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KUSI Photographer Gets Dumped on By Supertanker


KUSI photographer Taylor Schuss took a hit to make a play during the recent rash of wildfires near San Diego.

Schuss was rolling as a DC-10 Supertanker made a low pass overhead. He dutifully followed the release of fire retardant as it fell on him.

The photographer for the independent San Diego station was covering the Cocos Fire which KUSI reports was 5% contained as of Thursday night.

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Longtime KUSI Weatherman John Coleman Retires

Longtime KUSI weatherman John Coleman has announced his retirement.

Coleman has worked at the independent San Diego station for 20 years. He’s been a broadcaster since 1953.

“Nothing is forever. The universe, the galaxy, the solar system, the sun, Earth… every species fades away in time. We individual people are very small and very temporary parts of the big picture,” Coleman wrote in a letter announcing his retirement. “I’m grateful to you all. I wish you all every success and happiness.”

In the 1970′s, Coleman worked as the the original weathercaster for the launch of ABC’s Good Morning America. While working at ABC, Coleman developed the concept and business plan for what became The Weather Channel.

He has also worked at WCIA in Champaign, IL, WMBD in Peoria, IL, KETV in Omaha, NE, WISN in Milwaukee, WI, as well as WBBM, WLS and WMAQ in Chicago and WCBS in New York.

You can read Coleman’s entire goodbye letter after the jump. Read more

Kristen Cusato Returns to San Diego

Kristen-Cusato_640x480_20110509142504_640_480Kristen Cusato has accomplished a double comeback. She has returned to TV news after being off the air for two years by joining San Diego independent station KUSI as a reporter and anchor.

Cusato left KUSI for WTNH in Hartford-New Haven, CT, in 2009 to help her ailing mother. In 2011, Cusato left WTNH for a job with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Today, she told viewers of her move on her facebook page, “First day, first live shot, first package: done. Back reporting for the evening shows tonight…and anchoring weekend nights! KUUUUUUSI” Read more

No Complaints Over Radio Station’s ‘Hottest News Chicks in San Diego’ Contest

hottest_sandiegoSan Diego radio station Channel 933 has been running an online contest to crown the “Hottest News Chicks in San Diego.”

Already four rounds in, the contest is down to semi-finalists Heather Ford (pictured upper left) from FOX affiliate KSWB, last year’s winner KSWB meteorologist Aloha Taylor (pictured lower left), Sabrina Fein (lower right) meteorologist from CW affiliate XETV and Brandi Williams (upper right) from independent station KUSI.

The contrast is provided by Maine radio station WDEA which ran a similar contest called “Who is the Hottest Newswoman in Maine” in July based on the same concept. Pictures of reporters and anchors from various local stations were posted to the station’s website and radio station listeners and local TV viewers were invited to vote for their favorite.

WDEA was forced to post an apology on its page and change the name of the contest to “Who is Your Favorite Newswoman in Maine” after the news director and a reporter from WLBZ and WCSH condemned the contest as demeaning.

In San Diego? In its first year in 2011, the 933 DJ’s hosting the contest, Frankie V and “Geena the Latina,” appeared on NBC owned station KNSD to promote the contest. [see the video here] Last year, KSWB posted the poll on its facebook page and asked viewers to “Take a moment and vote for your favorite Fox 5 lady.”

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Tom Jordan Leaving KUSI for Detroit Radio Job

Tom Jordan, anchor for San Diego independent station KUSI is leaving television to join Detroit CBS radio affiliate WWJ.

Jordan will be the news anchor for the CBS owned radio station’s morning show.

KUSI news director Steve Cohen told TVSpy, Jordan will be on KUSI for a few more weeks. His first day at WWJ will be Monday, March 4.

[MLive.com]

Lee Eldridge Joins KUSI as Assistant ND

Lee Eldridge has joined San Diego independent station KUSI as assistant news director.

According to KUSI news director Steve Cohen, Eldridge is the first assistant news director for the station.

Eldridge has been news director at WAVE in Louisville, KY, WROC in Rochester, NY and WDSI in Chattanooga, TN. According to his Linkedin page, he was director of media and public relations at Platinum Funding Group before coming to KUSI.

VIDEO: Sailor Home Early For Christmas Surprises His Family Live on KUSI

When Jennifer Boll agreed to be interviewed on San Diego’s KUSI, she was happy enough that she and her two young daughters would get to speak to her husband, who is stationed in the Persian Gulf, via satellite. So imagine her surprise when her husband stepped out from behind the camera and surprised the family in person. Watch the segment — which includes grandparents, siblings, tears and even some festive Mariah Carey tunes — after the jump. Read more

Former WFLD Anchor Byron Harlan Joins KUSI

More than a year after his departure from Fox owned-and-operated WFLD in Chicago, veteran anchor Byron Harlan has signed on to be a weekend anchor and reporter at KUSI, an independent station in San Diego.

Harlan started a career in financial advising when his WFLD contract was not renewed after 13 years with the station. According to TimeOut Chicago‘s Robert Feder, Harlan plans to continue his financial advising and have a “dual career path.”

“I really have been working intensely to develop these two careers, and for it to be happening here is almost unbelievable,” Harlan said. “I’m convinced that your life really will go where your mind takes you.”

Harlan, a San Diego native, was a CBS Newspath anchor before he joined WFLD in 1997.

Following in His Father’s Footsteps, Rafer Weigel Joins Chicago’s WLS

Chicago’s WLS announced this week that Rafer Weigel is joining the station as a weekend sports anchor/reporter.  He replaces Ryan Chiaverini, who was picked to co-host “Windy City Live,” the ABC-affiliate’s “Oprah” replacement (“Live” was previously being called “Morning Rush).

Weigel, 41, is the son of the late Tim Weigel, who spent nearly two decades with WLS as a sports anchor and reporter.

“Rafer Weigel is a talented broadcaster who has worked hard to earn his stripes,” said Jennifer Graves, WLS’s vice president and news director, in making the announcement. “His father is an important part of ABC 7′s sports legacy and we are thrilled that another Weigel will again be working the sports beat at our station.”

Weigel has worked as a reporter for Sacramento’s KOVR as well as San Diego’s KUSI.  Most recently he served as a sports anchor for HLN’s morning show.

Before becoming a TV journalist, Weigel worked as an actor.  Read more

Pleading Guilty to Lewd Act, Veteran Meteorologist Joe Lizura Departs KUSI

Veteran meteorologist Joe Lizura, who recently went missing from his post at San Diego’s KUSI, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of committing a lewd act in public.

Eyewitnesses told San Diego police last October that they saw Lizura fondling himself in the window of an office building.

Lizura has contended that he was merely adjusting the blinds but says that he elected to enter the guilty plea to avoid a drawn-out “he said-they said argument.”

Lizura entered the guilty plea on January 31st and has left independent station KUSI, although he is adamant that these two actions are unrelated.

Lizura issued this statement to San Diego ABC-affiliate KGTV:

This is an incident that’s over and it’s in the past from last October where someone said they saw something that I would never do, but I elected to plead to a misdemeanor and a $200 fine rather than get into a drawn out he said-they said argument. I’ve always maintained a stellar reputation in this town.

As for KUSI, I simply left to run my own company that makes television shows of which I’ve written more than 30 episodes, it’s always been my second love. Read more