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Dave Zawilinski Ditching Des Moines for WOWT in Omaha

WOI sports anchor Dave Zawilinski is joining NBC affiliate WOWT in Omaha, NE.

The Des Moines Register reports he’ll be a morning news anchor.

Zawilinski started at WOI as an intern while he was a sophomore at Drake University in 2002. Since then, his station bio said, he’s “filled every role on the sports team – Intern, Part-Time Photographer, Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor.”

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

Omaha was in our sites this week. With the recent tornado activity we wanted to see how the big story of the day was handled.

Surprisingly, while the twin tornadoes were headline news, they didn’t dominate coverage.

Check out how what the stations talked about below:

Omaha Stations Cover Twin Tornadoes in Pilger

Twin tornadoes ripped through Pilger, Neb., Monday afternoon, leaving two dead and 16 more critically injured. Stations in Omaha produced special coverage of the storms during the afternoon and evening hours.

CBS affiliate KMTV covered the severe weather during an its 4 p.m. newscast, which was expanded to an hour yesterday. The station continued to cover the storm at 5 p.m. and kept up a severe weather banner during the “CBS Evening News,” which airs on KMTV at 5:30 p.m. During the 10 p.m. newscast, Kelly Bartnick reported from Pliger and Rebekah Rae was live from nearby Wisner.

NBC affiliate WOWT also covered the storms during its 4 p.m. newscast, which was expanded to an hour, as well as at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The station kept a severe weather alert on the screen during “NBC Nightly News” from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and through much of its primetime programming. For the 10 p.m. newscast, Lena Tillett and Brian Mastre reported from Pilger. Read more

Jim Siedlecki Signs Off From WOWT

jim siedlecki wowtJim Siedlecki has signed off from Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT. He has worked as the station’s morning anchor since 2005.

“Hard to believe it’s really over. It was an amazing crew to be a part of in America’s Best Kept Secret, Omaha,” Siedlecki wrote on Facebook last week. “…It was a great ride.”

Siedlecki said he is “heading to Denver for a great opportunity,” which the Omaha World-Herald reports is a government job as a media relations director.

Former WOWT Reporter Dies of Cancer

Jim Fagin, former reporter for WOWT, died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

According to WOWT, the former reporter for the Omaha, NE, NBC affiliate was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. After undergoing treatment and being declared cancer free, the cancer returned.

In addition to reporting for WOWT, Fagin also once served as communications director for Nebraska Senator J.J. Exon and former Senator Ben Nelson.

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

Meteorologist Jim Flowers Joins KMTV


The Jim Flowers era at Journal owned Omaha,NE, CBS affiliate KMTV has begun. Monday night, Flowers will debut on the station’s 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“We have been working hard over the past year to improve our KMTV Newscasts,” Chris Sehring, KMTV vice president and general manager told TVSpy. “With a new News Director, new News and Sports anchors, and a slew of new reporters and support staff, adding someone with Jim Flowers’ outstanding reputation to our team is incredibly exciting for both our Journal team and, more importantly, our viewers.”

The station wrapped up a countdown it began on its facebook page by adding Flowers’ picture with the caption, “Jim Flowers now on KMTV” early Saturday morning.  Read more

Meteorologists Mike LaPoint, Cheryl Lemke Join WOWT

Meteorologists Mike LaPoint and Cheryl Lemke have joined WOWT, the NBC affiliate in Omaha.

LaPoint comes to WOWT from WPXI in Pittsburgh, where worked for five years. He will be WOWT’s chief meteorologist, replacing Jim Flowers, who left the station in December.

Lemke joins WOWT from WSBT in South Bend, where she has worked since 2010. Prior to that, Lemke spent 22 years at The Weather Channel. In her new role at WOWT, she will focus on special projects for the station and its weather-related digital channel.

“We know that the most important coverage for you and your family is tracking, alerting and accurately forecasting local weather where you live to help you plan your day every day,” the station said in announcing the hires.

Meteorologist Jim Flowers Out at WOWT

Meteorologist Jim Flowers will not have his contract renewed when it expires next week.  WOWT, the NBC affiliate for Omaha, NE, announced the move on its facebook page saying,

“WOWT has informed Jim Flowers that it does not intend to enter into a new agreement for his services when his current agreement expires on December 31, 2012. WOWT appreciates Jim’s contributions to WOWT and thanks him for his many years of service.

Flowers’ whereabouts have been the subject of speculation around Omaha and as far South as Lincoln for the last few weeks. On Christmas Eve, the Omaha World-Herald joked,

“WOWT will be tracking Santa’s whereabouts. After WOWT finds Santa, perhaps it can find Jim Flowers.”

Read more

WOWT Offers Charity Donation in Morning Team’s Facebook Challenge

WOWT‘s morning team is now locked in a competition for the most Facebook Likes.  Whoever has the most new Likes by Friday, April 27th, will get $100 to donate to the charity of their choice.

Anchors Jim Siedlecki and Serese Cole, reporter Jodi Baker, and meteorologist Rusty Lord are competing for the charitable prize using promo videos, which have been uploaded to YouTube.  Cole, who joined the station last summer, may have the upper hand considering that her video (above) features Nebraska icon Tom Osborne.

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