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After More Than 30 Years, Scott Richards Leaving WBRC

scott_richards_wbrcScott Richards, longtime anchor for Birmingham, AL, FOX affiliate WBRC, is leaving the station.

“This seemed like the right time in my life to cut back on the number of hours I work each week, doing fewer newscasts,” Scott said in a statement. “The station and I were unable to figure out a schedule that made sense for both of us.”

Richards started at WBRC in 1981. He began his broadcasting career in 1971 while in the US Army. He has also worked in Louisville, KY.

According to the station, he has “agreed to stay on the air until Friday, Jan. 31. After that, he plans to take some time off and consider new ways to ‘earn and serve,’ as he put it.”

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Birmingham TV Stations Interrupt Morning News with Reports of Plane Crash

Birmingham, AL, TV stations were already on the air when first reports of the crash of a UPS cargo jet came in. The Airbus A300 crashed on approach around 5:00 a.m. Central Time en route from Louisville, KY, killing the pilot and co-pilot.

NBC affiliate WVTM – “Today in Alabama” anchor Lisa Crane told viewers about initial reports of the crash at 5:14 a.m. She said the station was sending crews to the scene and promised updates. The station showed first video of the crash shortly after 6:00 a.m.

ABC affiliate WCFT  - Anchors Sheri Falk and Ebony Hall tossed to Candace White at 5:31 a.m. White started out in the newsroom and confirmed the crash with Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport’s public relations director. The station showed its first video tape of the scene at 5:51. By 6:00 a.m. White was on scene reporting by phone.

CBS affiliate WIAT – “Wake Up Alabama” anchors Stephen Hauk and Gina Redmond broke the news at 5:38. They had reporter Rick Jackson live on the scene at East Lake Boulevard near the airport in East Birmingham.

FOX affiliate WBRC – Anchors Janice Rogers and Sarah Verser told viewers about the crash at 5:45 a.m. and went to Clare Huddleston live on scene at 5:54.

Fox Makes Key Appointments at WJZY-WMYT

Fox has made two executive appointments at anticipated Charlotte duopoly WJZY-WMYT. Jay Abbattista will be vice president of sales and Lynda Grahl will be vice president of finance.

Both Abbattista and Grahl come from Fox O&Os. Abbattista, who will begin on April 29, was previously the local sales manager at Fox-owned WTTG in Washington, D.C. He has also worked at a previous Fox O&O, WBRC in Birmingham, as general sales manager.

“Jay has a proven track record of success, having worked in a variety of sales positions across many markets,” VP-GM Karen Adams said in a statement. “His drive and passion made him the ideal candidate; I am delighted to welcome him to our team.”

Grahl, who begins on April 22, has been the vice president finance for Fox’s Detroit O&O, WJBK, since 2008.

“My family and I are very excited to be moving to the Charlotte community; I can’t wait to begin working with the team at our duopoly stations,” Grahl said.

Mike Dubberly Promoted to Morning Anchor at WBRC

Birmingham Fox-affiliate WBRC has named Mike Dubberly morning co-anchor.

Dubberly, who is currently a sports reporter at the station, has worked at WBRC for the past 16 years. He replaces Rick Journey, who announced his departure from the television business in April. Dubberly officially takes over on July 23.

“When this door came open, I wasn’t sure it would be the right fit for me,” Dubberly said in a statement. “But after filling in for Rick [Journey] for a couple of days, I just realized it was almost like my next calling.”

Morning Anchor Rick Journey Leaving WBRC

WBRC morning anchor Rick Journey announced today that he is leaving the television business.

“For some time I have thought about using the skills and contacts developed through a career in journalism to enter a new stage of my life,” he said in a statement. “I am blessed to have those opportunities before me.”

Journey has worked at the Birmingham Fox-affiliate for 20 years, and has been the morning anchor for the past 13 years. His last day at the anchor desk will be June 29, but he will continue to contribute to WBRC on television and online, according to a station statement.

VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel Savors WBRC Weathercaster’s Awkward Exchange with Young Girls

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“Follow along with this,” Jimmy Kimmel told his audience on Thursday night, “because you’re about to see a man dig himself into hole, after hole, after hole.”

Kimmel couldn’t contain his laughter as he played a video of veteran WBRC weathercaster Mickey Ferguson having an awkward exchange with two young girls outside of a Walgreens (video above).

Veteran Anchor Steve Crocker Develops Local Programming for WBRC

Steve Crocker, the co-anchor of WBRC’s 6 and 9 p.m. newscasts, has stepped out from behind the anchor desk to develop youth-oriented local programming for the Fox-affiliate.

Over the past couple of years, Raycom Media has urged its stations, including Birmingham’s WBRC, to develop unique local programming. Crocker has long wanted to run his own production company, according The Birmingham News, and this was his chance.

The Birmingham News reports:

He formed Crocker Productions and spent nearly a year working with producers at Birmingham’s Crewsouth on a show focused on teaching teenagers the skills needed to succeed in various careers. The result is “You Can Do This.”

“You Can Do This” debuted this past weekend. The first episode profiled staffers at the Birmingham Zoo, including interviews with the veterinary staff.

Following Revamp of Morning News Show, NECN Announces New Evening Anchor Team

NECN continues to remake its news lineup.  The Comcast-owned New England station announced this week that Latoyia Edwards and John Daly (left) will be its new evening anchor team.

The move comes in the wake of NECN’s aggressive reinvention of its morning news programming.  The station launched a new 7 a.m. morning show on Monday that offers local news during a time slot when most stations are running network morning shows.

Edwards has been working as a reporter-anchor for NECN since 2005.  Daly is a 30-year veteran of TV news.  He’s made stops at Providence’s WPRI and Hartford’s WFSB, among other stations.

“Latoyia is a familiar face to NECN viewers, and we are excited to pair her with John, who has 30 years of experience as a reporter and anchor,” said Bill Bridgen, NECN’s general manager and executive vice president.

Edwards and Daly are succeeding the team of Beth Shelburne and R.D. Sahl.  Shelburne left NECN last year to join Birmingham’s WBRC.  Sahl, who has been an evening anchor for NECN since 1997, officially signed off last Thursday. He will continue on with the station as a contributor. Read more