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‘Shot Fired’ at WVVA Reporter Was Actually a Truck Backfire

False alarm, everybody. Last week we told you about a scary experience for WVVA reporter Annie Moore, who was shooting video at the scene where a body had been found–only to have a shot fired at her from a passing car. Billed as a “WVVA Exclusive”, Moore described feeling a bullet whiz by her head.

Turns out, there was no bullet. The Washington Times reports the sound Moore took for a gunshot was a pickup truck backfiring:

Beckley police detective Morgan Bragg said Friday the driver of the truck was passing by the crime scene on Monday when his vehicle backfired, as he said it is prone to do.

WVVA news director Elisabeth Shaffer, in an update posted to the station’s story, said “we are relieved that the outcome appears not to have been as serious as originally thought.” The station notes witnesses at the scene all believed they heard a gunshot, and the first police officer to review the station’s video of the incident said “well, it would have to be a gunshot.”

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Andy Alford Named GM of WFLA

andyalfordMedia General has named Andy Alford VP and GM of Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA.

“This is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with the talented group of broadcast professionals at WFLA,” Alford said in a statement.

Alford, who starts at WFLA on August 1, comes to the station from WTEN in Albany where he was named GM in 2010 by Young Broadcasting. He will continue in his role as VP of Sales for Media General.

Alford has also worked at WGCL in Atlanta, working his way up from general sales manager to station manager to general manager in the seven years he worked there. He has also worked in Orlando, FL, and Syracuse and Rochester, NY.

WMGM’s First News Director Dies

Michael Schurman, the first news director for Linwood, NJ, NBC affiliate WMGM, has died.

Schurman had a long career in radio, working as news director for local station WOND during the 1970s and 80s. Schurman started working in TV when WOND’s owner at the time bought WMGM.

Mike is mentioned in former Atlantic City Philadelphia Mobster Phil Leonetti’s biography… It was Michael Schurman who over the airways coined a nickname for Leonetti, Schurman called him.. “Crazy Phil”  Leonetti hated the name… his fellow mobster reportedly told Phil. they’d give anything for that nickname.  So began a period of reporting for Mike that lead to in depth mob stories and even at one point death threats because of it.

He was 71.

KPRC Names Rhonda Errer LaVelle News Director

kprc lavelleKPRC has named Rhonda Errer LaVelle as news director.

LaVelle had been acting news director at the Houston NBC affiliate since Deborah Collura was named GM of WCNC in Charlotte.

Before joining KPRC in March, LaVelle was an executive producer at WDIV in Detroit where she had worked for 16 years.

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What Did They Cover in Bluefield, WV, Last Night?

This week we look at the Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, WV, market.

The stations had a few overlapping stories, with CBS affiliate WVNS showing the most range with their EZ Pass scam package. Unfortunately we couldn’t bring you the FOX affiliate since it airs on a digital subchannel unavailable on TVeyes.

Seven Months Later, Sinclair’s WNWO Back on Buckeye Cable

sinclair_buckeyeThe seven month long retrans dispute between Block Communications owned Buckeye Cable and Sinclair owned Toledo NBC affiliate WNWO has been resolved.

At times, the tensions in the dispute went public with Buckeye depicting Sinclair as the Grinch in an ad in Block owned newspaper, The Blade. Sinclair countered by calling Buckeye’s tactics “juvenile” and “silly antics.”

Sinclair released a statement that said in part, “In addition to customary terms and conditions, the agreement provides for Buckeye to pay a signing bonus to WNWO-TV, which is in an amount that more than covers the legal fees incurred as a result of a complaint filed by Buckeye at the Federal Communications Commission alleging that Sinclair had failed to negotiate in good faith.”

While The Blade reported, “Both parties also agreed to withdraw the complaints they had filed against each other with the FCC.”

Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson Joins NBC

HallieJacksonAfter two years as a national correspondent for Hearst Television, Hallie Jackson is joining NBC News as a correspondent.

“Hallie is sure to be a dynamic addition to our team,” NBC SVP of newsgathering David Verdi wrote in a note to staff this morning. “Not only is she a talented on-air reporter who is well versed in the biggest national issues facing this country, but she also has valuable experience working in digitally-integrated environments, and has an instinct for engaging audiences on all platforms.”

Jackson will begin reporting from NBC’s Los Angeles bureau later this month and rotate through several bureaus before she gets a permanent assignment. Before Hearst, she worked at WFSB in Hartford and WBOC in Salisbury, Md.

TVNewser has Verdi’s full note.

WVVA Reporter Shot at While Rolling on a Story

WVVA reporter Annie Moore was getting some b-roll near an apartment building where a dead body had been found over the weekend when a car drove by and took a shot at her. It was all caught on tape.

The Bluefield, WV, NBC affiliate reports Moore was not injured, though she said she felt the bullet whizz by her head.

You can see the suspect’s vehicle drive by in the video. Police are looking for an older model Ford pickup with a silver tool box in the back.

Rob Jay Leaves WLBT After More Than 22 Years

WLBT sports director Rob Jay signed off from the Jackson, MS, NBC affiliate after more than 22 years on Friday.

Jay started at WLBT as a reporter and photographer in 1991. He was named sports director in 1996.

Jay will work for Jackson State University as GM of its TV and radio stations. He told The Clarion-Ledger, “As you can imagine this was a very difficult decision to make after 22 years at WLBT.”

Lynna Lai Moved to WKYC Morning Show

Lai WKYCLynna Lai is moving from weekend evenings for Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC to the weekday morning show.

“We have searched far and wide for the right morning co-anchor to join that team,” WKYC news director Brennan Donnellan told WKYC’s Director’s Cut blog. “We believe the right person was here all along.”

Lai will join John Anderson and meteorologist Hollie Giangreco starting two weeks from today.

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