“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work for such a great company in a competitive and exciting television market. Thanks to [KWTV director of content] Todd Spessard for making all of that possible,” Konopasek wrote in a note to KWTV staff. “I’ve met so many wonderful people here over the past three years. It truly is a special place.”
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Quincy Newspapers has announced it is adding nine stations in four markets by buying five stations outright and agreeing to provide operating services to four more.
From Granite Broadcasting, Quincy will buy NBC affiliate WEEK in Peoria, IL, NBC/MyTV affiliate KBJR and its satellite KRII in Duluth, MN/Superior, WI, and CBS/CW affiliate WBNG in Binghamton, NY. Quincy is buying ABC/CW affiliate WPTA in Ft. Wayne, IN, from Malara Broadcasting.
Quincy will also provide operating services to Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s ABC/CW affiliate WHOI and Four Seasons Broadcasting’s WAOE in Peoria, IL, as well as SagamoreHill Broadcasting’s newly acquired stations NBC/MyTV affiliate WISE in Ft. Wayne, IN, and CBS/CW affiliate KDLH in Duluth, MN. Read more
“He has been a positive voice for our company, the broadcasting profession and Buffalo, and will be truly missed,” Granite COO Duane Lammers said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”
Ransom has been general manager of the Buffalo ABC affiliate since 1995. Prior to that, he was the general sales manager of WPTA, Granite’s ABC affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind.
“I am truly grateful to have had the privilege of working with Granite’s talented and committed team members, and am honored to have led our Buffalo station, WKBW, for the last 18 years,” Ransom said in a statement.
Don Osika has been named president and general manager of WISE, Granite Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind.
It is a return to Indiana for Osika, who began his career at WTWO in Terre Haute. He has been the general sales manager for KSEE, the NBC affiliate in Fresno, since 2010. Prior to that, he was director of sales at WCIA in Champaign, Ill.
“Don Osika will provide our outstanding team in Ft. Wayne with tremendous leadership, tireless dedication, and an unmatched commitment to community involvement,” Granite COO Duane Lammers said in a statement.
WISE also provides various services for WPTA, the ABC affiliate in Fort Wayne.
Collins, who has been a fixture on Fort Wayne TV since 1996, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Walgreens. A Walgreens employee reportedly called police after Collins purchased a bottle of wine while smelling strongly of alcohol.
When the police arrived, Collins was driving her Lexus SUV up to the Walgreens pharmacy drive-through window. Police eventually arrested her and found an open bottle of wine in her car. Read more
Walker spent 30 years, from 1976 to 2006, as a weathercaster for WPTA, from 1976 to 2006. “Even though the weather was really important to him, people were more important, and the way he connected with viewers was amazing,” chief meteorologist Curtis Smith said in a WPTA tribute (watch above). “The way he connected with the audience, and the way they really felt like they knew him, was magical.”
Rodman joins KSAZ from KTBC, the Fox O&O in Austin, where he has been the general manager since 2008. He will report to Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy in his new role, which is effective immediately.
Prior to joining KTBC, Rodman held positions as both the local and national sales managers at KTVX in Salt Lake City. He began his career in television as a reporter and producer at WPTA in Fort Wayne, IN.
Rodman replaces Pat Nevin, who left KSAZ in August to become general manager of KFMB, the CBS-affiliate San Diego.