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Archives: August 2012

South Florida Celebrates 40 Years of Sunshine

Al Sunshine, reporter for WFOR, Miami’s CBS O&O, is celebrating 40 years on-air.

Sunshine, yes, that’s his real name, began his career in 1972 with WTVJ, which was the CBS affiliate at the time, as a reporter/photographer.  Forty years later, he’s known for his “4 Your Money” segments where he investigates and reports on behalf of local consumers.

The key to his success? “He has survived because he’s somebody we can all relate to,” longtime colleague, WFOR anchor Elliot Rodriguez told the Miami Herald . “An average guy.”

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In Isaac’s Wake, Radio Simulcasts for New Orleans TV Stations

Up to a third of all Louisiana households are without power right now as Hurricane Isaac continues to lash the southern part of the state. As a contingency, New Orleans TV stations are being simulcast on local radio outlets, the Times-Picayune reports.

WVUE can be heard on: WRKN FM-92.3, KMEZ FM-106.7.

WDSU can be heard on: WRBH FM-88.3, WBOK AM-1230, WWNO FM-89.9.

WGNO can be heard on: WTIX, FM-94.3.

WRC Hires New Digital Manager

NBC owned station, WRC has hired Wendy Warren as its Editorial Manager, Digital.

WRC president and general manager, Jackie Bradford announced Warren will oversee the Washington, D.C. station’s website, NBCWashington.com as well as its social media and digital platforms.

Warren comes to WRC from Philly.com, the website of both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.

‘The Water Came Up So Quick. It Looks Like We Lost Everything.’

Seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, local stations are once again in the thick of Hurricane coverage as Isaac continues to bear down. New Orleans stations WWL, WDSU, WGNO and WVUE have been in rolling coverage since Tuesday.

Here’s a look at how some of the stations covered the Hurricane, including this clip from CBS affiliate WWL-TV as anchors spoke live with a man trapped in his attic along with his wife and his baby.

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Bat Flies Through Newsroom During Newscast

A bat made its way into the newsroom/studio of CTV in Ottawa Tuesday. The bat began flying around the newsroom during the Noon newscast as anchors Michael O’Byrne and JJ Clarke were live on air. Amid some yelps, newsroom employees ushered the bat out a side door. A second bat was spotted swooping around the newsroom last night.

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Jordan Steele Joins KEYE from KMTR

Jordan Steele is settling in to Austin. Steele joined KEYE (CBS) recently as weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter.

Steele joins from KMTR (NBC/CW) in Eugene, OR where he was the morning meteorologist.

Anchor Changes at WFSB

WFSB, the CBS-affiliate in Hartford/New Haven, has made some changes to its anchor line up.

Hena Daniels moves over from the weekend desk to join Dennis House at 11pm weekdays. House, who has been anchoring solo for four years, eagerly tweeted the move, saying “I am pleased to tell you Hena Daniels will be my new co-anchor on Ch. 3 Eyewitness News at 11!”

New London Bureau Chief Kevin Hogan will take the slot vacated by Daniels on weekend nights while reporter Tina Martin will anchor weekend mornings.

No, Hurricane Isaac Did Not Hit Southern California

Parts of Southern California are dealing with another heat wave today, but if you watched part of KTTV’s 10 O’Clock news last night, you might have thought Hurricane Isaac had arrived. Anchor Liz Habib wanted to show how big Hurricane Isaac was so she “juxtaposed” the radar on a map of California.

“Just to give you some idea, give you a little perspective, I took this and I juxtaposed it on top of California. If it were here, it would stretch from Los Angeles to San Francisco, just a massive hurricane moving very slowly.”

Yes, massive. Also 1,900 miles away.

Erica Grow Leaves WTNH for WUSA

WTNH (ABC) Hartford/New Haven meteorologist Erica Grow is heading south to Washington, DC for a weekend weather and weekday reporting gig at CBS affiliate WUSA.

“My hours were cut back to part-time at WTNH and the new job is a full-time one,” Grow tells the Hartford Courant. “While I had planned to stay in Connecticut longer, Washington D.C. will be a return to the big, big market.”

Grow joined WTNH in April 2011 from WPVI in Philadelphia where she was weekend meteorologist. She’s also worked in Harrisburg, PA and Midland, TX.

ABC Gets a New Home in Northern Mississippi

WTVA, home of the NBC affiliate in the Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, MS market (#133), will add the ABC TV network to its digital channel 9.2 Saturday morning. The current ABC station in the market WKDH will cease operations Friday night. WTVA already operated WKDH through a local marketing agreement, but today announced a long term deal with ABC bringing programming to the digital channel.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with WTVA coverage in the Columbus/Tupelo market,” said John Rouse, SVP of Affiliate Relations for ABC. “Local viewers will continue to be able to see all their favorite ABC and ESPN on ABC programs, including this Saturday’s 2012 Cowboys Classic featuring Michigan vs. Alabama.”

On its website, WKDH wrote, “It is with extreme regret, remorse, and disappointment that we must make the following announcement. Due to financial conditions in recent years, effective at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2012, WKDH will terminate operations for the foreseeable future.”

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