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Christa Lamendola Joins WLNS in Lansing

christa lamendolaChrista Lamendola has joined WLNS, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Mich., as a reporter and video journalist.

Lamendola graduated last month from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. While she was in college, she reported for WOUB, the PBS affiliate in Athens, Ohio.  She was also a consumer reporting intern at KDKA, the CBS owned station in Pittsburgh, and an intern at WATE, the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.

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Lauren Victory Joins Hartford’s WTIC

lauren victory_304x200Lauren Victory is joining WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, as a general assignment reporter.

Victory moves to Hartford from WPTZ in Burlington, where she has been a video journalist and reporter since 2011. She has also worked at WICU in Chicago, WLNS in Lansing and WNEP in Scranton.

Victory, a Long Island native, has previously worked as a booker for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She began her career at WABC-AM in New York City. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Anchor Names Every US President During Newscast


WLNS morning anchor Evan Pinsonnault managed to drop the name of every US President into the Lansing, MI, CBS affiliate’s morning show yesterday.

The video above has been edited, though. The pictures of the presidents have been added.

Regardless, sit back, press play and let the subtle sounds of presidential name dropping in the interest of education begin!

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri Joins WFAA

Meteorologist Ashton Altieri is joining WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

“In a few weeks I’ll be joining the weather team at WFAA in Dallas,” Altieri tweeted. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity!”

Altieri signed off from KXTV, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, in May.  He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WLNS in Lansing, Mich., WOI in Des Moines and WCBI in Columbus, Miss. [h/t NewsBlues]

In Lansing, WLAJ Will Air WLNS Newscasts

Due to a shared services agreement that began on March 1, morning and evening newscasts on WLNS, the CBS affiliate in Lansing will begin airing on WLAJ, the ABC affiliate, this month.

“It’s a great way to expand our reach and bring our same great news, sports, and weather to viewers across mid-Michigan,” news director Jam Sardar said in a statement. “It’s a win-win for the stations and for the viewers.”

WLAJ has twice started and folded a news operation, according to the Lansing State Journal. Starting tonight, WLNS’ 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts will be simulcast on WLAJ. Later this month, WLAJ will also air WLNS’ morning newscast, which runs from 5 to 7 a.m.

Reporter Stephanie Kolp Joins WESH From WBBH

Reporter Stephanie Kolp will join Orlando NBC-affiliate WESH next month, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Kolp comes from WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers. Prior to that, she was a reporter, anchor and producer at WLNS in Lansing, MI. She will begin at WESH on June 21.

“Stephanie is a strong storyteller and is exceptional at covering live, breaking news situations — which means she will fit right in here in our always changing news landscape,” WESH news director Bob Longo said in a staff memo obtained by the Sentinel.

Days After Leaving KMSB, Bob Simone Named General Manager of WLNS

Last week it was announced that Bob Simone was leaving his general manager post at Tucson’s KMSB amid the aftermath of the station’s shared services agreement with KOLD.  Today it was announced that Simone has been named vice president and general manager of WLNS, Young Broadcasting’s CBS-affiliate in Lansing, MI.

“Bob brings a lengthy track record of effectively managing stations while strategically building their revenue streams,” Deborah McDermott, President of Young Broadcasting, said.  “We look forward to having him aboard and leading WLNS‐TV to new levels of success in the greater Lansing marketplace.”

Simone brings 15 years of GM experience with him to Lansing.  Before joining KMSB in 2009, Simone was GM of three different Fox stations: KDVR in Denver, KPTV in Portland, and WTFX in Philadelphia.

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

Kevin Gehl Joins WLNS As Weekend Sports Anchor

Kevin Gehl will join Lansing CBS-affiliate WLNS in November as the weekend sports anchor.

Since 2009, Gehl has been a reporter for Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area, a high school sports show that airs on San Francisco’s KOFY. From 2007 to 2009, he was a reporter and sports anchor at KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO.

“I graduated from Mizzou and I’m thrilled to be heading back to the Midwest,” Gehl tells TVSpy in an email.

Gehl’s first assignment for WLNS will be in San Diego, where Michigan State and North Carolina will play a college basketball game aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier on November 11. He will start on-set in Lansing the week of November 21.

Anchor Dave Akerly Departs WLNS After 21 Years

Dave Akerly, who has been with WLNS since 1990 and a main anchor for the Lansing CBS-affiliate since 2002, is leaving the station after August 1st.

“They say that all good things must come to an end,” Akerly posted on his Facebook wall this week. “After nearly 21 years on the anchor desk of TV-6, first in Sports, then in news, I will be leaving WLNS.”

Akerly joined the station as a weekend anchor and was promoted to sports director in 1991. After more than a decade of covering Michigan State’s football and basketball triumphs, Akerly transitioned to news anchor.

He made it clear on Facebook that he is not retiring, although he doesn’t know what his next move will be. It appears that Young Broadcasting-owned WLNS decided not to renew Akerly’s contract.

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