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Education Reporter Toni Konz Joins WDRB

toni konzToni Konz is joining WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville, as an education reporter. Konz comes from The Courier Journal, where she has worked for seven years.

“WDRB is committed to covering our community like no other media outlet in Louisville,” Konz said in a statement. “That is proven by the fact that the newsroom continues to expand, hiring journalists who have covered this area for years. I am excited to join such a talented and experienced team.”

WDRB has poached several journalists from The Courier-Journal over the past two years.

Konz wrote about the decision on WDRB.com, saying she believes the opportunity is one that will “bring happiness, professional growth and allow me to continue serving my readers — just in a different way.” Read more

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Former Buffalo Meteorologist Lands in Louisville

shaw signing whas croppedBryan Shaw, the meteorologist who reportedly made a quick exit from Buffalo’s WIVB, has been hired in Louisville, KY.

WHAS GM Linda Danna confirmed with TVSpy Shaw will be the weekend weather guy and will also work as a general assignment reporter.

“I can now announce that I have accepted a position with WHAS in Louisville,” Shaw wrote on his facebook page. “I start July 7th and will be leaving WNY at the end of the month. Thank you everyone for your kind words over the past two weeks and please keep in touch!”

Shaw has also worked at WOWK in Huntington, WV, and WOAY in Beckley, WV.

[The Buffalo News]

WHAS Hires David Seals as News Director

whas logo_304x200David Seals has been named news director at Louisville, KY, ABC affiliate WHAS.

WHAS GM Linda Danna confirmed with TVSpy Seals begins his new job June 2. Seals is the assistant news director for Nashville FOX affiliate WZTV.

WHAS initially hired Josh Eure from Gannett owned KPNX in Phoenix but he never started. At the time, Danna told TVSpy Eure “decided to remain in Phoenix” after a flap about his legal troubles surfaced.

WDRB Adds 6:00 PM Newscast

wdrb_304x200Louisville FOX affiliate WDRB has announced it’s adding a half-hour 6:00 p.m. weekday newscast to its lineup.

WDRB VP and director of news Barry Fulmer said in a statement, “Since adding a 6:30 PM newscast to our weeknight lineup a little over three years ago – and then following that with our 7:00 pm telecast that airs on our partner station, WBKI — we’ve felt the next natural area for expansion would be the 6 PM time slot.”

The announcement came during a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the recent 11,000 square foot expansion of WDRB’s downtown Louisville headquarters. The station said it would announce the anchors for the new show in June.

“We’re pleased to be able to say that WDRB offers more local news than any of our market competitors,” said president and GM Bill Lamb. “But far more important to us than quantity is quality.”

WDRB Adds Ryan Cummings as Anchor

cummings wdrbWDRB announced Ryan Cummings has joined the station as reporter and weekend anchor.

Cummings began anchoring alongside Tamara Evans on the Louisville, KY, FOX affiliate’s 10:00 p.m. weekend news last weekend.

Before working at WDRB, Cummings was a reporter at KNXV in Phoenix. He has also worked in South Dakota, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oregon.

Jim Hice Named News Director at KCEN

kcen logoJim Hice has been named news director at KCEN, the NBC affiliate in Waco, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

“We’re extremely lucky to have a news director of Jim’s caliber to continue KCEN-HD’s mission: the pursuit of reporting excellence with a tradition of community involvement,” KCEN VP-GM Gayle Kiger said.

Hice comes from WHAS, the ABC affiliate in Louisville, where he has been the assistant news director for four years. He succeeds Jim Holland, who has been the KCEN news director for five years.

Josh Eure Out as WHAS News Director Before He Started

eure_whasJosh Eure, who was scheduled to start Monday as news director for Gannett operated station WHAS will not be coming to the Louisville ABC affiliate after all.

WHAS GM Linda Danna told TVSpy, “Josh has decided to remain in Phoenix.”

>UPDATE: KPNX GM John Misner told TVSpy Eure will stay in his position as assistant ND at the Phoenix station.

In a TVSpy exclusive, Eure responded to reports of his legal troubles in Phoenix as publicized by subscription media site Newsblues who first reported today’s news.

“All of the charges brought against me were dismissed by the State of Arizona due to ‘No reasonable likelihood of conviction,.’ End of story,” wrote Eure. “Since the State itself has opted not to pursue its opportunity to ‘prove me guilty’ it is unconscionable that I should stand accused by a gossip media website.”

Eure was the assistant news director of Gannett’s Phoenix NBC affiliate KPNX before being named news director at WHAS.

WAVE Farm Reporter Jack Crowner Dies

Jack Crowner, agriculture reporter for WAVE, has died.

For 30 years, Crowner provided farming reports to the Louisville, KY, NBC affiliate. As the owner-operator of the Farm Service Radio Network, he was also a  source of agricultural news to farmers in several states.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

He was 81.

WHAS News Director Responds to Reports of Legal Troubles

eure_whas_304Josh Eure, newly named news director for Louisville ABC affiliate WHAS is speaking out about reports of his legal issues before being named to the position.

TVSpy asked Eure to comment on an article in subscription media site Newsblues.com detailing his arrest record and subsequent dismissal of charges before he got the job at WHAS.

According to reports, he had a couple of minor traffic arrests but his final brush with the law came in December 2013 when he was allegedly pulled over arrested for DUI and alleged drug possession.

“It is unfortunate that this media source and well established “gossip” website has chosen to report the story inaccurately,” Eure said in a statement to TVSpy.

The facts surrounding this incident are a matter of public record and have been available for well over a month, however this website is clearly more interested in a salacious story than the facts.  It was a malicious attempt to assassinate my character, and my response to the story is as follows: Read more

Josh Eure Named WHAS News Director

eure_whasWHAS has named Josh Eure executive news director supporting the Louisville ABC affiliate.

Eure comes to the Louisville ABC affiliate from Gannett owned Phoenix station KPNX where he was assistant news director.

“Josh is the dynamic leader that we need guiding our award-winning veteran news team,” WHAS president and GM Linda Danna said in a statement. “Josh is adept at the three-screen approach to news gathering and dissemination; a necessity for the WHAS newsroom.”

Before working at KPNX, Eure was a senior producer for ABC World News Now. He also worked as a coordinating producer for World News Now and Good Morning America and at WWOR in New York, WSB in Atlanta and WFOR in Miami.

WHAS is owned by Sander Operating Co. Gannett provides operating services to the station.

[Louisville Courier-Journal]

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