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Steve Lavin to Replace Retiring WBAY GM

wbay logoMedia General has named Steve Lavin to replace retiring WBAY GM Don Carmichael.

Lavin is the station manager/general sales manager for the Green Bay, Wisc. ABC affiliate.

Lavin started at WBAY in 1996 before leaving in 2000 for WEAU in Eau Claire. He came back to WBAY in 2005 as GSM.

“We are delighted to name such a talented and experienced broadcaster as Steve to be our new General Manager at WBAY,” Deborah A. McDermott, SVP of Broadcast Markets for Media General said in a statement.

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WBAY GM Announces Retirement

wbay logoAfter 21 years as GM of Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY, Don Carmichael says he’s retiring at the end of the year.

“My 21 years as WBAY’s General Manager have been a lot of fun, never boring and we have done a lot of excellent work together.,” Carmichael, who has worked in broadcasting for 35 years, told staffers. “Early next year, I will join my wife, Bev, in Saint Augustine, Florida, where she is continuing her career as Vice President of Advancement at her alma mater, Flagler College. I’ll really miss the privilege of interacting with you every day.”

Before starting his TV broadcast career at WJXT in Jacksonville, Fla., Carmichael worked at The Miami Herald and spent five years in radio. He’s also worked at WATE in Knoxville, Tenn. For five years, he ran both WBAY and WLNS in Lansing, Mich.

You can read the entire text of Carmichael’s letter after the jump. Read more

WBAY Reporter, Photographer Suffer Minor Injuries in Satellite Truck Rollover

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A reporter and photographer for Green Bay ABC station WBAY walked away from a scary accident Thursday, when their satellite truck rolled over on a highway outside Green Bay. “A tire blew out, and the vehicle went to the side of the road and rolled over,” the station explained in a post on Facebook.

Reporter Patrick Nelson and photographer Will Sentowski suffered “bumps and bruises,” but escaped serious injury.

The satellite truck, however, was badly damaged. Photos show windows shattered, the satellite dish crushed and the truck’s microwave dish torn off. The cause of the tire failure has not been determined.

Green Bay Reporter Leaves Station for Government Job

chad-doranChad Doran, a reporter for WLUK, is leaving the Green Bay FOX affiliate to work for the mayor of Appleton, WI.

According to the Appleton Post-Crescent, Mayor Tim Hanna chose Doran to fill the newly created communications coordinator position to “increase transparency at City Hall and help with strategic internal and external communications.”

“I’ve been extremely blessed in the news business over the last 14 years and especially the last 2-1/2 years here at FOX 11,” Doran wrote on his facebook page. “But it’s time for a new adventure of sharing the great work being done by people working for and in the city of Appleton.”

Doran told the Post-Crescent. “With my journalism background I’m excited to tell the good stories of the people working for the city.”

WBAY Photographer Joe Smrekar Dies After Battle with Cancer

smrekar wbayJoe Smrekar, photographer for Green Bay, WI, ABC affiliate WBAY, has died after a long battle with cancer.

Smrekar started at WBAY as a production assistant in 1984. He became a photographer three years later.

“He’s been a constant friend for a lot of years,” WBAY chief photographer John Devroy said. “Joe was a very dedicated person. There’s not a more dedicated person you’ll find.”

According to the station, one of Smrekar’s passions was shooting Green Bay Packer games. “But aside from his stellar work, what we’ll remember most is Joe the person, the colleague and friend who lived his life with integrity.”

Joe’s family will receive friends at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason Street, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, April 25.

Pete Marquardt Named GM of WGBA-WACY

wgba logoPete Marquardt has been named general manager of WGBA and WACY, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Green Bay, TVNewsCheck reports. He begins April 28 and will report to Debbie Turner, Journal’s EVP of television.

Marquardt comes from WJFW in Wasau, Wis., where he has been general manager for the last three years. Before that, he worked as the station’s general sales manager.

He replaces Joe Poss, who was recently named vice president and general manager of WTMJ, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Milwaukee.

Green Bay Anchor’s Chair Malfunctions On-Air, Doesn’t Skip a Beat

What could be worse than having your chair malfunction right off the top of a newscast? How about having your news director make a Vine of it then tweet it out?

It happened to WBAY anchor Bill Jartz off the top of yesterday’s 4:00 p.m. newscast.

Matt Kummer, news director for the ABC affiliate, captured the moment for social media’s sake. See the tweet after the jump.

Here’s hoping Kummer shells out for a new chair for the set. Read more

WBAY Says Goodbye to Longtime News Director

Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY said goodbye to its longtime newsroom leader Friday.

Tom McCarey announced his retirement in October. He will be replaced by Matt Kummer.

McCarey was 17 when he started in the production department at WBAY. After a stint in the Navy he was offered a job in news. He’s worked as a reporter, photographer, producer and assignment editor at the station. He was promoted to news director in 1983.

“We have a great station here, we have great people, my job was to find good people and bring them in and let them do their job and get out of their way,” McCarey said in the story the station ran about his retirement. “I hope the station is in the same position in the community as it is now, that would make me very happy.”

Matt Kummer Named News Director at WBAY

wbay logo_304x200Matt Kummer will be promoted to news director at Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY after Tom McCarey retires at the end of the year, TVSpy has confirmed.

“Matt’s unique combination of experiences at WBAY, other Green Bay market stations, major markets, news management and social media evangelism made him the choice for a seamless transition to the Post McCarey Era at WBAY News,” WBAY general manager Don Carmichael wrote in a note to station staffers. “Congratulate Matt and help him in every way possible to continue the great tradition of Local News Leadership at WBAY’s Action 2 News.”

Kummer has been the station’s assistant news director since 2011. He has also worked at WCCO in Minneapolis, WISH in Indianapolis and WLUK in Green Bay.

Tom McCarey to Retire From WBAY

wbay logo_304x200WBAY news director Tom McCarey will retire from the Green Bay ABC affiliate next year.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to be part of the great tradition at WBAY-TV.  Working for a legacy station like WBAY-TV brings great advantages, but great responsibilities as well. I hope I have lived up to those responsibilities,” McCarey wrote in a note to WBAY obtained by TVSpy. “I’ve been fortunate to work with so many great people since I took that part time production job here in 1965; so many in fact that it would be a disservice to mention even a few for fear of leaving out some deserving co-workers.”

McCarey will officially sign off from the Young Broadcasting (soon, Media General) station in January.

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