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A.J. Clemente Says His Media Classes Are ‘Sold Out’

AJ Clemente on Fox NewsA.J. Clemente, the former KFYR anchor who was fired after his first words on the air were “fucking shit,” was a guest on Fox News’ “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” this afternoon.

Clemente, who was recently hired as a media instructor at Rennert International in New York City, said he is teaching students “the tools of the trade” while he looks for other television opportunities. “The classes are sold out. We have plenty of kids that want to come over … and maybe not [listen to] what I want to say, but they want to learn,” Clemente said.

In case anyone needs a reminder (or just a good Friday laugh), video of the newscast that got Clemente fired is after the jump. Read more

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Fired First-Time Anchor A.J. Clemente Looks to Rebuild Career in 2014

TieuClementeA.J. Clemente‘s first words in his first time anchoring at his first job were “fuckin’ shit!

After promptly getting fired by Bismarck NBC affiliate KFYR, and jetting off to talk about his experience on shows like NBC’s “Today” and the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Clemente settled for a job as a bartender in Delaware.

Tuned In’s Jerry Barmash recently spoke with Clemente about what’s next for the infamous first time anchor.

Clemente, 25, tells Tuned In that he’s about to teach a seven-week broadcasting course at a private school in Manhattan.

“It’s to help high school international students,” Clemente says. “They have passion for the media industry and I’m just trying to help them out as I’m trying to proceed with my career.”

While the feelers from TV stations have dried up since his abrupt ouster, Clemente says his teaching stint will also serve as a chance for him to rebuild his own career. Read more

Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting to Acquire 15 Stations For $335M

Gray Television and Excalibur Broadcasting have agreed to acquire 15 stations from Hoak Media and Parker Broadcasting for $335 million.

The 20 stations that Gray and Excalibur will acquire from Hoak and Parker are KSFY, KABY and KPRY in Sioux Falls, S.D.; KVLY and KXJB in Fargo, N.D.; KNOE and KAQY in Monroe, La.; KFYR, KMOT, KUMV and KQCD in Minot, N.D.; WMBB in Panama City, Fla.; KALB in Alexandria, La.; KREX, KREY, KFQX and KREG in Grand Junction, Co.; KNOP and KIIT in North Platte, Neb.; and KHAS in Lincoln, Neb.

Due to FCC ownership requirements, Gray will sell Hoak’s stations station in Panama City, Fla. and four stations in Grand Junction, Co., bringing the total number of stations acquired to 15.

Excalibur has also agreed to acquire two more stations from Prime Cities Broadcasting, KNDX and KXND in Minot, N.D., for $7.5 million.

Gray will provide back-office services and limited programming to the Excalibur stations in Lincoln, Fargo, Minot and Monroe through a shared services agreement.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Hoak, Parker and Prime Cities television stations into the Gray community,” Gray President and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement. “These transactions will yield impressive synergies, many of which are unique to Gray given how well the stations’ locations, operations and culture complement our own.”

Fired Bismarck Anchor A.J. Clemente Makes the Morning Show Rounds: ‘When I First Saw the Clip, It Was Gut-Wrenching’

Former KFYR anchor A.J. Clemente, who was fired from the Bismarck NBC affiliate after anchoring just one newscast for saying “fucking shit” on the air, made the rounds on the morning shows Wednesday.

On “Today,” Clemente told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie that his language was “inexcusable.” He said he didn’t even know his foul language had been on the air until the third break:

On “Morning Joe,” Tom Brokaw shared an encouraging story about a gaffe early in his career with Clemente: Read more

A.J. Clemente Fired From KFYR After Using Profanity During First Newscast

A.J. Clemente has been fired from Bismarck NBC affiliate KFYR after his first words at the anchor desk were “fuckin’ shit,” he announced on Twitter:

We’ve reached out to KFYR for comment.

>Update: KFYR general manager Dick Heidt declined to comment, saying the station does not comment on personnel matters.

KFYR Transitions to HD: ‘This Is a Pretty Picture’

KFYR, the NBC-affiliate in Bismark, ND, began broadcasting in high definition this week, completing a weeks-long transition that included the construction of a new set.

“What we’ve always delivered is good, comprehensive news,” KFYR news director Monica Hannan said.  “What we haven`t always delivered, is a pretty picture. This is a pretty picture.”

There are still a couple of shows that aren’t yet being broadcast in HD but the majority of KFYR’s schedule, including its local newscasts, is now airing in high definition. Read more