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Indianapolis Star Columnist to Join WTHR

wthr_croppedWTHR has announced Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz is joining the Indianapolis NBC affiliate.

“Bob’s reputation and unique insight into Indiana sports at all levels will be a vital addition to our sports department, both online and on-air,” WTHR GM Larry Delia said in a statement.

The station said Kravitz will add his commentary to the station’s coverage of pro, college and high school sports during its newscasts. The station said he will also appear on the Pat McAfee Show and “additional projects in the works.”

“We are disappointed to see Bob leave the Star,” Ronnie Ramos, the Star‘s managing director of digital and sports said in a statement. “But realize the IndyStar’s stature as the top media outlet and strong commitment to grow and promote our talented staff will prompt competitors to come after some of our people.”

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Indianapolis Colts Punter Pat McAfee Joins WTHR

WTHR-2Pat McAfee, a punter for the Indianapolis Colts since 2009, has landed a gig off the playing field: TV host. McAfee will soon be hosting his eponymous online show on WTHR in Indianapolis.

“Pat’s passion and enthusiasm for his team and community make him a perfect fit for our station, and we’re happy he’s chosen to make Channel 13 the new home for his show,”  WTHR president and general manager Larry Delia said in a statement.

This isn’t McAfee’s first time on TV. He has guest hosted NFL Network’s NFL AM and was a special red carpet correspondent for the 2014 ESPN ESPYs.

The Pat McAfee Show premieres September 27th at 7:30 p.m.

Naomi Pescovitz to Anchor Weekend Mornings at WTHR

NaomiPescovitz300WTHR has announced Naomi Pescovitz will join the Indianapolis NBC affiliate as weekend morning anchor on July 9.

“Naomi is no stranger to Central Indiana and is a perfect fit our team,” said news director Kathy Hostetter in a statement. “She grew up in Indiana and went to high school right here in Indianapolis.”

Pescovitz is a reporter and fill-in anchor at KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She has also worked at KVOA in Tucson, AZ, WIBW in Topeka, KS, and KULR in Billings, MT.

WTHR Expands Morning Newscast

WTHR_NBC_13Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR is expanding its weekday morning newscast by 30 minutes beginning next month.

“Hoosiers wake up to Channel 13 and for those who need to get up extra early we’re pleased that they will be able to watch their favorite morning show and favorite morning team a half hour earlier,” general manager Larry Delia said in a statement.

Beginning February 24, the morning newscast will begin at 4 a.m. instead of 4:30 a.m. WTHR is moving NBC’s “Early Today,” which currently airs at 4 a.m., to COZI-TV.

WTHR Anchor Speaks to Daughter Live by Phone During Purdue University Lockdown

payton_swan_wthrBefore Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR had any official information about the shooting at Purdue University that left one man dead, WTHR anchor Scott Swan spoke to his 20-year-old daughter Payton live by phone at around 12:38 p.m.

Swan, who is a nursing student at Purdue, told her father she heard reports from “various people that a TA was shot in the middle of class in Electrical Engineering.” Swan also said students were told to shelter in place.

“We’re just all really shaken up,” she told her father. She added students didn’t have any information from police.

She said her sorority sisters told her professors had locked and barricaded themselves in their classrooms and the whole campus was on lockdown.

Swan ended the phone call by telling his daughter, “Thanks for talking to your dad and making me feel a little better about how things are going.”

WPTV Reporter Alex Sanz to Join the AP

alex sanzAfter two years at WPTV, Alex Sanz is leaving the West Palm Beach NBC affiliate to work for the Associated Press. He will be based in Atlanta and his stories will appear across all platforms, including broadcast, digital and mobile.

“This is a great opportunity for Alex and certainly a loss of us. Alex’s experience allowed him to bring necessary context to stories and meetings. His ability to navigate City Hall allowed us to get in front of some big stories,” WPTV news director Mike Garber wrote in a note to station staffers this week.

