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Sacramento Anchor Leaving TV for Radio

Walt Gray, longtime anchor for KCRA is leaving the Sacramento NBC affiliate to host his own morning radio show.  Gray had been with the station as a sports reporter and later a news anchor for nearly 25 years.

“This offer came a year or two earlier than I was planning on….but…’dinner is on the table and i want to eat while the food is hot.”  Gray told TVSpy. “I have loved every day I’ve walked into KCRA.”

The Sacramento Bee said the news about Gray’s departure was emailed to the KCRA staff by news director Lori Waldon.

Her e-mail announcement said: “Walt has been a tremendous asset to KCRA 3. Now, Walt is taking on a new and exciting challenge in his career. Walt has accepted a new position at Entercom Radio, “The Eagle” 96.9. The station is creating a morning team and they tapped Walt to do it – knowing he’d be the perfect fit.”

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Lisa Gonzales Moves to KCRA

Lisa GonzalesMorning anchor Lisa Gonzales is making the cross-town move from Sacramento CBS affiliate KOVR to NBC affiliate KCRA.

“I am honored and humbled to work at the station I grew up watching,” said Gonzales.  “I can’t wait to get started!”

Her first day will be next Tuesday, September 4.

Gonzales anchored the morning and noon newscasts at KOVR for seven years.  She previously worked at KFSN, Fresno, CA and KRCR in Redding, CA.

Greg Shepperd to Lead KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith

Greg Shepperd has been named news director at KHBS-KHOG, Hearst Television’s duopoly in Fort Smith-Fayetteville.

Shepperd has worked for Hearst for the past seven years. Most recently, he was the managing editor for KCRA, the NBC-affiliate in Sacramento. He is also a former assistant news director for WDSU, the NBC-affiliate in New Orleans.

“Greg has distinguished himself throughout his career as a newsroom leader with a unique blend of exceptional team leadership skills, and an eye for what it takes to deliver great local television news,” Brian Sather, president-GM of KHBS-KHOG, said in a statement. “His passion, energy, and work ethic are infectious and I’m confident our team and our viewers will be well-served with this appointment.” Read more

Philadelphia NBC Station Names New News Director

Anzio Williams left KCRA in Sacramento last month after five years as the station’s news director to pursue “bigger and better things.”  And he got just that as NBC O&O WCAU in Philadelphia today introduced him as its new vice president of news.

“I’m so proud to be part of the hardest working news team in Philadelphia,” Williams said in a statement.  “This is a great news town, and I cannot wait be a part of this community.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Anzio to our leadership team,” said WCAU president and general manager Eric Lerner, announcing the hiring.  “He has a distinguished record of accomplishments as a news manager and as a proven leader. He is a great addition to our team.” Read more

News Director Anzio Williams Leaving KCRA

Anzio Williams, who has been the news director at Sacramento’s KCRA since 2007, is set to leave the Hearst-owned station next Monday.

KCRA general manager Elliott Troshinsky announced Williams’s departure in an email to staff this week, saying that the veteran news director “has expressed a desire to pursue some other career interests and opportunities.”

Williams, who has been with Hearst for 14 years, joined KCRA after two years as news director at WDSU in New Orleans. Before that, he was the assistant ND at WESH in Orlando and at WCNC in Charlotte. Read more

KTXL Hires Alisa Becerra As Morning Anchor, And Adds Evening Newscast

KTXL has announced some programming changes going in to the new year: the Sacramento Fox-affiliate will add a 6 p.m. newscast, and has hired Alisa Becerra (pictured) to be the new morning anchor.

Becerra joins KTXL on December 5 from KSBW, the NBC-affiliate in Salinas. She replaces Ama Daetz, who left the station last month.

In January, KTXL is set to launch a 6 p.m. newscast anchored by Eric Harryman, the Sacramento Business-Journal reports. The station will compete in the early-evening timeslot with NBC-affiliate KCRA, CBS O&O KOVR and ABC-affiliate KXTV.

WTHR, WGRZ Win Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence

WTHR staffers at the 2011 Murrow Awards

Twenty local television stations were presented with Edward R. Murrow Awards at an RTDNA dinner honoring the winners in New York City last night. TVSpy was there as WTHR in Indianapolis was presented the award for Overall Excellence in a large market. WGRZ in Buffalo was honored for Overall Excellence in a small market.

Although the winners represented every platform of the news industry — national news, radio, online — enthusiasm for the local stations was palpable, with staffers from winning stations cheering on their colleagues audibly as they took the stage to accept their awards.

In his opening speech, RTDNA chairman Kevin Benz implored the 95 Murrow award winners — more than the RTDNA has ever presented before — to “celebrate truth through journalism.”

“The practice of producing great journalism is as important today as it has ever been,” he told the packed ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Read more

Maria Barrs Joins Sacramento’s KXTV as President and General Manager

Gannett Broadcasting has named Maria Barrs president and general manager of KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento. Barrs has been the vice president and news director for KDFW, the Fox owned-and-operated station in Dallas, for 13 years.

“She is an innovative manager, having built ratings growth during an era of challenging times,” Gannett EVP Lynn Beall said in a statement. “Maria has overseen eight hours of live news production a day … We are thrilled to have someone of her caliber lead KXTV.”

The move is a return to the Sacramento market for Barrs, who began her career as a desk assistant at NBC affiliate KCRA. She joined KDFW in 1994 as managing editor and was named news director in 1998.

“Maria is an incredibly talented product leader,” Gannett president Dave Lougee said. “She has a passion for what she does, and it shows.”

‘The Last of a Dying Breed,’ KCRA Chopper Pilot Dann Shively Retires

Longtime KCRA helicopter pilot Dann Shively is retiring after three decades of giving viewers a bird’s eye view of breaking news.

Shively, 65, joined the Sacramento NBC-affiliate in 1972 as a producer and, after getting his helicopter pilot license “on a lark,” he began flying for KCRA in 1979 when it became the fist station in Northern California to own a news chopper.

Shively flew the KCRA chopper through the 80s in addition to working as a reporter and morning anchor for the station. As rivals debuted their own news helicopters over the years, KCRA was successful in distinguishing its aerial news reporting because the station had a personality to go along with it.

“I think I’m one of the last of a dying breed, the pilot-reporter,” Shively told TVSpy recently via email. “There are only a handful of pilots doing this around the country and with helicopters disappearing from stations everyday the number is dropping as well.” Read more

Meteorologist Britta Merwin Says Goodbye to KCRA

KCRA meteorologist Britta Merwin is leaving the NBC affiliate after just a year.

Merwin, who is seven months pregnant, said on her last day with the station that she is moving to Florida to be with her husband, who is training to be a Coast Guard pilot — and will be available for any of her viewers in need of a rescue. “For everybody out there, if you need someone to come help you out, drop me an email,” she said jokingly.

A Colorado native, Merwin became interested in weather during elementary-school tornado drills. She graduated from Long Island’s Stony Brook University and decided to stay on the east coast as a meteorologist for NBC and CNBC after school. She joined Sacramento’s KCRA last June.

Watch KCRA’s goodbye segment here.

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