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Mitch Roberts Named Sports Director at KHBS-KHOG

khbs logoMitch Roberts is joining KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s duopoly in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, as sports director. He will begin in his new role on May 5.

Roberts most recently worked as a news anchor and reporter for rival KFSM, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith-Fayetteveille. He has previously worked as a sportscaster for stations in St. Louis, Nashville, and Las Vegas. He was born in Tulsa and grew up in Dallas.

“Mitch brings a terrific combination of experience and Arkansas-Oklahoma sports knowledge to our newsroom,” KHBS-KHOG news director Greg Shepperd said in a statement. “I know Mitch will provide excellent leadership when it comes to covering the Razorbacks and our diverse sports market.”

KTHV Adds Mary Dunleavy as Sports Anchor

dunleavy kthv_croppedMary Dunleavy has joined Little Rock, AR, CBS affiliate KTHV as sports anchor.

Dunleavy comes to KTHV from WVIR in Charlottesville, VA.

KTHV news director Dave Parker told TVSpy, “We are wasting no time introducing Mary to Arkansas and its love for football as her first assignment with be reporting live this week from Razorbacks spring football practice.”

Little Rock Sports Anchor Sues Gannett for Discrimination

edwards kthvMark C. Nelson, known on-air as Mark Edwards, is suing Gannett Co. and Little Rock CBS affiliate KTHV for discrimination.

According to the lawsuit posted on Courthouse News Service, Gannett, “has a corporate custom, policy, pattern, practice and procedure of not promoting African-Americans to director and leadership positions and utilizing a ‘one-and-done policy’ that disparately impacts African-American employed within the company.”

Edwards says Gannett manipulated focus groups and used “other means and methods” to “achieve its discriminatory goals and objectives.”

Edwards’ bio has been removed from the KTHV website.

The sports anchor said he started at KTHV in 2003 editing and doing production as the “number three” sports guy. When he had the opportunity to leave for an on-air job in Cleveland, Edwards said GM Larry Audas asked him to stay and promised him a promotion and that he would be on a “fast track” to the sports director position.

The complaint continues: “After remaining in employment for several years with the defendant, in approximately May 2012, Wes Moore, a white sports anchor and director, left Channel 11. Plaintiff was in an optimum position to take over as the anchor and sports director with the attendant advertising, marketing, promotion and raise-in-pay that accompanies such advancement within the company. However, rather than offer this opportunity to plaintiff, instead, Channel 11 hired a white male with less sports broadcasting experience from another station in July-August of 2012. For reasons never explained to plaintiff, defendant did not provide plaintiff with an offer to be promoted, marketed or further advanced with the defendant as sports director, or anchor as was promised and represented by him.” Read more

Sports Anchor Turned News Anchor then Retired Anchor Hired to do Sports at KUSA

Fox31 anchor Ron Zappolo is retiring.Ron Zappolo, the former sports anchor who retired last year as a news anchor is coming back to Denver airwaves.

The Denver Post TV critic Joanne Ostrow reports Zappolo will be the “weekend sports conversationalist” for Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

He’ll be paired with Sam Adams, Denver comedian and sportswriter (for the Rocky Mountain News), to talk sports as a segment within the newscast. The first taping is Friday, to air this weekend.

“We’ll see what develops,” Zappolo said late Tuesday. “Anything’s on the table.”

KUSA President and General Manager Mark Cornetta calls the move an “experiment,” as a way to inject talk about sports, sometimes in a debate style, in the weekend newscast. “As with anything, if it is good, there is the possibility it could expand,” Cornetta said. Read more

‘It’s All About the Kids’: Las Vegas Sports Anchor Leaving Station

KSNV sports anchor Kevin West has left the Las Vegas NBC affiliate.

“It’s a family move, all about the kids,” West told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Paola Varela Rossi Joins Telemundo Denver

paola varela rossiPaola Varela Rossi is joining Telemundo Denver as a sports anchor-reporter. Beginning March 31, she will anchor the sports segment for both of the station’s daily newscasts.

It is a return to Telemundo for Varela Rossi, who previously worked at Telemundo Network in Miami. Most recently, she was an anchor and reporter at Caracol TV network in Colombia.

“Paola is a team player and will be a great asset to our station in Denver,” Telemundo Denver news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement. “We are glad to welcome her back to the Telemundo family.”

Sportscaster Nick Coit Joins WLNE

nick coit wabiNick Coit has joined WLNE, the ABC affiliate in Providence, as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Coit signed off from WABI in Bangor three months ago to seek a job in a bigger market. From Bangor to Providence, Coit is jumping 103 markets.

“When I left WABI, this was exactly the type of step I was looking for,” Coit told the Bangor Daily News. “I never expected to get a job this good. I was lucky enough to land it.

Sports Director Jim Wogan Leaving WATE After 24 Years

jim wogan wateAfter more than two decades at WATE, sports director Jim Wogan is leaving the Knoxville ABC affiliate. Wogan has accepted a position as the director of communications with the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville.

“He will be sorely missed by his colleagues and by WATE viewers,” general manager Dean Littleton said in a statement. “We hate to lose Jim but we are happy for him that he is pursing an opportunity that is close to his heart.”

Wogan, who joined WATE in 1990, will sign off in June. He said making the move “was not an easy decision.”

“I like it here and I love the group of people I work with, but this move goes to the core of who I am as a Catholic,” Wogan said.

Justin Betti Joins WGAL From WJRT

Justin BettiJustin Betti has joined WGAL, the NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa., as a sports anchor and reporter. Betti, a Pennsylvania native, will anchor weekend sportscasts and report during the week.

“Justin’s diverse experience makes him a great fit for this position that requires both sports and news reporting skills. In his first week at WGAL he’s already made contributions to our broadcasts by reporting on the winter snowstorms as well as his anchoring of our weekend evening sportscasts at 6PM, 10PM and 11PM,” WGAL general manager John Humphries said in a statement.

Betti comes to Lancaster from Flint, Mich., where he was a sports and news reporter at ABC affiliate WJRT.

Dallas Sports Anchor Gives His Take on Openly Gay Football Player


Dale Hansen, sports anchor for Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, told viewers what he thinks about the now openly gay Missouri football player Michael Sam.

Hansen spoke in support of Sam as part of his “Unplugged” commentary saying fans are OK with accused criminals playing in the NFL, but seem uncomfortable with an openly gay player. “I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he’s gay,” said Hansen. “I don’t understand his world. But I do understand that he’s part of mine.”

The video is also posted to the WFAA facebook page. As of this writing it has 5,288 likes. One commenter wrote, “ I was thoroughly impressed with Dale’s comments on tonight’s broadcast. He was both honest & insightful. As an openly gay man, I really appreciate him sharing his perspective at such a poignant moment, in light of recent events. Bravo Mr Hansen!

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