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WFLD Names Former TWC Executive Producer EP of Late News

wfld32Chicago FOX owned station WFLD has named Scott Warren executive producer of the late news.

Warren replaces Rehan Aslam who left the station last Wednesday.

Scott comes to WFLD from The Weather Channel where he was the senior executive producer and helped launch Sam Champion’s “AMHQ.” Warren has also worked at KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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WFLD Late News EP Reportedly On Way Out

wfld32It looks like changes are in store for the WFLD late news.

A quick search of the WFLD website shows a listing for a late news Executive Producer. Sources tell TVSpy, Rehan Aslam, the man who currently holds that position, is on his way out at the FOX owned Chicago station.

Aslam was originally hired at WFLD as producer of “Good Day Chicago” in 2005. He was named EP of the late news in 2012.

Word is it’s an amicable parting between station and EP.

WFLD to Realign Morning Anchors

wfld32Viewers of Chicago FOX owned station WFLD will notice their favorite morning anchors showing up on different newscasts starting Monday.

Jon Kelley will join Melody Mendez starting at 4:30 a.m. The two will now anchor together until 7:00 a.m. when Corey McPherrin and Darlene Hill will take over at the anchor desk through the 9:00 show. Both Hill and McPherrin will also co-anchor the Noon show.

The changes mean Natalie Bomke is off the morning desk. She moves to weekends with Larry Yellen.

Chicago Radio Star Ends One TV Show, May End Up with More

mancow500Chicago radio host Mancow is ending the simulcast of his radio show on FOX owned Chicago MyNetworkTV affiliate WPWR today.

While that may not seem like a big deal to most of our readers, the move may signal a bigger role for the controversial radio host on a larger TV stage.

TVSpy hears from sources inside WFLD, the Chicago FOX owned station may be developing other projects with the Chicago based radio host, one of which may be a movie review show. We also hear FOX Television Stations may be interested in looking at a broader role for Mancow in the station group.

FOX says WPWR will air programming such as “Right This Minute” in the slot left vacant by the Mancow Radio Show.

Dionne Miller Leaves WFLD

miller cropped wfldDionne Miller, weekend sports anchor for Chicago FOX owned station WFLD, has left the station.

Her last day on-air was Sunday. While there’s no word where Miller is heading, TVSpy hears it might be another station in the market.

Miller started at WFLD in April 2012. She has also worked for FOX Sports Ohio, KSVI-KHMT in Billings, Mont., WPTZ in Burlington, Vt., XETV in San Diego and WCSN in Columbus,, Ohio.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy Evan Fitzgerald will fill-in until a permanent replacement is named. Fitzgerald does work for the Big Ten Network.

The Start of a Trend? WFLD Said to Be Launching Fast-Paced News Show at 4:00 p.m.

wfld32Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports FOX owned station WFLD is launching a new style news show at 4:00 p.m.

Tipsters tell TVSpy, the show, will be called Chicago Rush Hour and will be anchored by Jeff Herndon and Dawn Hasbrouck. We hear it will be a fast-paced news show with conversational elements. A debut date has not been set.

This comes on the heels of Scripps owned stations launching shows with a similar description based around the title the NOW. 

the Now has launched or will soon launch in Denver (KMGH), Cincinnati (WCPO), Detroit (WXYZ), Kansas City (KSHB), Phoenix (KNXV), Tampa (WFTS), West Palm Beach (WPTV) and Cleveland (WEWS). Scripps says the NOW’s “upbeat, fast-paced style brings viewers nonstop weather coverage and the very latest on developing stories from the studio and in the streets.”

San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX recently launched a similar show on its CW affiliate KBCW. That show is aimed at a younger audience and features traditional news and reports on what’s trending in social media.

There’s no word if FOX is planning on rolling the new format on its other owned stations.

Robin Robinson Makes Last Appearance on WFLD Tonight

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After 27 years, Robin Robinson will make her final appearance on Chicago’s Fox station, WFLD, tonight. Robinson stepped down as co-anchor of the station’s 9 p.m. newscast last fall.

According to Robert Feder, Robinson’s sendoff has been strictly low–or no–key. “Colleagues said Robinson cleaned out her office Sunday. No send-off for her has been announced or planned.”

Robinson is a Chicago native who worked at WBBM before joining WFLD when the station launched its news operation in 1987.

Here’s Robinson’s farewell from the anchor desk last November:

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Glenn Berk Named GSM of WFLD

wfld32Chicago FOX owned station WFLD has named Glenn Berk VP and general sales manager.

“Glenn has proven himself to be a strong sales leader with a proven track record of delivering results,” said WFLD VP and GM Dennis Welsh. “His breadth of experience along with his strategic and motivational approach make him the ideal choice to guide our sales team to the next level of success.”

Berk will oversee “all station sales initiatives” for WFLD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WPWR.

Berk comes to WFLD from WHBQ, the FOX owned station in Memphis, TN. He has also worked as national sales manager at FOX’s WTXF in Philadelphia and as an account executive at FOX Stations Sales in New York.

WFLD Adds Alexa Helms as Weekend Anchor

helmsAlexa Helms will be joining WFLD as a weekend anchor.

Robert Feder, who first reported the news, writes Helms was once an intern at the Chicago FOX owned station and will be taking the spot vacated by Amara Walker in December.

Helms last worked as a reporter at WSVN in Miami. She has also worked at KTSM-KDBC in El Paso, TX.

WGN News Director Greg Caputo Set to Retire

wgn-logoLongtime WGN news director Greg Caputo will retire from the Chicago CW affiliate next month, The Chicago Tribune reports:

Caputo, who has headed up the Tribune Co. station’s news operation since 2002, told staffers Monday he is stepping down at the end of June. … “Being a part of WGN was a goal for me for years,” Caputo said.  “Being here for the last 11 years has been even better than I thought it would be.”

No successor has been named, according to executives.

Before WGN, Caputo worked at WLVI in Boston and WFLD in Chicago.

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