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WKRN Photographer Rolling When Fuel in Storm Drain Explodes

When a tanker truck exploded in west Nashville, some of the fuel leaked into the city’s storm drains. That fuel started smaller explosions throughout the city.

A photographer for the Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN was recording when one of those explosions happened.

According to WKRN, city officials say the water is safe to drink and the sewer system is fine.

Click here to read about the tanker truck explosion that started it all.

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Dominic Mancuso Named GM at WOIO-WUAB

dominic mancusoDominic Mancuso has been named vice president and general manager at WOIO-WUAB, Raycom Media’s CBS and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Cleveland. He begins in his new role May 30.

“I’ve been doing as much research and learning as I can long-distance, but I really start learning the day I walk in the door,” Mancuso told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “That’s when I’ll really dig in and get to know the people and the operation there. But Cleveland is Raycom’s largest market, so it’s a complete thrill and honor to be chosen to lead WOIO and WUAB.”

Mancuso comes to Cleveland from Nashville, where he is the general manager at three stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting: Fox affiliate WZTV, MyNetworkTV affiliate WUXP and CW affiliate WNAB. At WOIO-WUAB, he replaces Bill Applegate, who is retiring after 45 years in the television industry.

Brian Williams Accepts Invite to Speak at Hillwood High School on WSMV

In a live interview with Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV Monday, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams accepted an invitation from students at Hillwood High School to speak at their graduation next month.

Inspired by Williams’ commencement address at Elon University last year, the Hillwood High School students created a video inviting the NBC anchor to speak at their graduation. The station hosted a viewing party for students at its Nashville headquarters during Williams’ interview with Jeremy Finley and Jennifer Johnson.

“I wanted to come on and talk to you because their invitation deserved a proper answer, and I wanted to do the right thing,” Williams said. “I feel so apologetic, especially with the students sitting there, apologetic mostly because it’s taken me so long to say: we’re doing this. I’ll be there. It’s on.” Watch:

Josh DeVine Says Goodbye to WSMV

Josh DeVine is leaving WSMV after five years at the Nashville NBC affiliate, he announced on Twitter.

DeVine is a general assignment reporter who occasionally fills in as a news and weather anchor for WSMV.

Reporter Reveals Leak in Police Department by Checking on Leaked Story

andycordan_wkrnWKRN reporter Andy Cordan may have accidentally let Franklin, TN, police know they had an inside leak when he checked up on a story that had been leaked to him.

According to The Tennessean, Franklin deputy chief of police Mike Jordan “had been routinely sharing information” with the Nashville ABC affiliate’s reporter about an investigation into a GPS device found on a car owned by actress Ashley Judd.

Police were tipped off after receiving an e-mail Nov. 11 from Cordan requesting information from police spokesman Sgt. Charlie Warner about the GPS device found on Ashley Judd’s car on Nov. 8. Cordan’s e-mail to Warner used language taken verbatim from police documents.
“It appeared to be a clip and paste from an internal document that Andy Cordan was using in asking for information,” [Franklin Police Chief David] Rahinsky said in during the hearing.

Records show Jordan had e-mailed Cordan on Nov. 11 telling him about the GPS device as well as three other investigations. Police also found numerous other e-mails going back several months between the two where Jordan shared information with Cordan. Read more

WSMV Expands Weekend Morning Newscasts

alan frio nancy van campWSMV in Nashville is expanding its weekend morning newscasts. Beginning January 25, the NBC affiliate will begin the Saturday and Sunday morning broadcasts at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m.

“We’re excited to provide more of what viewers told us they want on weekend mornings — breaking news from overnight, 4WARN weather, and ideas to help plan the weekend,” WSMV director of news and creative services Matthew Hilk said in a statement.

The current weekend morning team — anchor Alan Frio and meteorologist Nancy Van Camp — will helm the expanded broadcast.

Meteorologist Katy Morgan Joins WZTV

Katy Morgan is joining Nashville Fox affiliate WZTV as the chief meteorologist, she announced on Facebook.

Morgan announced her departure from WXIX last month. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Steve Norris will appear on WXIX’s weekend morning newscasts until the Fox affiliate hires another meteorologist.

Steve Norris will fill in weekend mornings until WXIX-TV hires another meteorologist.

Reporter With Same Name as NFL Player Gets Hate Tweets, Reports About It

The Chris Conte who plays for the NFL’s Chicago Bears recently deleted his Twitter account.

The Twitter handle of the Chris Conte who works as a reporter for CBS affiliate WTVF in Nashville, TN, is @chrisconte.

After the NFL playing Chris Conte had a questionable game against the Packers, he became the target of unhappy NFL fans. Those fans took to twitter to voice their displeasure with the NFL Chris Conte, but after he disabled his Twitter account, the fans started tweeting the reporter Chris Conte.

According to WTVF’s Conte, one said, “I will kill your babies.” Another suggested Conte, “Wrap your mouth around a tail pipe until you pass out.”

Another realized the mistaken identity and “lol’d” about it.

“Most of the things these people posted online for all the world to see are of course protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution,” said reporter Chris Conte. “But you have to wonder if somewhere along the way we’ve lost a small piece of common decency toward one another.” Read more

Nashville Reporter’s Hat Gets Its Own Social Media Following

ferrier_hat_newA lot of us wear many hats at work, but none of our hats are as famous as the one worn by WSMV‘s Dennis Ferrier.

The fur hat with the upturned flaps worn by the reporter for the Nashville NBC affiliate is known as a Ushanka.

But Ferrier’s Ushanka is less of a hat and something closer to a head-borne comforter that has become a part of the Nashville television landscape complete with a Twitter and a facebook page all its own.

Ferrier told TVspy, “I bought it in 1989 in Milwaukee. I had been out on a fire and the spray coming off the house froze to my hair. I had an ice helmet. I said ‘That’s it. I don’t care how I look, I am going to be warm!’”

For Ferrier, the hat seems to be a great way to poke holes in the generic blow-dried reporter stereotype, “I think people like the hat because they appreciate a TV reporter who isn’t obsessed with their looks.”

After WSMV posted a picture of the hat on its facebook page and asked for a viewer vote, one commenter questioned Ferrier’s skill in wearing it, “One segment, it was on sideways and another it was on backwards. But his head is warm and he is awesome. So how ever it lands on his head is ok with me.” Another used it as a weather gauge. “This morning, the hat is soaking wet and misshapen. This means the sleet is transitioning to rain. The hat does not like rain.” Read more

Bob Sellers, Jennifer Waddell to Co-Anchor WZTV Morning Newscast

sellers and waddell Bob Sellers and Jennifer Waddell debuted today as the new morning co-anchors at WZTV, the Fox affiliate in Nashville. News director Bryan McGruder talks to The Tennessean about the revamped newscast, which has been developed since he took over at WZTV in February:

Bryan McGruder, news director at Fox 17 since February, pioneered the new show. He said that it would be more personality-driven, but with hard news, weather and traffic, plus an extra piece of news that the staff feels will prompt workplace conversation. He said “extra” could mean anything from a report of Bono’s impersonation of Bill Clinton to a story about how a dog saved a boy’s life.

“I don’t know if viewers have had much of a choice,” McGruder said. “If you watch (channels) 2, 4 and 5, it’s cookie-cutter, and when you watch us, you’ll get something extra and you’ll get it quickly.” Read more

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