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NBC Owned Stations Send Team to Sochi

nbc sochi 2014The NBC owned stations has sent a team of 25 anchors, reporters, photographers and producers to Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, which kick off on NBC tomorrow.

The team, who have dedicated locations in both Olympic Park and additional live shot locations in the mountains, will report daily across the 10 NBC owned stations. WNBC‘s Bruce Beck, KNSD‘s Steve Luke, KNTV‘s Janelle Wang and WRC‘s Alexander Prudovsky, who was raised in Russia and will serve as a translator, are all reporting from the Games.

“The outstanding work of our colleagues at the Olympic Games has always been one of the most successful collaborations between our stations,” Valari Staab, president of the station group, said in a statement. “With a dedicated group working together in Sochi, we will provide a localized perspective on a global event, personalizing the Games in a meaningful way for our viewers at home.”

More from NBC after the jump. Read more

Seattle Stations Celebrate Super Bowl Victory

Stations in Seattle had extended local coverage of the Seahawks’ victory in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday. Fox affiliate KCPQ had the most comprehensive local coverage, piggybacking on Fox’s broadcast of the game. After the national postgame coverage, David Rose and Marni Hughes anchored from 7:22 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. They were joined by Matt Lorch, sports director Aaron Levine from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and several reporters in Seattle covering the local celebrations.

CBS affiliate KIRO reported the news of the Seahawks victory during its regularly-scheduled 6:30 p.m. newscast. Monique Ming Laven anchored until 7:30 p.m. and the station was back on the air from 9 to 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. to midnight. Chris Francis reported from MetLife Stadium for KIRO.

NBC affiliate KING broke in to regularly scheduled programming at 7:26 p.m. with Dennis Bounds and Lori Matsukawa anchoring. Drew Mikkelsen joined them from MetLife Stadium. KING stayed on the air until 8 p.m. and was back at 10 p.m. for more coverage of the victory celebrations in Seattle.

ABC affiliate KOMO had a brief report about the Seahawks’ win at 7:46 p.m. Dan Lewis and Mary Nam anchored from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Eric Johnson, Mike Ferreri and Jon Humbert reported from MetLife Stadium.

Seattle Seahawk Plays Reporter for a Day


Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Phil Bates took advantage of the ever present media scrum during Super Bowl week by showing off his reporting chops.

Bates used the mic from Steve Overmeyer from New York CBS owned station WCBS.

Bates explored such topics as “When you sack the QB, where do you get your celebrations from?” and “Why are you so angry all the time?”

‘I’m Like a Kid in a Candy Store’: WNYW Sports Anchor on Covering the Super Bowl

castiglione_wnywThere are only so many cities that get to host the Super Bowl and only one broadcast network out of four gets to carry the game. This year the Super Bowl is just across the Hudson from New York and it’s on FOX.

TVSpy spoke with WNYW‘s Duke Castiglione who is a local sports anchor lucky enough to have the stars align so that his network is broadcasting the game in his market.

“The Super Bowl is more than a football game. It’s an event,” said Castiglione. “You don’t keep the focus on one thing when it comes to the Super Bowl. You focus on everything.”

In addition to his day job reporting on the game, he’s learned how to make baked clams from celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli and sat down with Dan Lauria, the actor who played Vince Lombardi on Broadway and is best known for playing Kevin’s father on the “The Wonder Years.”

RELATED – Alex Guarnaschelli tells MediabistroTV “How to be The Next Celebrity Chef” Read more

WROC Taking Google Glass to the Super Bowl

forbes_kucko_wrocRochester CBS affiliate WROC will be using the Super Bowl to marry two great male stereotypes: a love of sports events that involve eating and technology.

Forbes reports sports anchor John Kucko will be using Google Glass to “broadcast the unique sights and sounds of the week-long festivities leading up to the big game.”

“Google Glass will provide viewers with a perspective of the greatest spectacle in sports that they have never seen or experienced before,” Kucko told Forbes. “To have this first person technology will be invaluable in my day-to-day coverage of football’s grandest game.

