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KFMB Journalist Larry Himmel Dies of Cancer

Larry Himmel, feature reporter for San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB, has died of cancer. He was 68.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, Himmel was known as the “resident rascal” who made everyone feel good.

“A man with a great heart and a tiny ego … a rare combination in TV news,” KFMB sports director/anchor Kyle Kraska said on Twitter.

“Larry made everyone feel special. Everyone,” [Carlo] Cecchetto wrote, calling him “a gift to us all.” Read more

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Two San Diego Stations Own Up to Airing Fake Shark Photo After Warning Viewers of Danger

Two San Diego stations warned viewers last month about a great white shark swimming close to shore. In their stories, both ABC affiliate KGTV and CBS affiliate KFMB used a photo that appeared to show a 15 foot shark with its dorsal fin out of the water swimming near Point Loma. Trouble is, the photo was fake.

KGTV spoke to Will Phillips, who said he took a picture of a dolphin. He said a friend of his made it into a shark.

iMediaEthics reports the photo was originally published by the Shark Research Committee, a non-profit scientific research organization. After the stations picked it up, Phillips told them all it was fake.

Both KGTV and KFMB have aired retractions and have posted stories about the hoax on their websites. Watch KGTV’s retraction and interview with Phillips after the jump. Read more

Phil Blauer Out at KFMB

blauer croppedKFMB anchor Phil Blauer is no longer working for the San Diego CBS affiliate.

KFMB general manger Pat Nevin confirmed the news with TVSpy via email, but didn’t respond when we asked why Blauer left.

Blauer had worked at KFMB since 1998 and was named weekend evening anchor in May 2012. Before coming to KFMB, Blauer worked at KESQ in Palm Springs for 15 years.

KFMB Catches CHP Officer Handcuffing Firefighter in the Middle of a Rescue

A camera crew from San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB was rolling as a Chula Vista, CA, firefighter was handcuffed and thrown in the back of a CHP cruiser because he wouldn’t stop rescuing victims of a freeway crash and move his truck.

The crash happened on I-805 and involved a car that had flipped over a concrete divider. Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman told the San Diego Union-Tribune fire crews are trained to use their vehicles to block traffic for safety.

The station said, “According to officials, the officer told firefighters to move three fire engines from the fast lane, and two complied, but one firefighter refused that request and continued giving aid to the crash victims.” Read more

San Diego Viewers Respond to Story About Man Robbed of His Savings

Tuesday, San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB ran a story about a local gardener who was robbed of thousands of dollars he had been saving to buy a car.

A couple who saw the story responded by giving the man the amount he had stolen from him. “We saw that story and it just irked me, especially because he was so victimized,” one of the viewers told KFMB. “He saved all this money for his car, it was such a sad story.”

The couple, who want to remain anonymous, contacted KFMB. The station put them in touch with a woman who owns the building where the man works. They sent her a check for the full $3,000.

According to the station, she’ll cash the check and give the money to the gardener.

“Even if you give your time, your talent or your treasures, if you just took those things that we have and bless others with our time,” said one of the viewers. “It’s a difference maker.”

Former KFMB Weathercaster Doug Oliver Dies

Doug Oliver, a weathercaster at KFMB in San Diego for more than three decades, died on March 15. He was 90.

Oliver began his career as a radio announcer at WLAW in Lawrence, Mass., in 1943, according to U-T San Diego. He moved to a San Diego radio station shortly afterward and took his first job in television in 1954. He joined CBS affiliate KFMB in 1961 and spent 32 years as the station’s principal weathercaster.

Watch KFMB’s tribute to Oliver after the jump. Read more

San Diego Shock Jock Flashes KFMB Viewers On Air

Despite a studio camera operator’s best effort, the San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB morning news allowed a local shock jock to reveal a bit too much of himself on air.

While talking live with the JACK-FM “Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw” morning show about the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” airing on CBS, KFMB co-anchors Nichelle Medina and Alicia Summers were given a sneak peek courtesy of the radio station.

“Allow me, Nichelle, Alicia, to present you with a preview,” said Dave Rickards who waited for the gag to begin.  The ‘preview’ was fellow DJ Chris Boyer who walked onto the KFMB set wearing only a black bikini.  “Wow!”  said Summers.  “What is happening right now?”

What was happening was Boyer’s bikini did not cover all of Chris Boyer.  You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

Vanessa Bezic Joins KFMB Morning Team

Vanessa Bezic joins San Diego’s CBS affiliate KFMB as the morning and mid-day meteorologist.

KFMB news director Dean Elwood tells TVSpy, Bezic starts at the station in a few weeks, on September 24.  Her first day on-air is not set.

Bezic previously worked for Accuweather as a bi-lingual meteorologist.  She’s also worked in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Topeka, and Chicago.

Alicia Coates, Steve McCarron Leave KGPE in Fresno

Anchor Alicia Coates (pictured) and reporter Steve McCarron have left Fresno CBS-affiliate KGPE, the Fresno Bee reports.

Coates, the weekend anchor, has left KGPE to join KFMB, the CBS-affiliate in San Diego. Coates, who joined KGPE in 2009, will be a reporter and fill-in anchor at KFMB.

Also gone is McCarron, who has joined KPTV, the Fox-affiliate in Portland. McCarron had been a reporter and producer at KGPE for five years.

The Fresno Bee reports the station is currently searching for replacements. For now, Lemor Abrams will report for KGPE on a freelance basis. Abrams was most recently a freelance reporter at rival KMPH.

Phil Blauer Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KFMB

Phil Blauer has been promoted to weekend evening anchor at KFMB, the CBS-affiliate in San Diego.

Blauer joined KFMB as a weekday general assignment and investigative reporter in 1998. Prior to that, he spent 15 years as the main anchor at KESQ in Palm Springs. Blauer will co-anchor the KFMB weekend newscasts at 5, 6:30 and 11 p.m. with Marcella Lee.

Blauer replaces Craig McKee, who joined Milwaukee’s WISN in March.

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