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Alan Lee Signs Off From WJBK

After 18 years at WJBK, Alan Lee signed off from the Fox-owned station in Detroit this morning. Lee is retiring from the station to write a novel. Watch WJBK’s tribute:

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Howard Dashefsky Returns to KHON

howard dashefskyHonolulu Fox affiliate KHON is launching a 9 p.m. newscast with veteran anchor Howard Dashefsky this fall. The newscast will debut September 8.

“We look forward to offering Hawaii viewers a comprehensive late news option at 9 p.m. We have been wanting to add a 9 p.m. news for a while, and we think the time is right and Howard is the perfect addition to our news team,” general manager Kristina Lockwood said in a statement. “We are committed to serving the viewers of Hawaii and providing more local news content both on-air and online.”

Dashefsky left KHON in 2009. In the past five years, he has worked in communications consulting, as well as writing, producing and hosting “Sports People Hawaii” and working on-air for OC Sports.

“I‘m excited about coming back to KHON2,” Dashefsky said. “It’s certainly with some sadness that I step away from my work with OC16 and OC Sports, but I feel blessed that I‘ll still be able to do both as time permits. So it‘s really a win-win.”

Steve Hofstetter Brings ‘Laughs’ to FOX

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Steve Hofstetter can take the heat. The stand-up comedian has been heckled more times than he can remember. But that doesn’t faze the former Sports Illustrated columnist. “Stand-up, to some people, is a springboard. To me it is my life force,” he tells MediabistroTV. For his new show “Laughs,” debuting Saturday night on FOX and MyNetwork stations, Hofstetter has scoured the country to find the best club comedians. “Being a king and a kingmaker at the same time,” he says. And he doesn’t kid around when he predicts “Laughs” will be around for a long time. We caught up with Hofstetter last week at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club.

Harrisburg Reporter, Photographer ‘Touched’, Scratched in ‘Ghost Attack’

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 1.26.06 PMWe all know television news reporting can sometimes be dangerous, and it’s very often quite weird. But few of us can claim to have experienced a “ghost attack.” But Harrisburg Fox station WPMT reporter Katie Kyros and photographer Nick Petrillo just got lucky.

Assigned to investigate a homeowner’s claim of a “violent haunting”, Kyros says she was “touched and pinched” while inside the house, and Petrillo was “scratched” and “burned” on the arm while shooting an interview with the homeowner–wounds she helpfully treated with her personal supply of holy water. “Because you’re telling the story,” DeAnna Simpson said in the Fox 43 story. “Because you’re putting it out there, because they don’t want– that is there, I’m just telling you, right now that is their way of a warning.”

The “ghost attack” story includes Kyros’ personal description of being “touched”, and video of doors that appear to close on command, as well as photos of a few of the “five plus” ghosts that inhabit the Pennsylvania house:

Simpson says one of the entities in the house is a demon. It appears in a photo as a 7-foot-tall shadow figure. While we were there, Simpson recorded orbs on her cell phone camera and it caught a clip of a shadowy hand reaching out.

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What Did They Cover in El Paso Last Night?

El Paso, TX, is nestled where Texas, New Mexico and Mexico meet.

Of the four network affiliated stations, NBC affiliate KTSM and CBS affiliate KDBC had the most similar newscasts. That’s because while KDBC may be owned by Sinclair, it’s operated by Communications Corporation, the owner of NBC affiliate KTSM.

And, if you’re looking for a different perspective on what’s going on at the border than what you’re seeing on the networks, watch an El Paso newscast to see how they cover it.

Tenikka Smith to Join Jacksonville Station

Tenikka-SmithWSOC has announced Tenikka Smith is leaving the Charlotte, NC, Cox owned ABC affiliate for Cox’s Jacksonville stations WAWS-WTEV.

Smith was the weekday morning anchor for Eyewitness News This Morning on WAXN.

“I am very excited to join the CBS47 and FOX30 Action News family as we continue our mission to provide viewers quality coverage and original content,” Smith said in a statement.

“We were searching for a key team member to fill this anchor role at WAWS/WTEV, and Tenikka has everything we were looking for,” said WAWS-WETV GM Jim Zerwekh.

Smith started working at WSOC in 2009. Smith starts at WAWS-WTEV in early fall.

KDFW’s Melted Phone Story Goes Viral

A North Dallas teenager’s phone slipped under her pillow while she was sleeping. The phone melted and left burn marks on the pillow and on her sheets.

Dallas-Fort Worth FOX owned station KDFW did a story on it. The station posted the story on its YouTube page and now it has over 1 million hits.

KDFW reporter Steve Noviello told TVSpy he thinks the video got so many views because it was about something that is easy to relate to, “but the way it was posted, I think, really gave it a boost.”

Instead of using a generic picture, the station posted the story to facebook with cell phone pics he took of the damage, along with a link to the story on YouTube.

Robin Robinson Makes Last Appearance on WFLD Tonight

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After 27 years, Robin Robinson will make her final appearance on Chicago’s Fox station, WFLD, tonight. Robinson stepped down as co-anchor of the station’s 9 p.m. newscast last fall.

According to Robert Feder, Robinson’s sendoff has been strictly low–or no–key. “Colleagues said Robinson cleaned out her office Sunday. No send-off for her has been announced or planned.”

Robinson is a Chicago native who worked at WBBM before joining WFLD when the station launched its news operation in 1987.

Here’s Robinson’s farewell from the anchor desk last November:

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San Antonio Station Declines to Identify Restaurant Found Storing Food in Bathroom

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When a customer shot cell phone video that appeared to show a San Antonio restaurant storing food in the men’s room, KENS seemed to have quite a story. The station described the video as “stomach-turning” and brought it to the city health department. The person who recorded the video also questioned restaurant employees, who can be heard on the video saying they have “storage issues” and that, out of necessity “we clean the restroom and we store the food.”

The story had it all–except, perhaps, the most important information to a local viewer. Which restaurant are we talking about? Amazingly, KENS never named the restaurant in their story, on the station’s website, nor after questions were raised about their failure to identify the business.

On the KENS website, the station says “the owner of the establishment took immediate action and fired the employee seen on the video and because of that KENS 5 has chosen not to name the establishment.” That explanation has not been good enough for viewers, who have ripped the station on Facebook–noting that the local Fox station, KABB, reported the story completely, protecting nobody.

“KENS 5 “Covered Up” the story by NOT Reporting the full story, shielding the identify of the owner and the restaurant. I thought news agencies were supposed to report all the facts. Can’t help but wonder if Andrew Weissman, the Owner of The Luxury Restaurant, knows people at KENS 5. Must be nice when a news agency like KENS 5’s “Got Your Back”. Way to go Fox 29 !!”

Crooks Rack Up Big Bill After Stealing Fresno FOX Affiliate’s Gas Card

Fresno police are trying to figure out who stole a station credit card from Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH and used it to pay for over $1,400 in gas.

According to the station, the thieves used the gas card at the same station several times.

Surveillance video from several gas stations show at the time the stolen credit card was used, a group of people were at the gas station filling up several cars.

Jim Moore, KMPH Fox 26 Chief Engineer says, “$1,400 is a lot of money. When you look at what it takes to operate a vehicle for a year. It’s money that could have gone into maintenance, camera repair, and other productive ways.”

KMPH Fox 26 did file a police report and plans to turn over the surveillance evidence, including the license plates of the cars in the video to financial crime detectives.

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