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Mark Hayes Says Goodbye to KXAS

mark hayes kxasEarly morning anchor Mark Hayes has left KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“After careful consideration and discussion with NBC5 management, we have mutually decided to part ways and end my tenure as co-anchor of NBC5 Today,” Hayes told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark. “…I’ve enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to play a major role at such a well-respected news operation and thank the viewers for their support. I’m grateful to (vice president of news) Susan Tully and all the managers at NBC5 for the opportunity and look forward to continuing my career in television news.”

Hayes joined KXAS last year after ten years at WAGA, the Fox owned station in Atlanta. Bark points out his bio has already been stripped from the station’s website.

WAGA Executive Producer Saves Family From Burning Home

houseonfire_WagaAmy Oates, executive producer for Atlanta FOX owned station WAGA, has quite the morning commute tale to tell.

She said she was on her way to work at 5:00 a.m. when, “I noticed the back of this house was on fire and I had to react.”

“I stopped, called 911, then thought I have to go get this family out,” said Oates. She said another driver soon stopped to help out and the two ran towards the burning house.

She told WAGA, “Both of us started banging on the doors and windows, it felt like it took forever.” She said a man answered the door and the family of three, along with Oates and the driver who stopped to help, rushed to safety.

“We could hear constant explosions as we ran from the home,” said Oates, who said she offered her car as shelter for the family until emergency crews arrived.

WAGA said fire officials haven’t commented on the cause of the fire. Oates said she thought the home was a “total loss.”

Atlanta Man Makes Grand Entrance into WAGA Live Shot

The internet is talking about what happened during a live report on Atlanta FOX owned station WAGA‘s Noon news yesterday.

WAGA employees will be relieved to know no one did anything wrong, unless being fabulous is a crime.

A Reddit user noticed that at the tail end of a live report about a convenience store that was hit by a smash and grab robbery, a man stood in the doorway behind reporter Aungelique Proctor and waited until he knew he was on live before making his big entrance. Check out the video at around 2:09.

Click here to see the .gif.

WSB Replacing ‘Katie’ With ‘Dr. Oz’

katie syndicatedAtlanta ABC affiliate WSB will replace “Katie” with “The Dr. Oz Show” next fall, Access Atlanta reports. “Katie” will come to an end in June as Katie Couric transitions into her new role as global anchor for Yahoo!.

Mehmet Oz‘s show will move to WSB from WAGA, the Fox owned station in Atlanta. Fox has not yet announced what will replace “The Dr. Oz Show,” Access Atlanta reports.

With its move to WSB, “The Dr. Oz Show” will have aired on three stations in the Atlanta market: it first debuted on NBC affiliate WXIA in 2009, then moved to WAGA in 2011.

Longtime Atlanta Reporter to Retire

yates_cropped_wagaLongtime WAGA reporter Paul Yates is retiring after 40 years with the Atlanta FOX owned station.

“We’re very proud of Paul’s service to our FOX 5 Atlanta viewers,” A WAGA spokesperson said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in retirement.

According to Rodney Ho, media reporter for Access Atlanta, Yates’ last day is Friday.

He started working for the station when it was affiliated with CBS in 1973. According to his bio, he has worked as a floor director, film and tape editor and producer while at the station. He began reporting in 1977.

Meteorologist Arielle Nixon Set to Join WAWS

arielle nixonMeteorologist Arielle Nixon is leaving Des Moines NBC affiliate WHO, the Des Moines Register reports. Nixon is set to join WAWS, the Fox affiliate in Jacksonville.

Nixon joined WHO in 2012 as the station’s morning meteorologist. She will join WAWS as the weekend meteorologist, the Register reports.

Nixon, a Georgia native, began her career in television as an intern at WSB and WAGA in Atlanta.

Atlanta Stations Cover Decatur School Shooting

Atlanta stations broke into regular programming this afternoon after at least one gunshot was fired at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a charter elementary school in DeKalb County.

ABC affiliate WSB was the first station to report the news at 1:13pmET. Fox O&O WAGA broke in to afternoon programming at 1:19pmET, with CBS affiliate WGCL following at 1:20pmET. NBC affiliate WXIA reported the news at 1:26pmET.

All four stations were careful in describing the situation, as there was initial confusion about whether shots had been fired. WSB’s Carol Sbarge said there had been “some sort of police incident” at the school, while WAGA’s Lisa Rayam reported a “heavy police presence” after reports of a “man sitting in the front office with a gun.” On WGCL, Jeff Chirico also referred to the unfolding news as an “incident,” and WXIA’s Jaye Watson reported a 911 call “of shots fired at this elementary school.”

WSB’s Ryan Young filed a report from his iPhone after arriving on the scene. Watch it after the jump. Read more

Cynnè Simpson Named WAGA Evening Anchor

Cynnè Simpson is joining WAGA, the Fox O&O in Atlanta, as co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Simpson was most recently the morning and noon anchor for WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. At WAGA, she replaces Amanda Davis, who retired in April after an extended leave of absence following a DUI arrest.

“We’re very happy to welcome Cynnè back to Georgia. We think she’ll be a great addition to our strong team of journalists here at FOX 5 Atlanta,” vice president and news director Mike McClain said in a statement.

Simpson will co-anchor at 5 p.m. alongside Tom Haynes and at 10 p.m. alongside Russ Spencer. Lisa Rayam, who currently anchors the 5 p.m. newscast, will shift to the 6 p.m. anchor desk alongside Spencer. She will continue to anchor the noon newscast solo.

Ray Moore, Former WSB Anchor and News Director Dies

Ray Moore, former news director and main anchor for Atlanta’s WSB has died.

WSB reports Moore died one week shy of his 91st birthday after a fall in his home last week.

Moore started with WSB radio in 1951. One year later he went to work for WSB-TV when it was an NBC affiliate. In 1969 he resigned as WSB news director and joined cross-town rival WAGA (FOX) when it was a CBS affiliate. While working for Georgia Tech, he was credited with creating a video presentation that helped Atlanta land the 1996 Olympics.

WSB said services are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, GA.

WAGA Anchor Amanda Davis Announces Retirement

Amanda Davis, anchor for Atlanta’s WAGA, announced her retirement on-air last night. Davis has been on a leave of absence from the FOX owned station since November after an arrest for DUI.

“Atlanta has been home for me for thirty years, a couple while I was in college and 28 in television news,” said Davis in a 14 minute segment the station carved out of its 10:00 p.m. newscast. “There have been awards, honors and accolades.  There have also been challenges, disappointments and stumbles.”  She went on to say, “So it’s with a heavy heart that I announce now that I am officially retiring from FOX 5 as I look ahead to a new chapter in my life.”

The station had been promising viewers a “special message” from Davis this week.  It turns out it was a farewell tour of sorts. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

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