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Timelapse Video Captures Construction of New KFMB Set

Those set-builders have been busy this week, haven’t they? KFMB, the CBS station in San Diego, debuted an updated news set, which the station described as “a major renovation”, with a new look and “more technology that will enable us to deliver the news in a more clear and concise manner.”

Newscast studio has a more technical take on the new set:

The station worked with Broadcast Design International for the update, which includes a 3×2 monitor array camera center that displays live video of the area.

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After Producing in San Diego and Boston, Two Kids and Food Vouchers

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, former Hartford producer Darlena Cunha describes a career that took her quickly to jobs in San Diego and Boston and a comfortable life with her husband, complete with a $240,000 home and a Mercedes. And then, it all started slipping away. Her husband lost his job, and the market crashed.

“In just two months, we’d gone from making a combined $120,000 a year to making just $25,000 and leeching out funds to a mortgage we couldn’t afford. Our savings dwindled, then disappeared.

So I did what I had to do. I signed up for Medicaid and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.”

Cunha’s essay, “Picking Up Food Stamps in My Mercedes,” has brought her back to television, appearing Tuesday night on CNN’s CNN Tonight in an interview with Don Lemon. In the interview, Cunha pointed out that the Post headline to her story was incorrect, in that she was not actually receiving “food stamps,” but vouchers through the WIC program, which is a program far easier to qualify for, and which allowed her family to keep that Mercedes: Read more

Unorthodox Meteorologist (See YouTube) Mark Mathis Joins KUSI

MarkMathisMark Mathis is returning to the weather beat. KUSI news director Steve Cohen confirms to TVSpy that Mathis is joining the San Diego station Monday, joining Leslie Lopez and David Scott on the weather team.

Mathis is known to regular TVSpy readers for his flamboyant on-air personality. These YouTube videos can attest to that.

He’s also known for several rocky tenures over the last 10 years. In 2011, he spent just a few months at KMAX in Sacramento. Before that he had two stints with WCCB in Charlotte. He’s also worked at KREX in Grand Junction, CO, WFAA in Dallas, and KTBC in Austin. This will be his second go ’round in San Diego having previously worked at KSWB.

Legendary meteorologist John Coleman retired from KUSI in April. Coleman had been in broadcasting for more than 60 years, the last 20 at KUSI.

KGTV Adds Creative Services Director

KGTV_10_logoStan Melton has been announced as the creative services director for San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV and Azteca San Diego.

“Stan brings to San Diego nearly 20 years of highly effective television marketing and creative branding experience,” Jeff Block, VP & GM of KGTV said in a statement. “An award-winning writer/producer/director in his own right, his track record leading creative teams to messaging and ratings successes is enviable, and we are pleased and proud to have Stan joining our executive team.”

Melton comes to KGTV on June 2 from Brown Bag Creative in the Washington, D.C. area. He has also worked at WJLA, NewsChannel 8 and POLITICO in Washington, D.C., KENS in San Antonio, TX, WFAA and KXAS in Dallas and KOCO in Oklahoma City, OK.

KUSI Photographer Gets Dumped on By Supertanker


KUSI photographer Taylor Schuss took a hit to make a play during the recent rash of wildfires near San Diego.

Schuss was rolling as a DC-10 Supertanker made a low pass overhead. He dutifully followed the release of fire retardant as it fell on him.

The photographer for the independent San Diego station was covering the Cocos Fire which KUSI reports was 5% contained as of Thursday night.

Two San Diego Stations Own Up to Airing Fake Shark Photo After Warning Viewers of Danger

Two San Diego stations warned viewers last month about a great white shark swimming close to shore. In their stories, both ABC affiliate KGTV and CBS affiliate KFMB used a photo that appeared to show a 15 foot shark with its dorsal fin out of the water swimming near Point Loma. Trouble is, the photo was fake.

KGTV spoke to Will Phillips, who said he took a picture of a dolphin. He said a friend of his made it into a shark.

iMediaEthics reports the photo was originally published by the Shark Research Committee, a non-profit scientific research organization. After the stations picked it up, Phillips told them all it was fake.

Both KGTV and KFMB have aired retractions and have posted stories about the hoax on their websites. Watch KGTV’s retraction and interview with Phillips after the jump. Read more

Chase Cain to Join XETV in San Diego

chase cainChase Cain will join San Diego CW affiliate XETV as weekend morning co-anchor.

Most recently, Cain worked for San Francisco Bay Area NBC owned station KNTV. He has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, WHAS in Louisville, KY, and WLEX in Lexington, KY.

He starts anchoring alongside Susana Franco May 17.

KSWB Names Kelly McMackin General Sales Manager

kswb logoKelly McMackin has been named general sales manager at KSWB, the Tribune-owned Fox affiliate in San Diego. McMackin begins in his new role May 5.

“Kelly is a strong leader with a proven track record of driving sales growth and an understanding of the competitive landscape. I’m confident with his oversight, FOX 5 will continue to grow and expand our sales offerings,” KSWB president and general manager Don Corsini said in a statement.

It is a return to KSWB for McMackin, who worked as the station’s general sales manager from 1996-2001. Most recently, he has been the director of business development at Cox Communications.

Phil Blauer Out at KFMB

blauer croppedKFMB anchor Phil Blauer is no longer working for the San Diego CBS affiliate.

KFMB general manger Pat Nevin confirmed the news with TVSpy via email, but didn’t respond when we asked why Blauer left.

Blauer had worked at KFMB since 1998 and was named weekend evening anchor in May 2012. Before coming to KFMB, Blauer worked at KESQ in Palm Springs for 15 years.

Longtime KUSI Weatherman John Coleman Retires

Longtime KUSI weatherman John Coleman has announced his retirement.

Coleman has worked at the independent San Diego station for 20 years. He’s been a broadcaster since 1953.

“Nothing is forever. The universe, the galaxy, the solar system, the sun, Earth… every species fades away in time. We individual people are very small and very temporary parts of the big picture,” Coleman wrote in a letter announcing his retirement. “I’m grateful to you all. I wish you all every success and happiness.”

In the 1970′s, Coleman worked as the the original weathercaster for the launch of ABC’s Good Morning America. While working at ABC, Coleman developed the concept and business plan for what became The Weather Channel.

He has also worked at WCIA in Champaign, IL, WMBD in Peoria, IL, KETV in Omaha, NE, WISN in Milwaukee, WI, as well as WBBM, WLS and WMAQ in Chicago and WCBS in New York.

You can read Coleman’s entire goodbye letter after the jump. Read more

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