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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a UFO! What Was That Thing Flying Across KTVI’s Roofcam?

Viewers of St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI thought they saw the equivalent of a unicorn riding a rainbow when the station’s roof camera caught something strange flying past during a lighting storm.

Viewers took to Facebook to give their best guess at identifying the UFO. The station posted an explanation on its website.

FOX 2 producer Kevin Pope and reporter Andy Banker took a look at the video.  They slowed the high definition footage to see what the object really is.  Their conclusion: the object is a bird illuminated by the lightning.

See the video after the jump. Read more

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Rafer Weigel to Anchor for KTVI

weigel croppedRafer Weigel will join St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI as a news anchor and reporter on October 6.

Weigel comes to KTVI from WLS in Chicago where he was the weekend sports anchor and reporter. The news was first reported by the Chicago Business Journal.

“I could not be more thrilled to be joining the team at KTVI,” Weigel said in a statement. “St. Louis is one of my favorite cities. I have family here and know it well having gone to school down the road at University of Illinois.”

Weigel is the grandson of Weigel Broadcasting founder John J. Weigel. Before working at WLS, he was a sports anchor for the HLN morning news. He has also worked as a general assignment reporter at KOVR in Sacramento.

What Did They Cover in St. Louis Last Night?

We revisit the St. Louis, MO, market in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, after the shooting death of Mike Brown.

All the stations seemed to center their shows around the visit of Al Sharpton, his call for peace and the Town Hall meeting that took place last night.

The interesting thing in the first five minutes of coverage, was that both NBC affiliate KSDK and FOX affiliate KTVI spent time on the release of the name of the officer who shot Brown, while CBS affiliate KMOV addressed the racial disparity in the Ferguson police department.

Teresa Woodard Says Goodbye to WFAA

teresa woodardWFAA reporter Teresa Woodard is leaving the Dallas ABC affiliate for a job in public relations, Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports:

In an email to WFAA8 staffers obtained by unclebarky.com, news director Carolyn Mungo said that Woodard’s last day will be August 22nd. Mungo praised Woodard as “one of the best storytellers in the business.”

“It’s a loss for us and for our viewers,” she added. “Her stories informed, inspired, and on so many occasions, moved us to tears. All signs of a great storyteller.” Woodard, a Dallas native and Texas A&M grad, joined WFAA8 from Fox affiliate KTVI-TV in St. Louis, where she had worked since 2005.

Tim Ezell Leaving St. Louis FOX Affiliate

tim-ezellTim Ezell is leaving St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI to “dedicate his time fully to the ministry” on July 18.

The station said GM Spencer Koch told staffers Ezell will be “remembered for possessing that soul, that passion to relate to the viewers, make them feel part of the show and feel welcome.”

The St. Louis feature reporter is moving from part time Lead Pastor at a local church to full time pastor.

TVSpy feels the need to give a special shout out to our eagle eyed LA SuperTVfan who read TVSpy’s poop video story and tipped us off to Ezell’s move.

KTVI Number One in Report on Cop Secretly Videotaping Men Going Number Two


Chris Hayes, investigative reporter for St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI, helped police bust a Chesterfield cop who was secretly videotaping men going to the bathroom.

The station said a man stumbled on a porn site with the videos after he clicked on a banner. Apparently, he watched the videos long enough to see a pattern emerge. Many of the men in the video wore the same company shirts.

With the help of police, Hayes tracked down Rob Cheney, one of the victims.

Fox 2 checked his list of rest rooms, comparing the online video to each bathroom.  Then we found a perfect match, from the floor tiles to the drain by the toilet.  Cheney just moved to the area and laughed, “Three weeks and I’m already on a poop cam pretty much. So three weeks and everybody’s seen me poop?  That’s terrible.  Hahaha.”

But we found no camera when we first discovered the bathroom. We took our investigative research to Chesterfield Police. Chief Ray Johnson held a news conference and said, “The Chesterfield Police Department has arrested one of our own officers, working from a tip from an investigative reporter Chris Hayes from Fox 2 News.”

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

Today we check out St. Louis TV to see what they covered in last night’s 6:00 p.m.

One surprise? The Sinclair owned ABC affiliate has no local news.

Also, with the exception of FOX affiliate KTVI, the trend in St. Louis seemed to be a first block filled with short quick stories about local crime.

Meet AquaFOX, the St. Louis FOX Station’s News Boat


With all the talk about covering news with airborne drones, St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI has decided to swim against the tide by showing off its news boat.

yesterday, the station revealed AquaFOX, an Axis A24 wrapped in station branding.

KTVI news director Audrey Prywitch reminded TVSpy while St. Louis is in the middle of the country it is on the Mississippi River, and surrounded by many other rivers and lakes. She said possible stories to use the boat include flooding, predatory fish invading local rivers and lakes, drinking and boating stories and even a river view of the fireworks on July 4th.

In case you think the boat will be trolling lakes and rivers 24 hours a day, Prywitch said the station will call Stateamind Water Sports, the boating company they’ve partnered with, at least 24 hours ahead of time to ready the boat for use.

Bill Berra Leaving Journal Broadcast Group

bill berraBill Berra is stepping down as vice president of news for Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ in Milwaukee next month, TVSpy has learned. Berra will stay with the NBC affiliate through the Sochi Olympics, which begin Thursday on NBC.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy Berra’s last day will be March 7 and the search is underway for his replacement.

No word yet on what’s next for Berra, who joined WTMJ in 2005 from WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa. He has also worked as news director for WSYX in Columbus, WKMG in Orlando, KSAZ in Phoenix, KTVI in St. Louis and WREG in Memphis. He began his local news career reporting for WTMJ’s radio station, Newsradio 620.

After 20 Years at Fox, Kingsley Smith Resigns From KTTV

kttv set_304x200After two years as KTTV news director, Kingsley Smith is stepping down from the Los Angeles Fox O&O.

“After 20 years with Fox Television Stations, Kingsley Smith has resigned from employment with the company and will be pursuing other opportunities,” KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale said in a statement.

Smith joined KTTV in 2011. He has also worked as news director for Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia and KTVI in St. Louis, which was a Fox O&O at the time he was there. Earlier in his career, he spent 15 years at KDFW in Dallas, where he worked his way up from producer to executive producer to assistant news director.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy that a search is underway for Smith’s replacement. In the interim period, assistant news director Tom Searson will be acting news director.

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