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Robin Swoboda Leaving WKYC

Robin SwobodaRobin Swoboda is leaving WKYC, the Cleveland NBC affiliate announced Tuesday. Her last day anchoring the 7 p.m. newscast will be February 28.

Swoboda and general manager Brooke Spectorsky told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer the departure was Swoboda’s choice.

“They asked me about doing others things, but they really didn’t have a platform that fit me,” Swoboda said. “I tried to do the straight news-anchor thing, but I just came to the realization that it wasn’t a good fit for me. I guess I’m still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up.”

Swoboda, a longtime fixture in Cleveland television, joined WKYC in 2011.

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Cleveland Station Puts Anchors Behind Desk Made of Ice in Bitter Cold


Maybe WKYC in Cleveland didn’t think viewers fully understood the depth of cold blanketing the area when it had an ice desk built and had various anchors broadcast from it in the freezing weather.

While most stations were warning viewers to stay out of the cold, WKYC wrote on its website, “With temperatures hitting record lows and the cold being beyond bitter, we wanted a way to showcase just how icy cold Mother Nature can be.”

The desk was built by a local artisan and features a big thermometer in the center to show viewers just how lucky they are they don’t work in local news. During her first turn at the desk, Robin Swoboda started off by rapping a personalized version of “Ice Ice Baby.”

The station is inviting viewers to check out the creation today from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and added, “you’re welcome to take photos.”

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Cleveland Stations Report on Rescue of Missing Ohio Women

Three Ohio women who went missing between 2000 and 2004 were found at a house in Cleveland Monday evening, prompting local stations to devote primetime programming to the breaking news.

WOIO‘s Ed Gallek was the first to report the news during the 6 p.m. newscast, at 6:23 p.m. Ramona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored coverage for the CBS affiliate, which partially preempted “Evening News with Scott Pelley” for local coverage. Tiffany Tucker reported from the scene for WOIO.

NBC affiliate WKYC and Fox affiliate WJW both reported the news during their respective 7 p.m. newscasts. Robin Swoboda and Jim Donovan anchored on WKYC, which was first at 7 p.m. sharp, and Bill Martin anchored for WJW, which was next at 7:07 p.m.

ABC affiliate WEWS broke into “Let’s Ask America” with the news at 7:18 p.m. Chris Flanagan anchored, with Stephanie Ramirez and John Kosich, who nabbed one of the notable interviews of the night, reporting from the scene.

WKYC’s Jim Donovan Named 7 p.m. Co-Anchor

WKYC sports anchor Jim Donovan is adding news anchor to his responsibilities, as he takes over as co-anchor of the 7 p.m. newscast.

The announcement is the most recent talent shuffle at the Cleveland NBC-affiliate. After longtime anchor Mark Nolan decided to leave the station, 7 p.m. anchor Chris Tye was announced as Nolan’s replacement on the morning newscast.

Donovan, who replaces Tye, will continue to do sports on the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, which will be anchored by former CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell starting next week. Read more

HLN’s Robin Meade: In Local TV, ‘There is Something to Learn at Every Stage’

Robin Meade has come a long way from the beginning of her television career at WFMD in Mansfield. The Ohio native, who worked her way up through local markets before landing her national gig on HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” launched her music career this week with the release of her debut country album, “Brand New Day,” and an Independence Day concert today at Robins Air Force base in Georgia.

Meade grew up in New London, OH. “At the beginning, I think my goal was just to end up in Cleveland,” she told TVSpy. “That was the market I grew up watching. I idolized the on-air people — Robin Swoboda, who is still there today — I watched her in high school. She used to laugh out of turn. She was very authentic, especially for those times, in the sort of stuffed-shirt era of news anchors.”

Meade did eventually make it to Cleveland, where she was an anchor at WJW, but she was only there for nine months before WCMH in Columbus came calling. “They offered me twice as much money and two shows a day,” she said. “So I went there.” Meade would also anchor in Miami and Chicago before landing as the morning anchor at HLN. “By the time I left Ohio, I had seen the value of larger markets and new experiences. So I had learned to be prepared to move.” Read more

Preparing to Anchor WKYC’s 7 p.m. Newscast, Robin Swoboda Says ‘Things Have Gone Full Circle’

Robin Swoboda, who has been a familiar face to viewers in northeastern Ohio for the better part of two decades, is set to begin a new phase in her career as co-anchor of WKYC‘s 7 p.m. newscast.

Swoboda will make her WKYC debut, alongside Chris Tye (right), on Monday.

For Swoboda, who hosted a daytime lifestyle show on rival station WJW for the past four years, the move represents a return to where she began her TV career in Cleveland: as an anchor and reporter for the evening news.

“It does feel like things have gone full circle,” Swoboda told The Plain Dealer recently. “When I started out, I knew I wanted to be an anchor-reporter. I branched out and tried this and tried that… but my first love is news. And at this stage of my career, this is it.” Read more

Veteran TV Personality Robin Swoboda Joins Cleveland’s WKYC

Robin Swoboda, whose eponymous daytime talk show on WJW was cancelled in January, has landed at WKYC, where she’ll anchor the 7 p.m. newscast.

Swoboda has been a popular figure in the Cleveland area over the past couple of decades years.  Before launching “The Robin Swoboda Show” on WJW, Swoboda did multiple stints with the Fox-affiliate, including anchoring the station’s 6 p.m. newscast in the late 90s.  She also spent time at WEWS, where she co-hosted the ABC-affiliate’s “Morning Exchange.”

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it all,” Swoboda said, “from local shows to network programming to the ‘Morning Exchange.’ But my first love has always been news, and I feel that’s where my strongest contributions will be. I’m truly excited to join the news team at WKYC.”

WKYC, an NBC-affiliate, says the addition of Swoboda will allow the station to deploy its news team more effectively.  Read more