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Former KNTV Building Gutted by Fire


The TV studio at 645 Park Avenue in San Jose is no more. The building that once housed San Francisco Bay Area station KNTV when it was an ABC affiliate, then an independent station, was gutted yesterday by a five alarm fire.

The building near downtown San Jose had been abandoned since 2004 and sat across the street from the San Jose Fire Department’s training facility. It opened its doors in 1955.

The fire started around 3:00 p.m. yesterday. According to the San Jose Mercury News, two people, “apparently homeless individuals” safely escaped the building when firefighters arrived.

Former employees took to facebook to post pictures of the fire and remember the building where many of them started their careers. David Lee, now news director for Tallahassee’s WTXL, was a sports anchor at the station in the 90s. He wrote, “Hate to see it go down like the Red Wings did the first time the Sharks made the playoffs!!! Lots of memories and friends.”

“This is the old KNTV studio .. On fire,” wrote current KNTV reporter Scott Budman who posted a picture of the fire on facebook. “Lots of good memories there. Hope everyone nearby is safe.”

You can watch KNTV video of former anchor Maggi Scura remembering the building after the jump. Read more

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Two Dead After Helicopter Used by Tallahassee Station Crashes

wtxl_helicopterThe FAA and NTSB are investigating a weekend helicopter crash near Tallahassee, FL, that killed two people and injured one.

The helicopter that crashed is the same one Tallahassee ABC affiliate WTXL uses for news gathering. The station partners with Tallahassee Helicopters for use of the Robinson R-44 helicopter. It was not being used by the station at the time of the crash.

Killed in the crash were the pilot Terry Ooten and passenger Curtis Clifford. Sheri Devore, a second passenger, was injured.

Sources tell TVSpy WTXL news director David Lee pitched in to shoot video of the scene for the station Saturday night when no one else was available.

David Lee to Join WTXL as News Director

david_lee_wtxl_croppedDavid Lee has been named news director for Tallahassee ABC affiliate WTXL.

“I’m very excited at the opportunity to be a part of and lead an already dynamic news department,” Lee told TVSpy. “I’m expecting great things from us all in the future!”

Lee comes to WTXL from KCOY in Santa Maria, CA, where he is assistant news director. He previously worked at KION in Salinas-Monterey.

In his 25 years in broadcasting, Lee has worked as a production manager, sports director and anchor, promotions director, reporter, assignment editor and news content manager.