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Mike Lewis Named VP-GM of KTBC in Austin

Mike Lewis has been named vice president and general manage of KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin. His appointment is effective immediately.

Lewis joins KTBC from another Fox O&O, KRIV in Houston, where he has been the vice president and general sales manager for four years.

“Mike has done a stellar job in leading our Houston sales team,” Fox Television stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “His extensive knowledge of the broadcast industry and strategic approach to our business make him the ideal choice as we look to maintain and grow KTBC’s position in the Austin market.”

Lewis replaces Mark Rodman, who joined Fox O&O KSAZ in Phoenix as general manager last month.

Weather Anchor Kristy Siefkin Joins KSAZ in Phoenix

Kristy Siefkin has joined Fox owned-and-operated KSAZ in Phoenix as a weather anchor.

Siefkin, who will contribute to the 5, 9 and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts, joins KSAZ after only nine months at KPIX in San Francisco, where she split her time between forecasting and general reporting.

Prior to that, she worked at KRON, also in San Francisco. Her first day at KSAZ will be January 7.

Meteorologist Jayme King Joining WOFL

Meteorologist Jayme King is leaving KSAZ in Phoenix for Fox sister station WOFL in Orlando, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

A South Florida native, King has been with KSAZ since 2004 and currently serves as the station’s weekend meteorologist.

King will be replacing Jim Van Fleet, who recently left WOFL after 10 years with the station to become the chief meteorologist at WTSP in Tampa.

While Van Fleet started with his new station this week, WOFL has yet to designate a start date for King.

Bird Takes Down KSAZ Helicopter

Veteran helicopter pilot Rick Crabbs and photojournalist Tom Fergus were up in KSAZ‘s news chopper on Wednesday when a bird slammed into the aircraft, leaving a gaping hole and forcing Crabbs to land the helicopter (video above).

Crabbs and Fergus were on their way to cover a fire in Scottsdale when the helicopter was struck by a dove.  Neither of them were injured and Crabbs was able to safely land the aircraft.

“We were probably doing about 120 knots about 140 miles when we heard a big bang,” Crabbs recalled, and “all the sudden feathers were flying all over inside the aircraft.” [h/t NewsBlues]

Mark Rodman Named GM At KSAZ in Phoenix

Mark Rodman has been named general manager of KSAZ, the Fox owned-and-operated station in Phoenix.

Rodman joins KSAZ from KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, where he has been the general manager since 2008. He will report to Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy in his new role, which is effective immediately.

Prior to joining KTBC, Rodman held positions as both the local and national sales managers at KTVX in Salt Lake City. He began his career in television as a reporter and producer at WPTA in Fort Wayne, IN.

Rodman replaces Pat Nevin, who left KSAZ in August to become general manager of KFMB, the CBS-affiliate San Diego.

Local Anchors at the White House: The Tours, The ‘Exclusive’ Interviews, and Bo

Anchors from nine stations were in Washington, DC yesterday for a local press blitz that included interviews with President Obama and unprecedented access to the White House.

Most of the stations, which were largely located in swing states, billed the Presidential interview as an “exclusive.” Norfolk’s WAVY went one step further: anchors in the studio tossed to live shots with Tom Schaad by calling him “the only local anchor in the nation’s capital today.”

The biggest star for the visitors, however, wasn’t on the schedule: first dog Bo Obama trotted out to the South Lawn unannounced. “That’s the only time I saw things get really ugly with the reporters,” KGW‘s Tracy Barry (pictured) said. “They were practically pushing each other out of the way to get to the dog.”

Watch the reports filed from the White House, after the jump. Read more

White House Opens Doors to 9 Local Anchors

The White House is welcoming nine anchors today for a local round of press that will include interviews with President Obama and comprehensive behind-the-scenes access to the White House.

In addition to their “brief” individual interviews with the President, the participating anchors will broadcast evening newscasts (during sweeps-month, as Politico’s Mike Allen points out) from the South Lawn of the White House, on special risers built for the occasion. The anchors will also have lunch with David Plouffe, interview a White House staffer from the station’s home market and get an on-camera tour of the building with a curator. Finally, they will ask one question each of Jay Carney at the daily press briefing.

The latest local push is significantly more involved than past interviews Obama has done on the local level, which have been limited to seven-minute sit-downs with the President on one predetermined topic. Read more

KSAZ’s ‘Reality Hits You Hard Bro’ Interview Gets Auto-Tuned, Goes Viral Again

Well, it was bound to happen. KSAZ‘s interview with the “second coming of Chris Farley” has gotten the auto-tune treatment from The Gregory Brothers (video above).

Who knew that anchors Kari Lake and John Hook were so gifted musically?

(Original video here).

Sherry Ray Hughes Moves to WCPO As Meteorologist and Multimedia Journalist

Sherry Ray Hughes, who until September 10 was a meteorologist and reporter at WTSP, is set to join Cincinnati ABC-affiliate WCPO as a meteorologist and multimedia journalist beginning October 1.

Hughes has been a meteorologist and reporter at WTSP, the Tampa-St. Petersburg CBS-affiliate, since 2005. She replaces Steve Norris, who is leaving WCPO, as weekend 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. meteorologist; during the week, she will contribute to the station’s reporting and newsgathering, and provide weather forecasts as needed.

Hughes has worked in dual roles for her entire career — prior to joining WTSP, she also held the position of meteorologist and reporter at WNCN in Raleigh, KSAZ in Phoenix and WCSC in Charleston.

Video: ‘Second Coming of Chris Farley’ Describes Car Crash for KSAZ

“Foom, foom, foom, FOOM!” Phoenix resident George Lindell said, dramatically describing a car crash for KSAZ that left the driver of a SUV trapped under live electrical lines Thursday afternoon.

Lindell was rear-ended by the victim and he recounted the ordeal for KSAZ with a passionate monologue that is sure to go viral (video above). Read more

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