Blake comes from Charlotte, where she has been the morning meteorologist at CW affiliate WCCB since 2007. Before that, she was a meteorologist at KTEN, the NBC affiliate serving Sherman, Texas. She interned at WGN in Chicago and WTVO in Rockford, Ill. while getting her degree at Northern Illinois University.
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The CW affiliate’s general manager Jim White told the CBJ the station is currently in talks with the Charlotte Knights but hasn’t reached an agreement to air the minor league team’s games. The Triple-A team for the MLB’s Chicago White Sox will move into a new stadium next season.
The station hopes to carve out a new identity, in part, by aligning with local sports teams. WCCB started a three-year contract in August to show the home games of the new UNC Charlotte football team. To date, the 49ers games have generated ratings and audiences three to four times larger than what the station anticipated, White says.
White said WCCB would like to air a limited schedule of marquee Knights’ games.
Morgan Fogarty, who rejoined WCCB last week just three weeks after the launch of Al Jazeera America, talks to the Charlotte Observer about what led to her quick decision to return to local television:
“I think for a lot of television people, there’s always that itch you want to scratch about life beyond local TV. And I scratched it,” Fogarty says. “I really missed Charlotte. My husband really missed Charlotte. We adored it here. That feeling really hit home when we weren’t here. You don’t realize what you don’t have until you don’t have it any more.”
It wasn’t long after getting to New York and seeing what the lifestyle and commute would be like, Fogarty says, she realized it just wasn’t for her. Al Jazeera was a remarkable place to work and its staff was excellent, she says, but she and her husband wanted to come back. Read more
“Fogarty said the idea of going to New York seemed like the right thing to do but she came to the decision with her husband, Jeremy, to return to Charlotte,” WCCB said in a statement. “She is excited to re-unite with her colleagues at WCCB.”
Fogarty was a New York City based anchor for Al Jazeera America, which launched August 20. She returns to the CW affiliate in her old role as co-anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast, alongside Christine Noel and Kirk Hawkins.
“This talented and trusted group of on-air talent is a further indication of the quality and depth of journalism experience that Al Jazeera America is attracting,” AJAM senior executive producer for news and special projects Bob Wheelock said in a statement. “Their previous work across the United States will help to ensure that our daily newscasts include objective reporting on the stories from around the block and around the globe that have a real impact on each American’s lives.”
Betz joins AJAM from WFAA in Dallas, where he has worked as a field reporter and fill-in anchor since 2004. Fogerty previously worked at WCCB in Charlotte, where she has worked for 10 years, most recently as anchor of the 10 p.m. newscast. Walters joins the network from WTOP News Radio. Until 2010, he was an anchor and senior investigative reporter at WJLA in Washington, D.C.
TVNewser has more on the hires.
WJZY in Charlotte will officially switch from a CW affiliate to a Fox affiliate on July 1.
“We have literally been counting down the days to this much anticipated affiliate switch. We look forward to serving all of our 22 counties with compelling content and our robust lineup, which includes FOX Network prime programming, NFL on FOX, and Nascar on FOX,” WJZY-WMYT vice president Karen Adams said in a statement.
The station announced the move on its facebook page saying, “We are so thankful for the amazing 8 years she has worked for our station. She will definitely be missed but we are proud of her and wish her nothing but continued success. Morgan will continue to serve as our news anchor through July.”
Fogarty started at WCCB in Februarty 2005 as a morning anchor. In 2011, she was named 10:00 p.m. anchor along with Israel Balderas who left the station last month. Before coming to WCCVB, On her facebook page, she told viewers she couldn’t comment on where she was going yet.
WCCB is set to lose its FOX affiliation and become a CW affiliate on July 1.
A station spokesperson confirmed the news with TVSpy, but would not comment on the reasons behind yesterday’s departure. The Charlotte Observer reported Balderas’ contract wasn’t up until later this year.
WCCB, Bahakel Comummication’s station in Charlotte, will become the market’s CW affiliate beginning July 1.
Until earlier this year, the station was a Fox affiliate. WCCB lost its affiliation when Fox purchased WJYZ-WMYT in Charlotte.
“We are delighted that we have this opportunity to join such an up and coming network with even more contemporary and creative program series to come,” said Bahakel president Beverly Bahakel Poston said in a statement. “We have been very impressed with the creativity and production quality of the original programming that The CW has provided and plans for the new fall season.”
“This was a bit of a punch,” White told the Observer. “But they’ve been good to me over the years and it’s been a fun place to work.”
White, who launched the news department at the Bahakel owned station, had been news director at WCCB for thirteen years.
According to the Observer, White is on temporary assignment at WBBJ in Jackson, TN. WBBJ, which is also owned by Bahakel Communications, is looking for a news director.
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