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Veteran Newsman Adrian Gibson Dies

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Adrian Gibson, a longtime anchor/reporter and weatherman for WAAY in Huntsville, Ala, has passed away at the age of 78. His wife Patty told WAAY that her husband had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Gibson worked at the ABC affiliate for 34 years, from December 1970 until his retirement in December 2004. He covered many storms during his tenure, including the tornadoes of 1974, 1989 and Anderson Hills in 1995.

WAAY announced his death on Sunday evening, and included a sampling of tweets from friends and colleagues, who expressed their condolences and shared memories of working with Gibson.

He is survived by his wife, Patty.

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WAFF: Bill Cosby Up Against ‘Rap Alligations’

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WAFF, the NBC affiliate in Huntsville, Ala., ran an unfortunate error last night during a segment about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby. Jim Romenesko contacted the station and got confirmation that the error did indeed make it to air last night.

“It was just a big mistake,” An employee told Romenesko.

[Via @telesara]

Janitor Admits Hiding Camera in Huntsville Station’s Bathroom

WHNT reports a man who was arrested for child pornography admitted hiding cameras in the women’s bathrooms at the Huntsville, Ala. CBS affiliate.

The State Bureau of Investigations was questioning Jeremy Nelson, who worked for a janitorial service used by WHNT, after a two-month investigation for producing and trading in child pornography when he told investigators about the cameras. He said he had hidden cameras in the restrooms of three area businesses.

They say Nelson told them there was still one camera in the women’s restroom at WHNT News 19 and described in detail where investigators could find it.  Agents found the camera exactly where they say he told them and removed it for evidence.  They also searched all other restrooms and dressing areas at the television station as a precaution.  They didn’t find any other recording devices.

WHNT said it has “terminated the cleaning company’s contract with the station.”

[FTVLive]

Jeff Castle Named Chief Meteorologist at KSLA

jeff castleJeff Castle has been named chief meteorologist at KSLA, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport, La. It is a move within Raycom for Castle, who has worked at WAFF in Huntsville, Ala., since 2002.

“I’m going to miss everyone here at WAFF 48,” Castle said in a statement. “It has been a tremendous leaning experience. The people here at WAFF have mentored me for the new role I’m about to take on.  I want to thank the viewers who have welcomed me into their home and have trusted me with bringing them the weather information they need to start their day.”

At WAFF, Castle was the morning meteorologist. He has previously worked at WKEF in Dayton, KFDA in Amarillo and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Jeff and although he will be greatly missed at WAFF, we are happy he is staying within the Raycom family,” WAFF general manager Vanessa Oubre said.

Elise Morgan Says Goodbye to WHNT


WHNT anchor Elise Morgan has announced she’s leaving the Huntsville, AL, CBS affiliate to be closer to her mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

“As a journalist, I’m reminded every day how short life is. But when your parent is facing an illness, it brings it even closer to home,” Morgan wrote on the station’s website. “After 7 ½ years away from my family in Texas, it became clear it’s time to go home and cherish every moment I have with all my loved ones.”

Morgan came to WHNT in 2006. She had previously worked at stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and Waco, TX.

Huntsville Anchor Makes ‘Most-Over-The-Top Marriage Proposal’ List of 2013

A Huntsville, AL, anchor is being recognized for her part in on-air marriage proposal.

Coming in at number 17 on BuzzFeed’s “The 18 Most Over-The-Top Marriage Proposals of 2013” is FOX and ABC affiliate WZDX-WAAY weekend anchor Jillian Pavlica surprise on-air proposal.

“We do have some breaking news to report to you,” said Pavlica on-air before her then boyfriend proposed. “FOX 54 has just learned that a Huntsville news anchor is being proposed on live TV.”

TVSpy reported on the proposal in March.

[AL.com]

WAAY News Director Quits, Says It Has Nothing to Do With Shea Allen

Keith Lowhorne, news director for Hunstville, AL, ABC affiliate WAAY, has confirmed with TVSpy he is leaving the TV news business to take a job as director of development for the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

WAAY reporter Shea Allen was recently fired from the station after posting ten controversial confessions to her blogShea Allen Says….” including “I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)” and “I’ve taken naps in the news car.” News of her firing eventually went viral. She was interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show last week.

Telling al.com, the timing of his move “is what it is,” Lowhorne said, “You can rest assured it has absolutely nothing to do with that and (WAAY General Manager) Art Lanham would probably tell you the same thing. It’s absolutely nothing to do with that. It has absolutely zero to do with Shea Allen.”

Lowhorne has worked in the Huntsville market for 40 years. Before coming to WAAY, he worked at Huntsville’s CBS affiliate WHNT for more than 33 years.

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Fired WAAY Reporter to NBC News: ‘I Certainly Didn’t Think it Would Come to This’

Shea Allen, a reporter fired from WAAY after posting a list of confessions about her job — including “my best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me” and “I’ve taken naps in the news car” — is speaking out about her termination from the Huntsville ABC affiliate. In an interview with NBC News’ Janet Shamlian that aired on “Today,” Allen said she thought she was being “snarky and funny.”

“I know it sounds cliché, but I’m in this business to make a difference,” Allen said. “And my ability to do so has been taken away.” Watch:

VIDEO: WZDX-WAAY Anchor Tricked Into Announcing Her Own Marriage Proposal


Jillian Pavlica, the weekend anchor at WZDX-WAAY in Huntsville, Ala., was tricked into introducing the beginning of her own marriage proposal Saturday night (video above).

“We do have some breaking news to report to you. Fox 54 has just learned that a Huntsville news anchor is being proposed … on live TV … right now…” Pavlica read off the teleprompter, trailing off as she realized what was happening.

Her boyfriend walked onto the set and proposed. Pavlica said yes.

Reporter Christine Killimayer Leaving WHNT

Christine Killimayer is leaving WHNT after two years at the CBS-affiliate in Hunstville, AL.

Killimayer’s final day at WHNT is today. She has accepted a position in media services at Teledyne Brown in Huntsville.

She began at the station as a sports anchor and reporter in 2010, later shifting to report on the morning newscast. Before joining WHNT, she worked as a multimedia sports journalist for the Greenspun Corporation and as a sports anchor and reporter at KTKA in Topeka.

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