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School Board Blames KELO Reporting Error for Pledge of Allegiance Controversy

kelo pledge reportSchool board members in Sioux Falls, S.D. are blaming a reporting error by CBS affiliate KELO for sparking national controversy on the role of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, according to the Argus Leader:

Some board members and their families say they’ve received threats after a Nov. 12 vote that requires middle schools to recite the Pledge daily. A group of veterans wanted the district to make it mandatory in high schools as well, and national media coverage of the issue has brought a flurry of complaints.

[...] Board members blamed what they called a misleading news story by KELO-TV as the original source of misinformation; the news station, which did not cover the meeting in person, reported that the board had voted to end the practice of saying the Pledge in high school. KELO corrected the headline and its story, but some board members say they took too long to do so.

The school board did vote unanimously not to require high school students to take the Pledge of Allegiance, but contrary to KELO’s report, the vote upheld the current policy, which has been in place since the 1970s.

The president of the school board told KELO that board members are “getting bombarded with calls and emails … from people who think we took it out of the high school.” As NewsBlues notes, KELO reported on the subsequent firestorm without noting that its own reporting had played a part in the outrage.

The school board vote has received national attention from Fox News, the Blaze and the Associated Press. [h/t NewsBlues]

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Brittany Larson Joins KELO in Sioux Falls

Larson_KELO_workinBrittany Larson has joined Sioux Falls, SD, CBS affiliate KELO as a morning video journalist.

She comes to KELO from KEYC in Mankato, MN, where she told her facebook fans, “Over the past few years, I have had the privilege to inform KEYC viewers with relevant and meaningful stories. And, I’ve been blessed to work along side passionate individuals who have become my second family.”

Her first day on-air for KELO was Monday.

South Dakota Station to Launch Market’s First Online Afternoon Newscast

KELOYou can’t watch the newest newscast from Sioux Falls, SD, station KELO on your old-fashioned TV set.

This afternoon, the Sioux Falls CBS affiliate is launching a newscast airing weekdays at 4:00 p.m. available only online, meaning you can only see it on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

“We think the time is right for an online newscast,” Jay Huizenga, vice president and general manager for KELO, said in a statement. “It’s designed for busy people who want the news, but might not have access to a TV.  Anyone who has an Internet connection or mobile connection can watch wherever they are.”

What the station said is the market’s first online newscast is called KELOLAND News First@4 and will be anchored by Ben Dunsmoor.

During the Holidays, Local Stations Give Back

WGNO reporter Kenny Lopez says his favorite part of the holidays is “12 Days of Giving,” a series of reports that follow him as he performs random acts of kindness around the New Orleans community.

“My producers joke with me that this can be my schtick,” Lopez told TVSpy. “They say this is my thing now. I would love to do it every single Christmas.”

WGNO’s “12 Days of Giving” is one of many examples of local stations increasing charitable efforts around the holidays. There are toy drives and coat drives, telethons, visits to local hospitals. And there are more unique initiatives: KELO, the CBS affiliate in Sioux Falls, teamed up with a local radio station to sponsor “Drive Thru Difference Day,” encouraging people stopping at local drive-thrus to buy coffee or a meal for the person in line behind them.

WJAR kicked off its “Season of Giving” campaign to benefit the Make-a-Wish foundation with a telethon earlier this month. The Providence NBC affiliate raised $12,000 — which included a $5,000 donation from the station (pictured)  — and more than one million unused airline miles for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“It felt like it was a perfect fit for the Christmas holiday season,” WJAR news director Chris Lanni told TVSpy. “It worked really well for us as a station to give back during this time to a cause that specifically helps children.” Read more

Mark Antonitis Named VP-GM at KTXD in Dallas

Mark Antonitis has been named vice president and general manager of KTXD, London Broadcasting’s Me-TV affiliate in Dallas.

Antontitis joins the station from KRON in San Francisco, where he has been president and general manager since 2004. In a statement, Antontitis called his new position “the kind of challenge I’ve been preparing for my entire career.”

