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Sadie Hughes Says She’s Heading to Michigan

hughes kganSadie Hughes has announced she’s leaving Sinclair owned KGAN in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to work for Sinclair’s NBC affiliate in Flint, Mich., WEYI.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity, and can’t wait to make Michigan my home,” Hughes wrote on her facebook page. “However, as I begin my final Saturday anchor shift, I just want to say, “THANK YOU IOWA!”

Hughes joined KGAN in 2011. According to her station bio, she started her career at KOA radio in Denver and worked as a producer at KCNC in Denver.

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Bat Guest Stars in Michigan Meteorologist’s Weather Report

WEYI meteorologist Jason Adams had his Memorial Day forecast interrupted by a bat that flew into the Flint, MI, NBC affiliate’s studio.

One day after, Adams seemed surprised with the media outlets covering his close encounter, “Man just called and said he saw my bat video on KTLA’s broadcast in Los Angeles!” Adams wrote on his facebook page. “And now the Huffington Post has the story too! This is crazy!

Juan Williams: FCC’s Proposed Ban on Shared Service Agreements Will Hurt Diversity

local newsroomFox News political analyst Juan Williams pens an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal arguing that the FCC’s proposed change in ownership regulations will hurt diversity in local broadcasting.

Williams writes that Armstrong Williams — who owns WWMB in Myrtle Beach and WEYI in Flint, Mich., both of which are operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group — will have “the financial rug pulled out from underneath him” if the FCC votes to ban sidecar agreements:

The black-owned stations simply lack the economic scale to get adequate advertising rates to pay their bills or even buy the station. For example, the bank that lent Mr. Williams $50 million to buy his stations did so with the understanding that he had the agreement with Sinclair, the much bigger firm.

In the last 10 years, the number of black-owned commercial television outlets licensed to black-owned companies has dropped to three from 21, the result of general market consolidation and some bankruptcies. Of the three remaining, Mr. Williams owns two and the third belongs to Tougaloo College, a historically black institution in Jackson, Miss.

A change in FCC rules would do more than damage Mr. Williams. His stations serve the areas of Flint, Mich., and Myrtle Beach, S.C., both of which have large minority populations. For many years Mr. Williams, a well-known media personality, has been actively involved in shaping local public-affairs programs that speak to minority concerns as a way to boost his own audience. Losing his TV stations means the communities also will lose broadcast content that reflects a minority perspective.

Ice Storm Knocks Michigan Station Off Air

ice_towerIce falling from WEYI‘s transmission tower after a weekend ice storm knocked the Flint, MI, NBC affiliate’s local news off the air Saturday.

The station told viewers via facebook that it was shutting down over safety concerns. “To our NBC 25 viewers: Due to the severe threat of falling ice at NBC 25′s broadcast studios, we will not be airing any newscasts Saturday. Our primary concern is for the safety of our employees.”

Meteorologist Jason Adams posted an explanation of what happened with a picture (left), “The tower goes up over 1000 feet. The top is supposed to be orange and white, like the bottom, but the ice was too thick that high to see it.”

The station aired its regular programming including network news. It was back on-air for Sunday’s 6:00 p.m.

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WEYI Says Goodbye to Morning Anchor Elizabeth MacFarland

Flint, MI, NBC affiliate WEYI said goodbye to morning anchor Elizabeth MacFarland after six years with the station.

“I have worked with nine news anchors in my career,” MacFarland’s co-anchor Joel Feick said in a statement. “None of them worked as hard or made me laugh as much as her.”

MacFarland is getting out of broadcasting. She has taken a job with non-profit Wellspring Lutheran Services working with seniors, families and children.

“I will miss the hustle and bustle of daily news, live television and the sense of urgency it gave me everyday,” MacFarland said. “I covered many day-to-day stories, but the stories most near and dear to my heart are the stories that made people at home smile a little, laugh a lot or shed a tear.” Read more

WEYI Pushes News Back to Let Viewers Watch ‘Voice’ Finale After Power Outage

Viewers of WEYI were not happy after the station took a power hit that knocked the Flint, MI, NBC affiliate off the air during the finale of the NBC show “The Voice.”

Viewers screens froze around 10:25 p.m. last night during the build up to the announcement of the winner. Many viewers took to the station’s facebook page to air their displeasure with the situation. One viewer commented, “Someone’s getting fired. #VoiceFinale

The station came back at 11:05 p.m. with anchor Jane Park telling viewers, “We want to apologize for some technical issues we’ve been dealing with here. We’ve had a power hit at the station. At this time, we’re going to take you to the last segment of “The Voice” finale. We’ll be back after that with your local news.” Read more

Kathy Reynolds Joins WGME as News Director

Kathy Reynolds is joining WGME, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Maine, as news director. Reynolds comes from WEYI in Flint, where she has been the news director since June 2011.

“I’m pretty excited both personally and professionally speaking,” Reynolds told TVSpy. “My husband is the chief photographer at WPTZ in Burlington, Vermont. So this will put me closer to him and the many friends we have in Portland.”

“I have a great team here at WEYI and will miss them dearly,” Reynolds continued. “The goodbyes are hard but the my last day here is March 6.”

Reynolds begins at WGME on March 13.

Reporter Brittany Noble Joins KMOV From WEYI

Brittany Noble is returning home to St. Louis as she joins CBS affiliate KMOV as a reporter.

Since September 2011, Noble has reported for the morning newscast at WEYI, the NBC affiliate in Saginaw, Mich. Her first day at KMOV will be January 7.

Noble has also worked at WBBJ in Jackson, Tenn., as a reporter and anchor. She began her career working as a producer at KAIT in Jonesboro, Ark. while she pursued a master’s degree in journalism at Arkansas State University.

Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa Out at WEYI

Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa has parted ways with WEYI, the NBC affiliate in Flint.

Torregrossa, who has been WEYI’s chief meteorologist since 2003, confirmed to mlive.com that he is no longer at the station. WEYI declined to comment on the matter.

“We do not make comments on personnel changes, these changes and decisions are between the employee and the company,” the station’s statement reads. ”We are very pleased with our weather staff and product and we look forward to continuing to provide the most accurate weather to our viewers.”  Read more

WEYI Hires Assistant News Director

WEYI has hired Neille Giffune as assistant news director.

In April, WEYI’s owner, Barrington Broadcasting, tapped news director Kathy Reynolds to oversee sister station WNWO in Toledo, in addition to leading the news department at the Flint NBC-affiliate.  Giffune will assist Reynolds as she splits time between both stations.

“Neille Giffune is a competitor,” said Becky Butcher, president and CEO of WEYI and WBSF, announcing the hiring.  “She understands effective leadership and isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and pitch in to get the job done.” Read more

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