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Archives: September 2012

WGN to Simulcast Monday Night’s Bears Game

Thanks to WGN‘s plans to simulcast ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”, Chicago Bears fans without cable or satellite, who live in the Chicago market, will be able to watch the Bears take on the Dallas Cowboys.

The Chicago CW affiliate plans to begin the football broadcast with their own pregame show called “Monday Night Pregame”.  The show airs live from Dallas starting at 7 p.m.   The simulcast of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Chicago pregame show will feature WGN’s sports anchor Dan Roan and former NFL player Matt Bowen, with David Haugh from the Chicago Tribune and ESPN’s game announcer, Mike Tirico, giving fans a preview of the game.

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KSAZ Stops Covering Car Chase Moments Before Suspect Shoots Himself

Fox O&O KSAZ was the only local station to cover a high-speed police chase in Phoenix Friday afternoon. The station’s coverage ended at 12:28pmMT, just four minutes before the suspect exited the vehicle and shot himself in the head.

The chase went on for nearly an hour. KSAZ covered it during the noon newscast, which is anchored by Kristin Anderson and Ron Hoon. Coverage included a lower-third graphic that warned, “Live coverage may contain images not suitable for all viewers.”

Fox News, which was using aerial coverage from KSAZ during “Studio B with Shepard Smith,” aired the suicide, followed by a lengthy apology.

Hearst, WCVB Celebrate Anniversaries at Joint Party

Hearst threw a party at Boston’s Museum of Fine arts Thursday night to celebrate two milestone events: Hearst turning 125 and WCVB, the company’s ABC affiliate, turning 40.

The event, which was attended by 250 guests, included a private screening of Citizen Hearst at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Among the attendees: musician John Legend, Hearst CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr., WCVB general manager Bill Fine, anchor Susan Wornick, traffic reporter Dorothy Krysiuk, past general manager Paul LaCamera, reporter Liam Martin (pictured left), anchor Emily Riemer (pictured center) and meteorologist JC Monahan (pictured right).

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John Knicely Set to Join KIRO as Morning Anchor

John Knicely, who anchors at 6 p.m. and reports at 10 p.m. on KMOV, is leaving St. Louis for Seattle.

Knicely is set to join Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO as the morning anchor, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s a good move for him,” KMOV news director Sean McLaughlin said.

Knicely replaces Chris Egert, who left KIRO for KTSP in April. His last day at KMOV will be October 4.

Tia Ewing Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KTXL

After just three months as a general assignment reporter at KTXL, Tia Ewing has been promoted to weekend anchor at the Sacramento Fox affiliate.

“Tia has this huge personality, and she’s a natural leader in the newsroom,” KTXL news director Brandon Mercer told the Sacramento Bee. “It became obvious that she was perfect for this role after she presented me with her ideas for creating an even faster-paced newscast, putting an even stronger emphasis on owning local breaking news. That’s what she does.”

Ewing replaces Teri Cox, who left KTXL in July after 25 years at the station.

Roanoke Stations May Have Too Much of Good Thing

Cheap airtime and undecided voters are making Roanoke, VA the belle of the ball for political campaigns looking to get their messages out to local viewers, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The AP report contrasts the size of the market with the appetite for airtime, noting the Virginia city may be market 68,

But the Roanoke market has consistently been number one in the country for the number of political ads aired. This is good news for top-rated station WDBJ-TV, a CBS affiliate. Its ad haul could top $5 million. Around the country, local stations could rake in more than $3 billion from political advertising.

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Jeff Varner Joins WNCT as Evening Anchor

Jeff Varner is joining WNCT, the CBS affiliate in Greenville, N.C., as the anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Varner comes to Greenville from New York City, where he was a general assignment reporter at CW affiliate WPIX. He replaces Allan Hoffman, who is retiring after more than two decades at WNCT. Varner wrote an introductory blog post on the station’s website this week:

For two weeks I’ve been able to observe, and from behind the scenes, participate in the shows you’ve been watching.  It afforded me the opportunity to get to know people, understand how this “on-your-side” machine works, and better envision something even stronger.

I can’t fill Allan Hoffman’s shoes if I tried.  So I won’t.  Read more

Jodi Johnston Leaving Buffalo’s WGRZ

Jodi Johnston, morning anchor for WGRZ will be leaving the NBC affiliate for the new role of director of corporate media relations for First Niagara Financial Group.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in television and waking up with Western New Yorkers every day,” Johnston said in a statement posted to the station’s website.  “I am fortunate to have been offered an opportunity at an organization that shares my passion for this community.  This is a natural progression of the next phase of my career.”

During Johnson’s twelve years on the morning anchor desk, the Buffalo station climbed to number one in the ratings for that market.

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VIDEO: WNYW’s Rosanna Scotto Shows Off Her Dance Moves While Co-Hosting ‘Anderson’

WNYW‘s Rosanna Scotto is anchoring two morning shows in New York Friday morning. Scotto, who anchors “Good Day New York” on the Fox O&O in New York City, will co-anchor with Anderson Cooper on his syndicated daytime show, “Anderson,” on Friday (video above).

Scotto showed off her dance moves in the audience before the show. “I want to know why I had to be out here dancing with the audience while you were backstage,” she told Cooper. Read more

Anchor Alex Wehrley Joins KSBI From WREX

Alex Wehrley is leaving her post as the morning anchor at WREX in Rockford for a job at KSBI in Oklahoma City, according to the Rockford Register Star.

Wehrley begins October 8 as the host of “Oklahoma Live!,” an early afternoon interview show on the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Oklahoma City.

She will sign off from WREX on October 5. News director Mike Costello told the Register Star that the search for her replacement is underway and the station hopes to debut a new morning anchor in mid to late October.

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