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Dan Schillinger Named WQOW News Director

schillinger_kwwlDan Schillinger is joining WQOW as news director, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

He has been news director for the Quincy Newspapers’ NBC affiliate KWWL since 2011. The move to the Eau Claire ABC affiliate keeps Schillinger within Quincy Newspapers.

“He brought a lot of experience to our newsroom which is helpful to some of our younger reporters,” Jim McKernan, KWWL station vice president and general manager told the Courier. “We’re grateful for Dan’s leadership.”

Schillinger came to KWWL from WJBF in Augusta, GA where he was director of news operations. He starts at WQOW in June.

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As WEAU Honors Fallen Tower, Incident is Example of How Recent Technology Has Changed Broadcasting

The top story on WEAU‘s 10 p.m. newscast last night, which aired on a digital subchannel of rival station WQOW in addition to streaming on WEAU’s website, was the dramatic collapse of the western Wisconsin NBC-affiliate’s broadcasting tower.

“It was gut-wrenching,” said Ron Wiedemeier, WEAU’s chief engineer, in describing his reaction to the tower collapse, which left wreckage strewn in three different directions.

WEAU provided a eulogy for the tower, which has been around since 1966, during the 10 p.m. newscast. “We had great pride in it,” said WEAU engineer Ron Viste, the station’s longest-running employee.

While the station works to rebound from the collapse of their 35-year-old landmark, the incident works to highlight the ways in which recent technology has significantly changed the way WEAU reaches its community. Less than a day after the 2,000-foot tower was reduced to 25 feet worth of wreckage, WEAU was back on the air thanks to online streaming and digital broadcasting. Read more

In WQOW Promo, Husband and Wife Confess to Having Extramarital Affairs with Local News

A tipster has pointed us to a unique promo created by WQOW in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The ABC-affiliate posted a video to YouTube titled “Lori & Bob Confession” in which a fictional married couple confess to having what initially appears to be extramarital trysts.

It turns out that the couple, unhappy with their regular local news options, had both been sneaking away to watch WQOQ.  As Bob says towards the end of the video, “The Eau Claire station that I grew up with just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore.”

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