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Two Weeks After Breaking His Neck, Joe Birch Returns to WMC

Two weeks after breaking his neck in a traffic accident, Joe Birch will return to the WMC anchor desk tonight.

Birch, who has worked at the Memphis NBC-affiliate for 33 years, will return to his normal shift, anchoring the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“We miss Joe, like many of you do, and we know he is excited to come back,” the station said in a statement on its website.

Longtime Memphis Anchor Breaks His Neck

On his way to mail a thank you gift Tuesday night, veteran WMC anchor Joe Birch was involved in a traffic accident and broke his neck.

Birch’s wife told the Memphis NBC-affiliate that the doctor who treated him following the accident indicated that it was the best possible kind of break a patient can have.  Birch did not suffer any other injuries and he will not need surgery.

Right now, it is unclear how long it will take him to recover.

Birch, who has been with WMC for over three decades, co-anchors the stations 5, 6, and 10 p.m. weeknights newscasts. Read more

WMC Announces Contract Extension for Dave Brown on His 35th Anniversary With the Station

WMC is celebrating the 35th anniversary of chief meteorologist Dave Brown joining the Memphis NBC-affiliate.

Brown took a look back at his broadcasting career, which spans 50 years, on last night’s evening newscast with Joe Birch and Ursula Madden. After the tribute video, Madden said Brown’s contract was recently up for renewal.

“We can now tell you that Dave Brown loves his job,” she said. “Weighing all his options, he has decided to stay with us for a couple more years and extend his contract. We are so glad that you’re staying with us.”

“I couldn’t bring myself to think about leaving the family yet,” Brown said. Video inside… Read more

WREG Reporter Forgets to Bring Clothes to Work, Goes On-Air in Gym Shorts

Anchors and reporters can often get away with wearing jeans during a newscast, but gym shorts?

That’s what WREG reporter George Brown wore on-air recently after he forgot to bring his work clothes with him to the gym before heading into the station for the noon newscast.  Realizing that he didn’t have a suit with him, just thirty minutes before he had to be at work, Brown scrambled to assemble an outfit. Read more

Reporter Scott Noll Joins KHOU From WREG

Scott Noll will join Houston CBS-affiliate KHOU as an investivative reporter next week.

“For years I’ve followed the great investigative work being done in Houston,” Noll told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff. “I’m looking forward to continuing that tradition and joining a team of top-notch journalists at KHOU 11 News.”

Noll has spent the past four years at WREG, the CBS-affiliate in Memphis. He begins at KHOU on April 16.

Memphis Police Department Considers Daily Newscast

There is a new newscast being considered in Memphis, according to NBC-affiliate WMC.

The Memphis Police Department is looking at broadcasting a daily newscast, similar to one launched in Baltimore earlier this month.

“If in fact the citizens who are concerned about crime that’s on the rise or occurred in their neighborhood, they can tune in to that channel,” Memphis Police Association president Michael Williams told WMC reporter Jamel Major.

Watch Major’s report on the proposed newscast inside… Read more

WREG Reporter Has Gun Pulled on Her

WREG reporter April Thompson was working on a story about a recent murder in a small Arkansas town when a man pulled a gun on her.

“We do what we always do in these cases, we go out to find the details,” Thompson told viewers on Wednesday, “but what we found was an angry man with a gun.”  Video inside… Read more

Raycom Taps WMC News Director Tracey Rogers as KAIT General Manager

Raycom Media has tapped Tracey Rogers as vice president and general manager of KAIT in Jonesboro, AR.  Rogers is currently the news director at WMC, Raycom’s Memphis station.

Rogers, who has been WMC’s ND since 2007, replaces Tim Ingram at KAIT.  Raycom recently named Ingram vice president and general manager of KFVS in Cape Girardeau, MO.

“Both of these internal promotions further confirm Raycom’s commitment to growing and promoting talent and management within the company,” Raycom stated in a press release announcing Rogers’ promotion. Read more

Reporter Mike Matthews Cut Loose at WREG

Mike Matthews, a local government reporter who joined WREG in 1997, has been let go from the Memphis CBS-affiliate.

“We’re not leaving because we want to,” Matthews wrote on Twitter. “The station felt it was in their best interest if they wouldn’t renew my contract.”

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that Matthews is the third reporter to leave WREG this month. The other two are Tom Powell, who started at WSJV in South Bend on September 26, and Omari Fleming, who will debut on WTXF in Philadelphia on November 1.

Matthews is known at WREG as “The Watchdog,” a nickname that grew out of the pledge he uses to end his reports: “I’ll be watching.” Read more

Reporter Lori Brown Moving from Memphis to Orlando, Starts at WFTV in October

Reporter Lori Brown is set to leave Memphis’s WMC, where she’s worked since 2007, for a job with WFTV in Orlando.

“I am very excited to be joining the WFTV team, a powerhouse station lead by news legend Bob Jordan and Matt Parcell,” Brown told TVSpy today via email.  “I start October 31st as a general assignment reporter, with a personal goal of digging up government corruption and waste.”

A USC alum, Brown began her broadcasting career at KCOY on California’s Central Coast and she says that she’s looking forward to seeing palm trees again.

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