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Blake Hanson Joins WSOC From WDSU

After two years at WDSU, Blake Hanson is leaving New Orleans for Charlotte. He announced the news on Twitter:

Hanson is a general assignment reporter for the morning newscast at WDSU, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans.

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North Carolina Law Enforcement Enlists WSOC Chopper in Manhunt

wsoc manhuntWSOC‘s helicopter was enlisted for help finding a man suspected of killing of his father, stepmother and a U.S. Forest Service officer in Burke County, N.C., the Charlotte Observer reports:

Hickory-based reporter Dave Faherty was following the search in a rugged area of the foothills when authorities asked for assistance from Chopper 9 overhead. “They asked us for help because they couldn’t locate the suspect,” says news director Julie Szulczewski. “We wanted to help them because it was a public safety threat.”

Andy Holt, who has been flying Chopper 9 for nearly two decades, was focusing on officers in the woods when he got the call. He landed nearby and two Burke deputies climbed aboard his six-seat helicopter. An officer on the ground reached the slain Forest Service officer and signaled his position to the helicopter with a strobe flashlight, allowing deputies to direct others to the scene. After about 30 minutes, the State Highway Patrol helicopter arrived to continue the search for the suspect, who was ultimately killed.

“Over the years, we have helped out law enforcement as needed,” says Holt, who flew H-53 Sea Dragons while he was in the Navy.

Nate Stewart Out at WSOC

stewart_wsocTVSpy has confirmed reporter Nate Stewart is no longer with WSOC, the Charlotte, NC, ABC affiliate.

A station spokesperson wouldn’t comment on why he left, but said Stewart’s last day was Wednesday.

Stewart started at WSOC in April 2013. Before coming to Charlotte, he worked at WLTX in Columbia, SC. He started his career with WCBD in Charleston, SC.

VIDEO: WSOC Reporter Nearly Hit By Bus During Live Shot

wsoc busWSOC reporter Dave Faherty had to jump out of the way to avoid getting hit by a bus during a recent live shot (video after the jump).

During his coverage Billy Graham‘s 95th birthday party for the ABC Charlotte affiliate, a bus backed straight into the spot where Faherty was standing. To his credit, he continued his live shot mostly uninterrupted, moving quickly to a safer spot while he kept reporting. “This bus and others like it have been busing people in because there are so many people showing up for the event tonight, upwards of 800,” Faherty said.

Watch after the jump. Read more

Charlotte Anchor to Make Comeback at 91

mayes_observerSixty one years after launching the WBTV news, 91-year-old Doug Mayes will take another turn as anchor for the Charlotte, NC, CBS affiliate.

Mayes will sit in for the vacationing Paul Cameron on tonight’s 11pm news.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Cameron posted a picture of the two of them at lunch on his station facebook page. WBTV news director Dennis Milligan said the post got tens of thousands of hits, so WBTV asked Mayes to sit-in for a show.

“It took him about a minute of reading to get used to it,” says Milligan. “You could tell when the old news guy kicked in, kaboom. He had full command.”

Mayes also sat in on the station’s news meeting, where the police shooting of an unarmed man was the key topic.

“He knew every detail,” says Molly Grantham, who will be his co-anchor Friday night. “He had great questions to ask. He was still the newsman, even at 91. That was when I was sure this is such a great idea.”

Mayes started as “Your Esso Reporter” on WBTV in 1952. He stayed at the station until the 1980s when he moved over to rival ABC affiliate WSOC He retired from the anchor desk in 1988, but continued to do special reports for WSOC.

With Don Griffin Set to Retire, Jason Stoogenke Named WSOC Consumer Reporter

After more than 30 years at WSOC, Don Griffin (left) is set to retire in September. Jason Stoogenke (right) will take his place as the Charlotte ABC affiliate’s consumer reporter.

“Viewers will miss his sincere, no nonsense approach to his reporting.  When people needed help, they knew they could turn to Don to resolve their consumer problems,” WSOC vice president and general manager Joe Pomilla said in a statement. “It has been my pleasure to work with Don and I admire him for his personal dedication to our community.”

Stoogenke, who has been reporting on civic and government issues for WSOC since 2006, will step into his new role in early September.

“Jason is passionate about helping people solve their problems, so when the opportunity to lead our Action 9 efforts became available, Jason was eager to get involved,” news director Julie Szulczewski said in a statement.

Kristy Etheridge Says Goodbye to WBTV

Kristy Etheridge, a general assignment reporter at WBTV, is leaving the Charlotte CBS affiliate. She is joining the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which is headquartered in Charlotte.

Etheridge began her television career as the overnight producer at WECT, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C. She worked there for four years, eventually becoming a reporter, before joining WBTV in 2011.

Etheridge is married to a photojournalist at rival WSOC. She signs off on February 27.

VIDEO: Charlotte Police Chase Man Over WSOC’s Front Lawn

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A police chase took place Thursday morning right near WSOC, the ABC affiliate in Charlotte (watch above).

WSOC’s footage of the chase, which at one point went over the station’s front lawn, was shot on a camera perched on top of a tower in the parking lot at WSOC. The station reported on the chase at the top of the noon newscast.

John Humphries Named General Manager at WGAL

John Humphries has been named president and general manager at WGAL, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa.

Humphries comes from WYFF, Hearst’s NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C., where he has been director of sales since 2006. He succeeds Paul Quinn, who announced his retirement in September.

“John brings a diverse background in news, multiplatform sales, and management to his new role at the helm of the leading TV station in the Lancaster-Harrisburg market,” Hearst Television president and CEO David J. Barrett said in a statement. “He has the experience and vision to help build upon the outstanding legacy of Paul Quinn and the WGAL team.” Read more

Michael Goldrick Named VP of News at WRC

Michael Goldrick is joining WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, DC as vice president of news.

Since 2009, Goldrick has been news director at WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh. At WRC, he steps into the role that has been vacant since Camille Edwards left for WABC in July.

“Mike is a proven news leader who knows how to be competitive,” WRC general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement.  “I am very excited that our newsroom and our viewers will benefit from his experience, his creativity and his strategic thinking.”

Before joining WPXI, Goldrick held leadership roles at WHEC in Rochester, KOMO in Seattle, WSOC in Charlotte and KPRC in Houston. He will begin at WRC on November 26.

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