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Scott Dean Joins WWAY as Chief Meteorologist

ScottDean2Scott Dean has joined WWAY, the ABC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C., as chief meteorologist. Dean joins the station after seven years at WTVD, the ABC-owned station in Raleigh-Durham.

Dean replaces Jerry Jackson, who is joining WNCT in Greenville, N.C. as chief meteorologist.

“It was important to us to find an experienced meteorologist who understands the kind of weather we get here in the Cape Fear,” WWAY news director Kevin Wuzzardo said in a statement. “When we got Scott’s application, we knew instantly he was who we were looking for. We are very excited that even while losing a veteran member of our team in Jerry, we immediately gain in Scott the most experienced meteorologist in the Wilmington market.”

Dean will appear on the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WWAY and the 10 p.m. newscast on the Wilmington CW affiliate, which is a subchannel of WWAY.

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News Director Out at WWAY

ScottPickey_newsroomWWAY news director Scott Pickey is out at the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate.

A call to WWAY confirmed Pickey no longer worked at the station. WWAY wouldn’t comment on when he left or why.

Pickey made headlines last year when he had to pay a fine and go to driving school after he drove into a local Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.

Pickey’s bio has been removed from the station website.

Is There Room in Journalism for Reporters Who Make Paid Product Endorsements?

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You don’t ordinarily think of a local news reporter having endorsement deals, but Sara Hopkins, a reporter at WWAY in Wilmington, NC, reportedly does.

As Deborah Potter writes at NewsLab, Hopkins has leveraged her social media cred–a combined 350,000 followers across Twitter, Vine and Instagram–into a significant enhancement to her starter-market salary. Old Navy paid her $2,000 for a Vine ad and a Tweet; she’s also been a paid spokesperson for Coca-Cola.

And no, her boss at WWAY is neither unaware or unhappy:

Hopkins doesn’t hide the fact that she’s a journalist on her social media profiles and none of her activities come as a surprise to WWAY news director Scott Pickey. “[Sara] was active on social media before we hired her,” Pickey told me. “She has a huge following that has nothing to do with her job.”

While he understands that allowing a reporter to flog products could raise eyebrows, Pickey says Hopkins does the ads on her own time. And he says her social media experience has been a net plus for the station because of what she’s been able to teach the rest of the staff.

Here’s a Vine pushing Coca-Cola: Read more

Meteorologist Colin Hackman Leaving WECT

colin hackmanMeteorologist Colin Hackman is leaving WECT, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C. “My family and I have decided, to concentrate more time and energy toward each other, and towards our growing business Go Time, assisting non-profits with fundraising,” he wrote on Facebook.

Hackman has worked at the station on and off since 1996. He began his career at the station as a teleprompter operator and studio camera operator and eventually joined KRNV in Reno as a reporter. He returned to WECT in 2004 and is currently the morning and noon meteorologist.

“I have been at this station on and off since 1996 (at 19 years old), and am forever grateful for the people here who’ve extend such grace, compassion and love,” Hackman wrote. “Thank you WECT for believing in me, for giving me an opportunity to be a provider for my family, and also for giving me friends and memories that will never be equalled.”

Hackman hinted that his replacement will be a “familiar face” to WECT viewers.

WWAY Anchor Scared Off Set by Magic Trick


Aiden Sinclair is a a “paranormal illusionist” who appeared on this morning’s WWAY news.

He told Ashley Jacobs, anchor for the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate, a ghost story that involved a key and some spiders.

Guess which manifested on Jacob’s hand? If you watch long enough to hear the scream you’ll know.

WWAY Welcomes Back Former Anchor

seamans_cropped+wwayDaniel Seamans has come back to broadcast television and Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY.

Seamans anchored “Good Morning Carolina” from 2003 until 2005. He will replace departing anchor Chris Phillips, as evening news anchor.

In between working at WWAY, Seamans was weekend anchor and reporter for WOLO in Columbia, SC. He left broadcast television in 2010 to work in the home mortgage industry.

According to the station, Phillips is moving to Columbia, SC, to “start a new chapter in his life.”

From Huh? to Hilarious: A Roundup of How Morning Teams Celebrated Halloween

Countless anchors across the country got into the spirit of Halloween by dressing up in kooky costumes and camping it up. The winners in the broadcasting version of the Halloween Parade continues to be the viewers who witnessed everything from awkward concepts to small moments that were genuinely funny.

The unofficial TVSpy award for the cattiest and most likely to be viewed by the Human Resources department went to Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV. (video above) Anchor Bobbie Miller dressed like Tammy Payne, while Payne dressed like Miller in what came off as a thinly veiled excuse for them to take potshots at each other.

While the two were busy insulting one another, co-anchor Stan Miller scored the sexist remark of the day when he said “I want you to met Bobbie Miller.” He then patted “Miller’s” baby bump and said “Bucking for another 12 weeks off!”

Fake Bobbie Miller summed up the segment after taking a few shots across her bow by telling fake Tammy Payne, “We’re not going to be friends when this show’s over, are we?” Read more

WATCH: WWAY Celebrates ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’


Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY celebrated “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” this morning.

Anchors Ashley Jacobs, Randy Aldridge and meteorologist Tim Buckley slapped on eye patches and attempted speaking like pirates speak. “Are these one of those things we’re going to regret immediately after we’ve done it?” asked Jacobs.

Buckley provided the clunker of the morning when he asked, “Where do pirates get their taxes done?” His answer? “H & Rrrrrrr Block.” TVspy could almost hear the rimshot from our offices on Parrrrrrk Avenue in NYC.

WWAY Launching CW Affiliate in Wilmington

Wilmington, N.C. ABC affiliate WWAY is adding a CW affiliate on its digital subchannel, the Wilmington Star News reports.

Starting October 1, Cape Fear CW will be available in high definition on channel 3.2 in the Wilmington area. WWAY plans to launch a 10 p.m. newscast on the CW affiliate next year.

“It will be a brand new news program that utilizes the same talent we already have at WWAY,” promotions manager Nate Galluppi told the Star News.

Ashley Jacobs Returns to WWAY

Ashley Jacobs is going back to Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY.

Jacobs announced the move on her facebook page, “Happy hump day! I couldn’t be happier to announce I’ll return to WWAY NEWS very soon. I’m so thankful to be part of such a talented team…and thrilled to share my mornings with all of you again!”

WWAY news director Scott Pickey told TVSpy Jacobs starts next Wednesday but may not go on air until Thursday or Friday. Jacobs left the station in March to spend more time with her family.

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