

The hour-long newscast will be anchored by WBTW anchor Erika Hayes (pictured).

Michael Caplan Named President, GM of KTHV

Michael Caplan has been named president and general manager of Gannett Broadcasting’s KTHV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock.

Caplan spent the past 13 years in a variety of positions at Media General. He has been vice president and general manager of WBTW, the CBS affiliate in Florence-Myrtle Beach, SC, since 2006; in 2009, his responsibilities were expanded when Media General named him group leader for Florence-Myrtle Beach multimedia operations, where he oversaw WBTW, as well as a handful of print outlets in the market.

“Michael brings significant and proven multimedia experience to the team at [KTHV],” Gannett president Dave Lougee said in a statement. “His talents, combined with his passion for excellence make him the ideal leader of KTHV’s award-winning service to the people of Central Arkansas.”