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Caller Tells KABC Water Main Break Caused by ‘A Really Large Dump’

Yesterday, Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC started its 4:00 p.m. show with breaking news of a water main break flooding parts of the UCLA campus.

About 40 minutes into the report, anchors Ellen Leyva and David Ono spoke with a caller named Louis Slungpue who claimed to be from the Department Water & Power.

Turns out he wasn’t. The first clue may have been the name. The second? Before hanging up, he told the station the break was caused by a student either putting a cherry bomb down a toilet “or someone took a really large dump, you know.”

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Laurie Perez Leaving Hartford for Los Angeles

perez croppedLaurie Perez is leaving Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate WTIC.

“My husband Jeff Collette accepted a position at the NFL network in California and he started a few weeks ago,” Perez told the Hartford Courant. “I’ll be working at KCBS starting in August.”

Before coming to WTIC, Perez worked at WSPA in Greenville, SC. She started her career at KEPR in Kennewick, WA.

The Courant reports Perez will be replaced by the returning Jenn Bernstein.

Seven Months After Brain Tumor Diagnosis, KTTV’s Julie Chang Announces Pregnancy

Seven months after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, KTTV anchor Julie Chang has announced she is pregnant with her first child.

“The news couldn’t be better given we were bracing for another medical hurdle. I was told after having my brain tumor removed 7 months ago that my body was traumatized and that conceiving might be a challenge,” Chang wrote on the Fox-owned station’s website. “I was also told that my vision would most likely never restore. I’m blessed enough to say I defied the odds on both fronts.”

Watch her announcement on “Good Day LA” this morning:

KNBC Photographer’s ‘Do You Have Pics?’ Tweet Sparks Debate

Was KNBC photographer Kenny Holmes being insensitive—or simply smart—when he used Twitter to reach out to a person who claimed to be one of the riders stuck on a disabled California roller coaster Monday?

Four people were injured when a tree branch fell onto the track of the Ninja, a 2,700 foot ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Shortly after the accident, Holmes used Twitter to find a user named Israel who may have been one of the 22 riders who had to be rescued from the coaster by firefighters. “Stuck upside down on Ninja at Six Flags…scary. The news is here as well” he tweeted.

Holmes reached out with his own tweet:

That tweet was quickly pounced on as an example of uncaring media interested only in getting those exclusive photos, with one person sending a mocking tweet, “Stay classy @NBCLA @KHOLMESlive. “You haven’t been rescued yet, might fall, but u have pics bro?”

Holmes, who also reached out to relatives of potential victims of the coaster accident on Twitter, defended himself, saying he confirmed “Israel” was no longer on the ride, and not in danger of falling—actually, he’d never even been on the ride, but had sent out the “stuck upside down” tweet as a joke. Read more

More Changes to KNBC’s ‘Today in LA’

knbc logoWith Daniella Guzman set to take over as co-anchor of KNBC’s “Today in LA,” the NBC owned station in Southern California has some other changes in the works for its morning newscast.

A KNBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy that Whit Johnson, who currently anchors the noon newscast, will co-anchor “Today in LA” alongside Guzman. Johnson will swap with Michael Brownlee, who currently anchors the morning newscast and will be moving to the noon newscast.

Michelle Valles, who has been co-anchoring the morning newscast since Alycia Lane parted ways with KNBC last year, will return to her previous role as co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Today in LA” and report during the week.

On the revamped morning newscast, which debuts June 30, Guzman and Johnson will be joined by meteorologist Crystal Egger and traffic reporter Holly Hannula, who joined KNBC this week.

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KTLA Quietly Adds 11:00 p.m. News

Los Angeles Tribune station KTLA added another hour of news last night.

In what Tribune called a soft launch, viewers of the CW affiliate were treated to an 11:00 p.m. newscast anchored by 10:00 p.m. anchors Cher Calvin and Micah Ohlman.

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy the station debuted the show as an extension of the 10:00 p.m.

The only mentions were in tweets like the one below from a KTLA senior producer:

LA Station Catches Hidden Cash Millionaire Stashing Dough

The phenomenon that started in San Francisco known as Hidden Cash, where a mystery real estate developer puts hundreds of dollars in an envelope, tweets out hints to its location and lets people have at it with no strings attached is catching the attention of local TV stations.

Yesterday, the free money moved about an hour south of SF to San Jose where Bay Area FOX affiliate KTVU caught someone finding the cash on live TV. Watch that video after the jump.

Now, the millionaire is leaving his green calling cards in LA, where CBS owned station KCBS got an exclusive interview.

The mystery man who says he is giving back after a lucrative real estate deal told KCBS he was going to be in LA for a couple of days and planned to spread the love in the Southland. Read more

KTTV Swaps Anchors on ‘Good Day LA’

tellez_karapetyan Fresh off its experimentation with where Steve Edwards should sit during Good Day LA, KTTV in Los Angeles is now trying out Araksya Karapetyan in place of Marla Tellez on the FOX owned station’s morning show.

Tellez now co-anchors the 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. show. A station source assured TVSpy stations switch anchors up all the time and that “everybody” liked the new look.

While FOX first poo pooed the change as a rumor, our LA based eagle-eyed super fan who first told us about the swap asked Karapetyan if she liked the change. Karapetyan replied, “up for anything!” You can see a screen grab of the tweet after the jump. Read more

Where Will Steve Edwards Sit Next? The Case of the Moving FOX Anchor

An eagle-eyed TVSpy reader tipped us off recently that KTTV morning show host Steve Edwards has been moving chairs on the set of Good Day LA.

Up until May 6, Edwards was sitting center at the Good Day desk, then May 7 everything changed. He was sitting at the far right end of the desk. We received word yesterday he was still far right, but this time he was standing. Did someone take his chair?

The move was written about on another media site and our faithful reader thought Edwards’ rightways migration might be KTTV code for something nefarious, as in “we’ll keep moving him right…right off the set.” While this post is easing towards red on the sarcasm meter, it does show that details like where an anchor sits is important to viewers.

The good people at FOX told TVSpy there is no ulterior motive behind the moving anchorman. They said they’re simply experimenting with anchor positions on the new set.

Of course, if Edwards begins reporting from the bathroom or starts “working from home” maybe our reader can tell us he told us so.

Randy McIlwain Set to Join KNBC

Veteran reporter Randy McIlwain is trading one NBC-owned station for another as he joins KNBC in Los Angeles from KXAS in Dallas:

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports McIlwain will sign off from KXAS on June 20 and start at KNBC on July 7.

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