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Arkansas Station Adds Yuna Lee as AM Anchor

lee khbsYuna Lee is joining KHBS-KHOG, the ABC affiliates for Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark. as morning co-anchor and reporter.

Starting October 30, Lee will join Ben Wagner and meteorologist Laura Huckabee for 40/29 Sunrise weekdays and also work as a reporter for the station.

“Yuna’s anchoring and field reporting experience is a perfect fit for our team”KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Her versatility will enhance 40/29 News’ commitment to thoroughly cover the entire market.”

Lee comes to the station from WHIO in Dayton, Ohio where she was an anchor and reporter for over 3 years. Before that, she worked at WHSV in Harrisonburg, Va. and WPBF in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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WXMI Names New Morning Anchor

falzone croppedGrand Rapids, Mich. FOX affiliate WXMI has named Deanna Falzone morning anchor.

The Grand Rapids Press reports, Falzone replaces Sarah Brodhead, who recently announced she was leaving the station.

Falzone, a native of Harper Woods in the Detroit area, said she’s looking forward to the new assignment beginning Thursday.

“I am very excited to join the morning team and am looking forward to the sunrises that will come with the early wake up call,” Falzone said. “The fun, energetic atmosphere the morning team has created is one-of-a-kind in West Michigan, and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

FOX 17 News Director Brooks Blanton said Falzone, who joined the Tribune Company-owned TV station in March 2013, approaches stories with passion and professionalism. Read more

Kylie Dixon to Join WBRZ

dixon and friend wbrz_croppedWBRZ has announced Kylie Dixon as co-anchor of the Baton Rouge, LA, ABC affiliate’s morning news.

She will replace Whitney Vann, who announced in June, she was leaving 2une In, but staying with the station. She will join John Pastorek, Josh Eachus and Rebecca Buchanan beginning Friday.

“I know the station did a nation-wide search for that special someone who would be the perfect fit on 2une In,” Whitney Vann said in a statement. “Kylie is that person. I look forward to welcoming her on 2une In and introducing her to our loyal viewers.”

Dixon started her career at KXII in Sherman, TX, where he was morning co-anchor.

Joe Gumm Out, Ian Reitz In at WTSP in Tampa

reitz_gumm wtspWTSP morning anchor Joe Gumm (right) is no longer with the Tampa-St. Petersburg CBS affiliate.

WTSP GM Elliott Wiser confirmed with TVSpy, the station has named Ian Reitz (left) as Gumm’s replacement.

“I have some exciting news to share,” Reitz wrote on his facebook page. “Later this year my wife and I will be moving to the Tampa Bay area where I’ve accepted a morning anchor job.”

Reitz comes to WTSP from WSMV in Nashville, where he is a morning anchor. Before coming to WTSP in 2012, Gumm worked at KOKH in Oklahoma City.

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WBZ Adds Two to Morning and Noon Newscasts

hauser WBZ nilesBoston CBS owned station WBZ is adding Kathryn Hauser (pictured left) and meteorologist Danielle Niles (right) to the station’s weekday morning and noon newscasts.

“Kathryn is an outstanding journalist with deep connections to the New England region, and will be a great addition to the ‘BZ News team,” Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ said in a statement. “Danielle’s local roots, expertise as a meteorologist, and warm on-air presentation will be perfect for the morning newscast.”

Lund foreshadowed more changes to come by adding, “These changes will also give us the opportunity to make additional anchor reassignments that will allow us to bolster our enterprise and investigative reporting, content development, and commitment to the local community.”

Hauser come to WBZ from News 12 Connecticut where she had worked since 2009. She started her career at CBS owned WLNY in Long Island and has also worked at WXXA in Albany.

Niles moves over from the weekend mornings at WBZ. She came the station in 2013 from New England Cable News. Before that she was a forecaster at Weather Services international in Andover, MA.

Rockford Station Rolls with Punches After Prompter Snafu

backwards prompter croppedWTVO morning anchor Matt Rodewald was forced to read the news like they did in the olden days when the TelePrompTer went down.

The anchor for the Rockford, IL, ABC affiliate told viewers at around 5:30 a.m. that a power surge had flipped the words on the prompter screen, causing them to show up backwards.

Rodewald kept viewers up-to-date on facebook. At around 9:00 a.m. facebook time, he let viewers know the problem had been fixed.

“ALERT: It works!!! The TelePrompTer now has the words facing the right direction. The people in the control room have broken out into song. The folks in the studio, along with Amy, are dancing. The hardworkers in the newsroom are openly weeping.”

Laura Gray Returns to Buffalo’s WKBW

laura grayLaura Gray is returning to Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW after three years working in public relations, The Buffalo News‘ Alan Pergament reports. Gray, who worked at the station for five years before leaving in 2011, will anchor the morning and noon newscasts beginning this fall:

A Pittsburgh native who worked in Erie, Pa. before joining Channel 7, Gray will work with meteorologist Andy Parker, who left Channel 2 “Daybreak” last week to return to Channel 7 on its new morning program.

Earlier this month, Channel 7 let go the morning team of Tiffany Lundberg and Cole Heath after they worked for a year on the low-rated program. The station’s new owner, E.W. Scripps, is attempting to get viewers to give the morning program another look when the revamp starts in mid-September.

“We saw someone with Laura who has a good news presence, is local and is committed to the market,” said Channel 7 General Manager Mike Nurse said this afternoon.

WCCO Adds Two to Morning Show

matt-and-kim wccoWCCO, the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, CBS owned station, has announced Matt Brickman and Kim Johnson will join 4 News this Morning starting September 1.

Brickman and Johnson currently anchor the station’s Saturday morning news.

Brickman also produces the “Best of Minnesota” segments. He replaces Mike Augustyniak, who, the station said, asked for reassignment. Augustyniak will stay on as weekend meteorologist and weekday weather producer.

“My body doesn’t work as well at 3 a.m. as it does at 3 p.m. I’m grateful that we were able to figure out a solution that allowed me to better balance my personal life with my work life,” said Augustyniak.

Kim Johnson, who joined the WCCO team in May, currently anchors Saturday Mornings and serves as a reporter on weekdays. Read more

Jay Towers Promoted to WJBK Morning News

towers wjbk croppedWJBK weekend anchor Jay Towers has been named co-anchor of FOX 2 Morning News for the Detroit FOX owned station.

“FOX 2 viewers have enjoyed Jay’s contagious energy and winning personality on the weekends for the last 10 years,” said WJBK VP and news director Kevin Roseborough. “We are looking forward to expanding his presence on our station and have no doubt he will enhance our number one morning news team.”

Towers will join Anqunette Jamison starting Monday from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

For the last 10 years, Towers has anchored the weekend news and has been a feature reporter for FOX 2 News Weekend. He started his career as a 14-year-old radio DJ for WJRZ in Manahawkin, NJ.

FOX Philadelphia Launches Interactive Weekend Morning Newscast

WTXF, the FOX owned Philadelphia Station, is going to launch a weekend morning newscast centered around smart phones and social media.

According to the station, #FOX29 Weekend will be “an interactive, social newscast with viewer generated news content and regular contributors who are not reporters…but news makers in the market.”

“We are excited to launch a completely different type of newscast,” said Audrey Fish, VP of creative services. “We will bring to life on TV what our viewers are already doing every day- using their phones, and computers to create a dialogue about what’s going on in the world.”

The show boasts a new 360 degree stage for three different newscasts with a view of Center City Philadelphia.

#FOX29 Weekend launches Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 a.m. The show airs Saturdays from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. and Sundays from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. It will also stream live on the station website.

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