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Meredith Acquires WGGB in Springfield

WGGB_ABC-Fox_logosMeredith Corporation has purchased WGGB, the ABC and Fox affiliate in Springfield, Mass., from Gormally Broadcasting. WGGB posted the news on its website Wednesday afternoon.

Meredith owns WSHM, a low-powered CBS affiliate in Springfield. The company also owns WFSB in Hartford-New Haven and stations in Phoenix, Atlanta, Flint, Kansas City, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Nashville, Portland, Ore., Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville, S.C., and Bend, Ore.

WGGB says the sale is expected to be complete before the end of the year.

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Shannon Hegy Joins WPRI From WGGB

After six years at WGGB in Springfield, Shannon Hegy is set to join WPRI in Providence.

Hegy begin at the WGGB assignment desk and eventually became the station’s main anchor, helming the evening newscasts alongside Dave Madsen. She anchored her last WGGB newscasts Friday night, saying she has taken an anchor position at the Providence CBS affiliate (video above).

Eric Fisher Named Chief Meteorologist at WBZ

Eric Fisher is joining WBZ in Boston as chief meteorologist. He will officially join the CBS O&O August 19.

Fisher returns to Boston from Atlanta, where he has been a meteorologist at The Weather Channel since 2010. He has also worked as a meteorologist for WFXT in Boston and WGGB in Springfield, Mass.

“Eric is a native New Englander who’s very familiar with our area’s dynamic weather, and he has a track record for spot-on forecasting,” WBZ news director John Verrilli said in a statement. “He also has a great deal of experience reporting live, in extreme weather, and his skills will serve the community well when he reports on breaking weather from the WBZ Mobile AccuWeather Lab.”

Fisher will handle the weather forecasts on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WBZ and the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WSBK. Todd Gutner, who is currently the evening meteorologist, will shift to mornings, replacing Melissa Mack, who left WBZ earlier this year. Barry Burbank, who has been filling in on the morning newscast since Mack’s departure, will be the weekend morning meteorologist and Joe Joyce will be the weekend evening meteorologist.

Morning Anchor Julia Dunn Leaving WGGB

WGGB morning anchor Julia Dunn is leaving the Springfield ABC affiliate, TVSpy has learned.

Dunn has anchored WGGB’s morning newscast since 2008. She began her television career in 2006 as a reporter at WAGM, the CBS affiliate in Presque Isle, Maine. In addition to anchoring the morning and noon newscasts, she is WGGB’s medical reporter.

Dunn signs off Wednesday from WGGB. She is rumored to be joining a station in Albany.

Chris Pisano Set to Join WGGB in Springfield

Chris Pisano is joining WGGB, the ABC affiliate in Springfield, Mass., Bottom Line Communications reports.

Pisano was most recently the morning anchor at WRTV in Indianapolis, a job he left in March for family reasons. Before that, he spent seven years at KCTV in Kansas City.

“Throughout my broadcast career, I’d always harbored the hope… dream perhaps… of settling back in New England,” Pisano told Bottom Line Communications. “But for whatever reason, my career brought me to the Midwest where I worked, lived, and raised a family for more than 15 years.”

Pisano will be an anchor and reporter for WGGB.

WGGB Videographer Hospitalized After Springfield Explosion

WGGB videographer Tom Brushway was hospitalized Friday after a massive explosion in downtown Springfield.

Brushway was sent to the scene to cover the gas leak for the Springfield ABC affiliate. He was one of 20 people injured in the explosion, which happened shortly after he arrived on the scene.

“I called my producer, I said, ‘hey look, it doesn’t really look like anything’s happening, looks like they’re kind of wrapping it up here, can I come back to the station?’ He’s like ‘yeah, we got what we need,’” Brushway recalled. “No less than five seconds later, boom. Next thing I know, I’m just on the ground, lying in glass. There was just debris falling everywhere, and this is the videographer. I’m trying to figure, my camera’s half broken, can I shoot?” Read more

Springfield’s WGGB Shakes Up Morning Team, Again

For the second time this year, WGGB is revamping its morning newscast.

In April, the Springfield, Mass. ABC affiliate brought on Dan Williams and Kim Zachary, a husband-and-wife team team of local radio hosts, to anchor the newscast. On Tuesday, the station announced on Facebook that the pair would no longer be at the helm:

After plenty of internal deliberation and your feedback, we’ve decided to steer 40 in the Morning in a ‘newsier’ direction. As such, Dan and Kim will be moving on to other opportunities. We tried to strike a balance between news and fun, but it was a challenge to get those elements to always mesh well. With all sincerity, we’d like to thank Dan & Kim for trying something new, and being game for anything thrown their way. Everyone at ABC40 wishes them well. Read more

WGGB Launching Weekend Morning Newscast

WGGB, the ABC affiliate in Springfield, MA, is launching a weekend morning newscast this Saturday.

The hourlong newscast will air from 7 to 8 a.m. and will be the lead-in program to the weekend edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The station has not yet announced who will anchor the newscast, which will be the only weekend news on WGGB.

WEYI Hires Assistant News Director

WEYI has hired Neille Giffune as assistant news director.

In April, WEYI’s owner, Barrington Broadcasting, tapped news director Kathy Reynolds to oversee sister station WNWO in Toledo, in addition to leading the news department at the Flint NBC-affiliate.  Giffune will assist Reynolds as she splits time between both stations.

“Neille Giffune is a competitor,” said Becky Butcher, president and CEO of WEYI and WBSF, announcing the hiring.  “She understands effective leadership and isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and pitch in to get the job done.” Read more

Former WGGB Anchor Paul Mueller Resurfaces in Tampa with Bay News 9

Paul Mueller, who has been battling alcoholism since abruptly resigning from WGGB last April, has gotten another chance.

On Monday, Mueller started a job as a reporter for Bay News 9, the local cable news station in Tampa.

“God has opened a door and I am thoroughly and humbly grateful,” Mueller wrote in a recent post on his Facebook page.

The new job comes just days after Mueller celebrated one year of sobriety. Read more

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