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WCSH’s Legendary Sports Anchor Bruce Glasier Dies at 69

bruce glasierIn Maine, they consider Bruce Glasier an all-star, a Hall of Famer. “Bruce was a major reason many young people in Maine chose to be sportscasters, or go into broadcasting,” the station’s Lee Goldberg said in a story on Glasier’s death, at 69, after a battle with lung cancer:

Bruce started working for WCSH6-TV back in 1977 and was the face of local sports in our state before retiring in 2012. For 35 years Bruce brought events from our back yards into our living rooms. Sports Overtime, The Varsity Club, and the 5th Quarter, were just some of the long running staples of the nightly local sportscast that made Bruce the Hall of Fame broadcaster that he was.

Glasier retired in 2012. Former colleague Bill Green told the Bangor Daily News Glasier’s impact was as much behind the scenes as it was on the air:

Glasier was the “father of the newsroom. He cared about everybody. He would take people in who had problems and would listen to them, give them a huge hug or tell them a joke. He was extremely well-liked.”

Watch WCSH’s farewell package on Glasier’s career, after the jump:
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Todd Gutner Officially Back at WCSH

gutner croppedTodd Gutner has officially returned to WCSH.

Gutner left the Portland, Me. NBC affiliate in 2007 for WBZ in Boston. In August, Gutner announced he was going back to WCHS.

“Never underestimate the power of this amazing state to woo talented people,” said news director Mike Redding. “Todd is coming home because this is where he and his wife want to raise their kids. Mainers win because they get a brilliant meteorologist and a good person to boot.”

Gutner will begin working on the morning show a week from Monday.

Kevin Mannix will slide his schedule to cover weekdays,” The station wrote in a press release. “Joe Cupo will cover weekday evenings and NEWS CENTER at 11pm.  Tom Johnston and AJ Burnett can be seen weekend mornings and evenings respectively.  Steve McKay is watching the skies in Bangor on weekday evenings.”

Portland Station Shows Viewers the Work Behind the Newscast

Portland, Maine’s WMTW showed viewers what happens behind the scenes at the ABC affiliate.

In a “Day in the Life“, the station said it takes 140 man hours to put together a 90 minute newscast.

“Things always go wrong live. It’s a matter of making things go smooth enough so if you’re sitting at home you have no idea that something massive has gone on behind the scenes, whether it’s we lose a live shot or an anchor turned to the wrong camera,” said 6:00 p.m. producer Alyssa Elias.

Rob Youngblood Joins Portland’s KATU

Rob Youngblood was introduced as the new morning anchor at KATU in Portland, Ore. yesterday. Youngblood is a former television actor who has previously anchored at WCSC in Charleston and WISH in Indianapolis.

[h/t NewsBlues]

WMTW Adds David Charns as Reporter

David Charns will be joining Portland, ME, ABC affiliate WMTW.

Charns told TVSpy he will start as a general assignment reporter next Monday. He announced he was leaving WPTZ in Burlington, VT, on twitter.

Before coming to WPTZ in 2011, Charns was a writer at WHDH in Boston.

KGW Selling Helicopter, Will Share with FOX Affiliate

kgw_chopperPortland NBC affiliate KGW is selling its news helicopter.

News director Richard Jacobs confirmed with TVSpy, the station chopper is listed for sale on a site a tipster sent us. Check it out by clicking here.

He said the station had entered into a shared helicopter agreement with FOX affiliate KPTV, but went quiet when we asked for more details about the agreement and wouldn’t say what was going to happen to KGW’s helicopter pilot.

A spokesperson for the company selling the helicopter told TVSpy the chopper was first listed in the Fall and is going for $1,250,000.

TVSpy has asked KGW’s parent company Gannett and KPTV for more info. We will update when we hear back.

Maine Station Marks 60 Years On Air

wcsh_60years_newsteamSixty years ago today, Portland, ME, NBC affiliate WCSH aired its first broadcast.

December 20, 1953, Maine Governor Burton Cross joined station executives Bill Rines and Jack Atwood in dedicating the new station broadcasting from the Congress Square Hotel, which is where the letters CSH come from.

It was the third station in Portland at the time. But its the only one of the first three still broadcasting.

The station said it will be celebrating the anniversary over the coming weeks and months. Click here to view a picture gallery on the station website.

Settlement Reached in Anchor’s Suit Against Sinclair’s Portland Station

raffertyFormer Portland, ME, anchor Doug Rafferty has reached a settlement in the lawsuit he filed in February against CBS affiliate WGME and its parent company Sinclair Broadcasting, according to the Kennebec Journal

Rafferty, who currently serves as a spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, had been with the station for 13 years before suffering a stroke on air in January 2006.

“In 2007, General Manager Terry Cole and News Director Robert Atkinson told Mr. Rafferty that the station was removing him from ‘the chair.’ In other words, the station was removing Mr. Rafferty from his anchor position,” says the seven-page complaint in the lawsuit. “When Mr. Rafferty was replaced as anchor, he was 55 years old. His replacement was in his early 40s.”

The Kennebec Journal reports the settlement was reached “by mutual agreement.” Terms of the settlement were not available. Read more

Layoffs at Sinclair Stations in Seattle, Portland

sinclair logoSinclair Broadcast Group has handed down a round of layoffs at its newly-acquired stations in Seattle and Portland, TVSpy has learned.

A source at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO tells TVSpy that there were 10 layoffs in the station’s newsroom and close to 20 across all Sinclair’s properties in Seattle. They include satellite truck operators, editors, producers and radio reporters and editors.

The source describes the mood at KOMO as “a combination of sadness and nervousness,” noting that the newsroom is a “very tight-knit group” that has been through a lot, including the death of Kathi Goertzen, over the past two years. Staffers are said to be banding together to help laid-off employees find new jobs.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt declined to comment. General manager Janene Drafs did not respond to an email from TVSpy.

In Portland, The Oregonian reports nine people were laid off at ABC affiliate KATU, including “three editors, a writer, a producer, two truck operators and two folks who work with KATU’s web operation, including an executive producer.”

More details? Email us: tvspy@mediabistro.com.

Meteorologist A.J. Burnett Joins WCSH

aj burnettMeteorologist A.J. Burnett is joining WCSH, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine. Burnett begins October 11.

“I’m thrilled to be able to work in an area as challenging, weather wise, as Maine, and excited to work with a weather staff with such vast knowledge and experience. But perhaps the best part for me, personally, is that I get to stay right here in New England – it’s where I grew up and call ‘home,’” Burnett told TVSpy.

Burnett has worked at both WFXT and WCVB, the Fox and ABC affiliate in Boston. He has also been a freelance meteorologist at WMUR in Manchester and New England Cable News.

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