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San Francisco Stations Break in Early Sunday After Earthquake

sf bay equake stationsResidents in the San Francisco Bay Area are cleaning up and assessing the damage today after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the region just south of Napa at 3:20 a.m. Sunday. It was the largest shaker since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989.

The local stations broke in early, starting continuing coverage by getting viewers up to date on what happened. Most of the stations started with quick phoners with local residents and reporters living nearest the epicenter. Later in the morning, live shots and video started coming in showing the mess caused by the quake.

First with anchors on the air was ABC owned KGO which started running a crawl at 4:00 a.m. over infomercials, until Matt Keller broke in at 4:22 a.m. He was later joined by Kristen Sze and Cheryl Jennnings.

NBC owned station KNTV came on next at 4:33 a.m. Sam Brock tossed to a phoner with meteorologist Jeff Ranieri talking about the quake and expected damage.

CBS owned KPIX was first with a crawl, starting it about 15 minutes after the quake reportedly hit. At 4:40 a.m., anchor Anne Makovec could be seen on air, but not heard. The station came back a few minutes later with the problem fixed. At 5:00 a.m. the station took the network’s coverage anchored by Don Dahler, but broke back in with local coverage a little more than a minute later. Makovec was later joined on set by meteorologist Paul Deanno.

Newly owned FOX station KTVU, had an early start to its Mornings on 2 show. The station broke in at 5:00 a.m. with Claudine Wong and Mike Mibach in the studio. They were joined by meteorologist Mark Tamayo.

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KGO Assistant News Director Heads to KNTV

adrouny kgoStephanie Adrouny is heading south to work as assistant news director for San Francisco Bay Area NBC owned station KNTV.

“Stephanie has been an important part of KGO-TV and a key contributor to ABC7 News for 14 years,” KGO news director Tracey Watkowski told staff an email announcing the move. “I am very grateful for the time we have spent working together.”

Adrouny was the assistant news director for the San Francisco ABC owned station. You can read the Watkowski email after the jump. Read more

Robert Handa Returns to KNTV

handa_cropped_ktnvRobert Handa is going back to KNTV.

Handa will report for the San Francisco Bay Area NBC owned station and also host a weekly program featuring the Bay Area’s Asian American community.

“We’re thrilled to have a journalist with Robert’s talents and expertise joining our staff,” Jonathan Mitchell, KNTV’s VP of news said in a statement on AsianWeek.com which first reported the news.

Handa told TVSpy by email, “I’m excited about the move and new role as I ‘return home’ to ch11(as many staffers put it). I will miss the people at ch 2.”

He started his career with KNTV when it was an ABC affiliate and joins the station from Oakland FOX affiliate KTVU. He has also worked at KPIX and KQED.

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Only two of the stations in the San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland market are in San Francisco. ABC owned KGO and CBS owned KPIX are actually about a block away from one another. FOX affiliate KTVU is across the bay in Oakland while NBC owned station KNTV is about an hour south in San Jose.

Despite their geographical differences, the stations pretty much covered the same range of stories with only a few variations.

Here’s what they covered in the first five minutes:

Weekend Anchor Diane Dwyer Leaving KNTV

Diane-DwyerDiane Dwyer is leaving KNTV in June, San Francisco media blogger Rich Lieberman reports.

Dwyer is the weekend anchor for the NBC-owned station in San Francisco. KNTV vice president of news Jonathan Mitchell announced the news to staff in a note obtained by Lieberman.

“Diane will be a part of some special projects in the year to come, and while we won’t see her every weekend, she’ll still contribute on-air from time-to-time,” Mitchell wrote. “I’d like to thank Diane for her years of service to NBC Bay Area and our community. Diane is an excellent journalist and we’ll miss her on the weekends, but we’re excited about our future projects together.”

Possible Human Remains Found in Rubble of Old KNTV Building, Arson Suspect Arrested

kntv fire_304A homeless San Jose man has been charged with arson and first degree burglary for allegedly starting the fire that destroyed the former home of San Francisco Bay Area station KNTV.

Stillman Pfeffer has been charged with using a liquid accelerant to start the fire.

