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WCVB, WBIR Win Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

murrows 2014Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR are the winners of this year’s Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence, the RTDNA announced today.

Related, TVNewser: CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category. Both stations will be presented with their awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this fall.

WTVR in Richmond won three Murrows. KARE in Minneapolis, WFAA in Dallas and WVUE in New Orleans each won two. KOKI, WMBD, WJLA, WVIR, WCPO, KETV, WGRZKCET, KING, WSBT, WXIA, KJRH, WJXT, UNM PantherVision and Oregon Public Broadcasting each won one.

See the full list of winners on the RTDNA’s website.

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RTDNA Announces Winners of Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

murrows 2014The RTDNA has announced the winners of the regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, the organization awarded 661 regional awards in 14 categories.

For the large markets, five stations — KARE in Minneapolis, WXIA in Atlanta, WCVB in Boston, WBMA in Birmingham and KING in Seattle — won six Murrows each. WBIR in Knoxville, KTVB in Boise and WISC in Madison led the way for the small markets, also winning six awards each.

Regional winners are automatically entered into competition for the national Edward R. Murrow Awards, which will be judged in May. A full list of the winners by region can be found on the RTDNA website.

Frisky Rabbits Steal the Spotlight on WBIR Morning Show

WBIR_bunnyloveKnoxville, TN, NBC affiliate WBIR had some rabbits on its morning news set Friday to get people in the Easter mood.

Instead it was the bunnies who got in the mood, the mood for some lovin’.

“They can’t do that up here,” said anchor Russell Biven who asked co-anchor Moira Kaye to stop the rabbits from, well, being rabbits.

The rabbit love helped the team segue to a bit about a WBIR photojournalist’s new baby.

When they came back to camera, one rabbit was gone and Biven told viewers, “We will announce the third rabbit’s name in nine months.” Watch the video after the jump. Read more

WBIR Gave Taz Painter a Goodbye to Remember Before He Left for WZZM

Painter goodbye WBIRTaz Painter started work at his new job as news director of Gannett owned Grand Rapids, MI, ABC affiliate WZZM today.

Last week, his old station, Gannett owned WBIR in Knoxville, said goodbye with a list of what Painter would find in Grand Rapids, videotaped tributes from colleagues, and an appearance by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, who brought a bag of Chuy’s Mexican Food and a proclamation declaring April 9 “Taz Painter Appreciation Day.”

“And I understand what this qualifies you for, if you pull out of town and you’re speeding,” said Burchett while handing Painter the proclamation. “If you show that to the sheriff’s deputies that they just put the taser on stun.”

Watch the video after the jump. Read more

WZZM Names Taz Painter News Director

taz painter smallTaz Painter has been named news director at WZZM, the ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. Painter begins in his new role on April 14.

It is a move within Gannett for Painter, who has been managing editor at WBIR, the NBC affiliate in Knoxville, since 2007. He previously worked at KOAT in Albuquerque and WYFF in Greenville, S.C.

“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.

Painter replaces Stanton Tang, who is leaving WZZM to be closer to his family.

Dean Littleton Named VP-GM at WATE

Dean Littleton is joining WATE, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Knoxville, as vice president and general manager.

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.”

Littleton replaces Stan Knott, who has been serving as interim general manager of the station in addition to his role as VP-GM at WKRN, Young Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate in Nashville.

The official announcement is after the jump. Read more

Bill Shory Named News Director at WAVE

Bill Shory has been named news director at Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE, Rick Gevers & Associates reports.

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.

He replaces Kathy Hostetter, who was named news director at WTHR in Indianapolis.

WBIR Invites Former Anchors Back for ‘Retro’ Newscast

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.

Ashley Izbicki Set to Join Knoxville’s WBIR

Ashley Izbicki will be joining Koxville NBC affiliate WBIR as an anchor/reporter.

“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. ”

Izbicki comes from WBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend, IN, where she was a multimedia journalist.  Before WBND she worked for WBKB in Alpena, MI.

Her first day on the job will be November 5.

Anchor Robin Wilhoit Marks 20 Years at WBIR

Robin Wilhot, the main anchor at WBIR, is celebrating her 20th anniversary at the Knoxville NBC affiliate.

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.”

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