TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps

Archives: May 2013

Another Tornado Threat For Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City stations went on the air with news of a tornado watch in the area shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

NBC affiliate KFOR was the first to go into wall-to-wall tornado coverage at 3:30 p.m. Chief meteorologist Mike Morgan (pictured) helmed coverage. CBS affiliate KWTV was next at 3:34 p.m., with Kelly Ogle and Amanda Taylor anchoring and meteorologists Gary England and Michael Armstrong contributing.

ABC affiliate KOCO went into continuing coverage with meteorologist Damon Lane at 4:00 p.m. “I know a lot of you are going to be wanting to watch ‘Ellen,’” Lane said. “However, the situation that we have going across the state this afternoon is a significant situation, a very dangerous situation.”

Fox affiliate KOKH stayed with regularly scheduled programming through the 4 p.m. hour.

Mediabistro Course

Create Quick Video for the Web

Create Quick Video for the WebLearn how to shoot, edit, and encode online video! Starting October 4, write video scripts and story outlines, shoot and edit film, and broadcast your work on video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo. Students will get hands-on experience with a Canon HDV camera and Final Cut in this course. Register now! 
 

After Signing Off From WXIX, Ben Swann to Launch ‘Truth in Media’ Project

Ben Swann will anchor his final broadcast at Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX Friday night.

Swann, whose contract expires this month, talks to the Cincinnati Enquirer about his new venture. He plans to focus on his “Truth in Media” project and will announce Monday Kickstarter funding to produce short reports that can be shared via streaming sites.

Swann is known for his “Reality Check” segments. Before working at WXIX, he worked at KTSM in El Paso.

VIDEO: KOMO’s Keith Eldridge Reports From Inside an Adult Entertainment Shop

File this under unique stand-up locations: KOMO’s Keith Eldridge reported Thursday from inside an adult entertainment shop in Seattle (video above).

The store, “Lovers,” was the site of a recent burglary. A man broke into the store and stole a mannequin, which broke in half while he dragged it to the door. The same man allegedly broke into the store again later that night — wearing the wig from the mannequin — to steal clothes and other items.

Eldridge finished his report inside the store, using the mannequins as props. “The folks here are surprised that the suspect didn’t come back trying to get the lower half of the mannequin he stole,” he said. “He just took off with some cheap lingerie.”

TV Jobs: WGBH, News 12 Long Island, WRNN

This week, WGBH needs a digital producer, and News 12 Long Island is hiring a news line producer and an investigative producer. Meanwhile, WRNN is still on the hunt for a junior broadcast IT engineer, as well as a booker/producer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great TV jobs on the TVSpy job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented TVSpy pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Albert Gutierrez Named VP-GM of KTAB-KRBC

Nexstar Broadcasting has named Albert Gutierrez vice president and general manager of KTAB-KRBC, the CBS and NBC affiliates in Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas.

Gutierrez comes from KMID, Nexstar’s ABC affiliate in Midland, Texas, where he has been VP-GM since 2010. Earlier in his career, he worked in a local sales position at KRBC. He has worked at several other Texas stations throughout his career, including KLST-KSAN in San Angelo, KTEN in Sherman and KZAV in Brownsville.

“He has an impressive background in all aspects of our business, and a proven track-record of leading teams that delivered compelling and effective marketing solutions for local and national advertisers,” Nexstar COO Brian Jones said in a statement. “We are confident that his depth of expertise, ability to develop strong relationships with advertising clients, and dedication to the communities he serves will be important attributes in his new position in Abilene/Sweetwater.”

See the full press release after the jump. Read more

Patrick Taney Moving to Rochester’s WHEC

Patrick Taney, morning anchor for Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW, is moving 26 markets down and about seventy miles east to work for Rochester, NY, NBC affiliate WHEC.

Taney told TVSpy, he “decided against moving to another city further away at this point in my life despite other offers.” According to Buffalo News writer Alan Pergament, WKBW news director Polly Van Doren wrote in a memo to staff, the move will allow Taney to spend more time with his parents who live near Rochester.

Taney came to WKBW from WZVN in Fort Myers, FL. Before WZVN, he worked at WBBH also in Fort Myers, KHOG in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, AR, and Cable 13 in Leighton, PA. Taney said he will stay at WKBW until the station finds a replacement.

WLS Meteorologist Leaving News for Education

TVSpy has confirmed WLS weekend morning meteorologist Mark Bishop is leaving the Chicago ABC owned station to be a full-time professor at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

A WLS spokesperson told TVSpy, “We wish him well. We wish him nothing but the best in his new opportunity.”

Bishop will work in the university’s Department of Communications. He joined WLS in 2005. For the last 12 years, he has been a full-time professor in the Department of Communications at Olivet Nazarene University outside of Chicago.

On the Move, 5/31/13

Gaby Fleischman joins WFOR in Miami as a reporter. Previously, she worked at WBBH in Fort Myers.

Jamie Parker, the vice president of marketing and communications at WGBH in Boston, is leaving the station for a public relations firm. She joins Greenough in Boston as president.

To report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

KMOV Adds Maurice Drummond as Sports Director

Maurice Drummond has been hired by St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV as sports director.

Drummond comes to KMOV from rival FOX affiliate KTVI. But don’t expect to see him on air anytime soon. KMOV news director Sean McLaughlin told TVSpy he anticipates Drummond making his on-air debut sometime before the end of the year.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Drummond will be the first new TV sports director in St. Louis in nine years. He replaces Steve Savard who switched to news in February.

All Clear Given at WUSA After Threatening Letter Received

WUSA has been given the all-clear after police were called to the Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate because of a threatening letter.

Mark Burdett, president and general manager of WUSA, told TVSpy police came to the station and did a sweep. The station was not evacuated and the news was not interrupted.

We will update when we have more details.

NEXT PAGE >>