“I am thrilled with the opportunity, and can’t wait to make Michigan my home,” Hughes wrote on her facebook page. “However, as I begin my final Saturday anchor shift, I just want to say, “THANK YOU IOWA!”
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Witcher’s and his wife are both from Colorado, and the move will bring them–and their young son–close to family.
Witcher announced the move on Twitter:
— Mike Witcher (@WeatherWitcher) August 25, 2014
WBIR’s sendoff included station staff giving Witcher an on-camera farewell.
KJRH anchor Justin Wilfon bid farewell to viewers at Tulsa’s NBC affiliate, ending nine years with the station. “I’ll miss all my co-workers and Tulsa, he said. “My nine years here really have been the best years of my life.”
The station aired a retrospective package and had an on-set farewell, letting viewers know he’s leaving the station, but staying with the company:
Justin, who’s been with 2NEWS since 2008, is heading north to our sister station in Kansas City where he will host a new program, The NOW KC.
Beginning in September, viewers can see Justin weekdays at 4 p.m. on 41 Action News and KSHB.com.
Crooke was also the and regional news executive for Gannett. She started with the station group in 2002 as VP of news for WGRZ in Buffalo. She joined WXIA in 2008.
“Ellen is a passionate and innovative leader who is committed to reinventing local journalism in this digital age,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “We’re excited to have her on the corporate team.”
Former WESH anchor Wendy Chioji says “The Beast” she’s been fighting for years has “come roaring back.” Chioji first shared her battle with breast cancer while working at Orlando’s NBC affiliate in 2001, and underwent treatment again last fall for a fast-growing cancer of the thymus gland. She writes on her blog there’s a new threat, and “it just got more dramatic”:
As it did last fall, my MRI detected something suspicious. Small, but big enough for Dr. Shroff to pick up the phone. Yesterday’s CT scan confirmed: The cancer is back. Or maybe it never left. Maybe despite my miserable winter with radiation and chemo, The Beast was just lurking there, waiting for me to gain some traction in my life so it could come roaring back out.
There are 4-5 small tumors in my chest wall (could be worse… could be in my lungs. How ironic would that be, for me, ME, to get lung cancer?) that weren’t there in April. I only half-heard him say it then, but now, I vividly remember my Huntsman oncology quarterback, Dr Akerley telling me in October that if the radiation/chemo didn’t kill this cancer, that’s all he had up his sleeve. We were hoping the ghastly treatment would buy me more time, but it didn’t.
Three weeks ago, everything was fine. Today, I’m looking for a Hail Mary pass. I’d say this is a fairly graphic illustration of the fact that you have to live EVERY day like it could be your last.
The Des Moines Register reports he’ll be a morning news anchor.
I’m excited to announce I’ve taken a morning news anchor job at WOWT in Omaha. DSM’s been great for 13 yrs but thrilled for new opportunity!
— Dave Zawilinski (@DaveZABC5) August 27, 2014
Zawilinski started at WOI as an intern while he was a sophomore at Drake University in 2002. Since then, his station bio said, he’s “filled every role on the sports team – Intern, Part-Time Photographer, Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor.”
Gannett has named Land’s replacement. He’s Rob Mennie.
“Rob has been a trusted and important resource for Gannett Broadcasting for nearly two decades,” Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting said in a statement. “While Rob will continue to be a valuable member of the Broadcasting corporate team, his talent and experience make him the right person to lead WTLV/WJXX.”
Mennie comes to WTLV-WJXX from Gannett’s corporate office where he was SVP of news for the station group. He started working for Gannett 25 years ago as executive news producer of WXIA in Atlanta. He has also worked as VP of news for WUSA in Washington, D.C., news director at WDTN in Dayton, OH, and assistant news director at KPNX in Phoenix.
Land was named GM of WJXX-WTLV in August 2012.
Sunbeam announced Paul Magnes will replace Burns as Director of Sales for WHDH-WLVI. Magnes was the local sales manager at WHDH. WLVI local sales manager Marcy Burt McCauley replaces Magnes as local sales manager of WHDH. WHDH account executive Jennifer Howe MacDermott was named local sales manager at WLVI, replacing McCauley, while WHDH account executive Charles Shiebler was named national sales manager for WLVI.
“As I move to the corporate offices of Sunbeam Television, I am excited that we have Bubba Burns and a strong management team leading the Boston stations into the future,” Chris Wayland, executive VP and GM of Sunbeam Television Corporation said in a press release.
“He always knew what he was doing, because he had all that experience. He had this air of authority,” said Howard Ain, Channel 12′s semi-retired “Troubleshooter” consumer reporter.
“I followed his lead. He taught me how to get a story and get it right. I still use what he taught me,” said reporter Deborah Dixon, who was hired by Hill. “Kyle chased stories. It was fun to watch. He would hear a possible story on the police radios and jump up grab a photog and run out as if he were a 20-year-old.”
His former station remembered Hill as a “kind man and devoted husband and father.”
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