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Archives: December 2010

Suchita Vadlamani Departs WAGA’s “Good Day Atlanta”

“Good Day Atlanta” host Suchita Vadlamani has left Atlanta Fox-affiliate WAGA.

Vadlamani announced the departure Monday on her Facebook fan page: “It’s official! After a memorable 8 1/2 yrs at Good Day, it’s time for another big adventure! Join me as I take it to the next level!”

“Suchita Vadlamani has resigned from FOX 5 to pursue other personal interests and professional opportunities,” WAGA said in a statement. “We thank her for her contributions to the FOX 5 team over the past 8-1/2 years and wish her the very best in all her future endeavors.”

According to media reporter Rodney Ho of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Vadlamani’s exit from WAGA has been rumored since early December when Ryan Cameron, a DJ for Atlanta’s V-103, announced on-air that she had been fired but then quickly retracted the statement.  Vadlamani’s attorney told Ho that his client was leaving WAGA on her own volition.
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San Antonio Reporter Leila Walsh Leaving TV News

Leila Walsh, a popular reporter for San Antonio’s WOAI, has decided to leave the world of TV news.

“The end of 2010 marks the end of my time at WOAI. I’ve accepted a job as a senior writer for the Houston ISD. Thanks SA for 5 great years!” Walsh announced via Twitter on Monday.

Walsh is set to become a senior writer for the Houston School District.  The move will allow her to be closer to her boyfriend Wes Sewell, a photojournalist for Houston ABC-affiliate KTRK, notes San Antonio Express-News.

Walsh joined NBC-affiliate WOAI in 2005 after working for seven years in Syracuse, most notably as a general assignment reporter for WSYR.
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In Cincinnati, Sports Anchor Zach Wells Happy to Finish Year with Rival Station

Cincinnati sports anchor Zach Wells has had an up and down 2010 so he’s more than happy to be ending the year with a full-time position, although its with the crosstown rival of the station he began the year with.

“Most of 2010 was a tough year for me, a real challenging year,” Wells told the Cincinnati Enquirer recently.

Wells began the year as the weekend sports anchor for Cincinnati Fox-affiliate WXIX but was shown the door in June when station management decided to eliminate his position.  Not knowing what his next career move would be, Wells had a stroke of luck later that summer when CBS-CW duopoly WKRC fired Tara Pachmayer, who was the weekend sports anchor for WKRC’s CW sub-channel.

Wells was picked up by WKRC for a probationary period. “They never promised me anything,” Wells said of his WKRC tryout this summer.
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With Snow Storms Rocking New York, Flagship Stations Forgo Network Morning Shows

As snow storms rocked the New York area on Monday morning, stations expanded their local coverage in lieu of the regularly scheduled network morning shows.

WABC powered through the morning with local coverage, forgoing “Good Morning America.”  WABC’s expanded morning newscast featured weather reporting from senior meteorologist Bill Evans and traffic updates from Joe Nolan. Anchors Ken Rosato and Michelle Charlesworth checked in with reporters NJ Burkett and Lisa Colagrossi, who both covered delays on local commuter trains, as well as Jamie Roth, who covered the status of flights at LaGuardia Airport.  At one point, Charlesworth underscored the newscast’s warnings about the dangerous commuting conditions by saying that the WABC morning news team did not commute to work that morning, rather they slept the previous night in a hotel just four blocks away from the studio.

WNBC went with the regularly scheduled “Today” at 7:00 a.m. with Ann Curry and Lester Holt starting off the broadcast with coverage of the blizzard.  By the 8:00 o’clock hour, though, WNBC had switched to full local coverage of the weather.  The special coverage was anchored by Pat Battle and Erika Tarantal. NBC correspondent Peter Alexander provided a traffic report while driving through New Jersey and reporter Deborah Tamborski spoke to those that braved the commute on Long Island. Katy Tur stayed close to WNBC’s 30 Rock studio, reporting on Manhattan traffic conditions near Central Park. Read more

After Nearly 22 Years with Providence’s WPRI, Anchor Karen Adams Set to Retire

WPRI anchor Karen Adams has decided to step away from TV news after a decorated 35-year career in broadcasting.

“You don’t want to stay at the dance too long,” Adams, 55, told The Providence Journal about her decision to retire.

WPRI‘s news director Joe Abouzeid announced Adams’ retirement on Friday, saying that her final broadcast will be December 30.  Adams has been with the Providence CBS-affiliate for nearly 22 years, anchoring the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

“Karen is a Rhode Island icon who has tremendous ties to the community,” Jay Howell, general manager of WPRI and its sister station WNAC, said.  “While we will miss her here at the stations, I know that Karen is excited to continue on with her community involvement, and we all wish her much continued success.”

