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WISN Airs Primetime Wisconsin Primary Special

With 42 delegates on the line in today’s Republican presidential primary in Wisconsin, Milwaukee ABC-affiliate WISN is set to air an election special at 9:00 p.m., placing it in a rare head-to-head local news match-up with Fox station WITI during the time slot.

WISN’s one-hour special makes good on Hearst’s pledge to have an elevated commitment to political coverage at its stations leading up to the presidential election later this year.

Kathy Mykleby, who anchors WISN’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will be at the anchor desk for the “Commitment 2012″ special along with correspondent Joyce Garbaciak and Mike Gousha, the host of WISN’s Sunday morning news show “UPFRONT.”  Craig McKee, Mykleby’s regular 10 p.m. co-anchor, will be reporting from the field. Read more

Craig McKee to Join WISN as Evening Anchor

Craig McKee is the newest addition to WISN, the ABC-affiliate in Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

McKee will co-anchor the 10 p.m. newscast with Kathy Mykleby beginning in early April. He will begin reporting for the station on March 26.

He joins WISN from KFMB, the CBS-affiliate in San Diego, where he was a weekend anchor. He has previously worked at WOWK in Huntington and KPNX in Phoenix.

The 10 p.m. anchor spot has been open since July, according to the Business Journal. Co-anchor Toya Washington switched to part time to spend more time with her family. She continues to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast and will be paired with Jason Newton beginning later this month.

WDSU Invades Packer Country for NFL Kick-Off

With the Saints set to kick off the NFL season tonight against the Packers in Green Bay, New Orleans NBC-affiliate WDSU has rented a house in the shadow of Lambeau Field and anchor Scott Walker and crew have been broadcasting live from the backyard, where they’ve erected a set.

WDSU’s invasion of Packer territory this week has been covered by local NBC-affiliate WGBA (video here) as well as Hearst sister station WISN in Milwaukee.

Walker gave WISN reporter Mike Anderson a tour of WDSU’s “Packer Plex” and talked about what it’s like to work in Wisconsin while having the same name as the state’s polarizing governor. Read more

President Obama Grants Interviews to 4 Local Stations

President Obama will sit down this morning with four local stations for interviews on debt reduction and the economy.

Obama will speak with Milwaukee’s WISN, Pittsburgh’s WTAE, Seattle’s KING and Raleigh-Durham’s WTVD. WISN and WTAE are ABC affiliates; WTVD is an ABC O&O. KING is an NBC affiliate. Reporters and crews from each station traveled to the White House for the interviews, which will take place at 10:35 a.m. in the Map Room.

The Obama administration has scheduled several rounds of interviews with regional stations in a continued push to localize their message, particularly in battleground states. The interviews will air on their respective stations beginning at 5 p.m. tonight.

Wayne Godsey Will Retire From KMBC-KCWE

After more than 40 years in the local news business, KMBC-KCWE president and general manager Wayne Godsey will retire later this year.

Godsey has been at the helm of the Hearst-owned Kansas City duopoly since 1999. Under his watch, KMBC has been recognized for news excellence several times, including two Edward R. Murrow Awards this year.

“KMBC’s longstanding tradition of strong news leadership and dedicated community service remain a model for television stations throughout the Midwest,” said Hearst Television President and CEO David Barrett, in announcing the move. Read more

George Matz Leaving News Director Post in Portland to Become Assistant ND in Kansas City

George Matz, who has led the newsroom of WMTW in Portland, ME for the past six years, is set to join Kansas City duopoly KMBC-KCWE as assistant news director.

“I’ve worked with George over the years and I’m very excited to have someone with his experience be part of this management team,” said Sherrie Brown, KMBC’s news director, in making the announcement.

The move represents another shift within the Hearst organization for Matz, who has been a part of the broadcasting group for over twelve years. Before joining WMTW, Matz served as assistant news director and operations manager for Milwaukee’s WISN.

“KMBC is one of the most well respected stations in the country,” Matz said. “I’m looking forward to working with such a talented news team.”

Matz’s first day with KMBC-KCWE is scheduled for May 2nd.

Hearst ABC-Affiliates Clean Up in Boston and Milwaukee

Boston’s WCVB and Milwaukee’s WISN, two Hearst-owned ABC-affiliates, continued their local ratings dominance in November.  Both WCVB and WISN won the sign-on to sign-off race in their respective markets during the February sweeps period.

In Boston, all of WCVB’s newscasts finished #1 for the 13th month in a row. As usual, the station’s 6 p.m. newscast was the most successful, averaging 236,000 total viewers. WCVB’s morning newscast, which expanded to 4:30 a.m. last August, drew 31,000 total viewers for the early bird half-hour.

In Milwaukee, WISN also saw success at 6 p.m. The station’s newscast had a 43% lead over second place WTMJ for the half-hour. WISN’s decision to expand its weekday 10 p.m. newscast to a full-hour in January has paid off with the station seeing a 29% increase in viewers for 10:30-11, compared to episodes of “Access Hollywood” that aired in the time slot last February.

“From the Packers and our Groundhog Day blizzard to the budget battle in Madison, February had no shortage of big stories,” said Jan Wade, WISN’s president and general manager.

Veteran WISN Reporter Nick Bohr Heckled by Protestors in Madison

Covering the unrest at the Wisconsin state capital, veteran WISN reporter Nick Bohr has been heckled by protestors who mistakenly affiliate his station with conservative radio station WISN-AM.

“Allow me to correct a misperception among attendees hassling us. Mark Belling’s radio station was sold by WISN-TV’s owners in the mid-90′s,” Bohr tweeted on Friday, referring to the popular conservative radio host who is the face of WISN-AM.

“The two WISNs haven’t been located in the same building for years,” OnMilwaukee columnist Tim Cuprisin points out, “and WISN-AM is owned by Clear Channel Communications, while WISN-TV is owned by Hearst.”

Perhaps taking a cue from anti-Fox News demonstrators, unruly protesters have attempted to disrupt Bohr’s live shots from the capitol, according to Cuprisin.

WWL Ends News Director Search, Appoints Bill Siegel

New Orleans’s WWL has picked a replacement at news director for Chris Slaughter, who was let go last year after 30 years with the CBS-affiliate.

Bill Siegel, who is currently the assistant news director at Milwaukee’s WISN, has been chosen to lead the WWL newsroom.

The move, first reported by Rick Gevers, ends a search that began when WWL fired Slaughter in November.  The station has been mum on what led to Slaughter’s dismissal.  He had served as WWL’s news director since 2006.

Mike Hoss, WWL’s lead anchor, had been managing news operations as the Belo-owned station conducted its search.

Coming to WWL will represent a return to Belo for Siegel.  Before joining WISN, Siegel worked as an executive producer for Belo’s KMOV in St. Louis.

Milwaukee Stations Hit with ‘Perfect Storm’ of Super Bowl and Snow

Milwaukee stations have been faced with a unique problem: while they have focused much of their resources on covering the lead-up to the Green Bay Packers playing in this weekend’s Super Bowl, a serious storm has hit the area.

This week, Milwaukee viewers have been offered “a perfect storm of sports and weather coverage,” points out Duane Dudek of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“We are covering two stories that take a sizable amount of manpower,” WISN news director Lori Waldon told Dudek. And having a significant number of staffers in Dallas for the Super Bowl has made local weather coverage “extra-challenging.”

Complicating matters even more is the fact that the Dallas area has been experiencing Milwaukee-esque winter weather.

“There’s no complaining about the weather when you’re in Dallas for a Packer Super Bowl,” said WDJT sports reporter Evan Fitzgerald, putting things in perspective.

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