Before WPTV, Sanz worked at KHOU in Houston and WTHR in Indianapolis.

Weekend Anchor and Morning Producer Reportedly Out at WTHR

wthr_croppedThe Indianapolis Business Journal reports WTHR weekend morning anchor Nicole Pence and morning producer Brian Fetting are no longer with the Indianapolis NBC station.

According to the IBJ, Pence, the Indiana Governor’s niece, “abruptly departed from the station this week.” Her bio has been taken down from the station website.

>UPDATE: Matthew Kingsley, Pence’s agent told TVSPY, “Nicole Pence has turned this over to her legal counsel, John Taylor at Faegre Baker Daniels. Mr. Taylor is handling it and is also working alongside Pence’s media agent, Matthew Kingsley, with 3 Kings Entertainment.”

Kingsley would only refer to the statement when TVSpy asked for clarification.

Separately, a TVSpy tipster told us Fetting left the station earlier this week following a story about Donald Trump‘s wife Melania. She had testified in an Indianapolis courtroom about a lawsuit involving her skincare company. Trump reportedly was critical of a story on WTHR’s morning show.

Pence had been with WTHR for about a year and half. She came to the station from WLEX in Lexington, KY.

TVSpy has asked a station spokesperson for comment but has yet to hear back.

Indianapolis TV Station Trolled with Doctored Photo of Tornado, a UFO and Bigfoot

WTHR appears to have been trolled during its coverage of the storms that rumbled across the state when an image of a fake tornado that included a UFO and bigfoot was uploaded to its viewer photo iwitness site.

Jim Romenesko reported that Indianapolis Star reporter Eric Weddle found the mistake and tweeted about it,

You can see the original and doctored image in the tweet above. Weddle told TVSpy the photo has been making the social media rounds with students of nearby Purdue University and residents of Lafayette, IN.

>UPDATE: WTHR news director Kathy Hostetter told TVSpy, “The photo was published to the wthr.com photo gallery by someone outside our building.  At the height of the storm and in the aftermath of it, we received a lot of viewer photographs & video, and this one slipped through our verification protocols.  We have since removed the photo from our gallery, and we’re reviewing our internal processes to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

The UFO is in the photo’s top right. If you look down at the sidewalk right of center you’ll also see bigfoot walking towards the street.

Ratings Climb For WTHR After Angela Buchman’s Debut

buchman_wthrWTHR‘s hiring of meteorologist Angela Buchman looks like it’s paying off.

The Indianapolis Business Journal is reporting WTHR has seen a big ratings increase since Buchman’s debut after she made the switch from cross-town rival WISH.

The NBC affiliate posted double-digit ratings gains in all newscasts during September except at noon, versus the same month in 2012. Buchman first appeared Sept. 3. She reports the weather weekdays at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The IBJ also said CBS affiliate WISH has seen the opposite movement for its 6:00 p.m. news with ratings dropping by 31 percent. Ratings for WTHR in the same time-slot have risen by 14 percent over September of last year. Read more

WXIN Pokes Fun at Rivals With ‘Only One Angela’ Billboards

Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN is taunting their rival stations with tongue-in-cheek billboards in Indianapolis. The ads feature WXIN anchor Angela Ganote along with the text “Only One Angela,” an obvious reference to weathercaster Angela Buchman, who recently jumped from Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH to NBC affiliate WTHR. The Indianapolis Business Journal has details:

Every couch potato knows Fox59 is poking fun at WTHR-TV Channel 13’s Angela Buchman. The popular weather prognosticator returned to the air early this month following a yearlong noncompete period from her contract with former employer WISH-TV Channel 8.

[...] “Why, I don’t know what you mean,” said Michael Brouder, WXIN’s director of creative services. Brouder’s not fooling anyone. “It was done with tongue firmly planted in cheek,” he confessed. “If you know about the local news market, you would certainly get it.”

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