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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

Syma Chowdhry Goes Full-Time For KYW

ChowdryKYW has announced Syma Chowdhry has officially joined the station as a reporter.

Chowdhry has freelanced for the Philadelphia CBS owned station since March. She came to KYW from WWJ-WKBD in Detroit where she had been morning anchor. WWJ dropped its local news show in December 2012.

She started her career at News 14 Carolina in Raleigh, NC, in 2004. She has also worked at News 12 New Jersey.

KYW Names New Head of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

kywKYW has promoted Marc Musgrove to director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for the Philadelphia CBS owned station and for CW affiliate WPSG. He replaces Rich Paleski who was named to the same position for New York’s WCBS-WLNY.

Musgrove has been the chief engineer for both stations since 2004. He is credited with leading the conversion to full time HD for both stations. He also headed the engineering design team for the build of the stations’ high definition television facility.

After starting his career in radio in 1987, Musgrove joined WUPL in New Orleans in 2001.

Rich Paleski Joins WCBS-WLNY as Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

wcbs logo Rich Paleski has been named director of broadcast operations and engineering at WCBS-WLNY, CBS’ duopoly in New York.

It is a move within CBS for Paleski, who has worked in the same role at KYW-WPSG in Philadelphia since 2002. While in Philly, he oversaw the launch of the duopoly’s high definition facilities in 2007.

Before joining KYW-WPSG, Paleski worked at WFOR in Miami and WNYW in New York City, where he spent 16 years as an engineer. He also worked for Fox News Service as its engineer-in-charge of the 1992 and 1996 political conventions.

More from CBS after the jump. Read more

KYW Adds Investigative Reporter

Charlotte Huffman will join Philadelphia CBS owned station KYW as an investigative reporter.

Huffman announced the move on her twitter page,

Huffman joins KYW from WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, NC where she had been a reporter since 2010. Before working at WNCN, she worked at KETK in Tyler, TX.

Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Threatening KYW Meteorologist

A Lansdowne, Pa. man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for Twitter messages he sent to KYW meteorologist Kate Bilo (pictured) threatening to kill her in front of her son, according to the Philadelphia Daily News:

Justin Vernot, 30, made the threats against CBS3′s Kate Bilo through the Twitter account @ColdDeadEyes in February 2012, telling her that he knew her routine, was coming for her, and planned to kill her in front of her son.

The chilling messages were noted by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond when he handed down a sentence that topped both federal guidelines and the term requested by the prosecutor. The sentence also focused heavily on conduct Vernot was not charged with, including messages he sent on the CaringBridge networking site to two children with potentially terminal illnesses.

Diamond said Vernot “intended to inflict severe distress” on those families and Bilo, rejecting the defense’s argument that Vernot’s actions were partially the product of a brain injury sustained during a drug-induced blackout.

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