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WJW’s Peggy Sinkovich Marrying the Competition

WOIOToday in rom-coms come to life: the love story of WJW reporter Peggy Sinkovich and WOIO reporter Ed Gallek. As Cleveland.com reports, the pair met two years ago when they were both covering a Cleveland police chase. That’s when Gallek made an error that could have cost him his soon-to-be-wife:

“So my photographer said, ‘Go for it. Go over and introduce yourself,’ ” Sinkovich said.

“So I did. And you know what? He never looked up. He was texting on his phone. He never raised his head or anything.”

Gallek heard a voice say, “Hi, I’m Peggy. I just started at Fox 8. Your work is great. And I really wanted to meet you.”

“I think we met before,” he said, still looking at his phone. They hadn’t.

Despite the abysmal first meeting, the pair continued to see each other around town, and romanced blossomed. And although the FOX affiliate and CBS affiliate are fierce rivals, their careers haven’t affected their relationship yet.

“Sometimes, professionally, our paths cross, but not every day,” Gallek said. “If I’m working on the same story as Peggy, then she’s a competitor. But personally, she’s a soul mate.”

There have been some ‘sleeping with the enemy’ jokes from their respective newsrooms, but everyone quickly accepted their relationship. The pair are both 49 and have children from previous marriages. Sinkovich will be changing her name, so there will soon be two Galleks reporting on local Cleveland stations.

The pair are tying the knot this Saturday.

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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.

WOIO GM Bill Applegate Retiring

applegate_woioWOIO GM Bill Applegate told staffers at the Cleveland, OH, CBS affiliate he is retiring after 45 years in the industry.

He wrote in a memo his years at Raycom were the highlight of his career.  “I am immensely proud of our management team at WOIO-WUAB and all of our colleagues here who have contributed to our great success.”

Applegate came to Raycom owned WOIO in 2001. Recently, the station has come under scrutiny over accusations of a “sexually hostile work environment.” Read more

WOIO Giving Away Old Anchor Desk on Facebook

woio anchor deskWe’ve heard of stations giving away cars and money during sweeps, but Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO is giving away its old anchor desk.

The station announced on its facebook page, “19 Action News has a new studio and is giving away the old anchor desk to one of its Facebook Fans.”

In case you’re on the fence whether you want to enter the contest or not, the desk will be autographed by all of the WOIO anchors.

Lawsuit Alleges ‘Sexually Hostile Work Environment’ at WOIO

woio logoA lawsuit filed against Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO accuses the station of “creating a sexually hostile work environment and retaliating against an advertisement sales employee who complained about it to station managers,” The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The complaint was filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last week by Kevin Flanigan II. It names WOIO parent company Raycom Media, general manger William Applegate and sales manager Debra Pando, the Plain Dealer reports:

According to the lawsuit, Pando hired Flanigan in 2007, telling him she was “taking a risk” because men didn’t normally perform as well as women. Flanigan said that despite being among the top performers in the department, he was pressured to engage in inappropriate sexual contact with other employees and clients and the use of drugs at corporate events involving clients.

According to the lawsuit, the drug use and sexual favors were common and encouraged to “foster new business relationships.” [...] The lawsuit also alleges Pando often became drunk, acted inappropriately or passed out during or after events. During an “Opening Day” party – the suit doesn’t give a date – [sic] Pando removed some of her clothes and flashed people outside a bar. Read more

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.

Scott MacFarlane Joins WRC

Reporter Scott MacFarlane is joining WRC, the NBC owned station in Washington, D.C., vice president of news Mike Goldrick announced today.

“For the past eight years, Scott has been a Washington Bureau reporter for the COX stations, focusing on investigative stories impacting the markets where COX has stations.  He understands enterprise reporting and the importance of digging for stories,” Goldrick wrote in a memo to WRC staffers.

Before joining Cox, MacFarlane was a reporter at WOIO in Cleveland, WWJ in Detroit and WTVH in Syracuse.

WKYC’s Lynna Lai Discovers She’s Facebook Friends With Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect

There are a lot of unanswered questions in the case of three missing women who were rescued Monday in Cleveland, but we know at least one thing about the alleged kidnapper: he is a fan of WKYC weekend anchor Lynna Lai.

Lai, who joined WKYC from rival WOIO last year, discovered yesterday that she is one of just 55 friends the suspect, Ariel Castro, has on Facebook.

“Crazy — I’m FB friends with suspect Ariel Castro. Who knew???” Lai wrote on her personal Facebook page. “Just so you know – I accept friend requests from all viewers, so I don’t actually know him. What a surreal day!”

Cleveland Stations Report on Rescue of Missing Ohio Women

Three Ohio women who went missing between 2000 and 2004 were found at a house in Cleveland Monday evening, prompting local stations to devote primetime programming to the breaking news.

WOIO‘s Ed Gallek was the first to report the news during the 6 p.m. newscast, at 6:23 p.m. Ramona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored coverage for the CBS affiliate, which partially preempted “Evening News with Scott Pelley” for local coverage. Tiffany Tucker reported from the scene for WOIO.

NBC affiliate WKYC and Fox affiliate WJW both reported the news during their respective 7 p.m. newscasts. Robin Swoboda and Jim Donovan anchored on WKYC, which was first at 7 p.m. sharp, and Bill Martin anchored for WJW, which was next at 7:07 p.m.

ABC affiliate WEWS broke into “Let’s Ask America” with the news at 7:18 p.m. Chris Flanagan anchored, with Stephanie Ramirez and John Kosich, who nabbed one of the notable interviews of the night, reporting from the scene.

Cleveland Man Sues WOIO for Defamation

Courthouse News Service is reporting a high school teacher in Cleveland, OH, is suing CBS affiliate WOIO for defamation after the station reported he had child pornography on his school computer despite warnings from the man’s lawyer the information was false.

In a complaint filed by Georgio Sabino III naming WOIO, LLC and reporter Ed Gallek, “Sabino says, his ‘former legal counsel contacted defendant Gallek and informed him that child pornography was not found on any of plaintiff’s computers and that any statements to the contrary were and would be false and asked defendant Gallek not to air the broadcast.’”

The station posted a story on its website saying child pornography was found on a computer Sabino used at the high school while teaching. In the complaint, Sabino said the station removed it after a second conversation with his lawyers. Read more

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