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Jon Huffman Set to Retire From WGNO

jon huffman wgnoWGNO morning anchor Jon Huffman will retire from the ABC affiliate in New Orleans next month. Huffman has been on New Orleans television since 1990 and has anchored WGNO’s “Good Morning New Orleans” since 2008.

“Jon was a fabulous mentor for new employees on Good Morning New Orleans. His easy going nature helped them make the transition to waking up in the early morning hours a little easier. He’ll be missed,” WGNO news director Rick Erbach said in a statement. “Sleep in Jon. You’ve earned it.”

Before WGNO, Huffman worked as a reporter and anchor for WVUE, the Fox affiliate in New Orleans. He will officially sign off from WGNO August 1.

“I will deeply miss my co-workers at WGNO and the fun spirit of ‘Good Morning New Orleans.’ But I certainly won’t miss the alarm clock going off at 2:30 in the morning! It’s time to move on to a more relaxed—and relaxing—phase of my life,” Huffman said.

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WXIN General Manager Moves to Rival WTHR

Dispatch Broadcast Group has named Larry Delia president and general manager of WTHR-WALV in Indianapolis. Delia comes from rival WXIN, Tribune’s Fox affiliate, where he has been vice president and general manager since 2011.

“Larry is a highly respected broadcaster, with years of experience in skillfully managing high performance television stations,” Dispatch Broadcast Group CEO Michael J. Fiorile said in a statement. “His knowledge of the Indianapolis market is a wonderful asset, and I couldn’t be happier that he will be joining our station in Indianapolis.”

Before joining WXIN, Delia worked as VP-GM of WPMT in Harrisburg and WGNO in New Orleans.

Delia succeeds John Cardenas, who was recently promoted to president-GM of WBNS and vice president of news for Dispatch. More in the full press release after the jump. Read more

WGNO Adds Bill Wood, Promotes Vanessa Bolano to Weekend Anchor

New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO has hired Bill Wood as a reporter and promoted Vanessa Bolano (pictured) to weekend anchor.

Wood, who is known as “Wild” Bill Wood, will be a reporter for the stations 5 and 6 p.m. “News With a Twist” newscasts. He comes to New Orleans from Fort Myers, where he worked at WFTX as host of the Fox affiliate’s morning show. Bolano, who joined WGNO in 2009, will anchor of the 5 and 10 p.m. weekend newscasts.

“Wild Bill and Vanessa are great storytellers,” news director Rick Erbach said in a statement.” It’s fun watching them craft and polish a story throughout the day.”

‘Must Love Slow Walks in the Zoo’: WGNO Anchor Has Wild Valentine’s Date

With the husband of WGNO morning anchor Anne Cutler deployed in Afghanistan on Valentine’s Day, staffers at the New Orleans ABC affiliate came up with a wild way to cheer her up.

Knowing Cutler was obsessed with Noel the Sloth at the Audubon Zoo, they set her up on a blind date with the slow moving mammal. Cutler thought she was going to the zoo to shoot a promo, but instead she was there to get some solo sloth time.

“Valentine’s Day is a little tough when you don’t have your hubby around,” said Cutler. Speaking of her husband she added, “I’m so happy that he’s safe and sound and doing good things and I can’t wait for him to come home.”

But in the meantime, there’s always Noel the Sloth. You can watch the video of the rendezvous after the jump. Read more

WGNO Names Anne Cutler Morning Co-Anchor

Anne Cutler is being promoted to morning co-anchor at WGNO, the ABC affiliate in New Orleans.

Cutler, who joined the station in 2010 as a reporter for the morning newscast, will begin February 1. Cutler will also anchor the 11 a.m. newscast solo.

“Anne has immersed herself in the culture, history, traditions, and vibe of New Orleans. She’s a great addition to ‘Good Morning New Orleans’ and WGNO News at 11a. She’ll bring her new love of the city and journalistic flair to morning viewers,” WGNO news director Rick Erbach said in a statement.

