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Sacramento Stations Help Philippines Typhoon Victims

KCRA-TyphoonSacramento NBC affiliate KCRA and MyNewtorkTV affiliate KQCA along with the Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross are raising money for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

“The devastation in the Philippines is overwhelming. Hour by hour, our viewers are seeing the tragic pictures of that battered region and they want to help,” said KCRA 3 news director Lori Waldon in a statement. “We are happy to provide a way for our viewers to help the typhoon victims. There is such incredible generosity in our community.”

The stations are hosting live cut-ins throughout the day today asking viewers for donations. The cut-ins started at 6:00 a.m. and will run until 7:00 p.m. As of the Noon news, the effort had raised $208,474.

You can donate by calling 1-800-513-3333 or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  During the drive only cash donations will be accepted, no relief goods or supplies at this time.

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Kevin Oliver Set to Join KCRA in Sacramento

Kevin Oliver is joining KCRA, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Sacramento, on December 10.

Oliver is a California native who has worked at WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, for the past nine years.

“I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to work for KCRA, such a highly regarded news organization, and to be back home in California,” Oliver said in a statement.

“Kevin is a great fit for KCRA,” news director Lori Waldon added. “He’s smart, aggressive, highly competitive and curious. Kevin will find great stories for us.”

Sacramento’s KCRA Adds Claire Doan as Reporter

KCRA announced Claire Doan will join its news team as a reporter on the first Monday in December.  Doan comes to the Sacramento NBC affiliate from Tucson’s ABC affiliate,  KGUN.

Doan, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, said in a statement, “I am excited about returning to Northern California to join the KCRA family and work with an amazing team of journalists who set the bar high as the market news leader.”

Doan is the recipient of an Emmy award for her reporting as well as a regional Edward R. Murrow award for her coverage of Jared Lee Loughner, who killed six people and injured 14 in an attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

“We are excited to have Claire on board here at KCRA,” said Lori Waldon, KCRA 3 news director.  “She is a strong, passionate reporter who likes to dig for compelling stories. Claire is a great addition to our excellent team of reporters.”

News Director Chris Gegg Jumps from Madison to Milwaukee’s WISN

Chris Gegg has been named news director for Hearst Television’s Milwaukee ABC affiliate, WISN.  Gegg succeeds Lori Waldon who left for Hearst’s KCRA-KQCA in Sacramento.

“Chris is a proven news leader with the right skills and experience to oversee our newsroom and take it to the next level,” said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN in a posting to the station’s website. “I am also delighted that he has Midwest roots, knows our state well, and values the most important people we serve — our viewers.”

Gegg comes from Madison’s WMTV where he is credited with successfully rebuilding and rebranding weather coverage in the Madison news market.  Previously he was executive producer at ABC affiliates WXYZ in Detroit and WKRN in Nashville, TN.

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Sacramento Anchor Leaving TV for Radio

Walt Gray, longtime anchor for KCRA is leaving the Sacramento NBC affiliate to host his own morning radio show.  Gray had been with the station as a sports reporter and later a news anchor for nearly 25 years.

“This offer came a year or two earlier than I was planning on….but…’dinner is on the table and i want to eat while the food is hot.”  Gray told TVSpy. “I have loved every day I’ve walked into KCRA.”

The Sacramento Bee said the news about Gray’s departure was emailed to the KCRA staff by news director Lori Waldon.

Her e-mail announcement said: “Walt has been a tremendous asset to KCRA 3. Now, Walt is taking on a new and exciting challenge in his career. Walt has accepted a new position at Entercom Radio, “The Eagle” 96.9. The station is creating a morning team and they tapped Walt to do it – knowing he’d be the perfect fit.”

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Lori Waldon Named News Director at KCRA-KQCA

WISN news director Lori Waldon is leaving Milwaukee for Sacramento, where she has been appointed news director at KCRA-KQCA.

The news was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

WISN and KCRA-KQCZ are all owned by Hearst. The move is a return to Sacramento for Waldon, who was assistant news director at KOVR-KMAX before joining WISN in 2006. In a statement announcing the move, WISN president Jan Wade praised Waldon’s “excellent job” as news director.

“Under her leadership we have earned numerous honors, done exceptional journalism, and provided the viewers of southeastern Wisconsin with high quality newscasts and reporting,” Wade said. “Lori has worked hard, and has earned this promotion to another of Hearst Television’s leading stations.” Read more

Anchor Terry Sater Moves to Weekends at WISN

Terry Sater, an anchor at Milwaukee ABC-affiliate WISN, will shift from a weekday anchor to a weekend anchor beginning next week.

Sater currently anchors the 6 p.m. weekday newscast. Beginning this weekend, Sater will anchor the the Sunday 10 p.m. newscast and report for the weekday 10 p.m. newscast, news director Lori Waldon tells TVSpy. Shelby Croft, who also anchors on Sundays at 5:30, currently anchors on Sunday at 10 p.m.

“Terry is an excellent reporter and his move is part of our plan to make our #1 rated newscast even stronger,” Waldon told TVSpy.

Christina Palladino Joins WISN From WOI

Christina Palladino is the newest addition to WISN, the ABC-affiliate in Milwaukee.

“She’s an aggressive reporter who likes to dig for good stories,” WISN news director Lori Waldon said in a statement. “And she loves politics. Christina is a great addition to our very strong group of reporters.”

Palladino begins today as a weekday general assignment reporter for the evening newscasts. She was previously an anchor and reporter at WOI, the ABC-affiliate in Des Moines. Read more

Milwaukee Stations Hit with ‘Perfect Storm’ of Super Bowl and Snow

Milwaukee stations have been faced with a unique problem: while they have focused much of their resources on covering the lead-up to the Green Bay Packers playing in this weekend’s Super Bowl, a serious storm has hit the area.

This week, Milwaukee viewers have been offered “a perfect storm of sports and weather coverage,” points out Duane Dudek of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“We are covering two stories that take a sizable amount of manpower,” WISN news director Lori Waldon told Dudek. And having a significant number of staffers in Dallas for the Super Bowl has made local weather coverage “extra-challenging.”

Complicating matters even more is the fact that the Dallas area has been experiencing Milwaukee-esque winter weather.

“There’s no complaining about the weather when you’re in Dallas for a Packer Super Bowl,” said WDJT sports reporter Evan Fitzgerald, putting things in perspective.

Milwaukee’s WISN Prepares 1-Hour Newscast at 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s WISN is set to expand its weekday evening newscast to one hour. The ABC-affiliate will launch its new hour-long 10 p.m. newscast on January 24th.

WISN, which has been running a 1-hour evening newscast on Sunday, is energized by strong sweeps ratings for its weekday 10 p.m. newscast. “Our November numbers are evidence the people of southeastern Wisconsin want additional coverage from the news team,” said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN.

Kathy Mykleby and Toya Washington will continue to anchor the 10 p.m. newscast as it extends to 11. They’ll be joined by chief meteorologist Mark Baden and sports anchor Dan Needles. Read more