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Michelle Imperato Joins WESH From KSBW

michelle imperatoMichelle Imperato is joining WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. She begins in her role as the station’s morning anchor on June 2.

Imperato comes from KSBW in Montery, Calif., where she was the morning anchor and reporter. She previously worked as an anchor and reporter for WLNY in Long Island, N.Y.

“We are thrilled to have a person of Michelle’s caliber join the WESH 2 News Anchor team. She has tremendous experience not only as an anchor, but also as a reporter who has covered major breaking news stories,” WESH news director Kirsten Wolff said in a statement.

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Local Stations Raise Money for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

haiyan_cbsSeveral local stations around the US are asking viewers to pitch in to help the victims of the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines and Vietnam.

>In Philadelphia, CBS owned station KYW has partnered with its CW sister station WPSG, KYW newsradio, SportsRadio 94WIP, CBS Sports Radio 610, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT along with CBSPhilly.com and CBS Outdoor under the name “Operation Brotherly Love” in an effort to raise money for the American Red Cross.

All the stations along with CBSPhilly.com and several CBS Outdoor digital boards will be asking viewers and listeners to donate either online at www.CBSPhilly.com/relief or by calling 1-800-GIVE-122 (1-800-448-3122).

>In Sacramento, CA, NBC affiliate KCRA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KQCA teamed up with the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross to raise more than $480,000 on Tuesday by doing live cut-ins throughout the day.

“I am proud to live in a community that is so generous and giving,” Elliott Troshinsky, president and general manager of KCRA-KQCA, said in a statement. “Northern Californians opened their wallets and showed their generosity by helping us raise nearly $500,000 for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.  We truly want to thank all of our viewers for their generosity.” Read more

Soon-To-Be-Former Mrs. Clint Eastwood Back at KSBW

ruiz_eastwoodDina Eastwood, who met her more famous husband Clint while she was a news anchor at the Salinas-Monterey NBC affiliate KSBW, is back where she started.

According to TMZ, Eastwood, who anchored at KSBW from 1991 until 1996 as Dina Ruiz, will begin a two week stint anchoring the 5:00 p.m. news.

The station announced the move on its facebook page, “Dina Ruiz Eastwood is co-anchoring the 5 p.m. news this week on KSBW Action News 8 with Dan Green! Click ‘like’ to welcome her back. ”

Ruiz met Eastwood while interviewing him in 1992. She filed for divorce last month.

KSBW news director Lawton Dodd told TMZ, Eastwood will “come back from time to time” after sweeps.

KSBW Truck Gets Tangled With Live Power Line

The mast on top of a KSBW live truck got tangled with a live power line on Saturday as the crew inside was backing out of a parking spot, according to the Monterey County Herald.

There were no injuries to the reporter, Tom Miller, or the camera operator. The pair had just finished a report for the 6 p.m. newscast (pictured) and forgot to lower the mast on the truck before driving away.

News director Laughton Dodd said the KSBW van is equipped with an alarm that sounds if the van goes into motion while the mast is up, but the alarm malfunctioned. Some area residents lost power and cable service temporarily, according to city officials.

Anchor Discusses Father’s Murder in KION Interview

“It was shocking to see the crime scene.  I’m so used to seeing this type of scenes but when you know it’s your family, it’s just different,” Erandi Garcia, a popular anchor with the Monterey-Salinas Univision station, told KION reporter Rachel Ramirez in a recent interview.

Garcia’s 61-year-old father, Artemio, was shot and killed on Sunday as he was walking to his car, about to go to work.  So far police do not have any suspects or leads in the apparently random shooting.  Video of the interview inside… Read more

NBC-Affiliate KSBW Launching Central Coast ABC Channel

Based on an affiliate agreement struck last year, Hearst-owned KSBW will begin a new ABC broadcast in addition to its regular NBC programming in the Salinas, CA area.

On top of the usual roster of “Modern Family” and “Dancing with the Stars,” the new channel, dubbed CCABC for Central Coast ABC, will offer local news. CCABC’s newscasts will be produced by the KSBW news team and operations will be housed within the same building.

As the Santa Cruz Sentinel points out, CCABC will fill a major whole in the local TV dial. For decades, area viewers have relied on San Francisco’s KGO for ABC programming.

“Unlike an out-of-town ABC station, you’ll get local news and emergency information on Central Coast ABC from sister station KSBW,” KSBW president and general manager Joe Heston commented to the Sentinel.  CCABC will make its debut on April 18th.

NBC-Affiliate KSBW Becoming ABC-Affiliate As Well

KSBW, the NBC-affiliate for the Monterery-Salinas-Santa Cruz market, is set to become an ABC-affiliate as well.  The Hearst-owned station announced on Monday that it will begin carrying ABC programming on its digital sub-channel.

Historically, viewers in the Central Coast region have relied on KNTV in nearby San Jose for its ABC programming.  Now, as the result of a new affiliation agreement, KSBW will carry ABC’s regular programming, as well as syndicated shows, on its 8.2 digital channel.  In addition to ABC shows, the station will broadcast KSBW’s newscasts on the sub-channel.

“The Central Coast has never had a local ABC affiliate. Now we can bring viewers NBC shows, plus the great line-up from ABC,” said Joseph Heston, KSBW’s president and GM.  “Best of all, the #1 rated newscast in our region, ‘KSBW Action News 8,’ will be seen on both channels.”
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