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Sacramento

Murder Suspect Calls KOVR During Police Standoff

A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, William Gardner III, made a phone call to Sacramento CBS O&O KOVR during a police standoff in Las Vegas. The station played clips from the Gardner’s conversation with reporter Derek Shore on Monday’s evening newscast (video above).

The conversation, which Shore described as “very tense between both of us,” lasted for about an hour. A police negotiator was on the line for a “significant portion” of the call, according to KOVR. Gardener allowed Shore to speak to two people in the apartment with him, neither of whom said they were being held against their will.

The standoff ended when Gardner surrendered at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Local Stations Raise Money for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

haiyan_cbsSeveral local stations around the US are asking viewers to pitch in to help the victims of the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines and Vietnam.

>In Philadelphia, CBS owned station KYW has partnered with its CW sister station WPSG, KYW newsradio, SportsRadio 94WIP, CBS Sports Radio 610, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT along with CBSPhilly.com and CBS Outdoor under the name “Operation Brotherly Love” in an effort to raise money for the American Red Cross.

All the stations along with CBSPhilly.com and several CBS Outdoor digital boards will be asking viewers and listeners to donate either online at www.CBSPhilly.com/relief or by calling 1-800-GIVE-122 (1-800-448-3122).

>In Sacramento, CA, NBC affiliate KCRA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KQCA teamed up with the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross to raise more than $480,000 on Tuesday by doing live cut-ins throughout the day.

“I am proud to live in a community that is so generous and giving,” Elliott Troshinsky, president and general manager of KCRA-KQCA, said in a statement. “Northern Californians opened their wallets and showed their generosity by helping us raise nearly $500,000 for the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.  We truly want to thank all of our viewers for their generosity.” Read more

Sacramento Stations Help Philippines Typhoon Victims

KCRA-TyphoonSacramento NBC affiliate KCRA and MyNewtorkTV affiliate KQCA along with the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross are raising money for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

“The devastation in the Philippines is overwhelming. Hour by hour, our viewers are seeing the tragic pictures of that battered region and they want to help,” said KCRA 3 news director Lori Waldon in a statement. “We are happy to provide a way for our viewers to help the typhoon victims. There is such incredible generosity in our community.”

The stations are hosting live cut-ins throughout the day today asking viewers for donations. The cut-ins started at 6:00 a.m. and will run until 7:00 p.m. As of the Noon news, the effort had raised $208,474.

You can donate by calling 1-800-513-3333 or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  During the drive only cash donations will be accepted, no relief goods or supplies at this time.

Ron Jones Named KOVR Morning Co-Anchor

ron jones kovrRon Jones has been promoted to morning co-anchor at KOVR, the CBS owned station in Sacramento. He will co-anchor alongside Audrey Asistio and meteorologist Laura Skirde beginning October 21.

“Ron has a fascinating background along with a warm and engaging style. He’s a familiar face to our viewers and we’re excited to bring his depth of experience to morning news,” KOVR general manager Kevin Walsh said in a statement.

Jones is a former Army sergeant who has worked at stations in Roanoke and San Francisco. He joined KOVR in 2004 as a general assignment reporter. He has been anchoring the station’s weekend newscasts for the past eight years.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the morning anchor desk with Audrey and Laura,” Jones said. “I look forward to getting answers for our viewers each morning as they start their day.”

More from KOVR after the jump. Read more

Carlos Saucedo Joins KXTV From KFSN

carlos saucedo smallAfter two years at KFSN in Fresno, Carlos Saucedo will join KXTV in Sacramento, Media Moves reports.

“I am really excited about this incredible opportunity reporting from the state capital,” Saucedo said. “I’m glad I’ll be staying in California where I’ll hit the ground running covering multiple beats, including the political sphere Sacramento is known for.”

Saucedo will sign off from ABC owned KFSN on October 17. He begins at ABC affiliate KXTV on November 11. Before moving to Fresno, he worked at WVLT in Knoxville and KWTX in Waco.

Air Canada: ‘Inappropriate Comments Were Made’ in Accidental Email to KOVR

kovr air canada emailAir Canada has released a statement saying “inappropriate comments were made” about a customer’s lost dog in an accidental email to KOVR last week.

The airline was questioned by KOVR reporter Maria Medina after Larry, a greyhound, was lost while in the airline’s care last week. In an email apparently intended for a colleague, an Air Canada spokesperson wrote: “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.”

“Air Canada acknowledges inappropriate comments were made in response to a reporter’s follow-up questions for additional details regarding Larry,” the airline said in a statement Friday. “However, Air Canada has been providing the best available information to media on this matter. These comments do not reflect Air Canada’s standards or professionalism, and do not refer to the search for Larry by Air Canada employees which is ongoing.”

As for the spokesman: “I guess I’m the poster child now for Be Careful With Email,” he told the Toronto Star.

Air Canada Spokesman Accidentally Sends Dismissive Email About KOVR to KOVR

kovr air canada emailA lesson for media professionals everywhere: always check your to/from fields. In response to an inquiry from KOVR this week, an Air Canada spokesperson accidentally sent the Sacramento CBS O&O a response dismissing their inquiry as just “local news.”

While reporting a story about how the airline lost a customer’s dog earlier this week, the Sacramento CBS O&O reached out to Air Canada to inquire “what procedures might not have been followed, and what they’re doing to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s pet,” reporter Maria Medina said.

In a message apparently intended for a co-worker, Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick responded to KOVR: “I think I would just ignore, it is local news doing a story on a lost dog. Their entire government is shut down and about to default and this is how the US media spends its time.”

The station aired the email as part of its report last night. Watch after the jump. Read more

KTXL Set to Expand Early Evening Newscasts

stefanie cruz ktxlSacramento Fox affiliate KTXL will add a 5 p.m. newscast next month, expanding its early evening news from 60 to 90 minutes.

The newscast, which will debut on November 4, will be anchored by Stefanie Cruz (pictured) and Eric Harryman, who currently anchor at 5:30, 6 and 10 p.m. KTXL says it will add resources and staffers related to the new newscast.

“It’s great that we’re able to add news gathering resources to get more content for our viewers as well as cover more stories in Northern California,”  vice president and general manager Jerry Del Core said in a statement. “FOX40 News will continue to provide a fresh and innovative approach to news, now in an expanded time slot that makes sense for our viewers.”

More from KTXL after the jump. Read more

Ed Chapuis Joins KTXL as News Director

Ed Chapuis is joining Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL as vice president and news director. His first official day at the station will be Monday.

It is a return to Sacramento for Chapuis, who spent more than a decade at NBC affiliate KCRA. Most recently, he was news director of KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco.

“His experience and tenure at #1 ranked stations in both the Bay Area and, more importantly, here in Sacramento will prove to be invaluable for our station,” KTXL general manager Jerry Del Core said in a statement.  “He will take FOX40 to new heights.”

Chapuis replaces Brandon Mercer, who left KTXL earlier this year. Read more in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

Walt Gray Back on Sacramento TV News

Walt Gray announced yesterday he will join Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV as weekend morning anchor.

“Walt is one of Sacramento’s best known and most respected news anchors,” KXTV news director Jerome Parra said in a statement. “He’s done it all. He is a trusted voice and an accomplished storyteller. He adds even greater depth to News10′s accomplished team of anchors and reporters.”

Gray left the rival NBC affiliate KCRA last year to host his own show on local radio station 96.9 “The Eagle.” He was one of a number of people laid off from “The Eagle” in July.

Gray announced the news of his return to TV on KXTV’s Sunday morning news live after pitching his charity motorcycle ride. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

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