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Chuck Gaidica Leaving WDIV for Ministry, Station Announces Replacement

Gaidica_BaileyWDIV director of meteorology Chuck Gaidica (pictured right) is leaving the Detroit NBC station after 27 years to join a local church as the Pastor of World Outreach.

“Of all the names associated with Detroit television, Chuck Gaidica is one of the most respected and beloved,” Marla Drutz, VP and GM of WDIV said in a statement. “When Chuck came to me some time ago with a desire to change his position at the station, I was naturally very sad. I’ve known him since 1983 so I know that when he makes a decision of this magnitude that he has come to it after serious thought.”

Gaidica has worked at WDIV since 1987. He is leaving in August 2014

WDIV also announced it’s hired Ben Bailey (pictured left). Read more

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WDIV Launches Local News and Talk Show

Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV is launching “Live in the D,” a local show about news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle, in August. The show will be anchored by morning anchor Guy Gordon and midday anchor Karen Drew.

“When we started conceiving this program, we didn’t have to look far to find the right people to host this next step in our daytime line-up. We are thrilled to have Guy and Karen as the face of our new show,” WDIV vice president and general manager Marla Drutz said in a statement.

WDIV says the show will “have the elements of a daytime newscast with additional guest-driven conversations and feature a core of contributors.” The first show is slated for August 12.

WDIV Reporter Released From Jail After Serving 3 Weeks For DUI

Veteran WDIV investigative reporter Kevin Dietz was released from jail Saturday after serving more than three weeks for DUI, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Dietz was jailed on April 18 under Michigan’s “super drunk” law, which increases the consequences for people convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content of .17% or higher. Dietz, who has worked at the Detroit NBC affiliate since 1993, was arrested February 12.

“I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, WDIV and to the viewers,” Dietz said in a statement posted to the WDIV website. “I accept full responsibility and am taking the necessary steps to deal with this matter.”

“Kevin has been forthright and accepted full responsibility and expressed remorse.  He is taking appropriate steps to deal this situation and we believe that Kevin will continue to be an important contributor to WDIV now and in the future,” WDIV vice president and general manager Marla Drutz said.

Jamie Kaye Walters Joins WDIV as Creative Services and Programming Director

Jamie Kaye Walters is joining WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, as creative services and programming director.

In her new role, Walters will oversee branding, community engagement and programming initiatives for WDIV. She worked at the station from 1998-2007 as a producer in the entertainment and promotion departments. Since then, she has been the co-founder and executive producer of a creative production agency in Detroit.

“Jamie brings an entrepreneurial spirit and abiding passion for television back to where she got her start here at WDIV,” VP-GM Marla Drutz said in a statement. “She has the very enviable blend of experience, creativity, professionalism and a winning personality … We are delighted that she’s back.”

 

WDIV Promotes Kim Voet to News Director

Kim Voet has been named news director at Detroit’s WDIV.

Voet has worked her way up the ranks of WDIV’s newsroom for the past 14 years. After working as a news producer, executive producer, and senior executive producer, Voet was appointed assistant news director of the NBC-affiliate at the end of 2009.

“Throughout her many years at Local 4, Kim has had a hand in every key initiative in our newsroom,” said Marla Drutz, WDIV’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the move.  “She has consistently demonstrated a passion for being the best in breaking news coverage, and has a great understanding of what is truly important to our community.”

The move comes after Deborah Collura, who spent several years as news director of Post Newsweek-owned WDIV, was promoted to vice president-managing director of news for Post Newsweek stations.