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WAND Adds Eric Steltzer as Morning Anchor

aericsteltzer_480x600Eric Steltzer is joining Decatur, IL, NBC affiliate WAND as a morning anchor and reporter.

Steltzer comes to WAND from WBND in South Bend, IN. WAND introduced him to viewers via Skype on its morning news show yesterday.

He started his career as a video editor for WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He also worked in North Dakota.

WAND news director Tai Takahashi told TVSpy Steltzer starts June 9.

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WAND Expands Noon News, Names Evening Anchor

manko_wandDecatur, IL, NBC affiliate WAND announced today it was making Marianne Manko a permanent anchor for the 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

WAND news director Tai Takahashi said in a statement, “She has done a great job as interim anchor here and has proven herself to be a tremendous asset to the team.”

Before coming to WAND, Manko worked at KRGV in Weslaco, TX. She has also worked as a reporter in Orlando.

The station also announced beginning Monday, January 27, the Noon news will expand to an hour. Samantha Singer will continue to anchor the show.

WICS Sports Director Leaving TV to Work for Food Bank

krista-landerKrista Lander, sports director for Springfield, IL, ABC affiliate WICS, is leaving broadcasting Thursday to take a job as public relations manager for the Central Illinois Food Bank.

According to the State Journal-Register, Lander just got married. “My husband works normal hours; I don’t,” said Lander. “You never will in my position. I really want to spend time with my husband. We want to start a family. I don’t want to miss anything.”

Lander started at WICS in December 2010. She has also worked in Twin Falls, ID, and Odessa, TX.

WATCH: ‘She’s Got Quite the Uterus!’ WICS Anchor’s Ad Lib Nearly Stops the Show

WICS morning meteorologist Joe Crain had trouble getting through his weather forecast yesterday after anchor Natalie Sparacio told a story about a Russian woman who had 69 children.

The meteorologist for the Springfield, IL, ABC affiliate tossed to the story before his weathercast by dropping a rhyme about the “Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.” Sparacio one-upped him by telling a story about a woman in the 1700′s who had 69 kids in 40 years. She then finished him off by saying, “She’s got quite the uterus,” leaving Crain able to do little more than giggle through his forecast.

“I’m just sayin!” Sparacio could be heard yelling off camera. “You’re just saying. I know,” replied Crain in between bouts of laughter that at one point left him squatting on the floor in a crouch position as he tried to regain his composure.

[The Daily Mail]

Marianne Manko Joins WAND

Marianne Manko has joined WAND, the NBC affiliate in Springfield-Decatur, Ill.

News director Tai Takahashi told TVSpy Manko will anchor the afternoon and evening newscasts alongside Sean Streaty while two WAND anchors, Dawn Sterling and Stacey Skrysak, are out on maternity leave.

Until March, Manko was the evening anchor at rival WICS, the ABC affiliate in Springfield-Decatur. She has also worked at KRGV in Brownsville, Texas and WOFL in Orlando.

Chief Meteorologist Lee Davis to Retire After 19 Years at WAND

WAND chief meteorologist Lee Davis will retire Thursday after 19 years at the NBC affiliate in Decatur, Ill.

Davis, who serves as meteorologist for the noon, 4 and 5 p.m. newscasts, said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family in his retirement.

“It’s been a great time working here…most fun job I’ve had. I’ve gotten to do continuous coverage of tornado warnings, ridden with the Blue Angels, met people whom I’d not have gotten to know had I not been in this job, and along with all that I’ve been paid,” Davis wrote on WAND’s website.

WAND Morning Anchor Mark Rivera Proposes to His Girlfriend On the Air

WAND morning anchor Mark Rivera proposed to his girlfriend live on the Springfield, Ill. NBC affiliate’s morning newscast (video above).

Rivera’s girlfriend, Alissa Groeninger, is a reporter for the State Journal Register who thought she was appearing on the newscast to talk about “The Voice.”

Spoiler alert: she says yes.

Springfield’s WICS Debuts High Definition Set

WICS, Sinclair’s ABC affiliate in Springfield, Ill., has debuted a new high definition set designed by Devlin Design Group.

“Our goal was to have a new set that would not only replace our current look with a more modern and visually exciting location for our newscasts, but also to provide us with more options for presenting local news in new and exciting ways,” WICS news director Katie Faye said in a statement.

More pictures after the jump. Read more

WCIA Chief Meteorologist Robert Reese Dies After Cancer Battle

Robert Reese, the chief meteorologist at WCIA in Champaign, Ill., died Tuesday night after battling pneumonia and cancer. He was 50.

WCIA anchor Jennifer Roscoe announced the news on Wednesday evening’s newscast, saying, “it is with great sadness and heartbreak that I have to tell you this tonight. I hoped I never would.” She described Reese as “a weather geek, a music lover, a car nut and most importantly, our friend.”

Reese, the morning and noon meteorologist, was last on the air in early September. His Facebook page was flooded with comments and memories from WCIA viewers Thursday morning.

Vince DeMentri Lands at WICS: ‘I don’t think you can judge anybody’s character by an incident or two’

Local news veteran Vince DeMentri, who has a long history of controversy at his previous jobs, has landed at WICS in Springfield, Ill., the State Journal Register reports.

DeMentri’s last job was at WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City, where he was a reporter until 2010. Prior to that, he worked at WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia. At both stations, he was involved in incidents that catapulted him into the spotlight.

In 2008, DeMentri was fired from WCAU after having an affair with co-anchor Lori Delgado. DeMentri, who was accused of vandalizing Delgado’s car, sued both her and the station, saying it was unfair that he was fired and Delgado got to keep her job. Delgado resigned from the station the day the lawsuit was filed; DeMentri dropped the lawsuit in 2010. Read more

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