“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Tucson stations of the Journal Broadcast Group,” Arnold said in a statement. “Many of the talented people here have been peers and friends for many years and I look forward to working with them and the entire team in serving our audiences and advertisers.”
Blake posted a goodbye on her facebook page saying, “Hello Friends- After nearly 25 years at KOLD, I have decided to change hats. I have accepted a job at Amphitheater School District as the Director of Community Relations.” Blake goes on to say, “As you might know, education is a passion for me. I want to be part of helping all children reach their potential, and support the teachers and staff who make that possible.”
Blake, who started at KOLD in 1988, is also an adjunct professor in the Journalism Department at the University of Arizona. On her bio page on KOLD’s website, she is quoted as saying, “I enjoy teaching the next generation of journalists how to tell a story.” Read more
Gurulé was Northern Bureau Chief at Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT before he left the station to become a public relations and political consultant. The move reunites Gurulé with his former boss, KGUN news director Forrest Carr, who worked with him at KRQE in Albuquerque four years ago.
“Greg is an experienced journalist. He’s done just about every job a newsroom has to offer,” Carr said in a statement. “He is a solid a reporter and anchor. I’m thrilled he has joined our team.”
Brinks, who had been general manager at the Tucson ABC affiliate for 5 years, had been the longest tenured general manager at a Tucson commercial station.
Jim Prather, executive vice-president of television and radio operations for Journal Broadcast Group will take over at KGUN as well as KWBA 58/cable 8 and the four Tucson radio stations under Journal’s banner until a permanent replacement can be found.
We’ve reached out to Journal Broadcast for confirmation but have not heard back.
>UPDATE: Journal Broadcast Group has confirmed with TVSpy that Julie Brinks is no longer with the company and that Jim Prather is now acting general manager.
“I’m looking forward to taking on a greater leadership role at the station, and getting to know our Southern Arizona viewers a bit better in this new role,” she told TVSpy via email.
Hansen joined the stations in October 2011 as a multimedia journalist. Her first night at the anchor desk alongside Chris Holmstrom was October 27.
Callahan comes from WHBF in the Quad Cities region of Iowa and Illinois, where she was the weekend evening anchor. In Tucson, she will co-anchor from 7 to 9 a.m. on Fox affiliate KMSB and report from 4:30 to 7 a.m. on CBS affiliate KOLD.
Forrest Carr, news director for the ABC affiliate, told TVSpy, “We wish him the very best of luck.”
Last year Nunez was promoted to morning anchor. He started at the station in 1993 as an intern.
TVSpy has reached out to Nunez for comment but has not heard back. We will update when we do.
KUDF, the Azteca America affiliate in Tucson, is preparing to launch the market’s only locally-produced Spanish language newscast. Inside Tucson Business has details on the newscast, which comes on the heels of an ownership change at the station:
Viewers should expect to see frequent “Mexico regional programming, mostly from the north” with both hard news and useful information for travelers, said Roberto Lemen Meyer, 44, a Hermosillo businessman and principal of the new ownership group, LM Media Group.
The 30-minute local newscast is planned to air at 5:30 p.m. following Azteca America’s half-hour network newscast. As a precursor to the launch, KUDF is currently running five-minute, locally-produced “news capsules” at the end of the network newscast.
The Tucson CBS affiliate’s website said George was unsure of what to do with the large arachnid but gave the the director enough time to take a close up without weather graphics.
He didn’t know if he should call attention to it, afraid the audience wouldn’t be able to see it, but what appeared to be a wolf spider was too large to go unnoticed!
After pointing out the spider, George and the rest of the news team continued with the show. Watch inside… Read more
Guthrie, a native of Tucson, spent the early part of her career moving up the local market ladder. She worked as a reporter at KMIZ in Columbia, MO and later at KVOA in Tucson, before attending law school.
“As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout,” “Today” executive producer Jim Bell said. “She has a one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability, and our viewers value her journalistic skills and legal background just as much as her humor and charm.” Read more at TVNewser