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Chief Meteorologist Tom Mahoney to Retire From WFRV

Meteorologist Tom Mahoney has announced he will retire from Green Bay CBS affiliate WFRV in June.

“I’m reaching retirement age,” Mahoney announced this week on WFRV. “I worked out an agreement with management here, and I’m quite happy, actually.”

Mahoney, who says he will be back to fill in on the station as needed, joined WFRV in 1972. He left in 1973 and worked at stations in Oklahoma City and Milwaukee before returning to WFRV in 1982 as chief meteorologist. [h/t NewsBlues]

Larry McCarren Joins WGBA as Sports Director

Larry McCarren is joining WGBA, the NBC affiliate in Green Bay, as sports director.

The announcement comes a year after McCarren’s departure from crosstown rival WFRV, where he worked for more than 24 years. McCarren played center for the Green Bay Packers for 12 seasons and was voted into the Pro Bowl in 1998. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1992.

“I’m really looking forward to calling NBC26 my new TV home. The station has already made significant strides in re-establishing its local sports presence and I will do my best to contribute to that collective effort,” McCarren said in a statement.

“As a former Green Bay Packer player, Larry brings a special kind of insight that is highly focused on local sports in Northeast Wisconsin,” WGBA general manager Joe Poss said.”That will enable NBC26 to provide the best exclusive coverage to Packers fans.”

McCarren begins at WGBA on April 1.

Jennifer Dodd Leaving San Antonio for Green Bay

Jennifer Dodd, a general assignment reporter at KSAT, is leaving the San Antonio ABC affiliate for an anchor job in Green Bay.

Dodd will be the solo morning anchor at NBC affiliate WGBA, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“Jennifer wanted to pursue anchoring,” WGBA news director Bob Healey said. “”Part of her allure is that she understands what it’s like to be a working mom.”

Dodd will start at WGBA after Christmas, she wrote on Twitter.

The Top Markets for Political Ads This Week Are…

With just three weeks to go until Election Day, a new NBC News report finds that political ad spending has reached $807 million so far across radio and television, including local, national cable and broadcast networks. According to NBC, that number is projected to reach $1 billion this year.

The most money has been spent in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia. The report breaks down the top ten markets in the country for this week based on the number of ads run. Green Bay tops the list, with Denver in second and Cincinnati and Columbus in third and fourth, respectively.

See the full list after the jump. Read more

Tammy Elliott Returns to Green Bay Airwaves

Last September WFRV Channel 5 anchor Tammy Elliott said, “I’ve always put family first. Right now I’ve chosen to step back in my career to devote more time to my other career–being a mom.” So she left the CBS affiliate in Green Bay.

Now, the Green Bay Press-Gazette is reporting Elliott is stepping back in and returning to TV down the street at ABC affiliate WBAY. Starting Wednesday, Elliott will co-anchor the morning show with longtime anchor Kevin Rompa.

Elliott began her career at WFRV as an intern and worked her way up to main anchor. She decamped for four years to Milwaukee ABC station WISN, before returning to Channel 5.

Green Bay NBC Affiliate Uses ‘Replacement Weather Guy’ to Poke Fun at NFL Refs

The Green Bay Packers became the latest NFL team to lose on a highly questionable call by the league’s replacement referees on Monday. WGBA, Green Bay’s NBC affiliate, poked fun at the situation Tuesday morning, bringing in a “replacement weather guy” to handle the forecast.

“It’s pretty bad out there people,” the replacement weather guy said (video above). “200 degrees below we’re looking at, and it’s really going to heat up. It’s going to be like 346 degrees by noon.”

Morning meteorologist Brian Niznansky shooed him away, saying, “Here’s your real forecast: 63 degrees by noon, 5 o’clock 66 degrees. That’s how it’s done. Get it right, people!” Read more

WFRV Adds Kent Harrell as News Director, Launches 4 p.m. Newscast

WFRV in Green Bay, WI has unveiled a few changes to both its lineup and its leadership.

As expected, Kent Harrell has been named news director for the CBS affiliate.  Harrell, who comes from WTVO-WQRF in Rockford, IL, will be reunited with vice president and general manager Joe Denk who left that station last year to lead WFRV.

“As the former general manager of WQRF in Rockford, Illinois, I had the pleasure of working with Kent for many years,” Denk said in a statement. “With his extensive broadcast knowledge and industry experience, I am confident that Kent is the right person to lead our news initiatives at WFRV. We look forward to his contributions in his new role as we build upon our commitment to bring high-quality local news programming to our viewers while offering results-driven marketing opportunities for our advertisers.” Read more

Packers Wives Get New Show in Green Bay

Wives of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers have their own daytime talk show on that city’s FOX affiliate, WLUK.  ”The Better Half”, a double play on words, promises a look at family life, charity, cooking, health, wellness, fashion and the latest entertainment news.

Hosted by Rachel Manek, morning anchor for WLUK’s “Good Day Wisconsin”, the show stars Betina Driver, wife of Donald Driver, Emily Nelson wife of Jordy Nelson, Courtney Finley wife of Jermichael Finley and Desmond Bishop’s wife, Geeta Bishop.

The show began its run this morning at 9 a.m. on WLUK and will have multiple re-airings throughout the day.  If you’re keeping score, the Packers beat the Bear last night.  If you’re in the area and want to see the show, you can see a schedule after the jump.

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Anchor Kris Schuller Returns to WFRV in Green Bay

Four years after signing off from WFRV, Kris Schuller is returning to the Green Bay CBS affiliate.

The Green Bay Press Gazette reports Schuller will begin anchoring WFRV’s 4 p.m. newscast today. In joining the station, he has stepped down from his day job as media specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, as well as a position on the Brown County Board.

“Going through the changes that I have the last four years — leaving TV, working for state government, working for the county board, understanding the very important decisions that are made — yeah, it gives me a much better perspective on things,” Schuller told the Press Gazette. Read more

Longtime Green Bay Sports Anchor Joins WTMJ in Milwaukee to Cover Packers Football

Larry McCarren, who departed WFRV earlier this year after 24 years covering sports for the Green Bay CBS-affiliate, has signed on with WTMJ in Milwaukee to cover the Packers.

McCarren has been the color commentator for games on the Packers Radio Network since 1995. The flagship station of the Packers Radio Network is WTMJ-AM.

“Packers fans have enjoyed Larry’s work on the radio for many years and will now have the chance to see his detailed analysis and reporting on television in Milwaukee and online from anywhere in the world,” said Steve Wexler, the exectuive vice president of Journal Broadcast Group, which owns both WTMJ-TV and WTMJ-AM. Read more

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