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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

Karen Kelly Promoted to News Director at WSPA

After 10 years as managing editor at WSPA-WYCW, Karen Kelly is stepping into the news director role at Media General’s duopoly in Spartanburg, S.C.

“Karen played an integral part in developing and implementing the ‘On Your Side’ brand and her promotion to News Director will allow her to continue to expand that brand,” WSPA vice president and general manager Bob Romine said in a statement.

Kelly began her television career at KOLR in Springfield, Mo., where she was the producer of the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She was hired at WSPA in 1998 and was promoted to executive producer later that year. Read more

Bruce Barkley Named News Director at WYFF, Ben Hart to Replace Him at WAPT

WAPT news director Bruce Barkley (pictured) is moving from Jackson, Miss. to Greenville, S.C., where he will take over as news director of WYFF.

It is a move within Hearst for Barkley, who has served as WAPT’s news director since 2000. He will step into the role vacated by Justin Antoniotti, who is leaving WYFF to serve as news director for another Hearst station, WATE in Pittsburgh.

“We feel very fortunate to welcome someone of Bruce’s experience and knowledge,” WYFF general manager John Soapes said in a statement. “He has a proven track record of creating outstanding local television news programming, all while providing superior leadership and building great teams.”

Ben Hart, who has been assistant news director of WAPT since 2010, will step into the news director role at the Jackson ABC affiliate. Hart is a graduate of Mississippi State University. Read more

WSPA Moves Gordon Dill to Weekday Evenings

Gordon Dill has been promoted to evening weekday anchor and 7 On Your Side watchdog reporter for Greenville, SC CBS affiliate, WSPA.

He told TVSpy, “The station put a lot of trust in me and I’m grateful. I’ll work every day to prove myself worthy.”

Dill, who came to WSPA in 2011 was a weekday anchor at crosstown rival WYFF when he found himself on the outs after an anchor shake up at the station.

In a press release announcing the move, vice president and general manager Bob Romine said, “Gordon’s experience in the market and his commitment to viewers and the community make him the obvious choice for this position.”

Dill will anchor the 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m newscasts replacing Chris Cato who is moving to WCAU in Philadelphia.

Dianne Derby Joins KKTV From WSPA

Dianne Derby is joining the main anchor team at KKTV, the CBS-affiliate in Colorado Springs.

Derby joins KKTV from WSPA, the CBS-affiliate in Greenville, SC, where she has been a weekend anchor five years. She was also the station’s “Problem Solver” reporter.

“Dianne’s experience as a consumer investigator and evening anchor will bring tremendous value to our content and on-air presentation,” news director Liz Haltiwanger said in a statement. Read more

Bonten Media, Time Warner Face Sunday Deadline In Carriage Dispute

The January 1 deadline is getting closer for Time Warner Cable and Bonten Media to negotiate a carriage agreement in Greenville, NC.

Several stations in the market are at risk: ABC-affiliate WCTI and Fox-affiliates WFXI-WYDO. Bonten owns WCTI and operates WFXI-WYDO under a joint service agreement.

“We are continuing to negotiate, and working hard to resolve this issue in a fair and timely manner,” Bonten CEO Randall Bongarten said in a statement today.

Verizon FiOs and Media General are also facing a January 1 deadline in retransmission negotiations.

WSPA Photojournalist ‘Learning to Live Again’ After August Car Crash

Almost three months ago, Jimmy Moore, a photojournalist at Spartanburg CBS-affiliate WSPA, was paralyzed in a car crash.

Last night, WSPA’s Chris Cato did a six-minute report on Moore’s progress called “Learning to Live Again.” The former photojournalist was married this summer to WSPA nightside producer Jaimie Reda; the two have spent the first months of their marriage in a rehabilitation center, as Moore undergoes rigorous physical therapy. Read more

Robert Romine Named President and GM of WSPA

Robert Romine will take over as president and general manager of Media General’s Spartanburg, SC duopoly WSPA-WYCW on September 19.

Romine has been the vice president of two Media General stations in Mississippi — WJTV in Jackson and WHLT in Hattiesburg — since 2003. Both stations are CBS affiliates.

“Bob has provided strong leadership in Jackson and Hattiesburg, and he has had an outstanding career in the broadcast industry,” said John Cottingham, president and market leader for Media General’s Mid-South market. “He is the ideal executive leader for Spartanburg.”

Romine succeeds Phil Lane as general manager at WSPA-WYCW, which are the CBS and CW affiliates in the market. Before joining Media General, Romine was VP-GM of WYTV in Youngstown, OH and WHQA in Quincy, IL.

South Carolina Stations Use Hurricane Hugo to Report on Hurricane Irene

With three days until Hurricane Irene’s projected landfall, local stations are preparing for the storm in some new ways, like developing smartphone apps with weather trackers, and some traditional ways, like delivering messages from emergency management. For stations on the southern east coast, anticipating a hurricane is hardly new. So how do producers and reporters find fresh things to report on in the days leading up to a storm?

The answer, at least for some stations, seems to be in archival footage. Over the course of the past several days, stations in Greenville, SC — a market that was hit hard in 1989′s Hurricane Hugo and is currently on the projected path for Hurricane Irene — have aired then-and-now segments comparing regional readiness for a potentially devastating hurricane (watch one from CBS affiliate WSPA above).

WSPA Photojournalist In Serious Condition After Highway Crash

A photojournalist for WSPA is listed in serious condition this morning after a Monday afternoon crash on I-85 near Duncan, South Carolina.

James Walter Moore, Jr., was driving an SUV owned by the station — which is the CBS affiliate that serves western North Carolina and South Carolina — when a spare tire fell off the car ahead of him on I-85. Moore swerved to avoid the tire and struck a concrete barrier with his car, The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports.

The crash occurred at 2 p.m. yesterday and blocked traffic for several hours on the highway. No charges have been filed in the incident.

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