Cutler replaces Jocelyn Lockwood, who is leaving WGNO to travel the world with her husband.

Anchor Jocelyn Lockwood Leaving WGNO

WGNO morning anchor Jocelyn Lockwood announced Monday that she is leaving the New Orleans ABC affiliate to spend a year traveling the world (video after the jump).

Lockwood, who called the trip a “lifelong dream,” will sign off at the end of the month.

“I’m very, very excited. For many years my husband and I have always talked about traveling the world — it’s one of those things that you talk about, you dream about, but you never expect to do,” Lockwood said. “But for us, we decided to go for it. Because why not?” Read more

During the Holidays, Local Stations Give Back

WGNO reporter Kenny Lopez says his favorite part of the holidays is “12 Days of Giving,” a series of reports that follow him as he performs random acts of kindness around the New Orleans community.

“My producers joke with me that this can be my schtick,” Lopez told TVSpy. “They say this is my thing now. I would love to do it every single Christmas.”

WGNO’s “12 Days of Giving” is one of many examples of local stations increasing charitable efforts around the holidays. There are toy drives and coat drives, telethons, visits to local hospitals. And there are more unique initiatives: KELO, the CBS affiliate in Sioux Falls, teamed up with a local radio station to sponsor “Drive Thru Difference Day,” encouraging people stopping at local drive-thrus to buy coffee or a meal for the person in line behind them.

WJAR kicked off its “Season of Giving” campaign to benefit the Make-a-Wish foundation with a telethon earlier this month. The Providence NBC affiliate raised $12,000 — which included a $5,000 donation from the station (pictured)  — and more than one million unused airline miles for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“It felt like it was a perfect fit for the Christmas holiday season,” WJAR news director Chris Lanni told TVSpy. “It worked really well for us as a station to give back during this time to a cause that specifically helps children.” Read more

WGNO Names Hank Allen Chief Meteorologist, Hires Jeff Robbins From WPMT

Hank Allen (pictured) has been promoted to chief meteorologist at WGNO, the ABC affiliate in New Orleans. Allen’s new role is effective January 1.

“Hank has been an integral part of our weather team. Hank doesn’t scare viewers with doomsday weather forecasts,” news director Rick Erbach said in a statement. “He’s a straight shooter and he does what it takes to calmly walk viewers through severe weather events.”

Allen, who joined the station in 2007, will continue in his role as the meteorologist for the morning and 11 a.m. newscasts. He replaces Bruce Katz, who left WGNO for rival WVUE last month.

WGNO also announced the hire of meteorologist Jeff Robbins. Robbins moves to New Orleans from Harrisburg, Pa., where he worked at Fox affiliate WPMT. He begins December 2 as the meteorologist for “News with a Twist,” WGNO’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, and the 10 p.m. newscast. Read more

WGNO Meteorologist Bruce Katz to Join Rival WVUE

After 17 years at New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO, chief meteorologist Bruce Katz will join crosstown rival WVUE, the Fox affiliate.

Katz told the New Orleans Times Picayune that the station’s unconventional evening newscast format, which debuted in 2011, was the reason for his departure.

“It’s been a great 17-year run, but over the last two years, the ‘News With a Twist’ format did not fit the role that I had established,” Katz said. “Traditional weather has been bumped down to one (10 p.m.) show. My love, my passion, is extended weathercasts.” Read more

Kristina Pink Says Goodbye to Miami’s WTVJ

Kristina Pink signed off this weekend from WTVJ, the NBC O&O in Miami.

Pink, a sports reporter, joined the station last year after she was let go from WGNO in New Orleans, where she was a sports reporter and weekend anchor. “My last day at NBC6 South Florida! I’m going to miss these wonderful people…” Pink wrote on Facebook.

There is no official word yet on where Pink is headed next, but it is rumored to be somewhere in Los Angeles.

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