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Christa Lamendola Joins WLNS in Lansing

christa lamendolaChrista Lamendola has joined WLNS, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Mich., as a reporter and video journalist.

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.

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Kirk Montgomery Leaving Denver to Anchor in Michigan

Kirk Montgomery will head to Lansing, MI, to anchor the 4:00 p.m. news for NBC affiliate WILX in May.

Montgomery recently announced he was leaving KUSA. The Denver Post reports he was not offered a new contract.

He started at KUSA in 2001.

Anchor Names Every US President During Newscast


WLNS morning anchor Evan Pinsonnault managed to drop the name of every US President into the Lansing, MI, CBS affiliate’s morning show yesterday.

The video above has been edited, though. The pictures of the presidents have been added.

Regardless, sit back, press play and let the subtle sounds of presidential name dropping in the interest of education begin!

In Lansing, WLAJ Will Air WLNS Newscasts

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.

Days After Leaving KMSB, Bob Simone Named General Manager of WLNS

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.

Lansing’s WILX Swaps Morning, Evening Anchors

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.

“Viewers’ habits are constantly changing,” WILX general manager Michael King said. “People are getting up earlier; they want information quickly.”

Kevin Gehl Joins WLNS As Weekend Sports Anchor

Kevin Gehl will join Lansing CBS-affiliate WLNS in November as the weekend sports anchor.

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.

Anchor Dave Akerly Departs WLNS After 21 Years

Dave Akerly, who has been with WLNS since 1990 and a main anchor for the Lansing CBS-affiliate since 2002, is leaving the station after August 1st.

“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 Launches Local Version of ‘The View’

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.

“This is so exciting, because we’re not used to it,” veteran WLNS anchor Jane Aldrich told the Lansing State Journal about the new show. “We’re used to scripts and Teleprompters.”

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.

In Central Michigan, WLNS Announces Partnership with Local Newspaper

Lansing’s WLNS has entered into a partnership with a local newspaper–a move that has become increasingly common among TV stations across the country.

WLNS, a CBS-affiliate serving central Michigan, announced this week that it has launched a partnership with the Jackson Citizen Patriot, which will give WLNS greater resources in covering the Jackson area.  Jackson is the second largest city in WLNS’s market behind Lansing.

“The Cit Pat does an excellent job, and we’re proud to partner with them,” said Jam Sardar, news director at WLNS (channel 6). “Now 6 News will give the people of greater Jackson the quality TV coverage they’ve always deserved.”

As part of the agreement, WLNS reporter Abby Grimmett will have a desk within the Citizen Patriot newsroom and serve as the stations’ Jackson bureau.  The arrangement is similar to one recently launched by WTNH, in which the New Haven ABC-affiliate opened a bureau in the newsroom of the Connecticut Post. Read more

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