TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps

Posts Tagged ‘WICU’

Lauren Victory Joins Hartford’s WTIC

lauren victory_304x200Lauren Victory is joining WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, as a general assignment reporter.

Victory moves to Hartford from WPTZ in Burlington, where she has been a video journalist and reporter since 2011. She has also worked at WICU in Chicago, WLNS in Lansing and WNEP in Scranton.

Victory, a Long Island native, has previously worked as a booker for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She began her career at WABC-AM in New York City. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Mediabistro Course

Online Production for Writers and Editors

Online Production for Writers and EditorsStarting July 17, learn how to create multi-dimensional content for your digital mediums! Taught by a multiplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to create content that is multi-dimensional and editorially relevant, use the web to its full potential, create stories that have social media campaigns built in and increase your value as as an employee. Register now! 
 

WICU Moves Anchor Kevin MacDowell Off Anchor Desk and Into Reporting

Veteran news reporter and anchor Kevin MacDowell has been named senior reporter after being moved off the WICU anchor desk.

“It was time to make the move,” Pam Forsyth, general manager for the Erie, PA, NBC affiliate, told the Erie Times-News. “Kevin is still a respected employee here.”

Despite reports making it sound like MacDowell found out about the move after returning from vacation, Forsyth told TVSpy the switch was discussed before MacDowell’s time off. Read more

Kristin Kane Leaving KRIV

Kristin Kane, reporter for Houston FOX affiliate KRIV is leaving the station, a FOX spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy.

While FOX gave TVSpy no reason for her departure, Houston blogger Mike McGuff wrote on his blog,

The (FOX Television Stations) gave me no reason for her departure, but with an upcoming wedding, we can guess that’s playing a major part.

A few months ago, Kane spoke to mikemcguff.com about her fiance,  “We’ve been together 5.5 years, half of that has been long distance.  Tom lives up north, but we’ve been able to make it work. We see each other every two weeks. Talk about a lot of traveling! I’m so tired of getting on planes unless it’s for vacation.”

Before coming to Houston, Kane worked at South Florida’s WSFL and at WICU-WSEE in Erie, PA.

[mikemcguff.com]

Bill Cummings Signs on as News Director at WICU-WSEE

Bill Cummings will join WICU-WSEE as news director, according to the Rick Gevers blog.

Cummings, who will replace current news director Lisa Adams, comes from KSWT, in Yuma, AZ, after less than a year at the CBS affiliate.

Adams, who is stepping down as news director at the Erie NBC-CBS affiliate, will stay on as anchor.  She has been at WICU for more than thirty years and was named news director of the Lilly Broadcasting owned duopoly a year and a half ago.

Cummings formerly worked in Tucson, Evansville, IN, Huntington, WV, and Tri-Cities, TN.

WHDH Meteorologist Joining NBC’s ‘Today’

Dylan Dreyer, currently the morning and noon meteorologist at WHDH, is leaving the Boston NBC-affiliate to join NBC’s “Today,” where she’ll work as the weekend weather anchor.

A formal announcement has not yet been made but Dreyer, who has been with WHDH since 2007, confirmed in a recent tweet that she is leaving at the end of her contract for “a new opportunity.”

“Today” has been without a regular weekend weathercaster since WNBC chief meteorologist Janice Huff bid farewell to the show in April. Read more

Reporter Jamie Smith Joins WAWS-WTEV

Jamie Smith has joined Jacksonville’s WTEV-WAWS, Florida News Center reports.

Smith moves to Jacksonville from Philadelphia, where he has worked in public relations since 2010. Before that, he spent six years as a reporter for KYW, the CBS O&O in Philadelphia. He has also worked at WICU in Erie, PA, KIEM in Eureka, CA and WLNY in Long Island.

Smith started at WTEV-WAWS as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor earlier this month.

WTVG News Director Tapped to Oversee SJL Broadcasting’s News Operations

SJL Broadcasting announced today that WTVG news director Brian Trauring has been tapped to oversee news operations for all of the company’s stations.

Trauring will continue serving as WTVG’s news director as he takes on the additional title of executive news director for SJL Broadcasting.

In the newly created position, Trauring will, according to the announcement, “oversee strategic planning and work with news directors and staffs at the local level.”

Trauring, who has been WTVG’s news director for the past ten years, will be working with WJRT in Flint, MI; WICU-WSEE in Erie, PA; and WENY in Elmira, NY.

Tracy McCool Moving to Evenings at WJW

Tracy McCool, who has anchored the WJW morning newscast for eight years, has been named the new evening anchor at the Cleveland Fox-affiliate.

McCool replaces Stacey Bell, who left WJW last month to move to New Jersey with her husband. She will anchor the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

McCool is an Ohio native who began her career at WJW as an intern and worked her way up to a producer at the station. She made the transition to on-air work at WICU in Erie and WSYX-WTTE in Columbus, returning to WJW in 2000.

“We’re all very proud and happy for Tracy,” WJW president and general manager Greg Easterly said in a statement. “Hers is truly a ‘Cleveland’s own’ success story that all of northeast Ohio can appreciate.”

Erie News Veteran Jill McCormick Joins WJET-WFXP

A familiar face is returning to the Erie market: Jill McCormick, who has worked at both NBC-affiliate WICU and CBS-affiliate WSEE, is joining ABC-Fox duopoly WJET-WFXP, TVSpy has confirmed.

“Jill has been in the industry for 20 years, as a producer in Denver, EP in Fort Wayne, and as a reporter and anchor at other stations in our market,” WJET-WFXP news director Lou Baxter told TVSpy in an email.  “After a couple of years out of the business, this busy wife and mother was itching to get back into the biz, and we couldn’t be happier to have her join our team.”

Baxter said McCormick, who started yesterday at the station, will debut next week as a reporter on both the WJET and WFXP morning newscasts and the WJET noon newscast. She will also produce content for the later broadcasts.  Read more

SJL Holdings Submits a Bid for McGraw-Hill’s WRTV

George Lilly‘s SJL Holdings  has entered an undisclosed bid to buy WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis, from McGraw-Hill, TVNewsCheck reported today.

McGraw-Hill announced the sale of their four local television stations — WRTV, Denver’s KMGH, San Diego’s KGTV and Bakersfield’s KERO — last month. Lilly Broadcasting and SJL Holdings own a combined five local stations, including the Erie duopoly WICU-WSEE and WTVG in Toledo.

“We’re not interested in buying the group,” Lilly told TVNewsCheck. “We want to grow slowly. Indianapolis certainly fits our profile. Geographically, it fits with Toledo.”

WRTV has the fourth-rated news programming in Indianapolis, making the station a prime candidate for improvements in news operations and revenue. Lilly acknowledged the chances of his company acquiring WRTV are limited, noting that McGraw-Hill would likely prefer to sell the stations as a group.

NEXT PAGE >>