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Archives: February 2012

After 32 Years at WRC, Anchor Joe Krebs to Retire

Longtime WRC anchor and reporter Joe Krebs announced today that he will retire on March 30, after 32 years at the D.C. station.

“I really feel like I’ve been living my dream for almost 42 years, including the last 32 years here at Channel 4. Being a news broadcaster is what I always wanted to be,” Krebs said, announcing his retirement.  “Now, I want to travel with my wife and spend more time with my kids and grandchild–soon to be grandchildren–and, quite frankly, just do whatever darn well I want to do.”

Krebs has spent the last 18 years anchoring WRC’s morning newscast, and the station has tapped Aaron Gilchrist as his a.m. successor.  Gilchrist will join Eun Yang at the morning anchor desk beginning April 2. Read more

Longtime WNBC Consumer Reporter Joining WCBS

Popular New York consumer reporter Asa Aarons is joining WCBS, after spending 15 years with WNBC.

FishbowlNY reports that Aarons will start with the CBS O&O on Thursday, bringing his long-running “Ask Asa” series with him.

“All the scams that used to be done via mail or even on the street have now moved to the Internet,” Aarons told FishbowlNY recently. “I’ll be showing consumers how to make the technology work for [them], rather than against them.” Read more at FishbowlNY

VIDEO: WJET Sports Anchor Shouts ‘Son of a B—-’

In a video that’s now been posted a few times on YouTube, WJET‘s Craig Smylie appears to flub his sports update during the ABC-affiliate’s morning newscast.

“Son of a bitch,” Smylie exclaims in the video (above), shaking his head.

The gaffe likely wasn’t a case of an anchor letting a bad word slip on live TV, though.  It looks like someone in the control room played the wrong taped segment during the newscast. Read more

Abruptly Fired by WADL, Kevin O’Brien Shares His Side of the Story

After his very public termination as a WADL consultant, Kevin O’Brien is firing back at the independent station and its owner Kevin Adell.

Today an attorney representing O’Brien circulated a press release defending him against the “defamatory” press release WADL sent out last week announcing his dismissal.

In firing O’Brien, WADL cited his use of company equipment to “obtain a deal with the San Jose Sharks” as the reason for his termination. O’Brien denies trying to land a deal with the NHL team, and contends that he was fired because he disagreed with Adell about how to discipline an employee for excessive use of a company vehicle. Read more

Letter Reveals WADL Fired Temporary President for Trying to Land Another Job

After firing consultant Kevin O’Brien last week, WADL issued a press release stating only that the former Meredith executive had violated “numerous corporate policies.”  Now a clearer picture of O’Brien’s termination is starting to development.

NewsBlues recently obtained a copy of the letter WADL sent to O’Brien, outlining his dismissal.

Referring to O’Brien as the “temporary president of Adell Broadcasting” (WADL’s owner), the letter states that an internal investigation uncovered O’Brien “using company equipment in an effort to obtain a deal with the San Jose Sharks.” Read more

Rob Rohr Tapped to Lead WHIO, Cox Media Ohio

Cox Media Group announced today that Rob Rohr has been appointed general manager of the company’s Ohio group, which includes Dayton CBS-affiliate WHIO.

Rohr previously served as senior vice president of sales for Cox Media Group Ohio, which includes print, web, and radio properties across the state in addition to WHIO.  He assumes the responsibilities previously held by Brian Cooper, who served as senior vice president of CMG Ohio before recently transferring to CMG-owned Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“I’m delighted to be able to appoint Rob to this role,” said Julia Wallace, market vice president for Cox Media Group Ohio.  “He has molded a highly successful sales team that understands our various markets.  His smart strategic thinking will be an asset now to even more of the organization.” Read more

KUSA’s Kyle Dyer Appears on ‘Today’

After sharing her story in an interview on KUSA last week, Kyle Dyer appeared on NBC’s “Today” this morning.

Dyer spoke in detail with Ann Curry about her physical recovery, saying that she hasn’t considered how the change in her appearance will affect her on-air career.

“I’ve never been freaked out or worried or scared,” Dyer told Curry. “I just knew it was all going to work out” (video above).

David Hart Named General Manager of WRBL

David Hart has been named vice president and general manger of WRBL, Media General’s CBS-affiliate in Columbus, GA.

Hart is a 20-year TV news veteran who most recently served as director of content for Media General’s TV, web, and print operations in Myrtle Beach and Florence, SC, including CBS-affiliate WBTW.  From 2005-2010, he was the news director at WBTW.

“David has exceptional journalistic instincts, which, combined with his drive, strong work ethic and experience, position him well to lead our station in Columbus,” said John Cottingham, president and market leader for Media General’s mid-south market.

His first day will be March 12.

Longtime WGHP Sports Anchor Rich Brenner Dies

Rich Brenner, a sports anchor at WGHP for nearly 21 years, has passed away.

The Fox-affiliate reports that Brenner, who retired in 2008, died of a heart attack Monday. He was 65.

WGHP interrupted Fox’s live coverage of the Daytona 500 Monday night to announce Brenner’s passing. Sports anchor Kevin Connolly informed viewers that Brenner was attending “Salute to Heroes,” a local ceremony celebrating military and public service heroes, when he suffered a heart attack.

“It’s very ironic that we’re breaking into coverage the Daytona 500 to bring you this announcement, because Rich was one of the very first local sportscasters to really commit to NASCAR coverage. It was one of his real passions,” Connolly told viewers. Read more

KHOU’s Gabe Gutierrez Lands Job with NBC News

Gabe Gutierrez, who has worked as a general assignment reporter for KHOU in Houston since 2010, has landed a job with NBC News.

NBC News president Steve Capus announced today that Gutierrez is joining as a network correspondent based in Atlanta.  Starting next month,  Gutierrez will report across all NBC News platforms, including “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” and MSNBC.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Gutierrez began his broadcasting career at WBOY, the NBC-affiliate in Clarksburg, WV.  He eventually moved on to WJRT, the ABC-affiliate in Flint, MI, where he was named “Best Reporter” in 2009 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Read more

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