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Sinclair Names General Manager for KBSI

Sinclair BroadcastSinclair Broadcast Group has named Edwin Groves GM of Cape Girardeau, Mo. FOX affiliate KBSI.

Groves will also oversee WDKA which Sinclair operates under a local marketing agreement.

Groves comes to KBSI from WAAY in Huntsville, Ala. Before WAAY, he had worked as VP of Sales Training at Max Media, GM of WNKY in Bowling Green, GM of Max Media, GM of WCHS and WVAH in Charleston, W.V., GM of WEMT in Tri-Cities, Tenn., and GM of WFXG in Augusta and WXTX in Columbus, Ga.

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Amy Fox Joins WSIL From KMOT

amy foxAmy Fox is joining WSIL, the ABC affiliate in Harrisburg, Ill., TVNewsCheck reports. Fox will be a reporter for the morning newscast, providing studio and live reports weekdays from 5 to 7 a.m.

Fox previously worked at KMOT, the NBC affiliate in Minot, N.D. Since 2012, she has been a reporter and anchor of the 6 p.m. newscast. She is a graduate of Franklin College in Indiana, where she majored in broadcast journalism and public relations.

Jennifer Horbelt Joins WPSD From KOAA

jennifer horbeltJennifer Horbelt is leaving KOAA in Colorado Springs to return to her former station, WPSD in Paducah, Ky.

Horbelt joined KOAA in 2011 as the morning anchor and was promoted to evening anchor in 2012. During her time at the NBC affiliate, she met and married her husband, another KOAA employee. In a statement, Horbelt said she will make the move to be closer to her family.

“We are very happy that Jennifer is able to take this next step in her career and that it’s also a move that includes pulling her family closer together,” KOAA news Kelly Duffy said.

Suspicious Package Prompts WSIL Evacuation

A suspicious package forced the evacuation of Harrisburg, IL, ABC affiliate WSIL this morning.

The station said employees were allowed back in the building after after authorities “placed the item in a container and carried it away from the building.”

The FBI and local police are still investigating.

Kentucky Station Catches Republican Senators Huddling Over Shutdown Spin

Paducah, KY, NBC affiliate WPSD caught a glimpse of two leading Republicans talking about how they were going to talk about the shutdown.

WPSG news director Bill Evans told TVSpy the station had asked for an interview with Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. When he showed up in the right spot, “An NBC producer/camera team hooked the Senator up and the producer asked questions while we recorded the answers here in Paducah.”

While he was hanging out after the interview and WPSD was still recording Rand Paul, the junior Senator from Kentucky, approached the Republican Minority Leader and asked, “You got a second?” Read more

Kyle Mounce Joins WRTV From WPSD

Meteorologist Kyle Mounce is joining WRTV in Indianapolis from WPSD in Paducah, Ky.

Mounce, an Indiana native, will be the weekend meteorologist and weekday weather reporter at ABC affiliate WRTV. He has worked at NBC affiliate WPSD since 2008.

“We are happy to welcome Kyle back home to Indiana. He will be contributing to our live weather coverage on TV, on-line at theIndyChannel.com and on our expanding mobile and iPad news and weather apps,” news director Terri Cope-Walton said in a statement.

Josh Morgan Named News Director at WREX

Josh Morgan has been named news director at WREX, the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Ill., TVSpy has learned.

Morgan comes to WREX from WPSD in Paducah, Ky., where he has been an executive producer for the morning newscast since December 2011. Prior to WPSD, he spent four years at WLUK in Green Bay, where he produced news and sports.

Morgan replaces Mike Costello, who left WREX in December for a job with the Rockford Park District.

Anchor Emily Eddington Says Goodbye to WSIL

After six years at WSIL, Emily Eddington signed off from the Harrisburg, Ill. ABC affiliate Friday morning (video above).

Eddington joined the station in 2006 as an associate producer and later became the weekend reporter, producer and anchor. She has been anchoring the station’s weekday morning newscast since 2008. Read more

Meteorologist Matt Rudkin Joining WSBT

Meteorologist Matt Rudkin is moving from WSIL in Harrisburg, IL to WSBT in his hometown of South Bend.

“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to learn & grow in southern Illinois, but I am looking forward to working in my hometown and being near my family again,” he wrote on Facebook. “Thanks to all of you for a great year!!”

The move is a return to WSBT for Rudkin, who interned at the CBS-affiliate earlier in his career.  [h/t Jake's DTV Blog]

Mike Smythe Comes Out of Retirement to Lead KBSI

Mike Smythe, who retired as vice president and general manager of KFVS in November, has been tapped to lead KBSI, KFVS’s rival in the Paducah, KY-Cape Girardeau, MO market.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to the area and join the KBSI,” said Smythe, who will also oversee KBSI sister station WDKA.  “Having competed against the stations for so many years, I have a full appreciation and respect for their capabilities and market presence.”

Smythe spent thirteen years at CBS-affiliate KFVS.  He began as the station’s general sales manager before being promoted to VP-GM, a position he held for eleven years. Read more

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