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Bill Hader Brings Herb Welch Back to SNL

When Bill Hader came back to host “Saturday Night Live,” he brought recurring character Herb Welch along to delight local on-air news talent everywhere.

You may remember Welch as the gruff, somewhat senile reporter who smacks his interviewees in the face with his mic.

Some think Hader’s character is inspired by a 2001 on-air scrap between WNYW reporter Dick Oliver and anchor Jim Ryan. See that video after the jump. Read more

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Gray Television Streamlines Management Team

Gray Television has announced a streamlined management team that eliminates the positions of COO and regional vice president and creates a team of five who will report to Gray’s president and CEO Hilton Howell.

The five named in the press release are: Nick Waller, who was named senior vice president of the Mid-Atlantic and South regions, Bob Smith, who was named senior vice president of the Midwest and West regions, Jason Effinger, who was named SVP for media and technology, Jim Ryan, who will maintain his title of SVP of finance and CFO, and Kevin Latek, who was named SVP of Business Affairs.

“We are excited to create a new management structure that will allow us to be decisive, innovative, and agile,” said Howell. “Just as important, our new structure is scalable in a way that allows us to grow our company and our local brands quickly.”

Gray also announced Charlie Effinger will become the VP of Corporate Development and will be responsible for acquiring programming and maintaining relationships with networks and syndicators. Lisa Gull was also named VP of Production. Gull will report to Jason Effinger and will support Gray’s production projects as well as overseeing the Gray Graphics hub.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Channels Infamous WNYW Reporter

“Saturday Night Live” channeled New York’s WNYW this weekend, featuring the now-recurring character of over-the-hill reporter Herb Welch.

Many will remember the embarrassing on-air argument that occurred a few years ago on WNYW’s “Good Day NY” between anchor Jim Ryan and reporter Dick Oliver.

With his thick glasses and taupe sport coat, “SNL” cast-member Bill Hader is a dead-ringer for Oliver, who infamously told Ryan on-air, “I was your boss once!”

For further comparison, check out another Herb Welch sketch from November. Video inside… Read more