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Archives: June 2011

Self-Proclaimed Nerd Jonathan Oh Promoted to Daytime Meteorologist at WOLO

Jonathan Oh, a web producer and new media coordinator with WOLO, has been promoted to daytime meteorologist at the ABC-affiliate.

Oh, who worked as a reporter and meteorologist at crosstown rival WACH before joining WOLO, will work the station’s 6 a.m. and noon newscasts, which are set to be filmed in WOLO’s new street-level studio in downtown Columbia, SC.

“We’re delighted Jonathan will be on the air in Columbia doing weather again, this time with ABC Columbia,” said Chris Bailey, WOLO’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the move. “Jonathan is a great team player and very techno-savvy and will continue in his role as New Media Coordinator for our station.”

Oh, who describes himself as “fun, nerdy, techie” in his Twitter profile, is a media renaissance man. In addition to being a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, Oh has experience producing and anchoring live streaming news coverage for WOLO.

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Charlotte Meteorologists Take to the Race Track in School Buses for ‘Media Mayhem’

The weather forecast in Charlotte on Tuesday night? Slow, with a chance of crashing.

Charlotte meteorologists took to the Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this week to battle it out — in school buses — for the third-annual “Media Mayhem” title. WBTV‘s Al Conklin, WCCB‘s Chris Justus, WSOC‘s Andrew Doud and WCNC‘s Brad Panovich each got behind the wheel of a 13-ton school bus, decorated with station slogans and call letters in graffiti, for the race. They competed against other weather personalities from the Charlotte market, including meteorologists from radio outlets and local cable stations.

With just three laps to go, Conklin edged out his competitors in the “Storm Chasin’ No. 3″ bus, winning the race for the first time. Watch the video, from Fox affiliate WCCB, below:

KEYE Set to Debut ‘Fun and Spunky’ Morning Show

KEYE is set to debut a new morning show on Friday that the CBS-affiliate promises will be “different than anything else in the mornings on TV in Austin.”

We Are Austin Mornings,” airing from 5-7 a.m., will be hosted by Erika Gonzalez, a multilingual reporter who has anchored newscasts for KEYE’s Telemundo subchannel, with meteorologist Kelly Slifka giving regular weather updates (promo video with Gonzalez and Slifka above).

“We’ve got all the need-to-know information, but we’re also fun and spunky, with a whole lot of viewer interaction,” Gonzalez told the American-Statesman recently. “This show is its own animal.”

For KEYE, the new show is a return to form. In 2009, the station scrapped its morning newscast and began airing a simulcast of a local radio show instead.

In Ongoing Union Battle, WHDH Talent Takes to the Picket Line at Station Event

The battle between WHDH and AFTRA — the union that represents the NBC affiliate’s on-air talent — is heating up in Boston.

WHDH talent — including those pictured at left, Victoria Warren, Frances Rivera and Adam Williams (all wearing black)– protested outside the station’s annual Health and Wellness Expo over the weekend, waving signs that said, “AFTRA Contract Now!”

Much of the station’s talent has been working without a contract since last year as the union and the station attempt an agreement over salary and age discrimination concerns. The Boston Herald‘s Jessica Heslam reports that according to AFTRA, the Sunbeam Television-owned station has ceased negotiations in the fight.

In addition to the signs, WHDH anchors and reporters also handed out fliers outside the Expo, urging attendees to call station general manager Chris Wayland and “tell him you support a fair workplace for broadcasters.”

In New Orleans, Two Morning Anchors Say Goodbye

The morning news in New Orleans looks a lot different today than it did yesterday as both WDSU and WWL said goodbye to morning anchors on Wednesday.

Melanie Hebert, who has been with WDSU since 2008, announced to viewers that she is leaving the NBC-affiliate to “take some time off for awhile.”

The WDSU morning team took turns saying goodbye to Hebert towards the end of yesterday’s newscast and shared a cake (video here).

Over at CBS-affilaite WWL, morning anchor Wayne Carter (left) also bid farewell on Wednesday, just a year after joining the station.

“He wanted to pursue other opportunities,” WWL news director Bill Siegel told The Times-Picayune. “It was amicable, obviously.”

