Over the weekend, viewers of Lansing, Mich. NBC affiliate WILX learned two anchors were leaving the station on back-to-back days.
Lamendola graduated last month from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. While she was in college, she reported for WOUB, the PBS affiliate in Athens, Ohio. She was also a consumer reporting intern at KDKA, the CBS owned station in Pittsburgh, and an intern at WATE, the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.
Mixed emotion I say goodbye to CO and @9NEWS on 5/9/14 – but awesome adventure awaits will give dets when I can – Thank you for the love
— Kirk Montgomery (@Kirk9News) April 17, 2014
Montgomery recently announced he was leaving KUSA. The Denver Post reports he was not offered a new contract.
He started at KUSA in 2001.
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Due to a shared services agreement that began on March 1, morning and evening newscasts on WLNS, the CBS affiliate in Lansing will begin airing on WLAJ, the ABC affiliate, this month.
“It’s a great way to expand our reach and bring our same great news, sports, and weather to viewers across mid-Michigan,” news director Jam Sardar said in a statement. “It’s a win-win for the stations and for the viewers.”
WLAJ has twice started and folded a news operation, according to the Lansing State Journal. Starting tonight, WLNS’ 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts will be simulcast on WLAJ. Later this month, WLAJ will also air WLNS’ morning newscast, which runs from 5 to 7 a.m.
Last week it was announced that Bob Simone was leaving his general manager post at Tucson’s KMSB amid the aftermath of the station’s shared services agreement with KOLD. Today it was announced that Simone has been named vice president and general manager of WLNS, Young Broadcasting’s CBS-affiliate in Lansing, MI.
“Bob brings a lengthy track record of effectively managing stations while strategically building their revenue streams,” Deborah McDermott, President of Young Broadcasting, said. “We look forward to having him aboard and leading WLNS‐TV to new levels of success in the greater Lansing marketplace.”
Simone brings 15 years of GM experience with him to Lansing. Before joining KMSB in 2009, Simone was GM of three different Fox stations: KDVR in Denver, KPTV in Portland, and WTFX in Philadelphia.
Beginning today, the morning and evening anchors at Lansing NBC-affiliate WILX will get new assignments.
Previously, the morning and evening newscasts were anchored solo — by Lauren Evans in the morning, David Andrews (pictured) at 5 and 6 p.m. and Jason Colthorp at 11 p.m. Beginning today, Colthorp and Edwards will be paired to anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, and Andrews will helm the morning newscasts.
“I’m definitely a morning person,” Andrews told the Lansing State Journal. Beginning today, the morning newscasts will also start a half-hour earlier, at 4:30 a.m.
Since 2009, Gehl has been a reporter for Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area, a high school sports show that airs on San Francisco’s KOFY. From 2007 to 2009, he was a reporter and sports anchor at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO.
“I graduated from Mizzou and I’m thrilled to be heading back to the Midwest,” Gehl tells TVSpy in an email.
Gehl’s first assignment for WLNS will be in San Diego, where Michigan State and North Carolina will play a college basketball game aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier on November 11. He will start on-set in Lansing the week of November 21.
“They say that all good things must come to an end,” Akerly posted on his Facebook wall this week. “After nearly 21 years on the anchor desk of TV-6, first in Sports, then in news, I will be leaving WLNS.”
Akerly joined the station as a weekend anchor and was promoted to sports director in 1991. After more than a decade of covering Michigan State’s football and basketball triumphs, Akerly transitioned to news anchor.
He made it clear on Facebook that he is not retiring, although he doesn’t know what his next move will be. It appears that Young Broadcasting-owned WLNS decided not to renew Akerly’s contract.
WLNS, a CBS-affiliate serving central michigan, is debuting a new talk show this week that’s essentially a local version of “The View” or “The Talk.”
“Six in the City” features six local news personalities, all women, seated around a table discussing news headlines and lifestyle topics. It’s filmed before a live audience, although it won’t air live.
The one-hour show debuts today at 7 p.m., with reruns airing on Thursday and Sunday. WLNS plans to film one episode per month.
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