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Earthquake Rattles Studio, Anchors Dance in Celebration

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An earthquake rattled central Oklahoma Tuesday morning, shaking the studio at KAUT, an independent station in Oklahoma City. Emily Sutton and Lacey Lett were on the air and reacted with delight–and dancing.

US Geological Survey measured the quake at 4.2. There were reports of minor damage across the state, but the lasting legacy may be this priceless piece of video:

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Phoenix Chopper Pilot Returning to the Air

Bruce_HaffnerBruce Haffner will, once again, fly his helicopter in the Phoenix market. A Meredith spokesperson confirmed, he will shoot and report for independent station KTVK and CBS affiliate KPHO starting in October.

We reported in May that the KTVK chopper pilot was moving on from the station after the lease between Haffner’s company, KTVK, which at the time was still owned by Gannett, and the helicopter’s sponsor expired.

“It’s unbelievable because really this is what I love doing.” Haffner told the PBJ. “To be able to do what you love to do for work, there’s just nothing like it in the world.” Read more

Media General Names New KRON GM

kronMedia General has named Ashley Gold Messina VP and GM of San Francisco MyNetworkTV station KRON.

Messina is currently the VP and GM of WDCW in Washington, D.C. She starts at KRON September 10, replacing Brian Greif who stepped down in January.

“Ashley is a strong leader and great competitor,” Deborah A. McDermott, SVP of Broadcast Markets for Media General said in a statement. “She is the right person to take the leadership role at KRON.”

Messina started at WDCW 2001 as a local account executive. She was named GM in 2010.

Paul Mueller Leaving Bay News 9 to Join WBIN’s New Hampshire 1

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Bay News 9 reporter Paul Mueller is heading home to New England, where he will become an anchor for New Hampshire independent station WBIN‘s New Hampshire 1 News, according to a post on New England One:

NH1 News Network will debut sometime at the end of the summer on Concord/Derry, NH based WBIN-TV.

“I am so grateful and humbled to announce the next chapter of my life God has so graciously given me. I will be leaving Bay News 9 on August 21st and beginning a new opportunity as news anchor and reporter at New Hampshire One (NH1), a start-up news channel, based out of Concord, New Hampshire” Paul shared on his Facebook page. “This job truly brings me home as my family is only a 2-hour drive away and it doesn’t get any better than that. I thank each and everyone one of you for your continued support throughout the years. These last 3 years have certainly been a time of growth and learning and with this new opportunity, the growth will continue.”

Mueller comes to NH1 News from Bay News 9 in Tampa, FL where he was a general assignment reporter based out of the stations Pinellas County newsroom. Prior to Bay News 9, he was a morning news anchor at Springfield, MA ABC affiliate WGGB-TV, and also reported for the stations noon and evening newscasts.

Phoenix Station KTVK Expands Newscasts to 57 Hours a Week

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Phoenix independent station KTVK will expand its weekend morning and evening newscasts, beginning in September. “Good Morning Arizona” will get an earlier start on weekends, moving up an hour to 6 a.m., according to the Phoenix Business Journal:

“Arizonans are early risers. They are ready to conquer their day when the sun comes up,” said Cameryn Beck, executive news director for Channel 3. “Why not start the day with them and provide them the local news coverage they are wanting before they head out the door?”

The station will also add a half hour to its weekend evening newscast, which will begin earlier, at 4 p.m. The moves bring the indie’s total commitment to local news to 57 hours a week.

Phoenix Reporter Caught in Middle of Dust Storm During Live Report


Jaime Cerreta gave viewers an up close and personal look at what it’s like to stand in the middle of a dust storm Thursday.

The reporter for Phoenix independent station KTVK was interviewing two storm chasers in Chandler, AZ, when the dust storm overtook both her and her photographer.

“This is an Arizona monsoon folks!” said Cerreta.

The storm stuck around for a few hours, knocking out power to thousands.

KTVK ‘Chopperguy’ Leaving Station

Bruce_HaffnerBruce Haffner, chopper pilot and reporter for KTVK, has announced he is leaving the Phoenix independent station.

“I’ve been at Channel 3 my whole career and they’ve given me an incredible opportunity to do what I’ve done for the past 20 years,” Haffner told The Arizona Republic. “They’ve spent a lot of money on me and put me where I’m at right now. I owe them my career.”

According to The Republic, the lease between Haffner’s company Chopperguy, the station and the helicopter’s sponsor is expiring.

“I’m totally loyal to Channel 3,” Haffner said. “I never thought about going anywhere, but now that I own a million-dollar helicopter, I have to go where the work is.”

Haffner started at KTVK as a photographer in 1984 and became the station’s chopper pilot in 1995.

Anderson Cooper Objects to Dallas TV Host Who Objected to Michael Sam’s Kiss on TV


CNN anchor Anderson Cooper put KTXD host Amy Kushnir on his Ridiculist for storming off the set over ESPN airing the Michael Sam kiss.

Cooper expressed his opinion about Kushnir’s opinion about showing two gay men kissing on TV.

He then rolled a clip casting doubt on Kushnir’s objection she doesn’t want to see anyone kissing on TV. The clip showed Kushnir being held aloft by two shirtless male strippers who she then…wait for it…kissed.

[Huffington Post]

KUSI Photographer Gets Dumped on By Supertanker


KUSI photographer Taylor Schuss took a hit to make a play during the recent rash of wildfires near San Diego.

Schuss was rolling as a DC-10 Supertanker made a low pass overhead. He dutifully followed the release of fire retardant as it fell on him.

The photographer for the independent San Diego station was covering the Cocos Fire which KUSI reports was 5% contained as of Thursday night.

Longtime KUSI Weatherman John Coleman Retires

Longtime KUSI weatherman John Coleman has announced his retirement.

Coleman has worked at the independent San Diego station for 20 years. He’s been a broadcaster since 1953.

“Nothing is forever. The universe, the galaxy, the solar system, the sun, Earth… every species fades away in time. We individual people are very small and very temporary parts of the big picture,” Coleman wrote in a letter announcing his retirement. “I’m grateful to you all. I wish you all every success and happiness.”

In the 1970′s, Coleman worked as the the original weathercaster for the launch of ABC’s Good Morning America. While working at ABC, Coleman developed the concept and business plan for what became The Weather Channel.

He has also worked at WCIA in Champaign, IL, WMBD in Peoria, IL, KETV in Omaha, NE, WISN in Milwaukee, WI, as well as WBBM, WLS and WMAQ in Chicago and WCBS in New York.

You can read Coleman’s entire goodbye letter after the jump. Read more

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