The abandoned building has recently been used as an encampment by the city’s homeless. The San Jose Mercury News also reports possible human remains have been detected in the rubble.

Pfeffer was arraigned Wednesday and did not enter a plea. He is being held without bail while dogs trained to detect human remains are deployed by the San Jose Fire Department to examine the charred structure.

About 1:30 Wednesday, one of the dogs alerted handlers of a possible hit in the rubble. A short time later a second dog had a hit in the same location. The pile of debris was then partially excavated and the dogs were brought back again in the early evening. Again, they detected something, but officials said they would have to do a deeper excavation Thursday morning.

San Jose Fire Capt. Cleo Doss said that while they couldn’t confirm remains were under the debris, the dogs used are generally quite reliable. Read more

KNTV Wins Three SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Awards

spj logoThe Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of this year’s Sigma Delta Chi Awards for exceptional professional journalism. Topping the list of local stations is KNTV, the NBC-owned station in San Francisco, which took home three awards.

KNTV won in the breaking news category for coverage of the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco airport and for feature reporting for a piece called “Bay Area Proud.” The station also won in the public service for television journalism category for a report called “The Gift of Time: Exposing a District Attorney’s Secret Perk for his Appointees.”

KWTX in Waco, WFTS in Tampa, WVUE in New Orleans, KBMT-KJAC in Beaumont, Texas, KUSA in Denver, KHQ in Spokane and WKBT in La Crosse, Wisc., won one award each. See the full list of winning reports after the jump. Read more

Homeless Man Says His Uncle May Have Died in KNTV Fire

kntv fire_304A man who was one of several homeless squatters occupying the former KNTV headquarters says his uncle may have died in the fire that gutted the building, the CBS-owned station in San Francisco reports:

One homeless man, who gave his name as Ace, told KCBS he believed that his uncle perished in the blaze. He said over two-dozen people were living in the former television station. “We all had rooms; we build our own rooms. It just kept us all off the streets. It kept us all in there as family,” he said.

The man said he thinks his uncle died in the fire because his apartment was barricaded. Firefighters are continuing their investigation and searching for possible victims but at around 7 a.m., they were still dousing the occasional hotspots.

Former KNTV Building Gutted by Fire


The TV studio at 645 Park Avenue in San Jose is no more. The building that once housed San Francisco Bay Area station KNTV when it was an ABC affiliate, then an independent station, was gutted yesterday by a five alarm fire.

The building near downtown San Jose had been abandoned since 2004 and sat across the street from the San Jose Fire Department’s training facility. It opened its doors in 1955.

The fire started around 3:00 p.m. yesterday. According to the San Jose Mercury News, two people, “apparently homeless individuals” safely escaped the building when firefighters arrived.

Former employees took to facebook to post pictures of the fire and remember the building where many of them started their careers. David Lee, now news director for Tallahassee’s WTXL, was a sports anchor at the station in the 90s. He wrote, “Hate to see it go down like the Red Wings did the first time the Sharks made the playoffs!!! Lots of memories and friends.”

“This is the old KNTV studio .. On fire,” wrote current KNTV reporter Scott Budman who posted a picture of the fire on facebook. “Lots of good memories there. Hope everyone nearby is safe.”

You can watch KNTV video of former anchor Maggi Scura remembering the building after the jump. Read more

NBC Owned Stations Send Team to Sochi

nbc sochi 2014The NBC owned stations has sent a team of 25 anchors, reporters, photographers and producers to Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, which kick off on NBC tomorrow.

The team, who have dedicated locations in both Olympic Park and additional live shot locations in the mountains, will report daily across the 10 NBC owned stations. WNBC‘s Bruce Beck, KNSD‘s Steve Luke, KNTV‘s Janelle Wang and WRC‘s Alexander Prudovsky, who was raised in Russia and will serve as a translator, are all reporting from the Games.

“The outstanding work of our colleagues at the Olympic Games has always been one of the most successful collaborations between our stations,” Valari Staab, president of the station group, said in a statement. “With a dedicated group working together in Sochi, we will provide a localized perspective on a global event, personalizing the Games in a meaningful way for our viewers at home.”

More from NBC after the jump. Read more

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