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Archives: July 2012

WNYW News Director Emails Dave Price During Morning Newscast: ‘Fix Your Hair’

Dave Price was sitting at the “Good Day New York” anchor desk this morning when he got an email from WNYW news director Dianne Doctor he decided to share with co-host Rosanna Scotto and their viewers:

Price: Hold on, I just got an email from the news director.

Scotto: What did she say?

Price: Fix your hair.

Rosanna: So how did you respond?

Price: I can’t tell you how I responded. I mean, fix my hair? Would you stop already with the fix my hair? Here’s the deal. This is the hair I was born with, this is the hair I’ve had on television for the past 15 years. And this woman is obsessed with my hair … Do I walk into her office and tell her to fix her hair? No. I’d be suspended. Read more

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Tina Jennings, Casey Wheeless Upped at WBKO

WBKO, the ABC-affiliate in Bowling Green, KY, has recently shuffled its anchor lineup.

Tina Jennings (left) takes over as anchor of the morning and midday newscasts. Jennings, formerly the weekend anchor and producer, replaces Haley Harmon, who left the station for a job at WATE in Knoxville.

In the evenings, reporter Casey Wheeless (right) has been promoted to co-anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. She replaces Lacey Steele, who recently left WBKO for KOAA in Colorado Springs.

Bob Morford Joins KRIV as Assistant News Director

Bob Morford is joining KRIV, the Fox O&O in Houston, as assistant news director. He begins his new role on August 6.

Morford joins the station from WCPO, the ABC-affiliate in Cincinnati, where he has been the news director for 11 years. Prior to that, he held the news director position at KNXV in Phoenix, WPXI in Pittsburgh and WLWT in Cincinnati.

“Bob is an accomplished news manager with more than 30 years of experience. His track record of excellence speaks for itself,” Tom Doerr, KRIV’s vice president and news director, said in a statement. “Bob will be a tremendous asset to our station and leader in the newsroom.”

Devon Dolan Introduces Herself to KSL Viewers

Devon Dolan is the newest member of KSL, the NBC-affiliate in Salt Lake City. The station introduced her to viewers in a recent video (watch above).

Dolan, who will be a reporter and fill-in anchor at KSL, moves to Utah from Yakima, WA, where she worked at KNDU.

Victoria Fregoso Joining KTVQ as Reporter-Anchor

Victoria Fregoso is joining KTVQ, the CBS-affiliate in Billings, MT, as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Fregoso joins the station from County 10, an online newspaper in Fremont County, WY, where she leads the multimedia news team. Prior to joining County 10 in April. she was the Fremont County bureau reporter for K2 News in nearby Casper.

“I’m excited to take the next step in my career,” Fregoso said. “I’m really going to miss all of the great friends I’ve made in the community these past couple of years.”

Veteran KCNC Reporter Suzanne McCarroll Reflects on Covering Columbine, Aurora Shootings

Suzanne McCarroll, a reporter at Denver CBS O&O KCNC for 30 years, reflects on her experience covering both the 1999 Columbine shooting and the recent Aurora movie theater shooting in an essay for Poynter. McCarroll points out that although her career in local news “might seem dull” to a foreign network correspondent, in reality it has been anything but:

But no one told me I’d be interviewing parents who lost their children because they went to school at one day. No one warned me that the deaths of young people would come, not in a war zone, but in a suburban movie theater.

I never envisioned that not once, but twice, in my career, I would have parents come up to me frantic and fearful, begging for news of their children, only to tell them I had no news to share. Their children, first at Columbine High School, and now at Theater Nine in Aurora, were dead. Read more

Ray Miles, Accused of Breaking Into WIBW and Stabbing Two Employees, to Stand Trial

Ray Miles, the man accused of breaking into WIBW and stabbing two employees, will stand trial on seven charges this fall, the Topeka CBS-affiliate says.

Miles, who was charged with two counts of battery, criminal threat, criminal damage and aggrevated burglary in the May 23 break-in, participated in a preliminary hearing yesterday. WIBW chief engineer Cary Lahnum, general sales manager Roger Brokke and advertising representative Greg Palmer, who all sustained injuries during the incident, testified.

Miles was reportedly disgruntled that news director Jon Janes had declined to do a story about his issues with the VA. Miles was eventually subdued by station employees, who held him until the police arrived and arrested him. His trial is scheduled to start on September 12.

Alleged Ringleader of Bolaris Scam Apprehended

The FBI has apprehended Alec Simchuk, the alleged leader of a crime ring that meteorologist John Bolaris was a victim of two years ago, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Bolaris, the former chief meteorologist at Philadelphia Fox O&O WTXF, was in Miami in 2010 when he met a pair of Eastern European women who allegedly drugged him and charged more than $43,000 to his American Express card. Bolaris parted ways with WXTF in December after recounting the experience for “Playboy.”

Simchuk owns a nightclub in Florida. He was arrested last week after returning to Florida from his native Latvia. Read more

On the Move, 7/31/12

Alex Miranda moves from KGUN in Tucson to CBS, where he has been named host of the primetime reality dating show “3.”

WNBC general assignment reporter Katy Tur joins NBC News as a New York-based correspondent.

Carolina Sarassa is named a Los Angeles-based correspondent at MundoFox, News Corporation’s Spanish-language channel. She was most recently an anchor at KINC, the Univision station in Las Vegas.

Dave Malkoff moves from KTLA in Los Angeles to Atlanta, where he joins The Weather Channel as a special correspondent. Read more

Traffic Reporter Tammy Dombeck Out at KXAS

Traffic reporter Tammy Dombeck said goodbye to KXAS on Friday after 12 years at the Dallas NBC O&O.

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports Dombeck and KXAS could not come to an agreement on her new contract. She has a standard non-compete clause in her contract which will prevent her from working on-air in Dallas for the next six months, Bark says.

Beginning this week, Andi Parker will be handling the traffic reports for the morning newscast on an interim basis.

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