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Tucson’s KWBA Launches Morning Newscast

kwba logoKWBA, the CW affiliate in Tucson, is launching a morning newscast on April 21. It will air from 7 to 8 a.m. as an extension of “Good Morning Tucson,” the morning newscast on sister station KGUN.

“I am excited that we will be able to provide our viewers with additional local news in the 7 a.m. hour,” KWBA vice president and general manager Jim Arnold said in a statement. “This is another opportunity for new viewers who already enjoy CW programs to get local news and weather they may not have seen before.”

The newscast will be anchored by Liz Kotalik with meteorologist April Madison and traffic reporter Allen Kath.

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Katie McCall Signs Off From KTRK

katie mccallKatie McCall has left KTRK, Houston media reporter Mike McGuff reports.

McCall, who worked as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter during her five years at the ABC owned station, is leaving for a “higher-profile anchoring gig,” according to McGuff.

McCall has previously worked for WSMV in Nashville, KGUN in Tucson and WBBM in Chicago.

Stella Inger Heading South to KGUN

Inger_croppedStella Inger, former anchor and reporter for Phoenix, AZ, Independent station KTVK is heading to Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN.

Inger left KTVK this week, telling facebook fans on Monday, “Enjoying my last 2 days at #3TV. It’s been a blast & I thank you all for welcoming me into your homes! Excited about what’s next. Will keep you posted!”

KGUN news director Tom Burke confirmed with TVSpy, Inger will join Guy Atchley on the weekday 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts beginning October 29.

Bob Sellers, Jennifer Waddell to Co-Anchor WZTV Morning Newscast

sellers and waddell Bob Sellers and Jennifer Waddell debuted today as the new morning co-anchors at WZTV, the Fox affiliate in Nashville. News director Bryan McGruder talks to The Tennessean about the revamped newscast, which has been developed since he took over at WZTV in February:

Bryan McGruder, news director at Fox 17 since February, pioneered the new show. He said that it would be more personality-driven, but with hard news, weather and traffic, plus an extra piece of news that the staff feels will prompt workplace conversation. He said “extra” could mean anything from a report of Bono’s impersonation of Bill Clinton to a story about how a dog saved a boy’s life.

“I don’t know if viewers have had much of a choice,” McGruder said. “If you watch (channels) 2, 4 and 5, it’s cookie-cutter, and when you watch us, you’ll get something extra and you’ll get it quickly.” Read more

Meteorologist Aaron Brackett Joins KFOR

aaron brackett kforMeteorologist Aaron Brackett has joined KFOR, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. He comes from Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN.

“In Tucson this past May, I watched what was happening here and afterwards I knew I wanted to come and work here. I want to use my skills, everything I’ve learned to help save lives,” Brackett said in a statement. “Between college and now I have covered approximately 26,000 miles storm chasing and am ready to help 4Warn Oklahomans when the weather turns severe.”

Brackett has previously worked as a meteorologist at WREX, the NBC affiliate in his hometown of Rockford, Ill.

Jennifer Waddell Says Goodbye to KGUN

After eight years at KGUN, Jennifer Waddell has signed off from the Tucson ABC affiliate. She is moving to Nashville, where she will be the morning anchor at WZTV.

Waddell said an emotional goodbye to the station on the 10 p.m. newscast Friday, with many station staffers wishing her well on a video tribute to her time at KGUN (watch it after the jump).

“Tucson has been great to us,” Waddell told the Arizona Daily Star. “We’ve had our children here and come to really care a whole lot about this community and felt really connected. Leaving is bittersweet, having to say goodbye to a lot of our very dear friends, but we’re excited for the new chapter.

Waddell will begin at Fox affiliate WZTV on September 23. [h/t NewsBlues] Read more

KGUN Names Tom Burke News Director

Tom Burke starts his first day today as news director for Tucson, AZ, ABC affiliate KGUN, TVSpy has confirmed.

Burke replaces Forrest Carr who resigned in March.

Before coming to KGUN, Burke was the news director at WTVM in Columbus, GA, until December 2012. He’s also worked in Sacramento, Fresno, Pittsburgh, Columbus, OH, Detroit, and Greenville, NC.

[Rick Gevers Blog]

KVOA, KGUN Walk Back False Suicide Reports

Two stations in Tucson are walking back reports about a young child whose mother said he killed himself after witnessing a deathly accident, Tucson Weekly reports.

ABC affiliate KGUN interviewed Genesee Pineda, who said that her son took his own life after he saw his best friend run over by a Pima County police cruiser. NBC affiliate KVOA also reported the death, saying on multiple newscasts “we’re told [he] committed suicide days after” his friend died.

“He was asking about heaven, he had repeated that he didn’t want his friend to go to heaven by himself,” Pineda told KGUN. “They took him to UMC, where he died there.”

After running the story, KGUN investigative reporter Craig Smith — who Tucson Weekly notes did not file the original story — did a follow-up report revealing neither the police or the hospital had any record of a the death. Smith also noted that the photo Pineda provided of her son was identical to one on HBO’s website.

Both stations have done follow-up reports on the story’s inaccuracies, although neither station has addressed why Pineda’s claims were not investigated before the original reports went to air.

KVOA’s report can be seen here; KGUN’s report has been stripped from the website, but a cached version remains online here.

TVSpy has reached out to KVOA and KGUN for comment.

KGUN Names Sally Shamrell Co-Host of ‘The Morning Blend’

Sally Shamrell is joining Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN as co-host of “The Morning Blend,” the station’s daytime lifestyle and information show.

It is a return Tucson for Shamrell, who worked at NBC affiliate KVOA until 2003. Since then, she has worked in infomercials and as an actress.

“We are very pleased to have Sally back in Tucson where she can utilize her great talents in the unique environment of The Morning Blend on KGUN9 and CW58,” KGUN general manager Jim Arnold said in a statement.

Shamrell will co-host the program with Amanda Guralski.

Dan Spindle Joins KNXV From Rival KSAZ

After three years at KSAZ in Phoenix, Dan Spindle has joined rival KNXV.

Spindle joins ABC affiliate KNXV as co-anchor of the morning newscast alongside Connie Colla. He will also anchor the 11 a.m. newscast.

“It’s exciting to add someone of Dan Spindle’s caliber to the ABC15 Mornings family,” KNXV news director Pat Costello told Arizona Range News. “He has experience covering everything from border issues and drug cartel violence to Gabby Giffords’ campaigns for congress.”

At Fox O&O KSAZ, Spindle was a weekend anchor and reporter. He has also worked at KGUN in Tucson.

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