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The Mysterious Case of the Anchor Chairs

KCAL Chairs THREELA Observed reports on the changing anchor chairs during one 9:00 p.m. newscast on Los Angeles CBS owned station KCAL.

The LA blog got a tip from a reader they called Mister B., who thought something might be up when Leyna Nguyen and Sylvia Lopez had different chairs three times in an 11 minute span.

Notice just the backs of their chairs. When the show opened at 9 p.m., Nguyen had a high back on her chair and Lopez looked perhaps a bit out of sorts. By 9:04, Lopez had the superior chair back and, truth be told, looks a little more tuned in and primed for action in Mr B’s screen grab. At 9:11, both women have new chairs. Mr. B wonders if the game of musical chairs was rooted in rivalry or something more innocent: “Does this qualify as ‘breaking news?’”

TVSpy has been watching too many episodes of Finding Bigfoot and In Search of Aliens to think it could have just been a case of the wrong chairs being on set at the start of the show. We asked CBS for comment. We will update when we hear back.

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Allie Mac Kay Leaves KTLA

mac KayKTLA morning feature reporter Allie Mac Kay has left the Los Angeles CW affiliate.

She told viewers the news on her facebook page, “So….some news. I’ve left KTLA Morning News,” wrote Mc Kay. “If I made you smile along the way, then that made my 2:30 am wake up worth it. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart for allowing me be a little part of your morning routine these last 6 years.”

According to her station bio, Mac Kay has worked “all over the country–from Salt Lake City to Sacramento to New York City.”

L.A. City Council Honors Kent Shocknek

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 9.15.10 AMThe Los Angeles City Council took time this week to honor retiring KCBS/KCAL anchor Kent Shocknek, who announced earlier this month he would step down at the end of the month.

L.A. council member Bernard C. Parks presented the honor to Shocknek, who’s believed to have anchored more television news than any other news anchor in Los Angeles.

With a career spanning over 36 years, Shocknek started as anchor in 1986 with “Today in L.A.” on KNBC 4 and joined CBS 2 in 2001. He was also the first TV anchor in the city to write a daily blog.

Shocknek has anchored the news during several prominent stories and breaking news such as the 1992 riots, Michael Jackson’s death, and the 1984 Olympics. In October 1987, he was on air when the Whittier Meadows earthquake struck. He was honored by the American Red Cross for taking the proper precautions and leading by example.

Earlier this year, the City Council declared January 10 to be officially renamed “Kent Shocknek Day”.

Former San Antonio Anchor Lands at KCBS, KCAL

Former San Antonio anchor Elsa Ramon is back on the desk, joining CBS’s Los Angeles duopoly KCBS and KCAL.

Last October, Ramon left her job at San Antonio NBC station WOAI to follow her husband to L.A., where he’d taken a new job.

Ramon told the San Antonio Express News it’s good to be back on the air:

Although she enjoyed her seven months “being a stay-at-home mom” to her two kids, son Zev, 1 1/2, and Bella, 10, “I always planned to return to work,” she said.

“We’re very lucky that two people with very demanding careers were able to find jobs in our hometown. That’s so hard to do.”

Two Drone Incidents Have LA Police Calling for Regulations

drone_AP_croppedThe Los Angeles Times reports two drone incidents have local police adding their voice to those calling on the FAA to hurry up and issue regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles.

In the first incident on Aug. 4, police said a personal drone was spotted by a Canadian jetliner hovering about 10 miles east of LAX at 4,000 feet – an altitude outside Federal Aviation Administration guidelines for hobbyists with drones and and also within the airport’s Class B air space.

To fly that high and close to LAX brings with it a host of responsibilities, including having a transponder on the aircraft and two-way communication with air traffic controllers, federal officials said.

Los Angeles police learned of the drone when the airline pilot asked air traffic controllers if it was a police drone. The LAPD’s two drones are locked away in a federal building and have not been used.

