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Philadelphia Stations to Share News Content

wpvi_wuvpPhiladelphia’s ABC owned station WPVI and Univision station WUVP have announced they’re partnering on news content integration.

As part of the deal, WUVP will launch a live local 11:00p.m. news starting December 26. The two stations will also cross promote newscasts and share news content.

“This partnership will strengthen our news gathering capabilities within the Latino community,” said Bernie Prazenica, president and general manager at WPVI.  “Univision is the premiere Spanish language television brand in America, and we’re excited to share news resources with them.”

The Univision press release said the partnership is “an expansion of Univision’s ongoing efforts with ABC to share news content, already underway in two of the largest Hispanic markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. In some markets both stations work on investigative stories while in others they work on a daily basis on news stories and on gubernatorial debates.”

WWSI Set to Launch Local Newscasts

telemundo philly logoAs Philadelphia’s WWSI gets ready to launch local newscasts early next year, TVNewsCheck reports on the Telemundo station:

[Anchor Ramos] Zayas and the two multimedia journalists — Christian Cazares and Iris Delgado — who will be doing most of the reporting have been getting to know the market’s Latino leaders and constituents so they can deliver the kind of newscasts people want to watch, [assistant news director Claribel] Collazo says.

“We have been walking the streets and having discussions to understand what they need and what they want,” Collazo says. She calls WWSI’s product “news that matters.” The team, Collazo says, is already preparing stories that respond to what they’re hearing from local Latinos — that they don’t have access to the information they need to navigate life in and around Philadelphia or understand the impact that, say, regulatory, health care or educational changes will have on them. Read more

KYW Adds Steve Patterson as Reporter

patterson_croppedSteve Patterson has joined Philadelphia CBS owned station KYW as a reporter.

Patterson, who started at KYW today, will also report for sister station CW affiliate WPSG.

Before coming to KYW, he worked at KSDK in St. Louis, MO, as a reporter. Patterson started his career at WZZM in Grand Rapids, MI.

‘He’s a Maniac’: Philadelphia FOX Anchor Recreates Iconic ‘Flashdance’ Scene

“Good Day Philadelphia” anchor Mike Jerrick braved the staged elements to recreate an iconic scene from the movie “Flashdance” to honor the 30th anniversary of the movie’s release.

The scene chosen was the one where Jennifer Beals‘ character in the movie sits on a chair and pulls a lever to release gallons of water in a cascade of sexiness.

According to the WTXF website, Jerrick’s co-anchor Karen Hepp was supposed to be the one under the water, but she was under the weather instead.

“We may have overdone it with the water,” said the anchor for the Philadelphia FOX owned station while returning to the morning show set. “We didn’t need that much water.”

Local Stations Raise Money for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

haiyan_cbsSeveral local stations around the US are asking viewers to pitch in to help the victims of the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines and Vietnam.

>In Philadelphia, CBS owned station KYW has partnered with its CW sister station WPSG, KYW newsradio, SportsRadio 94WIP, CBS Sports Radio 610, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT along with CBSPhilly.com and CBS Outdoor under the name “Operation Brotherly Love” in an effort to raise money for the American Red Cross.

All the stations along with CBSPhilly.com and several CBS Outdoor digital boards will be asking viewers and listeners to donate either online at www.CBSPhilly.com/relief or by calling 1-800-GIVE-122 (1-800-448-3122).

>In Sacramento, CA, NBC affiliate KCRA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KQCA teamed up with the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross to raise more than $480,000 on Tuesday by doing live cut-ins throughout the day.

“I am proud to live in a community that is so generous and giving,” Elliott Troshinsky, president and general manager of KCRA-KQCA, said in a statement. “Northern Californians opened their wallets and showed their generosity by helping us raise nearly $500,000 for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.  We truly want to thank all of our viewers for their generosity.” Read more

Philadelphia Station to Air Award Winning College Produced Sitcom

cw_phillyPhiladelphia CW affiliate WPSG is giving some Drexel University students the chance to show their work to a larger audience.

Saturday night at Midnight EST, the Philadelphia station plans to air the original student-produced sitcom called OFF CAMPUS.

According to the press release, the show is a “lighthearted and honest look at the confusing world that America’s young people face in today’s turbulent economic times..”

Apparently this isn’t just some schlocky college production, OFF CAMPUS has already won two awards from the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. This year it won the College Production Award of Excellence and last year the show took home the “Outstanding Achievement in a Student Production” from NATAS. Read more

Las Vegas Reporter to Join Telemundo Philadelphia

cazares_kvvuChristian Cazares, multimedia journalist for Las Vegas FOX affiliate KVVU, is set to join Telemundo Philadelphia station WWSI as a reporter.

Cazares came to KVVU in May 2012 from Univision Las Vegas affiliate KINC. He started his career in Spanish language news at KSMS Univision Monterey-Salinas before moving to KBNT Univision San Diego. He has also worked at ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego while contributing stories to KGTV’s sister station Azteca America San Diego.

According to Media Moves, Cazares starts at WWSI in November 11.

Ramon Zayas, Claribel Collazo Join Telemundo Philadelphia

ramon zayasTelemundo Philadelphia has made two key hires ahead of the launch of local newscasts next year: Claribel Collazo joins the station as assistant news director and Ramon Zayas (pictured) has been named 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchor.

Zayas joins WWSI from Telemundo Network News in Miami, where he has been the anchor of “Un Nuevo Dia” since 2011.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ramon to our growing team,” Anzio Williams, vice president of news for Telemundo Philadelphia and WCAU, said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of journalism and broadcasting experience with him, and will play a vital role as we prepare for the launch of our January newscast.”

Collazo was most recently the news director at Telemundo Orlando.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this news team,” she said. “I believe in connecting with the community and covering real issues with a team of trusted journalists.”

More from WWSI after the jump. Read more

VIDEO: Jennaphr Frederick Rappels Down 31 Stories on ‘Good Day Philadelphia’


Fear of heights did not stop WTXF reporter Jennaphr Frederick from rappelling 31 stories down a building on “Good Day Philadelphia” Friday (video above).

“I think people should know that I’m freaking out,” Frederick, who rappelled down the building for Outward Bound Philadelphia, said just before she did it. “Yes, I am afraid of heights. I have refused to look up.”

Spoiler alert: Frederick made it to the ground unscathed.

Philadelphia Anchor Criticized for Comparing News Story with Breaking Bad Finale

Joyce Evans, the weekend anchor for Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF, tried to promote her 10:00 p.m. show last night by sending a tweet many thought was in bad taste.

In her tweet, Evans compared a shooting in South Philadelphia that killed one person and injured five others to the finale of AMC Networks’ hit show Breaking Bad.

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She also tried to turn the phrase on facebook saying, “Y’all “Broke Bad” with me last week, I forgive you But come on back home Tonight FOX 29 at Ten. Breakin’ Bad in S.W. 6 people hit in a SHOOTOUT!” Read more

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