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After 43 Years Joe Moore to Retire from WJHG


Joe Moore has announced his retirement from Panama City, FL, NBC affiliate WJHG.

Moore has worked at the station for 43 years. According to the station he has gained a reputation as being a “solid, non sensational journalist.”

Before coming to WJHG in 1971, Moore worked in radio. During his tenure at WJHG, he worked as news director, VP of news and acting station manager. He currently anchors the noon and 5:00 p.m. news. Read more

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WTVC Launches Weekend Morning Newscast

lauren st germainChattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC has named an anchor team for its weekend morning newscast, which will launch next month: anchor Lauren St. Germain (pictured), meteorologist Jason Disharoon and reporter Betsy Goldin.

“We waited to expand Good Morning Chattanooga on Saturday and Sunday until we could do it right – right in terms of staffing, right in terms of resources,” general manager Mike Costa said in a statement. “To do that, it means expanding our news staff – to have a dedicated team focused on producing a weekend morning newscast that will be fresh and useful. That’s what we’ve done: a great new team, for a great new show.”

St. Germain joins WTVC from WTVY in Dothan, Ala., where she anchored the 9 p.m. newscast. Goldin most recently worked at WJHG in Panama City, Fla., where she was a producer and reporter on the noon newscast. Disharoon, currently WTVC’s weekend meteorologist, has worked at the station since 2011,

Camille Williams Hepola Signs Off From KPRC

Camille Williams Hepola is leaving Houston NBC affiliate KPRC for a job in the Harris County DA’s office, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Hepola will handle public relations and outreach for the department. She joins former KHOU reporter Jeff McShan, who will work as public information officer for the DA’s office.

Before joining KPRC as a general assignment reporter, Hepola worked at KTBC in Austin, WETM in Elmira, N.Y. and WJHG in Panama City Beach, Fla., according to McGuff. [h/t NewsBlues]

Matt Horn Joins Capitol News Service

Matt Horn begins today at Capitol News Service, where he will cover political news for ten local stations in Florida.

Horn comes from Wichita, where he was Salina bureau chief and general assignment reporter at KSNW. In his new role, he will be based in Tallahassee.

Capitol News Service provides political reporting to several national outlets, as well as WFLA in Tampa, WTVJ in Miami, WFTV in Orlando, WINK in Fort Myers, WPTV in West Palm Beach, WCJB in Gainesville, WCTV in Tallahassee, WJHG in Panama City, WEAR in Pensacola and WJXT in Jacksonville.

Gavin Maliska Named News Director at WGXA

Gavin Maliska has been named news director at WGXA in Macon, GA.

Maliska comes to WGXA, a Fox-affiliate owned by Frontier Broadcast Holdings that also broadcasts ABC programming on a digital subchannel, from WJHG in Panama City Beach, FL, where he has served as news director since last summer.

Maliska began his TV career at WFLD in Chicago and since then he has been news director at WXIN in Indianapolis, WOFL in Orlando, and KECI in Missoula, MT. Read more

Gavin Maliska Tapped as WJHG News Director

Gavin Maliska is returning to Florida as news director of WJHG, an NBC-affiliate in Panama City.

Maliska led the newsroom at Orlando Fox O&O WOFL for a year before being let go in 2009. Most recently, he served as ND for KECI, an NBC-affiliate in Missoula, MT.

WJHG has been searching for a news director since March, when the station abruptly fired Mark Wildman after just three months. Wildman was reportedly prone to angry outbursts.

Before joining WOFL, Maliska worked as news director at Indianapolis’s WXIN.

After Just Three Months, Mark Wildman is Out as WJHG’s News Director

Mark Wildman is out as news director for Panama City’s WJHG.

Sources confirm that Wildman, who joined the NBC-affiliate in December, has been let go. Florida News Center has more details on the ouster:

Wildman had several angry out bursts towards staff, during last weeks Friday morning newscasts. Wildman was relieved of his duties, yesterday during the 5pm newscast. No other reason was given for his sudden departure from the station.

Wildman joined the station on December 6th. He had previously worked as news director for WMGT in Macon, GA.

WMBB and WJHG Capture Shooting at School Board Meeting

A school board meeting in Panama City, FL unexpectedly became the lead story for WMBB and WJHG on Tuesday when a local man disrupted the proceedings and pulled a gun on the board members. Clay Duke, whose wife had apparently been fired from her job with the district, calmly entered the afternoon meeting, drawing a “V” on the wall with red spray paint before pointing a handgun at the board.

ABC-affiliate WMBB and NBC-affiliate WJHG regularly attend the twice-monthly Bay District school board meeting but the usual coverage of staffing and budget decisions quickly became a chilling story about one man’s desperate confrontation with the five-member board. WMBB reporter Nadeen Yanes and WJHG reporter David E. Demarest were on-hand as Duke commandeered the meeting.

After having a surprisingly calm conversation with the board, Duke began firing random shots in the direction of the panel. At that point, security guard Mike Jones, a retired Panama City detective, opened fire on Duke. After exchanging shots with Jones, Duke shot himself. No one was seriously injured in the altercation and Duke’s vendetta ended in only one death–his own.

Here’s the chilling video… Read more