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Archives: January 2014

After 19 Years, Eric Wilson Out at WREX

eric wilson_wrexEric Wilson is no longer working at Rockford NBC affiliate WREX.

John Chadwick, WREX VP and GM, confirmed with TVSpy he told The Rockford Register Star, “This is an important step to best serve the people of Rockford.” He also told us beyond that, he can’t discuss personnel matters.

Chief meteorologist Eric Sorensen told The Rockford Register Star, Wilson’s departure is “incredibly sad. He is a good friend of mine, and I won’t get to work with him.”

KXTV Ad Exec Dies from H1N1 Influenza


Nancy Pinnella, a national sales account manager for Sacramento, CA, ABC affiliate KXTV has died after contracting the H1N1 flu virus.

The Sacramento Bee writes, “On Jan. 21, she felt sick, leaving work early. On Jan. 22, she went to a doctor, hardly able to speak or breathe. By 6 p.m. that day, she was in intensive care at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento.”

KXTV said she died Saturday after being taken off life support. She was 47. Read more

Seattle Seahawk Plays Reporter for a Day


Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Phil Bates took advantage of the ever present media scrum during Super Bowl week by showing off his reporting chops.

Bates used the mic from Steve Overmeyer from New York CBS owned station WCBS.

Bates explored such topics as “When you sack the QB, where do you get your celebrations from?” and “Why are you so angry all the time?”

Police Investigate WJBK Reporter Rough-Up

Yesterday we told you WJBK reporter M.L. Elrick was roughed up by police after attempting to interview City Council president pro tem George Cushingberry, Jr. at a council meeting.

Today we learned Detroit Police have launched a formal investigation into the incident.

Police Chief James Craig said Elrick’s run-in with a supervisor and an officer assigned to City Council protection duty appeared to be a use of force, but not an excessive use of force. He also said the Sergeant involved has been moved from the executive protection detail.

“The reporter, while attempting to force an interview, blocked President Pro Tem Cushingberry’s path and the unit responded by forcing a protective space allowing the councilman to proceed to his seat,” City Council president Brenda Jones said in a statement, according to The Detroit Free Press. “Due to the nature of the reporter’s aggressive behavior, Sgt. Robert Mitchell, the head of the unit, contacted his superior and filed an incident report. This incident is under investigation and I have, and will not have, any further comment on this incident.”

The Free Press reports “Earlier this month, Cushingberry was found with alcohol and marijuana in his car during a traffic stop earlier this month.”

Richard Thompson Leaving Seattle’s KIRO

richard thompsonAfter 19 years at KIRO, South Sound bureau chief Richard Thompson is leaving the Seattle CBS affiliate to become a financial advisor.

Except for three years in Wichita, Thompson has worked at KIRO for his entire career. He was hired after college as a segment producer for environmental and investigative stories. He rejoined the station’s South Sound Bureau in 1995.

Thompson announced the news of his departure on Twitter. “Gotta jump out of my comfort zone and see if there’s some room to grow,” he wrote. [h/t NewsBlues]

Chuck Gaidica Leaving WDIV for Ministry, Station Announces Replacement

Gaidica_BaileyWDIV director of meteorology Chuck Gaidica (pictured right) is leaving the Detroit NBC station after 27 years to join a local church as the Pastor of World Outreach.

“Of all the names associated with Detroit television, Chuck Gaidica is one of the most respected and beloved,” Marla Drutz, VP and GM of WDIV said in a statement. “When Chuck came to me some time ago with a desire to change his position at the station, I was naturally very sad. I’ve known him since 1983 so I know that when he makes a decision of this magnitude that he has come to it after serious thought.”

Gaidica has worked at WDIV since 1987. He is leaving in August 2014

WDIV also announced it’s hired Ben Bailey (pictured left). Read more

WCSC Interviews Student Who Was Kneed in the Groin by Jim Cantore: ‘He Got Me Good’

jim cantore charleston incidentWhat’s it like to get kneed in the groin by Jim Cantore on live television? Charleston CBS affiliate WCSC talks to Colin Marcelli, the college student who knows the answer to that question after he charged Cantore during a live shot this week.

“He probably thought I was trying to tackle him or something, but really I was just trying to run into the frame,” Marcelli said. “He just put up a swift knee to try and defend himself. He got me good.”

Marcelli called the incident his “15 minutes of fame” and said he would “100 percent do it again.” Watch Marcelli’s interview here.

‘I’m Like a Kid in a Candy Store’: WNYW Sports Anchor on Covering the Super Bowl

castiglione_wnywThere are only so many cities that get to host the Super Bowl and only one broadcast network out of four gets to carry the game. This year the Super Bowl is just across the Hudson from New York and it’s on FOX.

TVSpy spoke with WNYW‘s Duke Castiglione who is a local sports anchor lucky enough to have the stars align so that his network is broadcasting the game in his market.

“The Super Bowl is more than a football game. It’s an event,” said Castiglione. “You don’t keep the focus on one thing when it comes to the Super Bowl. You focus on everything.”

In addition to his day job reporting on the game, he’s learned how to make baked clams from celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli and sat down with Dan Lauria, the actor who played Vince Lombardi on Broadway and is best known for playing Kevin’s father on the “The Wonder Years.”

RELATED – Alex Guarnaschelli tells MediabistroTV “How to be The Next Celebrity Chef” Read more

Columbus Station One-Ups ‘Ice Desk’ with ‘Ice Weather Board’

WSYX_icewallWSYX has taken the Ice Desk idea to 11.

Yesterday the Columbus ABC afiliate debuted the “First Warning Ice Center,” which reporter Brooks Jarosz tweeted out was “Made with real ice!

Chief meteorologist Bill Kelly told viewers on yesterday’s 5:00 p.m, “We have developed the entire First Warning Ice Center where we have a green wall that we’re going to be doing all the broadcasts out here for at least tonight.” Read more

From a 14-Box to a 25-Box

With Atlanta still in crisis mode after yesterday’s winter storm, ABC affiliate WSB has added even more reporters to its coverage. At the top of the 4 p.m. newscast today, WSB debuted a 25-box. Most impressively, the station was able to get all 25 reporters on the screen at once:

WSB 24 box

For those of you keeping track at home, that’s 11 reporters more than WSB had yesterday and 15 more than CNBC’s infamous ‘decabox.’

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