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Gray Moves NBC Affiliation to One Nebraska Station, Shuts Down the Other

New_Gray_304Gray Television has transferred its Lincoln, NE, NBC affiliation from newly purchased KHAS in Hastings, NE, to KSNB in Grand Island, NE.

KHAS GM Ulysses Carlini, Jr. said in a statement, “There is no dispute with any cable or satellite provider, who are really great partners with us. Rather, this over-the-air channel change will have minimal impact on viewers directly yet allow us to better serve Central Nebraska going forward.”

KHAS had been the NBC affiliate for Lincoln-Kearney-Hastings market since 1956. It was purchased by Excalibur Broadcasting, a sidecar of Gray, from Hoak Media in November. The station will now go dark.

“The move of KHAS’s programming and great staff to KSNB-TV allows us to serve all of Nebraska in truly unprecedented ways,” said Susan Ramsett, Gray VP and GM. Read more

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Nebraska Station Captures UFO On Live TV

Lincoln, NE, ABC affiliate KLKN recently captured a UFO on its live Towercam during its 6:00 a.m. news.

Morning meteorologist Sean McMullen pointed out the green triangle shaped object in the shot, “Take a look at our Towercam. You decide for yourself,” said McMullen who initially thought it was just a star. “This is a very peculiar light off to the eastern horizon.”

“I have never seen anything like this before,” said McMullen in a story the station did on the 45 minute sighting. “I even say that several times while I’m on the air describing the object, because I want to let people know even I don’t know what this is.”

The station said a viewer captured similar footage of the object, ruling out those who thought it might have been a flare or lens aberration. University of Nebraska at Lincoln physics professor Timothy Gay told KLKN he can guarantee the non-existence of extra terrestrials and said he thinks the UFO was either government aircraft or an odd lens reflection. You can watch the story of the sighting after the jump. Read more

Vanessa Flowers Signs Off From KOLN-KGIN

Vanessa Flowers, anchor and producer for KOLN-KGIN, the CBS affiliate for Lincoln and Grand Island, NE, has announced she is leaving the station.

“This is a very very big decision for me,” Flowers told viewers alongside her replacement Abby Turpin on today’s Noon news. “As most of you know, I have paralysis on my right vocal chord which it more than likely is going to require surgery.”

Flowers has been off air since the beginning of the year after being diagnosed with the condition. She had been working behind the scenes, but told viewers she thought it was best to go ahead and get the surgery and focus on her health.

She started at KOLN-KGIN in November 2010. She has also worked in Birmingham, AL, Wichita, KS, and Evansville, IN, and as a field producer for MSNBC.

Owen Jensen Officially Named KOLN-KGIN Evening Anchor

Owen Jensen has been promoted to the weeknight anchor desk at KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln, the station announced on the 10 p.m. newscast Monday.

Jensen will anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Bridget Fargen. He replaces Dave Roberts, who left the station earlier this year. “We’re stuck with you and we’re happy to have you,” Fargen joked while making the announcement.

Jensen joined the station in 2011 as a videojournalist and weekend anchor. He has been filling in for Roberts since his June departure.

KOLN-KGIN Anchor Vanessa Flowers Diagnosed With Vocal Cord Paralysis

KOLN-KGIN anchor Vanessa Flowers has been off the air for several months with a paralyzed right vocal cord. The noon and 5 p.m. anchor tells the Lincoln Journal Star about her problems with her voice, which began in January with no warning:

“I was going on the 5 o’clock news, and my voice … I didn’t feel bad,” she remembered. “There was nothing leading up to to it. There were no signs or symptoms. I wasn’t coughing or sneezing — no signs of any problems.

“But about five minutes before we hit the air, I started practicing a little and wondered ‘What’s going on?’” The weather guys, she said, had a bet as to whether or not she would make it through the newscast.

“I was, like, I’m going to get this,” she recalled. “Sure enough, by the end of the newscast my voice was gone, and the next day you couldn’t understand a word I said. I couldn’t talk at all.”

Flowers, who is being treated at University of Nebraska Medical Center, is hopeful that her voice will return. In the meantime, she has been producing and writing at the Lincoln duopoly. Read more

Dave Roberts Out at KOLN-KGIN

The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting anchor Dave Roberts is no longer with the Lincoln, NE, CBS affiliate KOLN-KGIN.

Roberts came to the station in January 2012, replacing John Fortney who left for WTAP in Parkersburg, WV. Before KOLN, Roberts worked at KMTV in Omaha.

TVSpy has reached out to KOLN for comment. We will update when we hear back.

Gray Television Buys KSNB in Lincoln, Nebraska Announces Relaunch

Gray Television has announced it is buying independent station KSNB in Lincoln, NE, from Colins Broadcasting for $1.25 million.

“We are excited by the opportunity to expand our investment in Central Nebraska,” said Bob Prather president and chief operating officer of Gray Television. “This new station provides further evidence of Gray’s long commitment to serving dynamic markets and the valued residents and businesses in those communities.”

Gray, which already owns Lincoln CBS affiliate KOLN, plans to add MyNetworkTV programming to the independent station. They also announced plans to relaunch KSNB as 10/11 Central Nebraska featuring the area’s first high definition newscasts at 5:30 and 9:00 p.m.

[TVNewsCheck]

Erika Tallan Set to Join KCTV in Kansas City

Erika Tallan is joining Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

Tallan announced in October that she was signing off from KOLN-KGIN after four years at the Lincoln duopoly. She joined the stations as a producer and reporter in 2008 and was promoted to morning anchor in 2010.

At KCTV, Tallan will report for the morning newscast, which is anchored by Alexis Del Cid and Dave Hall.

Morning Anchor Switch Announced at KOLN

KOLN morning anchor Erika Tallan (pictured left) confirmed she was leaving the Lincoln CBS affiliate and introduced her replacement, Melanie Bloom (pictured right), on this morning’s newscast.

Tallan posted the news to her facebook page saying, “Leaving a job and community you love is never easy but neither is living many miles away from the people you love most. So, I am taking a morning reporter job at a TV station in Kansas City, which will allow me to follow my heart.”

This is Bloom’s second stint at KOLN she and husband, Rusty Dawkins, previously worked at the Lincoln station before leaving for KAAL in Austin, MN.  Dawkins is the weekend meteorologist for KOLN.

On this morning’s newscast Bloom told Tallan, “I know that we’re all sad that you’re leaving because you’ve been so great here at 10/11.   So I feel honored to be able to fill your seat there.” Bloom added, “My family and I just decided that we love this area so much.

There’s no word on which station Tallan will be working for in Kansas City.  She told the Lincoln Journal Star, she “will announce her new employer at a later date once details have been finalized.”

[Lincoln Journal-Star]

Weekend Anchor Kali Nicole Exits Lincoln’s KLKN

After three years at KLKN, Kali Nicole has anchored her last broadcast at the Lincoln ABC affiliate.

Nicole left the station when her contract expired at the end of September, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. She joined the station in 2009 and was promoted to weekend anchor in 2010. Nicole told the Journal Star that she will pursue another job in television or public relations.

“I went into this like every young reporter who lived for breaking news and politics,” Nicole said. “But I came out of it thinking I don’t want to do breaking news or politics ever again. I only want to do features. That’s where my heart is. Everybody has a story to tell. I enjoy finding those people.”

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