Before joining KRON, Antontitis was vice president and general manager of KELO in Sioux Falls. He has also worked as vice president and news director of WMAQ in Chicago.

“All of us at London Broadcasting feel that Mark is uniquely qualified for the Dallas leadership position and we feel fortunate to employ Mark with his years of experience in large market television,” London Broadcasting EVP and COO Philip Hurley said in a a statement.

Angela Kennecke Out as Evening Anchor for KELO in Sioux Falls

KELO, the CBS affiliate for Sioux Falls, SD has named Sammi Bjelland (pictured on the left) anchor for its 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscast.  Bjelland replaces Angela Kennecke (pictured on the right) who had been the evening anchor for the last 21 years.

The station explained Kennecke’s move in a statement posted to their website saying, “KELO-TV is growing its Back to Business web page and business and consumer reporting. We feel the best way to do that is for Angela to take on a new role as Business editor.”

Bjelland comes to KELO from KEYC the Mankato, MN FOX and CBS affiliate where she was a multimedia journalist.

You can watch a story KELO put together about Kennecke’s switch from working nightside to days by clicking here.

[TVNewsCheck]

Emily Guggenmos, Lou Raguse Join Buffalo’s WIVB

There are two new hires at Buffalo CBS-affiliate WIVB: Lou Raguse and Emily Guggenmos (pictured).

Raguse joins the station from KMSB in Tucson, where news operations were shut down earlier this month. Guggenmos also joins WIVB from Tucson, where she was the weekend co-anchor at KVOA.

The pair met while working in Sioux Falls — Guggenmos at KDLT and Raguse at KELO. They were married in 2010.

“Emily and Lou are both strong journalists who will fit in perfectly with our winning team here,” news director Joseph Schlaerth tells TVSpy via email.

WSJ: Meteorologists Prone to Anxiety, Anger from Viewers

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an interesting look at the challenging task of accurately predicting the weather, which local meteorologists are tasked with every day. The article reports 9 out of 10 Americans seek out the forecast — usually more than three times a day — and even the most experienced weathercasters are held accountable if the weather is reported incorrectly:

Weatherman Jay Trobec has been giving the forecast to 90,000 viewers of his Sioux Falls, S.D., TV station for 14 years, and he is usually right. But “if I blow a forecast, I hear about it,” he says.

When he predicted six inches of snow in Sioux Falls that never arrived, “people were coming up to me in the coffee shop and berating me,” says Dr. Trobec, chief meteorologist at KELO-TV. “People who lay concrete for a living, people who put roofs on houses, don’t like it when the forecast isn’t correct.”

Read the full article here, and check out a few reporting tips from seasoned meteorologists here.

In Sioux Falls, KELO Replaces Scripts with iPads As Part of HD Upgrade

KELO, the CBS-affiliate in Sioux Falls, is getting ready to debut a slew of upgrades to their newscasts.

As part of their conversion to high-definition — which the KELO website says is just “days away” — the station will switch from paper scripts to iPads, as well as broadcast from a new set, edit footage with new editing systems and debut a new graphics package.

The station is even changing the way anchors, who will be under the focus of the new HD cameras, apply their makeup. The station has arranged for the on-air talent to be trained using airbrushes ahead of the conversion.

“It’s a long process in changing all the different pieces of a newscast and look of the station that most viewers don’t pay too much attention to because they see it everyday,” KELO director of marketing and creative services Paul Farmer said.

WSB Meteorologist Glenn Burns: ‘Weather is the Reason to Watch a Newscast’

Examining the recent evolution of the TV weathercaster, a front page story in today’s New York Times describes local meteorologists as community heroes that regularly save lives through accurate reporting and severe weather warnings.

Profiling WSB‘s Glenn Burns, who has worked in Atlanta TV for 30 years, the Times article states:

In the old days, he used to have to wait for his turn in the newscast, slap a magnetic sun on a map and hope it didn’t rain.

Now he presides over a new $1.7 million radar system and has more real estate on the set than the newscasters have. As that kind of technology offers the ability to predict with great precision how a severe storm will move, the weather forecast has become about saving lives.

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