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Christiane Cordero Joins WVIT I-Team

cordero wvitChristiane Cordero has made the jump from I-Team producer to I-Team reporter for Hartford NBC owned station WVIT.

Cordero announced the move on her facebook page, “I’m officially official!” She wrote. “Thanks to my incredible mentors, a little bit of luck and a lot of elbow grease, I’m stepping up as NBC Connecticut‘s newest INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER!”

Cordero started her career at WVIT in August 2013 after graduating from East Carolina University.

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WTIC Names Interim GM After Geiger Departure

oxton croppedMark Oxton has been named interim GM of Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC.

Oxton is the director of sales. He replaces Chris Geiger who left the station Tuesday.

According to his LinkedIn page, Oxton has worked at WTIC since July 2005.

WTIC GM Leaves After Less Than a Year

chris geigerChris Geiger is out as GM of Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC.

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy Geiger “has decided to leave the station.”

Geiger was named GM in April. He came from Sinclair Broadcasting’s stations in Syracuse WSTM, WTVH, WSTQ and CNY Central Digital. He replaced Rich Graziano, who became GM of Tribune’s New York CW affiliate WPIX.

WTNH Meteorologist Leaves Station

Erika Martin told viewers goodbye on the WTNH Friday night 6:00 p.m. news.

Friday on her facebook page, she said, in part, “Well CT, this is it…My very last forecast for News 8!!!” She added, “I am going to follow my dreams and grow as a meteorologist. I’ll be posting my new station and new opportunities in the upcoming days.”

The Hartford Courant reports “There had been rumors for weeks that  she was leaving the station but she had declined to comment. No word on who her replacement will be yet.”

Martin had worked at the Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate since 2012.

WVIT’s Gerry Brooks: ‘I Had No Desire To Trade Cancer Into Ratings Points.’

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Gerry Brooks, anchor at NBC-owned WVIT in Hartford, waited until after the November sweeps to reveal he’d be off the air until January because of surgery for prostate cancer. As Brooks told the Hartford Courant‘s MaryEllen Fillo, he wanted to wait until after the surgery–and after the book–to share the news:

“I don’t want to be the story, I want to tell stories,” said Brooks, one of Connecticut’s favorite anchors. “It made sense to me to just say nothing until I had to and the fact of the matter is I have had friends and relatives who had far worse kinds of cancer and I felt fortunate that what I was dealing with was completely doable and curable,” he said. “And I had no desire to trade cancer into ratings points.”

Brooks said Thursday he has known about the prostate cancer for about a year, but it wasn’t until recently that doctors advised it was time for the robotic surgery to remove the infected gland.

Ryan Kristafer Named Co-Host of ‘Connecticut Style’ on WTNH

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Media personality Ryan Kristafer is joining Teresa Dufour as co-host of “Connecticut Style,” a lifestyle show on LIN-owned Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH.

According to New England One, Kristafer, the son of longtime Connecticut radio personality Jerry Kristafer, started his own DJ business at 18 and eventually became one of the resident DJs at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Since then, he’s worked as a game show producer, event emcee and on-camera host.

Kristafer announced his new position at WTNH on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, writing:

“Connecticut Style” airs weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and will be expanded to one hour starting in January.

Hartford Anchors Celebrate Election 2014 with Traditional Garb Fit for the Nineties

House and DascenzioLast night, while the rest of the country’s stations were tracking votes, WFSB co-anchors Dennis House and Denise D’Ascenzo were celebrating a special anniversary.

House writes on his blog, he wore the same Brooks Brothers tie he’s worn on election night since 1994. D’Ascenzo wore what the two call the “’vintage voting vestment,’ a velvet garment she debuted for an election night in 1998.” Check out a snazzy pic of the “vestment” after the jump.

D’Ascenzo noticed a seam starting to rip on the voting garment. “[W]e are keeping our fingers crossed the historic frock will be around for the mayoral elections next year and the presidential election in 2016,” said House. Read more

Audrey Kuchen Promoted to Weekday Evening Anchor at WTIC

audrey-kuchen3WTIC, the FOX affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, CT, has promoted Audrey Kuchen from weekend evening anchor to weekday evening anchor. According to New England One, she will be co-anchoring the 5:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. broadcasts with Brent Hardin.

Kuchen wrote a lengthy Facebook post about her new promotion, where she describes how she’s known she wanted to be an anchor since second grade.

Prior to joining WTIC in 2010, Kuchen worked at FOX affiliate KMVU and NBC affiliate KOBI in Medford, Oreg, where she was an anchor and producer.

Rachel Frank Returns to Hartford after a Few Months in New York

frank wpixRachel Frank is set to replace herself as meteorologist at Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC. In May, Frank left WTIC after being named morning meteorologist at Tribune’s flagship station WPIX in New York.

Frank, who returns to air at WTIC tonight, wrote about the move in a blog post. “It has been my dream to become a meteorologist in NYC since I was a little girl. I can’t tell you how surreal it is to have succeeded!” She added, “But as many of you know, I’m pregnant with a baby boy! It’s funny how your priorities shift when you’re growing a tiny human. Family comes first. After much thought and consideration my husband and I decided it would be best for our growing family to return to Connecticut.”

Saturday, Frank linked to WTIC meteorologist Matt Scott‘s facebook page which read, “Yes, Meteorologist Rachel Frank is back! I’m very excited about this. She’s one of the smartest meteorologists I’ve worked with, and after looking high and low for a replacement for her, me, Joe Furey Meteorologist, Meteorologist Dan Amarante and Sam couldn’t be more thrilled that the old saying isn’t true …. You can indeed go home again.”

Brian Shactman Named NECN Morning Anchor

shactman croppedBrian Shactman has joined New England Cable News as anchor of The Morning Show.

Shactman will co-anchor the two hour morning show alongside Bridget Blythe.

“With New England roots, stellar journalism credentials and a passion for storytelling, Brian Shactman will be a huge asset to NECN and we’re thrilled to introduce him to our viewers,” said Mike St. Peter, SVP and GM of NECN.

This is a move within NBC Universal for Shactman. He last worked as anchor for MSNBC morning show Way Too Early. Shactman was also a contributor to Morning Joe. Before that, he anchored at CNBC and has also worked at Hartford NBC owned station WVIT and at ESPN.

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