In an email obtained by TVSpy, WPLG GM Bert Medina told staffers, “After a tenure that spans 26 ½ years of service, Paul Kaniewski has informed me of his decision to retire as WPLG’s Creative Services Director, effective March 1, 2014. As we know in our industry it is rare for a broadcaster to serve the community for this length of time with one company. It truly speaks volumes for Paul’s dedication and commitment to our industry and South Florida.”
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“Bert’s passion for television, combined with his deep knowledge of the Miami market and his 27 years working in both English- and Spanish-language television at the local and network levels, makes him the ideal choice to lead WPLG,” Emily Barr, president and chief executive officer of Post-Newsweek Stations said in a statement.
Medina comes to WPLG from Cangas Communications, a media investment and management firm, which he founded and led. Previously, he spent 13 years with Univision where he last served as senior vice president and operating manager of the TeleFutura Television Network. Before coming to Univision, Medina worked for Sunbeam Television Corporation where he worked for 14 years. He started his career as a research analyst at WSVN in Miami.
This time the meteorologist for the Miami ABC affiliate went the other direction to teach his audience about the weather. “You guys know what causes rain here in South Florida,” Steadham asked his co anchors. “When air starts to rise.”
Which set up a glider flight in the name of “atmospheric research,” where he flew around the base of tropical downpour without the aid of a motor. “[A] tremendous amount of air starts to rise as the sea breeze comes in and it just lifts this 1200 pound glider up and away.”
The meteorologist for the Miami ABC affiliate told viewers the dry skies might be caused by the Saharan Desert. “There is a theory in the world of meteorology,” said Steadham during the Sunday morning news. “That Saharan dust will suppress showers and thunderstorms and tropical systems from forming.”
So Steadham strapped a camera to himself and jumped out of an airplane in search of the culprit. He said he found it at 6000 feet. “Notice, last two days again, no shower or thunderstorm activity,” Steadham told viewers back on solid ground at the weather board. “I really think that the Saharan Dust kinda squashed the atmosphere and kept things from forming.”
“Dave’s experience gives our Board first-hand input on what local stations want and will help us with the future local TV roadmap, so that every station will want to join the revolution that is happening in local TV with Rentrak,” Rentrak CEO and vice chairman Bill Livek said in a statement.
Boylan told TVSpy, “I am leaving to join the Board of Directors of a high growth company in the media business. Plus after running various television stations for the past 27 years, I felt it is time to take on a new challenge”
Boylan has been VP and GM at WPLG since 2003. Before coming to the station, he had been the GM at KTTV in Los Angeles, WTVT in Tampa, FL, and WGHP in Greensboro, NC. He started his career at WMAQ in Chicago.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post Company’s newspaper business, including The Washington Post, for $250 million.
The acquisition does not include the Post-Newsweek station group, Cable ONE, Slate magazine, TheRoot.com, Foreign Policy and Kaplan are also not included in the deal. The Washington Post Company will be changing its name.
The broadcasting division, which still carries the name of the magazine the company sold in 2010 (It was sold again over the weekend to IBT Media), is headquartered in Detroit at station WDIV. Post-Newsweek also owns WJXT in Jacksonville, KPRC in Houston and KSAT in San Antonio.
Two other Post-Newsweek Stations are named for members of the Graham family, which has controlled the company since 1933: the call letters for WPLG in Miami are for Philip Leslie Graham, and the call letters for WKMG in Orlando stand for his wife Katharine Meyer Graham. Their son, Donald Graham is now CEO of the company. In a news release announcing the sale of the namesake newspaper, Graham writes, “Jeff Bezos’ proven technology and business genius, his long-term approach and his personal decency make him a uniquely good new owner for the Post.”
Bezos is purchasing the newspapers through a personal investment entity that is separate from Amazon. The official announcement after the jump. Read more
Padgett, who has family in Texas, has worked as the weekend morning meteorologist at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, since 2008.
“It feels like I’m coming home,” he said in a statement. “I’m so excited that I’ll get to watch my nephews’ ball games and spend holidays with my folks.”
The Miami Heat’s win against the San Antonio Spurs in game 7 of the NBA finals delivered a 17.7 overnight rating, the second-highest rated NBA game in ABC history. The ratings peaked at 22.6 from 11:30 – 11:45pmET, during the game’s last five minutes.
This year’s NBA finals averaged a 12.4 metered market rating, up +5% from an 11.8 for last year’s NBA finals.
Dave Boylan, WPLG vice president and general manager, told TVSpy, “We air nine hours of weekend morning news; 4.5 hours on both Saturday and Sunday. Plus our weekend morning news ratings are some of the highest ratings for any newscast during the week on any local station. That makes it an important role for a meteorologist at our station.”
Steadham last worked as chief meteorologist at Salt Lake City’s KTVX. Before working at KTVX, he was chief meteorologist at cross town rival KUTV. He’s no stranger to Miami, having worked at WSVN and WTVJ before leaving for Salt Lake City.
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