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Kristin Crowley Joins WSIL In Harrisburg, IL

Kristin Crowley has joined WSIL, the ABC-affiliate in Harrisburg, IL, the station announced yesterday.

Since 2010, Crowley has been a general assignment reporter for WLUK, the Fox-affiliate in Green Bay. She will be the weekend anchor on WSIL.

Crowley replaces Emily Finnegan, who has anchored the weekend newscasts since May. Finnegan is moving to weekdays, where she will be paired with Edan Schultz on the 10 p.m. newscast. In her new role, she will also focus on consumer-related reporting.

Jennifer Horbelt Joining KOAA As Morning Anchor

Jennifer Horbelt, who signed off from WPSD in Paducah yesterday, has been named the new morning anchor at KOAA in Colorado Springs, TVSpy has confirmed.

Horbelt will begin at KOAA on December 19. She replaces Georgiann Lymberopoulos, who is leaving the station after 17 years to raise her infant twins.

“Jennifer is bright, compassionate and full of life,” KOAA general manager Evan Pappas said in a statement. “After a nationwide search, we found Jennifer, the perfect addition to our number one morning team.”

Horbelt began her career as in intern at WPSD and worked her way up to evening anchor over the course of her five years with the station. (Watch video of her sign-off from WPSD inside.) Read more

Tim Ingram Takes Over As VP-GM of KFVS

Tim Ingram has been named vice president and general manager of KFVS, the CBS-affiliate serving Southeastern Missouri, Raycom Media announced. Ingram replaces Mike Smythe, who recently retired after 11 years with the station.

“Following Mike Smythe at KFVS is a huge undertaking,” Ingram said in a statement. “He is a legend in our company and in our industry and leaves immense shoes to fill.”

Ingram joins KFVS after four years as general manager at KAIT, the Raycom-owned ABC-affiliate in Jonesboro, AR. Until a replacement for him is named, he will serve in both roles.

Harrisburg’s WSIL Replaces Paper Scripts with iPads

WSIL — the ABC affiliate serving southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri — has replaced paper copies of scripts with iPads.

Getting rid of physical scripts will save the station an estimated $4,000 a year in paper costs, according to the WSIL website. Paper scripts — kept on hand in case of a teleprompter failure — are printed for each anchor and can generate as many as 100 pages for a half-hour newscast.

“After more than 20 years of flipping script paper, it took some getting used to,” 5 p.m. anchor Mark Kiesling said. “But I was sold after the first newscast.” Read more

WPSD Mourns Loss of Anchor’s Teenage Son

WPSD is mourning the loss of Will Mallory, the 19-year-old son of anchor Mike Mallory who died in a car crash Wednesday morning.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mallorys,” anchor Jennifer Horbelt said during the NBC-affiliate’s evening newscast on Wednesday (video above).

Mallory currently anchors WPSD’s morning and noon newscasts. Will was the passenger in a car driven by his 18-year-old cousin when the vehicle left the road at a curve and hit a tree.

WPSD Anchor Donates a Kidney to Her Oldest Son

WPSD‘s Johnette Worak will take a break from her morning and mid-day anchor duties this summer to donate a kidney to her adult son, who suffers from cystinuria, a condition that leaves patients with chronic kidney stones.

Worak and her son, Rodney (pictured here), will undergo surgery tomorrow at the University of Kentucky Transplant Center. Rodney was diagnosed as a teenager, Worak wrote on the WPSD website. “Last October, two weeks after he got married, his kidneys shut down. We’ve been working toward transplant surgery ever since, and if all goes well, it will be almost as if Rodney’s kidneys never failed. (The success rate is 95 percent in our favor.)”

Worak, who is also the NBC affiliate’s medical reporter, expects to return to her anchoring duties in August. “Certainly not going to be fun, but we think it’s going to be worth it!” She wrote. “In the meantime, we hope you’ll keep us in your thoughts and prayers.”

Lightning Strike Knocks WSIL Off the Air

WSIL, an ABC-affiliate serving southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri, was knocked off the air early Tuesday morning by a lightning strike.

According to the station, equipment used to broadcast the on-air signal sustained major damage when a severe weather system rolled through the area on Tuesday.

Crews were able to restore programming by Tuesday afternoon but the station is still working to improve the technical quality of its signal.

After working without internet and phone service following the lightning strike, WSIL is producing its regular newscasts on schedule.

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