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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


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:

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Alabama Anchor Returns from Heart Surgery


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.’


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

Heidi Waggoner Leaving California for Arkansas

Meteorologist Heidi Waggoner is leaving Nexstar’s KSEE in Fresno, Calif. for the station group’s Fayetteville, Ark. NBC affiliate KNWA.

The Fresno Bee reports she’s moving closer to her family. KNWA news director Brook Thomas told TVSpy, Waggoner starts Monday, December 15.

Traffic reporter Robb Johnson tweeted a goodbye to Waggoner.

Waggoner is a Texas native and started her career at KTEN in Denison, Tex. She has also worked at KAMC in Lubbock, KTAB in Abilene and KLST in San Angelo.

Michael Jack to Retire as GM of WNBC

mj+new1Michael Jack has announced his retirement as GM of New York NBC owned station WNBC.

Jack was GM at WRC in Washington, D.C. before coming to WNBC in 2010. He told staffers at a Town Hall meeting he would retire in June 2015.

“Michael has been a dynamic leader, who has run three NBC Owned Television Stations over the course of his career,” said Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “He has been a trusted confidante and friend to me, a committed broadcaster and a mentor for so many in our division. He has championed the careers of countless individuals, always reaching back to help others in the industry grow. Michael also has a great family. His wonderful wife, Mary, and treasured daughter, Truce, are his true foundation and they deserve more time with him. We will miss him greatly and wish him all the best for a truly wonderful retirement.”

He started his career at with WABC in New York in October 1977. He was an account executive for ABC Spot Sales in Chicago before working for KGO in San Francisco. He spent 10 years as sales manager at Capital Cities National Sales Office in Los Angeles, leaving in 1996 to work at KNBC as VP of Sales. He has also worked as GM of WCMH in Columbus.

Jim Kenyon Retiring from WSTM-WTVH

Jim Kenyon, investigative reporter for WSTM-WTVH, is retiring after 38 years with the Syracuse N.Y. CBS and NBC affiliates.

Kenyon started at WSTM in 1976 after working in Columbus, Ohio as a reporter. He started his career in 1970 at WSYR in Syracuse, which at the time was known as WNYS.

The Post-Standard said Kenyon briefly worked as an anchor in 1993, but soon returned to investigate reporting.

Kenyon told The Post-Standard in 1996 he was offered a job at WTVH-5 — nearly two decades before it joined WSTM to become CNY Central — but stayed with the NBC affiliate so he could focus on in-depth reporting.

“It’s been my greatest honor to serve my community,” Kenyon said on the station website. “Through good times and bad, I hope that I’ve been able to shed light on the events and issues that affect our lives. Thank you to all who have helped me along the way, from my many news sources, to the managers who put their trust in me to tell the true story and to my competitors in the local media who have kept me on my toes.”

Wendy Chioji Returns to Orlando as Documentary Film Debuts in Florida


Wendy Chioji, a former anchor at Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, is back in Central Florida this week for the debut of a documentary, “Conquering Kilimanjaro,” which focuses on a climb that Chioji made with a group of fellow cancer survivors.

The film, produced by another former WESH anchor, Marc Middleton, premieres Wednesday at Full Sail University in Winter Park. Chioji talked about the film–and her ongoing battle against cancer–with Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG Tuesday. In the interview, which will air on the station’s weekend public affairs program “Flashpoint”, Chioji said she is awaiting the start of treatment in a new clinical trial. Her cancer returned earlier this summer.

Watch part of her interview, after the jump: Read more