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Atlanta Stations Fall For Bieber Protest Hoax

WGCL protestAll four Atlanta stations covered a fake protest over a potential Justin Bieber move to Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood Monday morning. The prank was organized by a local radio station that sent six of its interns to act as “protestors.”

Despite the fact that only a handful of people participated, the protest was covered extensively on the local stations’ morning newscasts. CBS affiliate WGCL, ABC affiliate WSB and Fox-owned WAGA all had reporters on the scene, and NBC affiliate WXIA had video from the protest during the morning newscast.

“We just think that Justin Bieber is a menace. He doesn’t really belong with the antics that he’s done  — egging people’s houses, drag racing, having drugs, being arrested. We just don’t need that in our neighborhood,” one protestor told WGCL’s Rebekka Schram.

The hoax was organized by “The Regular Guys,” a Rock 100.5 radio show that created a fake “Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition” Facebook page. According to host Larry Wachs, the prank was covered by 33 news outlets and generated more than 45,000 news stories.

Jennifer Mayerle Set to Join WCCO

jennifer mayerleJennifer Mayerle is joining WCCO, the CBS owned station in Minneapolis, Access Atlanta reports. Mayerle makes the move after eight years at WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

Mayerle, who will be a reporter at WCCO,  wrote on Facebook: “It’s the station where I had my first internship, the station I grew up watching, and the station I wanted to work at if I ever decided to live and work in Minneapolis. While bittersweet, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining such a great team.”

Mayerle will sign off in April, according to Access Atlanta. Before WGCL, she worked at WKRG in Mobile, Ala. and KWES in Midland, Texas.

Atlanta Stations Ready for Ice Storm with Mix of Old and New Technology

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The story coming out of Atlanta after the snowstorm two weeks ago was all about the influx of people onto local roads trying to get home at the same time.

With an ice storm forecast for this week and Governor Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for more than 40 Georgia counties in anticipation of the storm, all the Atlanta stations TVSpy spoke with said the same thing: this storm is all about power. Predictions call for ice and wind to bring down power lines and cause major power outages.

Cox owned ABC affiliate WSB, FOX owned station WAGA and Meredith’s CBS affiliate WGCL told us they were in “all-hands on-deck mode” with crews spread out across the Atlanta metro area and staffers working 12-hour shifts to cover the event with wall-to-wall coverage. But what good is all that coverage if no one can see it?

As WSB news director Mike Dreaden told us, Atlanta viewers need to make sure the batteries in their laptops, mobile devices and radios are ready to go. Like WSB, all the stations we spoke to plan on relying on their radio partners and their live streaming ability to keep viewers up-to-date in case the power goes out.

WGCL VP and GM Trey Fabacher said his station is going old school and partnering with talk radio station WGST. The AM radio station has plans to simulcast the CBS affiliate’s continuing breaking news coverage. Read more

Atlanta Stations Balance State of the Union and Weather Coverage

Atlanta stations balanced two major stories — the President’s fifth State of the Union address and a winter storm blanketing the Deep South — during primetime Tuesday night.

CBS affiliate WGCL stayed in local coverage until immediately before the President was announced, opting out of Scott Pelley‘s national broadcast until 9:14 p.m. The station kept up a lower-third with school closings and other weather-related information during the speech. Scott Light and Stephany Fisher took over with storm coverage at the conclusion of the CBS special report around 10:45 p.m.

NBC affiliate WXIA took Brian Williams‘ national coverage on its main channel beginning at 9pmET. The station kept up a banner informing viewers that storm coverage continued on its subchannel. WXIA went back to local coverage at 10:50 p.m., with Brenda Wood and Jeff Hullinger anchoring.

Fox owned WAGA broadcast Shepard Smith‘s report beginning at 9pmET. Cynne Simpson and Russ Spencer took over with local coverage at the conclusion of Smith’s national broadcast at 10:44 p.m.

ABC affiliate WSB also took ABC’s national coverage with Diane Sawyer and and George Stephanopoulos beginning at 9pmET. Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore took over at 10:42 p.m., immediately after the conclusion of the GOP response.

Frank Wiley Named Morning Anchor at WGCL

frank wileyFrank Wiley is joining WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, as morning anchor. He will begin at the station in mid-January.

