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Karen Meyers Out at WLNE

meyers wlneKaren Meyers no longer works at Providence ABC affiliate WLNE.

WLNE GM Chris Tzianabos confirmed the news with TVSpy but wouldn’t comment on why she left.

Meyers came to WLNE in 2011 from NECN.

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WJAR Anchor Calls Fire Truck ‘F*ck Truck’ While Reading Story


WJAR anchor Alison Bologna committed a Freudian slip while reading a story about an overturned fire truck in Charlotte, NC.

The Providence NBC affiliate anchor told viewers, “Four firefighters are hurt after a fuck truck…a fire truck overturns on the highway this morning.”

TVSpy is unsure just how to put a cap on that other than to say “Keep moving. Nothing more to see here, folks.”

Sportscaster Nick Coit Joins WLNE

nick coit wabiNick Coit has joined WLNE, the ABC affiliate in Providence, as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Coit signed off from WABI in Bangor three months ago to seek a job in a bigger market. From Bangor to Providence, Coit is jumping 103 markets.

“When I left WABI, this was exactly the type of step I was looking for,” Coit told the Bangor Daily News. “I never expected to get a job this good. I was lucky enough to land it.

Jim Taricani to Retire After 32 Years at WJAR

jim taricaniLongtime WJAR investigative reporter Jim Taricani will retire in April after 32 years at the Providence NBC affiliate, the Providence Journal reports.

In 2004, a federal judge sentenced Taricani to four months in home confinement for refusing to name a source who had provided him with video of a mayoral aide taking a cash bribe. The tape was part of a widespread corruption investigation that ultimately ended with former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci being sent to jail. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for a federal shield law for journalists.

Taricani, 64, received a heart transplant in 1996. He said he plans to work part-time with former WJAR colleague Dyana Koelsch at her communications company.

Julie Tremmel Files Grievance Against WJAR

julie tremmel_wjarJulie Tremmel, the WJAR reporter who was let go last week, has filed a grievance against the Providence, RI, NBC affiliate, a spokesperson for IBEW Local 1228 has confirmed with TVSpy.

“I was terminated without cause from WJAR and my Union and I are fighting it through the grievance and arbitration process in our Contract with the Station,” Tremmel told GoLocal Prov. “That is all I’m prepared to say at this time.”

Tremmel is best known for her report on “how to avoid a bear attack” which went viral and for doing a standup while walking on her hands.

There is a “Bring Julie Tremmel Back to NBC 10” petition online. Currently it has 146 signatures out of a goal of 1000.

TVSpy has asked Media General for comment. We will update when we hear back.

A Week After Handstand Standup, Julie Tremmel Out at WJAR


Julie Tremmel, the Providence, RI, reporter who brought us the dramatized “how to survive a bear attack” video and most recently did a standup while walking on her hands is no longer with WJAR.

A Media General spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy Tremmel no longer works at the NBC affiliate.

 The Newport Buzz wrote on its facebook page, “Sad news for Rhode Island journalism. Julie Tremmel has been let go from WJAR NBC10.”

Reporter Who Acted out ‘Bear Safety Tips’ Attempts Reverse Standup


Julie Tremmel, reporter for Providence, RI, NBC affiliate WJAR has found another way to draw our attention.

Friday night, while reporting on local auditions for the NBC show America’s Got Talent, Tremmel attempted to walk on her hands in her stand up and ended up in a back bend.

In July Tremmel showed viewers what to do in case they came into contact with a bear.

GoLocalProv reported Tremmel’s colleague, investigative reporter Jim Taricani, said at the time the report was a “smudge” on the station’s reputation and added, “…some tv reporters like to draw attention to themselves…its an insult to most of us trying to be professional.”

Matt Blanchette Moves From Sports to News at WLNE

matt blanchetteMatt Blanchette is making the move from sports to news at WLNE, the ABC affiliate in Providence. Beginning Monday, Blanchette will anchor the station’s morning newscasts alongside Doreen Scanlon.

“Matt and Doreen will be a terrific anchor team. Matt has done an excellent job with station Sports Director Ken Bell in creating a powerful sports department for us,” WLNE news director Nic Moye said in a statement. “His local knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for telling stories about local people will add a lot of value in the morning.”

Blanchette joined WLNE in 2012 as a sports anchor and reporter.

Susan Roberts Out at WPRI

wpri_roberts_croppedSusan Roberts, anchor for WPRI is no longer with the Providence CBS affiliate.

WPRI news director Karen Rezendes told TVSpy, “The station wishes her the best in her future endeavors.”

Before coming to WPRI in January 2011, Roberts worked for CBS Newspath. She has also worked at WJLA in Washington, D.C., KATV in Little Rock, AR, WWL and WDSU in New Orleans.

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WPRI Launches 6:30 p.m. Newscast for Providence FOX station

wpriProvidence, RI, CBS affiliate WPRI is adding a half-hour local newscast to sister station FOX affiliate WNAC on Monday, January 27.

We’re expanding our early evening news coverage to help fit the busy lifestyles of our viewers in Southern New England,” said WPRI news director Karen Rezendes. “Our news team is committed to providing them more local news and weather content when they want it.”

The 6:30 p.m. show will be anchored by Shannon Hegy, Steve Nielsen, and chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca.

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