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WSB GM Says He Wants Departing Meteorologist to Stay

wsb304WSB GM Tim McVay wrote a note to viewers on the station’s facebook page yesterday saying he wants departing meteorologist David Chandley to stay but is prepared if he doesn’t.

Yesterday TVSpy reported Chandley was leaving WSB because he always wanted to be a chief meteorologist. Currently, he is one of five meteorologists on staff at WSB. Current chief Glenn Burns has been at the station since 1981.

“Although I still hope that David will change his mind and stay with Channel 2, we congratulate him on the great work he’s done while a member of Severe Weather Team 2,” wrote McVay.

But McVay added the station has a plan if Chandley leaves, “If he doesn’t return we will begin looking for the person to join Chief Meteorologist Glenn BurnsKaren MintonBrad Nitz and our newest Severe Weather Team 2 member, Katie Walls.” Read more

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WSB to Present Live Special on Bullying

being bulliedAtlanta ABC affiliate WSB will present a live special on bullying this Sunday. The special, “Being Bullied,” will be anchored by Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore.

“WSB-TV has seen the stories involving bullying increase and after researching the issue we have learned it’s a very complicated problem,” WSB general manager Tim McVay said in a statement. “We hope that this program can inspire and educate to help change the culture that allows bullying to persist.”

The station says the special will be “an interactive conversation with experts, victims of bullying and former bullies.” It will air Sunday at 7 p.m. and will also be streamed on the station’s website.

WSB Donates $50K to Adairsville Tornado Relief

WSB, Cox Media Group’s ABC affiliate in Atlanta, has donated $50,000 to the Red Cross to aid relief efforts following a tornado in Adairsville, Ga., last week (video above).

“Channel 2 has a rich history of supporting the community we serve,” WSB vice president and general manager Tim McVay said in a statement. “This story continues as the Adairsville community rebuilds, and Channel 2 will be there to report on these efforts as well.”

Jimmy Kimmel Drops By Atlanta’s WSB To Publicize New Time Slot

Jimmy Kimmel dropped by Atlanta’s ABC affiliate WSB to celebrate his show’s growing ratings and to publicize its new time slot following the 11 p.m. local news in January.

Kimmel’s show will replace “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. while “Nightline” moves to Kimmel’s old slot at 12:35 a.m. When asked about the move, Kimmel told the Journal-Constitution, ““I feel like we’re ready.  I feel like we’ll succeed.”

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According to ABC, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is the only late night talk show to increase its viewership this year.  “As strong as the ratings are nationwide, the strongest ratings for Jimmy Kimmel are right here in Atlanta,” Tim McVay, WSB vice president and general manager told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution explaining Kimmel’s visit to his station. Read more

WSB Announces Morning Anchor Changes

Linda Stouffer (pictured right) will replace Carol Sbarge (pictured left) as weekday morning anchor for Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB.

“Carol leaves the morning newscast and the team in a terrific place,” said Stouffer in a press release. “I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to follow her and continue her legacy.”

Sbarge will co-anchor the noon news with Fred Blankenship and report for the early evening newscasts.

“We’re so glad to have a veteran like Carol,” said vice president and general manager Tim McVay. “Moving Carol to the noon news takes advantage of her great relationship with Fred and adds her reporting power to the three hours of local news, 4-7 p.m.” Read more

WSB Teams Up with Beat the Traffic for iPhone App

Atlanta’s WSB is teaming up with Beat the Traffic, a provider of real-time traffic information, to launch an iPhone traffic app.

WSB already uses Beat the Traffic’s mapping functions for their on-air traffic reports, station manager Marian Pittman said in a statement. The free app will enable users to view and report real-time traffic conditions

WSB vice president and general manager Tim McVay said the app “is loaded with useful tools for Atlanta drivers.”

“It gives you instant access to location-based, interactive traffic maps, current travel times, and traffic jam warnings to avoid delays,” he said in a statement.

Monica Pearson to Retire After 37 Years at WSB

WSB announced today that Monica Pearson will retire in July after 37 years with the station.

Pearson, who joined the Atlanta ABC-affiliate in 1975, was Atlanta’s first woman and first minority to anchor the 6 p.m. newscast, according to WSB. She said her hire took a “great deal of courage” from WSB station management.

“With that one hire they broke the color and gender barrier in local news in a major Southern city,” Pearson said in a statement. “I worked hard to repay that support every day and night over these 37 years.”

“In this metropolitan area, when you say ‘Monica’ people know exactly who you are talking about,” WSB vice president and general manager Tim McVay said. “She lights up the camera and warms up the room.” Read more

WSB Names New Station Manager, News Director

Management changes are coming to WSB, the ABC-affiliate in Atlanta.

Marian Pittman, who has been the news director for the past five years, has been named station manager, WSB parent company Cox Media announced today. In her new position, she will be responsible for “strategic direction” planning at the station.

Pittman will be replaced by Mike Dreaden, who will step into the news director role after 13 years as managing editor of WSB.

In a statement, WSB vice president and general manager Tim McVay said the promotions were an opportunity to “tap existing talent for key leadership roles.” Read more

KGO, KTVU Win Northern CA Emmys

KGO and KTVU were awarded Northern California Emmys for their news programming Saturday night in San Francisco.

Fox affiliate KTVU, led by station vice president and general manager Tim McVay, was awarded the Emmy for Station Excellence. KGO, the San Francisco ABC O&O, took home home awards for both Daytime and Evening Newscasts in large markets, as well as overall News Excellence.

View the full list of winners here.

Cox Picks Tom Raponi to Lead KTVU-KICU

Tom Raponi has been named vice president and general manager of Cox Media Group’s KTVU-KICU in San Francisco.

Raponi has been the vice president and general manager of KICU, an independent station, since 2001. In addition to his executive duties at KICU, Raponi served as director of sales for KTVU.

“Tom has been instrumental in the success we have enjoyed and I can’t think of anyone more deserving and qualified,” said outgoing KTVU VP-GM Tim McVay, who was tapped to lead Cox’s WSB in Atlanta.

Before joining KICU and KTVU, Raponi served as general sales manager for KMOV in St. Louis.

“I’m excited and honored to be given the responsibility of leading KTVU,” said Raponi. “The station has a long tradition of being a leader in news, programming and the community.  I look forward to helping the station continue with this tradition.”

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