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Longtime WFIE Anchor Ann Komis to Retire

ann komisAnn Komis is retiring after 29 years at WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Ind.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to start a new and hopefully adventuresome chapter in my life,” Komis wrote on Facebook. “I plan to have as few deadlines as possible.”

Komis anchors the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts alongside David James. Her last day at the anchor desk will be Friday, July 18.

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Brandon Bartlett Named 4 p.m. Anchor at WFIE

Brandon Bartlett has been promoted to 4 p.m. anchor at WFIE, the NBC affiliate in Evansville, Ind. He shared the news on Facebook:

Eric Garlick Joins WFIE as Weekend Meteorologist

garlick_wfieWFIE announced Eric Garlick (pictured right) has joined the Evansville, IN, NBC affiliate as weekend meteorologist.

Garlick last worked for Independent News Network in Davenport, IA.

“We couldn’t wait for you to start,” said chief meteorologist Jeff Lyons (pictured left) while introducing Garlick during Monday’s 5:00 p.m. show. “We’ve searched the country and Eric’s our guy hopefully for a long time.”

Anchor Randy Moore Joining WFIE

moore_wfieRandy Moore will be joining Evansville, IN, NBC affiliate WFIE.

Moore is a familiar face in the Evansville market. After working at rival station WEHT-WTVW for 33 years, Moore signed off from the ABC and CW affiliate Tuesday morning.

“As an Evansville native, I grew up with WFIE,” Moore told the Evansville Courier & Press. “Even as a competitor, I always admired and respected the work of Channel 14. To join an organization whose reputation has been built by the likes of Marcia Yockey, David James, Mike Blake and Ann Komis is truly an honor. I look forward to doing all I can to uphold that excellent tradition.”

The Courier & Press reports Moore will work behind the scenes for a year due to obligations in his WTVW-WEHT contract. Moore started working at WTVW in 1980.

Regarding what Moore will be doing for the station, the Courier & Press said WFIE general manager Nick Ulmer told them, “That’s to be determined. It’s a year away. He’ll definitely have a time slot and be part of our on-air team.”

During Moore’s Tuesday morning sign-off from WEHT-WTVW, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke declared Tuesday “Randy Moore Day” in Evansville.

WFIE Says Goodbye to Chad Sewich

sewich_wfie_goodbyeWFIE meteorologist Chad Sewich has signed off from the Evansville, IN, NBC affiliate.

Anchor Brandon Bartlett tossed to a reel of Sewich’s nearly 14 years at the station. Sewich is moving to Palm Springs, CA, to work in the family business.

Sewich, whose last day is tomorrow, started at WFIE in January 2000. He began his career at KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD, before moving to KNBN in Rapid City, SD.

You can watch the video of his goodbye after the jump. Read more

Nicole DiDonato, Morgan Bond Join WXMI

Nicole DiDonato and Morgan Bond (pictured) have been hired at WXMI, the Fox-affiliate in Grand Rapids.

DiDonato will be a multimedia journalist on the station’s morning newscast. Until 2010, she was a weekend anchor and reporter at WFIE, the NBC-affiliate in Evansville.  A Michigan native, DiDanato begin her career at WXYZ in Detroit, where she was a writer, associate producer and production assistant.

Bond, also a Michigan native, will be a multimedia journalist for the station’s evening newscasts beginning on March 14. She joins WXMI from KRBC in Abilene.

WFIE: Police Arrest President Obama in Meth Bust

NBC-affiliate WFIE reported on a major meth bust in Owensboro, KY this week in which police arrested three suspects, including President Obama… (video above).

Raycom Taps C.J. Hoyt to Lead WTOL Newsroom

C.J. Hoyt, who has led the newsroom at Raycom Media’s WFIE since 2008, has been named news director of WTOL, Raycom’s CBS-affiliate in Toledo.

Hoyt is replacing longtime WTOL news director Andi Roman, who announced in May that she is stepping away from the news business to spend more time with her family. He is set to join the station on July 18th, shortly after WFIE begins broadcasting its newscasts in HD.

In announcing the move, WTOL general manager Bob Chirdon said that Hoyt helped lead WFIE back “to its historic position as the top-rated news provider in the market.” Chirdon expects him to pull a similar trick at WTOL and Hoyt says he’s for the challenge.

“When I see a challenge, where the foundation’s there and the people are there, it’s really just a matter of having a strong strategy,” Hoyt told the Toledo Blade about his new job. “I think it’s a challenge I can take on and succeed in.”

WFIE Set to Become First Evansville Station to Broadcast News in HD

NBC-affiliate WFIE is reportedly set to become the first station in the Evansville market to broadcast its newscasts in HD.

“The debut date is not yet official, but we will immediately begin the process of transitioning, which will include a new HD news set and a new control room,” WFIE’s news director, C.J. Hoyt, told the Evansville Courier & Press. “We had previously begun the process when we upgraded to our new HD-ready weather graphics and HD-ready news graphics last October.”

WFIE’s transition represents a second wave of HD adoption by local stations  in smaller markets. Evansville is market #102, serving the area of Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and Northwestern Kentucky.

In the last month, Amarillo’s KFDA (#131) announced that it would become the first station in West Texas to broadcast local news in HD and WNEP in Scranton-Wilkes Barre (#54) unveiled a new studio in preparation for its HD launch.