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Founder of WWLP Kitty Broman Putnam Dies

Kathryn “Kitty” Broman Putnam, the founder of WWLP in Springfield, Mass., died Sunday. She was 97 years old.

Broman, who founded the NBC affiliate in 1953, was the first woman to sit on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters. Watch the station’s tribute to her above.

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Shannon Hegy Joins WPRI From WGGB

After six years at WGGB in Springfield, Shannon Hegy is set to join WPRI in Providence.

Hegy begin at the WGGB assignment desk and eventually became the station’s main anchor, helming the evening newscasts alongside Dave Madsen. She anchored her last WGGB newscasts Friday night, saying she has taken an anchor position at the Providence CBS affiliate (video above).

Morning Anchor Julia Dunn Leaving WGGB

WGGB morning anchor Julia Dunn is leaving the Springfield ABC affiliate, TVSpy has learned.

Dunn has anchored WGGB’s morning newscast since 2008. She began her television career in 2006 as a reporter at WAGM, the CBS affiliate in Presque Isle, Maine. In addition to anchoring the morning and noon newscasts, she is WGGB’s medical reporter.

Dunn signs off Wednesday from WGGB. She is rumored to be joining a station in Albany.

WSHM Set to Expand 4 p.m. Newscast

Springfield CBS affiliate WSHM is expanding its 4 p.m. newscast to a full hour. News director David Ward told The Republican how the newscast has evolved since it launched three years ago:

“The fact is that there was no place for people to turn if they wanted news at an atypical time,” Ward said. “The 4 o’clock newscast was a vehicle for us to deliver the day’s happenings to a group of people who aren’t around to watch the 6 o’clock news and perhaps don’t stay up to watch at 11 p.m. ”

Station manager John Hesslein said that when the 4 p.m. newscast is preempted for national happenings, like it was for the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the viewers begin calling the station.

“We started the 4 p.m. newscast three years ago to do something different and give the viewers what they were asking for,” Hesslein said. “And if it’s not on for some reason, the people let us know they want their 4 o’clock news back. It has steadily grown in popularity since we kicked it off and this is just the next step as we continue to grow in the Pioneer Valley.”

Chris Pisano Set to Join WGGB in Springfield

Chris Pisano is joining WGGB, the ABC affiliate in Springfield, Mass., Bottom Line Communications reports.

Pisano was most recently the morning anchor at WRTV in Indianapolis, a job he left in March for family reasons. Before that, he spent seven years at KCTV in Kansas City.

“Throughout my broadcast career, I’d always harbored the hope… dream perhaps… of settling back in New England,” Pisano told Bottom Line Communications. “But for whatever reason, my career brought me to the Midwest where I worked, lived, and raised a family for more than 15 years.”

Pisano will be an anchor and reporter for WGGB.

WGGB Videographer Hospitalized After Springfield Explosion

WGGB videographer Tom Brushway was hospitalized Friday after a massive explosion in downtown Springfield.

Brushway was sent to the scene to cover the gas leak for the Springfield ABC affiliate. He was one of 20 people injured in the explosion, which happened shortly after he arrived on the scene.

“I called my producer, I said, ‘hey look, it doesn’t really look like anything’s happening, looks like they’re kind of wrapping it up here, can I come back to the station?’ He’s like ‘yeah, we got what we need,’” Brushway recalled. “No less than five seconds later, boom. Next thing I know, I’m just on the ground, lying in glass. There was just debris falling everywhere, and this is the videographer. I’m trying to figure, my camera’s half broken, can I shoot?” Read more

Springfield’s WGGB Shakes Up Morning Team, Again

For the second time this year, WGGB is revamping its morning newscast.

In April, the Springfield, Mass. ABC affiliate brought on Dan Williams and Kim Zachary, a husband-and-wife team team of local radio hosts, to anchor the newscast. On Tuesday, the station announced on Facebook that the pair would no longer be at the helm:

After plenty of internal deliberation and your feedback, we’ve decided to steer 40 in the Morning in a ‘newsier’ direction. As such, Dan and Kim will be moving on to other opportunities. We tried to strike a balance between news and fun, but it was a challenge to get those elements to always mesh well. With all sincerity, we’d like to thank Dan & Kim for trying something new, and being game for anything thrown their way. Everyone at ABC40 wishes them well. Read more

WGGB Launching Weekend Morning Newscast

WGGB, the ABC affiliate in Springfield, MA, is launching a weekend morning newscast this Saturday.

The hourlong newscast will air from 7 to 8 a.m. and will be the lead-in program to the weekend edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The station has not yet announced who will anchor the newscast, which will be the only weekend news on WGGB.

Former WGGB Anchor Paul Mueller Resurfaces in Tampa with Bay News 9

Paul Mueller, who has been battling alcoholism since abruptly resigning from WGGB last April, has gotten another chance.

On Monday, Mueller started a job as a reporter for Bay News 9, the local cable news station in Tampa.

“God has opened a door and I am thoroughly and humbly grateful,” Mueller wrote in a recent post on his Facebook page.

The new job comes just days after Mueller celebrated one year of sobriety. Read more

Springfield’s WGGB Hires Local Radio Hosts to Anchor Morning Newscast

Springfield’s WGGB is revamping its morning show, bringing in two local radio hosts to anchor the newscast, the station announced today.

Dan Williams and Kim Zachary, a husband-and-wife team who have been anchoring together on Springfield local radio since 1995, will take over at the anchor desk on April 23. The pair’s radio contracts were not renewed by Clear Channel Communications earlier this year.

“Whether it’s helping plan a viewer’s day or getting their kids out the door, Dan and Kim will be leading the way,” Joe Gormally, owner of WGGB parent company Gormally Broadcasting, said in a statement. Read more

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