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Archives: December 2011

WRDW Celebrates Retirement Of Beloved Crew Member ‘Mr. Moody’

Charles Moody, a beloved member of the crew at WRDW, retired this week after more than 50 years at the station. The Augusta CBS-affiliate sent him off with a tribute video of all his best moments — both in front of and behind the camera (watch above).

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WFLA Asking Viewers For Help In Verizon Dispute

As time runs out for Verizon and Media General to negotiate a retransmission agreement, Tampa-St. Petersburg’s WFLA is enlisting the help of viewers to help prevent a blackout.

“What the viewers are seeing is a crawl that WFLA is putting across their channel saying we are in a dispute,” Verizon spokesman Bob Elk told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The station is urging viewers to contact Verizon and pledge loyalty to the station.

Media General is negotiating with Verizon for carriage of WFLA and WJAR, the NBC-affiliate in Providence. Elek said the parties “are continuing to negotiate in good faith,” noting, “rarely do these things end up with a channel actually leaving the air.”

Scripps Completes Purchase of 9 McGraw-Hill Stations

Nearly three months after the E.W. Scripps company announced the acquisition of nine stations from The McGraw Hill Company, the purchase is complete.

The FCC approved the $212 million deal earlier this month. In a statement, McGraw-Hill chairman, president and CEO Harold McGraw III said he was pleased with the Scripps purchase.

“I thank the talented men and women of these stations for their valuable contributions to McGraw-Hill and know they are joining a respected media organization where they will continue delivering news, insights and entertainment,” he said.

Stations involved in the deal are ABC-affiliates KMGH in Denver, KGTV in San Diego, KERO in Bakersfield and WRTV in Indianapolis, as well as four Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, San Diego and Bakersfield.

Former WISH Reporter Brad Edwards: ‘My Dismissal Is As Mundane As Money’

Brad Edwards is speaking out on his recent dismissal from Indianapolis CBS-affiliate WISH, saying he was “fired up to serve elsewhere.”

Edwards, who told TVSpy there are many details he won’t reveal “because there are many at an ever-leaner WISH TV I hold dear,” was fired halfway through his three-year contract because his high salary put “too much pressure” on the station’s budget, WISH insiders say.

“My dismissal is as mundane as money,” Edwards said.

Edwards, an award-winning investigative reporter at WISH, was aware of the risk his high salary posed and asked station management if he could interview elsewhere, WISH sources say. He was told he was “safe.”

Edwards told TVSpy that news director Patti McGettigan, who he called “my good friend,” fired him Wednesday morning as “tears clogged her throat.” Read more

WJBK Investigative Reporter Amy Lange On Her Most Memorable Story

In her 13 years as a general assignment and investigative reporter at WJBK, Amy Lange has seen her share of interesting stories. But Lange, who says “there’s not a better news town in the country” than Detroit, tells the Observer & Eccentric about her most memorable one:

“Everything went on hold” when the texting scandal of succeeding Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick broke. Lange covered the unfolding events closely, often going on “Kwame watches.”

“There were many cold days, sitting outside of the mansion,” she said. “And, standing outside of city hall, waiting for his vehicle to leave, just to see if we could get a comment.

“Kwame certainly is the most all-encompassing, longest and biggest story that I’ve had the privilege of covering.” Read more

Dick Anthony, Duluth’s ‘Original 6 o’clock News Guy,’ Dies At 92

Dick Anthony, a longtime news anchor who spent 23 years at KDAL in Duluth, died Monday. He was 92.

Anthony began his career at KDAL (now known as KDLH) from radio in 1953, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

“He was an instritution,” Duluth historian Jim Heffernan said. “The original 6 o’clock news guy.”

In his long tenure at the station, he played several roles: reporter, producer and anchor. He kept busy with radio broadcasts in the morning and television broadcasts in the evening, his son Rick told the News Tribune. Read more

WBBJ Adds CBS Programming, Newscasts On Digital Subchannel

Starting on Sunday, Jackson, TN ABC-affiliate WBBJ will broadcast CBS programming on a digital subchannel.

The subchannel, which currently is a live weather radar, will expand to broadcast CBS and MeTV programming, as well as new local newscasts, WBBJ programming operations manager Wayne Thing told the Jackson Sun.

The main channel will continue to broadcast half-hour newscasts at 11:30 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. On the CBS-affiliated subchannel, there will be additional newscasts at noon, 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“We hope we will be looking for new news at 6 and 6:30 that you did not see at 5 or 5:30,” Thing said. Read more

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: WRNN, UMUC

This week, WRNN has four openings available. The station is hiring a master control operator, an executive producer, a news booker and social media specialist for its Rye Brook, NY office. Meanwhile, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is looking for a video production specialist. Get the details on these gigs below, and find additional just-posted jobs on mediabistro.com.

For more job listings, go to the Mediabistro job board, and to post a job, visit our employer page. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Save The Date: TVSpy & TVNewser Party!

Mark your calendars: we’re having a party!

Please join the TVSpy and TVNewser editors for drinks to kick off the 2012 election year.

TVSpy & TVNewser Party

Wednesday, January 11

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727 Seventh Avenue (at 48th St.)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

If you’ve attended our parties before, you know that sharing a few drinks with us is a great way to connect with other TV news professionals. So RSVP here and we’ll see you in January.

RTDNA Shares 5 Tips For Station Facebook Pages

Social media was an important component to local news operations in 2011, and it’s safe to say that 2012 will bring more opportunities for audience interaction online. To help you navigate, the RTDNA is out today with a list of “5 New Years Resolutions For Your Station’s Facebook Page.” Here are some of their tips:

Dust off that dictionary. Sure spelling doesn’t matter on the air, but just like on your web page, you look foolish when you spell things incorrectly on your Facebook page. Facebook doesn’t have spell-check, so you may actually have to look things up. Do it…look it up. Your station loses credibility every time you spell something wrong.

Talk to me! People use Facebook as a community. You should do more than just push your stories or tease a chance at winning a prize if people “like” your page. Use your stories to generate discussions. Ask for people’s opinions. Be a friend in the community, not a billboard. Read more

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