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Archives: October 2012

General Manager Robert Totsch Out at KCTV

Bottom Line Communications is reporting Robert Totsch, vice president and general manager of Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV is no longer with the station.

Totsch may be best known for not renewing the contract of longtime meteorologist Katie Horner.  Bottom Line said his tenure at the station has not without some bumps,

Under Totsch’s direction, the station’s morning team was repeatedly shaken up starting with Chris Pisano and Dana Wright (now an afternoon radio host on KMBZ-980 AM). They were replaced by Kelly Jones and Greg Adaline, and then Adaline was let go after about a year and replaced by Matt Stewart. Earlier this year the station brought in an entirely new duo to handle the show.  It was Totsch’s decision to bring in Michael Coleman as the station’s sports director, and he disbanded the station’s award-winning Investigative team.

Totsch joined KCTV in 2009 after spending 21 years with St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV.

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California Congressman Sues TV Stations Over Political Ad

Rep. Jeff Denham, who represents California’s 19th Congressional district, is suing Sacramento TV stations as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee saying both the stations and the DCCC refused to pull a :30 second spot he says lied about his record.

“Not only is the ad a flat-out lie, but it’s malicious, and they should be held accountable,” Denham told the Fresno Bee in a telephone interview Friday.

In the spot the announcer says, “In times of conflict, American troops have our backs. But that didn’t stop Jeff Denham from turning his back on them. With a government shutdown looming in Washington, Denham voted against a measure to guarantee our troops would still receive their pay. But Denham did protect his own paycheck.”  You can watch the ad after the jump. Read more

New York TV Gets a Little Help From Their Friends

New York TV stations are enlisting help from their O&O friends covering the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As we told you yesterday, WFOR (CBS) South Florida reporter Ted Scouten is in New York covering the storm and aftermath for both his station as well as WCBS. And today on WNBC, we spotted WTVJ (NBC) South Florida reporter Julia Bagg in Belmar, New Jersey along the Jersey Shore. And further north, Jim Rosenfield, of WNBC sister station WRC in Washington, DC, is in Keansburg, NJ on the Raritan Bay. In the case of Rosenfield, it’s a return to WNBC. He was the anchor of “Live at 5″ from 2000-2005.

NYC Stations Return to Regular Programming After Extended Coverage of Hurricane Sandy

Stations in New York City have partially returned to regular programming today after several days of breaking news coverage of Hurricane Sandy. The five major local stations in New York City — ABC O&O WABC, NBC O&O WNBC, CBS O&O WCBS, Fox O&O WNYW and CW affiliate WPIX — had all returned to regular programming by Wednesday morning. The stations continue to break in to regular programming for press conferences from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

During the storm, WABC captured particularly compelling video of one of the Sandy’s most dramatic moments — the evacuation of 215 critical care patients, including the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, from NYU Langone Medical Center after its backup generator failed. Watch:

WOAI Reporter Donates Kidney to Mom, Documents It In Series

San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI will begin airing a three part series tonight about reporter Kristina De Leon and her mother’s battle with kidney disease.  De Leon (pictured left) donated one of her kidneys to her ailing mother (pictured right) and documented the process to shed some light on the procedure.

“The reason for documenting all of this is because I wanted people to know that donating a kidney isn’t as scary as you think,” De Leon said.  “You don’t have to take medications for the rest of your life. You can drink alcohol afterwards. You can have children, run a marathon, and live a perfectly normal life, as long as you are reasonably healthy.”

De Leon, whose mother had been on kidney dialysis three times a week for 15 months before it was decided she needed a transplant, told TVSpy her mother is on the mend, “Mom is doing great! She’s no longer on dialysis, and at this point, goes to the (doctor) once a week to make sure her new kidney is functioning properly. We are so blessed everything worked out!” Read more

Paige Hansen Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KOLD-KMSB

Paige Hansen has been promoted to weekend evening co-anchor at KOLD-KMSB, the CBS and Fox affiliates in Tucson.

“I’m looking forward to taking on a greater leadership role at the station, and getting to know our Southern Arizona viewers a bit better in this new role,” she told TVSpy via email.

Hansen joined the stations in October 2011 as a multimedia journalist. Her first night at the anchor desk alongside Chris Holmstrom was October 27.

VIDEO: ABC Posts Montage of Hurricane Sandy Getting Best of Local Reporters

It looks like ABC News is trying to show how hard their local ABC7 reporters worked during Hurricane Sandy by posting a montage of reporters in various states of distress while covering the big storm.  Their website captioned the video: “Heavy winds, rain and sea foam weren’t enough to deter journalists from covering the story.”

Of course, the video could also be placed in the “cliches about hurricane reporting” bin on any social media website.  The highlights include one female reporter losing her hat multiple times while a couple of reporters have trouble keeping either sea foam or sand out of their mouths.  Watch and enjoy.

NYT: NY1 ‘a comforting town square’ During Hurricane Sandy

Local stations in New York City have been in continuing coverage since Hurricane Sandy stormed ashore on Monday. The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica reflects on NY1′s coverage, calling it “a prime-time anchor in the tumult of the storm”:

Over the course of the night, its broadcast became a comforting town square, the coverage not as improvisational as you might expect. The plan seemed to be to find someone — a correspondent, a spokesman, a politician — with something to say, and stick with that person until someone else wanted to speak. One by one, they took their turn, everyone from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to representatives of Con Edison and various local elected officials, speaking at length, and often in detail, and often until cut short by a dial tone or a burst of silence when the connection was lost.

The stars, though, were the reporters in the field and the anchors steering the coverage, Lewis Dodley and Elizabeth Kaledin. The meteorologist John Davitt, in an ocean blue shirt, faced the camera squarely, not in front of a hyperactive map, explaining things serenely through the night.

Lindsay Schwarzwaelder is New Weekend Meteorologist for KXAS

Lindsay Schwarzwaelder will be joining KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas, as weekend meteorologist.

She told viewers about the move on her her facebook page saying, “Hi all!  I just wanted to announce that this Friday will be my last day at LEX 18.  I have accepted a job at KXAS in Dallas, TX.”  You can see a screen grab of the post after the jump.

Schwarzwaelder comes to KXAS from the Lexington, KY NBC affiliate WLEX where she has been working since November 2010.  She began her broadcast career at WIVB in Buffalo, NY. Read more

Kelli Stegeman Joining WFTX as Weekend Anchor

Kelli Stegeman will be joining FOX affiliate WFTX as weekend anchor and reporter.

Stegeman comes to Fort Myers,FL from Topeka, KS where she was anchor reporter and producer for Kansas News First, the NBC (KSNT), FOX (KTMJ) and ABC (KTKA) triopoly.

“We are excited to have someone with Kelli’s energy and enthusiasm joining the Fox 4 news team,”  said WFTX news director Eric Maze.  ”She’s not only a terrific anchor, she is a solid reporter who is looking forward to getting answers for viewers.”

[Florida News Center]

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