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Charles Wolfertz Named President and General Manager of WTAE

Charles Wolfertz has been named president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. His appointment is effective June 1.

Wolfertz has been general sales manager at WTAE since March 2012. He previously worked for Belo as sales manager at WHAS in Louisville and WFAA in Dallas.

“Chuck is a next-generation media executive with a successful record of local television management experience,” David J. Barrett, Hearst Television chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “He has played a major role in the station’s sales and customer service initiatives in the Pittsburgh market, and is the ideal leader to continue to build upon the great legacy of WTAE.”

Wolfertz succeeds Michael Hayes, who was promoted to senior vice president and group head of Hearst Television.

Linda Danna Named General Manager at WHAS

Linda Danna has been named president and general manager of WHAS, Belo’s ABC affiliate in Louisville.

Danna joins the station from KGPE, the CBS affiliate in Fresno, where she has been president and general manager for four years. In a statement announcing the hire, Belo president of media operations Peter Diaz called Danna “an outstanding leader who is keenly aware of the evolving media landscape and its emerging opportunities.”

Danna has had a long career in local news. Prior to her time at KGPE, she was director of sales and interim general manager for WOAI in San Antonio. She has also served as GM of WWJ-WKBD in Detroit and of WUPA in Atlanta. Read more

Reporter Lawrence Smith Joins WDRB in Louisville

Lawrence Smith has joined Louisville Fox-affiliate WDRB as a general assignment reporter, the station announced today.

Smith is a local news veteran with experience at two of WDRB’s rival stations — WHAS and WAVE — as well as at WTVQ in Lexington, KRIV and KHOU in Houston, and WATE in Evansville.

Most recently, Smith was Dean of Students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His first day on the air at WDRB was last week.

Power Outage Knocks WHAS Off The Air, And Viewers Take To Facebook to Voice Complaints

Viewers tuning in to Lousville’s WHAS yesterday night for ABC programs “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” were instead greeted with an error message (pictured).

“WHAS11 experienced a power outage Thursday night, which caused a disruption in our broadcast,” the station posted on their website. “A transformer blew outside of the WHAS11 News on Chestnut Street. It happened around 9 p.m. WHAS11 does have an LG&E backup, but it failed.”

Programming was restored at 11:20 p.m.., which is normally a newscast on the ABC-affiliate. The station aired the syndicated “Entertainment Tonight” to fill the rest of the timeslot. Read more

Longtime Anchor Barry Bernson Bids Farewell to WDRB Morning Show

“Someone decided about 20 years ago that a quirky feature reporter could put on a suit and necktie, and anchor morning news,” longtime WHAS and WDRB anchor Barry Bernson said in bidding farewell to Louisville viewers. “I still feel out of position, like a left-fielder who’s been moved to first base, but you have forgiven me and watched the newscasts I’ve been on, so I’m grateful” (video above).

Bernson, who has co-anchored WDRB’s morning show for the past eight years, announced last month that he would retire. Even though he’s stepping away from the morning anchor desk, Bernson says that he plans to do special reports for the Fox-affiliate in the near future.

WDRB Morning Anchor Barry Bernson To Retire

After four decades in the television business, WDRB‘s Barry Bernson announced today that he will retire in October. Bernson has been the morning anchor at the Louisville Fox affiliate since 2003.

According to WDRB, the morning show is the top-rated in the Louisville market and has enjoyed great success since Bernson was paired with co-anchor Candyce Clifft eight years ago.

“My time here at WDRB has been the finest eight years of my career,” Bernson said. “I can honestly say this has been the best job I’ve ever had, but now I plan to make the most of this new opportunity to finally sleep in.”

Berson, a six-time Ohio Valley Region Emmy Award winner, began his broadcasting career in 1971 at Louisville’s WAVE. He left for a brief stint at Chicago’s WMAQ in 1976 before returning to Kentucky — and mornings — in 1985 as the anchor of WHAS‘s “Good Morning Kentuckiana.”

“It’s hard to overstate the role Barry has played in the success of ‘WDRB in the Morning,’” news director Barry Fulmer said. “Ever since he joined the team, he’s played a major role in shaping the personality of the show.”

Louisville’s WHAS and WAVE Start Chopper Partnership

In an arrangement that is becoming more prevalent across the country, Louisville’s WHAS and WAVE are set to begin sharing a news helicopter this week.

Starting Friday, WHAS, a Belo-owned ABC-affiliate and WAVE, a Raycom Media-owned NBC-affiliate, will begin sharing a news helicopter from Helicopters Inc., based in St. Louis.

According to LouisvilleKY.com, the two stations will share air time and video feeds, especially in the event of breaking news, while also partitioning time for individual use of the chopper.

Earlier this month in Miami, NBC O&O WTVJ joined with WFOR and WPLG in sharing a helicopter.

“It’s becoming really common all across the country,” WHAS news director Mark Neerman said.

Ken Selvaggi Picked to Succeed Langford as WAVE VP-GM

Ken Selvaggi, the vice president and general manager of WSFA in Montgomery, AL, has been tapped to succeed Steve Langford atop Louisville’s WAVE.

Langford, 58, announced to staff last week that he would be retiring after 32 years with the station.

Selvaggi has been with WSFA since July of 2006.  He has worked in a handful of different markets throughout his career and he actually has experience in Louisville, where he worked as a producer for WHAS from 1989-90.

Both WSFA and WAVE are owned by Raycom Media. Selvaggi’s first day is set for March 21.

WHAS Reporter Mike Colombo Winds Up on Charlie Sheen Edition of ’20/20′

As viewers in Louisville watched last night’s top-rated, all-Charlie Sheen edition of “20/20,” they were treated to an unintentional sneak-peek of WHAS‘s 11 p.m. newscast.

When the ABC-affiliate went into its final commercial break of the hour, reporter Mike Colombo appeared on screen rehearsing a live stand-up.  Colombo had no idea that he was on-air as he proceeded to go over lines about a local robbery and even paused at one point to hold up a piece of paper as the photographer white balanced the camera.

After roughly 30 seconds, WHAS corrected the broadcast and went back to commercial. During the 11 p.m. newscast, Colombo executed his stand-up flawlessly, affirming the old adage that practice makes perfect, even if the practice winds up being broadcast during the highest rated episode of “20/20″ in the last two years. Read more

Influential Broadcast Executive Jon Petrovich Dies

Jon Petrovich, a highly regarded broadcast executive who began his career as a reporter for Louisville’s WHAS, died on Thursday at the age of 63.

According to the Associated Press, Petrovich passed away following a battle with cancer and diabetes.

He began his career in 1970 at WHAS and later went on to become the news director at Baltimore’s WBAL, which won an Edward R. Murrow Award for best regional newscast during his tenure.

Petrovich’s influence on the broadcast news industry was far-reaching. He served as executive vice president of CNN for 15 years and had worked as AP’s VP for Broadcast U.S. Operations since 2007.  He also spent time as the chairman of the broadcast department at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

“He was a tremendous innovator and a creative force,” former CNN president Tom Johnson told the AP.

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