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Archives: February 2012

WMAQ Debuts Brand-New Set

WMAQ debuted a brand-new set, as well as new graphics, this week.

“Brian Williams may have Rock Center but, hey, we have a whole new studio here at NBC Tower,” anchor Allison Rosati told viewers in a behind-the-scenes video posted on WMAQ’s Facebook page.  “We’re having fun getting to know our new home–almost like a new car, trying to figure out all the new gadgets.” Read more

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Longtime KOMO Anchor Eric Slocum Dead at 54

Former KOMO anchor Eric Slocum, who worked at the Seattle ABC-affiliate for a decade and also served as an anchor for the KOMO radio station, died this past Saturday. He was 54.

“It is with great sadness that we’ve learned of the death of Eric Slocum,” reads a statement posted on KOMO’s Facebook page today.

Slocum’s death was ruled a suicide, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He reportedly suffered from depression for several years.

Slocum worked in radio before becoming an anchor and reporter with KOMO-TV in 1990. He stepped away from TV in 2001 and worked as an anchor for KOMO radio until 2008, when he left to work full-time on a memoir. Read more

Anchor Jennifer Winters Leaving KVAL After 17 Years

Today is anchor Jennifer Winters‘ final day at KVAL.

Winters has worked as an anchor and reporter at the Eugene CBS-affiliate since 1994. The station reported this week that Winters is leaving for a marketing job at a local engineering firm.

“Feeling a bit of gratitude overload here as my current and former news colleague[s] bid me goodbye,” Winters tweeted recently. “Thanks guys!!”

Before moving to Eugene, Winters worked as a reporter at KPTV in Portland. Read more

Toledo’s WUPW to Lay Off 63 Employees

Toledo Fox-affiliate WUPW will reportedly lay off 63 employees when the station changes ownership this spring.

The Toledo Blade reports that Ohio state officials have been informed of planned layoffs at WUPW when a deal for the station between American Spirit Media and LIN Media is finalized in the coming months.

American Spirit, a Charlotte-based company run by Thomas Henson, who owns a handful of stations across the country, is buying WUPW from LIN for $22 million.  LIN has owned and operated the station since 2002. Read more

VIDEO: Student Shadowing KLKN Meteorologist Caught in Background of Live Shot

A student who was apparently shadowing KLKN chief meteorologist Kevin Coskren for a career education class, got stuck following Coskren a little too closely.

When KLKN went to Coskren for a live weather update at the top if its 6 p.m. newscast, the kid was sitting right behind the meteorologist.  Realizing that they were live, the kid slowly slides out of the frame (video above). Read more

KXAN Introduces New Morning Anchor

Austin NBC-affiliate KXAN introduced Robert Maxwell to viewers this morning, announcing that Maxwell would join the morning anchor desk on March 12.

Maxwell comes to KXAN from KTVX in Salt Lake City, where he served as the station’s primary evening anchor.  In addition to co-anchoring KXAN’s morning newscast, Maxwell will work as an investigative reporter.

“I’m pleased to welcome a journalist of Robert’s caliber to the KXAN team,” KXAN news director Michael Fabac said this week.  “Robert’s personality will help engage the a.m. news audience and serve as a terrific compliment to anchor Sally Hernandez.” Read more

WFSB Partnering with Local Newspaper

WFSB announced this week that it is teaming up with local newspaper the Norwich Bulletin in an effort to bring viewers more news coverage from eastern Connecticut.

“Working together, we will only strengthen our commitment to our viewers and the towns in that region,” WFSB vice president and general manager Klarn DePalma said.  “Both of our staffs have a commitment to providing Norwich and neighboring communities with the best news, weather and sports coverage possible.”

The partnership, which will take effect sometime in March, will have WFSB and Bulletin staffers appearing on each other’s platforms. Read more

WBFF Adding Newscast to Crowded 5 p.m. Time Slot

Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF plans to add a 5 p.m. newscast to its schedule in April, entering the station into local news competition with WBAL, WJZ, and WMAR at that time slot.

The Baltimore Sun reports that WBFF’s new 5 o’clock newscast will be anchored by Jeff Barnd and Jennifer Gilbert, who currently anchor the station’s 5:30 p.m newscast.

“I’m going to change the lineup and run ‘Judge Judy’ from 4 to 5, and run the news from 5 to 5:30, and then, 5:30 to 6,” general manager Bill Fanshawe told the Sun.

Chief Meteorologist T.G. Shuck Leaving WKYT, Saying He Wants to Spend More Time with His Family

T.G. Shuck is resigning from WKYT after 11 years as the station’s chief meteorologist.

Shuck announced this week that his final day with the CBS-affiliate will be Friday, March 2nd.  In total, he has spent 22 years with WKYT.

“After 22 years at WKYT, 16 of them doing weather and the last 11 years as Chief Meteorologist, the long hours and crazy schedules haven’t been easy on my wife and 3 children,” Shuck wrote in a post on his Facebook page.  “This time in my girls’ young lives will never come again, so it’s especially important for me to be a part of that now.”

WKYT plans to announce Shuck’s successor during its 11 p.m. newscast tonight. Read more

Former WBBH Anchor Speaks Out About Firing on Rival Station

Longtime WBBH anchor Craig Wolf spoke to rival station WFTX this week about being fired by the NBC-affiliate last year.  Wolf recently filed a lawsuit against WBBH, alleging that the station fired him in retaliation after he complained about “extremely unclean” conditions in the station’s newsroom and studio.

A WFTX news crew caught up with Wolf this week after he participated in a charity golf tournament.

“It was great to have a bunch of people come up to me and say ‘I miss you,’” Wolf told WFTX about being back in Southwest Florida.  “But it’s not so great in Nashville, Tennessee where I’ve relocated, where I’m trying to find a job.” Read more

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