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Leigh Glaser Leaving KGO After 23 Years

glaser_kgo facebook smallTVSpy has learned Leigh Glaser, veteran meteorologist for KGO, is leaving the ABC owned San Francisco station.

Glaser has been the weekend meteorologist for 10 of the 23 years she has been with KGO.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, KGO news director Tracey Watkowski told staffers, “[Leigh] told me she wants to be able to go to 49ers games, NASCAR races and attend all of her daughter’s activities.  Leigh wants to fully enjoy the family events that only happen on the weekends.”

Her last newscast will be this Sunday, April 6.

Melanie Woodrow Set to Join KTVU

Melanie Woodrow is leaving KCBS, the CBS-owned station in Los Angeles, for KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco. She announced the news on her Facebook page.

Woodrow has previously worked at WAVY, the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and for the nationally-syndicated show “The Doctors.”

Thieves Steal Gear from KTVU News Van Over the Weekend

KTVU LOGO_304x200When KTVU reporter Katie Utehs and photojournalist Jacob Unger came back to the parking lot where they left their news van Sunday morning, they found the van was still there but some of their gear was missing.

According to SFGate, “When they returned to the van, they found that someone had smashed the locks on the passenger side and stolen a LiveU portable camera-backpack system used for live broadcasting, a laptop computer, a tripod and other gear.”

The pair had been covering an event in the Fruitvale District in Oakland.

This is the latest in a growing string of incidents involving news crews in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market.

In response, several TV stations, including KPIX, KRON and KGO, have hired security guards to accompany reporters and camera operators in Oakland. Many of the guards are retired police officers.

KTVU does not automatically send security guards out with its crews, but employees who are concerned about their safety can request the escorts, several KTVU staffers said.

One employee who didn’t wish to be identified said “We are afraid,” in light of recent confrontations involving the media. “Our crews continue to be crime victims.” Read more

Two for One Blooper Deal: WPBF Anchor Drops ‘S’ Bomb and KTVU Reporter Drops a Snot

Since neither of the following bloopers merits a solo post, TVSpy thought we’d deliver them in a double shot of pure schadenfreude.

The first comes to us by way of Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet. It’s Felicia Rodriguez from the West Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF dropping an “Oh shit, yeah!” while tossing to a story about a big lizard.

The second comes from the San Francisco Bay Area market FOX affiliate KTVU where reporter Heather Holmes drops a snot and licks it up in one fell swoop. Watch it after the jump. Read more

KRON Moving into KGO Building

kronSan Francisco Bay Area MyNetworkTV station KRON has announced it will soon share a building with ABC owned station KGO.

Media General, which owns KRON, said it will sublease space from KGO for its operations. The station said it will remain independent with separate broadcasting facilities. No staffing changes are expected in the move.

“We see this move as an excellent opportunity to invest in KRON’s future and its ability to even better serve the San Francisco market with outstanding local news,” said  George Mahoney president and CEO of Media General. “The new space will provide a separate studio for our use that is a significant upgrade from our current studio, and we will configure other space to meet our specific needs. The new space will enable our employees to collaborate more effectively as well as enhance their ability to serve our viewers and advertisers.”

KGO has its studios and control rooms on the first floor. Its newsroom and offices are on the second floor. An ABC spokesperson told TVSpy KRON will occupy the third floor of the building.

Former San Francisco Anchor Running for Seat on Oakland City Council

dana-king_bio-headDana King, recently retired anchor for CBS owned station KPIX, has announced she’s running for a seat on the Oakland City Council.

“I don’t come from (the political) world, but there are many parallels to journalism,” King told the Oakland Tribune. “I’ve spent 25 years figuring out what is the truth in a story. I think that’s pretty good training of what’s required of a city council member.”

King quit KIPX to become a full-time artist last year. She moved to Oakland in 2012 and said she started thinking about running for office after hearing council member Patricia Kernighan wasn’t running for re-election.

“I suppose I might be looked at as a carpetbagger, but I chose to move here because I want to be part of this exciting, vibrant community,” she said.

King said she will finalize her platform after meeting with district residents. Key issues will include police staffing, quality of life concerns such as tagging, and affordable development. “We have to recognize the historical aspect of this community and make sure that the people who spend their lives here don’t get pushed out,” she said.

Four ABC Owned Stations Pick Up Rachael Ray Show

ray show_croppedStarting this Fall, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray show will air on seven of eight ABC owned stations.

The show will make the switch from CBS owned stations in Los Angeles (KCAL) and San Francisco (KBCW) to ABC Owned stations KABC and KGO. In Chicago, the show will move from Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago (WGN) to ABC owned station WLS and in Houston it will switch from Titan Broadcasting’s KUBE to ABC owned station KTRK.

Rachael Ray currently airs on ABC owned stations WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham.

The show is expected to be a replacement for the short-lived Katie Couric talk show Katie.

[Broadcasting & Cable]

San Francisco Univision Crew Pepper Sprayed and Robbed

kdtv_logoSan Francisco Police are looking for two suspects who pepper sprayed a news crew from Univision affiliate KDTV and stole their camera.

The robbery happened Monday night in the city’s Mission District.

According to San Francisco Police, two males, thought to be teenagers, ran up from behind the crew while they were breaking down their equipment and pepper sprayed them. The two suspects then took off with the crew’s camera.

The four victims were treated at the scene for eye irritation and released.

KPIX reports this is the third incident in the last six months. In September, a security guard working with a KRON news crew shot a suspect during an attempted robbery.

[Bay City News]

KRON GM Steps Down Over Health Concerns

kronBrian Greif, general manager for Media General’s San Francisco Bay Area station KRON has resigned from the independent station due to health reasons.

Greif told TVNewsCheck, he is looking at at least three months of recovery and physical therapy after what he said was an unsuccessful back surgery over the summer.

A Media General spokesperson told TVSpy the station group is currently conducting a search for a new GM.

KRON Reporter Reunites Carlos Santana with Former Bandmate Now on the Streets

A San Francisco reporter known more for his “People Behaving Badly” reports turned a chance encounter on the streets of East Oakland into a reunion of two men whose lives have taken very different paths. One man lives in a camper on the streets of Oakland and once played in a band called the original Santana Blues Band. The other is Carlos Santana.

KRON reporter Stanley Roberts said he was reporting on illegal dumping in East Oakland when he saw a man named Marcus Malone sorting through trash. After answering a few questions, Malone told Roberts he once played with Santana.

According to the story, the Bay Area guitar legend saw the report. But when his attempts to locate Malone failed, his manager called the station. Roberts found Malone and brought the pair together.

“It’s an honor to be in your presence,” said Santana after seeing Malone again. “I always cherish you, man. You and your family were so gracious to us.”

The story was also featured on CNN last weekend.

According to KRON, Santana intends to record some songs with his old band, with Malone back on percussion.

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