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WQAD Reporter Celebrates 25 Years with Station


WQAD reporter John David celebrated his 25th year with the Quad Cities area ABC affiliate.

The station put up a webpage celebrating the milestone telling David, “Congratulations on 25 years!”

Before coming to WQAD in 1989 as a reporter and weather anchor, he worked at KWQC in Davenport, IA.

In 2006, he won numerous awards including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentary “Where Did The Jobs Go?”

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Longtime KWQC Sports Director to Retire

Thom Cornelis will retire as sports director of KWQC, the NBC affiliate serving the Quad Cities market in Iowa and Illinois, in September. His retirement caps off more than four decades in the market.

Cornelis will officially sign off September 16, which was his first day at both KWQC and WQAD, the two Quad Cities stations he has worked at over the course of his career. It is also his wedding anniversary and the birthday of one of his daughters.

In his announcement on Tuesday’s 6 p.m. newscast, Cornelis said he will come back and “pinch hit” for KWQC occasionally. Watch:

Meteorologist Eric Sorensen Set to Join WQAD

eric sorensenMeteorologist Eric Sorensen will join WQAD, the ABC affiliate for the Quad Cities, next month.

Sorensen has spent the past 11 years at WREX, the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Ill., where he is currently the chief meteorologist. He announced the move on his blog:

I believe this will be a great fit for me personally and professionally. The tools will be there to develop new ways of telling the weather story each morning, all the while learning from talented broadcasters with more experience than I have. WQAD utilizes Weather Central Fusion Studio, which is the same equipment that WREX beta-tested several years ago. WQAD also has a strong commitment to cover severe weather.

Sorensen will begin at WQAD July 7. The Quad City Times reports he replaces Terry Swails, who announced last week his contract was not being renewed.

After WQAD Parts Ways With Terry Swails, Supporters Rally Outside Station

terry swailsFans of Terry Swails gathered Wednesday outside WQAD in Moline, Ill., to show support for the meteorologist after he was let go from the ABC affiliate. Swails attended the rally, the Quad City Times reports:

Surrounded by about 100 of his supporters at a rally Wednesday outside the Moline studio of the ABC affiliate that snatched him up after he was let go from competitor KWQC, Swails offered thanks.

“I’m not going away,” he promised. “I just don’t know what I’m going to do.”

He then fetched boxes of the books he authored from his Storm Chaser SUV and began signing away. “It’s my thank you for your support over the years,” he told his fans.

Swails posted video of the rally to his website (watch after the jump). “I had folks from Chicago, Des Moines, Galena and the Quad Cities show their support tonight and I am honored and humbled that they would take the time to join me,” he wrote. Read more

Viewers Express Anger After WQAD Reports Anchor Jason Fechner’s DUI

jason fechnerWQAD, the ABC affiliate in serving the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, is facing some negative Facebook comments after reporting the DUI arrest of its main anchor, Jason Fechner.

Fechner’s co-anchor, Denise Hnytka, told viewers of Fechner’s DUI arrest on Monday’s 5 p.m. newscast, saying he had been arrested for driving under the influence overnight and was subsequently taken to the Rock Island County Jail, where he later posted bond.

After the report aired, WQAD got some negative feedback about the report on its Facebook page, ranging from “I thought it was kind of tacky how you announced the news about Jason Fechner” to “I think it was really crappy of you to publicly humiliate a fellow colleague like you did. We will not be watching your news cast anymore!! Very disrespectful.”

“Was a loyal WQAD watcher until tonight. Way to stay classy channel 8. KWQC will be number 1 in our house from today forward,” one commenter wrote. “Very sad that any producer thought what was done on tonight’s news was necessary.” Read more

Meteorologist Anthony Peoples Joins WHBF

After seven years at WQAD in the Quad Cities, meteorologist Anthony Peoples is joining rival WHBF.

Peoples signed off from ABC affiliate WQAD in November. Beginning February 25, Peoples will serve as the morning meteorologist for CBS affiliate WHBF. He will join anchor Meredith Dennis on the newscast.

“We’re excited about Anthony joining our team, particularly in the mornings,” news director Heather Stevenson said in a statement. “He shares our commitment to being the most local newscast in the Quad Cities and his knowledge and experience, together with his positive personality, should be a perfect fit and just what morning news viewers are looking for.”

Matt Hammill Signs Off From WQAD

After more than 30 years at WQAD, Matt Hammill has said goodbye to the ABC affiliate in the Quad Cities area of western Illinois and eastern Iowa.

Hammill, who joined the station in 1980 and moved to the anchor desk in 1998, anchored his last newscast on Thursday. In a statement, he said it was time for him to “explore some new career adventures.”

“Whether my future plans keep me here in the area or lure me away, the Quad Cities will always hold a very special place in my heart,” Hammill said.

“Matt has always been a dependable and rock solid anchor for us, no matter the situation. We wish him the best as he turns the page to his next chapter,” WQAD news director Alan Baker said.

Jim Kizer Named GM of WQAD

Jim Kizer has been named president and general manager of WQAD, the ABC affiliate for the Quad Cities.

“Jim has a wide lens on our industry,” said Local TV chief executive officer, Bobby Lawrence. “He has it all — sales, interactive, operations and product backgrounds. We’re thrilled he’s joining the team.”

Kizer brings a background in business development and sales and station management to the position at the Local TV owned station.  He’s worked at NRS Media, Tribune Interactive, Insight Media/Comcast Spotlight, The WB and WorldNow.  He’s also been a general manager at two Federal Broadcasting stations before working as the Chief Operating Officer of the station group from 1994 to 1997.

[Broadcasting & Cable]