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WLS Sports Anchor Apologizes for Suicide Reference

giangreco wls cut himWLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco has issued a statement about his reference to suicide in an over-the-shoulder graphic in last night’s story about the Chicago Bears.

Giancreco said, “My remarks were inappropriate, and I deeply regret and apologize for this incident. I will be issuing an on-air apology in this evening’s newscast.”

In a story that called for change with the hometown NFL team, the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station used an OTS graphic with a picture of Jay Cutler above the line that read “Cut him or cut your wrists.”

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WLS Sports Anchor on Bears QB ‘Cut Him or Cut Your Wrists’

WLS sports anchor Mark Giangreco made it pretty obvious last night, he wants to see changes with the hometown NFL team after what will be a losing season.

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While the sports anchor for the ABC owned Chicago station didn’t say anything about the suicide reference in the over-the-shoulder graphic, viewers have taken to twitter to express their outrage.

TVSpy has asked WLS for comment. We will update when we hear back.

[Deadspin via @WilcoMeThat]

Jay Glazer Broke Manziel Story on KTTV

If FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer ever needs to prove he broke the whole “Johnny Manziel is starting for the Cleveland Browns story,” all he has to do is go to the KTTV aircheck.

Glazer was live on the Los Angeles FOX owned station doing a bit from his gym Unbreakable Performance Center when he got a text on his phone.

“Hey I got a little breaking news here if you want a little scoop and you want me to break something unbreakable,” Glazer said on-air. “I’m actually breaking right here…just got a text. Johnny Manziel will be the starter in Cleveland this week. BAM.”

Glazer was reportedly upset with ESPN after the latter reported the same news without giving Glazer credit for the scoop. Read more

WFOR Sports Anchor Says He’s Retiring

kim-bokamper-600x450Kim Bokamper, sports anchor for Miami CBS owned station WFOR, says he’s retiring at the end of January 2015.

“I’ve come to re-evaluate what I want to do at this point in my life,” Bokamper said on the station website. In particular, I want to spend more time with my daughters. My oldest, Kourtney, is getting married in October and I want to be available to help with the wedding plans as my help is needed. I’m also looking forward to taking some time to travel and see the world.”

Bokamper, a graduate of San Jose State University, was a first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 1976. He played all of his nine seasons with the team, appearing in two Pro Bowls and starting as Defensive End for the Dolphins in Super Bowls XVII and XIX.

Telemundo Chicago Adds Rodrigo Arana as Sports Anchor

telemundo chicagoRodrigo Arana is joining Chicago Telemundo owned station WSNS as sports anchor for the 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. news.

Diana Maldonado, WSNS VP of News, said in a statement, “Rodrigo’s experience in covering major sporting events across the United States, Latin America and Mexico, will enhance our newscast and provide viewers with the best sports coverage possible.”

Arana worked at FOX Sports Latin America in Mexico City as a reporter, news editor and weekday sports anchor for seven years.

WZZM Loses One, Adds Two to Sports Department

ash_spence_mendGrand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM has announced the addition of a sports director and a sport reporter.

MLive also reports, anchor Brent Ashcroft (picture center) is stepping away from the sports desk.

The station said Jamal Spencer (pictured right) will start one week from Monday as sports director. Spencer comes to WZZM from KVLY in Fargo, N.D. He has also worked at FOX Sports Detroit.

Adriana Mendez (pictured left) will come on board November 24 as a sports reporter/multimedia journalist. She comes to the station from KWKT in Waco, Texas.

“Our viewers will quickly see the passion and enthusiasm Jamal and Adriana have for local sports,” Taz Painter, WZZM news director, said in a statement. “They both want to focus on finding and telling the uniquely West Michigan stories of the athletes, coaches, fans, and sports programs in our area.”

The station said Ashcroft will stay at WZZM and report “in-depth, powerful” stories. Read more

Carlos Rausseo Promoted to Sports Anchor at KDEN

TelemundoKDEN, the Telemundo station in Denver, has announced the promotion of Carlos Rausseo from multimedia journalist and back-up anchor to sports anchor.

Rausseo will join news anchor Guillermo Martínez and weather anchor Javier Castro for “Noticiero Telemundo Denver” at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled that Carlos will officially join our anchor team to help Telemundo Denver deliver the latest sports news and information to our Spanish-language viewers,” KDEN news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement. “His journalistic experience, which has earned him an Emmy award, will strengthen our local news operation and the commitment we have to better serve our Hispanic community here in Denver and throughout Colorado.”

Rausseo’s first day on-air is Monday, November 3.

Kansas City Station Crowns Royals World Series Champs After Game Five

Yes, we know the the Kansas City Royals had their sporting way with the San Francisco Giants in game six of the World Series last night. But Monday, the morning after game five, Kansas City FOX affiliate WDAF put it out there that they know who’s going to be crowned 2014 World Series champs. Either that, or someone ran the wrong spot.

The station ran a Dick’s Sporting Goods ad congratulating the Royals on winning the Fall Classic during its morning news. “Congratulations!” the spot said. “Your Royals are the 2014 World Series Champions!”


WTVJ Adds Weekend Sports Anchor

Stefano Fusaro is joining Miami NBC owned station WTVJ as weekend sports anchor.

In a statement, Migdalia Figueroa, WTVJ VP of News said, “His energy and commitment to covering our local sports teams will really resonate with our viewers.”

Fusaro was the sports director at Houston Univision station KXLN.

Former KNOP Sports Anchor Says He Was Fired Over Skype

Swifte KNOP_304Former KNOP sports director Joe Swift told the North Platte Telegraph he was fired over Skype after saying goodbye on-air to two co-workers who had recently resigned.

Swift said his on-air goodbyes to both Tara Moore and Dennis McConnell two weeks ago. Moore had worked at the station for 18 years. McConnell had been there for 20.

“I was never told I couldn’t say goodbye to them,” Swift told the Telegraph. “We’ve been bidding farewell to outgoing employees and wishing them luck in their new endeavors as long as I can remember. We said goodbye to a cameramen who had only been there a month. It was just something we did.”

On Tuesday, he learned via email that an employee at the 10/11 station in North Platte had complained about his on-air comments about Moore and McConnell.

Later that day, Jacque Harms, KNOP news director, told him he was suspended from being on-air. He was still required to produce the sports broadcasts.

On Wednesday, Swift arrived at work with a suit — prepared for the suspension to be over and to resume on-air duties. Two hours into his shift, he was told to visit with Hedrick via Skype. That’s when he was terminated.

“They fired me over the Internet on my wife’s birthday,” Swift said. “I got to call her and say, ‘Happy birthday. I’m fired.’”

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