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Meteorologist Jason Parrish Leaving TV News

Jason-Parrish1Jason Parrish has announced his departure from Clarksburg, W.Va.’s WBOY. Parrish, who joined the NBC affiliate in 2005, is currently chief meteorologist at the station.

In an interview with Connect Bridgeport, Parrish explained that he’s leaving the world of TV news to become a pharmaceutical representative at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, which will allow him to spend more time with his family.

“I know I’ll miss the people I work with because they’ve been so nice to be around. They’re good people,” Parrish told reporter Jeff Toquinto. “The benefit is that this will allow me to get more quality time with my family. When you get right down to it this move is about Nicki and our family. In the end, that’s all that matters. That’s what life is about and I’m ready to start a new chapter.”

Parrish’s last day at WBOY is December 19.

Veteran Reporter Lu Ann Cahn Leaving WCAU

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Longtime investigative reporter Lu Ann Cahn has announced that she will be retiring from WCAU, the NBC owned Philadelphia station. Cahn joined WCAU in 1987 as a general assignment reporter and spent the next 27 years at the station, reporting on everything from the Olympics to her personal battle with breast cancer, at the age of 35.

“Lu Ann is a woman who strikes fear in the hearts of scammers and evil-doers, hope in the hearts of breast cancer patients and confidence in the hearts of those longing to re-boot their lives,” said Anzio Williams, WCAU’s vice president of news.

“We wish Lu Ann the same high level of success she shared with us during her years here at NBC10,” Eric Lerner, president and general manager, added.

Cahn released her first book last year, I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day, based on her blog, which WCAU says is the ”foundation for the beginning of her next great adventure.”

Her last day at WCAU is December 19.

WMGM Losing NBC Affiliation and News Operation in New Year

wmgm_logoAs we’ve been reporting, WMGM, the NBC affiliate out of Linwood, New Jersey, is losing its NBC affiliation December 31.

The South Jersey station airs the only news broadcasting from the state of New Jersey affiliated with a major network. Viewers opposed the sale of WMGM to LocusPoint last year over fears the new owner would sell off the station’s spectrum.

In a post on the station’s website, WMGM says Access.1, the company operating the station, intends to keep the news operation running even though its contract with Locuspoint ends the same day the affiliation ends.

Here is the good news – while Access.1 will not be operating the WMGM-TV channel, the company has taken steps to continue and expand our news product on a new broadcast channel. This plan calls for our new company to be comprised of our current news, sales, management, and administration teams and would expand to nine counties in southern New Jersey, filling a much needed void for news, weather and sports coverage here in South Jersey.

Longtime Anchor David James Retiring from WFIE

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Yesterday, reporter and evening anchor David James announced he’s retiring from TV news. James has worked at WFIE in Evansville, Ind., for 41 years. He joined the NBC affiliate in December of 1973 after working for the Evansville Courier and Press and WGBF radio.

James announced the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday, writing:

It’s been an emotional journey reporting both the triumphs and tragedies in my hometown. Few broadcasters have been able to stay put in one place for such a long time. I want to thank the viewers for their trust and support over the years. It’s always been my goal to be a responsible journalist and not to judge, but present the facts and all sides of a story. I look forward to new challenges and opportunities.

This is the second longtime anchor to leave WFIE this year. We wrote about James’ former co-anchor, Ann Komis, who retired in July after 29 years at the station.

James’ last day is January 9.

Casey Smith Out at KTNV

Smith_Casey_newTVSpy has confirmed, KTNV morning anchor Casey Smith no longer works at the Las Vegas ABC affiliate.

Smith’s bio has been removed from the station website. A quick check of TVEyes showed Smith hadn’t been on the air since last Wednesday’s morning show.

He’s also worked at KSBW in Salinas-Monterey and KTWO in Casper, Wyo.

Katy Blakey Named Weekend Morning Anchor at KXAS

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Katy Blakey is joining KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas-Fort Worth, as weekend morning anchor. For the past three years, Blakey has worked at KOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City. In October 2012 she was promoted from general assignment reporter to weekend morning anchor.

Blakey replaces Lindsay Wilcox, who left KXAS last summer after having her third child. Blakey announced the news of her new gig on Facebook and Twitter last Monday.

Blakey starts her new position at KXAS on January 5.

KPNX Anchor Questions ‘Kill All Gays’ Pastor in Tough Six-Minute Live Interview

KPNXIn an exclusive live interview Friday night, KPNX anchor Mark Curtis  spent six minutes questioning a Tempe pastor who says he hates homosexuals and believes they should be killed. “When I heard your sermon, it sounded like the rantings of someone who was either a hatemonger or a religious zealot, and I’m wondering, which are you,” Curtis asked Steven Anderson, pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church.

The interview was noteworthy for its length–a full six minutes–and in the way Curtis led the questioning. It was excellent television.

Anderson’s recent sermon, uploaded to YouTube a week ago, promises an “AIDS-free Christmas” if all LGBT people are killed, as he insists the Bible demands. Asked repeatedly by Curtis what he would do if a son or daughter of his was homosexual–something Anderson insisted could not happen–the pastor finally answered that they should also die.

Watch the interview in full, after the jump:

[h/t The Advocate]
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Alabama Anchor Returns from Heart Surgery

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John O’Connor, anchor at Montgomery NBC affiliate WSFA, has returned to work after heart surgery. WSFA meteorologist Eric Snitil posted a photo of O’Connor (right) to Facebook, with the message “so happy to see our buddy John O’Connor back behind the anchor desk only a little more than 4 weeks after sextuple bypass surgery. Hasn’t missed a beat!”

O’Connor reported having chest pains while walking a flight of stairs, and was in surgery days later. Doctors say he’s recovering well.

WVIT’s Gerry Brooks: ‘I Had No Desire To Trade Cancer Into Ratings Points.’

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Gerry Brooks, anchor at NBC-owned WVIT in Hartford, waited until after the November sweeps to reveal he’d be off the air until January because of surgery for prostate cancer. As Brooks told the Hartford Courant‘s MaryEllen Fillo, he wanted to wait until after the surgery–and after the book–to share the news:

“I don’t want to be the story, I want to tell stories,” said Brooks, one of Connecticut’s favorite anchors. “It made sense to me to just say nothing until I had to and the fact of the matter is I have had friends and relatives who had far worse kinds of cancer and I felt fortunate that what I was dealing with was completely doable and curable,” he said. “And I had no desire to trade cancer into ratings points.”

Brooks said Thursday he has known about the prostate cancer for about a year, but it wasn’t until recently that doctors advised it was time for the robotic surgery to remove the infected gland.

Evansville Station Sports Anchor Leaves, Former Anchor Returns

WEHT kirk ammanNexstar’s Evansville, Ind. ABC and CW affiliate WEHT-WTVW said goodbye to sports anchor Drew Amman, and announced the return of former anchor Shelley Kirk.

Kirk returns to the station after leaving the business in 2012. She will co-anchor the 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. news on WEHT and 7:00 a.m. news on WTVW.

Amman is moving to Nexstar’s Fayetteville, Ark. NBC affiliate KNWA.

“I know Shelley gave this very serious thought–She’s anxious to get back,” wrote anchor and managing editor Brad Byrd on his facebook page. “Shelley will be at the desk with Greg Parker and Ron Rhodes in the mornings with her dedication–and that smile. We could not be happier.” Read more

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