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Kent Shocknek Announces Retirement After 36 Years

shocknek_croppedAfter more than 36 years in TV news, KCBS-KCAL anchor Kent Shocknek has announced his retirement from the Los Angeles CBS owned stations.

Shocknek joined KCBS in 2001. He started anchoring the 10:00 p.m. show on KCAL in 2013.

“For years at CBS 2 and KCAL 9, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with the best producers in morning TV; and more recently, the best prime-time anchor team anywhere,” Shocknek said. “Now it’s time to catch up with the people I love, and check out some places I’ve always wanted to go.”

In 1986, he helped launch LA’s first morning news show, “Today in LA” on KNBC. After 31 years in the LA market, the station said it believes he’s anchored more hours of news on local TV than anyone else in the market.

“Kent Shocknek is a Los Angeles TV news institution,” Steve Mauldin, president and GM of KCBS-KCAL said in a statement. “He’s a consummate professional who has distinguished himself as an outstanding breaking news anchor with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Southern California.”

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Fire Up the Moving Vans! KCBS Swapping Anchor Teams with KCAL

Garcia_Tay_TaftViewers of Los Angeles CBS owned stations KCBS and KCAL might think their sleep patterns have been disrupted starting November 18. The stations are swapping anchor teams across channels and time slots.

Current KCAL evening anchor team Sharon Tay, Rick Garcia and meteorologist Evelyn Taft will move to KCBS to anchor the CBS station’s morning and 11:00 a.m. newscasts. The only member of the current KCBS morning news team to stick around will be traffic reporter Stephanie Simmons.

While current KCBS morning team of Kent Shockneck and Suzie Suh will join meteorologist Rich Fields in Tay and Garcia’s old slot on independent station KCAL at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Chief meteorologist Josh Rubenstein, who currently works the AM news with Shockneck and Suh will also move to KCAL but he will work the Noon, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. newscasts.

“Sharon, Rick and Evelyn are a proven winning combination,” president and GM of KCBS and KCAL Steve Mauldin said in a statement. “We are confident in their ability to help us grow our audience during the morning news daypart in the same way they’ve given us a big lift during primetime.” Read more

Laura Diaz Departs KCBS, Rick Garcia Tapped to Replace Her at 6 p.m.

Laura Diaz is leaving KCBS after nine years and the station announced on Friday that Rick Garcia, currently the co-anchor of KCAL’s 8 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will replace her at the 6 p.m.

“It has been an amazing run at CBS 2, and I’ll miss the many colleagues who have become close friends,” Diaz said in a statement.  She’s reportedly leaving KCBS to pursue a producing career.

A Los Angeles native, Garcia joined KCAL in 2009 after 22 years with KTTV.  He will continue to co-anchor KCAL’s 8 and 10 p.m. newscasts in addition to his new role as 6 p.m. anchor for KCBS.

“As he approaches his 25th anniversary on Los Angeles television next year, it is clear that Rick Garcia has played a major role in the growth and success of KCAL’s primetime newscasts,” said Steve Mauldin, president and general manager of KCBS and KCAL, in announcing the move.  “We are extremely pleased to recognize Rick’s importance to our stations and the communities we serve by expanding his responsibilities to include anchoring CBS 2’s 6 p.m. newscast.”