In the second incident, employees on the LAPD’s 10thfloor on the northwest side of the building said they looked out their window Aug. 14 to see a drone hovering outside their window. Read more

Peter Daut Moving Across Country to Anchor in Los Angeles

daut kcbs croppedPeter Daut will be joining Los Angeles CBS owned stations KCBS-KCAL as a weekend evening anchor.

The WSOC anchor wrote on his facebook page, “Exciting news: I’m returning to Los Angeles to anchor and report for CBS2/KCAL9. I start in September. It has always been my dream to cover the news in my hometown, and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Daut came to the Charlotte ABC affiliate in 2012 from KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he was a reporter/fill-in anchor. He started his career as a news writer for KABC in Los Angeles.

[Charlotte Observer]

KABC Reporter on Maui as Iselle Approaches

Ever feel like work follows you wherever you go? KABC reporter Jovana Lara got caught up in the breaking news happening in the Hawaiian Islands while on vacation with her family.

Lara did a live hit with an iPad and the Dejero app for the Los Angeles ABC owned station last night as our 50th state prepares for its first hurricane in 22 years.

She’s been sending out updates on twitter. You can see her latest tweet after the jump. Read more

‘Good Day L.A.’ Anchor Dances During News Headlines

4410015_GIn the immortal words of my very first news director, Mike Moran, at KJCT in Grand Junction: “always act as if the mic is hot.”

And in the studio, it’s wise to remember that every camera is pretty much always on. Those producers–those irritating, annoying producers–can take any camera at any time. Like, say, if you’re waiting at the weather wall while your fellow anchors read headlines, and, say, you pop in the earbuds and bust a few moves. Like that. That could get your camera popped up–and a moment of viral video perfection is born.

Here’s what we know: KTTV Los Angeles’ “Good Day L.A.” anchor Araksya Karapetyan has moves. Many, many moves. And they were put on display during GDLA on the Fox owned station Wednesday:
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KNBC, KCBS Remember Anchor Jess Marlow

For a generation, Jess Marlow simply was local news in Los Angeles. He anchored newscasts at KNBC and KCBS, and for a time, his co-anchor at 5 p.m. was Tom Snyder, and at 11 p.m., it was Tom Brokaw.

On KNBC’s 5 p.m. newscast Monday (watch it above), Conan Nolan remembered the legendary anchorman as someone who “practiced his craft at the highest level.” In a tribute given in 1997 when Marlow received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Brokaw called Marlow “one of the most respected journalists in Southern California–a man whose reputation for fairness and integrity was without challenge.”

KNBC anchor Chuck Henry said of Marlow, “he was such a happy man.” Weather anchor Fritz Coleman described Marlow as a “lovely man…(who) never lost his humanity” despite years of reporting on some of the most awful stories in Los Angeles and around the world. “He was a titan.”

Here’s KCBS’ story, as aired on sister station KCAL: Read more

Kent Shocknek Announces Retirement After 36 Years

shocknek_croppedAfter more than 36 years in TV news, KCBS-KCAL anchor Kent Shocknek has announced his retirement from the Los Angeles CBS owned stations.

Shocknek joined KCBS in 2001. He started anchoring the 10:00 p.m. show on KCAL in 2013.

“For years at CBS 2 and KCAL 9, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with the best producers in morning TV; and more recently, the best prime-time anchor team anywhere,” Shocknek said. “Now it’s time to catch up with the people I love, and check out some places I’ve always wanted to go.”

In 1986, he helped launch LA’s first morning news show, “Today in LA” on KNBC. After 31 years in the LA market, the station said it believes he’s anchored more hours of news on local TV than anyone else in the market.

“Kent Shocknek is a Los Angeles TV news institution,” Steve Mauldin, president and GM of KCBS-KCAL said in a statement. “He’s a consummate professional who has distinguished himself as an outstanding breaking news anchor with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Southern California.”

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