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Gerry Vaillancourt Out at WVUE

vaillancourt wvue croppedWVUE morning anchor Gerry Vaillancourt has been let go by the New Orleans FOX affiliate.

Vaillancourt has been the radio color analyst for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets for the past 19 seasons.

“They said they wanted to go in a different direction,” Vaillancourt told Nola.com. “They want a ‘news anchor’ type with a news background. I can understand that.”

Vaillancourt started at WVUE in October 2012.

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Dave Nussbaum Joins WWL in New Orleans

wwl_nussbaum_debutMeteorologist Dave Nussbaum made his debut on New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL today.

WWL news director Bill Siegel told TVSpy Nussbaum will work the Noon and 5:00 p.m. shows.

Nussbaum said goodbye to Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ last Friday after working there for more than a decade.

Raycom Names Sandy Breland GM of WVUE

wvue_304Raycom Media has named Sandy Breland vice president and general manager of WVUE in New Orleans.

Breland is charged with leading the transition as Raycom begins providing operational services to the New Orleans FOX affiliate Monday.

WVUE’s parent company announced last month it had entered into a shared services agreement with Raycom.

“Sandy is the perfect choice to lead and grow this station,” Paul McTear, president and CEO of Raycom said in a statement. “She knows New Orleans and served the people of that community during some of the more challenging times in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.”

Breland, who replaces retiring GM Joe Cook, had served as news director at rival station WWL for 11 years. Before coming to WVUE, she was the GM at Raycom’s Baton Rouge station WAFB.

Breland will continue in her other role as regional VP overseeing Raycom’s stations WAFB, KSLA in Shreveport and KPLC in Lake Charles, LA.

New Orleans TV Icon Frank Davis Dies

Frank Davis, New Orleans TV icon for CBS affiliate WWL has died.

For more than 30 years, Davis brought his morning show cooking segments, his “Fishin’ Game Report” and his “Naturally N’Awlins” features to New Orleans viewers.

In May this year, Davis revealed to viewers he was suffering from a rare autoimmune disease called Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy which robbed him of the use of his arms and legs. He retired from the station in 2011.

“Thank God in heaven that I’ve got that happy personality, that I can see something bad and smile about it,” he told WWL medical reporter Meg Farris about his CIDP diagnosis in a May interview. “Believe me, I don’t want to smile about it because it bothers me. It’s a roller coaster ride. I’m good one day. I’m bad one day.” Read more

WVUE General Manager Joe Cook to Retire

wvue_304WVUE president and general manager Joe Cook will retire from the New Orleans Fox affiliate on December 13, Broadcasting & Cable reports.

WVUE parent company Louisiana Media Company recently announced a shared services agreement with Raycom, which will provide operational services to WVUE beginning December 16. Cook will become president of Louisiana Media Company and plans to spend more time on his other interests, songwriting and real estate.

According to B&C, Sandy Breland, the general manager of Raycom’s WAFB-WBXH in Baton Rouge, will have oversight of WVUE once the shared services agreement begins.

Raycom to Operate New Orleans FOX affiliate

raycom_wvueWVUE has announced its parent company Louisiana Media Company has reached an agreement in principle to a shared services agreement with Raycom Media.

According to the station the SSA, “will allow Louisiana Media Company to “join hands” with the strongest regional television group in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Raycom Media. The shared services agreement between WVUE Fox 8 and Raycom Media will permit Raycom Media to provide operational services for the station, under the ultimate control of Louisiana Media.”

The New Orleans FOX affiliate was rumored to have been sold in October when Raycom investor Retirement Systems of Alabama told its members in a newsletter Raycom was close to closing on the sale of WVUE for $55.6 million. At the time, WVUE told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “There is no sale pending. The station is not for sale.” Read more

Meteorologist Derek Kevra Set to Join WJBK

derek kevraMeteorologist Derek Kevra is joining WJBK in Detroit, a spokesperson for the Fox O&O confirms to TVSpy. Kevra comes from WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.

Kevra, who joined WWL in 2009, is the noon and 5 p.m. meteorologist at the station. With his move to Detroit, he returns to the station where he began his television career as an intern. He has also worked at KDRV, the ABC affiliate in Medford, Ore.

Antwan Harris to Join WWL in New Orleans

harris_wrcbAntwan Harris, reporter and weekend anchor for NBC affiliate WRCB in Chattanooga, TN, is heading to New Orleans to work for CBS affiliate WWL.

WWL executive news director Bill Siegel told TVSpy Harris starts next week as a general assignment reporter.

Before coming to WRCB in 2009, Harris worked at WMGT in Macon, GA.

 

Raycom Rumored to Be Expanding with Purchase of New Orleans Station

raycom_logoThe Retirement Systems of Alabama, a group that lists Raycom Media as one of its biggest investments, told members in its latest newsletter the station group is ready to close on the purchase of New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE for $55.6 million.

The good news for RSA members is spelled out in the newsletter, “Pending year-end approval by the FCC, the station would immediately increase in value by more than $12 million due to the re-transmission fees paid to Raycom compared to a single station owner.”

>UPDATE: The Times-Picayune reports Greg Bensel, a spokesman for the current owners of WVUE, told the paper, “There is no sale pending. The station is not for sale.”

The news was first reported on the website of rival NBC affiliate WDSU. Read more

Sportscaster Sharief Ishaq Joins WDSU

Sharief Ishaq has joined WDSU as a sports anchor and reporter. He will debut on the New Orleans NBC affiliate later this week.

“Sharief has spent his entire life in Louisiana, following the teams that inspire some of the most passionate fans in the world,” WDSU news director Jonathan Shelley said in a statement. “His knowledge of the New Orleans Saints, the New Orleans Pelicans, the LSU Tigers and other area teams shines through in his coverage.”

Ishaq comes from Baton Rouge, where he has been a sports reporter for WAFB for three years. He has also worked as a sports anchor and sports director at KALB in Alexandria, La.

More from WDSU after the jump. Read more

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