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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.”

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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.

WMTV Hires Carlos Tucker, Hobie Artigue

WMTV, the NBC-affiliate in Madison, has hired Carlos Tucker (pictured) and Hobie Artigue.

Tucker, a meteorologist, began at the station last week. He joins WMTV from Weather Central, where he has worked for two years. Prior to that, he worked at WBNS in Columbus and KLBK in Lubbock, TX.

Artigue joins the station in mid-July as weekend sports anchor. He is currently the weekend sports anchor at KTVE, the NBC-affiliate in Monroe, LA.

WISC Takes Over Production Of WMSN’s 9 p.m. News

In Madison, the start of a new year has brought changes to the 9 p.m. newscast on Fox-affiliate WMSN: the  program, previously produced by ABC-affiliate WKOW, is now produced by CBS-affiliate WISC.

The changes took effect on January 1. WKOW has been producing WMSN’s 35-minute 9 p.m. newscast since 1999.

WMSN general manager Kerry Johnson told the Wisconsin State Journal that the swap was “a business decision.”

WMSN is using the opportunity for a staff expansion, the State Journal reports. Three people have already been hired: anchor Michelle Carolla, who was formerly an anchor at WBTW, a news producer, and a yet-to-be identified sports anchor.

WREX Anchor Dani Maxwell Joining WKOW

Dani Maxwell, the evening anchor and assistant news director at WREX in Rockford, is leaving the station for an anchor position at WKOW in Madison.

Maxwell, who co-anchored the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts with Eric Wilson, signed off from WREX last week after 10 years. Starting today, 10 p.m. anchor Katie Nilsson will add the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts to her duties.

Starting January 18, Maxwell will be an anchor and reporter at WKOW. Both WKOW and WREX are owned by Quincy Newspapers.

“We’re sorry to see Dani go, but at least she is staying with the company,” WREX vice president and general manager John Chadwick told the Rockford-Register Star.

Tom Bier Upped to GM at Madison’s WISC

Tom Bier, who has been at Madison CBS-affiliate WISC for 37 years, has been named vice president and general manager at the station.

Bier, a Wisconsin native, has been the vice president and station manager since 1998. Prior to that, he spent 23 years as news director.

“Having watched Channel Three while growing up, it’s an honor to be asked to take on this challenge,” he said in a statement. “The station has always been a leader and I look forward in this new capacity to working with the staff, which has kept us in this position over the years.”

Bier has been the acting general manager since September, when David Sanks resigned.

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