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WIVB’s Jacquie Walker Diagnosed With Cancer

AR-141118954Jacquie Walker, anchor at Buffalo CBS affiliate WIVB, will take the next few weeks off as she is treated for breast cancer. The Buffalo News reports the cancer was detected early, and Walker plans to return to work in about a month:

The station’s general manager, Rene LaSpina, made Channel 4’s staff aware of Walker’s condition Tuesday when she posted an email from Walker.

Here’s the full statement from Walker, who has been at Channel 4 for 31 years: “To my colleagues here at Channel 4. I wanted to let you know why you are not seeing me in the newsroom this week. I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and I am now being treated by the experts at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I expect to return to work in a few weeks.

“During Breast Cancer Awareness Week in October, you hear about the importance of early detection and the importance of mammograms. Believe it. I have never missed an annual mammogram, and that is how my cancer was discovered at an early stage.

“My family and I have faith that I will be cured. We ask for your prayers and understanding. We look forward to a healthier New Year, as we continue our lifelong support of those seeking a cure for cancer.”

NTSB Sides with FAA. Drones are Aircraft

FAAAttention drone operators! Drones are aircraft regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration and you will be held accountable for reckless romps through airspace, scaring birds, commercial jet pilots and police helicopters.

The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday agreed with the FAA that unmanned aircraft systems “meet the legal definition of ‘aircraft’ and that the agency may take enforcement action against anyone who operates a UAS or model aircraft in a careless or reckless manner.”

Yesterday’s ruling overturns an NTSB administrative law judge’s previous decision saying the FAA was wrong when it fined Raphael Pirker $10,000 for flying his drone over the University of Virginia in 2011. Read more

Buffalo’s WKBW Staff Stranded at Police Station After Storm

The ferocious lake effect snowstorm that dumped five feet of snow outside Buffalo, N.Y. left many people stranded on the roads or confined to their homes. Three WKBW staff members even had to spend the night at the Lackawanna Police station.

A photographer at the ABC affiliate sent in the photo above after waking up at the station this morning. WKBW reports that around 15 people spent the night there.

So far, five people have died from the storm, while hundreds are currently stranded. Follow @WKBW on Twitter for more news and safety updates.

Gene Lightfoot Named General Sales Manager at WDCW

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Gene Lightfoot is joining WDCW, the CW affiliate in Washington, D.C., as general sales manager. Lightftoot will report to Vince Giannini, vice president/general manager at WPHL, who is serving as interim VP/GM at WDCW.

“I am thrilled to have been able to attract and hire a manager of Gene’s caliber to lead our sales team at DCW50,” Giannini said in a statement. “Gene’s reputation as an excellent communicator and ambassador of broadcasting will serve him well in this role.”

Lightfoot comes from KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, where he was national sales manager.

“WDCW has a rich tradition in Washington,” Lightfoot said. “I am proud to join the great team at WDCW and continue the legacy of providing great programming to our viewers and advertisers.”

He joins the station on December 1.

Graham Media Group Buys Social Media Startup

Graham-Media-Group-jpgGraham Media Group announced it has acquired SocialNewsDesk, a company providing social media management tools for newsrooms.

“We are excited to bring SocialNewsDesk into the Graham Media Group family,” Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said in a statement. “In fact, we have been their client and appreciate, firsthand, the value they provide to our newsrooms.”

According to the release, SocialNewsDesk gives local TV stations the tools to publish content and manage their social media presence “while providing news producers and writers the ability to better manage the flow of information put out on social platforms.”

SND said its next product “SND On Air” will allow TV stations to “curate, style and broadcast social content.”

WYFF Adds Ashley Swann, Announces New Weekend Anchor Team

swann wyffHearst-owned Greenville, S.C. station WYFF has announced a new weekend anchor team with the addition of Ashley Swann as weekend anchor.

The station promises on its website, Swann will “bring the weekend evening news to viewers” to the NBC affiliate as anchor of the 4:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. Saturday newscasts. Mike McCormick will co-anchor with Swann on Sunday. The two will be joined by sports anchor Marc Dopher and meteorologist Chris Justus.

“We are thrilled Ashley is joining our news team,” said Bruce Barkley, WYFF 4 News Director. “This move is a homecoming for her.  She grew up in the Upstate and is familiar with our area. I know Ashley is a very talented reporter and anchor who shares our commitment to reporting local news that matters to viewers. Ashley and Mike will make a great team on Sunday evening newscasts.”

Mike McCormick has been with WYFF News 4 in the Spartanburg Bureau for more than seven years.  In addition to his Sunday evening anchor duties, Mike will continue reporting from Spartanburg during the week.

WJAR Sports Guy Moving to News

bagni croppedAdam Bagni is moving over to news for Providence, R.I. NBC affiliate WJAR.

Bagni was a sports anchor and reporter at WJAR. He will soon be a digital journalist for the station’s newly created Bay State Bureau.

He told TVSpy, “I can’t wait to get to get started and do what I do best – tell stories and report the news that serves Southern New England.”

Before coming to WJAR in December 2011, he was the sports director at WNCF in Montgomery, Ala.

WOAI’s Evy Ramos Shares Her Adoption Story

Evy Ramos, an evening anchor at San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI, shared her personal adoption story on yesterday’s episode of “San Antonio Living.”

Ramos revealed that she got pregnant during high school and gave her son up for adoption. She explained a bit more about her experience here:

November is National Adoption Month. I try my best to share my story about the beauty of adoption. Placing my child for adoption was the hardest thing I have ever done. But there is no doubt in my mind it was the best decision for him. He is being raised by two wonderful parents and has a great older brother. I hope anyone going through an unplanned pregnancy will consider adoption as an option.

Ramos goes into more detail about the adoption process and what her relationship is like with her (now 14-year-old) son in the video above.

Sometimes a Typo Says it All

This typo is from KCTV in Kansas City. It may actually be more Freudian slip, than typo since Kansas City is still climbing out from record lows.

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According to Romenesko, who first posted this pic of meteorologist Gary Amble, chief meteorologist Chris Suchan said “‘sometimes you’re up against the clock’ and type ASS when you mean AS.”

If you are in NYC today, that graphic is wrong. It is Ass cold.

Ted Ryan, Former WHIO Meteorologist, Dies

ted-ryan-colorDayton CBS affiliate WHIO reports former meteorologist Ted Ryan died this morning. He was 89:

Ryan served as a weather forecaster, travel reporter and staff announcer from 1954 to until his retirement in 1992.

Ryan continued to fill-in for WHIO weathercasts until 2001.

Ryan also co-hosted the annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon with Cheryl McHenry.

He was inducted to the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005.

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