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Meteorologist Mike Breunling Joins WAOW

mike breunlingMeteorologist Mike Breunling is joining WAOW, the ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wisc. Breunling joins the station from rival WSAW, the CBS affiliate in the market, where he has been the chief meteorologist since 1997.

“A strong weather team has long been a Hallmark here at WAOW. I’ve known Mike for many years and applaud his deep local experience and genuine commitment to our community. He will be a great addition to an already superb team of meteorologists,” WAOW station manager Brad Heinkel said in a statement.

Breunling will officially join WAOW later this summer. “This move to WAOW will present exciting new personal and professional opportunities for me,” he said in a statement.

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Gray Moves News Directors in Texas and Wisconsin

laszewski y lauberMikel Lauber has been named news director for Gray TV’s CBS affiliate in Waco, TX, KWTX.

The move opens up a slot at his former station WSAW which will be filled by Jessica Laszewski who comes from WISC in Madison.

Lauber has been news director at WSAW since 2011. According to Rick Gevers, he replaces Virgil Teter at KWTX who was named special projects director after nearly 25 years at the station.

Laszewski is currently executive producer at WISC. She has also worked in Green Bay, WI, and Eau Claire, WI.

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WSAW Founder Dick Dudley Dies at 89

Dick Dudley, the founder of Wausau CBS affiliate WSAW, died Tuesday. He was 89.

Dudley, who spent more than 50 years working in Broadcasting, founded WSAW in 1954. In 1989, he formed Dudley Communications Corporation and Dudley Broadcasting Management with his brother, Bob. The company owned and operated stations in Grand Rapids, Mich., Savannah and Seattle, according to WSAW. Dudley Communications was sold to Tribune Co. in 1998.

In addition to his broadcasting career, Dudley was a World War II veteran and active philanthropist. Watch WSAW’s tribute to Dudley after the jump. Read more

Gray Television Names Five New GMs, Filling Vacancies Created by Corporate Restructuring

Gray Television has named new general managers at five of its stations: WMTV in Madison, WCTV in Tallahassee, WOWT in Omaha, KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln and WSAZ in Charleston, W.V

Four of the appointments replace the general managers who were promoted earlier this week in Gray’s restructuring of corporate leadership. “We are happy to fill those vacancies from within Gray’s large talent pool. Each new General Manager brings a unique skill set to match their specific markets,” Gray Television president and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement.

Don Vesely takes over as vice president and general manager at WMTV, the NBC affiliate in Madison. He has worked at the station since 2001, most recently as general sales manager.

At WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Heather Peeples is promoted to VP-GM after six years as the station’s general manager. She joined the station in 1999 and has also held account executive and local sales manager positions. Read more

WAOW Names Brad Heinkel Station Manager

Brad Heinkel has been named station manager at WAOW, Quincy’s ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wisc.

It is a return to WAOW for Heinkel, who worked on the station’s sales management team from 1996-2004. Most recently, he has worked at rival WSAW, the Wausau CBS affiliate, as general sales manager since 2010.

“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to be back with the WAOW team,” Heinkel said in a statement. “I am looking forward to continuing the fine tradition of broadcasting this market has grown accustomed to.”

Heinkel will begin at WAOW on April 2. He replaces John Harris, who left the station last year.

Todd Hicks Set To Join Milwaukee’s WTMJ In 2012

Todd Hicks is joining WTMJ, the NBC-affiliate in Milwaukee, in early 2012.

Hicks joins the station from WGBA, the NBC-affiliate in Green Bay, where he has been a reporter and weekend anchor for two years. His last day will be January 23. Prior to joining WGBA, he worked at WSAW in Wausau, WI and KSAX in Alexandria.

Hicks will be a general assignment reporter at WTMJ. His first day will be January 23.

How Did 27 Stations End Up With Identical Scripts For a Story About Conan O’Brien?

Conan O’Brien poked fun at content-sharing in local news this week, showing a clip on his show of several anchors repeating the same phrase — “push the envelope” — while reporting on the late night host’s plans to officiate a same-sex wedding on his show.

The original source of the copy was CBS Newspath, according to staffers at two stations featured in the clip. Although “Conan” only showed 18 stations, a search of TVEyes.com reveals that 27 stations reported the story using identical wording (a full list, including markets and affiliations, is after the jump.)

The script was tease copy for Monday’s “Eye on Entertainment” package, filed by CBS Newspath correspondent Sandra Hughes. The full version reads: “Conan O’Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television. And British songstress Adele seems to have pushed her voice too far. CBS’ Sandra Hughes has those stories and more, in your Monday morning ‘Eye on Entertainment.’”

South Bend’s WSBT, which was featured in the Conan clip, addressed the situation on the 6 a.m. newscast this morning, calling it the “dark secret” of the news business. Read more

Anchor Promoted to News Director at WSAW

Mikel Lauber has been promoted to news director at WSAW. Lauber, who joined the station in 2007, currently anchors the CBS-affiliate’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.

“I’m excited and fortunate to lead this veteran newsroom,” Lauber said, “and look forward to elevating the level of news coverage for the viewers in Northcentral Wisconsin.”

Last year, Lauber, a Wisconsin native, was named assistant news director to Susan Ramsett, whom he replaces. Ramsett left WSAW this spring after leading the newsroom for four years.

During his time with WSAW, Lauber has been honored several times for his investigative reporting, receiving a Murrow award in 2008 and Emmy nominations in ’08 and ’09.

Susan Ramsett Named KOLN-KGIN News Director

Susan Ramsett has been named news director of Gray Television’s KOLN-KGIN in Lincoln.

Since 2007, Ramsett has served as news director and anchor for Gray’s WSAW in Wausau, WI. She joined the CBS-affiliate ten years ago as an anchor and producer.

Ramsett replaces Jerry Howard, who served as KOLN-KGIN’s news director for three years before departing earlier this year.

KOLN-KGIN is a joint CBS-affiliate, with KGIN operating as a satellite station for areas west of Lincoln-based KOLN.

“Being offered a promotion within Gray Television is an exciting professional challenge!” Ramsett said in a recent blog post on WSAW’s website. “But leaving this station and a community I love is bittersweet.” Read more

Gray’s WSAW Becomes First Station in North Central Wisconsin to Broadcast in HD

This week WSAW, a Gray Television-owned CBS-affiliate, became the first station in north central Wisconsin to broadcast its local newscasts in HD.

“It’s the same thing that all of the big guys have,” WSAW chief engineer Chad Myers said about the station’s switch to HD technology. “[Now] we have it right here in central Wisconsin.”

WSAW serves the Wausau-Rhinelander market, which is #135.

Gray Television has made an aggressive push over the past couple of years to convert its stations, many of which are based in smaller markets, to HD. In 2009, Gray stations in Omaha and Lincoln became the first stations in Nebraska to broadcast in HD and their transition has served as a model for the company’s other stations to lead their respective markets in HD adoption, including Augusta’s WRDW which made the switch in January.