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Archives: January 2011

‘Saturday Night Live’ Channels Infamous WNYW Reporter

“Saturday Night Live” channeled New York’s WNYW this weekend, featuring the now-recurring character of over-the-hill reporter Herb Welch.

Many will remember the embarrassing on-air argument that occurred a few years ago on WNYW’s “Good Day NY” between anchor Jim Ryan and reporter Dick Oliver.

With his thick glasses and taupe sport coat, “SNL” cast-member Bill Hader is a dead-ringer for Oliver, who infamously told Ryan on-air, “I was your boss once!”

For further comparison, check out another Herb Welch sketch from November. Video inside… Read more

Detroit Stations Air Graphic Video of Police Shooting

On Friday afternoon, the Detroit Police Department released surveillance footage showing a deadly shootout that occurred at a precinct last Sunday.

Police Chief Ralph Godbee decided to distribute the 68-second video to local media outlets in an effort to highlight the heroism of the police officers involved and to also display the transparency of his department.

Every Detroit station covered the release on their websites and it was the lead story for 5 p.m. newscasts in the area.

NBC-affiliate WDIV showed the graphic video in parts as it opened its 5 p.m. newscast. Anchor Devin Scillian said, “We want to stress that the police chief and Mayor Bing want the video released to the public so that everyone understands what the officers went through.”

Other stations echoed this sentiment while also warning about the graphic nature of the video. Read more

KDFW Covers Bomb Scare at Super Bowl Stadium

At 8:48 a.m. this morning Dallas Fox-affiliate KDFW went into breaking news mode after a suspicious package had been found near Cowboys Stadium, the site of next weekend’s Super Bowl.

Saul Garza reported live via phone from outside of the stadium, describing a scene in which firefighters and a police bomb squad had surrounded a manhole that contained suspicious looking materials.

The station went to “Live! with Regis and Kelly” at 9:00 a.m. but then cut in with breaking news coverage a few minutes later with a live helicopter shot of the bomb squad at work.  Anchor Tim Ryan described the scene but was careful not to overhype the situation, saying that local authorities are displaying extra caution in the lead-up to the Super Bowl.

Garza again reported live via phone, providing an update on the bomb squad’s efforts. Ryan also spoke with aerial photographer Mike Warner who reported on individual details, including the equipment being used by the bomb squad, while highlighting them with his camera. Read more

KDSM Set to Air First Ad of 2012 Presidential Election

KDSM in Des Moines, IA is set to air the first political ad of the 2012 presidential campaign.

The ad (above), which will air on the Fox-affiliate during Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl, was produced by Students for Daniels, a political action committee that is urging Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to run for president.

Daniels has been considering a presidential bid but he has not officially entered the race, nor has he approved the ad.

Students for Daniels also plans to run the ad in New Hampshire and Indiana.  The group certainly understands the significance of the KDSM ad time–they’ve sent out press releases and tout it as “the first televised ad of the 2012 Presidential election cycle” on their YouTube channel.  The group’s founder, Yale undergraduate Max Eden, told The Wall Street Journal that the KDSM spot cost $1,200.

WPRI Promotes Danielle North to Weekday Newscast

Danielle North has been named co-anchor of WPRI’s weekday morning newscast.

The Providence CBS-affiliate announced today that North, who had previously been anchoring the weekend morning newscast, would join Patrick Little at the “Eyewitness News This Morning” anchor desk.

“Danielle brings a great combination of credibility, experience and enthusiasm to mornings,” said Joe Abouzeid, WPRI’s news director.

North will also host the station’s 8 a.m. lifestyle show, “The Rhode Show,” alongside Little.

North and Little actually go way back.  They both worked at WMUR in Manchester, NH before North left to join WPRI in 1999.

Overcoming Court Injunction, WDAM Airs Controversial Video of Inmate Abuse

WDAM is now airing controversial surveillance video that shows inmate abuse at a juvenile detention center after winning its case in the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Earlier this week, the court threw out an injunction, filed by the Forrest County Youth Court, that had barred the Hattiesburg NBC-affiliate from airing video showing abuse at the Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center.

WDAM aired the graphic surveillance video on Thursday evening, with reporter Mike McDaniel, who has has been working on the story for several weeks, finally able to broadcast his full investigation. Video inside… Read more

John McLoughlin Leaving WTEN After 39 Years

Political reporter John McLoughlin is leaving WTEN after nearly four decades with the Albany ABC-affiliate.

McLoughlin joined WTEN in 1972 as a part-time political commentator and went on to become an important voice in New York’s capital city.  Covering governors from Nelson Rockefeller to Andrew Cuomo, McLoughlin loved his job and became known for his hard work and bluntness.

“How can a little fat guy like me get to do that sort of thing, a front-row seat, it’s fantastic and they pay you a little bit of money to do it,” McLoughlin told the Albany Times Union about his career covering New York politics.

McLoughlin, 68, still plans to cover politics, just not with WTEN.

“I still plan to work someplace, probably part time,” he informed the Times Union. “It’s as simple as that.”

WHBQ Photojournalist Mike Moore Attacked

“It was like kids hitting me from every side. I don’t know where the hits were coming from,” said WHBQ photojournalist Mike Moore, after being attacked by a group of teenagers at a Memphis gas station.

Moore and reporter Lauren Johnson were working on a story about boys and teen pregnancy when a group of students from an area alternative high school began attacking Moore.

According to the Fox-affiliate, Moore was brought to Methodist Central Hospital to be treated for injuries he sustained during the assault. He was released a few hours later but not before recording the above account of the incident.

Two teens have been charged with assault and vandalism. Johnson escaped the incident unharmed.

‘Confessions of a Gay Anchorman’: Former Anchor Charles Perez Rips WABC

Locked in a legal battle with Miami’s WPLG, Charles Perez is causing a stir with a new book in which he criticizes another former employer: WABC.

In the book, titled “Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, Perez goes after many of his former colleagues at WABC, including Liz Cho, Diana Williams, Bill Ritter, and Sam Champion.

While Perez is barred from talking about his time at WPLG, which ended in 2009 with the former anchor saying that he was fired for being “too gay,” he has felt the need to trash WABC, where he worked for two years.

Reporting on the new book, which is out February 1st, Richard Huff of the Daily News points to this especially damning critique of the ABC flagship:

Bottom Line: WABC was by far the most overstaffed facility I’ve ever worked in; it was the slowest at doing anything… In addition, nearly everyone, including myself, was paid stupid amounts of money.

Several industry sources have told TVSpy that Perez’s account of WABC is off base. “It’s much ado about nothing,” said one source.

Former WEWS Sports Anchor Terry Brooks Found Not Guilty of Rape, Kidnapping

Former WEWS sports anchor Terry Brooks has been found not guilty on all charges of rape and kidnapping in connection with a tryst he had with a 22-year-old college student.

“It’s very unfortunate that I had to endure this, that my wife had to endure this — that these lies even reached this point,” said Brooks, who took a leave of absence from the Cleveland ABC-affiliate in August. “Justice was served today.”

Brooks had been accused of raping the young woman at his house after the two were out drinking at a local bar.  He was indicted in August on four counts of rape, four counts of attempted rape, and one count of kidnapping.  The jury reached their verdict on Thursday afternoon. Read more

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