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Archives: March 2011

WATCH: Accuweather’s Jim Kosek deliver the Bronx Zoo Cobra forecast

Last night AccuWeather meteorologist Jim Kosek delivered another one of his over-the-top forecasts which included taunting the now-captured, Bronx Zoo Cobra.

If you haven’t seen one of these, shall we say, non-traditional weather forecasts, SlateV.com talked with Kosek about his style. After the jump..

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Julie Szulczewski Returns to WSOC as News Director

Julie Szulczewski is returning to Charlotte as news director of WSOC-WAXN.

WSOC, an ABC-affiliate, announced today that Szulczewski, who served as a managing editor for the station before leaving a year ago, had been tapped to lead its newsroom.

“Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective to WSOC-TV/WAXN-TV,” said Joe Pomilla, vice president and general manager of the Cox-owned duopoly, in announcing the move.

Szulczewski’s “fresh perspective” comes from her time with Albuquerque’s KOB, where she served as news director after leaving WSOC in early 2010.

“I’m excited and honored to have this opportunity in such a terrific newsroom,” Szulczewski said about her return to WSOC.

Breaking News from Philadelphia’s WCAU: Yankees Win 2011 World Series

Baseball fans in Philadelphia received a startling “Breaking News” alert this afternoon: the New York Yankees, hated rival of the Phillies, had win the 2011 World Series. An impressive feat considering that today is opening day of Major League Baseball’s 2011 season.

WCAU, an NBC O&O, sent out a test email today to subscribers of its “Breaking News” email list with the subject line “Breaking News: [Yankees WIN the 2011 World Series].”

The return address on the email belongs to New York’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the home of NBC Local Media. As NBC O&Os across the country increasingly use uniform systems originated in New York for sharing news with local viewers, the WCAU email gaffe is an illustration of how local news, especially sports, is getting less local.

Here’s the full email, passed along by a tipster… Read more

LIN Reaches Tentative Retrans Agreement with Cox

LIN Media and cable provider Cox Communications have reached a tentative agreement on a new retrans deal just hours before their current carriage contract expires.

LIN, which oversees 32 stations in 17 markets across the country, has reached an “agreement in principle” with Cox, according to a statement, that is “subject to execution of a definitive contract.”

The agreement means that Cox avoids the type of drama that unfolded earlier this month when LIN, unable to reach a new retrans deal with DISH Network, pulled 27 stations from the satellite TV service.

A new deal with Cox will ensure that LIN stations in five markets along the east coast (full list here) will continue being carried on the company’s cable systems.

Ex-ABC O&Os Get New GMs in Ownership Change

The two former ABC O&Os recently sold to SJL Broadcasting now have new station heads. The general managers of both WJRT in Flint and WTVG in Toledo have decided to leave their posts and SJL has appointed replacements.

WJRT’s Tom Bryson and WTVG’s David Zamichow have opted to leave on their own, according to Broadcasting & Cable, as SJL prepares to take over ownership of the stations this week.

“Both of them are class people,” SJL president George Lilly told B&C. “We would’ve kept both in a heartbeat.”

Bryson and Zamichow are being replaced by two TV veterans that have worked for the Lilly family.  Peter Veto has been named GM of WJRT while John Christianson has been handed the reins of WTVG. Read more

News Director Amy Morris Exits Roanoke’s WDBJ

Amy Morris, who has been WDBJ‘s news director since 2007, is leaving the Roanoke CBS-affiliate.

So far, details about the departure are scarce and it’s unclear if Morris, a native of Roanoke, left on her own accord or if she was let go.  The timing of her exit is significant, though, as it comes just weeks after February sweeps data was released.

As The Roanoke Times points out, the February ratings book showed that WDBJ’s long-standing lead among local newscasts had slipped–although the station’s current ratings slide began before Morris took over as news director.

Morris began her TV career with WDBJ, working as a reporter and producer for the station from 1991-98.

WCYB Searches for Replacement for ‘Old School’ News Director

WCYB is currently searching for a replacement for longtime news director and anchor Steve Hawkins, who one veteran of the market recently described as “the Cronkite of the Tri-Cities.”

Hawkins, who had served as news director for the NBC-affiliate since 1985, left this month after more than three decades with the station.

WCYB has appointed assistant news director Terry Radnoczi, who has been the station since 1981, to interim news director as the station actively searches for Hawkins’s replacement.

Jim McKernan, WCYB’s senior vice president and general manager, told TVSpy that he could not discuss specific details of Hawkins’s departure. Discussions with several people who have worked at WCYB, though, offer clues to why the station is moving in a new direction. Read more

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Accident Gives Health Reporter Angie Moreschi New Perspective on Drug Abuse Story

In a freak accident, Angie Moreschi, who currently hosts the Emmy Award-winning “Smart Health” series on Tampa’s WEDU, unexpectedly gained first-hand knowledge of the topic she was covering.

Moreschi, an anchor with WFTS before joining WEDU, was working on a story about pain pill addiction when she was struck by a car, an accident that crushed her legs and required her to take pain medication.

“The crazy irony of being a health show host going through this horrible medical trauma has given me new insight into the medical system,” Moreschi told The Tampa Tribune recently.

When a doctor advised her to take morphine and other pain-relieving medications, Moreschi admits that she was afraid to because she “had seen what happens to people who get hooked.” Read more

See the stories that won WTHR, KSTP and WFAA Peabody Awards

Stations in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Dallas and Champaign all got some great news this morning, they’ve been awarded a Peabody, the oldest and one of the most prestigious awards in broadcasting.

WTHR has been awarded a Peabody for “Reality Check: Where Are the Jobs?” in which the Peabody committee writes, “reporters exposed grossly inflated job-creation statistics by Indiana state agencies and officials.” Minneapolis/St. Paul’s KSTP wins for “Who Killed Doc?” an investigation of a Minnesota sailor’s accidental electrocution in Iraq.

ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas/Ft. Worth wins for “Bitter Lessons,” an investigation by the station of government-funded career schools. A Peabody also goes to “The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today,” presented by WILL-TV, the PBS station in Central Illinois. The Peabody committee calls the story an “artfully assembled documentary” which examines the landmark court case establishing separation of church and state in public schools.

Larry King will be hosting this year’s Peabody Awards ceremony May 23 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

See the stories, after the jump…

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