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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

Scott Heath Named VP, Station Manager of KSWB

kswb logoScott Heath has been named vice president and station manager at KSWB, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in San Diego. His appointment is effective immediately.

“Scott is a talented and experienced leader who has a depth of knowledge about the San Diego community that you can only acquire by getting out and talking to viewers and advertisers during  a 27-year career in the market,” Tribune regional president and general manager Don Corsini said in a statement. “He knows what works and the best way to connect with people.”

Heath joined KSWB in 1986 as an account executive. He most recently served as the station’s general sales manager. More from Tribune after the jump. Read more

KFMB Catches CHP Officer Handcuffing Firefighter in the Middle of a Rescue

A camera crew from San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB was rolling as a Chula Vista, CA, firefighter was handcuffed and thrown in the back of a CHP cruiser because he wouldn’t stop rescuing victims of a freeway crash and move his truck.

The crash happened on I-805 and involved a car that had flipped over a concrete divider. Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman told the San Diego Union-Tribune fire crews are trained to use their vehicles to block traffic for safety.

The station said, “According to officials, the officer told firefighters to move three fire engines from the fast lane, and two complied, but one firefighter refused that request and continued giving aid to the crash victims.” Read more

Today is ‘Loren Nancarrow Day’ in San Diego

lorennancarrow_croppedThe San Diego City Council has proclaimed January 28, 2014 to be “Loren Nancarrow Day.”

Nancarrow, a former anchor for San Diego FOX affiliate KSWB, died December 28 after battling cancer for almost a year.

“He advocated for the environment long before it was fashionable and taught a generation of television viewers and readers to be good stewards of our land, sea, and air,” said Councilwoman and former KGTV reporter Marti Emerald as part of her tribute to Nancarrow’s 30-year career in San Diego.

His family has set up a donation fund to help pay for a new rooftop healing garden at Scripps Radiation Therapy Center in San Diego. Click here more info.

KTLA General Manager Don Corsini Adds Oversight of KSWB

kswb logoDon Corsini, the general manager of KTLA in Los Angeles, is expanding his role with Tribune. Effective immediately, Corsini will also oversee KSWB, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in San Diego.

Corsini, who has been president and general manager of KTLA since 2009, recently signed a multiple-year contract extension with Tribune. In his new role at KWSB, Corsini replaces Ray Schonbak, who died in November.

Before joining KTLA, Corsini held management positions at other Los Angeles stations, including ABC owned KABC and CBS owned KCBS-KCAL.

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