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WLBT News Director Moves Back to Anchor Desk

Stribling_WLBTThe Clarion-Ledger reports WLBT news director Wilson Stribling has decided he likes anchoring better than being a boss, so he’s moving back to his old job as a morning anchor.

Before taking the job as news director for the Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate in 2009, Stribling had been the station’s morning anchor for 11 years. When current anchor Brandon Artiles announced he was leaving the station for Memphis, Stribling saw the opportunity to anchor again.

“It created this gaping hole for us going into the November ratings [period],” Stribling said. “My General Manager talked about me anchoring, on a temporary basis.”

But the more Stribling thought about it, the more he wanted it to be a permanent move.

“There are parts of that job that I really missed,” Stribling said. “I was probably the happiest I had ever been in at this station when I was doing morning television before. Not to say I was unhappy in any of the intervening years, but that’s when I felt like I was at my strongest – reporting the news every day. And I can’t wait to get back to that.” Read more

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WLBT General Manager Dan Modisett Retiring

wlbt logo_304x200After 40 years in broadcasting and 30 years at WLBT, general manager Dan Modisett is retiring from the Jackson, Miss. NBC affiliate.

Modisett will officially retire at the end of the year and plans to spend more time with his family.

“We genuinely appreciate his thoughtful and creative leadership at the station and all he has done for Raycom over the years,” WLBT parent company Raycom Media said in a statement. “While we are very happy for Dan and Lisa, we will certainly miss him at WLBT. It is our good fortune to have him around for a few more months.”

Bert Case Reportedly Leaving WLBT Just Short of 40 Year Anniversary

bert_case_croppedBert Case, longtime reporter and anchor for Jackson, MS, NBC affiliate WLBT, is leaving the station just months shy of his 40th anniversary, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

The Clarion-Ledger said Case has been asked to retire on January 31.

But the station’s GM disagreed. “It’s his choice,” WLBT GM Dan Modisett, told the paper which also wrote “State Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, said the decision seems misguided.”

“Bert is an institution in this state,” said Horhn. “He is a much beloved newscaster who has been so much a part of the success of WLBT. I can’t imagine the station without his voice.”

Case started working in Mississippi in 1965 as news director and anchor for WJTV and WAPT in Jackson. He started at WLBT in May 1974. He has worked as news director twice between 1981 and 1986. He has been an anchor and reporter since 1986.

After 23 Years as News Director, Dennis Smith Retires from WLBT

Dennis Smith, news director for Jackson, MS, NBC affiliate WLBT is retiring at the end of February.

“I have been truly fortunate to have worked for such top stations like WLBT and WWL,” Smith told TVSpy. “45 years in the business and over 23 years as ND here have been great along with being a retired Colonel in the Mississippi Army National Guard which has also been great a experience.”  Smith added, “It’s been a great ride. I have also been blessed to have such a great staff and a first rate Assistant News Director in Wilson Stribling.”

Smith was named news director at WLBT in 1989. He’s also worked for KATC in Lafayette, LA, WWL in New Orleans and WJTV in Jackson, MS. Read more