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Anchor John Carlin Returning to WSLS

WSLS has announced John Carlin will rejoin the Roanoke, VA, NBC affiliate on July 8.

“The market wants a proven journalist and dedicated community leader, and that’s what we have in John Carlin,” said WSLS vice president and general manager Leesa Wilcher. “Our mission is to serve this community by presenting newscasts people can trust, and John is a person who meets that standard.”

Carlin will anchor alongside Karen McNew (pictured left) on the 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. news. The station said he will co-anchor the 11:00 p.m. news with Lindsey Ward during certain months of the year.

He was the lead male anchor at WSLS for 21 years before leaving the station in 2008 to pursue a career in public relations. The station posted a video announcing the move featuring an awkward high five moment. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

Rachel Lucas Moving to WSLS

Rachel Lucas is joining Roanoke, VA, NBC affiliate WSLS.

The move was announced by Bluefield, VA, NBC affiliate WVVA on its facebook page, “After more than two years with us here at WVVA, today is Rachel Lucas’ final day. Join us in wishing her the very best at her next stop, NBC affiliate WSLS in Roanoke.”

Lucas joined WVVA in February 2011. Melissa Stacy, news director for WSLS, told TVSpy Lucas starts next Monday, June 3.

Meteorologist Jay Webb Set to Join WHSV From WDBJ

Meteorologist Jay Webb is signing off from WDBJ in Roanoke to join WHSV in Harrisonburg, Va., he announced on Facebook.

It is a return to Harrisonburg for Webb, who worked there for six years before joining WDBJ in 2006. He will be WHSV’s weather director and weekday morning and noon meteorologist after he signs off from WDBJ on May 22.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to grow in this industry that’s been so good to me, plus I get to do it in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, a place my wife Sarah and I called home from 2000-2006,” Webb wrote. “I will miss my WDBJ family. I have been exposed to a talented team of broadcasters and meteorologists … I look forward to what the future holds in JMU country, but I will always be rooted here.” [h/t The Roanoke Star]

Anchor Jay Warren Signing Off From WSLS

Jay Warren is leaving WSLS to “pursue other career opportunities,” the Roanoke NBC affiliate announced Monday. His last day will be April 19.

Warren began his WSLS career in 1998 as a reporter. Since 2008, he has anchored the station’s evening newscasts. He is also the senior political reporter at WSLS. He has covered every congressional, presidential and statewide election for WSLS since 1998.

“He has been a great mentor to reporters, and a great leader to those who have been in the television industry for many years,” the station said in a statement.

Frankie Jupiter Joins WDBJ From WCAV

Frankie Jupiter has joined WDBJ, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.

Jupiter joined the station this month after two years at WCAV, the CBS affiliate in Charlottesville. He has previously worked as a production assistant at WVUE, the Fox affiliate in New Orleans.

Jupiter is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. He won an Emmy in the student category for the 2008 presidential campaign.

WSET Meteorologist Facing Charges for Head-On Collision

Police have charged WSET meteorologist Jamey Singleton with reckless driving after his Tuesday morning accident.

According to police, Singleton was eating his breakfast when he drove his 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse into the oncoming lane of Route 122 in Bedford County, VA, and hit a delivery truck head-on.

The driver and passenger of the delivery truck told WSET they are “pretty sore and bruised up.” Singleton remains in the hospital in serious condition.

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Dish Network Pulls Plug on Grant Stations Over Retrans Deal

Dish Network subscribers won’t be able watch their favorite shows on stations owned by Grant Communications until the two settle their dispute over retransmission fees.

On Saturday February 16, Grant’s four FOX affiliates, WZDX in Huntsville, AL, WFXR, Roanoke,VA, KLJB in Quad Cities and WLAX-WEUX in La Crosse, WI, as well as two CW stations and one MyNetworkTV station went dark as part of the dispute.

WZDX, the FOX affiliate in Huntsville posted a statement about the dispute on its website saying,

Contrary to what you may have been told or read, FOX 54 has asked Dish to pay rates comparable to those being paid by your local cable systems now. That is fair and equitable, as already determined by the marketplace. We understand the public’s frustration with this situation, and we remain committed to reaching a solution with Dish without disrupting FOX 54′s programming. Read more

WSET Meteorologist ‘Alert and Communicating’ After Car Wreck

WSET, the Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA, ABC affiliate, has been keeping viewers updated all morning on the condition of meteorologist Jamey Singleton after a car accident yesterday morning left him in serious condition at a local hospital.

WSET lead off its Noon newscast yesterday with news of the accident. Singleton needed to be cut out of his vehicle and airlifted to the hospital after his car crossed the center line of Route 122 and hit a delivery truck going the other direction. You can watch video of the story after the jump.

This morning at 11:00 a.m., WSET told viewers on its web page,

Family members say Jamey Singleton had a good night after being in surgery. He will undergo more surgeries Wednesday. State police officials say the cause of the accident was lack of attention from the driver, Jamey Singleton. They say he was eating breakfast at the time of the crash. Read more

Roanoke Stations May Have Too Much of Good Thing

Cheap airtime and undecided voters are making Roanoke, VA the belle of the ball for political campaigns looking to get their messages out to local viewers, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The AP report contrasts the size of the market with the appetite for airtime, noting the Virginia city may be market 68,

But the Roanoke market has consistently been number one in the country for the number of political ads aired. This is good news for top-rated station WDBJ-TV, a CBS affiliate. Its ad haul could top $5 million. Around the country, local stations could rake in more than $3 billion from political advertising.

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Political Ad Spending Up In Roanoke-Lynchburg

The Roanoke Times looks at political ad spending in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market, where political advertisers have allocated or spent $6.5 million on the four local stations there:

For proper context, consider this: In 2008, which was a record year for campaign spending in this market according to information provided by the stations, political advertising totaled nearly $5.6 million.

Welcome to the swing-state spending spree. “Virginia is white-hot,” said Leesa Wilcher, general manager of WSLS.

And few places have sizzled like the Roanoke-Lynchburg market, which has been ranked in MSNBC’s top 10 “hottest advertising markets” for three months.  Read more

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