Google Glass has certainly turned heads and provoked raves and rants. But the prospect of another point of view will add to the color of the broadcast and the final call will rest with the true experts sitting on their couches and enjoying the game.  Glass expert Tim Moore,  a member of the Rochester Optical Glass team has been working with Kucko to maximize the experience.

“It’s time people see the positive aspects of Google Glass and there couldn’t be a larger public stage to do that on than the SuperBowl. John Kucko is taking us on a true adventure.  It’s like putting on a football helmet in your living room and experiencing the game in a way that, until recently, was unimaginable.” – Tim Moore

Kucko posted a test of the gear to YouTube, check it out after the jump. Read more

‘This Is Not OK’: KRIV Reporter Shows Up at NFL Player’s Home to Ask About Paternity Suit

Isiah Carey, reporter for Houston FOX owned station KRIV was investigating a paternity suit involving Houston Texans Running Back Arian Foster.

Carey got Foster’s address off the lawsuit and visited his home, but not before knocking on the door of the woman in question. KRIV also posted the exchange on its website with the headline, “Arian Foster speaks to media for first time since paternity lawsuit.”

Needless to say, Foster was not happy with his unannounced visitor.

What do you think about Carey’s approach? Leave your answer in the comments.

[Complex Sports]

NYC Stations Prepare for Super Bowl

super bowl 2014TVNewsCheck takes a look at the preparations underway at New York City stations, for the Super Bowl. Fox owned WNYW will broadcast the game, which will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on February 2.

“We try to prepare for every conceivable issue we could encounter,” says Fox-owned WNYW News Director Byron Harmon. “In the last six months we have been hammering away on this every day to make sure there are no surprises.”

Harmon, for instance, says WNYW meteorologists will have a big role in news coverage the week leading up to the NFL championship, much of which will be broadcast from the 14-block “Super Bowl Boulevard” that will be set up on Broadway through the heart of Times Square. The journalists and traffic reporters who will be covering other angles of the football frenzy will be prepared to switch gears should weather or any other event force them to, he says. Read more

WRCB Says Goodbye to Keith Cawley

Chattanooga, TN, NBC affiliate WRCB said goodbye to sports director Keith Cawley.

Anchor Greg Glover tossed to a video tribute chronicling Cawley’s impact on the community and the station.

“I am so grateful to WRCB for each and every opportunity they have extended to me over the past six years,” said Cawley in a statement. “It has been a true privilege to cover local sports in the Chattanooga area, and I feel incredibly blessed to have met so many outstanding athletes, coaches, parents and sports fans along the way. My wife and I are excited for this next step in our journey, but we will miss Chattanooga very much.”

Cawley joined WRCB in 2007. He is following his wife to Nashville.

WRCB announced weekend sports anchor Paul Shahen will replace Cawley.

KWTV Sports Anchor Deletes Tweet About Gas Station Workers Who Don’t Speak English

blevins_croppedDean Blevins, sports director for Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV, is being accused of airing his thoughts about non-English speaking gas station attendants on Twitter, then deleting the tweet.

The tweet, captured by media blog The Lost Ogle said, “Happy we are the melting pot. Will be happier …if ppl who pour into our pot & sell me fuel & Milk Duds find time to learn our language.”

The response to the deleted tweet was not kind to Blevins, ranging from “How many languages have you found the time to learn” to “Where does 1 learn to speak asshole?

Griffin Communications, parent company of KWTV, told TVSpy, “Griffin Communications actively promotes and encourages diversity in our community and our business and does not agree with nor condone Dean’s comments. Griffin deleted the tweet in accordance with our strict social media policy which includes monitoring both station and talent social media accounts on a daily basis.” Read more

Elle Duncan Joins NESN From WXIA

elle duncanElle Duncan is joining NESN as an anchor, host and reporter in February 2014.

“Elle’s incredible sports knowledge, relatable personality and quick wit stood out as best-in-class during a nationwide search for top new talent in sports television. We are very excited to bring her skills and personality to New England fans,” NESN vice president of programming and production/executive producer Joseph Maar said in a statement.

Duncan comes from Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, where she has been a traffic reporter since May 2012. She also currently works as a sideline reporter for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

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