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After WKRN Wakes Up Only Man In Line for Titans Tickets, Community Rewards Him


A Nashville man who was the only person to spend the night waiting for Titans tickets to go on sale is now being rewarded for his dedication.

Last week WKRN‘s Stephanie Langston woke up David Cline while he was sleeping outside the box office at LP Field in Nashville. He told the reporter for the Nashville ABC affiliate he didn’t have a credit card so he had to line up to buy a single game ticket to see the Tennessee Titans play the San Francisco 49ers. The video soon went viral.

Cline sells a paper called The Contributor to make ends meet. The paper is sold by the homeless or formerly homeless.

A viewer who saw the story gave Cline a second ticket to the Titans game. The Nashville Predators gave him Predators game tickets, a team jersey and a $100 pre-paid credit card. Read more

Roger Susanin Leaving Little Rock For Nashville

Roger Susanin has announced his departure from KATV, the ABC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark.

“After 4 great years in Little Rock, I am leaving Channel 7. I have accepted a position as a reporter at a station in Nashville,” Susanin wrote on KATV’s Facebook page. “I am very excited but also overwhelmed about leaving a place that I love.”

Susanin, a general assignment reporter at KATV, signs off today.

Reporter Cara Kumari Says Goodbye to WSMV

After six years at WSMV, reporter Cara Kumari is saying goodbye to the Nashville NBC affiliate.

“Cara has been part of our family for six years. And family… is the big reason for the change. Cara expressed to me her love of Channel 4 and of reporting, but also her need to shift her priorities as a new mom,” news director Matthew Hilk wrote in an email to staffers obtained by TVSpy. “We will miss her energy, passion, persistence, and political expertise.”

Kumari is WSMV’s state Capitol reporter. She has previously worked at KAKE in Wichita, KFSM in Fayetteville, Ark. and KOMU in Columbia, Mo.

Kristin Priesol Announces WTVF Departure

After 12 years at WTVF, Kristin Priesol is saying goodbye to the Nashville CBS affiliate. She announced the news on Facebook, writing, “it’s just time to be with my own family in the morning and at night.”

“I hope you understand while I am very passionate about telling stories and connecting with our wonderful community my heart is at home, which is where I need to be right now,” Priesol wrote. “Of course none of us know what the future holds. I will find another job just something that allows me to be around during meal time, homework with the kids and yes, even chores.”

Priesol, who anchors the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will officially sign off from WTVF on August 2.

Jonathan Martin Signing Off From WSMV

WSMV weekend anchor and reporter Jonathan Martin is leaving the Nashville NBC affiliate. A formal announcement is expected on Martin’s plans in the coming weeks, TVSpy has learned. He will work at WSMV through the end of the July.

“His hard work, tenacity, team spirit and his thorough, responsible, and creative approach to news have made him a great fit for WSMV, and he’ll be missed,” WSMV news director Matthew Hilk wrote in a memo to staffers.

Martin joined WSMV in 2007. Before that, he spent two years as a reporter and anchor at WRDW, the CBS affiliate in Augusta, Ga.

WSMV Airs Correction to Series of Reports on Missing Tennessee Girl

WSMV, the NBC affiliate in Nashville, has issued a correction to a series of reports on the disappearance of Holly Bobo that have aired over the last month.

The station reviewed the reports after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation slammed them as “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism.” In the on-air correction (video above), anchor Tom Randles walked back much of the information provided from “Without Warning,” a nonprofit organization assisting the Bobo family with investigating the disappearance.

“Channel 4 regrets not doing a better job of seeking law enforcement reaction to these items,” Randles said. “… We’ve addressed the issues and taken steps to ensure that all of our stories uphold the standard of accuracy and fairness you’ve come to expect.”

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Accuses WSMV of ‘Irresponsible and Unprofessional Journalism’

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is criticizing Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV for “irresponsible and unprofessional journalism,” saying its reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo has been “harmful to the case.”

The station has aired a series of reports on Bobo, a nursing student who went missing two years ago. Reports have included information from nonprofit organization “Without Warning.” In a statement released Friday, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the group “did not investigate the case … to law enforcement standards.” TBI also accuses the group of regurgitating “information they had heard and read in order to talk about the case on television.”

The statement takes issue with several reports on Bobo’s disappearance by Dennis Ferrier, as well as a special documentary that aired on WSMV May 12:

“The erroneous television reports have led to false leads, public concern and have wasted valuable state resources,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “The most important thing, after finding Holly Bobo and the person responsible for her disappearance, is maintaining the integrity of this investigation should it ever go to trial. In addition, TBI is concerned that WSMV never confirmed any facts reported in the stories with our agency. Never have we seen such irresponsible and unprofessional journalism on an active and open TBI investigation that has been so harmful to the case.”

On Friday evening, WSMV posted a response to TBI’s statement: Read more

Najahe Sherman Joins WKRN From KSHB

Reporter-anchor Najahe Sherman is moving from Kansas City to Nashville, she announced on her blog Monday.

Sherman begins this week as anchor and reporter at WKRN, the ABC affiliate in Nashville. She comes from KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, where she was a reporter and weekend morning anchor.

“To everyone in Kansas City, thank you so much for a very special few years. I am excited to share stories and experiences from Music City!” Sherman wrote. [h/t Bottom Line Communications]

Bryan McGruder Joins WZTV as News Director

Four months after his departure from WDAF, Bryan McGruder has been named news director at WZTV, the Fox affiliate in Nashville.

“We are excited to have someone of Brian’s stature and experience leading our news department at FOX17 and look forward to the impact he will have on the market. His experience running highly successful newsrooms will be a huge asset to our operations,” WZTV general manager Dominic Mancuso said in announcing the news.

McGruder was vice president of news at WDAF in Kansas City for the past decade. He has also served as news director at WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, Ga. He replaces Roberta Petterson at WZTV. [h/t Bottom Line Communications]

WZTV Offers $10,000 Reward in Reporter Shooting

WZTV, Nashville’s Fox affiliate, is offering $10,000 to anyone who can provide information about the robbery and shooting of reporter Erika Lathon.

The Nashville Police Department has posted the reward notice to its website, giving details about what happened during the robbery/shooting,

Lathon was approached by the gunman at 11:45 p.m.  He demanded cash.  She complied.  The robber, who was dressed in all black and wore a mask, fired one time into Lathon’s car and fled on foot.  She drove herself to a nearby hospital where she was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the arm.

Lathon, who described the gunshot as feeling like she’d been hit in the arm with a two by four, told WZTV, “I’m just glad to be here to tell the story and, you know, that I survived this, and that my family didn’t have to get another phone call.” Read more

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