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Is Hardcore Pawn Really Reality TV?

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Viewers of reality TV often want to know if what they’re watching is an actual day in the life of the stars or if it’s enhanced reality with scripted characters and faked scenes.

Recently, we got a chance to ask the people who might know, the starts of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn Les and Ashley Gold.

Watch the video to hear what they have to say about those fantastically wacky customers.



Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

Meteorologist Jon Slater Says He’s Leaving KOKH

slater croppedKOKH meteorologist Jon Slater has announced he is leaving the Oklahoma City FOX affiliate.

“I’ll be leaving FOX 25 at the end of this month,” Slater wrote on his facebook page. “I won’t forget the wonderful people I’ve met and the places I’ve been in 27 years as a broadcast meteorologist. Here’s to the future….”

Slater has been worked at KOKH since June 2008. Throughout his career he’s worked at KOKI, KTUL, and KJRH in Tulsa, KSHB in Kansas City, MO, and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

Tim Perry Named GM of WRLH

wrlh logoSinclair Broadcast Group has named Tim Perry GM of Richmond-Petersburg, VA, FOX affiliate WRLH.

“We have a good team in place upon which to build FOX Richmond’s importance and relevance,” Perry said in a statement. “I look forward to becoming a member of the community and leading the staff to the next level.”

Perry has been the GM at KOIN in Portland since 2008. Before KOIN he was GM at KKFX and later KSBY in San Luis Obispo-Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, GM at KOLO in Reno, NV, and GM of WPBM-WTOM in Traverse City-Cadillac, MI.

WKBN Wears Purple to Support Chief Meteorologist’s Cancer Battle

WKBN encouraged the community to wear purple yesterday in support of chief meteorologist Don Guthrie, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Yesterday was Guthrie’s 44th anniversary at the Youngstown CBS affiliate. Watch WKBN’s report:

News Director Out at Madison ABC Affiliate

wkowJoe Radske, news director for Quincy Broadcasting owned WKOW in Madison, WI, is out at the station.

A Quincy spokesperson told TVSpy, as of today Radske no longer worked at the Madison ABC affiliate.

Radske was named news director in 2012.

Las Vegas Anchor Releases Book for Voice Actors

Las Vegas news anchor Dave Courvoisier admits he’s living out one of his dreams, on the anchor desk at KLAS. “I just knew I’d eventually be the next Walter Cronkite or Peter Jennings,” he writes on his blog. “Then, I realized I had at least one more good thing left in me–it was voice-acting.”

Courvoisier now has a second job as a voice actor and voice over artist, and today he’s releasing a book on the subject. “More Than Just a Voice” is aimed at voice talent, with advice on how to succeed in a very competitive industry. And no, he’s not expecting a New York Times bestseller:

I will be lucky to break even on the expense of this book. I’ve already spent thousands, and I don’t care. Maybe I could’ve done it for less, but I was a publishing newbie, and once I started, I knew I wasn’t gonna quit until I was published.

‘Shot Fired’ at WVVA Reporter Was Actually a Truck Backfire

False alarm, everybody. Last week we told you about a scary experience for WVVA reporter Annie Moore, who was shooting video at the scene where a body had been found–only to have a shot fired at her from a passing car. Billed as a “WVVA Exclusive”, Moore described feeling a bullet whiz by her head.

Turns out, there was no bullet. The Washington Times reports the sound Moore took for a gunshot was a pickup truck backfiring:

Beckley police detective Morgan Bragg said Friday the driver of the truck was passing by the crime scene on Monday when his vehicle backfired, as he said it is prone to do.

WVVA news director Elisabeth Shaffer, in an update posted to the station’s story, said “we are relieved that the outcome appears not to have been as serious as originally thought.” The station notes witnesses at the scene all believed they heard a gunshot, and the first police officer to review the station’s video of the incident said “well, it would have to be a gunshot.”

Q2 Earnings: Gannett Broadcasting Revenue Up 88%

gannett logoGannett Broadcasting reported $398.3 million in revenues for the second quarter of 2014, an 88 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter. The increase was a reflection of Gannett’s acquisition of Belo, as well as higher retransmission revenue and political revenue “across all of our stations,” according to the company.

On a pro forma basis, broadcasting segment revenues were up 13.4 percent and retransmission revenues were up 66.6 compared to the year-ago quarter. Pro forma digital revenues were up 15.2% compared to the second quarter of 2013.

“Our expanded broadcast portfolio drove overall company margin expansion during the quarter, as we continue to transform Gannett into a higher margin, higher growth business,” Gannett CEO Gracia Martore said in a statement.

Andy Alford Named GM of WFLA

andyalfordMedia General has named Andy Alford VP and GM of Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA.

“This is a very exciting opportunity and I look forward to working with the talented group of broadcast professionals at WFLA,” Alford said in a statement.

Alford, who starts at WFLA on August 1, comes to the station from WTEN in Albany where he was named GM in 2010 by Young Broadcasting. He will continue in his role as VP of Sales for Media General.

Alford has also worked at WGCL in Atlanta, working his way up from general sales manager to station manager to general manager in the seven years he worked there. He has also worked in Orlando, FL, and Syracuse and Rochester, NY.

Jon Skorburg Named VP-GM of WOI

woi logoNexstar has appointed a new general manager of WOI, its recently-acquired ABC affiliate in Des Moines. Effective immediately, Jon Skorburg has been named vice president and general manager of the station and its associated digital operations.

It is a move within Nexstar for Skorburg, who has been vice president and general manager of Nexstar’s WQRF and Mission Broadcasting’s WTVO in Rockford, Ill., since 2011. Before that, he was the president and CEO of WNWO, the NBC affiliate in Toledo.

“With his local broadcasting expertise, strong client relationships, and dedication to the local Midwest communities that he serves, we are confident in Jon’s ability to provide effective leadership and to build upon the success of WOI-TV,” Nexstar Broadcasting COO Brian Jones said in a statement.

Skorburg replaces Russ Hamilton, who has been general manager of WOI since 2011.

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