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Pete Marquardt Named GM of WGBA-WACY

wgba logoPete Marquardt has been named general manager of WGBA and WACY, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Green Bay, TVNewsCheck reports. He begins April 28 and will report to Debbie Turner, Journal’s EVP of television.

Marquardt comes from WJFW in Wasau, Wis., where he has been general manager for the last three years. Before that, he worked as the station’s general sales manager.

He replaces Joe Poss, who was recently named vice president and general manager of WTMJ, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Milwaukee.

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Larry McCarren Joins WGBA as Sports Director

Larry McCarren is joining WGBA, the NBC affiliate in Green Bay, as sports director.

The announcement comes a year after McCarren’s departure from crosstown rival WFRV, where he worked for more than 24 years. McCarren played center for the Green Bay Packers for 12 seasons and was voted into the Pro Bowl in 1998. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1992.

“I’m really looking forward to calling NBC26 my new TV home. The station has already made significant strides in re-establishing its local sports presence and I will do my best to contribute to that collective effort,” McCarren said in a statement.

“As a former Green Bay Packer player, Larry brings a special kind of insight that is highly focused on local sports in Northeast Wisconsin,” WGBA general manager Joe Poss said.”That will enable NBC26 to provide the best exclusive coverage to Packers fans.”

McCarren begins at WGBA on April 1.

Jennifer Dodd Leaving San Antonio for Green Bay

Jennifer Dodd, a general assignment reporter at KSAT, is leaving the San Antonio ABC affiliate for an anchor job in Green Bay.

Dodd will be the solo morning anchor at NBC affiliate WGBA, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“Jennifer wanted to pursue anchoring,” WGBA news director Bob Healey said. “”Part of her allure is that she understands what it’s like to be a working mom.”

Dodd will start at WGBA after Christmas, she wrote on Twitter.

Green Bay NBC Affiliate Uses ‘Replacement Weather Guy’ to Poke Fun at NFL Refs

The Green Bay Packers became the latest NFL team to lose on a highly questionable call by the league’s replacement referees on Monday. WGBA, Green Bay’s NBC affiliate, poked fun at the situation Tuesday morning, bringing in a “replacement weather guy” to handle the forecast.

“It’s pretty bad out there people,” the replacement weather guy said (video above). “200 degrees below we’re looking at, and it’s really going to heat up. It’s going to be like 346 degrees by noon.”

Morning meteorologist Brian Niznansky shooed him away, saying, “Here’s your real forecast: 63 degrees by noon, 5 o’clock 66 degrees. That’s how it’s done. Get it right, people!” Read more

Anchor Kim Johnson Joins KTVX From KLJB

Kim Johnson is the new weekend anchor at Salt Lake City ABC-affiliate KTVX.

Johnson joins the station from KLJB, the Fox-affiliate in the Quad Cities of eastern Iowa and west-central Illinois, where she is the primary anchor. Prior to joining KLJB in 2010, Johnson worked at WGBA in Green Bay and WDIO in Duluth.

Johnson will sign off from KLJB on July 26.

Jonathan Gregg Joining WGBA in Green Bay

Jonathan Gregg is joining WGBA, the NBC-affiliate in Green Bay, according to the Oskaloosa News.

Gregg has been an executive producer and anchor for the weekly newscast of William Penn University’s Communication Research Institute since 2009. This will be his last week in that role.

“I’m going to a place where there’s going to be larger communities, but then also, towns just the same size as Oskaloosa in the coverage area,” Gregg said. Read more

Kansas City’s KSHB Hires Reporter Mitch Weber

Mitch Weber is the newest reporter for KSHB, the NBC-affiliate in Kansas City.

“I’m really excited to get started,” he told Bottom Line Communications. “I’ve always said the KC market is my ‘network’ dream. I plan to stay here and retire.”

Weber was most recently a freelance reporter at WDAF, the Fox-affiliate in Kansas City. He has previously worked at KSNT in Topeka, WGBA in Green Bay, WKOW in Madison and WAOW in Wausau, WI. His first day at KSHB was yesterday.

WGBA Meteorologist Has Ron Burgundy Moment

WGBA meteorologist Brian Niznansky got caught following the teleprompter a little too closely during the NBC-affiliate’s morning newscast today.

Niznansky apparently has a Ron Burgundy-esque commitment to the prompter and the morning show’s director had some fun with this fact by slipping in an “Anchorman” quote this morning.

“I love lamp,” Niznansky faithfully announced before realizing what had happened (video above). Read more

Todd Hicks Set To Join Milwaukee’s WTMJ In 2012

Todd Hicks is joining WTMJ, the NBC-affiliate in Milwaukee, in early 2012.

Hicks joins the station from WGBA, the NBC-affiliate in Green Bay, where he has been a reporter and weekend anchor for two years. His last day will be January 23. Prior to joining WGBA, he worked at WSAW in Wausau, WI and KSAX in Alexandria.

Hicks will be a general assignment reporter at WTMJ. His first day will be January 23.

WDSU Invades Packer Country for NFL Kick-Off

With the Saints set to kick off the NFL season tonight against the Packers in Green Bay, New Orleans NBC-affiliate WDSU has rented a house in the shadow of Lambeau Field and anchor Scott Walker and crew have been broadcasting live from the backyard, where they’ve erected a set.

WDSU’s invasion of Packer territory this week has been covered by local NBC-affiliate WGBA (video here) as well as Hearst sister station WISN in Milwaukee.

Walker gave WISN reporter Mike Anderson a tour of WDSU’s “Packer Plex” and talked about what it’s like to work in Wisconsin while having the same name as the state’s polarizing governor. Read more

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