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Sinclair Names GM of WICS

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Rick Lipps GM of Springfield-Decatur, IL, ABC affiliate WICS.

Lipps will also oversee sales and “other non-programming related services” of FOX affiliate WRSP and CW affiliate WBUI in accordance with joint sales and shared services agreements.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for which I am thrilled,” Lipps said in a statement. “The Springfield/Decatur area is a dynamic market with a growing diverse revenue base. Providing the best local news and entertainment for our viewers has been and will continue to be our top priority.”

Since 2007, Lipps has been the group leader for stations in Savannah and Augusta, GA, as well as serving as GM of WCBD in Charleston, SC. Lipps has also worked as GM of WNWO in Toledo, OH, WTNZ in Knoxville, TN, and KWWL in Waterloo, IA.

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WICS Sports Director Leaving TV to Work for Food Bank

krista-landerKrista Lander, sports director for Springfield, IL, ABC affiliate WICS, is leaving broadcasting Thursday to take a job as public relations manager for the Central Illinois Food Bank.

According to the State Journal-Register, Lander just got married. “My husband works normal hours; I don’t,” said Lander. “You never will in my position. I really want to spend time with my husband. We want to start a family. I don’t want to miss anything.”

Lander started at WICS in December 2010. She has also worked in Twin Falls, ID, and Odessa, TX.

Natalie Bomke Joins WFLD as Co-Anchor of ‘Good Day Chicago’

Natalie Bomke is joining WFLD, the Fox owned station in Chicago, as co-anchor of the morning newscast. Bomke replaces Kori Chambers, who recently left WFLD to join WPIX in New York City.

It is a move within Fox for Bomke, who has been the morning anchor at KRIV in Houston for the past three years. Prior to that, she worked at KTXL in Sacramento and WICD in Champaign, Ill. She began her career as a general assignment reporter at WICS in her hometown of Springfield, Ill.

News of Bomke’s hire was first reported by FTVLive.

A station spokesperson said Bomke’s first day will be September 30. She will anchor “Good Day Chicago” from 5 to 7 a.m. alongside Dawn Hasbrouck.

WATCH: ‘She’s Got Quite the Uterus!’ WICS Anchor’s Ad Lib Nearly Stops the Show

WICS morning meteorologist Joe Crain had trouble getting through his weather forecast yesterday after anchor Natalie Sparacio told a story about a Russian woman who had 69 children.

The meteorologist for the Springfield, IL, ABC affiliate tossed to the story before his weathercast by dropping a rhyme about the “Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.” Sparacio one-upped him by telling a story about a woman in the 1700′s who had 69 kids in 40 years. She then finished him off by saying, “She’s got quite the uterus,” leaving Crain able to do little more than giggle through his forecast.

“I’m just sayin!” Sparacio could be heard yelling off camera. “You’re just saying. I know,” replied Crain in between bouts of laughter that at one point left him squatting on the floor in a crouch position as he tried to regain his composure.

[The Daily Mail]

Marianne Manko Joins WAND

Marianne Manko has joined WAND, the NBC affiliate in Springfield-Decatur, Ill.

News director Tai Takahashi told TVSpy Manko will anchor the afternoon and evening newscasts alongside Sean Streaty while two WAND anchors, Dawn Sterling and Stacey Skrysak, are out on maternity leave.

Until March, Manko was the evening anchor at rival WICS, the ABC affiliate in Springfield-Decatur. She has also worked at KRGV in Brownsville, Texas and WOFL in Orlando.

Springfield’s WICS Debuts High Definition Set

WICS, Sinclair’s ABC affiliate in Springfield, Ill., has debuted a new high definition set designed by Devlin Design Group.

“Our goal was to have a new set that would not only replace our current look with a more modern and visually exciting location for our newscasts, but also to provide us with more options for presenting local news in new and exciting ways,” WICS news director Katie Faye said in a statement.

More pictures after the jump. Read more

Daralene Jones Will Join WCAU From WFTV

Daralene Jones is joining WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia, in January.

“Daralene is an engaging and dynamic reporter,” WCAU vice president of news Anzio Williams said in a statement. “She’ll be an important part of our daily mission to deliver the best breaking news stories and information to our viewers.”

Jones will move to Philadelphia from Orlando, where she has been a general assignment reporter for ABC affiliate WFTV since 2007. She has also worked at WREG in Memphis, WCIA in Champaign and WICS in Springfield.

Vince DeMentri Lands at WICS: ‘I don’t think you can judge anybody’s character by an incident or two’

Local news veteran Vince DeMentri, who has a long history of controversy at his previous jobs, has landed at WICS in Springfield, Ill., the State Journal Register reports.

DeMentri’s last job was at WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City, where he was a reporter until 2010. Prior to that, he worked at WCAU, the NBC O&O in Philadelphia. At both stations, he was involved in incidents that catapulted him into the spotlight.

In 2008, DeMentri was fired from WCAU after having an affair with co-anchor Lori Delgado. DeMentri, who was accused of vandalizing Delgado’s car, sued both her and the station, saying it was unfair that he was fired and Delgado got to keep her job. Delgado resigned from the station the day the lawsuit was filed; DeMentri dropped the lawsuit in 2010. Read more

Ashley Glass Moves to Weekend Co-Anchor at WFTS

Ashley Glass has been promoted to weekend morning co-anchor at Tampa ABC-affiliate WFTS.

Glass, a Florida native, joined WFTS in 2010 as a weekday morning reporter and fill-in anchor. She has previously worked at WCJB in Gainsville, WICS in Springfield, IL and WPEC in West Palm Beach.

Glass will anchor alongside John Thomas and Bill Logan on Saturday and Sunday mornings. She replaces Ellen McNamara, who left WFTS to join KSTP earlier this year.

Longtime WICS Anchor Jerry Lambert to Retire

Jerry Lambert, who currently anchors WICS‘s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts, is set to retire after 17 years with the Springfield, IL ABC-affiliate.

Lambert, 61, says that stepping away from the WICS anchor desk will allow him to focus on his family and enjoy some leisure time. He told The State Journal-Register recently that he wants to “just sort of have fun with life.”

His final day on-air is scheduled for July 12–his birthday.

Lambert joined WICS in 1995, after working at WTVT in Tampa, as well as WTTV and WTHR in Indianapolis. Read more

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