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WAKA News Director Leaves After One Month

WAKA_logoJack Pagano, the newly appointed news director for Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA has left the station after being hired in May.

Pagano told TVSpy he left so he could take care of a family issue, adding. “I will seek another run in broadcasting as soon as my family situation is resolved.”

A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Pagano said he may return to the battlefield. “I’ve been asked/selected for a return although the “heat” is hotter than ever in Iraq and Afghanistan.  My “nine lives” have been used.”

Pagano replaced Rob Martin, who left the station for WIAT in Birmingham.

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WAKA Adds Jack Pagano as News Director

WAKA_logoJack Pagano has been named news director for Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA.

Pagano replaces Rob Martin who recently left for WIAT in Birmingham. He’s a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who told TVSpy he’s participated “in many overseas conflicts.”

“I played a huge role in developing the Afghanistan GMIC- Government Media and Information Center which trained hundreds of Afghans in the art of information,” Pagano said when he told us he worked in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013 as a senior strategist government contractor.

He’s worked as news director at WWAY in Wilmington, and has also worked in Dallas, Miami and Richmond. In the mid 1990s, he was a Pentagon producer and correspondent for FOX News.

Rob Martin Joining WIAT as News Director


Rob Martin will join Birmingham CBS affiliate WIAT as news director next Tuesday, May 20.

Martin has been news director at Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA for the past 12 years.

Friday, his WAKA colleagues said goodbye to him on-air. Watch the video above to see the send off.

Martin worked as assistant news director at WIAT in the 90′s.

Part of KGET Building Collapses Before Saturday Night’s Newscast

Bakersfield NBC affiliate KGET made the top of its own newscast Saturday night when the facade of the station’s building fell to the ground just before 10:00 p.m.

Calling it a “Boom in The Night,” anchor Kelsey Thomas told viewers she was putting a story together for the 11:00 p.m. news when she heard a loud boom. Thomas said the lights went out. Meteorologist Rob Martin told viewers he, the show’s director and the master control operator went outside to check things out. “I just looked,” said Martin. “And I was like, Whoa!”

“The building sustained a lot of broken glass and damage to the entry area of the building,” said Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Turner in KGET’s report. “Fortunately no one was on the sidewalk.”

“Damage to the structure (is) probably set at around $20,000 and the building department is looking into the incident,”  Turner told The Bakersfield Californian. There’s no word what caused the collapse.