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Natalie Stoll Says Goodbye to KXAN

natalie stollMeteorologist Natalie Stoll is signing off from KXAN, the NBC affiliate in Austin. Stoll has worked for six years forecasting the weather and reporting environmental stories.

“Natalie has chosen to pursue an opportunity with more family-friendly hours, working as a communication specialist for LCRA,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said in a statement. “We appreciate her contributions at KXAN and look forward to working with Natalie in her new role.”

“I’m lucky to have spent years forecasting Central Texas weather as part of a fantastic team at KXAN. I’ll miss my coworkers and our viewers, but I’m also looking forward to this next career challenge,” Stoll said.

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KXAN Launches Local Lifestyle Show

kxan_304x200Austin NBC affiliate KXAN is launching a locally produced lifestyle show this summer, Austin360 reports:

KXAN’s hour-long noon newscast will be cut to 30 minutes to make way for “Studio 512,” which has been slotted for 12:30 p.m. weekdays. An exact start date hasn’t been announced, but the station says it’ll be sometime in August.

“Central Texas has so much to offer its residents that it’s challenging to know all the incredible things to do out there,” said Eric Lassberg, president and general manager of KXAN and sister stations KBVO and KNVA. “This show will help with that. Watch this show and you will gain ideas on local things of interest and adventure.”

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KXAN Ups Shannon Wolfson to Evening Anchor

wolfson_croppedKXAN has promoted investigative reporter Shannon Wolfson to evening anchor for the Austin NBC affiliate.

Beginning December 2, Wolfson will join Robert Hadlock, chief weathercaster Jim Spencer and sports director Roger Wallace for the KXAN 5, 6 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts and the 9:00 pm. news on CW affiliate KNVA.

“I’ve been so honored and humbled to be part of this team of incredible journalists at KXAN for the last seven years,” Wolfson said in a statement. “I’m beyond excited about this new opportunity and look forward to continuing my investigative reporting, as well.”

Wolfson takes over for Leslie Rhode who announced she was leaving last month. She started at KXAN in 2006 as a reporter and was named named main anchor of the CW news at 9:00 p.m. in 2009. She came back to the station as an investigative reporter in June after a three month hiatus.

[Austin American-Statesman]

KXAN Debuts Morning Newscast on KNVA

This morning, KXAN, the LIN Media owned Austin NBC affiliate, launched a morning show airing on the Austin CW affiliate KNVA.

While KXAN’s morning news currently goes from 4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m., the newscast on KNVA runs from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and is anchored by the KXAN morning news team of Brian Sanders, Sally Hernandez, traffic reporter Amanda Dugan and meteorologist Mark Monstrola.

“We genuinely like each other,” Hernandez told the Austin American-Statesmans Gary Dinges. “It’s going to be nice to have this extra time together.”

“Our commitment to our audience is growing,” KXAN news director Chad Cross told TVSpy. “We know the busiest time of the morning for many of our viewers is 7:00 to 9:00.  It only makes sense we continue to provide valuable, local coverage of what’s happening each morning that could affect the start of your day.”

KPRC Meteorologist Mary Lee Leaving Houston For the West Coast

KPRC meteorologist Mary Lee is leaving the Houston NBC affiliate to be closer to her family on the West Coast.

“Before I head back home, I want to thank you. Over these last three years, I have come to love Houston and all of you,” Lee wrote on Facebook. “Ever since I first started at KPRC, you have welcomed me and embraced me.”

Lee joined KPRC as a weekend meteorologist in 2010. She has also worked at KXAN in Austin, KHSL in Chico, Calif. and KOVR in Sacramento. [h/t Mike McGuff]

After 36 Years, Jim Swift Retiring from KXAN

KXAN reporter Jim Swift has announced he’s retiring from the Austin NBC affiliate after 36 years.

“I have been enormously blessed to be able to do this kind of work for so long,” said Swift in a statement. “Meeting literally thousands of gifted, creative, funny and heartfelt people and getting to help them tell their stories has thrilled me, entertained me, inspired me and often, moved me to tears. I deeply hope others have been impacted the same way.”

Swift, who started at what was then KTVV in 1977, is best known for his “On the Porch” reports which news managers asked him to create to showcase regular people, “people whose contributions to society might otherwise go unnoticed.”

“Jim has an incredible sense of what subjects and which people will be compelling,” said KXAN news director Chad Cross. “His storytelling is truly an art, from the writing and narrating, to the photography and editing.”

[Austin360.com]

Shannon Wolfson Returns to KXAN

After a three-month break from television, Shannon Wolfson is rejoining Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

In her new role, Wolfson, who previously anchored the 9 p.m. newscast on KXAN sister station KNVA, will work full time as an investigative reporter.

“I’m thrilled to be back at KXAN with the opportunity to tell stories that really make a difference,” she told the American-Statesman. “This is the kind of storytelling I’ve always loved, but haven’t always had the time or resources to accomplish.”

KXAN Cuts to Commercial Seconds Before Game Winning Goal in Stanley Cup Finals

It’s not quite on the level of the NFL’s “Heidi Game,” but viewers of Austin, TX, NBC affiliate KXAN missed the winning overtime goal deciding game four of the Stanley Cup Finals because the station cut to commercial seconds before it happened.

The game was tied up at five and in overtime. With the Chicago Blackhawks on the attack against the Boston Bruins and with the puck almost on the stick of the man who scored the decider, the station cut away to a morning news promo and a car commercial. When the station cut back, the Blackhawks were coming off the bench to celebrate.

KXAN apologized to fans following the game. Ironically, the “sorry” came right after a package about hockey in Texas. “We unexpectedly and accidentally went to commercial break during overtime in tonight’s game,” said anchor Leslie Rhode. “It was, admittedly, the worst possible time to do that. We are so sorry. We apologize for that error.” Read more

Investigative Reporter Chris Willis Headed to Oregon

Chris Willis is headed to Portland, OR, NBC affiliate KGW.

KGW news director Richard Jacobs told TVSpy, Willis will start sometime in early July.

Earlier this week we told you about reports of Willis leaving Austin NBC affiliate KXAN. He had worked at the station since 1999, leaving the morning anchor desk in 2011 to become the station’s chief investigative reporter.

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