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Greg Kelly Falls Over

In what he called a tryout for the “Good Day New York Football Team,” Greg Kelly and Duke Castiglione ran some drills with NY Giant Rashad Jennings and former NFL’er Tim Green in the WNYW studio.

Castiglione made it through the tire drill first. Though in a moment of foreshadowing, he nearly tripped. Then Kelly took the hand off and made a mess of his feet, his suit and the wireless mic when he tripped on a tire, which he promptly threw off set.

After watching Green and Jennings float through the drill, Kelly took another turn, which was visually more disturbing than his first try. But he stayed upright. In Kelly’s defense, meteorologist Mike Woods fared no better with the tires.

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WJBK Morning Anchor Leaving Station

Carman WJBK croppedKam Carman is leaving Detroit FOX owned station WJBK.

WJBK news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement, “We want to thank Kam for her dedication and hard work during her tenure with WJBK. We appreciate all of her efforts over more than two decades and wish her the very best in all that is ahead of her.”

About her departure, Carman said, “I’m very sad to leave FOX 2. I have had a great 23 ½ -year career there, but it’s time for me to pursue other opportunities. I am very much looking forward to this next stage in my life – Kam 2.0.”

Before coming to WJBK in 1991, Carman was an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel. She started her career at KNAZ in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The station said it plans to air a retrospective of Carman’s career during the 10:00 a.m. newscast tomorrow.

Changes in Denver AM Market

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Two morning news shows in Denver are going through transitions at the moment.

ABC affiliate KMGH recently debuted a new set, which Joanne Ostrow over at The Denver Post, didn’t much like:

The big, empty 7News set, a display of video technology on multiple screens, looks big and empty. When I walked around it in person, I hoped it would play better on camera. It doesn’t, and the anchors appear awkward moving from one spot to another. Does standing without an anchor chair add anything? It’s a distraction.

Meanwhile, NBC affiliate KUSA‘s team has been changing in recent months after the departure of longtime fan favorite Kyle Dyer. Ostrow explains what the rest of the team looks like today:

Work-horse Gary Shapiro attempts to hold things together with trooper Cheryl Preheim, while former cheerleader and dancer Corey Rose and well-traveled TV vet Marty Coniglio take turns…When you build a newsroom around big personalities rather than, say, content, it hurts when a popular anchor leaves.

The ratings for September 2014, however, show that KUSA remains at #1, despite the shuffling of anchors. The station’s ratings have decreased compared to previous years, particularly among younger viewers, while KMGH has made significant gains.

For viewers age 25-54, from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m., KUSA scored a 1.4 rating and 15.7 share. KMGH came in second with a 0.8 rating and 9 share. FOX affiliate KDVR came in third with a 0.5 rating, 6 share.

GM Promises Changes at KFOX and KDBC: ‘Sinclair Has a Different Perspective on El Paso’

20140927__EPT-L-TVchanges-0928~p1With El Paso Fox affiliate KFOX and CBS affiliate KDBC set to merge under one roof in a new, Sinclair-built facility later this month, the duopoly’s general manager, Kevin Hayes, promises plenty of changes both on air and off. “Sinclair has a different perspective on El Paso”, Hayes told the El Paso Times:

“The challenge is to build the CBS4 news product that doesn’t cannibalize the KFOX news audience,” Hayes said.

It can be done, he said, because the two news operations will have different styles. The two stations also have vastly different viewer demographics, he said. KFOX has a young audience while KDBC tends to draw older viewers.

KFOX will have a new news set, and much bigger studio than at its current, years-old location at 6004 N. Mesa. But it will continue to have fast-paced, investigative-leaning newscasts, Hayes said.

“It is the same brand, but different” news operations, he said.

Former WFLD Anchor Anna Davlantes Returns, on the Radio

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 9.52.36 AMAnna Davlantes, who left Fox-owned WFLD in Chicago last October, is joining the radio news team at Chicago’s WGN AM. As the Chicago Tribune reports, the station is beefing up its staff to compete with rival news station WBBM:

Davlantes talked about the new role with Chicago media reporter Robert Feder:

“They understand that I have contacts and sources in the community, and I’m going to use those to try to uncover the stories that people aren’t covering,” Davlantes says. “They’re playing to my strengths.”

