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Parodies of Song from Disney Movie ‘Frozen’ Are the New Ice Desk


Is the Polar Vortex relentlessly gnawing away at our collective good taste and dignity? Is singing a customized version of the song “Let it Go ” from Disney’s animated film “Frozen” the musical version of the Ice Desk?

You remember the wave of stations putting their anchors in harms way by making them broadcast from news desks made of ice to show how cold it was outside?

Last month, a traffic reporter at Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC did a “Let it Go” spoof for his traffic report. Since he’s always singing on his traffic reports anyway, it wasn’t too much a of a stretch.

But today, TVSpy learned that WTEN the ABC affiliate in Albany, NY, did a version of the song with its staff.

Also, via Hypervocal we learn Dan Ponce from Chicago CW affiliate WGN performed a version for the Windy City. Check it out after the jump. Read more

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Albany Station Runs Old News During NFL Halftime Report

WXXA-wrongforecastViewers of Albany New York’s WXXA who were watching the game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys got some surprising and confusing news during the local FOX affiliate’s halftime report.

After January Keaton started off the cut-in with breaking news of a small plane crash, she then told viewers it was a beautiful day to take a stroll.

Weather.com listed Albany, NY, as having a high of 26 degrees with wind gusts reaching 42 mph on Sunday. But meteorologist Andy Gregorio agreed with Keaton saying, “A beautiful evening out there. Clear skies, temperatures will be falling through the 60s. Currently we’re close to 70 right now.”

According to the Albany Times Union, the station accidentally ran tape of a news update from September. “We have egg on our face,” an employee at WTEN who asked not to be identified told the Times Union. “Our phones are ringing off the hook.” WTEN operates WXXA through a shared services agreement. Read more

Meteorologist Mike Bennett Joining WTVT

Mike Bennett is joining WTVT, the Fox O&O in Tampa, as the weekend evening meteorologist.

“Growing up, I was always fascinated by Florida weather, from hurricanes to water spouts, and everything in between. Now as a Meteorologist, I’m excited to tackle these forecasting challenges of the area, while working with the best weather and news team in the Tampa Bay region,” Bennett said in a statement.

Bennett joins the station from WTEN in Albany, where he has worked since 2011. He has also worked at WYSR in Syracuse and as an intern at WCBS in New York City.

Read the official announcement from WTVT after the jump. Read more

WTEN-WXXA News Director Charged with DWI

The Albany Times Union is reporting David Ciliberti, news director for Albany’s FOX affiliate WXXA and ABC affiliate WTEN, has been charged with DWI after a policeman pulled him over for drifting out of his lane and running a red light. He was driving a station vehicle.

According to the Times Union, court records show Ciliberti refused a formal breath-alcohol test at the police station after police said he smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and failed several field sobriety tests. Refusal to submit to a breath-alcohol test resulted in the automatic temporary suspension of his license and can result in having his license suspended for a year.

Ciliberti was charged with misdemeanor DWI and two traffic infractions. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court March 21. He will also face a hearing with the DMV for refusing the breath-alcohol test.

WXXA Eliminates 5 p.m., 11 p.m. Newscasts

Albany Fox affiliate WXXA has cut its 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. The station made the announcement on Facebook Thursday afternoon:

FOX23 NEWS at 5PM and 11PM have been discontinued to focus resources and efforts toward FOX23 NEWS at 10PM and FOX23 NEWS in the morning. For all of your news and weather coverage at 5PM and 11PM please go to NEWS10 ABC. You can continue to watch FOX23 NEWS at 10PM and FOX23 NEWS in the morning from 7am-9am.

WXXA is operated by WTEN, Albany’s ABC affiliate, through a shared services agreement. John Gray anchors the 5 p.m. newscast solo, and the 11 p.m. newscast with Ann Hughes.

Terry McSweeney Joins KNTV From Rival KGO

After five years at KGO, the ABC O&O in San Francisco, Terry McSweeney is joining rival KNTV, the NBC O&O in the Bay Area.

At KNTV, McSweeney will anchor the weekend evening newscasts alongside Diane Dwyer. He will also work as a general assignment reporter during the week. McSweeney worked at KNTV as a general assignment reporter from 1987-95.

“Terry has distinguished himself as an enterprising reporter in this market and we’re excited to welcome him back to the KNTV newsroom as part of our anchor team,” KNTV vice president of news Jonathan Mitchell said in a statement.

McSweeney was also a weekend anchor and weekday reporter at KGO. He has also worked at KTXL in Sacramento, WPBF in Palm Beach, KSAZ in Phoenix and WTEN in Albany.

Former Albany News Director Don Decker Dies

Don Decker, a former news director at WRGB and WTEN in Albany, died Monday at his home in Rotterdam, N.Y. He was 79. Friends and former colleagues recalled working with Decker in The Daily Gazette:

Liz Bishop, longtime anchor at WRGB, said Decker had the ability to see a “hidden light” in the people he hired. She was one of those hires, joining WRGB in the mid-1970s.

“He never gave up on people,” Bishop said. “I look back on myself and say I was just a kid doing weekend sports and there weren’t any women doing that. It was tough, it was hard, all these guys who didn’t want a woman delivering their sports news or writing angry letters. The potential was there for Don to say, ‘You know, I don’t know, this may be offending or annoying more people. It may not be working.’ But he never did that. Read more

Shield Media to Buy WXXA in Albany for $19.5M

Shield Media LLC has agreed to pay $19.5 million for WXXA, Newport Television’s Fox-affiliate in Albany.

Shield announced it intends to enter into a shared services agreement with Young Broadcasting, the owner of ABC-affiliate WTEN, in Albany.

Shield Media is owned by Sheldon Galloway, a longtime broadcasting veteran. This is the first broadcast acquisition by the company, but it is “actively pursuing other opportunities,” according to a statement. Read more

Steve Ammerman Announces Departure From WTEN

Morning anchor Steve Ammerman has announced that he will be signing off from WTEN, the ABC-affiliate in Albany, next week.

“The station has been wonderful and did everything they could to try and persuade me to stay, but I have decided to try something new,” Ammerman wrote on Facebook this morning. “I will be staying in the Albany area, and am looking forward to some exciting opportunities that have presented themselves to me.”

Ammerman, who has worked at WTEN since 1997, will say goodbye to the station on June 10.

Albany’s WTEN Debuts New Set, HD Newscasts

WTEN, the ABC-affiliate in Albany, will debut a new set and high definition broadcasts beginning with the 4 p.m. newscast this afternoon.

As part of the transition, the newscasts will also feature a revamped graphics package (more pictures after the jump). The station will be the second in Albany to broadcast newscasts in HD, after Fox-affiliate WXXA. Read more

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