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WPMI Says Goodbye to Clement Townsend

wpmi_townsend goodbyeSports anchor Clement Townsend signed off Mobile, AL, NBC affiliate WPMI last night.

“I never would have imagined that I would have covered so many great stories here at Local 15,” Townsend told his co-anchors.

Clement has worked at WPMI for eight years.

According to the station, he is heading to Lynchburg, VA, for what they say is a “new opportunity in sports broadcasting.”

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Pat Greenwood to Sign Off From WPMI

pat greenwoodWPMI anchor Pat Greenwood is signing off from the Mobile NBC affiliate for a position with the University of South Alabama’s athletic department, The Birmingham News reports.

I’m truly looking forward to the time left at LOCAL 15 and the new adventure ahead at South Alabama!” Greenwood wrote on Facebook.

Greenwood anchors the weekday morning and noon newscasts at WPMI. He will stay on through July but transition to part-time in March, station management told the Birmingham News.

Mike McCormick Out as WTEV-WAWS ND

action news jacksonvilleNews director Mike McCormick is out at WTEV-WAWS, Cox Media’s CBS and Fox affiliates in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Mike McCormick has left our company,” general manager Jim Zerwekh told TVSpy. “Mike Dreaden, WSB-TV News Director will additionally be overseeing the news operation until which time I name a new ND.”

McCormick has been news director since 2008. Before joining WTEV-WAWS, he worked as news director at WPMI in Mobile, WKYC in Cleveland and WTLV in Jacksonville.

Jodi Brooks Says Goodbye to KCNC

jodi brooks kcncJodi Brooks is signing off from Denver CBS O&O KCNCThe Denver Post reports.

Brooks’ last day will be Friday. She is leaving to become the regional sales director for an insurance company.  “I decided a year ago that it was time to do something totally different,” Brooks said.  “I chose fame over fortune (in the TV gig), now I’m choosing fortune over fame.”

Brooks, a Denver native, has also worked at WOAW in Wausau, Wisc., WRCB in Chattanooga, WPMI in Mobile and WEWS in Cleveland.

WPMI and WJTC Adding News and Talent

Viewers of WPMI and WJTC in Mobile, AL, will notice some new on-air faces and an expanded news schedule beginning next Monday.

Starting September 9, NBC affiliate WPMI will add a 4:30 a.m. newscast anchored by Pat Greenwood. Greenwood will continue to anchor the 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. newscast alongside weather and traffic anchor Deitra Tate and new co-anchor Kelly Jones.  WPMI will also add a half-hour of news at 12:30 p.m. which will be anchored by Jones.

The station has also added newcomer Jordan Early as a social media reporter along with Stephen Quinn who will report from the field. Read more

Kelly Jones Joins WPMI as Morning Anchor

WPMI has announced Kelly Jones will join the Mobile, AL, NBC affiliate as morning anchor.

Jones last worked as an anchor, reporter and host of “Better Kansas City” on Meredith’s Kansas City CBS affiliate KCTV. In June, “Better Kansas City” went on hiatus for the Summer.

“Kelly brings a lot of energy and experience to the position, and she has a solid reputation for reaching out and being involved in the community,” said WPMI general manager Bobby Totsch. “She will hit the ground running and become a big part of our commitment to covering local news that is important to our community.”

Before working for KCTV, Jones worked in California, Michigan, Montana and Arizona. Her first day at WPMI will be September 9.

Mobile Stations Go Live to Cover Carnival Cruise Liner’s Return

Stations in Mobile, AL, broke in to regular programming to cover the return of the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph.  The ship with 4,200 passengers and crew members on board was being towed into the cruise ship terminal in Mobile after a fire on board left the ship adrift and disabled.

The Triumph was expected into port by 11:00 p.m., but a towline being used to bring the ship into port by tugboat broke, delaying its return. By 2:30 p.m., the United States Coast Guard was reporting the towline had been repaired and the ship was, again, on its way.

WALA - The FOX affiliate went live throughout the morning and afternoon relying on anchors Joe Emer and  Bob Grip in the studio to report on the progress of the cruise ship. Candace Murphy was live on Dauphin Island interviewing the husband of a passenger and giving updates on the liner from a vantage point where she could see the ship. Chasity Bird spoke with Mobile Mayor Sam Jones on why the passengers were being bussed to New Orleans or Galveston, TX, and not put up in Mobile hotels. Read more

Sinclair, Newport Television Close Seven-Station Deal

Sinclair Broadcasting officially takes the reins today at six stations it acquired from Newport Television: WKRC in Cincinnati, WOAI in San Antonio, WHP in Harrisburg-Lancaster, WPMI and WJTC in Mobile and KSAS in Wichita.

Sinclair has already made management changes at at least two of its newly-acquired stations, WKRC in Cincinnati and WOAI in San Antonio. Broadcasting & Cable reports that WOAI general manager Jackie Rutledge worked her last day at the station on Friday, the same day Les Vann announced his WKRC exit.

Sinclair has also announced the acquisition of WHAM, the ABC affiliate in Rochester, from Newport Television for $54 million, bringing the total amount paid at closing to $459.7 million.

B&C reports John Seabers will be the new general manager at WOAI. Seabers is a former general manager of KABB-KMYS, Sinclair’s San Antonio duopoly. In January, he was promoted to group manager at the company.

Cox Media Group Selling, Adding Stations

In an effort to focus on larger markets, Cox Media Group has announced that it is selling four of the stations it currently owns and buying four stations from Newport Television.

The stations being sold are KFOX in El Paso, WJAC in Johnstown, PA, KRXI in Reno and WTOV in Stubenville, OH.

The stations Cox is buying from Newport Television are WAWS and WTEV in Jacksonville and KOKI and KMYT in Tulsa.

“This simplified structure will enable CMG to capitalize on continued growth and synergies, while retaining its size financially,” president Doug Franklin said in a statement.  Read more

In Mobile, WPMI and WALA Upgrade to HD

Two stations in the Mobile-Pensacola market debuted new high-definition studios this week.

Fox-affiliate WALA produced the station’s first HD broadcast for Saturday’s 9 p.m. news, anchored by Renee Dials and weathercaster Matt Barrentine. WALA’s newscasts have originated from a temporary set since last month.

NBC-affiliate WPMI also debuted its new set, designed by Devlin Design Group, over the weekend. The redesign included a compete overhaul of the weather system, as well as the addition of several monitors behind the anchor desk.

Video of both new HD studios is after the jump. Read more

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