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Posts Tagged ‘WAKA’

WAKA News Director Leaves After One Month

WAKA_logoJack Pagano, the newly appointed news director for Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA has left the station after being hired in May.

Pagano told TVSpy he left so he could take care of a family issue, adding. “I will seek another run in broadcasting as soon as my family situation is resolved.”

A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Pagano said he may return to the battlefield. “I’ve been asked/selected for a return although the “heat” is hotter than ever in Iraq and Afghanistan.  My “nine lives” have been used.”

Pagano replaced Rob Martin, who left the station for WIAT in Birmingham.

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

In the Montgomery, AL, market, three of the four local stations are tangled up with each other through ownership or partnership agreements.  ABC affiliate WNCF and CBS affiliate WAKA are owned and/or operated by Bahakel Communications while WAKA produces the news for FOX affiliate WCOV.

If you look at the story selection, stacking of the show and even on-air talent between WAKA and WCOV it shows. Watch WNCF and the stories look like they were shot by the same photojournalist who shot the FOX and CBS affiliate’s stories.

WAKA Adds Jack Pagano as News Director

WAKA_logoJack Pagano has been named news director for Montgomery, AL, CBS affiliate WAKA.

Pagano replaces Rob Martin who recently left for WIAT in Birmingham. He’s a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who told TVSpy he’s participated “in many overseas conflicts.”

“I played a huge role in developing the Afghanistan GMIC- Government Media and Information Center which trained hundreds of Afghans in the art of information,” Pagano said when he told us he worked in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013 as a senior strategist government contractor.

He’s worked as news director at WWAY in Wilmington, and has also worked in Dallas, Miami and Richmond. In the mid 1990s, he was a Pentagon producer and correspondent for FOX News.

WPTV Meteorologist Kait Parker Joins The Weather Channel

kait parkerAfter three years at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Kait Parker is leaving the NBC affiliate to join The Weather Channel as an on-camera meteorologist.

While she was in Palm Beach, Parker also worked as an instructor for Earth’s Climate Systems, a graduate course designed by the AMS and NASA. Before joining WPTV, Parker worked as the weekday morning meteorologist for WAKA in Montgomery, Ala.

“Kait is a passionate and energetic meteorologist who will make a great addition to our ever-growing team of the industry’s leading names in weather,” Weather Channel president David Clark said in a statement.

Parker will make her Weather Channel debut on January 13. Read the announcement of Parker’s hire from Jennifer Rigby, the senior director of coverage and talent, after the jump. Read more

In Montgomery, Three Stations to Merge Operations

Sweeping changes are coming to the Montgomery market as three stations are set to merge into one operation.

On Thursday, Bahakel Communications, the owner of CBS-affiliate WAKA, announced that it had signed an agreement to purchase CW-affiliate WBMM (which is licensed to Tuskegee) from SagamoreHill Broadcasting, which also owns Montgomery ABC-affiliate WNCF.

In addition to purchasing WNCF’s sister station from SagamoreHill, Bahakel has entered into a time sales and share services agreement with the company, meaning that Bahakel will now oversee sales and production for all three stations.

Bahakel also announced that Jesse Grear, who has led WNCF and WBMM since 2005, would become vice president and general manager of all three stations. Read more

WAKA Boss Jim Caruthers Announces Retirement

Jim Caruthers is set to retire as vice president and general manager of WAKA, a CBS-affiliate serving the Montgomery-Selma market.

Caruthers, who has been WAKA’s VP-GM for the past 13 years, announced that he is retiring at the end of the year. He says that it’s time for him to end his 40-year broadcasting career and spend more time with his family.

“He did a fantastic job for us,” Jim Babb, executive vice president of WAKA parent company Bahakel Communications, told the Montgomery Advertiser. “He made the station meaningful.”

Because Caruthers will remain in his position until the end of the year, WAKA is taking its time in naming a successor. The station will likely make an in-house appointment later this summer.