“I am very happy that after ten months and multiple interviews, CBS Atlanta has found the right morning anchor,” news director Lane Michaelsen said in a statement. “Frank’s skills and personality make him the perfect fit for CBS Atlanta 4:30-7am.”

Wiley comes from Tulsa, where he was the weekend evening anchor at Fox affiliate KOKI. Before that, he worked at KSDK in St. Louis, KFSM in Fayetteville, Ark. and KSWO in Lawton, Okla.

Wiley replaces Brandon Rudat, who left WGCL earlier this year.

Guy Rawlings Joins KTVT in Dallas

guy rawlingsGuy Rawlings will join KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, as a sports anchor and reporter, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports. He begins Monday,  November 25.

“Guy’s passion for sports is evident in everything he does,” KTVT president and general manager Gary Schneider said in a statement. “He will be a great fit with our already strong sports team.”

Rawlings left WGCL in Atlanta, where he anchored the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts, earlier this month. A spokesperson told TVSpy that the station had exercised the early out option in his contract. Before WGCL, he worked at WESH in Orlando and at stations in Baltimore, Charleston and Jacksonville, according to KTVT’s release.

Kenny Lawrence Named GM of KLFY

klfy_304Kenny Lawrence has been named general manager of KLFY, Young Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate in Lafayette, La.

Since 2008, Lawrence has held several executive-level television roles in Atlanta, including as director of programming and creative services for CBS affiliate WGCL. He was previously the director of marketing and creative services for the CBS Television Stations in Boston.

“Kenny brings to Lafayette his broad knowledge of broadcasting, digital, sales, news, creative and marketing,” Young Broadcasting CEO Deborah McDermott said in a statement. “His track record of developing successful projects, building relationships in local markets and demonstrating a strong understanding of and dedication to the business will prove to be invaluable assets. I am delighted to have him as a part of our team.”

Lawrence replaces Mike Barras, who is retiring at the end of this year after more than 50 years at KLFY. Read the release after the jump. Read more

Atlanta’s WGCL Makes Changes to Weekend Morning News

Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL is moving up its Saturday morning news show and expanding it by an hour beginning tomorrow.

“In adding people, adding content and adding news times, CBS Atlanta continues its commitment to the community,” WGCL news director Lane Michaelsen said in a statement. “Our new expanding Saturday morning is designed to fit in with your morning routine: What’s the news, what’s the weather and what’s there to do.”

“CBS Atlanta News Saturday” will air from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. with Jocelyn Connell and meteorologist Paul Ossmann continuing to anchor the show which previously aired from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

CBS network’s Saturday News will now air from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Scott Light Joins WGCL as Evening Anchor

WGCL has announced Scott Light will join Stephany Fisher and Tracye Hutchins as evening anchor for the Atlanta CBS affiliate.

“It may not be my home state of Virginia, but this move to Georgia certainly feels like coming home,” Scott said in a statement. “As a broadcaster from the south, I know Atlanta is THE headquarters for TV news.”

Scott comes from KPNX in Phoenix, AZ, where he anchored for ten years. He has also worked in Raleigh, NC, Salt Lake City and Richmond, VA.

Atlanta Stations Cover Decatur School Shooting

Atlanta stations broke into regular programming this afternoon after at least one gunshot was fired at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a charter elementary school in DeKalb County.

ABC affiliate WSB was the first station to report the news at 1:13pmET. Fox O&O WAGA broke in to afternoon programming at 1:19pmET, with CBS affiliate WGCL following at 1:20pmET. NBC affiliate WXIA reported the news at 1:26pmET.

All four stations were careful in describing the situation, as there was initial confusion about whether shots had been fired. WSB’s Carol Sbarge said there had been “some sort of police incident” at the school, while WAGA’s Lisa Rayam reported a “heavy police presence” after reports of a “man sitting in the front office with a gun.” On WGCL, Jeff Chirico also referred to the unfolding news as an “incident,” and WXIA’s Jaye Watson reported a 911 call “of shots fired at this elementary school.”

WSB’s Ryan Young filed a report from his iPhone after arriving on the scene. Watch it after the jump. Read more

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