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Wrestling Legend Ends FOX Carolina Interview with a Kiss

WHNS reporter Joe Gagnon was live in Spartanburg reporting on an event featuring some famous wrestlers from years gone by.

The reporter for the Greenville, SC, FOX affiliate had “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant on to talk about the shindig. But after telling everyone about the show, Valiant got a little intimate with Gagnon.

“Hey! Let’s share a bikini tonight,” said Valiant. “You wear the top piece and I’ll wear the bottom piece. How about that?”

“Just another Friday night for me.” replied Gagnon.

Valiant then burst into song and topped it all off with a full on wrestler to reporter mouth kiss. Happy Tuesday, everybody.

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Carolina Anchors Do Part of Show on Treadmill Desks

Greenville, SC, anchors Cody Alcorn and Diana Watson got a short workout in during part of the WHNS 10:00 p.m. show Tuesday.

After the station did a story about treadmill desks being used at work, the FOX affiliate set up a deal with a local treadmill store so the anchors could read a segment of the show while walking and jogging on treadmill desks of their own.

Derek Brown Out as WHNS General Manager

WHNS_Fox_CarolinaTVSpy has confirmed Derek Brown, vice president and general manager of WHNS, is no longer with the station.

Brown came to the Greenville, SC, FOX affiliate in January 2012.

Before coming to WHNS he was GM of WGMT in Macon, GA. He has also worked at WWAY in Wilmington, NC, WTWO-WFXW in Terre Haute, IN, WTVO-WQRF in Rockford, IL, and WMBD-WYZZ in Peoria, IL.

Ben Hill Joins WHNS From KFXK

Ben Hill - HeadshotBen Hill is joining WHNS, the Fox affiliate in Greenville, S.C., as weekday morning co-anchor.

It is a 70-market jump for Hill, who comes from KFXK, the Fox affiliate in Tyler, Texas, where he was the weekday morning anchor. Before that, he anchored the weekend evening newscasts on KFXK sister station KETK.

At WHNS, he will anchor from 5 to 9 a.m. alongside Lauren Elise. He begins in Greenville on October 3.

KyAnn Lewis Named Senior Executive Producer at KNTV

KyAnn Lewis has been named senior executive producer at KNTV, the NBC owned station in San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland.

Lewis is a former news director at KIAH in Houston and WHNS in Greenville, S.C. She has also held management and producer positions at KPTV and KGW in Portland, Ore. Most recently, she was the executive producer of “The Daily Buzz,” a syndicated morning newscast in Orlando.

“We are thrilled to have someone with KyAnn’s experience join the NBC Bay Area news team,” KNTV vice president of news Jonathan Mitchell said in a statement. “Her talent and passion for local journalism make her a perfect fit with our news management team.”

Lewis will oversee the editorial, production and promotion components of the station’s evening newscasts. She will begin at KNTV on July 22.

Alan DeFlorio Named Local Sales Manager at KSTP-KSTC

Alan DeFlorio is joining KSTP-KSTC in Minneapolis-St. Paul as local sales manager. His first day will be May 20.

DeFlorio comes from WJCL-WTGS in Savannah. He has also worked at WMBF in Myrtle Beach, WHNS in Greenville and WMTV in Madison.

“We are excited to bring Alan to the team. His experience speaks for itself and I’m confident the stations will benefit from all he has to offer,” KSTP-KSTC director of sales Ray Mirabella said in a statement.

VIDEO: WHNS Couple Finds Out They’re Having a Girl On the Air

WHNS reporter Joe Gagnon and his wife, station photographer Summer Gagnon, found out live on the Fox affiliate’s morning newscast Thursday that they’re having a girl (video after the jump).

The couple found out by cutting into a pink-tinged cake baked by WHNS anchor Lauren Elise, who found out the sex from Summer’s mother earlier this week. The Gagnons also revealed that they have chosen a name, Sydney Snow Gagnon, for the baby, who is due in the Spring.

Watch the video after the jump… Read more

Meredith Reports 26% Increase in Local Revenue

Meredith Corporation reported a +26% increase in local media group revenues for the fiscal first quarter of 2013, the company announced Thursday.

Net political advertising revenues were $12 million, a record high for a fiscal first quarter. Non-political advertising revenues increased +5%. All of Meredith’s markets grew in both revenues and operating profit.

“We are focused on keeping the momentum going in non-political advertising revenues, along with maximizing our political advertising opportunity this election cycle,” Local Media Group president Paul Karpowicz said in  a statement. Read more

Meredith Stations Get New WorldNow Websites

Meredith Local Media Group and WorldNow have completed the launch of ten redesigned local stations’ websites. All of the stations are owned by Meredith and published on a WorldNow platform.

The sites were launched in a span of three weeks beginning last month. The redesign gave each site improvements across multiple platforms, including video and mobile capabilities, advertising sales tools and production of original editorial content.

“The launch of the sites is our first step toward cementing Meredith’s leadership position among local media in their markets,” WorldNow senior vice president Melissa Hatter said. “We look forward to a number of advancements over the coming months that are focused on providing the best user experience on multiple platforms for continuous growth.”

The stations with relaunched websites are: WHNS, WGCL, WNEM, WSMV, WFSB, KPHO, WSHM, KVVU, KPTV and KCTV.