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Atlanta Stations Cover CNN After Car Drives into Network’s Lobby

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CNN was the center of breaking news after a Mercedes crashed into the lobby of the network’s building in downtown Atlanta shortly after 4:00 a.m this morning.

All the local stations converged on the scene during their 5:00 a.m. newscasts showing the car with Florida plates already out of the lobby and ready to be pulled onto a flatbed. The only thing left by that time was to figure out the how and the why. Here’s how the stations reacted initially:

WGCL, the Meredith owned CBS affiliate, claimed to be first on the scene. Anchors Michelle Burdo and Frank Wiley teased the story off the top of the 5:00 a.m. news and went live to Rebecca Schramm at 5:03. She told viewers she heard from the security guards at the scene unconfirmed reports that the driver may have been drunk.

WSB, the ABC affiliate, did something interesting by teasing the story off the top the 5:00 a.m. show with video taken from instagram showing the car in the lobby. A couple of minutes later, the station went live to Liz Artz showing pretty much the same video everyone else was showing: the car on a side street being towed.

Artz said she had spoken to a taxi driver who told her he saw the whole thing. He said the car had driven up onto the sidewalk at the Omni Hotel next door, driven down the sidewalk and straight into the CNN building. She told viewers the taxi driver said he saw police taking the driver away.

WXIA, the NBC affiliate, used traffic reporter Crash Clark at 5:11 a.m. in studio to toss to video of the car still in the lobby. He promised more details to come.

WAGA, the FOX owned station, went at 5:32 a.m.. Good Day anchor Karen Graham tossed to Carolyn Ryan at the scene. Ryan reported a man and a woman had been in the car. She said the man was missing, but the woman, who they showed on camera, was still on scene. Ryan said the woman refused to speak to the station.

Daniel Wilkerson Joins WGCL From KTHV

daniel wilkersonDaniel Wilkerson is leaving KTHV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock-Pine Bluff, for WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

“I’ll be making the move to Georgia and will be joining the CBS Atlanta news team. It’s a great opportunity,” Wilkerson wrote on Facebook. “I’ve made so many friends during my two years here. I love Little Rock and appreciate all of our THV 11 viewers, but I guess it’s time to make new memories and I know that will happen.”

Wilkerson is a multimedia journalist for KTHV’s 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekday newscasts and a producer for the Saturday 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Katie Brace Says Goodbye to WGCL

Katie Brace signed off from Atlanta’s WGCL Sunday night.

The Weekend anchor for the CBS affiliate told viewers she was headed to Boston, but didn’t say which station.

Brace started at WGCL in 2009. She has also worked at WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, WMTW in Portland, ME, and WNDS (now WBIN) in New Hampshire.

WGCL in Atlanta Launches Rebrand

WGCL_rebrandAtlanta CBS affiliate WGCL has rebranded itself as CBS46.

The Meredith owned station launched its new look with a :10 weather promo today at noon. Viewers will see new graphics and a newly designed website. A set designed by FX Design Group will debut on tonight’s evening newscasts.

Trey Fabacher, VP and GM of WGCL said, “This Atlanta team has done a wonderful job making this transition happen.”

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.

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