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Ginger Gadsden to Join WKMG in Orlando

gadsden wkmgWKMG in Orlando has announced Ginger Gadsden will join the Orlando CBS affiliate as evening anchor

“Ginger Gadsden will be a terrific addition to our early evening newscasts,” WKMG VP and GM Skip Valet said in a statement. “Ginger is a compelling storyteller and an accomplished Journalist. Like her Co-Anchors Matt Austin and Lisa Bell, Ginger is passionate about the News.”

The station said she will co-anchor the 5:30 p.m. show with Matt Austin and solo the 7:00 p.m.

Gadsden last worked at WTSP in St. Petersburg, FL. where she signed off in June 2013 after seven years there. She starts at WKMG June 16.

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Lisa Bell Named WKMG Anchor

bell wkmgWKMG has named Lisa Bell anchor for its 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news.

“Lisa has spent the past two years uncovering major stories as a reporter,” Steve Hyvonen, news director for the Orlando CBS affiliate, said in a statement. “She’s one of the smartest journalists I know. In addition to being a top reporter, Lisa is a terrific person and absolutely shines on the anchor desk.”

Bell will co-anchor with Matt Austin.

Gaard Swanson Signs Off From WKMG

gaard swansonWKMG evening anchor Gaard Swanson is signing off from the Orlando CBS affiliate, the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker reports. Swanson will anchor his final newscasts tonight.

Swanson, who came to Orlando from Seattle in 2011, said family reasons were behind the decision to leave. “Gaard’s family lives in Seattle. He’s been flying back and forth,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet told Boedeker. “His wife has a job she loves. His children are entrenched there. We don’t want to lose Gaard. He’s well liked in the newsroom.”

Matt Austin will shift from mornings to evenings at WKMG, replacing Swanson. He will anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Lauren Rowe beginning Monday.

Williams Replaces Diaz at WKMG

Bridgett Williams takes over today as WKMG‘s morning anchor, shifting into the time slot Laura Diaz left last week. Diaz announced she was leaving the station because she is “too down to earth to be an on-air personality.”

Before her new assignment, Williams was anchoring the weekend morning shows and the 11 p.m. Sunday news. She has been at WMKG since 2010, when she moved to Orlando from Augusta’s WAGT. She is the sister of Weather Channel meteorologist Scott Williams.

She will be joined in the mornings by anchor Matt Austin, who moves to WKMG from KOKH in Oklahoma City.

On the Move, 5/17/11

Ryan Chiaverini becomes co-host of Chicago’s ABC O&O WLS-TV’s new, talk and entertainment show “Windy City LIVE,” which airs weekday mornings at 9 AM. Formerly, he was the sports anchor for ABC 7′s top-rated weekend newscasts.

Jason Allen moves to CBS O&O KTVT in Dallas as a reporter. He previously worked for WFTV in Orlando.

Morgan Adsit becomes a weekend sports anchor and reporter for Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF. She previously worked as a sports anchor-reporter for KLRT in Little Rock.

Lauren Leamanczyk joins CBS O&O WBZ in Boston as a reporter. She previously worked at WTMJ in Milwaukee. Read more

Matt Austin Joins WKMG’s Morning Newscast

WKMG‘s morning news team has added a new member. Matt Austin, a Florida native, is joining the Orlando CBS-affiliate’s morning newscast, where he’ll work alongside Laura Diaz at the anchor desk.

Austin comes to WKMG after serving as a morning anchor for Oklahoma City’s KOKH.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Matt help wake up Central Florida,” said Skip Valet, WKMG’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the hiring. “His knowledge of our community, his passion for the news and his love of mornings make him the perfect addition to our dynamic team.”

Austin says that he’s excited to return to Florida, where he was born and where he attended college at Florida State University: “This is truly a dream job for me.” Read more

As Snow Hit, Oklahoma City Stations Blanketed the Area with Local Coverage

As a blizzard swept through Oklahoma in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Oklahoma City stations were there to greet it.

KWTV was the first to begin its local news coverage. The CBS-affiliate began at 3:50 a.m., 40 minutes earlier than its regular start time.

ABC-affiliate KOCO and Fox-affiliate KOKH began at 4:00 a.m. For KOCO, that was a half-hour early; for KOKH, it was a full hour.

NBC-affiliate KFOR was the only station not to make an early start, opening its newscast at the the regularly scheduled time of 4:30 a.m. Read more