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Foiled! Richmond Anchor’s Desk Wrapped for April Fools Prank

nobles_facebook croppedRyan Nobles, anchor for Richmond, VA, NBC affiliate WWBT came to work to find his desk wrapped in foil.

In the photo (left) you can see his jacket was the only thing spared, though he was given a nifty foil pocket square.

Nobles wrote on his facebook page, “With co-workers like these.. Who needs friends? Thanks team. #AprilFools”

Click here to view WWBT’s photos of the prank.

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Richmond Station Celebrates ‘International Day of Happiness’ Through the Power of Dance

WWBT in Richmond, VA, celebrated the UN Foundation’s “International Day of Happiness” one day early by making a video of staff dancing to Pharrell’s hit “Happy.”

According to the UN website, “The United Nations Foundation and Grammy Award-winning musician Pharrell Williams have teamed up to encourage people to take action to support the UN and to create a happier world for people everywhere.”

The video is on YouTube and Vimeo. In it, you’ll see various interpretations of dance and happiness. Enjoy!

Former WWBT News Director Dies

douglas hillDouglas L. Hill, a former news and public affairs director for Richmond NBC affiliate WWBT, died Sunday at his home in Midlothian, Va. He was 91.

During his tenure as news director of the station (which was then WRVA), Hill hosted “The Doug Hill Show” and the station’s “Tell Doug” segments about viewer concerns. Hill started his career in print journalism before moving into radio and television, according to WWBT. He interviewed seven Presidents along the way.

Kevin Jeanes Named Chief Meteorologist at KOLD-KMSB

KEVIN JEANESKevin Jeanes is joining KOLD-KMSB in Tucson as chief meteorologist on January 6. Jeanes comes from WWBT in Richmond, where he has been a meteorologist since 2010.

Jeanes replaces Chuck George, who left the station earlier this year. During his time at KOLD, George took several leaves of absence related to his severe depression. He is currently pursuing an academic career, according to the station.

“I am very excited to join such a respected team of meteorologists at KOLD/KMSB,” Jeanes said in a statement. “Tucson is in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and I can’t wait to make the move.”

Richmond ABC Station Adds Two Reporters

rupcich_cameronWRIC, the Richmond, VA, ABC affiliate, has added Sydney Cameron and Claudia Rupcich as reporters/videojournalists.

Rupcich (pictured left) comes to WRIC from WSET in Lynchburg, VA, where she started her broadcasting career in August 2011 as the weekend reporter.

Cameron (pictured right) joins WRIC from WRBL in Columbus, GA. Before starting at WRBL in December 2011, she worked at WUSA in Washington, D.C.

WRIC news director Kelly Woodard told TVSpy they both start Monday, December 9.

Curtis McCloud to Join WWBT From WTVM

curtis mccloud Curtis McCloud is joining WWBT, the NBC affiliate in Richmond. McCloud, who has spent the past three years as a reporter at WTVM in Columbus, Ga., announced the news on his blog:

During my time at WTVM I have had the chance to better my skills, make some lifelong friends and be a member on the team of one of the stations I grew up watching. I want to thank all of you for inviting me into your homes (through television of course), sharing your stories and teaching me so much not just about myself but about life. I won’t say goodbye because Columbus, Georgia will always be my home.

Parker Slaybaugh Headed to WRIC

Parker Slaybaughreporter and video journalist for WSET, has announced he is leaving the Lynchburg-Roanoke, VA, ABC affiliate to work as a reporter/fill-in anchor for ABC affiliate WRIC in Richmond, VA.

He told viewers on facebook, “Thank you to everyone who has supported me during my time here at WSET, and special thanks to those who took a chance in hiring me fresh out of college. Thank you to all of our viewers who have trusted me and my colleagues as your source for news. I hope I have served the Central Virginia Community well.”

Slaybaugh was hired at WSET two years ago from Liberty University where he majored in video broadcasting.

He also said on his facebook page, his last day at WSET will be September 22.

Raycom Media Promotes Nancy Kent-Smith, Frank Jones

Raycom Media has promoted Nancy Kent-Smith and Frank Jones in Richmond, Va.

Kent-Smith, who has been news director of WWBT-WUPW, Raycom’s NBC and CW affiliates in Richmond, will become the company’s regional news director. In her new role, she will have oversight of WWBT-WUPW as well as WOIO-WUAB in Cleveland, WTOL-WUPW in Toledo, WXIX in Cincinnatti, KOLD in Tucscon, WTNZ in Knoxville and WFLX in West Palm Beach.

As Kent-Smith transitions into her new role, she will be replaced at WWBT-WUPW by Jones, who joined the stations in 1992 as a producer. He has served as executive news producer and, most recently, assistant news director.

“We have an amazing group of people here at NBC12 and this is a great opportunity. It is a competitive market and I couldn’t ask for a better staff,” Jones said in a statement. “They are dedicated and determined and I look forward to my new role leading Richmond’s number one news team.”

WTVR Reporter Suspended After DUI

Mark Holmberg, reporter and commentator for Richmond, VA, CBS affiliate WTVR has been suspended after being charged with driving under the influence Friday morning, The Richmond Times Dispatch reports.

WTVR anchor Lorenzo Hall told viewers of Holmberg’s arrest during Friday’s 5:00pm news. In his report, he quoted station general manager Stephen Hayes as saying, “We take these allegations very seriously and we are looking into the matter further.”

New King County Sheriff’s Department said Holmberg was arrested on Interstate 64 around 2:30 Friday morning. Holmberg told the Times Dispatch he had a blood alcohol level of .1. The legal limit in Virginia is .08.

The station said Holmberg is due in court next Tuesday, July 2. WTVR declined to comment on the story.

Damaged Richmond Antenna Could Be ‘Months’ Away From Repair

Repairs on an antenna that serves three stations in Richmond have been delayed, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The company charged with repairing the antenna, which was damaged in March, is going out of business. The antenna serves over-the-air viewers of PBS affiliate WCVW, ABC affiliate WRIC and Fox affiliate WRLH. After the weather-related damage, the equipment was replaced with a temporary antenna that has a shorter range than the original, and some over-the-air viewers are still unable to watch the three stations.

“There’s no easy fix,” WRLH general manager Steve Genett told the Times-Dispatch. “We don’t have a good timeline. … We could be months away from a real fix.”

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