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‘TV Liberation Tour’ Reminds People TV is Still Free, Gives Away 1,000 Free Antennas

TVLiberationTourIn an effort to remind consumers they don’t need to pay for cable to watch local TV, Antennas Direct, TVFreedom.org and LG Electronics plan to give out thousands of digital TV antennas across the country.

“About 80 percent of the population doesn’t even know digital TV exists and that you can get it just from an antenna,” Antennas Direct president Richard Schneider told WUSA at the event’s kick-off in Washington, D.C. “So the whole point of this is to help people who are struggling with their bills and maybe are worried about their finances and hopefully save maybe about $2,000 a year.”

The tour plans to reach consumers in 50 cities across the country this year. You can watch WUSA’s story about it after the jump.

“The multi-city tour will remind people that all of this programming is available free of charge with an antenna and that local broadcast TV continues to offer tremendous value to television viewers across America,” TVFreedom.org spokesperson Robert Kenny said in a statement. Read more

Danielle Dozier Leaving KOCO

dozier goodbyeWeekend morning meteorologist Danielle Dozier announced she’s leaving Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO.

In addition to the send-off on Sunday’s 8:00 a.m. show, Dozier wrote on her facebook page, “I’ve witnessed some terrible weather here but have noticed the true resilience of this community. I will miss all of you and hope you enjoyed getting the weather every Saturday and Sunday! I will soon announce where I’m going but don’t forget, you can still follow me on social media!”

Dozier came to KOCO from KTXS in Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas in November 2011.

She tweeted a link to a video montage the station aired in her honor Sunday morning. See it after the jump. Read more

Man Who Looked Like Police Sketch of Murder Suspect Talked Motive with WBBH Crew


A WBBH reporter and photographer are helping Cape Coral police in their hunt for a killer after they said they spoke to a man who looked like the police sketch of the suspect

Dave Elias, a reporter for the Fort Myers, Fla. NBC affiliate, and photojournalist Ben Colwell said they were “approached by a man bearing a strong resemblance to the sketch. The man claimed to have insight into the shooter’s motive.”

Elias and Colwell went to the Cape Coral Police Department to tell authorities about the man. After hearing the description, investigators quickly rushed Elias and Colwell down the hall to the detectives working the case.

Their story became sworn evidence in the case. Detectives recorded their every word.

“When he was talking, he took a step back,” said Colwell.

Colwell witnessed the man – who said Alfred Griffiths was shot after an argument over a handicapped parking space. Investigators wanted to know every detail about the man. Read more

Veteran Newsman Adrian Gibson Dies

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Adrian Gibson, a longtime anchor/reporter and weatherman for WAAY in Huntsville, Ala, has passed away at the age of 78. His wife Patty told WAAY that her husband had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Gibson worked at the ABC affiliate for 34 years, from December 1970 until his retirement in December 2004. He covered many storms during his tenure, including the tornadoes of 1974, 1989 and Anderson Hills in 1995.

WAAY announced his death on Sunday evening, and included a sampling of tweets from friends and colleagues, who expressed their condolences and shared memories of working with Gibson.

He is survived by his wife, Patty.

Man Won’t Leave Denver Station Lobby. Allegedly Bites Cop


A man who refused to leave Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, was arrested after he allegedly bit one of the officers escorting him out.

KMGH reports, the man walked into the station lobby Friday afternoon saying he was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and wanted to speak to a reporter. The receptionist asked him to leave, but he refused. The building manager asked him to leave, but he again refused. So police were called.

Denver police arrived and escorted the man out of the lobby, but 7NEWS staff said they saw the man begin resisting, and then they saw him bite one of the officers on the hand.

The man then managed to flee and run around the building until he was stopped by officers on East 7th Avenue.

An officer told 7NEWS crews at the scene that a Taser was used to stop the man.

On video shot by 7NEWS anchor Eric Kahnert, seven officers were seen taking part in his arrest as one of the officers is overheard ordering the man to stop biting.

Police said the officer who was bitten suffered serious bodily injury, but is expected to be OK.

Anchor Yasmin Dar Leaving KVAL

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Yasmin Dar, evening anchor at KVAL in Eugene, Oreg., is leaving the CBS affiliate and the world of TV news altogether. Dar has decided to move back to her home state of Hawaii to be a stay at home mom.

Dar announced the news on her blog on Thursday, writing:

From the bottom of my heart, thank you Eugene and KVAL News for the wonderful memories. I know my new role as a stay at home mom will be, by far, one of the hardest jobs that I’ll ever have, but it has already been one of the most rewarding ones. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my next adventures!!!

Dar joined KVAL in July 2012. She had been a traffic anchor at KITV, the ABC affiliate in Honolulu.

Longtime Chief Meteorologist Out at News 13

jeff dayAfter 17 years at News 13, Jeff Day is out as chief meteorologist.

Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel reports, Day was told his contract had been terminated on Friday.

“When we started I was the only the meteorologist,” Day said Sunday night. After a tornado outbreak in 1998, the channel decided he needed help.

Day said it was a little bit of a surprise that he was out at News 13.

“It’s the nature of the business,” he said. “You always have to be prepared. It’s just one of the things you find in the business. I’m dealing with it. It’s been 17 years of dedication and hard work. But now there’s relaxation and some excitement about finding a new path to take. I love Central Florida.” Read more

Former WSAZ News Anchor Bos Johnson Dies

johnson wsazFormer WSAZ news director and anchor Bos Johnson died Sunday, according to the Charleston-Huntington, NBC affiliate.

Johnson was a much-loved figure in local broadcasting. Jim Casto, retired associate editor of The Herald-Disptach compared him to a local version of Walter Cronkite. “The authoritative Cronkite covered the big stories of the day – the Vietnam War, Watergate, the slayings of President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In much the same reassuring fashion, Johnson detailed for WSAZ’s viewers the region’s big stories,”

Johnson started at WSAZ in 1952. He was named news director in 1960. He left the station in 1976 and served as an associate professor of broadcast journalism at Marshall University. He also worked as a consultants for the Charles Ryan Associates. later becoming VP for the company.

“For a quarter century, WSAZ viewers got to know Bos Johnson,” WSAZ wrote on its website. “He was an anchor and reporter for the station during a time in which several major news stories took place. Bos covered the Marshall University plane crash and the collapse of the Silver Bridge.”

“He was my mentor and my friend,” former WSAZ reporter Tom Jacobs wrote in an email to TVSpy. “His family embraced me as one of their own, so much so I slept on their couch when I couldn’t find an apartment after arriving in Huntington all those many years ago!”

Johnson is survived by his wife Dotty, his five children including Rob Johnson, a morning news anchor at WSAZ.

TV Jobs: KHOU, WSVN, WTNH

This week, KHOU is hiring an executive producer, as well as a supervising investigative producer. Meanwhile, WSVN is seeking a creative services director, and WTNH needs a digital executive producer. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Jimmy Fallon Gets Good News From Local Anchors

Last night, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon borrowed from some local affiliates for some video ha hahs.

This time, Fallon’s “I’ve got Good News and Good News,” featured, among others, WNBC uber-anchor Chuck Scarborough saying the phrase “get your sweet lovin’ on” and Devin Scillian at Detroit’s WDIV narrating a kitten, puppy, bunny in a cashmere sweater montage. Happy Friday.

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