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Jeff Castle Named Chief Meteorologist at KSLA

jeff castleJeff Castle has been named chief meteorologist at KSLA, the CBS affiliate in Shreveport, La. It is a move within Raycom for Castle, who has worked at WAFF in Huntsville, Ala., since 2002.

“I’m going to miss everyone here at WAFF 48,” Castle said in a statement. “It has been a tremendous leaning experience. The people here at WAFF have mentored me for the new role I’m about to take on.  I want to thank the viewers who have welcomed me into their home and have trusted me with bringing them the weather information they need to start their day.”

At WAFF, Castle was the morning meteorologist. He has previously worked at WKEF in Dayton, KFDA in Amarillo and KOCO in Oklahoma City.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Jeff and although he will be greatly missed at WAFF, we are happy he is staying within the Raycom family,” WAFF general manager Vanessa Oubre said.

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Ashley Paredez Joins Austin FOX Station

paredez_kfdaAshley Paredez has joined Austin FOX owned station KTBC as a general assignment reporter.

Paredez came to KTBC from KFDA in Amarillo, TX. She interned at KTBC in 2008. You can watch her KFDA farewell video after the jump.

She announced the move on facebook saying she was moving closer to home, “It’s a bitter sweet moment to leave Amarillo and the friendships I’ve made here but I look forward to the future God has planned for me.” Read more

Ryan Hazelwood Named News Director at KVII

Ryan Hazelwood has been named news director at KVII, the ABC-affiliate in Amarillo, TX.

Hazelwood worked as a photojournalist at KVII from 1998-99. He has also worked as a photojournalist at KFDA in Amarillo and KVUE in Austin. Most recently, he was a broadcast engineer and instructor at West Texas A&M University. He also owns his own production company.

“We are very excited to have Ryan on board,” KVII president and CEO Thom Pritz said in a statement. “We already have the best news team in Texas and it just got better.” Read more

KFDM Anchor-GM Larry Beaulieu Announces Retirement After 37 Years

In the studio where he’s worked for the past 37 years, KFDM anchor and general manager Larry Beaulieu announced to staff this week that he will retire at the end of September.

“I’ve been privileged and blessed to be part of a great family for 37 years,” Beaulieu told viewers of the Beaumont-Port Arthur CBS-affiliate, publicly announcing his retirement.

Beaulieu has worked the KFDM anchor desk since 1974 and for much of his time with the station he has served in a unique dual role–appearing on-air as well as overseeing station operations as vice president and general manager.

“This dual role has helped me stay intimately connected to how we gather and report it and to how it impacts the community we serve,” Beaulieu said. “The news is such an important part of what we do.” Read more

WFIE Set to Become First Evansville Station to Broadcast News in HD

NBC-affiliate WFIE is reportedly set to become the first station in the Evansville market to broadcast its newscasts in HD.

“The debut date is not yet official, but we will immediately begin the process of transitioning, which will include a new HD news set and a new control room,” WFIE’s news director, C.J. Hoyt, told the Evansville Courier & Press. “We had previously begun the process when we upgraded to our new HD-ready weather graphics and HD-ready news graphics last October.”

WFIE’s transition represents a second wave of HD adoption by local stations  in smaller markets. Evansville is market #102, serving the area of Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and Northwestern Kentucky.

In the last month, Amarillo’s KFDA (#131) announced that it would become the first station in West Texas to broadcast local news in HD and WNEP in Scranton-Wilkes Barre (#54) unveiled a new studio in preparation for its HD launch.

Amarillo’s KFDA Set to Broadcast First HD Newscast in West Texas

Amarillo’s KFDA will begin broadcasting its newscasts in HD next week, becoming the first station in the area to do so.

“Geographically, there’s no high-def TV station right now between Dallas and Albuquerque (N.M.), Oklahoma City and San Antonio,” Brent McClure, KFDA’s general manager, told the Amarillo Globe-News. “There’s nobody doing this. We’re the first in the whole West Texas region.”

The CBS-affiliate, which is owned by Drewry Communications Group, began the transition to HD two years ago, adding HD equipment to their studio and educating their team about the new technology.

The switch will officially occur next Wednesday.

“We are trying to stay on the edge and bring people what they want,” McClure said.