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Robin Swoboda Leaving WKYC

Robin SwobodaRobin Swoboda is leaving WKYC, the Cleveland NBC affiliate announced Tuesday. Her last day anchoring the 7 p.m. newscast will be February 28.

Swoboda and general manager Brooke Spectorsky told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer the departure was Swoboda’s choice.

“They asked me about doing others things, but they really didn’t have a platform that fit me,” Swoboda said. “I tried to do the straight news-anchor thing, but I just came to the realization that it wasn’t a good fit for me. I guess I’m still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up.”

Swoboda, a longtime fixture in Cleveland television, joined WKYC in 2011.

Longtime WKYC Broadcaster Del Donahoo Dies


Iconic Cleveland broadcaster Del Donahoo died Wednesday morning.

Donahoo started working at the Cleveland NBC affiliate in 1968. He co-anchored “Today in Cleveland Show” from 1981 until 1998. According to the station, “His wife, Martha, even became part of the show, with her now famous coffee and Tom’s incessant criticism of it.”

Together in Del’s Folkswagon, Del and Martha attended just about every parade, festival, county fair and community event in Northeast Ohio. He was most famous for his series “Del’s Folks” and his Del’s Folkswagon minibus was with him on most of his travels.

He retired from WKYC on January 20, 2007.

He was 90.

Tiffany Tarpley Joins WKYC in Cleveland

tiffany tarpleyTiffany Tarpley is joining Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC as a multimedia journalist, the station has announced on its Director’s Cut blog.

Tarpley, an Ohio native, is currently a reporter at WDJT in Milwaukee. Before that, she worked at stations in Toledo and Lima, Ohio. In her new role at WKYC, which begins in March, she will report for the morning newscast.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work in my home market and join the talented team of journalists at WKYC,” Tarpley said.

Cleveland Station Puts Anchors Behind Desk Made of Ice in Bitter Cold


Maybe WKYC in Cleveland didn’t think viewers fully understood the depth of cold blanketing the area when it had an ice desk built and had various anchors broadcast from it in the freezing weather.

While most stations were warning viewers to stay out of the cold, WKYC wrote on its website, “With temperatures hitting record lows and the cold being beyond bitter, we wanted a way to showcase just how icy cold Mother Nature can be.”

The desk was built by a local artisan and features a big thermometer in the center to show viewers just how lucky they are they don’t work in local news. During her first turn at the desk, Robin Swoboda started off by rapping a personalized version of “Ice Ice Baby.”

The station is inviting viewers to check out the creation today from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and added, “you’re welcome to take photos.”

[FTVLive]

Chris Tye Returns to WKYC Anchor Desk

chris tyeChris Tye is returning to the anchor desk at WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland. Beginning in early January, Tye will anchor the weekend evening newscasts alongside Lynna Lai.

According to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog, Tye will continue to report for the evening newscast three days a week. He has been a general assignment reporter for the station since September, when he was replaced on the morning newscast by John Anderson.

Tye joined WKYC in 2004. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Mike McCormick Out as WTEV-WAWS ND

action news jacksonvilleNews director Mike McCormick is out at WTEV-WAWS, Cox Media’s CBS and Fox affiliates in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Mike McCormick has left our company,” general manager Jim Zerwekh told TVSpy. “Mike Dreaden, WSB-TV News Director will additionally be overseeing the news operation until which time I name a new ND.”

McCormick has been news director since 2008. Before joining WTEV-WAWS, he worked as news director at WPMI in Mobile, WKYC in Cleveland and WTLV in Jacksonville.

Stephanie Coueignoux Says Goodbye to Cleveland’s WKYC

coueignoux_cropped_wkycStephanie Coueignoux signed off from Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC this morning.

The station announced the move on its facebook page, “She’s moving back to Florida to be with her husband. We wish her nothing but the best and will miss her every morning on Channel 3 News Today.”

The morning team said goodbye to Coueignoux on this morning’s show. “She made Cleveland TV better,” said Matt Granite. “And Steph is 40 percent of my social life,” he added. Granite then asked anchor John Anderson and meteorologist Hollie Strano to take over for her.

Before coming to WKYC in October 2011, Coueignoux worked at Central Florida News 13. She started her broadcast career at WHDH in Boston.

WKYC Moves John Anderson to Morning News

John Anderson has joined morning meteorologist Hollie Strano on the WKYC morning news.

Anderson, who replaces Chris Tye and Erin Kennedy, told his followers on facebook Saturday night, “Hi Everyone, tonight is my last show on the weekend working with Lynna Lai. Starting Monday, I’m going back to the morning show.”

“For right now, John Anderson and Hollie Strano will be co-hosting the morning show, and, obviously, neither is a stranger to that beat,” Brooke Spectorsky, president and general manager of the Cleveland NBC affiliate told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “Going forward, that doesn’t mean it will be permanent. There will be at least one more person added.”

According to the Plain-Dealer WKYC’s 4:30 a.m. show has been trailing morning ratings leader FOX affiliate WJW.

Anderson returned to WKYC in October 2012. He anchored the morning show between 2000 and 2007 before leaving to work at WTXF in Philadelphia.

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.

Jennifer Lindgren Joins KTVT From WKYC

Jennifer Lindgren signed off Friday from WKYC in Cleveland, where she has been a general assignment reporter since 201o (video above).

Lindgren is joining KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, where she will be closer to her family and her fiance, according to WKYC. “I love the people here so much. I didn’t know anyone when I came to Ohio, and I certainly didn’t have family up here, and Channel 3 really became my family,” Lindgren said on her last day. [h/t Mike McGuff]

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