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WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Seriously Injured in Fireworks Accident

dave rexrothDave Rexroth, the chief meteorologist at Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, was seriously injured in a fireworks accident over 4th of July weekend. The station reports the accident caused Rexroth to lose sight in his left eye:

He is currently hospitalized in Iowa City and is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. That will begin the process of Dave receiving a prosthetic eye. He expects to fully recover by September.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time. As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress – and we look forward to his return to Action News,” said Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ.

Phoenix Reporter Caught in Middle of Dust Storm During Live Report


Jaime Cerreta gave viewers an up close and personal look at what it’s like to stand in the middle of a dust storm Thursday.

The reporter for Phoenix independent station KTVK was interviewing two storm chasers in Chandler, AZ, when the dust storm overtook both her and her photographer.

“This is an Arizona monsoon folks!” said Cerreta.

The storm stuck around for a few hours, knocking out power to thousands.

Anne State to Join Portland CBS Affiliate

state witiIn May, TVSpy reported WITI anchor Anne State was leaving the Milwaukee FOX affiliate. Now we know where she’s heading.

State told TVSpy she will join Portland CBS affiliate KOIN on August 4.

Before coming to WITI in September 2010, State worked at WBBM in Chicago and KNSD in San Diego.

Her last day at WITI will be July 30.

David Chandley Leaving WSB After 25 Years, Welcomes Fifth Meteorologist

chandleyDavid Chandley, meteorologist for Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB, has announced he is leaving the station.

“After 25+ years at WSB-TV, I have decided to not renew my contract,” Chandley wrote on his facebook page. “My career goal has always been to be a chief meteorologist and when my current contract expires on July 11th, that pursuit will begin.”

Rodney Ho, media writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, who first reported the story wrote, “If he leaves July 11, he has a 180-day non-compete clause that will prevent him from immediately joining any other Atlanta TV station until January, 2015.”

A WSB spokesperson told TVSpy, “The station wants David to stay and continues to hope he will change his mind.” Read more

TV Jobs: WBNS, WJLA, WDCW

This week, WBNS is hiring a weekend evening anchor, as well as a reporter and anchor/reporter. Meanwhile, WDCW is seeking a senior producer/editor, and WJLA is on the hunt for topical promotion writer/producer/editors. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Find more great TV jobs on the TVSpy job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented TVSpy pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

WMAR Meteorologist During Hurricane Arthur: ‘The Station Just Got Hit By Lightning’

Mike Masco, meteorologist at WMAR, was in the middle of covering how the outer bands of Hurricane Arthur were affecting the Baltimore area, when the station was affected by a lightning strike. Masco’s audio went out for a matter of seconds, but the station was dark for about :20. While he news continued, the lightning strike affected several power functions at the station which is located in Towson. “The AC is still not fixed at ABC 2.,” Masco Tweeted around 9pm Thursday, “Meaning we will look like night of the living dead on TV..Stay tuned….”

Mary Benton Leaving KPRC

benton kprcMary Benton is leaving Houston NBC affiliate KPRC after 20 years, reports Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

“It is certainly with mixed emotions at I am leaving,” Benton told McGuff. “I think what I will miss most is being a voice in the newsroom and represent those that did not have a voice in the media.”

Benton’s facebook page is filled with people wishing her well. One commenter wrote, “You have been a inspiration and provided a wonderful service to the communities you’ve served. May you be blessed Mary!!” Read more

Aereo’s Loss May Be Antenna Supplier’s Gain

aereo_304A Missouri based antenna supplier is looking to take advantage of Aereo’s recent misfortune.

Antennas Direct said it’s giving away 1000 free antennas to Aereo subscribers “as a solution to their signal loss.”

To receive a free antenna, customers must upload their last Aereo billing statement and pay $10 for shipping. They will receive the Antennas Direct ClearStream 2 Complete antenna (50+ mile range), 30 feet of coaxial cable and 20” J-Mount (MSRP $129.99).

“The Aereo Supreme Court case helps illustrate what we have said all along: local digital TV is free, offers more local channels and has a better picture quality than pay TV,” said Richard Schneider, president of Antennas Direct. “All that’s required is a simple, easy to connect antenna.”

The company said the offer is good through this Sunday July 6 or while supplies last.

[The Hill]

Squirrel Leaves Oregon Station in the Dark

Yesterday’s Good Day Oregon show on Portland FOX affiliate KPTV was a bit moodier than usual thanks to a squirrel.

According to the station, Portland General Electric said the squirrel knocked out power to 9,500 customers in Washington County at about 6:30 a.m.

The utility said a squirrel came into contact with some electrical equipment, causing the outage.

KPTV said it used a backup generator to stay on the air. The power came back on by 9:45 a.m.

Meteorologist Mike Breunling Joins WAOW

mike breunlingMeteorologist Mike Breunling is joining WAOW, the ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wisc. Breunling joins the station from rival WSAW, the CBS affiliate in the market, where he has been the chief meteorologist since 1997.

“A strong weather team has long been a Hallmark here at WAOW. I’ve known Mike for many years and applaud his deep local experience and genuine commitment to our community. He will be a great addition to an already superb team of meteorologists,” WAOW station manager Brad Heinkel said in a statement.

Breunling will officially join WAOW later this summer. “This move to WAOW will present exciting new personal and professional opportunities for me,” he said in a statement.

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