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Pioneering St. Louis TV Weatherman Howard DeMere Dies

demere ksdk obit wx boardHoward DeMere, the second TV weatherman in St. Louis, died Wednesday after a heart attack.

DeMere started at KSDK when it was the only station in town. He succeeded Jack Garrison who briefly forecast the weather before leaving for a sales job.

For 32 years, DeMere’s worked in St. Louis as a weathermen and then a reporter for KSDK and KSD radio (now KTRS).

In a 2010 feature, KSDK said DeMere “put television weather here on the map.” DeMere told the station, “The weather and the weather set. It started as a simple frame…wooden and covered with a piece of Plexiglass. Write on it with a china marking pencil then you went back over it with a pen and talked about it as you did so…” Read more

KSDK Apologizes For School Scare: ‘We Caused Undue Stress and Fear’

kirkwood_hsSt. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has apologized for the station’s role in a lockdown at Kirkwood High School last week.

Veteran anchor Mike Bush delivered the apology on the 10 p.m. newscast Sunday. “We unnecessarily scared students, teachers and parents, and quite honestly, it doesn’t matter what our intentions were,” Bush said. “We caused undue stress and fear and we are very sorry this happened.”

Bush said KSDK’s general manager, Lynn Beall, had met with the Kirkwood superintendent to apologize in person. He also said the channel is “taking a hard look at how this happened what we could be doing differently to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

“I’ve been at channel 5 for almost 30 years and I’ve always been proud of the fact that everybody at our television station deeply cares about our community, that we do a lot of positive stories, that we try to take the high road. In reporting this school security story, we didn’t live up to our own standards and the standards that you deserve as viewers,” Bush said. “We can’t change the past, but our promise to you is, we will make every effort to make sure nothing like this will happen in the future.”

KSDK Issues Statement About School Scare

kirkwood_hsSt. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has published a statement regarding today’s lockdown at a Missouri High School.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy the statement titled “NewsChannel 5 statement on school safety” has been posted to the station website.

NewsChannel 5 recognizes the importance of safety in our schools. As part of a continuing investigation this afternoon, we visited five local schools.

One of our employees assigned to this investigative report visited Kirkwood High School. He entered and walked his way toward the office, asking a teacher for directions after a few minutes. There, he asked if he might discuss the school’s security. He identified himself by name and gave the office his phone number.

When the security official could not be reached, our employee left the premises without escort.

Approximately an hour later – after our visit – the high school was put on lock down. This lock down certainly was not the intent of our visit.

We will report this story tonight on NewsChannel 5 at 10 p.m.

NewsChannel 5 will continue to be vigilant when it comes to the safety of our schools and your children within.

An earlier facebook post by a Kirkwood School District administrator mirrors the statement by KSDK explained. “An(sic) man came in and stated that he wanted to talk to security. He gave his name and cell number. When the secretary left to get the SRO, the person left the office and will not answer his phone. This initiated the lockdown.”

>UPDATE: The Kirkwood School District sent TVSpy a copy of a statement it sent to families and staff:

Dear KSD Families and Staff Members,

I wanted to provide this update to the lockdown situation at Kirkwood High School today:

At approximately 11:50 a.m. an unknown male came into the school office at Kirkwood High School and asked to speak to the school resource officer (SRO). The SRO wasn’t available and the man gave his name and number. The man asked to use the restroom. The secretary directed him to the restroom, but the man walked down the hall and turned into a different hallway. At that point, the secretary became concerned the request to use the bathroom was a ruse to access the building and she immediately called our SRO. The SRO attempted to call the man to confirm that he had left the campus, but didn’t receive an answer. The man’s voicemail stated that he was a Ch. 5 reporter. Read more

KSDK Blamed for Scare at Area High School

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An unidentified reporter for St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK is being blamed for the lockdown of a Missouri high school while reportedly investigating the school’s security.

A Kirkwood School District official posted what happened on the district’s facebook page, “KHS is on lockdown. We do not believe there is any imminent danger. Here is what I know. An(sic) man came in and stated that he wanted to talk to security. He gave his name and cell number. When the secretary left to get the SRO, the person left the office and will not answer his phone. This initiated the lockdown.”

