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Archives: July 2013

KUSA’s Amelia Rose Earhart Announces Plans to Fly Around the World

KUSA weathercaster and traffic reporter Amelia Rose Earhart, the namesake and distant relative of Amelia Earhart, has announced plans to re-create the aviation legend’s final flight (video above). USA Today has details on the adventure:

Next summer, Earhart, 30, a Denver weather and traffic co-anchor, and co-pilot Patrick Carter, a Fayetteville, Ark., businessman and adventurer, will take off from Oakland for a two-week, 100-hour flight that will approximate as closely as possible the original flight. They’ll make the trek in a state-of-the-art, $4.6-million, 2014 model PC-12 NG provided by Pilatus Business Aircraft of Broomfield, Colo., one of two principal sponsors. She is announcing plans for the flight today at the EAA AirVenture 2013 aviation show in Oshkosh, Wis.

Earhart, who took her first flying lesson in June 2004 and earned her instrument rating about two months ago, says she’s pumped about the journey – but not nervous. “It’s been the most amazing adventure that hasn’t even happened yet,” says Earhart

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In Milwaukee, WISN Shuffles Anchor Lineup

Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN is shuffling its anchor lineup heading into the Fall, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek reports.

Beginning August 12, Jason Newton (pictured) will move from the 5 p.m. anchor desk to the morning anchor desk. He joins the current morning anchors Patrick Paolantonio and Marianne Lyles on the newscast; the third morning anchor, Portia Young, will shift to weekend mornings and report during the week.

Replacing Newton at 5 p.m. will be Craig McKee, who will continue in his role as 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor. McKee will anchor alongside Toya Washington, according to Dudek.

WISN has also named Joyce Garbaciak the Sunday evening anchor. She will helm the 10 p.m. newscast alongside Toni Valliere, who joins the station next month, and recently-hired meteorologist Chris Gloninger.

WTEV-WAWS Renovating Newsroom

The newsroom at WTEV-WAWS, Cox Media Group’s duopoly in Jacksonville, is undergoing a renovation to “to upgrade and coordinate its news dissemination through traditional and web channels, social media and mobile apps,” according to the Jacksonville Daily Record:

Jim Zerwekh, vice president and general manager of WAWS TV-30 and WTEV TV-47, said changes in the news industry necessitate the newsroom updates for efficiencies.

[...] the newsroom has been vacated to prepare for the work and those functions have been relocated to other areas in the building during renovations. About 140 employees work in the TV operation, according to Zerwekh. He expects the project will be completed in 10-12 weeks.

“It’s a significant investment for our parent company,” he said. “It definitely shows their commitment to us and our continued growth.”

Lisa Lyden Returns to KOAA Anchor Desk

Lisa Lyden is returning to the anchor desk at Colorado Springs NBC affiliate KOAA.

Lyden signed off from KOAA in 2012 after 29 years as the station’s primary anchor. At the time, she said she felt it was the right time to “hang up the microphone and spend more time with family.”

Lyden will rejoin the station as anchor of the 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She will join Rob Quirk and Jennifer Horbelt, who replaced her at the anchor desk last year. In a press release announcing the news, KOAA said the trio will be “the most experienced and successful team in Southern Colorado television.”

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri Joins WFAA

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri is joining WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“In a few weeks I’ll be joining the weather team at WFAA in Dallas,” Altieri tweeted. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity!”

Altieri signed off from KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, in May.  He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WLNS in Lansing, Mich., WOI in Des Moines and WCBI in Columbus, Miss. [h/t NewsBlues]

Q2 Earnings: Journal’s Television Revenue Rises 22.5%

Journal Communications reported $43 million in revenue from television stations during the second quarter of 2013, up 22.5% (6.9% on a same-station basis) from the year-ago quarter, excluding political revenue.

Political advertising revenue dropped from $5.2 million in Q2 2012 to $0.2 million in the non-election year. Local and national advertising revenue, excluding political, were up 43.2% and 31%, respectively. On a same-station basis, local ad revenue was up 6.8% and national ad revenue declined 1%.

Operating earnings from Journal’s television station groups were $8.5 million, a decrease of 2.2% on the year-ago quarter (48.2% on a same-station basis). Both declines were due to “the loss of high-margin political revenue in 2013,” according to the company’s press release. Operating expenses increased 30.6%, (4.9% on a same-station basis), excluding acquisition costs, due to increases in network fees and employee-related costs.

Five Months After Domestic Dispute, Rob and Ashley Morrison Reportedly Reconcile

Former WCBS anchor Rob Morrison and his estranged wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, have reportedly reconciled. Rob Morrison is accused of choking Ashley during a domestic dispute at their Darien, Conn. home in in February. The New York Post‘s Page Six has details:

The sources say the TV anchor couple has been seen spending time together almost every weekend lately with their 7-year-old son at the exclusive Greenwich Water Club, where they celebrated Ashley’s birthday last Saturday.

“They are there together almost every weekend and sometimes Friday when Ashley gets off work,” said one member. “They are still together.”

Another friend of Ashley’s said: “They’re trying to move forward. They’re working things out now that things have quieted down. I think this was a wake-up call [for Rob]. He does seem different from the time when everything went down. They seem pretty peaceful.”

Months After Brief Disappearance, KEYT’s Paula Lopez Arrested for Public Intoxication

KEYT anchor Paula Lopez was arrested Monday afternoon near her Santa Barbara home for public intoxication, Noozhawk reports:

Lopez, 48, “was contacted by sheriff’s deputies on North San Marcos Road at Via Piccoli in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County” at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, sheriff’s Cmdr. Sol Linver said.

She was taken into custody, and later released with a citation to appear in court, Linver said, adding that the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

The arrest comes five months after Lopez briefly went missing. After that incident, which she said was because of pneumonia and dehydration, she took a brief leave of absence from KEYT, where she anchors the 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

KEYT did not immediately respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

On the Move, 7/31/13

Jo Ling Kent joins Fox Business Network as a New York-based anchor and correspondent. Kent previously was a reporter at WVIT in Hartford-New Haven.

Andy Scholes has been named an anchor and correspondent for CNN Sports and the “Bleacher Report” anchor on “New Day.” He comes from KDAF in Dallas, where he was a sports anchor and reporter.

Gary Striewski, a sports reporter at KPRC in Houston, joins NESN in Boston as a feature reporter and sports anchor. Read more

Kelly Zuber Named News Director at WDBJ

Kelly Zuber has been named news director at WDBJ, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.

Zuber has worked at WDBJ for 31 years and held a variety of roles, including reporter, photojournalist, assignment editor, director of public affairs and director of promotion and marketing. For the past six years, she has been director of digital services.

“Kelly is a hard-nosed journalist and a futurist, a really good combination for someone who has to manage all of the content across all of the platforms that people use now to receive information and entertainment,” WDBJ general manager Jeffrey Marks said in a statement.

Zaber replaces Dan Dennison, who will remain with the station as a feature reporter. He will “be creating the model for the ultimate multimedia journalist, with all of the tools to cover stories, assemble them and transmit them from anywhere to WDBJ7′s broadcast and mobile platforms,” according to a WDBJ release.

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