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Rachel Frank Returns to Hartford after a Few Months in New York

frank wpixRachel Frank is set to replace herself as meteorologist at Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC. In May, Frank left WTIC after being named morning meteorologist at Tribune’s flagship station WPIX in New York.

Frank, who returns to air at WTIC tonight, wrote about the move in a blog post. “It has been my dream to become a meteorologist in NYC since I was a little girl. I can’t tell you how surreal it is to have succeeded!” She added, “But as many of you know, I’m pregnant with a baby boy! It’s funny how your priorities shift when you’re growing a tiny human. Family comes first. After much thought and consideration my husband and I decided it would be best for our growing family to return to Connecticut.”

Saturday, Frank linked to WTIC meteorologist Matt Scott‘s facebook page which read, “Yes, Meteorologist Rachel Frank is back! I’m very excited about this. She’s one of the smartest meteorologists I’ve worked with, and after looking high and low for a replacement for her, me, Joe Furey Meteorologist, Meteorologist Dan Amarante and Sam couldn’t be more thrilled that the old saying isn’t true …. You can indeed go home again.”

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WPIX Remakes AM Show in Effort to Expand News Coverage Elsewhere

wpixlogo_304Tribune’s WPIX has revamped its morning show lineup. The station said the move was meant to help it invest more resources elsewhere.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy the 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. hour has been dropped.

And despite reports of Marysol Castro and Dan Mannarino leaving the New York CW affiliate, the station said it has moved the two former anchors to reporting in the mornings with Sukanya Krishnan and Kori Chambers anchoring the entire 5:00 to 9:00 a.m. show instead of just the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

In addition to the main anchor changes and new traffic reporter Kaitlin Monte, meteorologist Rachel Frank joins from 5:00 to 6:00 a.m. while Linda Church remains on the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. show

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy, “Moving PIX11 Morning News’ start time from 4:00 am to 5:00 am allows the station the flexibility to invest more resources into the key morning hours and positions PIX11 to expand news coverage in other dayparts later this year.”

Media blogs were speculating that Castro was out at the station and Mannarino was not far behind after Castro shook Mannarino’s hand at the end of Thursday’s show and said, “Hey, dude. It was nice knowing you.”

Meteorologist Rachel Frank to Join WPIX

frank wpixRachel Frank will join New York CW affiliate WPIX as morning meteorologist starting next week.

Frank comes from Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC where she was the station’s evening meteorologist. She will also report on environmental issues for the station.

“Rachel is a thorough, relentless, passionate meteorologist, a NY native with an infectious personality,” WPIX GM Rich Graziano said in a statement. “We are confident Rachel will break through and make a meaningful connection with our audience.”

Frank worked for Graziano while he was GM of WTIC. Before coming to WTIC in 2008, Frank worked at WFMZ in Allentown, PA. She has also worked at WICU in Erie, PA.

[The Laurel]

Technical Glitch Knocks WTIC Off the Air

wtic_logoTechnical difficulties kept Hartford Fox affiliate WTIC from broadcasting its 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts Monday.

Connecticut is bracing for a winter storm today, with most of the state expecting 5 to 9 inches of snow. The station directed viewers to updates on WTIC’s website from meteorologist Rachel Frank via Facebook and Twitter.

“Station staff is working to make repairs in time for morning news shows,” the station said in a brief statement on its website. The morning newscasts were broadcast as scheduled beginning at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Connecticut Anchors Spend More Time with Family for Two Newscasts

WTIC_terziterzi_croppedTony Terzi and his father Al Terzi got to do what many in broadcasting can only dream of, they got to spend more time with family without leaving the station.

The two Terzis anchored the 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. news for Connecticut FOX affiliate WTIC yesterday.

The more tenured Terzi wrote about it on his facebook page, “Very exciting for both of us! I think it’s a first for Connecticut television!”

After the Terzi’s tossed to Meteorologist Rachel Frank for her first weather forecast Frank said, “Terzi and Terzi. I love it here today.”

Al later agreed with his son in a tweet the experience was a dream come true.

Al Terzi spent 14 years at Hartford-New Haven, CT, ABC affiliate WTNH and left rival CBS affiliate WFSB after 28 years in 2012.

[The Laurel]

Hartford’s WTIC Partners With NESN For Red Sox, Bruins Coverage

NESN and WTIC, the Fox affiliate in Hartford, have announced a content-sharing partnership for coverage of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins.

As part of the partnership, NESN’s analysts and announcers will do pre-grame reports for the Hartford station. WTIC sports director Rich Coppola will appear on NESN’s Red Sox pre-game shows, and the WTIC weather team — Joe Furey, Rachel Frank and Dan Amarante — will deliver the forecast for NESN’s pre- and post-game shows.

“This unique partnership allows two powerhouse organizations to come together to provide a unique experience for its audience,” WTIC general manager  Richard J. Graziano said in a statement. “Delivering FOX CT award-winning sports and weather coverage to the strong and loyal Red Sox and Bruins fans in Connecticut is a win-win situation for everyone.”

WTIC To Debut 5PM News Next Week

WTIC, the FOX affiliate for Hartford, CT, will debut a one hour 5:00 p.m. news starting next Monday, January 28.

Currently WTIC’s weekday evening news lineup includes a 4:00, 10:00, and an 11:00 p.m. show.

The new 5:00 p.m. show will be anchored by Alison Morris, Al Terzi, Rich Coppola and Rachel Frank.

The station has a snazzy promo for the added newscast you can watch after the jump. Read more

Hartford’s WTIC Expands Morning Newscast

WTIC, the Fox-affiliate in Hartford, is revamping its morning news hours beginning next Monday.

Currently, the station’s morning show airs from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., leading in to syndicated programming from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. At 11 a.m., WTIC airs a half-hour newscast. Beginning next week, the station will scrap the 11 a.m. newscast and tack an extra hour to the morning show — making the expanded hours 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Logan Byrnes will continue to anchor the broadcast with meteorologist Joe Furey; Erika Arias, who began as morning co-anchor this week, will join them from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Meteorologist Rachel Frank, who is normally seen in the evenings on WTIC, will also be featured while Rachel Lutzker is on maternity leave. Geoff Fox will take over Frank’s evening duties in the interim.

After Leaving WTIC, Meteorologist Garett Argianis Returns to WVIT

Meteorologist Garett Argianis, who left Fox-affiliate WTIC earlier this year, has joined crosstown rival WVIT.

Argianis worked at the NBC O&O before joining WTIC, where he was named chief meteorologist in 2008.

“Glad to have him back as part of the team,” WVIT news director Michael St. Peter told the New Haven Register.

Argianis will work for WVIT on a freelance basis. He left WTIC after losing his weeknight spot to Rachel Frank.

[h/t The Laurel]

Popular Meteorologist Geoff Fox Says WTIC Created Position for Him ‘Out of Thin Air’

Meteorologist Geoff Fox, who announced this morning via Twitter that he was joining WTIC, is now offering some details on his new job.

Fox’s first day with the Fox-affiliate is set for Monday in a position that, as he puts it, WTIC created “out of thin air.”

The veteran meteorologist will deliver technology and science reports for the station’s 4 p.m. newscast, working alongside Rachel Frank, who will continue to do the forecast at 4 and 10. He will then handle weather coverage for the 11 p.m. newscast.

It makes sense that WTIC would create a special position for Fox considering the outpouring of viewer support he received when it was leaked that ABC-affiliate WTNH was dumping him after 26 years. In announcing Fox’s hiring, WTIC emphasized the “social media firestorm” that occurred when WTNH showed him the door. Read more