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WPRI-WNAC Names Karen Rezendes News Director

Karen Rezendes has been named news director for WPRI-WNAC.

For the past several years, Rezendes has been the assistant news director and manager of special projects for the Providence FOX and CBS affiliate.

“For the past sixteen years, Karen has played a key role in successfully growing our Eyewitness News ratings,” said president and general manager Patrick Wholey. “Karen has been instrumental in developing and growing our Target 12 investigative brand and our Eyewitness News brand across all platforms. She’s the perfect person to continue the momentum and success of our news stations and will continue to provide viewers with the high quality of news coverage they’ve come to expect from Eyewitness News.”

Rezendes has also worked at WTKR in Norfolk, VA.

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LIN Media Announces Executive Promotions: New GMs in Providence, Dayton

LIN Media has announced three promotions within the company’s executive ranks. Jay Howell has been promoted to vice president of regional television, Patrick Wholey has been named president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC in Providence, and Joseph Abouzeid has been named president and general manager of WDTN-WBDT in Dayton.

Howell previously was the president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC. In his new role as vice president of regional television, he will oversee those stations as well as WWLP in Springfield, WAVY-WVBT in Norfolk, WIVB-WNLO in Buffalo, WDTN-WBDT in Dayton, KIMT in Mason City and KSNT in Topeka.

“Jay did an outstanding job as General Manager, building revenue and profit performance through the growth of audiences both on-air and online, staff development and relationships with clients and viewers in the local community,” LIN Media EVP Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. Read more

Meteorologist Kevin Coskren Joins WLNE From KLKN

Kevin Coskren is leaving KLKN to be the chief meteorologist at WLNE in Providence, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

Coskren, who joined the Lincoln ABC-affiliate in 1999 and was promoted to chief meteorologist in 2001, said that he has always wanted to return to the northeast. After KLKN parent company Citadel Communications purchased WLNE last year, he wrote to the president of the company and said he’d like to be considered for open positions at the Providence ABC-affiliate.

“I wish I could pick up the city of Lincoln, all my friends, my children’s school and KLKN and move it with me to another part of the country,” Coskren said. “This always will be my second home.” Read more

Chief Meteorologist Fred Campagna Out at WLNE

Chief meteorologist Fred Campagna is leaving WLNE, the ABC-affiliate in Providence, next month, GoLocalProv reports.

“At the appropriate time, I went to channel 6 management with a reasonable proposal that I thought would allow me to stay at the station for, at least, the remainder of my contract (Aug 2013),” Campagna told GoLocalProv. “The station dismissed my proposal out of hand, and we agreed to terminate the contract on July 31.”

Campagna, who handles the weather forecasts on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, has worked at the station for 14 years. He will reportedly be replaced by Kevin Coskren, who is currently chief meteorologist at KLKN, the ABC-affiliate in Lincoln, NE.

WLNE’s Doreen Scanlon Explains Five-Week Absence

WLNE‘s Doreen Scanlon has been absent from the morning anchor desk at the Providence ABC-affiliate for five weeks.

“I am on a short medical leave but hope to be back with you all in the mornings soon,” Scanlon wrote on Facebook earlier this month.

On the evening newscast last night, WLNE revealed that Scanlon has been absent because she is suffering from hyperemesis, a condition of pregnancy that causes near-constant nausea. She has been on bed rest since last month.

WLNE reporter Shannon O’Brien, who interviewed Scanlon, said the station has been flooded with calls and emails from viewers inquiring about the morning anchor. Watch video of the interview inside… Read more

WPRI Launches Partnership With Providence Journal

WPRI and the Providence Journal have announced the launch of a new multimedia weather partnership.

Beginning today, WPRI’s Live Pinpoint Doppler 12 weather team will be the source of weather information for the newspaper’s online and print editions.

“We provide superior weather coverage to our local news viewers every day,” WPRI general manager Jay Howell said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be working with the terrific team at the Providence Journal to provide Rhode Islanders with an accurate and dependable weather forecast on television, in print and online.”

VIDEO: WJAR Reporter Attacked by Rooster While Reporting From Farm

Katie Davis, a reporter at WJAR in Providence, had some competition for camera time while she was shooting a stand-up at a farm in Tiverton recently.

Davis was interrupted by a rooster chasing her out of the barn and pecking at her leg. “That’s the first time I’ve been attacked by a rooster at work!” Davis exclaims.

“What’s it going to be like on YouTube?” her photographer asked.

WJAR posted the viral video on the station’s Facebook page and website. “That rooster actualy chased me 3 or 4 times,” Davis wrote. “We thought he went back into the chicken coop, when suddenly he suprised me! Ironically he was the smallest rooster in the farm. The big guys couldn’t care less that we were there!”

Watch it after the jump (warning: video plays automatically). Read more

WJAR Anchor Gene Valicenti: ‘I Want the Best for the Station I’ve Been with for 20 Years’

WJAR anchor Gene Valicenti is leaving his longtime seat at the 11 p.m. anchor desk, making room for the NBC-affiliate to move Dan Jaehnig, who currently anchors the 5 and 7 p.m. newscasts and often fills in for Valicenti, to 11.

Valicenti tells TVSpy that he will continue anchoring solo at 5:30 and alongside Patrice Wood at 6.  He also says that he “will probably develop a franchise reporting piece.”

“WJAR remains my home, and I want the best for the station I’ve been with for 20 years,” Valicenti said today via email. “We’ve had anchor combos switched before.  I don’t know if it rises to a ‘shake-up’ since I still have a full plate, and a lot of work to do.” Read more

Report: WJAR Moving Longtime Anchor Gene Valicenti Off 11 p.m. Newscast

A major anchor shakeup is underway at WJAR, according to GoLocalProv:

An announcement has just been made to the staff that main anchor Gene Valicenti is being moved off the 11pm newscast.

In his place will go 7 p.m. anchor Dan Jaehnig. Station insiders tell us that Valicenti will work day-side doing some reporting and then will anchor the 6 p.m. with Patrice Wood.

TVSpy spoke with WJAR news director Chris Lanni this morning about the reported shakeup.  Lanni wouldn’t comment beyond saying that he didn’t know if Valicenti was scheduled to anchor tonight’s 11 p.m. newscast. Read more

Media General, Verizon Settle Retrans Dispute

WFLA in Tampa-St. Petersburg and WJAR in Providence are still available to Verizon FiOS customers after last-minute negotiations for a new retransmission consent contract came together on Friday afternoon.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. WFLA interim general manager John Cottingham praised “strong viewer support” as a factor in the successful negotiations.

“This means our loyal local viewers can continue to watch WFLA NBC/News Channel 8 and Me-TV for many years to come,” he said in a statement.

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