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Maine Station Marks 60 Years On Air

wcsh_60years_newsteamSixty years ago today, Portland, ME, NBC affiliate WCSH aired its first broadcast.

December 20, 1953, Maine Governor Burton Cross joined station executives Bill Rines and Jack Atwood in dedicating the new station broadcasting from the Congress Square Hotel, which is where the letters CSH come from.

It was the third station in Portland at the time. But its the only one of the first three still broadcasting.

The station said it will be celebrating the anniversary over the coming weeks and months. Click here to view a picture gallery on the station website.

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Meteorologist A.J. Burnett Joins WCSH

aj burnettMeteorologist A.J. Burnett is joining WCSH, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine. Burnett begins October 11.

“I’m thrilled to be able to work in an area as challenging, weather wise, as Maine, and excited to work with a weather staff with such vast knowledge and experience. But perhaps the best part for me, personally, is that I get to stay right here in New England – it’s where I grew up and call ‘home,’” Burnett told TVSpy.

Burnett has worked at both WFXT and WCVB, the Fox and ABC affiliate in Boston. He has also been a freelance meteorologist at WMUR in Manchester and New England Cable News.

Maine Radio Station Apologizes for ‘Hottest’ TV Newswoman Contest

Maine radio station WDEA has changed a recent listener poll from “Who is The Hottest TV Newswoman in Maine” to “Who is Your Favorite TV Newswoman in Maine?

WDEA posted an apology on the contest page, “First, let’s start by saying that we love all of these beautiful ladies! Now, let us say something else. It seems we offended a few of you out there with our use of the word “Hottest” to describe these lovely and talented journalists. It was not our intent to offend, so we’ve changed it to “Favorite.” Sorry about that.”

The contest includes Carolyn Callahan, Jackie De Tore and Adrienne Di Piazza from WABI, Nicole Gerber and Lindsey Mills from Bangor ABC and FOX affiliate WVII-WFVX and Melissa Kim and Jackie Ward from Bangor and Portland NBC affiliates WLBZ and WCSH. Read more

WCSH Meteorologist Keith Carson Joining The Weather Channel

WCSH meteorologist Keith Carson is leaving the Portland, Maine NBC affiliate for The Weather Channel.

“We are thrilled for him and very proud of the work he’s done in Maine to be moved up to the big leagues,” the station said in a statement.

Carson joined WCSH from WPTZ, the NBC affiliate in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in 2010. His last day in Portland will be July 29, and he will begin at The Weather Channel in August.

WCSH Names Mike Redding News Director

WCSH and WLBZ, the Gannet owned NBC affiliates for Portland and Bangor, ME, have named Mike Redding as news director, according to the Bangor Daily News.

“We are very excited to have someone of Mike’s caliber leading our news organization into the future,” Steve Carter, president and general manager of WCSH and WLBZ, told the Daily News. “Mike is familiar with the NEWS CENTER brand, and his credentials will only strengthen our broadcast and digital positions in the market.”

Redding comes to WCSH-WBKZ from Gannet station WFMY in Greensboro, NC where he was executive producer. Read more

Maureen O’Brien Out as News Director at WCSH

The Portland Press Herald is reporting WCSH news director Maureen O’Brien has left the station for unspecified reasons.

O’Brien’s departure comes days after the Portland, Maine NBC affiliate’s meteorologist, Joe Cupo, went on air to refute allegations he was a client of an alleged prostitution ring in Kennebunk, Maine.

The Press Herald said the station would not comment on why O’Brien left but did back the decision to put Cupo on air,

Steve Carter, the station’s president and general manager, would not comment Tuesday on O’Brien’s departure. He would not say why or when she left the position.  “It’s a personnel matter, and it’s not something we comment on,” Carter said.  He said he supported the decision to put Joe Cupo on the air to dispel rumors that he was a client of Alexis Wright of Wells.

O’Brien has been news director at WCSH since 2008.

VIDEO: WCSH’s Joe Cupo Refutes Rumors of His Involvement in Zumba Prostitution Scandal

WCSH meteorologist Joe Cupo is refuting a rumor that he was one of the men who paid Alexis Wright for sex at her Zumba studio in Kennebunk, Maine (video above).

Police have been releasing names of alleged clients in batches. An attorney involved in the case has claimed a TV personality is on the list; the rumors have focused on Cupo, who has worked at the Portland NBC affiliate since 1979.

“The rumor is so pervasive it is affecting his personal life, so Joe asked for a moment to refute what he finds to be a hurtful and insulting lie,” Cindy Williams said on a recent newscast. Read more

FBN’s Melissa Francis on Going From Small Market Minimum Wage to Having Her Own Cable Show

Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis went from making minimum wage at a small market in Maine to become a force in financial news. In the second part of mediabistroTV‘s three-part interview with Francis, the veteran journalist talks about the sacrifices she made to get to where she is today (video above).

Bruce Glasier Retiring After 35 Years at WCSH

Sports director Bruce Glasier is retiring in April after 35 years at WCSH, the NBC-affiliate in Portland, ME.

Glasier joined WCSH in 1977 as the sports anchor of the station’s first weekend newscast. In 1978, he became sports anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, a position he still holds today. His last day at the station will be April 21.

Lee Goldberg, who has been with WCSH since 1993, will take over as sports director.

Obama Interview Round-Up: President Sits Down With WISH, KSNV, WREG and WCSH

In his latest local press push, President Obama sat down yesterday with anchors from WISH, KSNV, WREG and WCSH.

Each interview lasted about nine minutes. Topics of discussion were mostly the same across all four interviews — jobs and the economic recovery — with a particular focus on the payroll tax cut. In his interview with WISH anchor Debby Knox, Obama challenged Congress “not to be a grinch.”

“The American people don’t want as a Christmas present their taxes going up by $1,000,” he said. “And that will be true for 160 million Americans if we don’t extend this payroll tax cut.”

Watch video of the interviews after the jump. Read more

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