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‘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!

Mike Dowling Ends 28-Year Career at WCVB

Mike Dowling WCVBVeteran sports reporter Mike Dowling is leaving WCVB after 28 years with the station. He will officially sign off from the Boston ABC affiliate on February 21.

In a statement, Dowling said he has been “living the dream” at the “best television station in Boston and in the best sports town in the country.” He said he will spent more time with his family and pursue other interests after leaving WCVB.

“Mike has witnessed many key moments in Boston’s sports history and very ably chronicled the ride for our viewers,” WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “We admire and support Mike in his decision to take some time for himself and his family and wish him nothing but the best.”

There’s a ‘One’ in 12th Man: KCPQ Shuts Rivals Out of Super Bowl Rally

Wilson_KCPQFor all of Seattle’s talk of the importance of the 12th man in the Seahawks Super Bowl win, only one man, or station, was allowed to cover the entire Seahawks victory event yesterday.

The celebration started out with a parade, which all the stations covered live. But as soon as the parade entered CenturyLink Field around 2:00 p.m., only FOX affiliate KCPQ stayed in live coverage.

According to KCPQ GM Pam Pearson all the other Seattle stations were welcome to cover the rally “but only the partners were allowed to broadcast it LIVE.” And by “partners” Pearson meant the Tribune owned FOX affiliate.

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt told TVSpy the ABC affiliate was getting calls from puzzled viewers when it broke away shortly before 2:00 p.m. Bob Jordan, news director CBS affiliate KIRO said several viewers asked why the station was ending its coverage of the celebration early.

Even the Governor’s office got involved. Jaime Smith, director of media relations for Washington Governor Jay Inslee, told TVSpy Inslee’s office reached out to the Seahawks because they wanted as many people as possible to watch the celebration. But in the end she said they left it up to the Seahawks to decide. Read more

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.

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