Swanson, who came to Orlando from Seattle in 2011, said family reasons were behind the decision to leave. “Gaard’s family lives in Seattle. He’s been flying back and forth,” WKMG general manager Skip Valet told Boedeker. “His wife has a job she loves. His children are entrenched there. We don’t want to lose Gaard. He’s well liked in the newsroom.”
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“The WKMG helicopter followed and possibly filmed jurors from the courthouse to their destination yesterday (Thursday),” Michelle Kennedy, court services administrator/PIO told The Orlando Sentinel. “Their courtroom credentials have been revoked while this matter is under review.”
Skip Valet, WKMG general manager told TVSpy, “Someone thought we were taking pictures of the jurors. We were not. We are working with the court to resolve this misunderstanding.”
On its facebook page and station website, WKMG is advertising a live text chat with Pipitone, who had been doing live phone updates inside the courtroom during on-air coverage. We asked Valet how the ban would affect the promotion, but have yet to hear back. We’ll update when we do.
On her blog “Let’s Be Honest,” Sanchez told viewers, “What I thought was a bad case of pneumonia turned out to be a mass on my right lung. It was filling my lung and the area around my heart with fluid, leaving me breathless and sending me into coughing fits that caused people to turn away in disgust. I don’t blame them. Even I was grossing myself out!”
The elder Warmoth, Greg, told the Orlando Sentinel with his fatherly coaching, his son is a natural. “I’ve told him, ‘You’re so much better than I was in terms of his voice, look and confidence,” Greg said. “He played in four straight college world series. He doesn’t get nervous.” Read more
CBS-affiliate WKMG and Bright House Cable are nearing a March 16 deadline to renegotiate their carriage agreement, and VP-GM Skip Valet is warning viewers that WKMG programming — including the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament — may be in danger.
“You know what it’s like dealing with cable companies,” Valet said in a video editorial posted on the station’s website. “They don’t care about your local information. That is not their priority. At Local 6, it is.”
Valet said he didn’t want viewers to “miss a minute” of WKMG programming, referencing popular CBS shows “NCIS” and “Two and a Half Men” as well as the NCAA basketball tournament, which begins on March 15. Read more
Williams stepped into the role on an interim basis over the summer, replacing Laura Diaz, who left the television business altogether in June. Williams was previously a weekday reporter and weekend anchor at WKMG.
In a statement announcing the move, WKMG general manager Skip Valet praised Williams’ addition to the morning team. “She has done a terrific job sitting in as co-anchor on the Local 6 Morning News and has become an important morning news team member,” he said. “So we asked her to make the job permanent.”
Austin comes to WKMG after serving as a morning anchor for Oklahoma City’s KOKH.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Matt help wake up Central Florida,” said Skip Valet, WKMG’s vice president and general manager, in announcing the hiring. “His knowledge of our community, his passion for the news and his love of mornings make him the perfect addition to our dynamic team.”
Austin says that he’s excited to return to Florida, where he was born and where he attended college at Florida State University: “This is truly a dream job for me.” Read more
The CBS-affiliate announced this week that Swanson, who has been with KIRO since 2002, would become the station’s primary male anchor.
He will join Lauren Rowe at the anchor desk for WKMG’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.
In addition to his job at KIRO, Swanson has worked as a host for HGTV, appearing on the network’s popular series “Generation Renovation.” He has also hosted KIRO’s daytime lifestyle show “Better Northwest.”
“He’s very comfortable on camera,” said Skip Valet, WKMG’s general manager. “You’ll see that almost immediately. He’s very versatile.”
Swanson’s first day on-air will be February 3. Video of Swanson in action after the jump… Read more