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Jennifer Lyons Named News Director at WGN

Jennifer Lyons WGNTribune has promoted Jennifer Lyons to news director at WGN, the CW affiliate in Chicago. Lyons has worked at WGN for 21 years, most recently as assistant news director.

“As Chicago’s Very Own, I felt it was important to have a leader who knows Chicago. Jennifer is the entire package: a track record of success, forward thinking, with strong editorial judgment and her pulse on Chicago,” WGN general manager Greg Easterly said in a statement. “With over twenty years at WGN-TV, I am proud to honor that loyalty and experience with the news director post. It is well deserved.”

Before Lyons was assistant news director, she was the executive producer of the morning and midday newscasts. She has previously worked at WHO in Des Moines and KWQC in Davenport, Iowa.

Lyons replaces Greg Caputo, who recently retired.

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Paul Perozeni Named VP-GM of WJW

wjw logoPaul Perozeni has been promoted to vice president and general manager at WJW, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Cleveland. Perozeni has been the vice president and general sales manager of WJW for the past 13 years.

“Paul is truly one of ‘Cleveland’s Own’ and he, as much as anyone, has a deep appreciation for and awareness of the legacy, tradition and commitment of WJW to the city of Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Lynda King said in a statement. “He is the perfect choice to lead WJW Fox 8 for years to come.”

Perozeni joined WJW in 1999 and was promoted to vice president and general sales manager in 2001. In the station’s press release, he said it is a “privilege, honor and blessing to have been selected to lead one of the most respected stations in the country.”

Perozeni succeeds Greg Easterly, who left Cleveland to be general manager at Tribune’s WGN in Chicago.

WGN to Add 4 p.m. Newscast in September

wgn-logoWGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, is adding a 4 p.m. newscast this fall, Robert Feder reports:

Greg Easterly, president and general manager of the Tribune Broadcasting station, told staffers Wednesday the expansion would reinforce the brand of “Chicago’s Very Own.” “We have plenty of decisions and brainstorming in front of us . . . but I thought you all would like to know where we are headed,” he wrote in a memo. “It’s clear WGN has a unique place in the market and a true connection to Chicago — let’s build on it.”

No decision has been made on a talent lineup for the new 4 p.m. newscast, but insiders said it’s likely that news anchors Mark Suppelsa and Lourdes Duarte and chief meteorologist Tom Skilling, who currently front WGN’s 5 p.m. news hour, will be involved. There also may be a role for Micah Materre, who co-anchors at 9 p.m. with Suppelsa.

Greg Easterly Named GM of Tribune’s WGN

wgn-logoGreg Easterly has been named general manager of WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, Robert Feder reports.

“Greg is a proven leader, both at the head of a station and in the newsroom, and he has a keen understanding of the management and operations of a legacy station with market dominance,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement. “WGN programs a powerful schedule of news, sports and entertainment for itself and CLTV, with more news than any other Chicago station — I’m confident WGN will continue its growth and success under Greg’s expert guidance.”

Easterly comes from WJW in Cleveland, where he has been general manager since 2007. Tribune added WJW to its station portfolio as part of the Local TV acquisition in December.

“I truly feel like one of the most fortunate broadcasters in the country – to first be a part of a powerhouse legacy station like WJW and work with the great people there, and now to be able to take the next step to WGN, another legacy station with a rich history and a top-ranked news product,” Easterly said.

WGN has been without a general manager since Marty Wilke left the station in 2012.

Cleveland Anchor Wilma Smith Leaving WJW

WJW anchor Wilma Smith is leaving the Cleveland Fox affiliate, she announced on Monday evening’s newscasts.

“I’ve loved every second I’ve worked here at Fox 8, and I’ve been in your homes for more than 20 years now, but I have decided that I want to spend more time with my gift from God, my husband Tom,” Smith said. “So I have decided to retire from the station at the end of May.”

Smith’s departure will cap off a 35-year career, all of it spent anchoring in Cleveland. She worked at ABC affiliate WEWS for 17 years before joining WJW in 1995.

“There are strong mixed emotions here, as you might imagine,” WJW general manager Greg Easterly told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Wilma is a big part of this station, but while we’re sorry to see her go, we’re happy she’s going out on a high note and for reasons we certainly all understand.” Read more

Tracy McCool Moving to Evenings at WJW

Tracy McCool, who has anchored the WJW morning newscast for eight years, has been named the new evening anchor at the Cleveland Fox-affiliate.

McCool replaces Stacey Bell, who left WJW last month to move to New Jersey with her husband. She will anchor the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

McCool is an Ohio native who began her career at WJW as an intern and worked her way up to a producer at the station. She made the transition to on-air work at WICU in Erie and WSYX-WTTE in Columbus, returning to WJW in 2000.

“We’re all very proud and happy for Tracy,” WJW president and general manager Greg Easterly said in a statement. “Hers is truly a ‘Cleveland’s own’ success story that all of northeast Ohio can appreciate.”

Cleveland Weathercaster A.J. Colby Joins WJW

Longtime Cleveland weathercaster A.J. Colby has joined Fox-affiliate WJW on a part-time basis.

The move is a return to WJW for Colby, who worked at the station for three years before joining WKYC, the NBC-affiliate, in 2005. In April, WKYC announced Colby would be let go, but he has remained at the station on a freelance basis since then.

Colby will handle the weekend and morning weathercasting on WJW. “Fox 8 viewers know A.J. and trust him, and it is great to have him back with us to make our outstanding weather team that much stronger,” WJW general manager Greg Easterly told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“It means the world to me,” Colby said of the move. “It’s part time to start with, but I hope it will be expanded in the future. There was just a lot more potential for growth at Channel 8.”