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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Cohen’

Unorthodox Meteorologist (See YouTube) Mark Mathis Joins KUSI

MarkMathisMark Mathis is returning to the weather beat. KUSI news director Steve Cohen confirms to TVSpy that Mathis is joining the San Diego station Monday, joining Leslie Lopez and David Scott on the weather team.

Mathis is known to regular TVSpy readers for his flamboyant on-air personality. These YouTube videos can attest to that.

He’s also known for several rocky tenures over the last 10 years. In 2011, he spent just a few months at KMAX in Sacramento. Before that he had two stints with WCCB in Charlotte. He’s also worked at KREX in Grand Junction, CO, WFAA in Dallas, and KTBC in Austin. This will be his second go ’round in San Diego having previously worked at KSWB.

Legendary meteorologist John Coleman retired from KUSI in April. Coleman had been in broadcasting for more than 60 years, the last 20 at KUSI.

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No Complaints Over Radio Station’s ‘Hottest News Chicks in San Diego’ Contest

hottest_sandiegoSan Diego radio station Channel 933 has been running an online contest to crown the “Hottest News Chicks in San Diego.”

Already four rounds in, the contest is down to semi-finalists Heather Ford (pictured upper left) from FOX affiliate KSWB, last year’s winner KSWB meteorologist Aloha Taylor (pictured lower left), Sabrina Fein (lower right) meteorologist from CW affiliate XETV and Brandi Williams (upper right) from independent station KUSI.

The contrast is provided by Maine radio station WDEA which ran a similar contest called “Who is the Hottest Newswoman in Maine” in July based on the same concept. Pictures of reporters and anchors from various local stations were posted to the station’s website and radio station listeners and local TV viewers were invited to vote for their favorite.

WDEA was forced to post an apology on its page and change the name of the contest to “Who is Your Favorite Newswoman in Maine” after the news director and a reporter from WLBZ and WCSH condemned the contest as demeaning.

In San Diego? In its first year in 2011, the 933 DJ’s hosting the contest, Frankie V and “Geena the Latina,” appeared on NBC owned station KNSD to promote the contest. [see the video here] Last year, KSWB posted the poll on its facebook page and asked viewers to “Take a moment and vote for your favorite Fox 5 lady.”

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Tom Jordan Leaving KUSI for Detroit Radio Job

Tom Jordan, anchor for San Diego independent station KUSI is leaving television to join Detroit CBS radio affiliate WWJ.

Jordan will be the news anchor for the CBS owned radio station’s morning show.

KUSI news director Steve Cohen told TVSpy, Jordan will be on KUSI for a few more weeks. His first day at WWJ will be Monday, March 4.

[MLive.com]

Lee Eldridge Joins KUSI as Assistant ND

Lee Eldridge has joined San Diego independent station KUSI as assistant news director.

According to KUSI news director Steve Cohen, Eldridge is the first assistant news director for the station.

Eldridge has been news director at WAVE in Louisville, KY, WROC in Rochester, NY and WDSI in Chattanooga, TN. According to his Linkedin page, he was director of media and public relations at Platinum Funding Group before coming to KUSI.