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WCVB, WBIR Win Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

murrows 2014Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR are the winners of this year’s Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence, the RTDNA announced today.

Related, TVNewser: CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category. Both stations will be presented with their awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this fall.

WTVR in Richmond won three Murrows. KARE in Minneapolis, WFAA in Dallas and WVUE in New Orleans each won two. KOKI, WMBD, WJLA, WVIR, WCPO, KETV, WGRZKCET, KING, WSBT, WXIA, KJRH, WJXT, UNM PantherVision and Oregon Public Broadcasting each won one.

See the full list of winners on the RTDNA’s website.

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Paul Emmick Leaves WSBT to Follow Dream of Doing Voiceovers


Paul Emmick, chief meteorologist for South Bend, IN, CBS affiliate WSBT, announced Friday he was leaving to start a career doing voiceovers.

“Since I left the Weather Channel years ago I always said, when I have the chance I’m going start my own business and do voiceovers for a living,” said Emmick who told viewers he wasn’t getting any younger.

Emmick came to WSBT in August 2013. He has worked at WRTV in Indianapolis, WDRB in Louisville, KY, and WEHT in Evansville, IN. He worked at the Weather Channel for seven years.

Kirk Mason Debuts on WWMT in Grand Rapids

kirk masonKirk Mason made his debut as the morning anchor at WWMT, the CBS affiliate in Grand Rapids, today.

“When I met with Kirk, what struck me right away was how comfortable he is in all situations,” WWMT news director Steve Koles told mlive.com. “He’s able to handle breaking news like the veteran journalist that he is, but turn around a few minutes later and have fun with his co-anchors or a guest who is on the set for an interview.”

Mason joins the station from WSBT, the CBS affiliate in South Bend. He has previously worked at WJFW in Rhinelander, Wisc. and KSPR in Springfield, Mo.

Kirk Mason Joins WWMT From WSBT

kirk masonKirk Mason is joining WWMT in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mason will be the CBS affiliate’s morning and noon anchor beginning in January.

“We are pleased that Kirk has decided to join our station. He is an award winning journalist who will fit right in here at Newschannel 3,” WWMT vice president and general manager Jim Lutton said in a statement.

Mason comes from South Bend, where he has been the morning and noon anchor at CBS affiliate WSBT since 2000. He has previously worked at WJFW in Rhinelander, Wisc. and KSPR in Springfield, Mo.

Meteorologists Mike LaPoint, Cheryl Lemke Join WOWT

Meteorologists Mike LaPoint and Cheryl Lemke have joined WOWT, the NBC affiliate in Omaha.

LaPoint comes to WOWT from WPXI in Pittsburgh, where worked for five years. He will be WOWT’s chief meteorologist, replacing Jim Flowers, who left the station in December.

Lemke joins WOWT from WSBT in South Bend, where she has worked since 2010. Prior to that, Lemke spent 22 years at The Weather Channel. In her new role at WOWT, she will focus on special projects for the station and its weather-related digital channel.

“We know that the most important coverage for you and your family is tracking, alerting and accurately forecasting local weather where you live to help you plan your day every day,” the station said in announcing the hires.

Anchor Freaks Out Viewers by Leaving Ashes on His Forehead

WSBT anchor Rick Schutt left viewers of the South Bend CBS affiliate wondering what was wrong with him after leaving the traces of Ash Wednesday on his forehead.

Schutt took to his facebook page to assure viewers he was OK saying, “It’s Ash Wednesday and yes I went to Mass tonight. Some viewers were wondering what was on my forward. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent…”

During Ash Wednesday Mass, Catholics have ashes rubbed on their foreheads in the sign of a cross to remind them of their mortality. Some choose to wash the ashes off.  Some leave them on.

Schutt may have run into his phone’s auto-correct function by writing “forward” instead of “forehead.”

New Anchor Team Debuts for South Bend’s WSBT

WSBT, The South Bend CBS affiliate, has added Rick Schutt and Jennifer Copeland to a three anchor rotation that includes longtime anchor Cindy Ward.  Ward’s previous co-anchor at 5 and 6 p.m., Dustin Grove, retired from TV news on Friday.

The lineup looks something like this:  Schutt and Copeland will anchor the 5 p.m., Copeland and Ward will take the 5:30 while Schutt and and Copeland will again anchor the 6.  Schutt will take the 10 pm. and will be joined by Ward for the 11.

News director John Haferkamp told TVSpy the plan is to eventually have Schutt and Copeland anchoring the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Ward and Copeland remaining a team at 5:30.  Read more

Anchor Dustin Grove Leaving WSBT For New Career

Dustin Grove, anchor and reporter at WSBT, CBS affiliate for South Bend, is leaving the station.  Grove posted the news on the station’s Facebook page:

Thank you for your kind words. It has been great to be a part of the WSBT family for nearly ten years and I have treasured each moment with my co-workers (and you, the viewers.)My family and I will be relocating to central Indiana to work for a family business venture. This will hopefully allow me to be home more to see my young kids.

Grove, who anchors both the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts and reports for the station, joined WSBT in 2004.  He’s twice been named Indiana’s Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Meteorologist Matt Rudkin Joining WSBT

Meteorologist Matt Rudkin is moving from WSIL in Harrisburg, IL to WSBT in his hometown of South Bend.

“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to learn & grow in southern Illinois, but I am looking forward to working in my hometown and being near my family again,” he wrote on Facebook. “Thanks to all of you for a great year!!”

The move is a return to WSBT for Rudkin, who interned at the CBS-affiliate earlier in his career.  [h/t Jake's DTV Blog]

Reporter Clifton French Leaving WSBT in South Bend

After more than two years at WSBT in South Bend, reporter Clifton French is leaving the station for a job in Florida.

“So it’s official … my wife and I are heading to Fort Myers, FL at the end of the month!” French wrote on Facebook yesterday. “We will miss Michiana, but thank you for all the memories and good times!”

French is rumored to be joining WBBH, the NBC-affiliate in Fort Myers. WBBH and WSBT have yet to respond to requests for comment from TVSpy.

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