CBS affiliate KMOV reports, “According to a district administrator, the unidentified subject was later identified as a KSDK NewsChannel 5 reporter sent there to test the school’s security procedure.” Read more

Frank Wiley Named Morning Anchor at WGCL

frank wileyFrank Wiley is joining WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, as morning anchor. He will begin at the station in mid-January.

“I am very happy that after ten months and multiple interviews, CBS Atlanta has found the right morning anchor,” news director Lane Michaelsen said in a statement. “Frank’s skills and personality make him the perfect fit for CBS Atlanta 4:30-7am.”

Wiley comes from Tulsa, where he was the weekend evening anchor at Fox affiliate KOKI. Before that, he worked at KSDK in St. Louis, KFSM in Fayetteville, Ark. and KSWO in Lawton, Okla.

Wiley replaces Brandon Rudat, who left WGCL earlier this year.

KSDK Adds Marv Danielski as Station Manager

ksdk_danielski_croppedGannett owned St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has named Marv Danielski vice president and station manager.

A KSDK spokesperson confirms this is a newly created position for the station.

Danielski will report to KSDK general manager and executive vice president Lynn Beall.

“Marv is an award-winning television executive and his extensive experience will be a tremendous asset to KSDK,” Beall said in a statement. “He is a proven brand builder and 360 degree innovator who will help pave the way forward for KSDK.”

This is Danielski’s second go round with Gannett.  He last worked for the station group starting in 1999 as a corporate marketing executive.

Danielski comes to KSDK from Frank N. Magid Associates where he was SVP Integrated Brand Development. He has also served as VP of marketing and creative services at Hearst Television.

St. Louis Man Dies Morning Before KSDK Airs Investigative Story About Him

ksdkSt. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK had to cancel plans to air an investigative report about a local contractor after the man died the morning before the story about him was supposed to air.

The Gannett owned station announced the death on its 10:00 p.m. news on Monday. “The man who was the subject of a “Five On Your Side” investigation scheduled to air tonight has been found dead in his Town and Country home,” read KSDK anchor Mike Bush. “Police say Jamie Hart, owner of Castle Rock Remodeling was found this morning. Out of respect for his family and colleagues, details of our story will air at a later time.”

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Town and Country, MO, police said they found no signs of foul play and the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s office said Hart didn’t die of a heart attack and had no signs of trauma on his body.

Two years ago Hart, 40, lost a suit he brought against the Better Business Bureau of Greater St. Louis for libel and tortious interference, claiming the “BBB manipulated its standards, treated it differently than other business, and insincerely and maliciously gave it a “C” rating, rather than the higher rating it claims it deserved.”

The station wouldn’t comment on the story’s content. A station spokesperson referred TVSpy to the on-air statement and added the report would be aired sometime in the future.

Nichole Berlie to Join KSDK as Anchor

TVSpy has confirmed, KSDK is adding Nichole Berlie as an anchor and reporter beginning September 9.

Berlie comes to the St. Louis NBC affiliate from KETV in Omaha, NE, where she is the weekday morning anchor. She has also worked in Evansville, IN.

On her facebook page Berlie told viewers, ” It’s kind of a Melancholy Monday. It’s the start of my last week at KETV. I’ll save my tears for Friday…”

Sharon Stevens Says Goodbye to KSDK

After 20 years at KSDK, education reporter Sharon Stevens is leaving the St. Louis NBC affiliate.

Stevens has served as a mentor to many in the industry, including WCAU news director Anzio Williams, who called her “an inspiration to so many.” In honor of her last day, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay designated July 10, 2013 “Sharon Stevens Day.”

Ashley Yarchin Leaves KSDK

KSDK said goodbye to reporter Ashley Yarchin over the weekend.

In early June, she announced on her facebook page she was leaving the St. Louis NBC affiliate, “I’m moving to NYC late this summer…going back to school to get my master’s in art history and the art market from Christie’s Auction House!”

Weekend anchor Kelly Jackson said goodbye to Yarchin at the end of Saturday’s 10:00pm news. “We’re going to miss her,” Jackson said  “But Ashley, we wish you all the best and know you’ll knock ‘em dead in the Big Apple.”

Yarchin started working at KSDK in 2009.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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