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John DeSimone Named GM at WMSN

wmsn4John DeSimone has joined WMSN, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s FOX affiliate in Madison, Wis, as general manager. Steve Marks, co-chief operating officer of Sinclair’s television group, announced the news:

“John has a proven track record of inspiring his sales teams and providing them with the appropriate support and systems to be successful while building relationships with key clients, which resulted in increased billings and revenue shares at the stations he was leading. We are excited to have him join the Sinclair team at WMSN,” Marks said.

DeSimone spent the past three years as vice president/general manager of national sales at Azteca America.

“I am thrilled to be joining Sinclair as the General Manager of its Madison, Wisconsin station,” DeSimone said. “Sinclair is at the vanguard of ‘new and innovative’ in the broadcast industry, and I look forward to utilizing the Company’s vast resources and working with the talented team at WMSN to the benefit of the Madisontelevision viewers and the community at large.”

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Madison MMJ Leaving TV

Max+Hess200Max Hess, multi-media journalist for Madison, Wisc. NBC affiliate WMTV, has announced he is leaving the business after less than a year on-air.

“It’s the breaking news look! But tonight, I have some news of my very own,” Hess wrote on his WMTV facebook page. “Working at NBC15 has been a great honor, but it is with mixed emotions that my last day will be Monday, November 3rd.”

He also tweeted out a still from his personal facebook page, “I am extremely excited to say that I’ll be joining the EPIC Creative team in West Bend as a PR Account Executive on December 1, 2014. On top of it all, I’ll be moving back to my beloved Milwaukee.”

Hess started at WMTV in January 2014. His first local TV job was at WTMJ in Milwaukee as an assignment desk editor.

Ed Reams New WKOW News Director

reams wkowEd Reams has been named news director at Madison, WI, ABC affiliate WKOW.

Reams comes to WKOW from WISN in Milwaukee, WI, where he has been assistant news director since 2011. He has also worked as news director at WHSV in Harrisonburg, VA, as a reporter/anchor at WDSU in New Orleans and as a reporter at WXIA in Atlanta.

WKOW VP & GM Tom Allen told TVSpy, Reams starts September 15.

Joe Radske Joins WISC as Executive Producer

Yesterday we told you WKOW news director Joe Radkse had left the Madison, WI, ABC affiliate. Today we find out where he’s gone.

WISC news director Colin Benedict told TVSpy Radske has joined the Madison CBS affiliate as an executive producer.

“Friends, Family, Interested Individuals. I’m moving. I’m going to WISC, Madison after 4 years with WKOW, Madison,” Radske wrote on his facebook page. “I will miss the great journalists and friends in the 27Newsroom. I’m looking forward to working with the great journalists at WISC.”

Larry Forsgren Named GM of WMSN

Larry Forsgren has been named general manager at WMSN, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Fox affiliate in Madison, Wisc.

Forsgren has been the station’s general sales manager for the past year. Prior to that, he was general manager for KNDO-KNDU in Yakima, Wash. He has also worked as the local sales manager at KETV in Omaha, Neb.

“I am excited to be leading the team at WMSN FOX 47,” Forsgren said in a statement. “With the assistance of a great staff, we expect to provide the viewers and advertisers in Madison an even more rewarding viewing experience with our popular local news, sports and entertainment programming.”

Jamie Hersch Joins Fox Sports North

After three years at WKOW in Madison, Jamie Hersch is joining Fox Sports North as a sideline reporter.

Hersch joined WKOW in 2009 as an anchor and reporter and moved to the sports department in 2011. Most recently, she has been the station’s weekend sports anchor and reporter.

At Fox Sports North, she will cover the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and University of Minnesota hockey. Her first day will be February 17.

“I’m thrilled to return home to the Twin Cities to cover the teams I grew up cheering for,” Hersch said in a statement. “This opportunity with Fox Sports North will allow me to connect with other Minnesotans on the teams we all love.”

Carleen Wild Out WMTV

Carleen Wild has announced she will be leaving WMTV, the NBC affiliate for Madison, WI.

Wild told viewers on the station’s facebook page she was “heading west.”

while I am sad to leave this community and my home, I am also excited to have the opportunity to be with my new family in South Dakota. This decision wasn’t made lightly, but I know my new life will afford me more time as a mom, a wife, and with the horses I have always wanted out my front door. I’ll post a few thoughts in the coming hours.

Before coming to WMTV in 2007, Wild worked in the non-profit sector for the University of Wisconsin’s Carbone Cancer Center.  She has also worked at WISC, the CBS affiliate in Madison and at KECI in Missoula, MT.

Anchor Given Absolute Power in Internet Meme

During yesterday’s blizzard a viewer grabbed a shot of  John Stoffet from WMTV, the NBC affiliate for Madison, WI, and added their thoughts on what the blizzard had done to the state of Wisconsin.

The internet being what it is, the story doesn’t end there.  Another viewer then posted his own take to the shot and posted it to Stoffet’s facebook page, granting Stoffet unheard of power for a local anchor saying, “You Close Schools.  I Close States.”

You can see another still with the “Wisconsin Closed” graphic over a shot of snowfall after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist David George Joins KTUU

Four weeks after his dismissal from WMTV in Madison, meteorologist David George has announced he is joining KTUU in Anchorage.

George begins as the morning meteorologist at the NBC-affiliated KTUU on October 7.

“KTUU’s employees were very gracious, and Channel 2′s management has done everything imaginable to make me feel excited about this career move,” George told TVSpy via email.

George was let go from WMTV in August after 15 years at the Madison NBC affiliate. Read more

David George Let Go From WMTV: ‘TV News is a business like any other’

Chief meteorologist David George has been let go from WMTV, he announced yesterday via Twitter.

“I went to work this afternoon only to find out that I don’t have a job there anymore,” George wrote. “I want to thank everyone that I know for your support.”

George was hired at the Madison NBC-affiliate in 1997. His bio has already been stripped from the WMTV website.

“TV News is a business like any other,” George wrote in another tweet. “If numbers and/or money don’t make sense then a change must occur. It happens every single day.”

>Update: “It’s time to explore any and all options, but I will continue my leadership work with the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin as long as I stay in this area,” George tells TVSpy.

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