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Schurz Communications President Marci Burdick Wins RTDNF Award

Schurz Communications president Marci Burdick was presented with the First Amendment Service Award at RTDNF’s 22nd annual First Amendment Dinner and Awards in Washington, DC last night.

In her speech, Burdick, who is a former news director of Springfield’s KYTV, praised local television, saying stations’ contributions to local communities “should not be overlooked.”

“On this dais tonight, I consider myself the representative of local television,” she said. “I am thankful to accept the First Amendment Service award in honor of those men and women who do this work everyday.”

Shurz Communications is the owner of 13 local stations in nine markets. Burdick was introduced by Jeffrey Marks, general manager of Roanoake’s WDBJ.

For more on the awards dinner, visit TVNewser.

Bob Grebe Leaves WDBJ to Anchor at Rival WFXR

Bob Grebe, a morning reporter for WDBJ in Roanoke, is leaving the station to join crosstown rival WFXR.

Grebe will anchor the morning newscast on Fox-affiliate WFXR , the Roanoke Times reports. The new show, which will be produced in conjunction with the news department at NBC-affiliate WSLS, will launch March 12.

“A few years ago I set goals of anchoring a morning newscast and staying in Roanoke,” Grebe wrote on Facebook. “With this new opportunity I was able to achieve both.”

Roanoke Stations Go Live with Breaking Coverage of Virginia Tech Shooting

Following a deadly shooting on the Virginia Tech campus that sparked memories of the massacre there in 2007, all of the news stations in Roanoke went live on Thursday afternoon.

As police continue to hunt down a gunman who killed two people, WDBJ, WSET, and WSLS have preempted their regularly scheduled programming to provide ongoing breaking news coverage.  Fox-affiliate WFXR has been carrying coverage from its sister station, WSLS. Read more

Seth Kovar Joining WDBJ Anchor Desk as Station ‘Beefs Up’ Morning Newscast

Seth Kovar will debut as WDBJ‘s new morning anchor on Monday, as the Roanoke-Lynchburg CBS-affiliate adds more resources to its a.m. newscast.

Kovar comes to WDBJ from KXXV in Waco, where he also worked as a morning anchor.  He’s been working behind-the-scenes at WDBJ since last week.

“Many stations have now recognized the critical importance of the morning block as the newscast that really kicks off the coverage tone for the entire day and, like us, have or are beefing up resources,” WDBJ news director Dan Dennison told The Roanoke Times recently. Read more

Former WDBJ Anchor-Reporter Joy Sutton to Launch Talk Show

Former WDBJ anchor and health reporter Joy Sutton is launching a new lifestyle show in Roanoke.  Filmed before a live studio audience, “Hour of Joy” will focus on positive news and inspirational stories.

“Ever since I was 13 years old, I always wanted to have my own talk show,” Sutton told WDBJ recently (video above). Read more

Roanoke Stations Cover Virginia Tech Incident

At just 40 miles away from Blacksburg, VA, Roanoke is the closest market to Virginia Tech University, the site of a 2007 massacre that left 33 dead. This morning, Roanoke stations were called to action again as Virginia Tech was put on lockdown after a group of children reported seeing a possible gunman on campus.

CBS affiliate WDBJ was the first station to report the news, breaking in at 9:56 a.m. with a special report anchored by Kimberly McBroom. ABC affiliate WSET was next at 9:57 a.m. with a report anchored by reporter Shelly Basinger (Noreen Turyn took over for subsequent updates.) Fox affiliate WFXR and NBC affiliate WSLS, who have a content-sharing agreement in Roanoke, reported the news on a simultaneous newscast anchored by WSLS reporter Erin Barnett at 10:56 a.m.

Of the four stations, WDBJ was the only station to take Virginia Tech’s 11 a.m. press conference live. Reporter Holly Pietrzak contribued reporting from Virginia Tech’s campus after the press conference concluded. WSET, which airs “The View” at 11 a.m., updated viewers on the content of the press conference in commercial breaks.

WDBJ Names Dan Dennison News Director

Dan Dennison has been named news director of Roanoke’s WDBJ. Dennison, who has previously lead the newsrooms of KSBY in San Luis Obispo and KHNL-KFVE in Honolulu, has recently been working in a media relations job in Honolulu since being laid off by KHNL-KFVE in late 2008.

“I got ‘riffed,’” he told The Roanoke Times recently about losing his job at KHNL-KFVE, using a term for “reduction in force.” “I had to downsize the staff, and right after that, I got downsized.”

Dennison’s first day with WDBJ is set for June 20th. He is succeeding Amy Morris, who was cut loose by the station in March following the CBS-affiliate’s less than stellar performance during February sweeps.

In leading WDBJ’s news department, Dennison says that he will look “to find new and better ways of providing news to viewers, especially on multiple platforms offered by ever-expanding digital programs.”

WDBJ Taps New Reporter to Replace Longtime Anchor Keith Humphry

WDBJ has tapped reporter Chris Hurst (right) to replace longtime anchor Keith Humphry, who is retiring at the end of the month.

Hurst, who has been with the Roanoke CBS-affiliate for less than a year, will co-anchor WDBJ’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Jean Jadhon and Hollani Davis.

In March, Humphry, 61, announced that he would retire after more than 30 years with the station. At the time, Jeffrey Marks, WDBJ’s president and general manager, commented that Humphry “has set an example of great reporting for a couple of generations of young reporters.”

One of those young reporters is Hurst, who came to WDBJ in 2010 after spending a year with KNDU in Kennewick, WA.

Let Go as News Director in Roanoke, Amy Morris Lands Job with New York’s WABC

Amy Morris, who was dismissed as news director of Roanoke’s WDBJ in March, has landed at New York’s WABC, where she’ll work as an executive producer.

“This is exciting for me and quite an honor,” Morris told The Roanoke Times recently. “But I will miss everybody in Roanoke. I’ll look back fondly on what we did here. We did some great journalism.”

A Roanoke native, Morris became WDBJ’s news director in 2007, following stops as an executive producer in Minneapolis and Chicago. She was let go at the end of March following a relatively weak sweeps showing.

Although Morris, who is set to begin at WABC in early May, leaves Roanoke feeling that there’s still some unfinished business there, she is looking forward to the new opportunity.

“I feel I wasn’t done yet,” Morris says of leaving WDBJ, adding, though, that there’s the potential to do big things at WABC.

News Director Amy Morris Exits Roanoke’s WDBJ

Amy Morris, who has been WDBJ‘s news director since 2007, is leaving the Roanoke CBS-affiliate.

So far, details about the departure are scarce and it’s unclear if Morris, a native of Roanoke, left on her own accord or if she was let go.  The timing of her exit is significant, though, as it comes just weeks after February sweeps data was released.

As The Roanoke Times points out, the February ratings book showed that WDBJ’s long-standing lead among local newscasts had slipped–although the station’s current ratings slide began before Morris took over as news director.

Morris began her TV career with WDBJ, working as a reporter and producer for the station from 1991-98.

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