Both anchors remain mum on what their next moves will be. Randi Rousseau will anchor WDSU’s morning newscast solo until Hebert’s replacement is found. And WWL now has a “Morning Show Anchor” job listing posted on its website.

WESH’s Casey Anthony App an iPhone Top Seller

Orlando’s WESH has figured out yet another way to satisfy intense public interest in the ongoing Casey Anthony trial.

The Hearst-owned NBC-affiliate has launched a Casey Anthony trial app, which provides headlines and news from the court proceedings, as well as video reports, photos and more than 20,000 pages of legal documents. The app, which costs 99 cents, is currently the second-most downloaded iPhone app in the news category.

“I think it’s safe to say we never guessed it would have hit as high as it has in the App Store,” the station’s digital media manager Gabe Travers told Lost Remote. “For WESH, an app for the trial was a natural extension of our extensive coverage on the trial and just of the state of the industry.”

WESH was the first Orlando station to devote its entire daytime schedule to continuing daytime coverage of the trial. They also stream court proceedings live on their website and maintain several Casey Anthony-related Twitter accounts, including @caseyupdates and @judgeperrysays.

Undercover Cameras Bust Chris Hansen Having an Affair with WPTV Reporter Kristyn Caddell

Chris Hansen, best known for his “To Catch a Predator” series on “Dateline NBC,” has reportedly been caught by undercover cameras cheating on his wife with WPTV reporter Kristyn Caddell, who is 20 years his junior.

According to the National Enquirer, Hansen has been having an affair with Caddell for nearly four months.

Hansen lives in Connecticut with his wife and two sons but has been spending time in South Florida apparently working on a story about the disappearance of James Trindade, a local man who went missing back in 2006.

Hansen and Caddell were introduced in the VIP area of a West Palm Beach club and “there was an immediate physical attraction between them,” a source told the Enquirer. Read more

KOMO’s Kathi Goertzen Returns to the Hospital

Veteran KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen is back in the hospital this week, continuing an ongoing 11-year battle with a benign brain tumor.

Goertzen, who has been with the Seattle ABC affiliate for more than 30 years, writes on her Facebook page that she has returned to the hospital with an infection from her last surgery. “I swear I’m ready to slug the next person who pokes around in my head!” Goertzen writes. “That is until I take a walk around the nearby oncology ward. Then I remember. It’s not so bad.”

Goertzen’s Facebook page has seen an outpouring of well-wishes from her nearly 70,000 fans. Her co-anchor, Dan Lewis, reported this week on his Facebook page that Goertzen’s tumor is not growing — but asked for fans to “say a few prayers for Kathi.”

Weather Channel Veteran Rashida Jones Tapped as WIS’s New News Director

Rashida Jones, who has served as director of live programming at The Weather Channel since 2009 (and is not the actress daughter of Quincy Jones known for roles on “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”), has been tapped to lead the newsroom at WIS, a Raycom-owned NBC-affiliate in Columbia, SC.

WIS general manager Donita Todd confirmed the move to TVSpy today, saying that Jones’s first day as WIS’s news content director will be August 1st.

Jones has spent most of her career with The Weather Channel, which she joined as a producer in 2004. Before joining TWC, Jones was a producer for WTKR working on the CBS-affiliate’s 11pm newscast.

She is replacing Brad Neuhoff, who departed WIS this month to become the news director at KOIN in Portland, OR.

With No Power in the Newsroom, KTVT’s Larry Mowry Tweets Weather Forecast

KTVT meteorologist Larry Mowry is determined to get Dallas viewers the news about the weather, no matter what it takes.

When a storm knocked out the power for almost an hour during the CBS affiliate’s 5 p.m. broadcast last night, Mowry took to Twitter to keep viewers informed — of both the weather and the station updates. “I’ll tweet my weather forecast to you as we are off the air right now,” he wrote. “Should be fun.”

Mowry followed up with Tweets about several severe thunderstorm warnings in the area, supplemented by updates on the restoration of the station’s power. He also answered Tweets from viewers, who were writing him to let him know when KTVT went back on the air for them. [h/t Lost Remote]

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