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Longtime KWQC Sports Director to Retire

Thom Cornelis will retire as sports director of KWQC, the NBC affiliate serving the Quad Cities market in Iowa and Illinois, in September. His retirement caps off more than four decades in the market.

Cornelis will officially sign off September 16, which was his first day at both KWQC and WQAD, the two Quad Cities stations he has worked at over the course of his career. It is also his wedding anniversary and the birthday of one of his daughters.

In his announcement on Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast, Cornelis said he will come back and “pinch hit” for KWQC occasionally. Watch:

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Iowa Man Accused of Using Local Meteorologist’s Name to Get Dates

A Davenport, IA, man has been caught allegedly using a local meteorologist identity to pick up women online.

Matt Wendt is accused of impersonating KWQC meteorologist Greg Dutra on social media.

According to Gawker, “Matt Wendt’s little plan fell apart when the real Greg Dutra tweeted at his girlfriend on Twitter, and one of Wendt’s prospects started questioning the real Dutra as to why he never mentioned that he was in a relationship.”

The Quad City Times reports Wendt was arrested May 9 and has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor identity theft.

Richard Kurz Named News Director at KWQC

kwqc logoRichard Kurz has been named news director at KWQC, Media General’s NBC affiliate in Davenport, Iowa. According to TVNewsCheck, his appointment is effective March 4.

Kurz has been an executive producer and special projects manager for KGW, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore., since 2006. He has previously worked as a producer at KGW and at KGUN, the ABC affiliate in Tucson. He began his career as a copy editor at WTTG, the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C.

Kurz replaces Beth Marsoun, who stepped down in January.

KWQC News Director Beth Marsoun Steps Down

kwqc_logoBeth Marsoun has stepped down as news director of KWQC, the NBC affiliate in Davenport, Iowa, general manager Ken Freedman confirms to TVSpy.

After working as an intern at KWQC in college, Marsoun officially began her career at the station as a news editor in 2003. She worked as KWQC’s executive producer before she was promoted to news director in 2012.

Freedman called Marsoun a “beloved member of our team.” She will stay in her role until a successor is named, and possibly stay with the station beyond that: “It is both Beth’s intention and my goal to find an appropriate position, to be determined at a later date, in the KWQC news department once we transition to a new news director,” Freedman told TVSpy.

KWQC Meteorologist Fights Off Laughing Fit After Depends Joke

KWQC meteorologist Greg Dutra fought off a fit of laughter on the air after he made a “Depends” joke during his forecast, which aired immediately after a commercial for the adult diapers (video above).

“Well, your weather forecast today ‘depends…’” Dutra said at the top of his forecast, trailing off as his colleagues at the anchor desk started chiding him for making the joke. “As soon as I saw it, I was like, it’s stacked right in front of me. I got to. It might be my only chance!” [h/t Los Angeles Daily News]

Melissa Smith Joins KWQC as Morning Co-Anchor

Melissa Smith is joining KWQC, the NBC affiliate in Davenport, Iowa, as morning co-anchor.

Smith moves to the Quad Cities from Traverse City, Mich., where she is currently the morning anchor at NBC affiliate WPBN.

“Melissa is a leader in and out of the newsroom. She is a strong journalist with a community based philosophy. She’ll fit right in with the KWQC family,” KWQC news director Beth Marsoun said in a statement. “Melissa has a kind way and bright personality.”

Smith will anchor alongside David Nelson and meteorologist Greg Dutra. She replaces Jessica Tighe, who recently joined WDJT in Milwaukee.

KWQC Expands Reach in the Quad Cities

KWQC, the NBC affiliate for the Quad Cities, will begin producing the nine p.m. news for KLJB, the local FOX affiliate, starting December 31.

In a statement posted to the KWQC websiteKathy DeBoeuf, assistant general manager of KLJB, said, “We’re thrilled to enter into this partnership with KWQC, the Quad Cities news leader.  With their outstanding reputation of news story-telling and quality production, this partnership with KWQC is a perfect fit for our station.  We are confident that FOX 18 will continue to provide our viewers and advertisers the distinctive news programming they have come to know and expect.

KWQC’s vice president and general manager, Ken Freedman, added, “KWQC is committed to producing a high quality newscast for FOX 18 and as such will be hiring a dedicated team to ensure not just the quality of their Nine O’clock News, but to make sure we continue to maintain the quality of our own news and entertainment programs.”

KWQC also announced it began producing news and weather reports for Clear Channel radio stations in the Quad Cities area on Monday and in return, the Clear Channel stations have been providing entertainment and music updates to the TV station.

[qctimes.com]

Davenport’s KWQC Names General Sales Manager

John Mann will join KWQC, Davenport’s NBC affiliate, as the general sales manager.

“John has a consistent track record of helping stations turn in exceptional sales performances and I am excited to have him join us,” said KWQC vice president and general manager Ken Freedman.  “He will be a major asset for KWQC and Young Broadcasting here in the Quad Cities, translating his wealth of experience to this dynamic market and building strong relationships throughout these communities.”

Mann, who has held a number of senior-level positions at stations around the country, joins KWQC from KPTM-KXVO in Omaha, NE.

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More Local Interviews for President Obama

President Obama is sitting down for another round of local interviews at the White House today.

Obama will be interviewed by Karen Swensen of WWL in New Orleans; Vicki Dortch of WLKY in Louisville (pictured); Gary Metivier of KWQC in Davenport, IA; Josh McElveen of WMUR in Manchester; Debra Morgan of WRAL in Raleigh; Kent Wainscott of WISN in Milawaukee and Jim Synder of KSNV in Las Vegas.

Obama is calling today for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for families making under $250,000 a year.  The interviews will air on the evening newscasts tonight.

Beth Marsoun Named News Director at KWQC

Beth Marsoun has been named news director at KWQC, the NBC-affiliate in Davenport, IA.

Marsoun has been serving as the station’s interim news director since March. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“Beth has distinguished herself as a strong leader of KWQC’s news department, winning the respect of those both inside and outside of the station,” KWQC VP-GM Kenneth Freedman said in a statement. “She has worked tirelessly to uphold the reputation of KWQC as the place those in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois turn to keep informed, engaged and alert to the issues that affect them.”

After working as an intern at KWQC in college, she officially began her career at the station as a news editor in 2003. Most recently, she has been the station’s executive producer. [via TVNewsCheck]

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