“Rhode Island is where I call home, and I have been fortunate that our Eyewitness News viewers have allowed me into their homes every evening,” Adams said. Read more

When Armed Woman Entered WSOC, Anchor Blair Miller Went Into Reporter Mode

When an armed woman entered the WSOC building last week, anchor Blair Miller quickly shifted from panic mode to reporter mode. Finding himself in the middle of a breaking news story, Miller, who has been with WSOC since 2002, understood the need to communicate updates to both his family and viewers in the Charlotte area.

He wrote about his experience in a recent post on the WSOC website…

Quickly, I started getting phone calls, e-mails, tweets, Facebook messages, texts from friends and realized, we weren’t the only ones who knew about this. I went from being a potential witness to danger, to thinking, “We need to communicate with the world, people need to know what’s going on, we walked off set and didn’t explain to anyone why we went to black, we didn’t have time.” Police made us leave immediately, some people in other parts of the building didn’t even know we needed to evacuate yet. Collectively, a group of us started asking police about the latest, as if in breaking news mode.

The Shift Before Christmas*

In an effort to bring in the cheer this holiday, TVSpy has obtained a poem that reminds us what we’re really working for this Christmas.

As a young assignment desk editor at St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK, Steven K. Rosenbaum found that he was consistently spending Christmas — not to mention Thanksgiving, July 4th, Super Bowl Sunday, Arbor Day, etc. — in the newsroom.

“Looking at my haggard associates, grazing on catered food between assignments, I took it upon myself to place the imprimatur of television news on the beloved Christmas classic,” Rosenbaum, who now works for Fox News Channel as senior information specialist, told TVSpy. So here it is:

The Shift Before Christmas*

By Steven Rosenbaum

* with deepest appreciation and apologies to Clement Clark Moore

‘Twas the shift before Christmas and all through the station,

not a creature was stirring, nor graphics or animation.

The rundowns were set in the prompters with care, in hopes that an anchor soon would be there.

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Changes in Store at New York’s Big 3

The Daily News’ Richard Huff says the New York market is about to see big changes in the New Year. Anchor changes, retirements and returns will occur at WABC-7, WCBS-2 and WNBC-4.

“There will be some major developments” on Jan. 3, agrees David Diaz, a former Ch. 2 and Ch. 4 reporter and now a lecturer at City College of New York.

“This is a very critical time in local news. There are people talking about local news disappearing,” says Diaz, even though “it’s still the single most important source of news in the United States.”

[Sue] Simmons and [Chuck] Scarborough remain Ch. 4′s biggest brand name, and their impact together shouldn’t be underestimated, noted one insider.

Perhaps acknowledging the team’s clout, Ch. 4 sent Scarborough to interview Simmons earlier this week, to talk about the surgery that has kept her off the air since late October. “We haven’t been apart this length of time since we started,” he noted in the piece.

News 12 Brooklyn Seeks Inspiring Associate Managing Editor

If you’re a New Yorker who’s passionate about news, listen up. News 12 Brooklyn is looking for a talented associate managing editor to lead news coverage, planning and logistics for the station.

If hired, you’ll supervise short-term and long-term news coverage planning with reporters, photographers and assignment editors. You’ll develop news specials and handle the scheduling of reporters and photographers to meet coverage needs. The ideal candidate should be personable, as he or she will be developing and maintaining relationships with news makers and sources for daily and breaking news pieces.

To be considered, you’ll need at least four years of experience in television news gathering with two years of supervisory experience. You should be highly organized, have the ability to mentor and coach staff and be committed to journalism ethics and accurate reporting. Extensive knowledge of digital platform production is preferred, but exceptional writing and copy editing ability is a must-have. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

‘The local TV hype and dramatic tone actually matched the severity of the conditions’

Southern California is finally seeing a light (a double rainbow in fact) at the end of a long, dreary, soggy, wet tunnel. The region has been deluged the last several days, which means stations from San Diego to Santa Barbara have been in continuing coverage for days.

We checked in with our FishbowlLA bloggers to get their sense of how the local TV stations are covering the story. “All LA stations go wall-to-wall whenever the weather turns to rain, even when it is nothing compared to what we got this latest round,” blogger Richard Horgan tells us. “In this case, the local TV hype and dramatic tone actually matched the severity of the conditions.”

The broadcast networks’ normal East Coast bias was set aside last night as ABC and CBS lead their evening newscasts with the Western weather. NBC Nightly News lead with the conclusion of the lame duck session of Congress and Pres. Obama’s news conference.