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Sinclair Fills GM Roles in Mobile-Pensacola and Birmingham

Sinclair BroadcastIts been a busy week for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Today it announced J.C. Lowe has been named GM of Mobile-Pensacola ABC affiliate WEAR and MyTV affiliate WFGX. The group also tapped GM of Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA, Mike Murphy, to replace Lowe as GM of CW affiliate WTTO and MyTV affiliate WABM. Murphy will also oversee WDBB which is a simulcast operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement. He will stay on as GM of WBMA.

“I look forward to J.C. overseeing our stations in Pensacola. He has done a terrific job in Birmingham, and we are confident that he can continue our leadership position in Pensacola,” Steve Marks co-chief operating officer of Sinclair’s Television Group said in a statement. “Mike is a natural choice to assume oversight of the stations J.C. managed and to broaden his responsibilities in Birmingham.”

Since 2007, Lowe has been working as GM of Sinclair’s Birmingham stations. Before that, he was the GSM of KAUT in Oklahoma City. He has also worked as GM and GSM of KEYE in Austin.

Murphy has been the GM of former Allbritton station WBMA since 2004. He was GSM there from 2002 until 2004. He has also worked at WSMV in Nashville in various sales roles.

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Sportscaster Simone Eli Joins KPRC

simone eliSimone Eli started this week at KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Mike McGuff reports. She will be the station’s weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Eli comes from WALA, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, where she has been a sports director and anchor since May 2013.

“We’re really excited that we got her out of Mobile and we think she will be a great asset,” KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland told McGuff. “Not only does she have great sportscasting experience, but I think people are going to be interested in watching her.”

Mobile CBS Affiliate Debuts New Set

6 Anchor TeamMedia General’s Mobile, AL, CBS affiliate WKRG has debuted its new set.

Created by David Weller Design of New York, WKRG’s goal was to make a set that viewers in the market would remember.

WKRG calls the set “High Tech – Old Mobile.” The concept combines the look of the historic city with high tech accents.

The new set launch coincided with a new graphics look for both WKRG and sister station WVTM in Birmingham. The graphics were designed by JCBurns Design of Atlanta. View more pictures of the set after the jump. Read more

WPMI Says Goodbye to Clement Townsend

wpmi_townsend goodbyeSports anchor Clement Townsend signed off Mobile, AL, NBC affiliate WPMI last night.

“I never would have imagined that I would have covered so many great stories here at Local 15,” Townsend told his co-anchors.

Clement has worked at WPMI for eight years.

According to the station, he is heading to Lynchburg, VA, for what they say is a “new opportunity in sports broadcasting.”

Mollye Barrows Signs Off From WEAR

mollye barrowsMollye Barrows has signed off from WEAR, the ABC affiliate in Pensacola-Mobile.

“This is not good-bye for good, though! You will see me pop up again…this time taking advantage of an opportunity to have the best of both worlds: a better schedule for my family and a chance to pursue advocacy journalism aimed at making our area a better place to live,” she wrote on the station’s Facebook page.

Barrows, who anchored at 4 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., began her career at WEAR as an intern in 1996. [h/t Florida News Center]

WALA Names Scott Flannigan News Director

walaScott Flannigan has been named news director for Mobile, AL, FOX affiliate WALA.

Flannigan comes to WALA from WCBD in Charleston, SC, where he has been news director since 2010. He has also worked at KPLC in Lake Charles, LA.

Flannigan replaces Bob Cashen who left WALA for WSET in Lynchburg, VA, in October.

Russell Colburn Leaves WALA

colburn_walaRussell Colburn said goodbye to Mobile, AL, FOX affiliate WALA on Friday.

WALA announced his departure on its facebook page, “FOX10 News is saying goodbye to one of our own. Russell Colburn Fox10, who joined the FOX10 family in 2011, is setting off on a new adventure. You’ll be missed around the newsroom, and we wish you the best!”

Sources tell TVSpy the same thing reported by Florida News Center, that Colburn may be heading to WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, FL. Colburn started at WALA as a photojournalist in February 2011.

Pat Greenwood to Sign Off From WPMI

pat greenwoodWPMI anchor Pat Greenwood is signing off from the Mobile NBC affiliate for a position with the University of South Alabama’s athletic department, The Birmingham News reports.

I’m truly looking forward to the time left at LOCAL 15 and the new adventure ahead at South Alabama!” Greenwood wrote on Facebook.

Greenwood anchors the weekday morning and noon newscasts at WPMI. He will stay on through July but transition to part-time in March, station management told the Birmingham News.

WALA Expands Morning Newscast

reynoldswallwhite_walaWALA-WFNA, the Fox and CW affiliates in Mobile, are expanding the weekday morning newscast by an hour beginning January 27.

“Local content is so important to Gulf Coast viewers. We are so excited to be able to respond to our viewers and customers with even more news programming focused on this region,” WALA-WFNA president and general manager Gary Yoder said in a statement.

The current morning newscast runs from 4:30 to 8 a.m., followed by “Studio 10,” a lifestyle and entertainment program. In the new programming lineup, the morning newscast will run from 4:30 to 9 a.m. “Studio 10″ will air at 9 a.m. on WALA, replacing “Bethenny,” which will move to WFNA.

The WALA-WFNA morning newscast will continue to be anchored by Sarah Wall and Eric Reynolds along with meteorologist Michael White.

WEAR Reporter’s Car Catches Fire Before Live Shot About Florida Snow

WEAR_CarFireJust before WEAR reporter Christina Leavenworth went live for a story about a local man making his own snow in the unusually cold Florida temperatures, her 2011 VW Jetta caught fire.

“When I was driving I started to smell some smoke so I started googling what was going on once I pulled over,” said Leavenworth. “Then I saw flames. Tried to put water on it. We quickly called 9-1-1.”

Firefighters showed up and put the fire out. It was so cold that the water they used to douse the flames turned to ice.

“But on a lighter note,” said Leavenworth. “Hey! There’s snow!”

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