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Meteorologist Mike Breunling Joins WAOW

mike breunlingMeteorologist Mike Breunling is joining WAOW, the ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wisc. Breunling joins the station from rival WSAW, the CBS affiliate in the market, where he has been the chief meteorologist since 1997.

“A strong weather team has long been a Hallmark here at WAOW. I’ve known Mike for many years and applaud his deep local experience and genuine commitment to our community. He will be a great addition to an already superb team of meteorologists,” WAOW station manager Brad Heinkel said in a statement.

Breunling will officially join WAOW later this summer. “This move to WAOW will present exciting new personal and professional opportunities for me,” he said in a statement.

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WAOW Station Manager Tied to IRS Investigation of Former NFL’ers Charity

Waow_wmow_2010The station manager of Wausau, WI, ABC affiliate WAOW is reportedly part of an IRS investigation into a charity run by former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, in the ten years Butler’s charity has been raising money for breast cancer survivors, Butler has only filed once with the IRS.

Brad Heinkel, station manager at WAOW-TV in Wausau, confirmed in a brief phone interview that the IRS contacted him about his work with Butler’s charity. He declined to say when that occurred or provide other details. Heinkel did say he is no longer affiliated with the LeRoy Butler Foundation.

Heinkel was listed as a representative of Butler’s foundation in media accounts from the mid-2000s, including a 2007 story that directed readers to send checks for Butler’s foundation to Heinkel’s home address. A business card of Heinkel’s from 2010 obtained by Gannett Wisconsin Media listed him as Wausau chapter president of the LeRoy Butler Foundation.

Heinkel previously worked at WSAW-TV in Wausau, and the station manager there, Al Lancaster, said two IRS agents visited the station July 12 looking for Heinkel. Read more

WAOW Names Brad Heinkel Station Manager

Brad Heinkel has been named station manager at WAOW, Quincy’s ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wisc.

It is a return to WAOW for Heinkel, who worked on the station’s sales management team from 1996-2004. Most recently, he has worked at rival WSAW, the Wausau CBS affiliate, as general sales manager since 2010.

“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to be back with the WAOW team,” Heinkel said in a statement. “I am looking forward to continuing the fine tradition of broadcasting this market has grown accustomed to.”

Heinkel will begin at WAOW on April 2. He replaces John Harris, who left the station last year.

Jon ErkenBrack Named General Manager at WAOW

Jon ErkenBrack has been named general manager at WAOW, Quincy’s ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wis.

ErkenBrack has worked in television for nearly three decades, most recently as the director of sales for WXXA in Albany. He has also held station management and sales management positions in Norfolk and Charlotte.

“Strong news and sales efforts, along with genuine community service, have long been a hallmark at WAOW. Jon ErkenBrack has the skills and experience to build upon that foundation,” Tom Allen, regional vice president for the Quincy broadcast division, said in a statement.

ErkenBrack begins at WAOW on December 20. He replaces John Harris, who is leaving to return to his family in North Carolina.

Kansas City’s KSHB Hires Reporter Mitch Weber

Mitch Weber is the newest reporter for KSHB, the NBC-affiliate in Kansas City.

“I’m really excited to get started,” he told Bottom Line Communications. “I’ve always said the KC market is my ‘network’ dream. I plan to stay here and retire.”

Weber was most recently a freelance reporter at WDAF, the Fox-affiliate in Kansas City. He has previously worked at KSNT in Topeka, WGBA in Green Bay, WKOW in Madison and WAOW in Wausau, WI. His first day at KSHB was yesterday.

WINK Adds Reporters Amanda Hall and Colby Robertson to News Team

Fort Myers CBS-affiliate WINK has added two reporters to its Collier County bureau, according to the News-Press: Amanda Hall (pictured) and Colby Robertson.

Hall joins the station after two years at WDHN in Dothan, AL, where she was the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor. She is a native of Sebring, FL.

Robertson, who will be a freelance reporter for WINK, joins the station from WAOW, the ABC-affiliate in Wausau, WI. She has been a reporter there since 2007.

WEYI Appoints ‘Untraditional’ News Director

Kathy Reynolds is set to become news director at WEYI. The Mid-Michigan NBC-affiliate announced this week that Reynolds, who has spent the last year working as assistant news director at WAOW in Wausau, WI, would replace Jeff Reinarz in the role later this month.

Reinarz has served as WEYI’s news director since 2008 in addition to overseeing the station’s creative team. With the addition of Reynolds, Reinarz is moving into the position of media operations manager and will lead a planned overhaul of the station’s website and brand identity.

“When I first spoke to Reynolds, I knew she was different than most news directors,” said Becky Butcher, President and CEO of WEYI-WBSF. “I was looking for someone untraditional and Reynolds definitely fit the part. She is a very motivated individual and has a vision on where we are taking our news and website over the course of the next three years.”

Reynolds has held several different newsroom positions throughout her career. She’s been a sports reporter in Philadelphia and a weather anchor in Fargo. Before joining WAOW, she worked as an investigative reporter and special projects manager at WGGB in Springfield, MA.