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KAKE and Former Reporter React to Dismissed Lawsuit

cerullo_squareBoth sides in the now dismissed lawsuit Jared Cerullo brought against Gray Television, KAKE and news director Michael Sipes are having their say.

Cerullo brought the suit after being fired from KAKE in 2013 for reporting and later tweeting that the defendant in a story he had been covering had pleaded guilty to murder when he had actually pleaded not guilty. Cerullo later made an on-air correction.

“I am extremely disappointed that Judge Henderson dismissed the defamation claim, which was the bulk of my case, instead of allowing a jury to look at the facts and decide for themselves whether or not Sipes did, in fact, defame my character,” said Cerullo.

Cerullo was seeking in excess of $75,000 in damages in his defamation and breach of contract suit.

He told TVSpy he “provided the judge with numerous electronic communications in which Sipes told concerned viewers that I lied about the events surrounding my termination, that I had a history of inaccurate reporting, and that this wasn’t this first time that I had been reprimanded for doing so.” He added, “All of those things are patently false and destroyed any chances I had of getting another similar job in television.”

“We were obviously pleased that Judge Henderson granted our motion for summary judgment and  dismissed two of Mr. Cerullo’s three claims and limited the scope of his remaining claim in a manner that evidently led to Mr. Cerullo’s decision to dismiss his case,” Dan Wall, GM of the Wichita ABC affiliate, said in a statement. “We felt our position in the law suit was correct and our attorneys were preparing to try what was left of the case.  At no point did we make any offer to settle the case.” Read more

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Larry Hatteberg Leaving KAKE After 51Years


Larry Hatteberg has decided to call it quits at Wichita ABC affiliate KAKE after 51 years.

“KAKE TV is the only job I’ve had in my adult life,” Hatteberg said in a statement on the station website. “But five decades is long enough even at the job I love. At this point in my career, I’m looking for a bit more freedom to pursue the video and still photography projects that I want, without the deadlines that TV news brings.”

Hatteberg started at the station on May 23, 1963.

Said Hatteberg, “I knew if I didn’t make the decision now, I would always look back on my life and I would always ask the question, ‘What if?’”

His last show will be the 10:00 p.m. news on Tuesday, November 25.

Wichita Stations Break Into Programming to Cover Plane Crash

After a plane crashed at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, local stations broke into regular programming to give viewers updates about the crash.

CBS affiliate KWCH was first on air, breaking into The Price is Right at 10:04 a.m.  Scott Evans reported the station had confirmed with police that a plane had crashed into the Flight Safety building at the airport. The station then went quickly to a live phoner with a construction worker who didn’t witness the crash, but said he “heard a big boom” and saw the flames and smoke.

NBC affiliate KSNW broke into the Today show about a minute later. Over a shot of the airport from the tower cam, the station told viewers a plane had crashed into a two story building, one person was in critical condition and emergency crews were on the scene.

ABC affiliate KAKE broke into The View at 10:05. Jemelle Holopirek reported a King Air Jet had crashed on top of the Flight Safety building at the airport. Wichita Police told KAKE, 10 people are trapped in the building, but had no information about the people aboard the plane.

FOX affiliate KSAS was still running an episode of Judge Mathis as of this writing.

Wichita Sports Anchor Moves Into News

bates kwchJenn Bates has been named morning anchor for Eyewitness News This Morning on Wichita CBS affiliate KWCH and CW affiliate KSCW.

The station said since is a sports anchor and is working on World Series coverage, she won’t move to her new job alongside Scott Evans until after the Word Series on November 3.

“Most news directors would be envious to be in my position,” Brian Gregory, KWCH news director said. “You rarely have someone as talented and loved as Jenn in your newsroom. Since my first day at the station I’ve looked for ways to do more with her and it is great having the opportunity to promote her to the news desk.”

Bates replaces Kara Sewell who is moving to Cincinnati to anchor the WXIX morning news.

Before working at KWCH, Bates was a reporter for KNDU in Kennewick, Wash. She started her career reporting news and sports for WRUF in Gainesville, Fla. She’s also worked at radio station WUFT in Gainesville.

KSNW Debuts New Set, HD Newscasts

KSNW in Wichita debuted a new set and high definition newscasts Monday. The new set, which has been under construction for several months, features a new weather center and several new high definition monitors (photos above).

The station also gets a new control room, new production software and high definition graphics as part of the upgrade. Video editors and photographers are training on new cameras and editing gear as part of the transition.

After the jump, video of the first newscast from the new set. Read more

Fired Wichita Anchor Spoofs His Own Firing in ‘Anchorman’ Send-Up


Now that the has extra time on his hands, Justin Kraemer has unveiled a video spoofing his firing from Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW.

Kraemer re-enacted the pivotal scene in the first “Anchorman” movie when Ron Burgundy famously told San Diego what to do with its collective self.

The video features various celebrity Wichitans…Wichitonians…Wichitaters…residents of Wichita and the voice of uber-anchor Bill Kurtis.

He tweeted the video out explaining what he did with the lemons life handed him with a link to the video:

Shawn Oswald Named GM of KHBS-KHOG

khbs-khogShawn Oswald has been named president and general manager of KHBS-KHOG, Hearst’s ABC affiliates serving Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Ark.

Oswald comes from KWCH in Wichita, where he is the general sales manager. Previously, he has worked as national sales manager at Hearst’s WISN in Milwaukee and VP-GM of KSNW in Wichita.

“Shawn has distinguished himself as a multi-faceted broadcast executive throughout his career,” Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement. “He is the right person to lead the KHBS/KHOG team and he brings great energy and enthusiasm for the opportunity to return to the community where he and his family have so many personal ties.”

Oswald replaces Brian Sather, who recently joined KCCI in Des Moines as general manager.

More in the release after the jump. Read more

Justin Kraemer Out at KSNW After Hot Mic Moment: ‘I’m Embarrassed’

justin kraemer_304x200Justin Kraemer has been fired at Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW after he ended Saturday night’s newscast with “let’s get the fuck outta here.”

“I’m embarrassed,” Kraemer told The Wichita Eagle. “I did something extraordinarily unprofessional. It’s something that’s drilled into you from the minute you start in this business to always consider the microphones hot.”

Kraemer, KSNW’s weekend anchor, joined the station in 2008. He previously worked at KSNW “in the late 90′s through 2001,” according to a cached version of his online bio, which has been stripped from the station’s website. The Wichita Eagle reports he has another job lined up.

KSNW General manager Erik Schrader and news director Denise Killian have not responded to multiple requests for comment.

KSNW Anchor Ends Newscast With ‘Let’s Get the F-ck Outta Here’

No one being at work at 10 p.m. on a Saturday, but KSNW anchor Justin Kraemer may want to double check that he’s off the air before the next time he expresses that sentiment. 

Meteorologist JD Rudd Set to Join KSHB

jd ruddMeteorologist JD Rudd is joining KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City. Rudd moves from KSNW, the NBC affiliate in Wichita.

“While I am extremely excited about this new endeavor, leaving Wichita will truly be bittersweet. I have made many great friends here over the years and I will miss them all greatly,” Rudd wrote on Facebook. “…I have learned so much, in so many different ways, while working in Wichita. I’m eager to see what the future holds.”

Rudd joined KSNW in 2008. He has previously worked at KMOT and KXMC in Minot, North Dakota.

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