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Marlee Ginter to Debut as WOOD 10 p.m. Anchor

Marlee Ginter, who recently left her post as weekend morning anchor at KOMO, is set to debut as co-anchor of WOOD‘s weekday 10 p.m. newscast, alongside Brian Sterling.

According to the Grand Rapids Press, Ginter began reporting for WOOD’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts this week and will be at the 10 p.m. anchor desk beginning on Monday.

Before her time with KOMO, Ginter worked as a reporter for WSPA in Spartanburg, SC, where she was named “Reporter of the Year” by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association for her investigative reporting.

“Marlee’s experience with breaking news and investigative reporting is a perfect fit for 24 Hour News 8,” WOOD news director Rebecca Sapakie said. “I know her experience will only serve to benefit our viewers and this community.”

Jimmy Cromwell Upped To VP-GM at WJTV-WHLT

Jimmy Cromwell will take over as vice president and general manager at two Media General stations in Mississippi, WJTV in Jackson and WHLT in Hattiesburg, on September 19. Both stations are CBS affiliates.

The move marks a promotion for Cromwell, who has been WJTV’s director of revenue since 2009. Before that, he has held sales management positions at Birmingham’s WBMA, Atlanta’s WGCL and Jacksonville’s WJXX.

“Jimmy is a sales veteran and his familiarity with the region and our Jackson and Hattiesburg markets makes him well-suited to deliver for us,” John Cottingham, Media General’s Mid-South president and market leader.

Cromwell replaces Robert Romine, who starts as president and general manager of WSPA-WYCW in Spartanburg next week.

South Carolina Stations Use Hurricane Hugo to Report on Hurricane Irene

With three days until Hurricane Irene’s projected landfall, local stations are preparing for the storm in some new ways, like developing smartphone apps with weather trackers, and some traditional ways, like delivering messages from emergency management. For stations on the southern east coast, anticipating a hurricane is hardly new. So how do producers and reporters find fresh things to report on in the days leading up to a storm?

The answer, at least for some stations, seems to be in archival footage. Over the course of the past several days, stations in Greenville, SC — a market that was hit hard in 1989′s Hurricane Hugo and is currently on the projected path for Hurricane Irene — have aired then-and-now segments comparing regional readiness for a potentially devastating hurricane (watch one from CBS affiliate WSPA above).

WSPA Photojournalist In Serious Condition After Highway Crash

A photojournalist for WSPA is listed in serious condition this morning after a Monday afternoon crash on I-85 near Duncan, South Carolina.

James Walter Moore, Jr., was driving an SUV owned by the station — which is the CBS affiliate that serves western North Carolina and South Carolina — when a spare tire fell off the car ahead of him on I-85. Moore swerved to avoid the tire and struck a concrete barrier with his car, The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports.

The crash occurred at 2 p.m. yesterday and blocked traffic for several hours on the highway. No charges have been filed in the incident.

Multitasking WSPA Anchor Amy Wood Interacts with Viewers Online During Newscasts

WSPA anchor Amy Wood, who solo anchors the 10 p.m. news on WSPA’s CW sister station in addition to co-anchoring the CBS-affiliate’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts, is, as Lost Remote puts it, “elevating multitasking to a new art form.”

Wood has amassed one of local TV’s most significant social media followings, as Lost Remote points out, in part by interacting with viewers online while she’s on the air.

“I solo anchor, run the foot pedal prompter, do the live streaming, keep an eye on comments, pick the best comments and throw them into script at the end of the show. It’s a multitaskers dream come true,” Wood says.

Wood, who currently has over 17,000 followers on Twitter and over 13,000 Likes on Facebook, uses time during newscast packages and commercial breaks to check in with her Carolina audience, making them a real-time part of the broadcast.

“There’s a powerful energizing connection that helps to keep every show fresh and interesting,” she says.

Stations Across the Country Run the Same Unclaimed Cash Story During Sweeps

Does the state owe you money that you didn’t even know about?

That’s the question being asked by stations around the country this month.  It’s a tantalizing set-up: the state treasury has millions of dollars in unclaimed cash and property and it could be yours with a few mouse clicks.

Stations in New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Missouri, Virginia, Oregon, North Carolina, and South Carolina have all used the story to drum up ratings during the current sweeps period and increase traffic to their websites. Read more

WSPA Morning Anchor Fred Cunningham: What I Learned from 7+ Hours of Storm Coverage

WSPA morning news anchor Fred Cunningham took away a few lessons after handling 7+ hours of snowstorm coverage on Monday.

WSPA, a CBS-affiliate in Spartenburg, SC, covered the area storm throughout the morning.  Here’s some of what Cunningham learned from the experience, (via)…

-Our news director, Dan Cates, was really smart in the way he asked if Dan, Diane and I would do a sixth hour of Daybreak from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. We’d been on the air since four o’clock Monday morning at that point. He made it seem like it was our idea.

- It’s the job for someone at the South Carolina Department of Transportation to calculate that workers are using 4,025 tons of salt, 1,130 tons of sand and over 322,000 gallons of brine.

- If we’re going to do six hours of live TV, we’re going to need a larger recycle bin for our scripts. (See photo)

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