News of Labbe’s hire was first reported on Rick Gevers’ weekly newsletter. He moves to San Antonio from Kansas City, where he has been news director at CBS affiliate KCTV since 2010. Labbe replaces Tom Bell, who left San Antonio to join KOVR in Sacramento.
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David Lowell, news director for KBTV, told TVSpy, “We hate losing her but it’s a win-win for her and the company.” KBTV is operated by Sinclair under a Joint Service Agreement with owner Deerfield Media.
According to her bio, she interned at KABB while in college and also worked as a freelance reporter for the station.
The fire began on the second floor of the station’s building around 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, during the morning newscast. The building was evacuated and programming went to black. WOAI anchors reported on the fire for sister station KABB, the San Antonio Fox affiliate.
WOAI’s programming resumed around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. With the second floor of the building still closed, the station has set up a temporary news set in the station’s parking lot.
WOAI was knocked off the air during the morning newscast Tuesday when a fire broke out in the building that houses the San Antonio NBC affiliate. The station was airing NBC’s special report on the celebration mass for Pope Francis when the programming went to black.
“At approximately 5:00 a.m. a fire alarm was triggered at WOAI-TV, and the building was evacuated. Fire units arrived shortly thereafter. The fire was contained to second floor offices. We expect to have electricity restored to the building by noon, and we anticipate having WOAI-TV on the air later this afternoon,” WOAI general manager John Seabers said in a statement. “We are grateful no one was injured.”
In the station’s slideshow of the fire, flames can be seen in the second floor window of the WOAI building. WOAI reporters and anchors did live reports from the scene on Fox affiliate KABB, which is also owned by WOAI parent company Sinclair Broadcasting.
“Karen’s courage in her battle inspired us all,” the station said in a statement. “She loved each of her Fox San Antonio viewers.”
Martinez was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and has raised awareness of the disease and its treatments on the air for the past four years. In November, the anchor underwent radioembolization treatments to treat the cancer, which had spread to her liver.
Watch KABB’s tribute to Martinez here (the station’s video player does not allow embedding).
Cunningham moves to Louisiana from Kentucky, where he has been a general assignment reporter at WKYT in Lexington since March. This is Cunningham’s second stint at the station. He previously worked there from 2007-09.
Martinez, who has has sought to raise awareness of breast cancer since she was diagnosed in 2009, has begun radioembolization treatments for her disease. She shared her story with KABB’s Yami Virgin in a report that aired Thursday.
“To be a part of this is amazing because it is so new to San Antonio. I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to do this story and to let people know that this is an option,” Martinez said.
Watch KABB’s report on radioembolization here (the station’s video player does not allow embedding).
“I am so excited to join the Fox 4 Rising team and look forward to bringing Southwest Florida viewers what they need to get their day started right,” Zamorano said in a statement posted to the station’s website. “I want to tell about what is going on in the world, but more importantly, I want our viewers to know about the news that is relevant to them. We’re going to be informational, but we’re also going to have fun.”
The station also announced Amy Wegmann, who left the station to support her husbands run for Congress, will fill-in for Carley Wegner on “Fox 4 Morning Blend” while Wegner is on medical leave.
Barkley was in the Alamo City this week as the Spurs competed in the Western Conference Finals, and he was confronted by an excited group of local reporters when he made a public appearance with the city’s mayor.
“The past fifteen years at KABB and KMYS have been very rewarding and gratifying, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to expand my leadership responsibilities as general manager,” Radla, who served as KABB’s local sales manager beginning in 1997, said in a statement. “I look forward to building on the stations’ strong operations, quality programming and local news offerings, and continuing to serve our local community.”
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