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Dallas Stations Live Overnight With Coverage of Fertilizer Plant Explosion

More than 100 people were injured during an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas Wednesday night.

ABC affiliate WFAA was the first of the Dallas stations to report the news at 8:47 p.m. The station began continuing coverage at 9:35 p.m. that lasted throughout the night. John McCaa anchored the first several hours, with Ron Corning taking over at 2 a.m. Todd Unger reported from West.

Fox O&O KDFW reported the news at the top of the 9 p.m. hour. Heather Hays and Steve Eagar anchored five and a half hours of wall-to-wall coverage, signing off at 2:30 a.m. Brandon Todd reported from West for KDFW.

KTVT was next at 9:46 p.m. with Karen Borta anchoring. The CBS O&O had continuing coverage from 9:55 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Borta and Jason Allen reporting from West.

NBC O&O KXAS reported the news at 9:48 p.m. Amanda Guerra and Brian Curtis anchored until 12:30 a.m., with Scott Gordon reporting from West.

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Poll Results: WFAA Promo ‘The Talk’ Is Creepy

We’ve tallied up the results from our poll about the WFAA promo featuring morning anchor Ron Corning after he’s given two elementary age school children the talk about the birds and the bees.

By an overwhelming margin, most of you thought the promo was creepy with “I think it’s creepy but effective” splitting the vote, but still putting the spot squarely in the “creepy” category.

Here’s the current tally:

45.37%  – I think it’s creepy

22.8% – I think it’s effective

20.9% – I think it’s creepy but effective

10.93% – Other

Some of the readers who voted “other” left comments showing their outrage “This is why viewers don’t watch local news” and “Everyone associated should be fired.” While one voter said, “eh, it’s alright… much ado about not much.”

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Poll: Does WFAA Promo About ‘Birds and the Bees’ Go Too Far?

Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA recently began airing a promo spot titled “The Talk” starring morning anchor Ron Corning as part of a campaign that may test the boundaries of taste.

The spot shows Corning sitting on the edge of a bed in a child’s room talking to two elementary school age kids.  He holds a male and a female doll while saying, “Um. Yeah.  That is where babies come from. Any questions?” While the kids stare open mouthed at Corning, the dad pokes his head in the door and asks, “Is it over?”

According to the station, there are five spots under the theme of “Count on Ron” taking “a farcical look at what you can count on your local anchor for.” Click here to view the campaign.

So we want to know what you think. Is this promo effective marketing or is it just plain creepy? Cast your vote below.

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WFAA Enlists Veteran Sports Anchor Dale Hansen to Promote Morning Show

WFAA, the ABC-affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, has launched a new promotion for the morning show, pairing longtime sports anchor Dale Hansen with station newcomer — and morning anchor — Ron Corning.

“Kid, you’ve come to the right place,” Hansen, who has been with WFAA since 1983, tells Corning in the 30-second spot (watch above). “I’m a legend in town. I’m just saying: get your name out there. Your name is the key. Trust me on this one.” Read more

On the Move, 4/27/11

Morgan Palmer jumps 52 markets to join KIRO, the Cox station in Seattle, as weekend meteorologist. Palmer began his meteorology career in Texas, before moving to Central Florida and now to the Pacific Northwest.

Terrance Bates has been promoted from weekend anchor to morning news anchor for “Fox News Rising” at WCCB in Charlotte. Terrance came to WCCB from WPTY in Memphis, a 25-market jump.

Political reporter Patrick Preston is joining KATU as a senior reporter. For the past three years, the Emmy Award-winner has been covering politics for WCMH in Columbus.

Emily Sinovic heads to Portland to join KATU as a general assignment reporter. She moves from Kansas City where she most recently was a freelance reporter for WDAF and KCTV. Read more

Anchor Ron Corning on Moving From NY to Dallas: ‘How Could I Not Pursue This?’

After spending much of his career in New York, anchor Ron Corning has decided to join Dallas’s WFAA. So what inspired him to head 1500 miles southwest?

“When I met these folks in Dallas, it was like somebody who decides they’re going to be single but they just reluctantly go out on one date, and it’s such a match,” Corning told FishbowlNY recently. “How could I not pursue this?”

Corning co-anchored WNYW‘s morning newscast for two years before being let go in 2008.  Now, after anchoring evening newscasts for regional NY cable news channel News 12, Corning will return to mornings as co-anchor of WFAA’s “Daybreak.”

In joining WFAA, Corning is looking to help the ABC-affiliate’s ratings-challenged morning newscast become “a little more casual and a little more conversational.” Read more at FishbowlNY

Ron Corning Heads to Dallas to Anchor Mornings at WFAA

Ron Corning is on the move. The anchor at News 12 Long Island is heading to the big “D” where he’ll be the co-anchor of the morning show at ABC affiliate WFAA.

Corning has most recently anchored at News 12 Long Island and before that anchored mornings at WNYW (Fox5) in New York. Before joining Fox5, Corning anchored ABC’s “World News Now” and “World News This Morning.”

On Twitter, Corning wrote, “I’m excited to make #Dallas home! I’m joining WFAA’s ‘Daybreak’ at the end of April.”