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Buffalo Station Losing Two Reporters

drantch kingston_wivbBuffalo CBS affiliate WIVB will soon see the departure of two of its reporters.

Yesterday, The Buffalo News reported Ed Drantch will be leaving the LIN-owned station next month to work at cross-town rival ABC affiliate WKBW.

Channel 7 General Manager Mike Nurse said Drantch’s Channel 4 contract had expired. He added that Channel 4 had the right to match Channel 7’s offer and declined.

Today, The News said Rachel Kingston is getting out of broadcasting to work at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Kingston wrote on her facebook page., “Yes, it is true. My time at Channel 4 – and in news/broadcasting altogether – is drawing to a close.” She added, “While I am leaving journalism, I’m not leaving my native and dearly-loved Western New York.”

Drantch’s defection, along with other departures at the station led Buffalo News TV Critic Alan Pergament to speculate WIVB GM Rene LaSpina‘s belt tightening may be behind the moves. Read more

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Station Stokes Meteorologist’s Greatest Fear After She Get Case of Hiccups On Air

WHSV meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz had a case of the hiccups during her forecast this morning. But that wasn’t the worst thing that happened to her.

After a large hiccup Urbanowicz said, “I’m going to end up on YouTube. I just have this big fear of ending up on YouTube today.”

Well guess what Aubrey, the good folks at the Harrisonburg, VA, ABC affiliate were there to make your fears come true! The station posted the video on facebook and asked viewers to help spread the news, “Let’s make Meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz a YouTube hit. LIKE this if you watched!”

Urbanowicz took it in stride though, commenting, “All I could do was laugh… welcome to live TV!!”

Gray Television Shutters TV3 Winchester

Gray Television is shutting down TV3 in Winchester, effective immediately. Reporter Alyssa Raymond tweeted a picture of the meeting where the news was announced:

 

Several other reporters wrote about the shutdown on their social media accounts. “It’s hard to say this, but TV3 is now closed so I will no longer be reporting in the area. I’m so grateful for the contacts and relationships I’ve formed here, and I will never forget the friendships I’ve made,” Hattie Cheek wrote on her Facebook page.

“I’ve only been with the station for three months, but in my time here I’ve learned so much and met so many great people,” Lindsay Cobb wrote. “Winchester and the people of the Northern Valley are very special and I’m so glad I had the chance to work here.”

TV3 is the ABC affiliate in Winchester, Va.  It operates as a cable-only outlet and can also be seen on a digital subchannel of WHSV, Gray Television’s ABC affiliate for Harrisonburg, Va.

It is not known how many people are affected by the shutdown.

>Update: Statement from TV3 is after the jump. Read more

Meteorologist Jay Webb Set to Join WHSV From WDBJ

Meteorologist Jay Webb is signing off from WDBJ in Roanoke to join WHSV in Harrisonburg, Va., he announced on Facebook.

It is a return to Harrisonburg for Webb, who worked there for six years before joining WDBJ in 2006. He will be WHSV’s weather director and weekday morning and noon meteorologist after he signs off from WDBJ on May 22.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to grow in this industry that’s been so good to me, plus I get to do it in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, a place my wife Sarah and I called home from 2000-2006,” Webb wrote. “I will miss my WDBJ family. I have been exposed to a talented team of broadcasters and meteorologists … I look forward to what the future holds in JMU country, but I will always be rooted here.” [h/t The Roanoke Star]

Derrick Lewis to Join TV3 Winchester as Reporter

Derrick Lewis will be joining Winchester, VA ABC affiliate TV3 Winchester as reporter.  TV3 Winchester is the sister station to Harrisonburg, VA ABC affiliate WHSV.

“It’s so exciting to be able to begin my career at a station like TV3 Winchester,” Lewis told TVSpy. “I’m pleased to know they believe I am a perfect fit for the station and looking forward to reporting my first story.”

Lewis will begin his first job in TV news next Monday.

WDBJ Weathercaster Robin Reed: ‘When I Started, All They Wanted Was a Smooth Presentation that Was Somewhat Accurate’

WDBJ Robin Reed is celebrating 30 years on Roanoke TV and during his tenure he’s experienced some major changes in the way weather is reported.

“Back when I started, all they wanted was a smooth presentation that was somewhat accurate,” Reed told The Roanoke Times recently. “The bar was pretty low. ‘Have a good voice. Don’t embarrass the station.’”

When he began in TV news, Reed didn’t set out to be a weathercaster. He was working as a sports anchor and reporter at WHSV in the early 80s when the station’s regular weathercaster didn’t show up for the 6 p.m. newscast. Reed filled in and the rest is history. [Roanoke Times]

Former TV3 Reporter Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail

The news hit close to home as TV3, an ABC-affiliate in Winchester, VA owned by Gray Television, reported this week that Ryan O’Connor, a former reporter with the station, had been sentenced to four years in jail for the possession of child pornography and propositioning a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl online.

O’Connor, 25, was arrested in September 2009 and charged with four counts of child pornography, one count of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of using a computer related to those crimes. In February, he pleaded guilty as part of an agreement that would cap his maximum jail time at 10 years.

O’Connor has been sentenced to four years in prison, according to TV3, plus ten years of supervised probation.

Shortly after his arrest in 2009, TV3 terminated his employment. Read more

Former WHSV Reporter Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography, Sex Solicitation Charges

Former WHSV reporter Ryan O’Connor pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of child pornography and using a computer to facilitate sex with underage girls.

O’Connor had worked for the Winchester, VA ABC-affiliate as a weekend reporter and videojournalist. He was arrested in 2009 and charged with four counts of child pornography, one count of taking indecent liberties with a child and one count of using a computer related to those crimes.

WHSV terminated O’Connor’s employment shortly after his arrest. Read more