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Looks Like Rochester Anchor Covering Super Bowl Will Be ‘Live’ All Day

 We reported earlier this week John Kucko, sports anchor for Rochester CBS station WROC, is using Google Glass to give a POV look into what’s happening during Super Bowl week.

This morning an ESPN & ABC business reporter tweeted out a picture giving a pretty good indication WROC and its parent company Nexstar are getting their money’s worth out of Kucko.

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WROC Taking Google Glass to the Super Bowl

forbes_kucko_wrocRochester CBS affiliate WROC will be using the Super Bowl to marry two great male stereotypes: a love of sports events that involve eating and technology.

Forbes reports sports anchor John Kucko will be using Google Glass to “broadcast the unique sights and sounds of the week-long festivities leading up to the big game.”

“Google Glass will provide viewers with a perspective of the greatest spectacle in sports that they have never seen or experienced before,” Kucko told Forbes. “To have this first person technology will be invaluable in my day-to-day coverage of football’s grandest game.

Google Glass has certainly turned heads and provoked raves and rants. But the prospect of another point of view will add to the color of the broadcast and the final call will rest with the true experts sitting on their couches and enjoying the game.  Glass expert Tim Moore,  a member of the Rochester Optical Glass team has been working with Kucko to maximize the experience.

“It’s time people see the positive aspects of Google Glass and there couldn’t be a larger public stage to do that on than the SuperBowl. John Kucko is taking us on a true adventure.  It’s like putting on a football helmet in your living room and experiencing the game in a way that, until recently, was unimaginable.” – Tim Moore

Kucko posted a test of the gear to YouTube, check it out after the jump. Read more

Rochester Station Shifting Main Anchor Team to Sunday Nights

wroc_anchorteam_croppedRochester’s WROC has changed how it looks at the weekly programming schedule.

According to The Democrat and Chronicle, the CBS affiliate said it’s shifting its main anchor team from the usual Monday to Friday schedule to Sunday through Thursday in hopes of taking advantage of the big numbers CBS sees on Sunday nights.

“More people watch TV on Sunday evening than any other night of the week,” said managing editor and anchor Kevin Doran in a statement. “It is our responsibility to present the news when viewers want to see it.”

Doran and Maureen McGuire will continue to anchor along with chief meteorologist Scott Hetsko and sports director John Kucko.

Friday night’s news will be anchored by Ashley Zilka with meteorologist Stacey Pensgen and sports anchor Thad Brown.

WROC Promotes Executive Producer to News Director

wroc_logoThe Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports Nexstar has named Constance Howard news director for Rochester, NY, CBS affiliate WROC.

“It’s a great honor. I’m excited about it,” Howard told the Democrat and Chronicle. “I’m excited that Nexstar (Broadcasting Group) believed in my abilities enough to give me this assignment.”

Howard had been the station’s executive producer since August 2012. She has served as news director in Baltimore, Birmingham, AL, and Raleigh, NC, and has either served as an executive producer or assistant news director in New York City, Dallas and Pittsburgh. She was also a reporter for WROC in the late 1970s.

Nexstar Renews CBS Affiliation Agreements

Nexstar has renewed affiliation agreements with CBS for eight of its stations, the company announced today.

The long-term extensions are at KLBK in Lubbock, TX, KLST in San Angelo, TX, KTAB in Abilene, TX, WCIA in Decatur, IL, WFRV in Green Bay, WJMN in Marquette, WMBD in Peoria and WROC in Rochester. Mission Broadcasting has also renewed an affiliation agreement with CBS for KOLR in Springfield, MO, which Nexstar operates under a local marketing agreement.

“Our affiliation with CBS combined with our stations’ market-leading local news and unique community-focused programming allows us to deliver great entertainment and information to viewers as well as superior marketing solutions for advertisers,” Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook said in a statement.

Rochester Stations Make the Leap to HD

Viewers of Rochester’s CBS affiliate, WROC and FOX affiliate, WUHF got a clearer view of the news last night when both stations began broadcasting in high definition.

“High definition is obviously state-of-the-art,” said WROC vice president and general manager Louis A. Gattozzi.   “You see it at the network level, and this is a continuation of our commitment to deliver the highest quality newscast in every respect.  We are delighted to be able to now offer our viewers technically superior newscasts from this day forward.” Read more

WROC to Host Debate for House Candidates

Rochester CBS-affiliate WROC is partnering with the League of Women Voters to host a debate between incumbent Louise Slaughter (D) and Maggie Brooks (R), who are competing for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in New York’s 25th district.

The debate, which will be held on October 30, is so far the first debate the candidates have committed to in this campaign. It will be held at Nazareth College. Moderators and other details will be announced in the coming weeks, according to the station.

“It is important for us to present the type of forum,” news director Bryan Queen said in statement. “It enables the voting public the opportunity to understand the issues and candidates’ positions on these issues.”

Rochester’s WROC to Launch HD Newscasts

Rochester CBS-affiliate WROC is preparing to launch in high definition.

Matt Malloy announced the HD transition on the 4 p.m. newscast yesterday. WROC newscasts are currently taking place on a temporary set while the old set is dismantled and the new one is built. Newscasts on WUHF, the Fox-affiliate that is operated by WROC through a shared service agreement, will also be transitioning to HD, according to a statement on the station’s website.

“We’re very excited about the changes here and we hope you are too,” Malloy said. “We’re going to have more details about News 8 in HD in the coming weeks.”

Nick Coit Joining WABI in Bangor As Sports Reporter

Nick Coit, currently a sports producer at Fox O&O WFXT in Boston, is moving in front of the camera next week as he takes over as the sports anchor-reporter at WABI in Bangor.

“This will be my first on-air gig and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Coit told the Bangor Daily News. “I had a real nice opportunity with Fox in Boston but this is truly the direction I want to go.”

The 22-year-old replaces Prescott Rossi, who left recently to join Rochester’s WROC, at the CBS-affiliate. WABI news director Jim Morris, who selected Coit from a pool of 50 applicants, said Coit is “a good fit” for the station.

Nexstar Taps Former WROC News Director to Oversee Cross-Platform Content

Nexstar Broadcasting announced today that Jerry Walsh has been named director of local content development.

In his new role Walsh, who previously served as news director at Nextar’s WROC in Rochester, NY, will work with news directors and web producers at the company’s stations to create local, cross-platform content for TV, web, and mobile.

“Jerry’s ability to leverage the value of local content creation across multiple platforms in a manner that elevates its relevance to on-air, online and mobile audiences has proven to be of value to our viewers and advertisers alike,” said Blake Russell, Nexstar’s senior vice president of station operations, in announcing the move. Read more