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Archives: August 2012

TV Jobs: KABC, WKMG, WRNN

This week, KABC is hiring a director of digital operations, while WKMG needs a morning executive producer. WRNN is seeking a weekend meteorologist and mobile reporter, and KNTV is on the hunt for a senior promotion writer/producer/editor. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Matt Stewart Lands at WDAF

Matt Stewart, former morning and weekend co-anchor for Kansas City’s CBS affiliate KCTV joins rival station WDAF (FOX) as morning reporter.

Stewart’s last day on air for KCTV was August 2nd.

“I am really excited to stay in Kansas City and work for such a great station,” Stewart told Bottom Line. “I’ve always admired the way WDAF puts together their morning show – it’s loose, fun and informative at the same time.”

Besides KCTV, Stewart previously worked for KCAU in Sioux City, Iowa, KHGI in Kearny, Neb., Wand DTN in Dayton.  He began his career as a photographer at WOWT in Omaha.

 

Chase Williams Leaves Dallas for Omaha

Chase Williams takes over as Sports Director at Journal Broadcast Group station KMTV (CBS) Action 3 News in Omaha. Williams joins from KDAF (CW) in Dallas where he was sports anchor. “Our local sports teams are part of the fabric of everyday life in Nebraska, and Chase brings a wealth of experience covering college and professional teams,” says Joe Spadea, KMTV’s news director. After a couple radio stints, Williams landed in Lubbock at KJTV-FOX 34. He joined KDAF a little over a year ago.

Vanessa Bezic Joins KFMB Morning Team

Vanessa Bezic joins San Diego’s CBS affiliate KFMB as the morning and mid-day meteorologist.

KFMB news director Dean Elwood tells TVSpy, Bezic starts at the station in a few weeks, on September 24.  Her first day on-air is not set.

Bezic previously worked for Accuweather as a bi-lingual meteorologist.  She’s also worked in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Topeka, and Chicago.

WHIO’s Letitia Perry Moves to Mornings

Letitia Perry, 11 p.m. anchor for Dayton, Ohio CBS affiliate WHIO, moves to the mornings.  The Dayton native will co-anchor News Center 7′s Daybreak edition with fellow anchors John Paul and Gabrielle Enright along with meteorologist Rick Wirdzek.

“This is an exciting new chapter in my broadcast career,” said Perry.  “I grew up watching Channel7 and to this day I’m still thrilled, excited and proud to be a member of the News Center 7 team.”

The station said it made the move to continue to build on this summer’s ratings surge for their morning news.

Perry has been at WHIO for 12 years, six of those have been at the 11 p.m. anchor desk.  She will start her new duties Monday.

 

Three of Top Five TV Markets Lose Households

Nielsen just released its local television market estimates for 2013.  While the report shows no change in rankings for the top markets, it does show the number of TV Homes declined in New York (#1), Chicago (#3) and Philadelphia (#4).  Philadelphia showed the biggest drop, losing a little more than 44,000 households over the course of the year.  However, Los Angeles (#2) did see a big jump with an increase of nearly 54,000 households.

The decline in TV Homes reflects the trend across the U.S. with an overall drop of -475,620 households over a one year period.

The top 38 markets remained the same, with the shuffling beginning in market 39 as Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI moves up three spots from last year.

See the full rankings, including where your market stands, after the jump:

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Romney’s Nomination Spurs Boston Stations to Cover RNC Up Close

With former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney accepting the Republican Presidential nomination tonight, Boston TV stations have stepped up their coverage

Many big market anchors and reporters are covering the RNC, but Romney’s ties to Massachusetts makes it especially relevant to Boston TV. Reports the Boston Herald:

“Locally, it’s a big story. Obviously, Mitt Romney, being a former governor, is a big story at the RNC for us,” said Channel 4 news director John Verrilli. And Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, Verrilli added, are slated to have big roles at the DNC. “I looked at it from the perspective of it being an important national and local story – and thought that it was definitely important to go,” Verrilli said.

Last presidential election cycle WBZ was absent from the conventions, this time political analyst Jon Keller has been doing live reports for the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts as well as taped pieces for the morning and noon shows.

The rest of the stations have followed suit with ABC affiliate WCVB‘s Janet Wu, Alison King from regional network NECN, Dan Hausle reporting for NBC affiliate WHDH and Sharman Sacchetti from FOX affiliate WFXT either reporting live or sending back taped pieces for the days newscasts.

 

Tampa/St. Pete Stations Represent at RNC

We’re making our way through the Tampa Bay Times Forum after stopping by the set of “CBS This Morning” and on the way to ABC News. Just to give a sense of how the Tampa/St. Pete stations are represented in their hometown: the skyboxes in the northeast corner of the arena, a level above the network suites, are occupied by WTSP (CBS), WFTS (ABC), WFLA (NBC) and WTVT (FOX). In addition, many reporters and anchors roam the floor of the Forum for live shot and interview locations.

Police Chase Man Through Reporter’s Stand Up With ‘Perfect Timing’

Adam Yosim, a reporter for WLEX, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, was doing a stand-up for an alleged harassment story he was working on. Just as he finished a take, by saying, “…perfect timing,” a man being chased by police, ran through his shot.

At first when I heard ‘Stop!’ from the officer I was a bit confused and thought someone was telling me and my photog to stop,” Yosim tells TVSpy. ”(Then) I saw a bystander yell at the suspect and realized there was a foot chase underway.”

The rough cut video, posted by Yosin to his YouTube page shows officers eventually cuffing the man and placing him in a police cruiser.

Yosin added, “the police told us the suspect ran during a routine traffic stop.”

Lisa Gonzales Moves to KCRA

Lisa GonzalesMorning anchor Lisa Gonzales is making the cross-town move from Sacramento CBS affiliate KOVR to NBC affiliate KCRA.

“I am honored and humbled to work at the station I grew up watching,” said Gonzales.  “I can’t wait to get started!”

Her first day will be next Tuesday, September 4.

Gonzales anchored the morning and noon newscasts at KOVR for seven years.  She previously worked at KFSN, Fresno, CA and KRCR in Redding, CA.

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