Schaper has previously been a reporter at rival WREX and at the Register Star. He began this week at WTVO, co-anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast with Mimi Murphy.
Santucci will be a weekend anchor and weekday reporter at WTVO, the ABC-affiliate. She comes from WCIA, the CBS-affiliate in Champaign, IL, where she was the producer of the morning newscast.
Santucci is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She started at WTVO-WQRF last month.
“Seeing the wires behave that way, in all the years that I’ve been here I’ve never seen them like that,” chief engineer Mike Real said. “They could actually start shaking the tower down, or cause damage to the tower which is what we wanted to check on.”
In addition to the evacuation at WTVO-WQRF, 12 homes near the tower were evacuated Friday night. Read more
Maxwell, who co-anchored the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts with Eric Wilson, signed off from WREX last week after 10 years. Starting today, 10 p.m. anchor Katie Nilsson will add the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts to her duties.
Starting January 18, Maxwell will be an anchor and reporter at WKOW. Both WKOW and WREX are owned by Quincy Newspapers.
“We’re sorry to see Dani go, but at least she is staying with the company,” WREX vice president and general manager John Chadwick told the Rockford-Register Star.
Longtime WTVO anchor Steve Stadelman is now running for a seat in the Illinois state senate.
Stadelman, who has been covering news and politics in the Rockford area for 25 years, filed paperwork this week to run as a Democrat in Illinois’s 34th district. As a result, he is stepping away from the WTVO anchor desk.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time,” Stadelman told Murphy about covering the news for WTVO. “And it’s something I enjoyed doing everyday.” Read more
Anchor Laura Gibbs is leaving morning TV for morning radio.
Gibbs is set to depart her post as morning anchor for WREX in Rockford, IL to become a co-host of area radio station WGFB’s morning show.
Her last day with WREX, an NBC-affiliate, will be next week. John Chadwick, WREX’s vice president and general manager, told the Rockford Register Star that the station is busy searching for her replacement.
Gibbs joined WREX in 2007, first working as an evening anchor before moving to the station’s morning newscast two years ago.
A Rockford native, Gibbs is happy to be working in the town she grew up in. “I love what I do and love that I’m in a place where so many great people and fantastic memories are always present,” she said recently.