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After 27 Years at WJXX-WTLV, Sportscaster Dan Hicken Joins Rival Jacksonville Station

After 27 years at WJXX-WTLV in Jacksonville, Dan Hicken is joining rival WTEV-WAWS.

“This opportunity was a no-brainer. They’ve got the Jaguars, they have SEC football and they have a strong presence in the high school sports scene,” Hicken told the Florida Times-Union. “They’re committed to local sports, and that’s what I want to do, and that’s who I am.”

Because of a six-month non-compete clause in his contract, Hicken will begin his on-air reporting duties at WTEV-WAWS, the CBS and Fox affiliates, in November.

“We’ll all miss him,” WJXX-WTLV general manager Eric Land said. “And hopefully we will be able to see his career take a new step that is fulfilling for him and his family.”

As Hicken joins the sports team at WTEV-WAWS, Brent Martineau is promoted to sports director, effective immedately.

“Brent has done a tremendous job for us and has won multiple awards for his efforts,” general manager Jim Zerwekh said. “He’s spearheaded our coverage of not just the Jaguars but with a lot of the other sports that we cover.”

Watch WJXX-WTLV’s tribune to Hicken after the jump. Read more

Cox Names Bill Funke Director of Sales for WAWS-WTEV

Cox Media Group has named Bill Funke director of sales for Jacksonville, FL, FOX affiliate WAWS and CBS affiliate WTEV.

“Bill is a true professional, who knows that relationships are the key to driving our business in this highly-competitive market,” said WAWS-WTEV vice president and general manager Jim Zerwekh. “We are truly fortunate that we can tap into CMG’s vast sales talent pool for this key position.”

Before coming to WAWS-WTEV, Funke was general sales manager for Cox Media Group’s WFTV and WFTV.com in Orlando. He first joined Cox in 1995 as an account representative with TeleRep before joining WFTV as its national sales manager. Funke was promoted to local sales manager in 2002.

“I’m thrilled to take on this amazing opportunity to work with the CMG Jacksonville TV team of dedicated sales professionals,” said Funke.

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Lorena Inclán to Join WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville

Lorena Inclán begins today as a general assignment reporter at WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, according to MediaMoves.

Inclán moves to Jacksonville from Orlando, where she has spent the past year as a multimedia journalist for Univision’s WVEN. Her last day there was November 20.

“I’m very excited to be making a crossover into English news,” she told MediaMoves. “Crossing over into English news will be a big change for my journalism career and I’m definitely looking forward to it. However, I will miss my friends and colleagues at Univision Orlando.”

John O’Connor Set to Join WSFA in January

John O’Connor will join WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, as an early evening anchor.

O’Connor left Jacksonville’s WTEV-WAWS in 2010 after eight years as an anchor. Beginning in January, he will co-anchor WSFA’s 5 p.m. newscast alongside Valerie Lawson and the first half of the 4 p.m. newscast alongside Sally Pitts. He will also report for the 10 p.m. newscast.

“I am excited and know John is excited about coming on board,” news director Scott Duff said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience, strong journalistic skills and I feel his addition will benefit our newscasts and our viewers.”

Lynnsey Gardner Joins Jacksonville’s WTEV-WAWS

Lynnsey Gardner has landed as a weekday morning anchor at WTEV-WAWS in Jacksonville, FL.

Gardner left Augusta’s CBS affiliate, WRDW, in May.  At the time she told TVSpy she was, “entertaining some possibilities and deciding on the right fit.”

She started her new position September 10.  (video alert!) You can watch Lynnsey on her first day in action for FOX affiliate WAWS after the jump.

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Reporter Jamie Smith Joins WAWS-WTEV

Jamie Smith has joined Jacksonville’s WTEV-WAWS, Florida News Center reports.

Smith moves to Jacksonville from Philadelphia, where he has worked in public relations since 2010. Before that, he spent six years as a reporter for KYW, the CBS O&O in Philadelphia. He has also worked at WICU in Erie, PA, KIEM in Eureka, CA and WLNY in Long Island.

Smith started at WTEV-WAWS as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor earlier this month.

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