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Alex Holley Joins WTXF As Co-Host of ‘Good Day Philadelphia’

Alex Holley is joining WTXF, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia, as co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia.” Holley will co-anchor alongside Mike Jerrick beginning later this summer, replacing Shinelle Jones, who signed off in March.

Holley, who joins WTXT from WMBF in Myrtle Beach, stopped by “Good Day Philadelphia” yesterday. Watch:

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Ben Wagner Upped to Morning Anchor at KHBS-KHOG

ben wagnerBen Wagner has been named morning anchor at KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s duopoly in Fort Smith, Ark. Effective immediately, Wagner will co-anchor the newscast alongside Kelly Johnson and meteorologist Laura Huckabee.

“Ben’s energy and personality will be a great addition to the morning anchor desk,” KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “Ben’s willingness to go the extra mile stands out, and I’m confident he’ll bring that same commitment to Sunrise whether he’s behind the anchor desk or reporting from the field hundreds of miles away.”

Wagner joined the stations in 2012 as a multimedia journalist. The morning newscast’s previous anchor, Derek Burleson, signed off in December.

KHON Announces Replacement for Olena Heu

ako khonHonolulu, HI, FOX affiliate KHON has announced Diane Ako will anchor its “Wake Up 2day” morning show.

She comes to KHON from Halekulani where she was the PR director. This is a return to TV News for Ako, who worked at KHNL from 1996 until 2009.

Ako begins co-anchoring alongside Ron Mizutani in two weeks. She replaces Olena Heu whose last day on set is next Friday.

On facebook, Heu said she was leaving the station to start her own social media consulting business.

Page Crawford Signs Off From WNCN

After seven years at WNCN, Page Crawford signed off from the Goldsboro, N.C. NBC affiliate this morning. Crawford said she is heading to Charlotte, where she will anchor mornings at Fox’s WJZY-WMYT.

“It’s a wonderful place. I’m going to miss you all,” Crawford said. “And I really want to say thank you too to all of our viewers, all of you who watch, because it really is a privilege to come into your homes every day.” Watch:

David Hall Joins Orlando’s WKMG

David HallDavid Hall is the new morning anchor at Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports.

“We searched long and hard for the right person to join our team,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet said. “I am confident that we found that person in David Hall. He is a smart, strong journalist who enjoys communicating with viewers, and he is excited get to work in our community.”

Hall comes from KMBC in Kansas City, where he was a weekend anchor and reporter. Beginning June 23, he will co-anchor the 5 to 7 a.m. newscast alongside Bridgett Ellison.

WCIU Expands Morning Newscast

wciu morning anchorsChicago independent station WCIU is adding an extra hour to its morning newscast, Robert Feder reports. Beginning in September, “You & Me This Morning” with Melissa Forman and Jeanne Sparrow will air from 6 to 9 a.m.:

“I always say ‘You & Me This Morning’ is the show that ‘zags’ when everyone else in the market is ‘zigging,’ ” senior executive producer Rob Morhaim said in a statement Monday.

“We are the show for people who are tired of waking up to the same news about what terrible thing happened the night before. We’re the show for people searching for a lighter and more fun way to start their day and viewers are responding. I’m delighted that we’re able to add an additional hour of local content with Jeanne and Melissa, who are so incredibly talented, relatable and without question, have the best teeth in morning television,” Morhaim said.

Anne Dwyer Announces Retirement from WTVT

Good Day Tampa Bay anchor Anne Dwyer announced her retirement from WTVT this morning.

“Anne Dwyer has been a morning news icon in Tampa for decades,” John Hoffman, news director for the Tampa FOX owned station, said in a statement. “Mornings in Tampa Bay will not be the same without her. She is the utmost professional and we will miss her.”

Saying one of the reasons she was retiring was because she out of hairspray, Dwyer told viewers, “It was not an easy decision. It’s time for me to sleep in, get some much needed rest, and tackle the numerous home improvement projects I have put off way too long.”

She started at WTVT in 1986. Her last day will be June 18.

Jerry Gallagher to Join ‘Today in Iowa’

gallagher kwwlKWWL has announced Jerry Gallagher will join the Waterloo, IA, NBC affiliate as anchor for Today in Iowa.

“We look forward to Jerry’s arrival,” Jim McKernan, VP and GM of KWWL said in a statement. “Not only is he a skilled journalist, he’s an eastern Iowa native and has family here. He knows what is important to viewers, and complements the skills of Teal Jennings.”

Gallagher will work alongside Teal Jennings and Eileen Loan.

This is Gallagher’s second stint at KWWL. He interned at the station while he was at the University of Northern Iowa.

He comes to KWWL from sister station WQOW in Eau Claire, WI, where he was assistant news director and anchor. He has also worked in Sioux City, IA. His first day is June 26.

KTTV Swaps Anchors on ‘Good Day LA’

tellez_karapetyan Fresh off its experimentation with where Steve Edwards should sit during Good Day LA, KTTV in Los Angeles is now trying out Araksya Karapetyan in place of Marla Tellez on the FOX owned station’s morning show.

Tellez now co-anchors the 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. show. A station source assured TVSpy stations switch anchors up all the time and that “everybody” liked the new look.

While FOX first poo pooed the change as a rumor, our LA based eagle-eyed super fan who first told us about the swap asked Karapetyan if she liked the change. Karapetyan replied, “up for anything!” You can see a screen grab of the tweet after the jump. Read more

WBAL Adds Megan Pringle to Morning Team

pringle wmar_croppedMegan Pringle is joining Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL as weekend morning anchor. weekday morning reporter.

“Megan’s long experience covering Baltimore news is the perfect complement to our already strong morning team,” WBAL president and GM Dan Joerres said in a statement.

Pringle, who will work with Jason Newton and Mindy Basara, left Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR in November to work in PR.

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