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Gerry Vaillancourt Out at WVUE

vaillancourt wvue croppedWVUE morning anchor Gerry Vaillancourt has been let go by the New Orleans FOX affiliate.

Vaillancourt has been the radio color analyst for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets for the past 19 seasons.

“They said they wanted to go in a different direction,” Vaillancourt told Nola.com. “They want a ‘news anchor’ type with a news background. I can understand that.”

Vaillancourt started at WVUE in October 2012.

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WDRB Adds Ryan Cummings as Anchor

cummings wdrbWDRB announced Ryan Cummings has joined the station as reporter and weekend anchor.

Cummings began anchoring alongside Tamara Evans on the Louisville, KY, FOX affiliate’s 10:00 p.m. weekend news last weekend.

Before working at WDRB, Cummings was a reporter at KNXV in Phoenix. He has also worked in South Dakota, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oregon.

‘Light Pop’ Scares Cincinnati Weatherman

Cincinnati meteorologist Frank Marzullo had his morning forecast interrupted by an exploding light.

While the meteorologist for FOX affiliate WXIX may have escaped physical injury, he was taunted by his fellow anchors after his on-air reaction.

“At least you handled it well,” said anchor Rob Williams. “The thing is, it popped, he yelled, and then he grabbed his heart. Thank you. Thank you.”

Marzullo then took a deep breath and continued with his forecast.

Garrett Bedenbaugh to Join WTEV-WAWS as Weekend Meteorologist

bedenbaugh_wtevwawsGarrett Bedenbaugh is joining Jacksonville CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS as weekend meteorologist.

WTEV-WAWS news director Bob Longo told TVSpy Bedenbaugh will join the station in mid to late May and will start on air, “soon thereafter.”

“Excited to announce that I will be joining #ActionNewsJax in Jacksonville, FL in late May!” Bedenbaugh wrote on his facebook page. “Let’s do this #FLwx! Will be on the weekend evening shows.”

Bedenbaugh comes to WTEV-WAWS from WACH in Columbia, SC.

Pulitzer Winning Detroit Reporter Calls Pulitzer People ‘Jerks’ Says Awards ‘Bullshit’

elrick_croppedM.L. Elrick, reporter for Detroit FOX owned station WJBK told Detroit Metro Times what he really thinks about the Pulitzer he won when he worked for the Detroit Free Press.

Elrick won the award in 2009 along with Jim Schaefer, who still works at the paper, for a piece about former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

When Metro Times asked Elrick about his Pulitzer, he told them he wasn’t all that excited about it and that the “Pulitzer people were jerks.” He added, “It’s like every award: Every award is bullshit unless you win it because it’s all subjective. There’s some great work that doesn’t get recognized. To think that the work is only important because someone gave you a piece of shit crystal from Tiffany’s, that’s ridiculous.”

David Ashenfelter, a former Free Press reporter himself, wrote on Elrick’s facebook page “While it is true that you and Jim broke the biggest story in decades in Detroit, it’s also true that you and Jim were significantly assisted by other Free Press staffers who worked tirelessly on the story. Be grateful that you won the biggest prize in American newspaper journalism. And be generous with the people who helped you — as well as the organization that recognized you, Jim and the team of reporters for extraordinary work.”

As part if his reply to Ashenfelter, Elrick said, “David, as I’ve often said, I think most awards are bullshit — unless the judges select you. And, as I’ve often said, I’d rather have them than not! My personal and professional admiration for you knows no bounds. As for the folks at Columbia … they were high-handed dicks.”

See the complete text of Elrick’s comments to Detroit Metro Times after the jump. Click here to read the article. Read more

KDVR Reporter’s Story Reopens Police Investigation into Local Woman’s Death


Investigative work by KDVR reporter Justin Joseph has lead police to reopen an investigation into the shooting death of an Evans, CO, woman.

Ashley Fallis death was initially ruled a suicide after Fallis’ husband Tom, who was a Weld County law enforcement officer, told police Fallis shot herself.

After what the station called an exhaustive 12-month investigation, Joseph found “serious missteps” in the department’s investigation. When given the new evidence, Chief Rick Brandt “directed that the case be reopened.”

Brandt said the Fort Collins Police Department will take the lead in reexamining Ashley Fallis’ death.

“It is my desire that an unbiased, professional third-party review of this case be conducted,” he said. Read more

WTTG Expands in the Morning, Adds Saturday Show

wttg logoWashington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG is expanding its morning shows by adding eight hours of local news a week.

Weekdays, Good Day D.C. will air from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. beginning June 16.

On July 12, WTTG will add a Saturday show called FOX 5 News Morning airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.. FOX 5 News Morning Sunday will add an hour and also begin airing from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“The appetite for more local news has increased; we listened and decided to expand,” Patrick Paolini, WTTG VP and GM, said in a statement. “This is an exciting time for our industry, when local viewers demand relevant and accurate news with more immediacy than ever before, expecting us to report beyond the headlines everyone else is reporting.”

WDKY Adds Erika Abe as Anchor

abe cropped wdkyErika Abe will join Martin Bartlett as co-anchor of the WDKY 10:00 p.m. newscast, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

“Her personality is just a great fit for us,” Ronna Corrente, GM for the Lexington, KY, FOX affiliate, said in a statement.

From 2006 until 2008, Abe worked at Lexington ABC affiliate WTVQ. The Herald-Leader said she left the business for her family.

She starts April 28.

Zahid Arab to Join KDFW

arab_croppedDallas FOX owned station KDFW has added Zahid Arab as general assignment reporter.

“When it comes to engaging and responsible reporting, KDFW sets the standard,” Arab said in a statement. “It’s an honor to join a team that reflects the community it serves.”

Arab comes to KDFW from KING in Seattle. He has also worked at KLAS in Las Vegas, KHLN and KFVE in Honolulu, HI, and KCAU in Sioux City, IA.

What Are Local Stations Covering?

They like a longer story in Denver, where today we take a look at what the local stations are talking about.

With a lot of stories in the 2:00 range, most of the stations stacked their shows pretty much the same way: leading with the school evacuation and going long on the missing hikers.

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