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WZZM Names Taz Painter News Director

taz painter smallTaz Painter has been named news director at WZZM, the ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. Painter begins in his new role on April 14.

It is a move within Gannett for Painter, who has been managing editor at WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, since 2007. He previously worked at KOAT in Albuquerque and WYFF in Greenville, S.C.

“Taz has a passion for creative storytelling, with an emphasis on watchdog and advocacy journalism, on all multimedia platforms. He brings a wealth of experience from his years at the top-rated station in Knoxville,” WZZM president and general manager Janet Mason said in a statement.

Painter replaces Stanton Tang, who is leaving WZZM to be closer to his family.

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Albuquerque Police Make Arrests in KOAT Chopper Shooting

koat chopperAlbuquerque police have arrested two men for shooting at the KOAT helicopter and satellite truck. Joshua Sullivan, 23, and Robert Rand, 24, “plotted and executed a plan to shoot up Sky 7 last week,” according to the Albuquerque ABC affiliate.

A KOAT photographer was able to get video of the suspects’ car as they fled the scene after the shooting. Last week, police apprehended a shoplifting suspect in the same car, finding shotgun shells that matched those found at KOAT. The men have admitted to both shootings, according to the station’s report on the arrest.

“The community support for Sky 7 and trying to find who did this has been great. Now, I just hope the DA’s office can effectively and quickly prosecute these guys,” KOAT general manager Mary Lynn Roper said. [h/t NewsBlues]

Shots Fired at KOAT Chopper, Satellite Truck

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Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT says a man in a gold Nissan Maxima opened fire at the station’s helicopter last week. The chopper is currently disabled and estimated to have more than $100,000 worth of damage.

The gunman is believed to have also shot at a KOAT satellite truck, which was parked nearby, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Police say they have a “very strong” lead in the case.

“We appreciate the efforts of APD to find who is responsible for this,” KOAT president and general manager Mary Lynn Roper said in a statement. “Sky 7 is a tool we use to serve the public interest. It has saved individuals and gives officials a bird’s eye view when residents, communities or pueblos are in trouble.”

KOCO Names Rebecca Gaylord News Director

Rebecca Gaylord has been named news director at KOCO, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City.

“The opportunity to lead a group as talented as the KOCO newsroom is a dream come true,” Gaylord said in a statement. “I’m excited to be part of such a top-notch team, in such a dynamic city.”

Gaylord comes from KOAT, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, where she has been assistant news director for the past four years.

“Rebecca’s track record of success speaks for itself,” KOCO president and general manager Brent Hensley said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that she is joining our team and will bring all of those positive experiences to our newsroom as we work to serve the viewers in Oklahoma.”

Ellen Goldberg Signs Off From KXAS

Reporter Ellen Goldberg is saying goodbye to KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas.

“After 6 great years, I have decided to leave KXAS to pursue other opportunities,” Goldberg wrote in a memo to station staffers obtained by Uncle Barky’s Bytes. “I am grateful to KXAS and the talented team of professionals I have worked alongside … I’m excited about several future opportunities, but my immediate plans are to take a little time to enjoy life.”

Goldberg, who reported primarily for the station’s 10 p.m. newscast, joined KXAS from KOAT in Albuquerque in 2007. Her last day at KXAS was Monday.

Newscasts, Syndicated Reruns Push ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Back in Some Markets

Yesterday we told you that two ABC affiliates, WISN in Milwaukee and KSTP in Minneapolis, were delaying the new start time of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in favor of local newscasts.

Several stations air Kimmel’s program an hour later than its scheduled time due to hourlong newscasts: WEAR in Mobile, KIFI in Idaho Falls, KOAT in Albuquerque and KRGV in Welasco, Texas. All of these stations had hour-long newscasts in place before the Kimmel-”Nightline” swap.

KMBC in Kansas City airs “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 11:35 pmCT because of existing contracts to show syndicated programming. The station wraps up its 10pmCT newscast at 10:35 and then airs “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory.” KATV in Little Rock also delays the show to 11:05pmCT in favor of sitcom reruns like “According to Jim” and, in the past, “Home Improvement” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

Greg Gurulé Named Morning Anchor at KGUN

Greg Gurulé made his debut Monday as the new morning anchor at KGUN, the ABC affiliate in Tucson.

Gurulé was Northern Bureau Chief at Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT before he left the station to become a public relations and political consultant. The move reunites Gurulé with his former boss, KGUN news director Forrest Carr, who worked with him at KRQE in Albuquerque four years ago.

“Greg is an experienced journalist. He’s done just about every job a newsroom has to offer,” Carr said in a statement. “He is a solid a reporter and anchor. I’m thrilled he has joined our team.”

Gurulé anchors alongside Corinne Hautala. He replaces Steve Nuñez, who left KGUN in October.

Anchor Melissa Mahan Signs Off From KOAT

Melissa Mahan signed off Friday from KOAT, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque.

“Thank you New Mexico for all the memories!” Mahan wrote on Facebook. “Today is bittersweet and I will always treasure my time here.”

Mahan, who joined the station in 2008, co-anchors the morning newscast. She has previously worked at WLNE in Providence, KJCT in Grand Junction and KTVE in Monroe.

No word yet on where she is headed. [h/t NewsBlues]

 

Wayne Godsey Will Retire From KMBC-KCWE

After more than 40 years in the local news business, KMBC-KCWE president and general manager Wayne Godsey will retire later this year.

Godsey has been at the helm of the Hearst-owned Kansas City duopoly since 1999. Under his watch, KMBC has been recognized for news excellence several times, including two Edward R. Murrow Awards this year.

“KMBC’s longstanding tradition of strong news leadership and dedicated community service remain a model for television stations throughout the Midwest,” said Hearst Television President and CEO David Barrett, in announcing the move. Read more

Pahl Shipley Returns to Albuquerque’s KOAT After Stint in Government

Pahl Shipley, who oversaw media relations for former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, is returning to his TV news roots.

Shipley has been hired as an executive producer for Albuquerque-Santa Fe ABC-affiliate KOAT, where he served as news director for seven years before joining Richardson’s office.

Shipley began as the Director of Communications for the Governor’s office before handling communications for Richardson’s presidential campaign in 2008.  Most recently, Shipley worked as the Head of Publicity and Media Relations at New Mexico’s film office.

“I’m very fortunate to go back to do a job that I love,” Shipley told The New Mexican on Monday.