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Kevin Jeanes Named Chief Meteorologist at KOLD-KMSB

KEVIN JEANESKevin Jeanes is joining KOLD-KMSB in Tucson as chief meteorologist on January 6. Jeanes comes from WWBT in Richmond, where he has been a meteorologist since 2010.

Jeanes replaces Chuck George, who left the station earlier this year. During his time at KOLD, George took several leaves of absence related to his severe depression. He is currently pursuing an academic career, according to the station.

“I am very excited to join such a respected team of meteorologists at KOLD/KMSB,” Jeanes said in a statement. “Tucson is in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and I can’t wait to make the move.”

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Concetta Callahan to Join KMSB-KOLD in Tucson

Concetta Callahan is joining the morning newscast at Tucson’s KMSB-KOLD, Inside Tucson Business reports.

Callahan comes from WHBF in the Quad Cities region of Iowa and Illinois, where she was the weekend evening anchor. In Tucson, she will co-anchor from 7 to 9 a.m. on Fox affiliate KMSB and report from 4:30 to 7 a.m. on CBS affiliate KOLD.

She replaces Gina Trunzo, who left the station earlier this year for medical reasons. She will co-anchor alongside Mark Stine.

Belo Introduces New GMs at KMOV and WWL

Belo today announced the appointments of two new general managers at its stations in St. Louis and New Orleans.

Mark Pimentel has been named president and general manager of KMOV, Belo’s St. Louis CBS-affiliate, and Tod Smith has been tapped as president and GM of WWL in New Orleans, as well as MyNetworkTV sister station WUPL.

“Both Mark Pimentel and Tod Smith are outstanding leaders and have delivered noteworthy results throughout their careers,” said Peter Diaz, Belo’s president of media operations, announcing the hires. Read more

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.

Days After Leaving KMSB, Bob Simone Named General Manager of WLNS

Last week it was announced that Bob Simone was leaving his general manager post at Tucson’s KMSB amid the aftermath of the station’s shared services agreement with KOLD.  Today it was announced that Simone has been named vice president and general manager of WLNS, Young Broadcasting’s CBS-affiliate in Lansing, MI.

“Bob brings a lengthy track record of effectively managing stations while strategically building their revenue streams,” Deborah McDermott, President of Young Broadcasting, said.  “We look forward to having him aboard and leading WLNS‐TV to new levels of success in the greater Lansing marketplace.”

Simone brings 15 years of GM experience with him to Lansing.  Before joining KMSB in 2009, Simone was GM of three different Fox stations: KDVR in Denver, KPTV in Portland, and WTFX in Philadelphia.

After KOLD Takeover, GM Bob Simone and News Manager Bob Richardson Both Leave KMSB

General manager Bob Simone and news manager Bob Richardson have both left Tucson Fox-affiliate KMSB in the aftermath of the station entering into a shared-services agreement with CBS-affiliate KOLD.

KMSB parent company Belo announced in November that news operations at the station would be shut down and taken over by Raycom Media’s KOLD. Belo cited a lack of advertising revenue as the reason for the transition.

Simone, who was named president and general manager of KMSB in 2009, told staffers he had not been retained, according to a station source. Both Richardson and Simone worked their last day at KMSB this week.

Richardson had been news manager at KMSB since 2003. He announced today that he is launching a media consulting company in Arizona called RAR Productions. The company  will help businesses and organizations “with the news media, crisis management, event production or political messaging,” Richardson said in a statement. Read more

KOLD Set to Take Over KMSB Newscasts Tomorrow

As the result of a recently struck shared services agreement in Tucson, CBS-affiliate KOLD will take over production of newscasts on Fox-affiliate KMSB beginning tomorrow, February 1st.

KOLD has already rebranded its website “Tucson News Now” to reflect the joint news operation and, starting tomorrow, the station will produce a one-hour 9 p.m. newscast on KMSB, as well as a new, two-hour weekday morning show that will run from 7 to 9 a.m.

The 9 p.m. newscast will be anchored by Scott Kilbury during the week and Chris Holmstrom on the weekends.  Kilbury currently anchors KOLD’s 4 p.m. newscast, alongside Heather Rowe, and Holmstrom has been a reporter with the station since August. Read more

Jobs Open at KOLD for Out-of-Work KMSB Staffers

When Belo announced last month that it had struck a shared services agreement with Raycom Media in which the company’s Tucson Fox-affiliate KMSB would hand over its news operations to Raycom’s KOLD, a large-scale round of layoffs were expected.  Now it appears that at least a handful of KMSB staffers will be able to land jobs with their onetime rival.

According to Inside Tucson Business, KOLD has posted 15 full-time and three part-time job openings specific to the agreement, and additionally there are three positions at the station that were vacant before the agreement.  And KOLD may soon post three or four additional openings.

By Inside Tucson Business’s calculations, that means there will be roughly 20 available positions at KOLD for the 30 or so people who will soon be out of a job at KMSB.

Raycom CEO Says $25M Drop in Tucson Advertising Is Behind KMSB-KOLD Shared Services Agreement

Raycom Media president and CEO Paul McTear says a steep decline in advertising revenue in the Tucson market is what spurred Belo to turn over KMSB‘s news operations to his company.

McTear told Inside Tucson Business this week that advertising revenue in Tucson has fallen by $25 million since 2007.  A smaller pie has forced Tucson stations to rethink their business models.

“If we don’t find different ways to run our business, we will have to shrink our operations and that means a dimunition of service to our viewers,” McTear said. Read more

KMSB Anchor Tells Viewers He’s Losing His Job

It’s probably the most personal news KMSB anchor Lou Raguse has ever had to deliver to Tucson viewers. Following Belo’s announcement that the company was handing over news production at KMSB to Raycom Media’s KOLD, Raguse went on the air and told everyone that he was now out of a job.

“Beginning February 1st, Raycom will produce this newscast on Fox 11 as well as a two-hour morning newscast,” Raguse, who has been with KMSB since 2008, informed viewers at the top of the Fox-affiliate’s 9 p.m. newscast. “For right now, it means that all the news, sports, engineering, and production people here at Fox 11 are out of a job by that date.” Video inside… Read more

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