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WHIO Meteorologist Rescues Kitten from Tornado Rubble


WHIO meteorologist Rich Wirdzek heard a kitten meowing while he was checking out tornado damage in Cedarville, OH.

According to the station, “He found the kitten and pulled it from the debris. The kitten was placed in a jacket and was kept warm in a News Center 7 live truck.”

The Dayton CBS affiliate reports the kitten has been reunited with its owners who say the kitten was one of several recently born in their barn.

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WHIO Promotes Sean Dunster to News Director

seandunsterSean Dunster has been named news director for Dayton CBS affiliate WHIO.

Dunster had been the news technology manager for WHIO since July 2012. Before coming to WHIO in 2012, Dunster was news director for KECI-KCFW-KTVM in Montana. He has also worked as assistant news director at KTVM in Butte-Bozeman, MT, and executive producer , special projects for WCPO in Cincinnati.

Dunster told TVSpy former news director David Bennallack now oversees the station’s collective platforms as senior managing director of content.

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Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini Joins WHIO

kirstie zontiniMeteorologist Kirstie Zontini is joining WHIO, the CBS affiliate in Dayton.

Zontini comes from Youngstown, where she worked at WKBN-WYTV-WYFX. At WHIO, she will be the meteorologist on the weekend morning and noon newscasts.

“We are excited to have Kirstie as an addition to our Storm Center 7 team,” chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson said in a statement. “Kirstie was born, raised, and educated in Ohio, so she is very knowledgeable of our weather patterns. Her experience forecasting lake effect snow in Youngstown will very valuable to WHIO viewers and listeners.”

More from WHIO after the jump. Read more

Cox Responds to Memo Telling Dayton Newspaper Staffers Not to Criticize CBS

1000px-Cox_Media_Group_svgCox Media Group has responded to a recent memo telling staffers at the Dayton Daily News not to publish stories that may cast CBS or local Cox owned station WHIO in a negative light.

Cox spokesman Michael Athmer told the media site TheWrap, the partnership between the Cox owned media entities, “in no way keeps us from objectively covering any news story.” He added, “We are addressing this with our staff so messages like this don’t happen again.”

The memo came to light yesterday on JimRomenesko.com. In it, Rashida Rawls, a Cox Media Group editor, issued a memo after the Daily News published an article critical of CBS. In her memo she said, “The wire filler story on D2 of today’s Life section cast all of the TV networks, including CBS, in a negative light. Our news station – WHIO-TV is a CBS-affiliate station. We do not want to run any stories that cast our station in a negative light or even allude to it negatively.” Read more

Kate Bartley, John Bedell Named WHIO Weekend Anchors

kate bartley john bedell whioKate Bartley and John Bedell have been promoted at WHIO, Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate in Dayton.

In their new roles, Bartley will be the station’s weekend evening anchor and Bedell will be the weekend morning and noon anchor. Bartley, who joined the station in 2009, has most recently been a general assignment reporter and anchor of the noon newscast on Sunday. Bedell has been a general assignment reporter since he joined the station in 2010.

“The promotions of Kate Bartley and John Bedell exemplify the strength of our News Center 7 team,” David Bennallack, senior managing director of content for Cox Media Group Ohio, said in a statement. “Kate and John are both positive forces in our newsroom and in our community, and have deep Ohio roots. We’re very excited to have them in these key positions.”

More from WHIO after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Erica Collura Leaving WHIO

WHIO_collura_croppedErica Collura, meteorologist for WHIO, has announced she is leaving the Dayton, OH, CBS affiliate.

“I want to thank all of you who have watched me grow over the last 3 years,” Collura told viewers on facebook. “I cannot thank you enough for inviting me into your home to watch me bring you the weather and some additional knowledge, good or bad. I will miss this area and you.”

Collura started her career at WHIO in August 2010. Sunday will be her last day at WHIO.

Nick Roberts Named VP of Marketing at Cox Media Group Ohio

Nick Roberts has been named vice president of marketing for Cox Media Group Ohio. In his new role, Roberts will “oversee the strategic marketing activities of CMG Ohio’s integrated brands, drive product development and accelerate media platform convergence,” according to a CMG Ohio press release.

Roberts joined the company in 1997 and most recently served as the regional director of programming for CMG’s Ohio and Louisville radio stations. He replaces former vice president of marketing Donna Hall, who was recently promoted to group vice president at Cox Media Atlanta.

Cox Media Group Ohio oversees several newspapers and radio stations, as well as Dayton CBS affiliate WHIO.

WHIO’s Mark Bruce Getting Out of Local TV

Mark Bruce, reporter and Saturday morning anchor for Dayton,OH, CBS affiliate WHIO, has announced he’s leaving local TV.

“The word got out, next Saturday will be my last day at NewsCenter 7,” Bruce said on his facebook page. “I am taking a job in Columbus that will allow a move to be closer to my family. The decision is bittersweet because my time at WHIO has been wonderful. Thanks for your support!”

He told TVSpy his job in Columbus” will be Public Information Officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Bruce said his last day at the station will be Saturday March 16. He started at WHIO in 2008 and previously worked at WRCB in Chattanooga, TN.

Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs Joins WHIO

McCall Vrydaghs begins this month as the weekend meteorologist at WHIO, the CBS affiliate in Dayton.

Vrydaghs moves to Ohio from New York City, where she has been a meteorologist at Verizon’s Fios1 news channel since 2011 She has also worked at CNN Headline News Radio. She will be WHIO’s second weekend meteorologist, working alongside Erica Collura.

“Dayton and Storm Center 7 have a lot to offer,” Vrydaghs said in a statement. “I’m excited to be joining such an excellent weather team, and look forward to meeting our viewers.”

WHIO’s Letitia Perry Moves to Mornings

Letitia Perry, 11 p.m. anchor for Dayton, Ohio CBS affiliate WHIO, moves to the mornings.  The Dayton native will co-anchor News Center 7′s Daybreak edition with fellow anchors John Paul and Gabrielle Enright along with meteorologist Rick Wirdzek.

“This is an exciting new chapter in my broadcast career,” said Perry.  “I grew up watching Channel7 and to this day I’m still thrilled, excited and proud to be a member of the News Center 7 team.”

The station said it made the move to continue to build on this summer’s ratings surge for their morning news.

Perry has been at WHIO for 12 years, six of those have been at the 11 p.m. anchor desk.  She will start her new duties Monday.

 

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