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Mark Zinni Leaving WJW

zinni wjwCleveland weekend morning anchor Mark Zinni is leaving Tribune owned FOX affiliate WJW.

“This was probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Zinni told The Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I’ve been so lucky. This is the greatest station in Cleveland, and they did everything they could to convince me to stay. But this was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.”

Zinni hasn’t said where he’s going or when his last day will be. “But I am returning to an area where I used to work,” he said.

Before coming to WJW in 2009, Zinni worked at KTVX in Salt Lake City, UT. He has also worked at WPRI in Providence, RI, WTOV in Stuebenville, OH, and WICU in Erie, PA.

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Cleveland Stations Cover LeBron James News: ‘He’s Coming Home’

Looks like Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO will have to make good on the offer to rename its sports studio after LeBron James: the NBA star announced today that will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season after four years with the Miami Heat.

WOIO reported the news at 12:25 p.m., just after James’ announcement was posted to SI.com. “Like the rest of, I guess greater Cleveland or maybe even the country, the newsroom is abuzz right now,” Paul Orlousky said. The station remained in coverage through the 1 p.m. hour.

ABC affiliate WEWS reported the news at 12:26 p.m., with Leon Bibb reading James’ essay on the air. “I’m reporting this as I’m learning it. I am learning it right along with you. ‘I’m coming home,’ says LeBron James,” Bibb said. The station remained on the air until 1:30 p.m. and is planning expanded evening newscasts tonight.

WJW also reported the news at 12:26 p.m. “He had the option of staying with the old guard in Miami or coming to the new team, the new young superstar team here in Cleveland,” Gabe Spiegel said. The Fox affiliate stayed with the news until 1 p.m.

“This is now the victory that the Cavaliers have been looking for … this is a great situation for the Cleveland Cavaliers,” John Anderson said on NBC affiliate WKYC shortly after he reported the news at 12:26 p.m. WKYC also remained on the air through the 1 p.m. hour.

Paul Perozeni Named VP-GM of WJW

wjw logoPaul Perozeni has been promoted to vice president and general manager at WJW, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Cleveland. Perozeni has been the vice president and general sales manager of WJW for the past 13 years.

“Paul is truly one of ‘Cleveland’s Own’ and he, as much as anyone, has a deep appreciation for and awareness of the legacy, tradition and commitment of WJW to the city of Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Lynda King said in a statement. “He is the perfect choice to lead WJW Fox 8 for years to come.”

Perozeni joined WJW in 1999 and was promoted to vice president and general sales manager in 2001. In the station’s press release, he said it is a “privilege, honor and blessing to have been selected to lead one of the most respected stations in the country.”

Perozeni succeeds Greg Easterly, who left Cleveland to be general manager at Tribune’s WGN in Chicago.

Elisa Amigo Leaving Cleveland’s WJW

elisa amigoWJW weekend anchor Elisa Amigo is leaving the station for “a primary anchor job in another market,” the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Amigo, who has worked at the Cleveland Fox affiliate for eight years, anchored her last WJW broadcast Sunday.

Before WJW, Amigo worked as a reporter at WTVG in Toledo and WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio.

Greg Easterly Named GM of Tribune’s WGN

wgn-logoGreg Easterly has been named general manager of WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, Robert Feder reports.

“Greg is a proven leader, both at the head of a station and in the newsroom, and he has a keen understanding of the management and operations of a legacy station with market dominance,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement. “WGN programs a powerful schedule of news, sports and entertainment for itself and CLTV, with more news than any other Chicago station — I’m confident WGN will continue its growth and success under Greg’s expert guidance.”

Easterly comes from WJW in Cleveland, where he has been general manager since 2007. Tribune added WJW to its station portfolio as part of the Local TV acquisition in December.

“I truly feel like one of the most fortunate broadcasters in the country – to first be a part of a powerhouse legacy station like WJW and work with the great people there, and now to be able to take the next step to WGN, another legacy station with a rich history and a top-ranked news product,” Easterly said.

WGN has been without a general manager since Marty Wilke left the station in 2012.

Cleveland Newspaper Accused of Plagiarizing Story from WJW Website

wjw_callypostAccording to its website, WJW, the Cleveland FOX affiliate, posted a story about a shooting in downtown Cleveland at 3:08 a.m. Friday. A little more than five hours later, the Cleveland Call & Post did the same. Exactly the same.

Here’s the story:

CLEVELAND — Two people were shot following an early morning altercation in downtown Cleveland Friday.

Police say the shooting occurred around 2 a.m. on Huron Road near the Halle Building.

At least one of the injured was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in a taxi cab. Both injured are expected to survive.

It is unknown what circumstances led up to the shooting.

Stay with FOX 8 as more details become available.

The only difference? The Call & Post didn’t tell its readers to stay with FOX8.

Bliss Davis, an associate producer at WJW who primarily writes for the web team, told TVSpy the information for her story came directly from a phone conversation she had with police dispatchers. She also took her complaint about the suspiciously similar stories to twitter. You can see her tweet after the jump. Read more

WATCH: WJW Finds Raccoon Frolicking Outside Newsroom


With apologies to William Carlos Williams on a slow Friday, this is just to say TVSpy has found a poem on Cleveland FOX affiliate WJW‘s website.

They were visited by a raccoon who frolicked a bit outside a newsroom window.

If you squint, the mammal with opposable thumbs looks almost like a cat and what WJW posted about it can almost pass for poetry.

It’s not everyday we get a visitor like this at FOX 8.
We spotted a raccoon hanging out outside a newsroom window.
The raccoon did some grooming, then enjoyed some breakfast from the nearby tree.
It was especially surprising since the newsroom is on the second floor.
The critter didn’t stick around long, but we managed to snap a few pictures and get a quick video.

Tip Gives WOIO Jump on Castro Coverage

One month after he was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing three women in Cleveland, Ariel Castro was found dead by apparent suicide in his prison cell Tuesday night.

CBS affiliate WOIO was the first station to report the news and the only station to break in to overnight programming with more than a brief special report. Romona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored from  12:03 a.m. to 2:28 a.m., with Dan DeRoos reporting from the newsroom and Tiffani Tucker outside the home where Castro kept the three women for more than ten years.

“We had gotten a tip that this had perhaps happened, that Ariel Castro had hung himself. My first move was to call the Correctional Reception Center in Orient,” DeRoos said.

Castro’s death was the lead story on the early-morning newscasts on ABC affiliate WEWS, Fox affiliate WJW and NBC affiliate WKYC.

WJW’s 4:00pm Newscast Premieres Monday

Cleveland FOX affiliate WJW will debut its 4:00pm newscast beginning Monday.

The show, which was announced for the Fall, will be anchored by Gabe Spiegel and meteorologist Melissa Mack.

Mack came back on-air for WJW in May. She left the station in 2009 and began working at Boston’s WBZ in 2010.

WJW Reporter Kenny Crumpton to Plead Not Guilty to OVI

WJW reporter Kenny Crumpton will plead not guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence, the Cleveland Fox affiliate reports. Crumpton was arrested Friday night in Lakewood. He is scheduled to appear in Lakewood Municipal Court this morning.

“At this time Mr. Crumpton will be entering a of plea of not guilty. We ask your patience as the judicial process runs its course,” Ann Oakar and Joe George, Crumpton’s attorneys, said in a statement.

As NewsBlues points out, Chuck Galeti — a former sportscaster at Cleveland’s WOIO-WUAB — was also arrested for drunk driving Friday.

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