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Madison MMJ Leaving TV

Max+Hess200Max Hess, multi-media journalist for Madison, Wisc. NBC affiliate WMTV, has announced he is leaving the business after less than a year on-air.

“It’s the breaking news look! But tonight, I have some news of my very own,” Hess wrote on his WMTV facebook page. “Working at NBC15 has been a great honor, but it is with mixed emotions that my last day will be Monday, November 3rd.”

He also tweeted out a still from his personal facebook page, “I am extremely excited to say that I’ll be joining the EPIC Creative team in West Bend as a PR Account Executive on December 1, 2014. On top of it all, I’ll be moving back to my beloved Milwaukee.”

Hess started at WMTV in January 2014. His first local TV job was at WTMJ in Milwaukee as an assignment desk editor.

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Gray Television Names Five New GMs, Filling Vacancies Created by Corporate Restructuring

Gray Television has named new general managers at five of its stations: WMTV in Madison, WCTV in Tallahassee, WOWT in Omaha, KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln and WSAZ in Charleston, W.V

Four of the appointments replace the general managers who were promoted earlier this week in Gray’s restructuring of corporate leadership. “We are happy to fill those vacancies from within Gray’s large talent pool. Each new General Manager brings a unique skill set to match their specific markets,” Gray Television president and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement.

Don Vesely takes over as vice president and general manager at WMTV, the NBC affiliate in Madison. He has worked at the station since 2001, most recently as general sales manager.

At WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Heather Peeples is promoted to VP-GM after six years as the station’s general manager. She joined the station in 1999 and has also held account executive and local sales manager positions. Read more

Alan DeFlorio Named Local Sales Manager at KSTP-KSTC

Alan DeFlorio is joining KSTP-KSTC in Minneapolis-St. Paul as local sales manager. His first day will be May 20.

DeFlorio comes from WJCL-WTGS in Savannah. He has also worked at WMBF in Myrtle Beach, WHNS in Greenville and WMTV in Madison.

“We are excited to bring Alan to the team. His experience speaks for itself and I’m confident the stations will benefit from all he has to offer,” KSTP-KSTC director of sales Ray Mirabella said in a statement.

Carleen Wild Out WMTV

Carleen Wild has announced she will be leaving WMTV, the NBC affiliate for Madison, WI.

Wild told viewers on the station’s facebook page she was “heading west.”

while I am sad to leave this community and my home, I am also excited to have the opportunity to be with my new family in South Dakota. This decision wasn’t made lightly, but I know my new life will afford me more time as a mom, a wife, and with the horses I have always wanted out my front door. I’ll post a few thoughts in the coming hours.

Before coming to WMTV in 2007, Wild worked in the non-profit sector for the University of Wisconsin’s Carbone Cancer Center.  She has also worked at WISC, the CBS affiliate in Madison and at KECI in Missoula, MT.

News Director Chris Gegg Jumps from Madison to Milwaukee’s WISN

Chris Gegg has been named news director for Hearst Television’s Milwaukee ABC affiliate, WISN.  Gegg succeeds Lori Waldon who left for Hearst’s KCRA-KQCA in Sacramento.

“Chris is a proven news leader with the right skills and experience to oversee our newsroom and take it to the next level,” said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN in a posting to the station’s website. “I am also delighted that he has Midwest roots, knows our state well, and values the most important people we serve — our viewers.”

Gegg comes from Madison’s WMTV where he is credited with successfully rebuilding and rebranding weather coverage in the Madison news market.  Previously he was executive producer at ABC affiliates WXYZ in Detroit and WKRN in Nashville, TN.

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Meteorologist David George Joins KTUU

Four weeks after his dismissal from WMTV in Madison, meteorologist David George has announced he is joining KTUU in Anchorage.

George begins as the morning meteorologist at the NBC-affiliated KTUU on October 7.

“KTUU’s employees were very gracious, and Channel 2′s management has done everything imaginable to make me feel excited about this career move,” George told TVSpy via email.

George was let go from WMTV in August after 15 years at the Madison NBC affiliate. Read more

David George Let Go From WMTV: ‘TV News is a business like any other’

Chief meteorologist David George has been let go from WMTV, he announced yesterday via Twitter.

“I went to work this afternoon only to find out that I don’t have a job there anymore,” George wrote. “I want to thank everyone that I know for your support.”

George was hired at the Madison NBC-affiliate in 1997. His bio has already been stripped from the WMTV website.

“TV News is a business like any other,” George wrote in another tweet. “If numbers and/or money don’t make sense then a change must occur. It happens every single day.”

>Update: “It’s time to explore any and all options, but I will continue my leadership work with the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin as long as I stay in this area,” George tells TVSpy.

WMTV Hires Carlos Tucker, Hobie Artigue

WMTV, the NBC-affiliate in Madison, has hired Carlos Tucker (pictured) and Hobie Artigue.

Tucker, a meteorologist, began at the station last week. He joins WMTV from Weather Central, where he has worked for two years. Prior to that, he worked at WBNS in Columbus and KLBK in Lubbock, TX.

Artigue joins the station in mid-July as weekend sports anchor. He is currently the weekend sports anchor at KTVE, the NBC-affiliate in Monroe, LA.

RTDNA Announces Winners of Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

The RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards.

Radio, television and online winners, divided into small and large markets, were selected from more than 3,500 entries. The RTDNA says this year is “one of the most competitive Edward R. Murrow Awards seasons in RTDNA history.”

Large market overall excellence winners were KING in Seattle, KTVU in Oakland, KMGH in Denver, KARE in Minneapolis, KMBC in Kansas City, KHOU in Houston, WTHR in Indianapolis, WLKY in Louisville, WIAT in Birmingham, WCVB in Boston, KDKA in Pittsburgh, WSB in Atlanta and CIVT in Vancouver. Read more

WISC Anchor Sarah Carlson Suffers On-Air Seizure, Again

WISC anchor Sarah Carlson, who recently underwent brain surgery to combat the recurrence of epileptic seizures, suffered what a appeared to be a mild seizure on-air yesterday evening.

At the beginning of WISC‘s 6 p.m. newscast on Tuesday, Carlson was delivering the news that Wisconsin would join other states in a lawsuit against President Obama’s health care overhaul.  Towards the end of the report, the veteran anchor begins to slur her words and for a moment her speech becomes unintelligible.

Miraculously, though, Carlson is able to finish.  When the camera cuts to Carlson’s co-anchor Susan Siman, a moment of surprise registers on her face before she plows ahead with the newscast’s next segment. Carlson left the newscast following the incident and Siman finished it solo.

“She’s okay,” Colin Benedict, WISC’s news director, assured the Wisconsin State Journal following the on-air episode.  Benedict says that he expects Carlson to continue anchoring the CBS-affiliate’s evening newscasts.

Carlson momentarily stepped away from TV in 2009 following a serious seizure that she suffered on-air while working for Madison NBC-affiliate WMTV.  She joined WISC in December after having surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor from her brain.  At the time, Carlson reported that her life was nearly seizure free. Read more