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Ryan Nobles Leaves WWBT for CNN Newsource

ryanfbRyan Nobles, a reporter and anchor at Richmond CBS affiliate WWBT, has been named a national correspondent for CNN Newsource. Nobles has been with WWBT since 2007, focusing on politics and investigative reporting:

Nobles has been ranked by The Washington Post as one of the “Best State Based Political Reporters” in 2009 and 2013; and on POLITICO’s “50 to Watch” list in 2011.

“Ryan is a relentless political and news journalist,” said Crum. “His experience will complement CNN Newsource and its offerings for its more than 800 affiliates.”

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Richmond Anchor Gray Hall Dodges Stinging Wasp in Studio

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 9.49.09 AMWWBT anchor Gray Hall was trying to do his job, anchoring the news and reading the intro to a story in the studio during the Richmond NBC affiliate’s 6 a.m. newscast Wednesday. He didn’t really have time for a large flying insect to wander into the shot and raise the possibility of a live, on-camera wasp sting.

So Gray did what he had to do, using his scripts as wasp-swatters and employing his best blocking and parrying. He avoided a sting, but produced a lovely bit of unscripted television. Enjoy, via Gray’s Facebook page.

Susan Bahorich Heading to Richmond

bahorich croppedThe Roanoke Times reports, WDBJ anchor Susan Bahorich will join Richmond, VA, NBC affiliate WWBT as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

“After more than 10 years in Roanoke, I have accepted a job at NBC12 in Richmond,” Bahorich wrote on her facebook page. “I love my ‘DBJ family, but am excited to join this amazing team and start this next chapter!”

In 2013, Bahorich told WDBJ viewers during a weeknight newscast that she was undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. She described chemotherapy, talked about losing her hair and even told viewers that she had some of her eggs harvested and frozen, in case the treatment caused early menopause.

On the lighter side, Bahorich also created a viral Internet sensation when she laughed through a news story about an 18-pound cat that had taken up swimming in order to lose weight. The clip of her gigglefest was shown on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper’s 360.”

“I am somebody who can laugh at myself,” Bahorich said at the time.

Tim Perry Named GM of WRLH

wrlh logoSinclair Broadcast Group has named Tim Perry GM of Richmond-Petersburg, VA, FOX affiliate WRLH.

“We have a good team in place upon which to build FOX Richmond’s importance and relevance,” Perry said in a statement. “I look forward to becoming a member of the community and leading the staff to the next level.”

Perry has been the GM at KOIN in Portland since 2008. Before KOIN he was GM at KKFX and later KSBY in San Luis Obispo-Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, GM at KOLO in Reno, NV, and GM of WPBM-WTOM in Traverse City-Cadillac, MI.

Amanda Malkowski Jumps 58 Markets from Lansing to Richmond

Amanda Malkwoski is joining Richmond, VA, ABC affiliate WRIC as the weekend anchor/reporter.

Her former station, WILX in Lansing, MI, said goodbye with a video montage of her past work that included a band featuring cats playing instruments.

She wrote on her facebook page, “I got lucky to work with an amazing team, and I’ve had a memorable time here in Lansing. Back to you David Andrews!”

Andrews is the morning anchor at WILX.

WRIC news director Kelly Woodard told TVSpy Malkowski starts Tuesday, May 27.

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.

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.

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