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Amanda Barren Returns to WSAZ

Amanda Barren is back at WSAZ.  The Charleston, WV, NBC affiliate has announced Barren will co-anchor the 5:00 p.m. news beginning next Monday, December 17.

This is the second stint at WSAZ for Barren who worked for the station in 2006 as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter.  She left WSAZ for WKYC in Cleveland in 2010.

“Beyond the family that is WSAZ, I have a special place in my heart for the extended family of viewers,” said Barren. “The people in this region make it special. I can’t wait to start sharing their stories again.”

“Amanda is an outstanding journalist whose number one priority is to serve the community she loves,” said WSAZ news director Dan Fabrizio. “She’s a great addition to a great news team. We’re excited to have her back.”

You can watch her future co-anchor Bill Murray announce the news in a video after the jump. Read more

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Providence’s WLNE Airs Bra Infomercial in Place of 7:00 p.m. Newscast

Providence’s WLNE, which is currently up for sale, has begun running infomercials in place of its 7:00 p.m. newscast.

On Tuesday night, the ABC-affiliate’s 7:00 p.m. newscast was replaced by an infomercial for the Genie Bra, a revolutionary new bra that eliminates rolls, wires, and adjusting straps (video above).

A source tells TVSpy that WLNE plans to air infomercials in place of the 7:00 p.m. news when the station can sell the spots. So, in other words, the newscast is now a back-up in case nobody wants to buy the 7:00-7:30 p.m. time slot.

WLNE news director Dan Fabrizio confirmed to TVSpy that the newscast did not run on Tuesday, however he emphasized that it is not canceled.  “The 7 pm newscast was developed as an alternative to expensive syndication in prime access,” Fabrizio said via email.  “From time to time, the station sells that time period.”

WLNE Launches ‘Operation: Warm Home’ to Help New England Families Without Heat


As a bitter cold spell whips through the Northeast, Providence’s WLNE has introduced a unique program to help area residents who are unable to heat their homes.

The ABC-affiliate is partnering with northeastern heating company Petro Oil on “Operation: Warm Home,” which connects local families struggling to heat their homes with WLNE viewers looking to help.

“Forecasts are for low temperatures between five and ten below zero,” said Steve Doerr, vice president and general manager of WLNE. “People need help and they need it now. ‘Operation: Warm Home,’ is our program to get them enough oil to get through the next few days.” Read more