TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps

Posts Tagged ‘WREX’

What Did They Cover in Rockford Last Night?

Today we travel to Rockford, IL, where they are dealing with hot weather.

The heat was the main topic of conversation on a couple of newscasts, while CBS affiliate WIFR and FOX affiliate WQRF reported mainly on non-weather related news in the first five minutes.

.

Mediabistro Course

Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia JournalismStarting September 25, learn how to create interactive packages with photos, audio, and video! Taught by a multiplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to come up stories that would be best told in a multimedia format, and create original content for that package using photos, slideshows, and short video and audio pieces. Register now! 
 

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.

WREX Hires Ken DeCoster as MMJ

wrex_2Ken DeCoster will join WREX as a multimedia journalist.

Before being hired at the Rockford, IL, NBC affiliate, DeCoster was a news talk radio host in the Rockford area. The Rockford Star Register reports DeCoster has 30 years of radio experience.

“Rockford is a great news town,” DeCoster said in a statement. “I look forward to a new challenge of reporting local news on WREX.”

WREX Shows Reality Behind Making Local News

WREX showed viewers what goes into making the newscasts they (hopefully) watch every night.

While nothing groundbreaking is revealed during the package it does give a good look at today’s lean and mean local TV station, where reporters shoot, edit and write their own stories and anchors sit in nearly empty studios running their own teleprompter.

Katie Nilsson Signs Off From WREX

katie nilssonKatie Nilsson has signed off from WREX, the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Ill., for a job at the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s office, the Rockford Register Star reports.

Nilsson, who co-anchored the 5 p.m. newscast, will be the alternative justice and outreach coordinator for the Winnebago County State Attorney’s office. According to the Register Star, she leaves WREX with the “blessings of the station.”

“This new job is really a dream come true for me, as it allows me to work in an office that has a hand in protecting the community and helping those who can turn their lives around,” Nilsson said in a statement. [h/t NewsBlues]

After 19 Years, Eric Wilson Out at WREX

eric wilson_wrexEric Wilson is no longer working at Rockford NBC affiliate WREX.

John Chadwick, WREX VP and GM, confirmed with TVSpy he told The Rockford Register Star, “This is an important step to best serve the people of Rockford.” He also told us beyond that, he can’t discuss personnel matters.

Chief meteorologist Eric Sorensen told The Rockford Register Star, Wilson’s departure is “incredibly sad. He is a good friend of mine, and I won’t get to work with him.”

Meteorologist Aaron Brackett Joins KFOR

aaron brackett kforMeteorologist Aaron Brackett has joined KFOR, the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. He comes from Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN.

“In Tucson this past May, I watched what was happening here and afterwards I knew I wanted to come and work here. I want to use my skills, everything I’ve learned to help save lives,” Brackett said in a statement. “Between college and now I have covered approximately 26,000 miles storm chasing and am ready to help 4Warn Oklahomans when the weather turns severe.”

Brackett has previously worked as a meteorologist at WREX, the NBC affiliate in his hometown of Rockford, Ill.

Josh Morgan Named News Director at WREX

Josh Morgan has been named news director at WREX, the NBC affiliate in Rockford, Ill., TVSpy has learned.

Morgan comes to WREX from WPSD in Paducah, Ky., where he has been an executive producer for the morning newscast since December 2011. Prior to WPSD, he spent four years at WLUK in Green Bay, where he produced news and sports.

Morgan replaces Mike Costello, who left WREX in December for a job with the Rockford Park District.

WREX News Director Leaving Station for City Job

Mike Costello, news director for WREX, has confirmed with TVSpy he will be leaving the Rockford, IL, NBC affiliate for a job with the Rockford Park District.

Costello worked at WREX for a total of 8 years over two stints and will begin his new position as web manager on January 2.

John Chadwick, WREX vice president and general manager, told the Register Star the station has begun its search for a news director.

[Rockford Register Star]

WREX Pays Tribute to Anchor Jeannie Hayes After Her Sudden Death

WREX is looking back at the life of Jeannie Hayes, the 29-year-old anchor who died suddenly from complications of leukemia last week (video above).

Hayes, the station’s noon anchor, joined the Rockford NBC affiliate in 2005. WREX devoted the majority of its 5 p.m. newscast on Friday to Hayes’ life and memory. “The mood here in the newsroom is very different,” Katie Nilsson said tearfully. “We’re missing something, someone.” Read more

NEXT PAGE >>