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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.

KNSD Set to Move Studios, Offices by 2016

KNSD_NBCSanDiego_buildingNBC owned KNSD is planning a move out of its downtown San Diego headquarters by the end of 2016, City News Service reports.

“KNSD will not be renewing our lease at 225 Broadway when it expires in 2021,” general manager Richard Kelley said in a statement. “Because of the inevitability of the move, we are accelerating our plans to find a new location that provides our employees with affordable amenities and an improved workspace, along with an updated, more versatile facility for news.”

KNSD has been located in its current studios since 2001. Employees are scheduled to receive more details on the move at a meeting today, according to City News Service.

Longtime San Diego Journalist Loren Nancarrow Dies

nancarrow_croppedLoren Nancarrow, former anchor for San Diego FOX affiliate KSWB, died Saturday night after a battle with brain cancer.

Nancarrow’s family posted the news to his facebook page, “Just after 6:30 this evening, our husband, father, friend and hero, Loren Nancarrow, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.”

Nancarrow had been diagnosed with brain cancer in February.

On Nancarrow’s blog, his daughter Hannah wrote about her father, “Loren Alan Nancarrow, longtime San Diego TV icon, organic gardener and conservationist, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the age of 60, following a courageous 11 month battle with brain cancer. Loren is survived by his wife, Susie, their son (Graham, 25) and their two daughters (Hannah, 24 and Britta, 20) and the love of an entire city. To his family, his friends and to the San Diegans that love him, he was larger than life.”

You can read his daughter’s reflections about her father on his blog by clicking here.

Lea Gabrielle Joins Fox News From KNSD

lea gabrielle_304x200After two years at KNSD, Lea Gabrielle is joining Fox News as a general assignment reporter for “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

During her time as a military reporter at the NBC owned station in San Diego, Gabrielle was known as Lea Sutton. She will begin at Fox News on December 16.

Before joining KNSD, Gabrielle worked as a Washington, D.C.-based digital journalist for NBC News. From 1997 to 2009, she was a fighter pilot and intelligence operations officer in the U.S. Navy.

Kristen Cusato Returns to San Diego

Kristen-Cusato_640x480_20110509142504_640_480Kristen Cusato has accomplished a double comeback. She has returned to TV news after being off the air for two years by joining San Diego independent station KUSI as a reporter and anchor.

Cusato left KUSI for WTNH in Hartford-New Haven, CT, in 2009 to help her ailing mother. In 2011, Cusato left WTNH for a job with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Today, she told viewers of her move on her facebook page, “First day, first live shot, first package: done. Back reporting for the evening shows tonight…and anchoring weekend nights! KUUUUUUSI” Read more

VP and GM of KSWB Ray Schonbak Dies

schonbak_croppedRay Schonbak, vice president and general manager of KSWB, has died of cancer.

Schonbak’s career stretched over five decades. Most recently he was the vice president and general manager of Tribune’s San Diego FOX affiliate.

After serving two combat tours in Vietnam as a member of the elite Green Beret’s Schonbak began his broadcasting career as an account executive at a station in Portland, ME.

Schonbak worked in sales management at KOA in Denver (now KCNC) and later served as GSM at WRGB in Albany, NY.  He was also GM of WTCN (now KARE) in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, and led the team that launched KDAF in Dallas, TX, which at the time was one of the first FOX affiliates in the country.

After forming Triad Communications, he worked as a broker buying and selling TV stations, served as group vice president for Benedek Broadcasting, worked for Koplar Communications, and led 16 FOX affiliated stations while serving as COO of Emmis Communications.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Deborah. Schonbak was 70.

Andrew Luria Joins KSWB in San Diego

andrew luriaAndrew Luria has joined KSWB as anchor of the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts. His first day at the San Diego Fox affiliate was Monday.

Luria moves to San Diego from Tampa-St. Petersburg, where he has been a sports anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WFTS since 2010. Before that, he worked at stations in Sacramento, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and Eureka, Ore. He is a graduate of Cornell University.

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