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WZZM Introduces New Evening Anchor Nick LaFave

When Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM announced the launch of a 5 p.m. newscast in August, Nick LaFave was named co-anchor. This week, the station has begun introducing LaFave to viewers with a series of promos and appearances on WZZM.

LaFave makes his co-anchoring debut September 8, when the new early evening newscast launches:

“Nick is a multi-talented journalist, who effectively communicates on all platforms: on-air, online and social media,” said WZZM 13 President & General Manager, Janet Mason. “There are so many things we like about Nick: his passion for telling good stories, his involvement in community organizations, and his love for his home state of Michigan.”

“Nick is going to be a great fit at WZZM 13. He’s excited to be coming home to Michigan and he’s ready to work hard to get to know our viewers and invest in this community,” said WZZM 13 News Director, Taz Painter.

“This is a dream come true for my wife and me. Friends and family have been asking for years when we were coming back to Michigan. Now we can say, “Next month! And we don’t plan on leaving again! We’re truly blessed,” said Nick LaFave.

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WZZM to Launch 5:00 p.m. Newscast

WZZM_2009_Logo (1)Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM has announced it is launching a 5:00 p.m newscast on September 8.

Nick LaFave and Juliet Dragos will anchor the 30-minute show.

In a statement, Janet Mason, president and GM of WZZM said, “We’re very excited to be able to offer this important local newscast at 5 p.m. to West Michigan news consumers.” Read more

On the Move, 7/30/14

Mike Simon has been named staff meteorologist at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando. He comes from WBIR in Knoxville.

Nick LaFave joins WZZM in Grand Rapids as a weeknight anchor. Previously, he worked at KTAL in Shreveport, La.

Journalists in this post are represented by Steve Swienckowski at DCA Talent.

To report a move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

WZZM Moves Van Ameyde Off Anchor Desk, Names Replacement

two wzzm anchorsGannett owned ABC affiliate WZZM has announced it’s moving Lee Van Ameyde (pictured right) off the anchor desk and into the role of managing editor of its Watchdog Investigative Team.

“No one knows West Michigan like Lee does,” WZZM news director Taz Painter said in a statement. “Our Watchdog team couldn’t be in better hands.”

The station also named Nick LaFave (left) as Van Ameyde’s replacement on the weekday evening newscasts. He will join Juliet Dragos starting in early September. Read more

‘Where’s Michelle?’: KTAL Uses Facebook to Answer Rumors About Missing Anchor

A vacation, a new anchor, and a reshuffling of the existing anchor lineup caused a bit of confusion for viewers of KTAL in Shreveport, LA.

When the NBC affiliate recently welcomed Jacque Jovic from Cleveland’s WJW to its lineup, her arrival prompted a few anchor changes.  Longtime fan favorite Michelle White Lafitte, who anchored the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts was moved off the 10 p.m. and replaced by Jovic, leaving White Lafitte at 5 and 6 p.m. with co-anchor Nick LaFave.

The problem arose when Jovic started her anchor duties the same week White Lafitte took the week off .  Viewers noticed.  So the station took to its facebook page to let them know that Michelle White Lafitte was still an anchor at the station.

“Many of you have noticed our new anchor Jacque Jovic, who debuted on NBC 6 News this week,” the facebook post said.  “The feedback on her contribution to the newsroom has been great (which doesn’t surprise us) but it has brought up the question of ‘where’s Michelle?’”  The full posting, which you can view after the jump, goes on to explain the situation.

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KQDS Hires Diane Alexander to Anchor Evening News

KQDS, the Fox affiliate in Duluth, has hired Diane Alexander to be the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. co-anchor. Her first broadcasts are tonight.

Alexander, who will anchor the evening broadcasts alongside Dan Hanger, started her television career as a reporter at KVRR in Fargo before leaving the station to take a break from television. She said she was “thrilled to be back in the news industry.”

“Diane is a fantastic addition to the FOX 21 News, and I’m fully confident the Northland will warm up to her instantly,” news director Jason Vincent said.

Alexander replaces Nick LaFave, who left the station last month for an anchor position at KTAL in Shreveport.

Anchor Tracee Tolentino Leaves KQDS For WKRN

Tracee Tolentino, a weekend anchor at KQDS, is headed to WKRN in Nashville as a fill-in anchor. Her last day at the Duluth station is Monday.

Tolentino, who joined the station just last year, is the third anchor this month to depart from the Duluth Fox affiliate, The Duluth News Tribune reports. Tolentino follows the early August departure of weeknight anchor Nick LaFave, who left for KTAL in Shreveport, and the mid-August departure of Makenzi Henderson, who has not disclosed future plans.

For her part, Tolentino said the move was purely an opportunity to broadcast in a larger market. She told The News Tribune that her ultimate goal was to report in her home state of California.

LaFave, who was one of the station’s original anchors, addressed the turnover when he announced his departure on Facebook in July. “The deeper truth is that, despite the turnover, FOX 21 has done nothing but increase in ratings and quality every single ratings period,” he wrote. “That’s because it’s a TEAM product, not dependent on any one person.”

KQDS Anchor Nick LaFave Leaves Duluth for KTAL

KQDS evening anchor Nick LaFave will leave the Duluth station on August 2 to become a lead co-anchor at KTAL in Shreveport.

LaFave has been the main anchor at the Fox affiliate since the station launched in 2007.  His move to Shreveport is a jump of 57 markets. “He’s definitely moving on to bigger and better things, and I couldn’t be more happy for him,” KQDS news director Jason Vincent told The Duluth News Tribune.

LaFave is the last of the original anchors to remain at KQDS, but the station will continue to grow despite the turnover, LaFave wrote on his Facebook page.”FOX 21 has done nothing but increase in ratings and quality every single ratings period,” he wrote. “That’s because it’s a TEAM product, not dependent on any one person.”

LaFave will anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts at KTAL, which is the NBC affiliate in Shreveport, beginning August 10.