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Dancing Kid Takes Center Stage During KLAS Live Shot

Patranya Bhoolsuwan, a reporter at Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS, was doing a live shot from a new shopping center called Downtown Summerlin Thursday night when someone else totally stole her thunder. Among the group of cheering tweens in the background was one fierce diva who stole the show. Check out his sassy moves above.

Bhoolsuwan acknowledged the kid’s sweet moves when she tweeted the following:

The diva has yet to be identified.

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Sick of ‘Sensational Stories’, Reporter Gives Up TV News to Become a Doctor

12619The hours are still lousy, but for James Lozada, a former reporter at Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV, the satisfaction of being a doctor is light years ahead of his time in TV news. “I found that sensational stories were favored over thought-provoking ones,” he told Kiplinger’s Pat Mertz Esswein. “I couldn’t see myself covering fires, murders and accidents decade after decade.”

Lozada, who’d often covered health stories, decided to leave Las Vegas in 2006. He went home to Texas and applied to med schools all over the country before landing at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Greensburg, Pa., near Pittsburgh. “I found that osteopathic schools are sometimes more accepting of applicants with nontraditional backgrounds such as mine. I graduated at the top of my class.”

Lozada’s saddled with the debt of his medical education–over $200,000–but he’s still confident he made the right career move to leave TV:

It’s…a very unstable gig, requiring you to move frequently to excel. When I left in 2006, the news environment was changing from traditional to new media, and it seemed like an uncertain time for journalism. Reporters around me were getting fired, and I wanted more stability.

Sinclair Buys Las Vegas Station for $120 Million

Sinclair BroadcastSinclair Broadcast Group has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV for $120 million.

Since Sinclair already owns CW affiliate KVCW and MyNet affiliate KVMY in Las Vegas, the station group said it plans “to sell the FCC license and related assets (but not the programming) of one of the three stations in Las Vegas.” The NBC, CW and MyNet programming will then air on the remaining two stations. Sinclair didn’t provide any further details.

“We are pleased to add KSNV to our portfolio,” Steve Pruett, co-chief operating officer of  Sinclair’s TV group said in a statement. “With the addition of the station, our news footprint will cover all the major cities in the state of Nevada, allowing us to be a leading provider of local and regional news.”

Tedd Florendo Returns to Las Vegas

florendoMeteorologist Tedd Florendo has returned to Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“We are very excited about Tedd rejoining the 8 News Now team,” Ron Comings, KLAS news director said in a statement. “He has developed close relationships with our community, our news team and with our viewing audience, which prompted his return.”

Florendo left the station in 2013 to work at WCAU in Philadelphia. He comes back to KLAS as the weekday evening meteorologist, replacing Darren Miller who, the station said, is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.”

Frederik Oldenburg Joins Telemundo Las Vegas as Sports Anchor

Frederik-OldenburgFrederik Oldenburg has been named sports anchor for “Noticiero Telemundo Las Vegas” at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Oldenburg made his first on-air appearance on Telemundo Las Vegas this past Monday August 11, joining news anchor Beatriz Moncayo and weather anchor Leticia Castro.

“It is an honor to be a part of the Telemundo Las Vegas news team,” Oldenburg said in a statement. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to inform the Las Vegas Hispanic community about the sports teams and players they are interested in and look forward to providing engaging reports for our viewers every day.”

Prior to this position, Oldenburg had been host and reporter for “Anótala,” a sports debate-style news program for Canal Plus Entertainment in Caracas, Venezuela.

Las Vegas Anchor Releases Book for Voice Actors

Las Vegas news anchor Dave Courvoisier admits he’s living out one of his dreams, on the anchor desk at KLAS. “I just knew I’d eventually be the next Walter Cronkite or Peter Jennings,” he writes on his blog. “Then, I realized I had at least one more good thing left in me–it was voice-acting.”

Courvoisier now has a second job as a voice actor and voice over artist, and today he’s releasing a book on the subject. “More Than Just a Voice” is aimed at voice talent, with advice on how to succeed in a very competitive industry. And no, he’s not expecting a New York Times bestseller:

I will be lucky to break even on the expense of this book. I’ve already spent thousands, and I don’t care. Maybe I could’ve done it for less, but I was a publishing newbie, and once I started, I knew I wasn’t gonna quit until I was published.

Las Vegas Reporter Heading to Columbus, OH

baca klas croppedNathan Baca is leaving Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS.

“On to Columbus! After 4 years working for 8 News Now, I am proud to join the WBNS-10TV – Columbus, Ohio investigative team this August,” Baca wrote on his facebook page.

Before joining KLAS in February 2010, Baca started his career as a full time reporter at KESQ in Palm Springs. He told TVSpy he was promoted to the KLAS I-Team in October 2011.

[Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Telemundo Las Vegas to Expand Newscasts

telemundo las vegasKBLR, the Telemundo station in Las Vegas, has announced a new investment in its local newscasts: the station will hire new people and bring production of the 6 and 11 p.m. broadcasts back in-house.

The two newscasts were previously produced in Phoenix, with the 6 p.m. newscast broadcast live and the 11 p.m. newscast pre-taped. Beginning this week, as production shifts back to Las Vegas, both newscasts will be live.

The station will also hire more than a dozen new people, including anchor Beatriz Moncayo and weathercaster Leticia Castro.

“By investing in live local news, we know we will do an even better job serving our viewers,” Telemundo Las Vegas station manager Ramiro Lopez said in a statement. “We are excited to introduce our new team to the Spanish-speaking community in Las Vegas and know they will continue to connect and inform our viewers with the most relevant local news, information and weather.”

KLAS Publicly Shames Producer Police Say Lied to Speak to Slain Officer’s Family

KLAS is calling out a freelance TV news producer whose actions Las Vegas police are calling “an underhanded act of subterfuge.”

According to police, Shelley Osterloh, a former Salt Lake City anchor and current freelance producer for NBC News, gained entry into the home of one of the two officers slain in Sunday’s Walmart shooting by saying she was a friend of the family and by offering flowers.

The Las Vegas CBS affiliate ran a commentary last night at 6:00 p.m. with George Knapp telling viewers, “When we heard Tuesday night that a TV producer had used a phony cover story and maybe outright lies to weasel her way into the home of one of the slain officers, our initial thought was, ‘There must be a mistake. No journalist could possibly be so heartless, so creepy. But we were wrong. It happened.’”

>UPDATE: An NBC News spokesperson responded to the story by saying, “The report is inaccurate. Our freelance producer, who has done excellent work for NBC News for many years, clearly identified herself as a journalist to the family. She was subsequently invited into their home and they helped facilitate an interview with the siblings and colleague of the fallen officer, which appeared on the Today show this morning. A police officer was present during our interview, and as far as we know, the family has had no objections to our dealings with them. At no time did she misrepresent herself; there was unfortunately some confusion during an earlier conversation she had with a police officer, when she was asked for her name but not her affiliation.”

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Brian Loftus Moves to KLAS Anchor Desk

loftus klas croppedBrian Loftus has been named co-anchor of the KLAS morning news.

For the past five years, Loftus has been the traffic reporter for the Las Vegas CBS station. He joins anchor Kirsten Joyce and weather anchor Sherry Swensk.

“I know he’ll do a great job from the anchor desk,” KLAS news director Ron Comings said in a statement. “He loves the morning newscast and he enjoys bringing some fun and humor to the program, which is why so many of his fans wanted to see Brian in this new position.”

Loftus has followed an unconventional career track. He went into broadcasting in 2002 after starting as a middle and high school teacher and coach. He switched from radio to television in 2006. He then got a job as a feature reporter for KMPH in Fresno.

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