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WEEK Viewers Start Online Petition to Get Favorite Anchor Back

mcnamee_week_croppedAt least 100 viewers of WEEK are looking to use the internet to force the Peoria, IL, NBC station to undo a recent anchor change.

A viewer named John Arnold of East Peoria, IL, started a petition on change.org titled “WEEK News 25 and Granite Broadcasting: Put Ashley McNamee back on the air!”

For some unknown reason the management at WEEK/WHOI has taken Ashley McNamee off the air. She is no longer anchoring/co-anchoring the news at 5 and 6 p.m.. She has finally been put back to anchoring the 10 o’clock news. But,I would like the management to put her back on the air with all of her duties before you took her off the air. WEEK’s news is much better and runs smoother when Ashley is there. Please support this petition.

WEEK president and general manager Mark DeSantis told TVSpy he isn’t aware of the petition. He added, “Ashley continues to anchor the 10pm newscasts each night with Tom McIntyre, Chuck Collins and Lee Hall.”

According to her bio, McNamee started her career as a reporter for ABC affiliate WHOI in January 2008. She began anchoring the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. in 2011.

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WEEK-WHOI Names News Director

week_whoi_logo copyGreg Schieferstein has been named news director and content manager at Peoria, IL, NBC and ABC affiliate WEEK-WHOI.

“When we set out to find a news director we were looking for someone who had experience in running a newsroom, or an executive producer in a larger market ready to take on their own shop,” said WEEK-WHOI president and general manager Mark DeSantis. “In Greg we have actually found someone with all the elements of that equation.”

Before coming to WEEK-WHOI, Schieferstein was executive producer for WTVG in Toledo, OH. He’s also worked at WIFR in Rockford, IL, KSTW in Seattle, WAGT in Augusta, GA, KPVI in Pocatello, ID, and KPAX in Missoula, MT. Read more

Lee Ranson Retires from WEEK After 17 Years

Lee Ranson, who has been a meteorologist at WEEK in Peoria for 17 years, will do his final weather report today.

Ranson joined the NBC-affiliate in 1994 after working at several radio stations in the area. The Peoria native is seen nightly on the evening newscasts on WEEK.

“I’ve been going over a lot of old videotapes and, really, when I watch those tapes and then watch one from last week — outside of the appearance, I think it I’ve stayed pretty much the same,” Ranson told the Pantagraph. “My manner hasn’t changed. I have the same voice.”

“Lee is the same guy on air as he is in person,” Mark DeSantis, the station’s president and general manager, told the Peoria Journal-Star. “Lee has never been a performer. He is the real deal and that’s what makes him great.”