“Taz has a passion for creative storytelling, with an emphasis on watchdog and advocacy journalism, on all multimedia platforms. He brings a wealth of experience from his years at the top-rated station in Knoxville,” WZZM president and general manager Janet Mason said in a statement.
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Littleton comes from rival WVLT, the CBS and MyNetwork TV affiliate in Knoxville, where he was the vice president and general sales manager. Before joining WVLT, he worked at KUSA in Denver and WBIR in Knoxville.
“I am thrilled to have Dean lead WATE and become a part of the Young family,” Young Broadcasting president and CEO Deb McDermott said in a statement. “He is a well-respected and proven leader whose extraordinary sales and journalism skill set, broad managerial experience and extensive knowledge of the market mesh perfectly with our strategic goals.”
The official announcement is after the jump. Read more
Shory moves to Louisville from Knoxville, where he spent eight years as news director for NBC affiliate WBIR. He has most recently been the director of production for Jupiter Entertainment. Shory has also worked at WCCO in Minneaplis, WHNT in Huntsville, WCNC in Charlotte and WBMA in Birmingham.
Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR brought back a few former news anchors for a “retro” 6 p.m. newscast earlier this week (video above).
The newscast was in honor of the 30th anniversary of WBIR’s “Straight From the Heart” brand. Edye Ellis, Bob Kesling and Moira Kaye joined Bill Williams, who is still a reporter for WBIR, at the anchor desk. Former weathercaster Margie Ison, battling throat cancer, was unable to appear for the broadcast in person.
“I am excited for more time at the anchor desk, and the opportunity to report in a bigger market,” Izbicki told TVSpy. “WBIR has a great team and the warmer weather is an added bonus to the perfect career move. ”
Her first day on the job will be November 5.
Wilhot’s co-anchor, John Becker, surprised her with a tribute video during a newscast last week (video above). “I’m speechless, I really am,” Wilhot said after seeing the video. “To see all those faces from the past, and the present and certainly the future. I’m a blessed person.”
“I’m extremely excited about moving to Knoxville and joining the winning team (with a heart) at WBIR,” Moreno tweeted recently, referring to the station’s “Straight from the Heart” slogan.
Moreno comes to WBIR from KENS in San Antonio, where she worked as assistant news director. Before KENS, Moreno spent nine years at KRIV in Houston, producing a number of the Fox station’s newscasts.
Earlier this year, KTVI anchor-reporter Teresa Woodard landed a job at WFAA in Dallas. The move meant that she would be working in her hometown, but it also meant that she would be leaving her husband, KMOV reporter Mark Schnyder, behind in St. Louis.
Now the couple has found a way to once again work in the same market.
“Rarely do two married reporters get jobs in the same market at the same time,” Schnyder told mikemcguff.com this week. “Somehow we have managed this challenge and there’s a very strong chance this will be our last move in TV. Dallas is home and it’s a big market…what more could we ask for?” Read more
“In his eight years as news director, Bill led the newsroom through great ratings successes, sweeping industry changes, heartfelt community tributes and tough investigative projects,” Granju wrote. “Through it all, he was a wonderful boss.” Read more
Neither Shory nor the station has elaborated on his departure.
“The only thing I would like to say is that I am not with the station any longer, but am very proud of what we have accomplished over the last eight years,” Shory told the Knoxville News Sentinel recently. “I’m exploring some other opportunities and talking to a lot of folks.” Read more
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