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Marsha Bonhart Leaving WDTN

marsha-bonhart320Marsha Bonhart is leaving Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN after nearly 35 years in local TV news.

The Dayton Daily News says Bonhart’s last newscast will be Tuesday.

WDTN is transiting from LIN Media to Media General, which announced it would buy the station last March.

Bonhart learned her contract would not be renewed on Dec. 11.

“The station has been very gracious to me about the whole thing,” Bonhart said. “When you get into this industry, you always know this is a possibility.”

She stared at WDTN in March 1988 after working at a Dayton hospital as media coordinator. Bonhart has also worked at KTTV in Los Angeles, WKEF in Dayton, and WDHO in Toledo.

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Sketch Released in Hunt for Gunman in KCEN Meteorologist’s Shooting

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The Texas Department of Public Safety released a sketch Thursday of the man they believe shot Patrick Crawford, meteorologist at Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN. The shooting, which happened outside the station’s studios Wednesday, left KCEN employees shaken.

According to a KCEN report, Crawford remains hospitalized:

“So far he is on target if not moving ahead of schedule,” said Dr. Matthew Davis at a new conference Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Davis said Patrick was a little bit sleepy but happy and has had very pleasant interactions with nurses and staff.

Christiane Cordero Joins WVIT I-Team

cordero wvitChristiane Cordero has made the jump from I-Team producer to I-Team reporter for Hartford NBC owned station WVIT.

Cordero announced the move on her facebook page, “I’m officially official!” She wrote. “Thanks to my incredible mentors, a little bit of luck and a lot of elbow grease, I’m stepping up as NBC Connecticut‘s newest INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER!”

Cordero started her career at WVIT in August 2013 after graduating from East Carolina University.

Angela Taylor to Join WESH

Angela Taylor is joining Hearst-owned Orlando NBC affiliate WESH as an evening anchor.

Taylor comes to Orlando from Hearst’s KHBS in Fort Smith, Ark.

According to Orlando Sentinel media writer Hal Boedeker, Taylor will join Brett Connolly on the WESH 5:00 p.m. and WESH’s 10:00 p.m. news on WKCF. Read more

WCYB Reporter Jim Conrad Dies

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Veteran reporter Jim “Conrad” Blankenbecler passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. He was 63 years old. Conrad first gained fame as the afternoon DJ on WETB, where he was known as “Cosmic Conrad.” He later joined Bristol Va, NBC affiliate WCYB in 1988 as a reporter, where he was best known for his folksy feature stories.

“He was a wonderful storyteller. I think his strongest attribute was listening,” WCYB vice president and general manager Jack Dempsey told TriCities.com. “You can’t tell a story if you’re not a good listener. He was very fair. Most of his stories were just nice, colorful stories about people in the region that deserve to be heralded.”

WCYB news director John Soares only worked with Conrad for eight months, but he left a lasting impression on him, “He was a professional, a great colleague, a great friend, and truly a great man with a lot of layers,” Soares said. “I will truly miss him.”

Conrad is survived by his wife, two daughters and five grandchildren.

KCEN News Staff Shaken by Meteorologist’s Shooting: ‘I Knew It Was Our Patrick’

CaptureMeteorologist Patrick Crawford of Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN is reportedly stable and resting after surgery at Baylor Scott and White Hospital. Crawford was shot while sitting in his car (pictured) outside the KCEN studios Wednesday in an incident that has yet to be explained, and no arrests have been made. “We didn’t think it was gunshots,” said KCEN executive assistant Charlotte Kinsey. But moments later, a sheriff’s deputy who’d arrived at the station to investigate asked if there was a “Patrick” who worked there:

“It just, it was like a flash,” Kinsey said. “It just happened so suddenly, and I knew who it was. I knew it was our Patrick.”

“My heart just fell to the bottom of my chest,” said Crystal Pratt, our 5 p.m. newscast producer. “I didn’t even know what to think.”

“When I heard them say Patrick’s name,” she said, “my heart completely broke. I didn’t know what to do. I was just numb.”

“You could feel the air suck right out of the room,” said assistant news director Matt Gebhard.

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Raycom Promotes Myrtle Beach News Director to GM

miles wmbf croppedRaycom has named Sarah Miles VP & GM of Myrtle Beach, S.C. NBC affiliate WMBF.

Starting in January, she replaces Ted Fortenberry who was promoted to VP and GM of WLBT in Jackson, Miss.

“Sarah has been the architect of WMBF News’ aggressive multi-platform strategy and execution,” said Don Richards, Group VP of Raycom Media. ”The audience growth WMBF has earned through her extraordinary management of staff and resources has been remarkable. She is the natural choice to lead WMBF News forward as Vice President and General Manager”

Miles has been news director at WMBF since 2010. Before that, she was executive producer at Raycom’s WAVE in Louisville, Ky.. She started her career at WHOI in Peoria, Illinois.

WLBT Hires News Director from Arkansas Station

weeks wlbtRaycom’s Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate WLBT has hired Hatton Weeks to be its news director.

Weeks has been news director at KAIT, Raycom’s Jonesboro, Ark. station, since 2008. He moves up 87 markets in the move.

Chris Conroy, KAIT VP and GM said of Weeks, “As a journalist and news director, Hatton’s longtime commitment to KAIT’s viewers is truly special. WLBT and the people of Mississippi are getting a top notch journalist and a strong leader.”

Weeks started at KAIT in 1996. He worked his way up to reporter and producer before leaving for KTHV in 1999. He came back to KAIT in 2006 as assistant news director after working as a Congressional staffer for US Congressman Marion Berry and later working at his family’s construction business.

Gina Morss Returns to WEEK

morss weekGina Morss returns to WEEK starting Monday, January 5.

Morss worked at the Peoria, Illinois NBC affiliate for 15 years. She will co-anchor the morning news with Garry Moore and Maddie Heidenreich.

“We are excited to have Gina return to full time work once again on WEEK,” said Mark DeSantis, president and GM of WEEK-WHOI-WAOE. “She never really left as she has been producing our Buddy Check Reports for WEEK all along. But I am truly happy to have Gina back where she belongs!”

Morss left WEEK in 2011 to be the Komen Memorial Peoria Affiliate’s Director of Development.

KCEN AM Meteorologist Shot Multiple Times in Morning Shooting

crawford KCEN croppedPatrick Crawford, the morning meteorologist for Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN was shot multiple times in this morning’s parking lot shooting at the station.

>UPDATE: KECN reported at 3:20 p.m. police have taken a “person of interest in the shooting” into custody. We’ll have more updates as the story develops.

>UPDATE: KCEN reports at 5:11 p.m. Crawford is out of surgery and in stable condition. The station also reports, “The suspect hasn’t been located, but they took a suspect in custody and police say he’s not likely tied at all to the shooting.”

KCEN reports the Department of Public Safety said the shooting suspect exchanged words with Crawford before pulling out a semi-automatic handgun and firing.

The employee, Patrick Crawford, a morning show meteorologist at the station for the last two years, managed to drive away and flag down a construction worker, who called for help.

Police are still searching for the suspect, described as a white male, 30-35 years old, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and dark jeans. Wilson also said he has a receding hairline.

Crawford was taken to Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where he was undergoing surgery late Wednesday morning, [DPS Trooper D.L.] Wilson said.

Crawford has worked at KCEN since September 2012.

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