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Reporter Bill Gallagher Bids Farewell to WJBK After 27 Years

Bill Gallagher celebrated his final day with WJBK on Friday, bidding farewell to the station that his been his home for the past 27 years. The Fox O&O marked his retirement with a video tribute to his storied career (above).

“In nearly three decades in Detroit, he brought down crooked council members, covered countless tragedies, and traveled the world to document history,” anchor Murray Feldman says, narrating the tribute.

WJBK Remembers Jeffrey Zaslow, Husband of Anchor Sherry Margolis

Funeral services were held this afternoon for Jeffrey Zaslow, the best-selling author and husband of WJBK‘s Sherry Margolis.  Zaslow died in a car accident Friday morning in northern Michigan.

WJBK, which recently mourned the loss of general manager Jeff Murri, remembered Zaslow in a long segment during its 10 p.m. newscast on Friday (video above). Read more

Death of WJBK GM Jeff Murri Ruled Suicide

The Oakland County medical examiner’s office ruled Saturday that the death of Jeff Murri, the general manager of WJBK in Detroit, was a suicide. Murri died last Thursday of a gunshot wound to the head at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, MI.

Murri joined the Fox O&O in 1984 and was named general manager in 2001. In a statement last week, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy called Murri “an exceptional leader, a compassionate friend, a devoted husband and a loving father.”

Murri’s funeral took place this morning at the same church where he died.

WJBK Remembers GM Jeff Murri Following Sudden Death: ‘This Place Will Never Be the Same’

The hosts of WJBK‘s morning show “The Nine” shared their memories of general manager Jeff Murri today.  Murri died suddenly on Thursday at the age of 50.

“The whole thing is quite amazing to me because just two days ago I was talking to the guy,” Lee Thomas said.  “We sang songs together.  We’ve shared life.  It’s like a part of you is missing truly because he meant so much to each and every one of us.” Read more

WJBK GM Jeff Murri Dies at 50

WJBK vice president and general manager Jeff Murri died suddenly on Thursday.  He was 50.

Murri began his broadcast career with WJBK and had served as GM of the Fox O&O since 2001.

“We are devastated by the loss of one of our most beloved members of the Fox Television Stations family,” Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, said in a statement.  “There are no words to express the sadness of this tragedy. Jeff was an exceptional leader, a compassionate friend, a devoted husband and a loving father. He had great passion and dedication to WJBK and his legacy will live on in the many lives he touched. We will miss him tremendously.”

The cause of death has not yet been released. Read more

WJBK Investigative Reporter Amy Lange On Her Most Memorable Story

In her 13 years as a general assignment and investigative reporter at WJBK, Amy Lange has seen her share of interesting stories. But Lange, who says “there’s not a better news town in the country” than Detroit, tells the Observer & Eccentric about her most memorable one:

“Everything went on hold” when the texting scandal of succeeding Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick broke. Lange covered the unfolding events closely, often going on “Kwame watches.”

“There were many cold days, sitting outside of the mansion,” she said. “And, standing outside of city hall, waiting for his vehicle to leave, just to see if we could get a comment.

“Kwame certainly is the most all-encompassing, longest and biggest story that I’ve had the privilege of covering.” Read more

B&C Names Top Local TV Executives of The Year

Broadcasting & Cable is out with its annual “Local TV Executives of the Year” list (subscription required). B&C contends that 2011 was a remarkable year for the local landscape — with tornadoes in Tuscaloosa and Joplin, with Hurricane Irene, and with the ever-present problem of how to make it all work on a shoestring budget:

From floods to wildfires, and even that once-in-a-century earthquake that rocked the East Coast, local stations were at times forced to report under the most trying circumstances. Because that is what their FCC license mandates, and that is what their DNA tells them to do.

After the jump, read the full list of B&C winners. Read more

Maurielle Lue Moves From Cleveland to Detroit

Maurielle Lue has moved from Cleveland to Detroit, joining Fox O&O WJBK as a reporter.

Lue spent the past three years working at WEWS in Cleveland, where she served as a general assignment reporter, morning traffic reporter, breaking news reporter, and morning anchor.

She began her broadcast career at NBC-affiliate WVVA in Bluefield, WV.

“I know a lot of news is negative,” Lue wrote on WJBK’s website, introducing herself to Detroit viewers, “but my true joy comes from bringing positive stories to the viewers. I want to tell the stories that make people smile, laugh, and maybe even forget about the rough times… even if its just for a few minutes.”

Prisoner Sues WJBK for Belittling His Desire for Porn

A Detroit prisoner who says he suffers from “chronic masturbation syndrome” is suing WJBK for running a story earlier this year about his quest to get access to pornography while behind bars, according to the Detroit Free Press.

In July, 22-year-old Kyle Richards, who is currently serving time for bank robbery, filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections as well as Gov. Rick Snyder requesting that jails allow prisoners access to personal TVs and porn.  At the time, WJBK apparently aired a story about Richards’ unusual lawsuit–which was eventually dismissed–and now he is suing the Fox O&O for slander (alas, TVSpy has been unable to find video of the story).

Richards is seeking $20 million and an apology from the station. Read more

Tower Defense and Aerospace Factory Suspends 17 After WJBK Investigation

The Tower Defense and Aerospace factory in Detroit has suspended 17 employees after a WJBK report uncovered evidence of factory workers drinking and smoking during lunch breaks.

Rob Wolchek, a reporter at the Fox O&O, obtained video of employees at the factory drinking and smoking what appears to be marijuana (watch above). Read more

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