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Greg Conner Named GM of WXLV-WMYV

wxlv logoSinclair Broadcast Group has named Greg Conner general manager of WXLV and WMYV, the ABC and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Throughout my career I have found that hard work, dedication and delivering results has consistently led to amazing opportunities, especially with a company like Sinclair,” Conner said in a statement. ”I have always had aspirations to become a General Manager, and I am excited to be joining the team at WXLV and WMYV and leading them in their future successes.”

Conner has worked for Sinclair for 14 years, most recently as the director of sales at KVCW-KVMY in Las Vegas. Before that, he was local sales manager at WLOS-WMYA in Asheville-Greenville-Spartanburg.

“Greg has proven himself to be a strong leader, manager and salesperson and has a consistent track record of training, managing and motivating his teams to achieve or exceed their goals throughout his 18 years in media.  We are excited to have him join the team in Greensboro,” Steve Marks, co-chief operating officer of Sinclair’s television group, said.

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Carolina Anchors Do Part of Show on Treadmill Desks

Greenville, SC, anchors Cody Alcorn and Diana Watson got a short workout in during part of the WHNS 10:00 p.m. show Tuesday.

After the station did a story about treadmill desks being used at work, the FOX affiliate set up a deal with a local treadmill store so the anchors could read a segment of the show while walking and jogging on treadmill desks of their own.

Former WYFF Weathercaster Keisha Kirkland Dies of Cancer

keisha kirklandKeisha Kirkland, a former weathercaster at WYFF in Greenville, S.C., has died of lung cancer. She was 41.

Kirkland, who did not smoke, was diagnosed shortly after she joined WYFF in 2008, according to the station. She continued to work at WYFF while undergoing treatment before finally signing off in May 2013. Here’s more from the station’s obituary:

Keisha, a native of Danville, Ky., attended the University of Louisville. During her senior year of chiropractic school at Life University, Keisha learned she had pituitary macro adenoma. After several brain surgeries, temporary paralysis, and a painstaking recovery, Keisha beat the diagnosis. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University, graduating with honors in 2000.

Keisha’s husband is former Clemson star and NFL All-Pro linebacker Levon Kirkland. When Keisha was diagnosed, their daughter, Kennedy, was 5.

Derek Brown Out as WHNS General Manager

WHNS_Fox_CarolinaTVSpy has confirmed Derek Brown, vice president and general manager of WHNS, is no longer with the station.

Brown came to the Greenville, SC, FOX affiliate in January 2012.

Before coming to WHNS he was GM of WGMT in Macon, GA. He has also worked at WWAY in Wilmington, NC, WTWO-WFXW in Terre Haute, IN, WTVO-WQRF in Rockford, IL, and WMBD-WYZZ in Peoria, IL.

Ben Hill Joins WHNS From KFXK

Ben Hill - HeadshotBen Hill is joining WHNS, the Fox affiliate in Greenville, S.C., as weekday morning co-anchor.

It is a 70-market jump for Hill, who comes from KFXK, the Fox affiliate in Tyler, Texas, where he was the weekday morning anchor. Before that, he anchored the weekend evening newscasts on KFXK sister station KETK.

At WHNS, he will anchor from 5 to 9 a.m. alongside Lauren Elise. He begins in Greenville on October 3.

WATCH: ‘WHAM!’ WSPA Sports Anchor Acts Out Game Highlights

When “major technical problems” derailed WSPA‘s ability to show video during Todd Summers‘ sports report, the sports anchor for the Greenville, SC, CBS affiliate used his imagination, a souvenir football and a mini baseball bat to bring the games to life…well sort of.

One highlight: While describing the Atlanta Braves win against the Florida Marlins, Summers showed off his ability to hit the curve. “In the bottom of the first,” said Summers. “It went something like this. Justin Upton at the plate…and…WHAM!” Summers said while swinging a mini bat at what may have been a whiffle ball tossed from off camera.

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Meteorologist Pamela Wright Joins WYFF

Pamela Wright is joining WYFF, Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C., as the weekend morning meteorologist.

“Pamela rounds out a weather team that is second to none in our area,” news director Bruce Barkley said in a statement. “As a meteorologist, she brings experience covering hurricanes and severe weather. Pamela is also someone who knows the social media community in our region and she is anxious to interact with that audience, as well.”

Wright began her career at WCSC in Charleston, S.C. and has worked at WLUK in Green Bay, WFOR and WSVN in Miami and KCBS in Los Angeles. She was most recently vice president of media relations at Sensible City in Asheville, N.C.

Traffic Reporter Allyson Powell Joins WYFF

Traffic reporter Allyson Powell is joining WYFF, Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C.

“Allyson brings a host of news reporting and anchoring experience to the traffic reporting position,” news director Bruce Barkley said in a statement. “We’re happy to have someone joining the WYFF 4 News team who knows our area and who is so familiar with our community.”

Powell has previously worked as a traffic reporter at KOSA in Midland, Texas and as a sports reporter at Comcast Sports in San Francisco. She will appear on both the morning and evening newscasts at WYFF.

Russ Bowen Joining Seattle’s KOMO

Russ Bowen has announced he is joining Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO as weekend co-anchor.

Bowen announced the news on his facebook page saying,

I’m so excited to finally be able to share some exciting news! I’m heading to Seattle. I’ll be the new weekend co-anchor for KOMO-TV. My last day at WLOS is Feb 8th and I leave for Seattle Feb 10th! I can’t thank you all enough for being such wonderful friends and viewers. Western North Carolina and everyone who lives here will always have a special place in my heart….

Bowen co-anchors the 10 pm. news for MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYA and reports daily for WLOS, the ABC affiliate for Asheville, NC.  He started working at the station in 2000 as bureau chief of the Western Carolina News Center. Before coming to WLOS, Bowen worked for WCTI in New Bern, NC.

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VIDEO: WHNS Couple Finds Out They’re Having a Girl On the Air

WHNS reporter Joe Gagnon and his wife, station photographer Summer Gagnon, found out live on the Fox affiliate’s morning newscast Thursday that they’re having a girl (video after the jump).

The couple found out by cutting into a pink-tinged cake baked by WHNS anchor Lauren Elise, who found out the sex from Summer’s mother earlier this week. The Gagnons also revealed that they have chosen a name, Sydney Snow Gagnon, for the baby, who is due in the Spring.

Watch the video after the jump… Read more

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