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Justin Kraemer Out at KSNW After Hot Mic Moment: ‘I’m Embarrassed’

justin kraemer_304x200Justin Kraemer has been fired at Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW after he ended Saturday night’s newscast with “let’s get the fuck outta here.”

“I’m embarrassed,” Kraemer told The Wichita Eagle. “I did something extraordinarily unprofessional. It’s something that’s drilled into you from the minute you start in this business to always consider the microphones hot.”

Kraemer, KSNW’s weekend anchor, joined the station in 2008. He previously worked at KSNW “in the late 90′s through 2001,” according to a cached version of his online bio, which has been stripped from the station’s website. The Wichita Eagle reports he has another job lined up.

KSNW General manager Erik Schrader and news director Denise Killian have not responded to multiple requests for comment.

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Erik Schrader Named General Manager of KSNW in Wichita

Erik Schrader has been named president and general manager of KSNW, LIN Media’s NBC affiliate in Wichita.

It is a move within LIN Media for Schrader, who has been news director of WTNH in Hartford-New Haven since 2011. Schrader’s last day at WTNH was last week.

“As News Director for one of our largest markets, Erik transformed the stations’ largest single department into a multi-faceted operation with award-winning, multiplatform content creators that work hand-in-hand with every department in a cohesive way,” LIN Media EVP of television Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. “He brings a skill set to one of our newly acquired television stations that will be very important to its growth and development.”

His appointment is effective immediately. Read the official announcement after the jump. Read more

News Director Erik Schrader Out at WTNH

Erik Schrader has left Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH, where he has been news director since 2011.

A station source tells TVSpy that Al Carl, who has been managing editor at WTNH since 2012, has been named news director, though it is not clear whether his appointment is temporary. Before joining WTNH, Carl worked as news director at KMTV in Omaha and as executive producer at KSHB in Kansas City.

The Laurel reports Schrader is moving to another LIN Media station as a general manager.

Neither Carl or a spokesperson for LIN Media responded to TVSpy’s request for comment.

Erin Logan Named Weekend Anchor at WTNH

Erin Logan has been named weekend evening anchor at WTNH, the ABC affiliate in New Haven.

Logan joined the station in 2011 as a general assignment reporter.

“In her time here she has proven to be an aggressive reporter and one our leaders in carrying out the brand on-air,” news director Erik Schrader wrote in a memo to WTNH staffers Tuesday. “Before coming to this station, Erin was a weekday anchor earlier in her career, so the combo position accents many of her strengths.”

WTNH Posts Listing for Current Anchor’s Job

In a move that could be either a bargaining tactic or a piece of preemptive hiring, or both, WTNH has posted a job listing on its website that’s essentially the position currently held by anchor Sonia Baghdady.

“WTNH/News 8 in Connecticut has an opening for a main anchor,” the post announces, before stating, “You’ll be anchoring most of your newscasts sitting next to… Darren Kramer.”

Baghdady, who has been with WTNH since 2002, currently anchors WTNH’s 5, 5:30, and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Kramer.

News director Erik Schrader told TVSpy today that Baghdady is currently employed by the station, but he refused to comment on the job posting or the anchor’s future with WTNH. Read more

Anne Craig Promoted to Weekdays at WTNH

After just two months as a reporter and weekend anchor at WTNH, Anne Craig has been promoted to weekday morning anchor.

“We are always excited to promote from within, and Anne’s time on Good Morning Connecticut Weekend showed us that she could transition nicely to weekday mornings,” WTNH news director Erik Schrader said in a statement.

Craig will co-anchor the newscast with Chris Velardi. She replaces Kristen Cusato, who left the Hartford-New Haven ABC-affiliate last week to join the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut as a regional director.

Erik Schrader Named WTNH News Director

Erik Schrader, currently the news director at WNEP in Scranton, has been tapped to lead the newsroom at New Haven’s WTNH.

“Erik’s experience and hard-hitting style make him the ideal person to lead our news operation,” said Mark Higgins, vice president and general manager of WTNH-WCTX, in announcing the move. “He specializes in aggressive local news that always reflects the ‘voice of the people.’ I’m excited to have him join the team.”

Schrader fills a position that was vacated last November when Kirk Varner left the station to become news director at WKRC in Cincinnati.

During his time at WNEP, Schrader helped launch digital subchannel WNEP2, which features two and a half hours of local news programming each day, and oversaw the station’s transition to HD. Before joining WNEP, he held the news director post at KODE in Joplin, MO and WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, GA.

Scranton’s WNEP Debuts New, HD-Ready Set

WNEP, an ABC-affiliate serving northeastern Pennsylvania, unveiled a brand-new set last week as part of its planned move to broadcasting the news in HD.

The new set, which made its official debut last Thursday during the station’s 4 p.m. newscast, has a large video display behind the main anchor desk with wings on either side that contain large, flat-screen monitors. WNEP also debuted a new, HD graphics package to accompany the new set.

WNEP’s news director Erik Schrader says that the new set, with its array of video displays, will allow the news team to more effectively tell the day’s stories.

“The Video Wall will allow us to synthesize story video with our anchors much more effectively,” Schrader told TVSpy via email. “The set also gives us better places to place reporters in the studio… allowing us to show video and the reporter simultaneously, which helps us communicate the story in a better way.” Read more