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Callan Gray Joins WCYB as Reporter

WCYB isn’t done adding to its talent roster. The Bristol, VA-TN, NBC affiliate announced Callan Gray will join the station as a reporter.

Gray last worked at WBNG in Binghamton, NY, as a freelance reporter.

Gray joins Jonathan Radford from WSMV in Nashville, TN, and Meaghan Smith from WBBH in Fort Myers, FL, as the third reporter hire WCYB has announced this week. News director Ken Smith told TVSpy, the additions are replacements for what he termed regular turnover.

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Jonathan Radford to Join WCYB as Reporter

WCYB has hired Jonathan Radford as a general assignment reporter.

Radford comes to the Bristol, VA, NBC affiliate from WSMV in Nashville, TN, where he was an associate producer.

WCYB news director Ken Smith told TVSpy, Radford starts one week from Monday on August 26.

Bonten Stations to Air Series on Gun Violence

Bonten Media stations have scheduled a week-long series of special reports on gun violence that will air across all its stations beginning February 18.

“The Facts: Guns in America” will be presented in five reports, each produced by a reporter at a different Bonten station. The reports range in topic from an examination of the second amendment to a spotlight on gun violence and mental health.

“There is no topic that generates more heat and less light than guns,” Bonten Media CEO Randall Bongarten said in a statement. “We believe it is our responsibility to provide factual information so that our viewers can make their own judgments on critical issues like gun control.”

Reports will be presented by Wayne McCormick of KTXS in Abliene, Texas; Wes Goforth of WCTI in Greenville, N.C.; Steve Fetveit of KECI-KTVM in Missoula, Mont.; Kelli Saam of KRCR in Chico, Calif.; and Julie Newman of WCYB in Bristol, Va. See a full list of their topics after the jump. Read more

Johnny Wood to Retire After 44 Years at WCYB

WCYB morning anchor Johnny Wood will retire at the end of this year after 44 years at the NBC affiliate in Bristol, Va.

“I cannot tell you how much that you mean to me, you all who have watched my work here all these years,” Wood said on Monday’s morning newscast. “All the wonderful thoughts and prayers, notes of encouragement and times of fun and laughter mean so much to me. You folks are a large part of what made this such a tough decision to make.”

Wood has worked at WCYB since 1968 and has been the station’s morning anchor since 1978. In a statement, general manager Jack D. Dempsey said Wood will leave “knowing that he’ll always be a part of our station and the News 5 team.” Read more

Longtime WJHL GM Moves to Rival WCYB

Jack Dempsey, who has spent the last 23 years as president and general manager of CBS-affiliate WJHL, is moving to Tri-Cities rival WCYB, and WEMT.

Bonten Media Group, which owns the NBC-affiliate in the Tri-Cities area of northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia, and oversees operations at WCYB, the market’s Fox-affiliate, announced today that Dempsey has been named vice president and general manager of WCYB and WEMT.

“We are fortunate to be able to attract so talented a manager as Jack Dempsey,” said Bonten CEO Randy Bongarten, announcing the hiring.  “His deep knowledge of and success in both television, in general, and the Tri-Cities market, in particular, will be a great asset to our company.” Read more

Sports Anchor Drew Hinesley Joins WCTI from WCYB

Drew Hinesley has joined WCTI, the ABC-affiliate for Eastern North Carolina, as a sports anchor and reporter.

Hinesley was a sports reporter at WCYB in Bristol, VA, for just seven months before joining WCTI. Prior to that, he spent six years as a caddy on the LPGA tour.

Hinesley first appeared on WCTI Monday, delivering a report about Bubba Watson‘s victory at the Masters.

Bristol’s WCYB Adds Julie Newman, Brian Bishop

WCYB-WEMT in Bristol, TN has hired anchor Julie Newman (pictured) and reporter Brian Bishop.

Newman will co-anchor the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Garick Zikan beginning April 4. She comes to Bristol from Blue Ridge PBS, where she has been a producer and host for three years. Bishop, who will be a general assignment reporter, joins WCYB from WKPT in Kingsport, TN.

The station has also shuffled two meteorologists: weekend meteorologist Donnie Cox has been promoted to weekday mornings, and WEMT weekend meteorologist David Boyd has been moved to WCYB’s weekend newscasts.

WCYB Searches for Replacement for ‘Old School’ News Director

WCYB is currently searching for a replacement for longtime news director and anchor Steve Hawkins, who one veteran of the market recently described as “the Cronkite of the Tri-Cities.”

Hawkins, who had served as news director for the NBC-affiliate since 1985, left this month after more than three decades with the station.

WCYB has appointed assistant news director Terry Radnoczi, who has been the station since 1981, to interim news director as the station actively searches for Hawkins’s replacement.

Jim McKernan, WCYB’s senior vice president and general manager, told TVSpy that he could not discuss specific details of Hawkins’s departure. Discussions with several people who have worked at WCYB, though, offer clues to why the station is moving in a new direction. Read more

News Director and Anchor Steve Hawkins is Out at WCYB

Steve Hawkins, news director and anchor for WCYB, has left after more than three decades with the station.

Hawkins has been a fixture at WCYB, a NBC-affiliate serving northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia, since his junior year of college in 1976. He has most recently appeared on the station’s 6 p.m. newscast alongside Ann Carter.

Hawkins has not been with the station since March 24th, according to the Johnson City Press. Both Hawkins and the station have been mum about the reasons for his exit.

Hawkins has held the news director post since 1985.