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Intermountain West Communications Owner Jim Rogers Dies

jim rogersJim Rogers, the owner of Intermountain West Communications, has died from cancer. Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV, one of the stations Rogers owned, reports he died Saturday evening.

In addition to KSNV, Intermountain West owns KTVH-KMTF in Helena, Mont., KRNV in Reno and KENV in Elko, Nev. He was a philanthropist and education advocate, according to KSNV’s obituary:

His commitment to improving higher education in Nevada led Rogers to accept appointment as interim chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education in May 2004. He led the system of state universities and colleges for five years at a salary of a dollar a year.

His passionate support of education also was evident as Rogers and his wife, Beverly, made substantial financial contributions to various colleges and universities. Their gift of $115 million to the University of Arizona, College of Law is the largest gift to the University of Arizona and the largest gift to any American law school. In November 1998, the Arizona Board of Regents renamed the law school The James E. Rogers College of Law. Rogers was listed as one of the top 12 philanthropists in the nation by Time magazine, having given or pledged more than $275 million to several campuses.

Watch KNSV’s tribute after the jump. Read more

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Former Reno GM Arrested for DUI

Mary-Elizabeth-Sewald__2398017 (1)Mary Beth Sewald, former GM and current director of operations for Reno NBC affiliate KRNV, was arrested for DUI last week.

Reno Police Lieutenant Bill Rulla confirmed with TVSpy, Sewald was arrested on May 28 for DUI and failure to decrease speed.

Up until this writing, no Reno TV station or newspaper has reported the story. It had been reported on a couple of on one national media sites without confirmation, though.

Sewald, who was once GM of KRNV, is listed on her facebook page as the director of operations at the Reno station.

TVSpy asked Sewald and current GM Amie Chapman for comment, but has not heard back.

Meteorologist Colin Hackman Leaving WECT

colin hackmanMeteorologist Colin Hackman is leaving WECT, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C. “My family and I have decided, to concentrate more time and energy toward each other, and towards our growing business Go Time, assisting non-profits with fundraising,” he wrote on Facebook.

Hackman has worked at the station on and off since 1996. He began his career at the station as a teleprompter operator and studio camera operator and eventually joined KRNV in Reno as a reporter. He returned to WECT in 2004 and is currently the morning and noon meteorologist.

“I have been at this station on and off since 1996 (at 19 years old), and am forever grateful for the people here who’ve extend such grace, compassion and love,” Hackman wrote. “Thank you WECT for believing in me, for giving me an opportunity to be a provider for my family, and also for giving me friends and memories that will never be equalled.”

Hackman hinted that his replacement will be a “familiar face” to WECT viewers.

Sinclair Closes on Purchase of KRNV

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group announced it has closed on the acquisition of the non-license assets of Reno, NV, NBC station KRNV from Intermountain West for $26 million and has entered into an agreement to operate or provide sales services to the station.

In the same press release, Sinclair announced plans to stop airing the 10:00 p.m. news from Cox owned San Francisco Bay Area FOX station KTVU. The station group said it plans on replacing the KTVU news with a local newscast.

A station spokesman told TVSpy when Sinclair bought the Reno FOX affiliate from Cox in February they started paying to air the KTVU newscast because it did so well in the ratings.

Craig Hume Joins KSNV as News Director

Craig Hume is joining KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, as news director. Hume joins the station from Harrisburg, Pa., where he has been the news director at WHP-WLYH since 2009.

“The power of News 3 is built on a reputation for excellence in journalism and deep roots in the community. I look forward to helping expand News 3′s high-quality local news coverage in new time periods,” Hume said in a statement.

Hume replaces Bob Stoldal, who will be “spending more time on his corporate responsibilities” as executive vice president of news, according to Rick Gevers & Associates. Intermoutain West Communications, KSNV’s parent company, is expanding local news programming in both Las Vegas and at KRNV in Reno, and Stoldal will oversee the expansion.

“Craig brings with him experience in developing local news operations as well as a good knowledge of Las Vegas,” Stoldal said in a statement.

KNBC Adds Multimedia Reporter Hetty Chang

Hetty Chang is joining KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles, as a multimedia reporter covering the Los Angeles South Bay.

Until December 2011, Chang was a reporter at KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas. She has also worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KRNV in Reno. It is a return to Los Angeles for Chang, who began her career as a producer and reporter for “L.A. Cityview.”

Chang was the first digital media fellow recipient under a pilot program between KNBC and the Asian American Journalists Association in 2011. She will report for the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts starting next month.

Jon Ralston, Dana Gentry Join KSNV in Las Vegas

Jon Ralston and Dana Gentry have formally joined KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas.

The pair currently work on “Face to Face,” a weekly political affairs show in Nevada. Ralston is the program’s host and Gentry is the program’s executive producer. “Face to Face” airs on KSNV, as well as two other Nevada stations owned by Intermountain West Communications Company, KRNV in Reno and KENV in Elko.

“I am thrilled to have the ‘Face to Face’ team at KSNV,” Robert Stoldal, Intermountain West’s executive vice president of news, said in a statement. “The program has established a reputation as a place where news is broken, politicians are called to account and issues are thoroughly vetted. There is no other venue like it.”

Andrew Del Greco Joins WTAE From KRNV

Andrew Del Greco is joining WTAE, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, as a general assignment reporter.

“He is a diligent reporter and engaging storyteller,” WTAE news director Alexandra Bongiorno told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Del Greco moves to Pittsburgh from Reno, where he has been a reporter at KRNV for two years. Before that, he worked at KPVI in Idaho Falls. In addition to general assignment reporting, Del Greco will contribute to political coverage and special reports.

Victim of Reno Air Race Crash Speaks with Local Reporters, Says ‘I Enjoyed It’

A victim of the tragic Reno Air Race crash that left several dead and many more wounded spoke with local reporters this weekend and recalled the seconds before the plane went down and the resulting carnage (KRNV video above).

Ed Larson, a 59-year-old businessman, was a spectator at the air race and suffered multiple injuries in the crash, including a dislocated shoulder and a severed achilles. Read more

Intermountain West NBC-Affiliates Launch New Websites, Plan for Mobile Apps

Four NBC-affiliates owned by Intermountain West Communications have launched redesigned websites as part of a digital overhaul effort that also includes plans to develop mobile smartphone apps for the stations.

The redesign applies to three Intermountain stations in Nevada — KSNV in Las Vegas, KENV in Elko and KRNV in Reno — along with one station in Idaho Falls, KPVI. The new website design allows automatic downloads of  news digital content, like slideshows and video, as well as integration with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Read more