After leaving Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 in October 2013, Davlantes fielded offers for television jobs, but all were out of town. “I made the decision to stay in Chicago,” she says.

‘Oh, Flowers!’ Yes, The Word Was ‘Peonies’, Not ‘Panties’

When you really think about it, is there anything with more potential for disaster than anchor chat? Case in point, this moment from Fox-owned WJBK in Detroit. Anchors Anqunette Jamison and Jay Towers were chatting last month about a lovely bouquet of flowers, and Jamison noted that she is quite fond of peonies. Towers clearly thought his co-anchor was taking things into an entirely different area, but recovered about as well as one could expect.

Letisha Bush to Join WJAX-WFOX

Letisha Bush has announced she is joining Jacksonville CBS and FOX affiliate WJAX-WFOX.

Bush comes to Jacksonville from WALA in Mobile, Ala. where she has worked since August 2011. She was promoted to 4:00p.m. anchor in July 2013.

Candidate Apologizes for Calling Boston Reporter ‘Sweetheart’

Charlie Baker’s a Republican candidate for governor in Massachusetts, and recently he’s been working to win over women voters. So an exchange Tuesday with political reporter Sharman Sacchetti of Fox owned WFXT was a setback. Baker dismissed a question from Sacchetti, calling her “sweetheart”, a move that’s put Baker on the defensive and forced him to apologize:

Baker, the Republican candidate for Massachusetts governor, was answering questions from a group of journalists when Fox 25 political reporter Sharman Sacchetti began to ask a question about Democratic criticisms.

“Democrats are saying, they just put out an email–” Saccheti began before being interrupted.

“Ok, this is going to be the last one, sweetheart,” Baker said, patting her on the shoulder.

“Sweetheart?” Saccheti responded.

“I’m kidding,” Baker said.

FOX Said to Be Eyeing KCPQ in Search of NFL Dollars

Fox-2Last July, FOX pulled its affiliation from Bahakel owned WCCB in Charlotte, N.C. and launched WJZY an owned station. Recently, FOX announced a swap with Cox media, getting San Francisco Bay Area affiliate KTVU and giving up a station in Memphis and one in Boston.

FOX has the NFC package for the NFL and Charlotte is home to the NFC’s Carolina Panthers. You could say KTVU is in the home of the AFC’s Oakland Raiders, but you don’t need to leave the SF Bay Area DMA to watch the NFC’s San Francisco 49ers play in their new Santa Clara home. The stations FOX gave up are in markets with AFC teams. See a pattern?

Now, the New York Post reports, FOX Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy has his sights set on Tribune’s Seattle FOX station KCPQ.

Fox is set to yank Tribune Media’s Fox affiliation KCPQ-TV (Fox 13) in Seattle, The Post has learned.

Seattle is the home of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, which translates into big ratings in its hometown market.

Currently, Tribune’s Fox affiliation allows it to capitalize on the big NFL viewership numbers in negotiations with distributors such as cable companies. Tribune then kicks back a portion of those carriage fees to Fox.

Broadcasters, however, have been pressing their affiliates for larger kickbacks or risk having their lucrative network affiliations yanked, so the network can capture all of the revenue.

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Dallas Sports Anchor Max Morgan Dies

Max Morgan, the KDFW sports anchor who was admitted to a Dallas area hospital suffering from congestive heart failure, has died.

UPDATE: KDFW VP & GM Kathy Saunders issued a statement about Morgan’s death. “Max was an important member of the FOX 4 Sports and News family.  The teams he covered and the audience he served treasured his enthusiasm, energy and signature sign-on, “Hello, Dallas-Fort Worth. . . let’s talk sports!  He loved his job and our viewers knew it.  Max will be greatly missed by all of us at KDFW and all of North Texas.  The “talk” will never be quite the same.”

The Dallas-Fort Worth FOX owned station said Morgan started every sportscast by saying, “Hello Dallas-Fort Worth. Let’s talk sports,” along with “a smile and a magnificent baritone voice.”

For nearly 21 years Morgan was there to cover it all for Channel 4 – two Cowboys Super Bowl wins, a Stars Stanley Cup, a Mavericks title and two trips to the World Series by the Rangers.

Morgan had been off the air recently and was admitted last week to a Dallas-area hospital suffering from congestive heart failure.

Morgan joined KDFW in 1993, but from the time Morgan could talk – he was talking sports. Read more

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