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Chris Geiger Named VP-GM of Tribune’s WTIC-WCCT

chris geigerTribune Broadcasting has named Chris Geiger vice president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT, the Fox and CW affiliates in Hartford-New Haven. Geiger’s appointment is effective April 28.

Geiger comes from Sinclair Broadcasting Group (formerly Barrington Broadcasting Group), where he was president of the company’s Syracuse media properties, including WSTM, WTVH, WSTQ and CNY Central Digital. Sinclair bought the stations from Barrington last year.

“Chris has extensive knowledge of all aspects of managing multiple television stations within a market. He has a successful track record of revenue growth and strong leadership skills and will be a great asset for Tribune’s stations in Hartford,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Lynda King said in a statement.

Geiger replaces Rich Graziano, who recently departed from WTIC-WCCT to become general manager of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City.

72-Year-Old Al Terzi Leaving Anchor Desk

terzi_croppedVeteran Hartford newsman Al Terzi is planning on leaving the anchor chair on March 31.

According to the Hartford Courant the anchor for FOX affiliate WTIC isn’t retiring, “but rather scaling back on his on-air duties at the station.”

“I will continue to do my political show, the “Real Story,” Terzi told The Courant. “But I am getting off the daily anchor desk.”

He said he started thinking about slowing down when he and his wife began making plans for their 50th wedding anniversary. “She talked about a trip to Europe and cruise for three weeks and I said half-kiddingly, ‘maybe now is the time for me to step back from the day-to-day work.”

Terzi worked at Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH for 14 years and CBS affiliate WFSB for 28 years before coming to WTIC in 2012.

Technical Glitch Knocks WTIC Off the Air

wtic_logoTechnical difficulties kept Hartford Fox affiliate WTIC from broadcasting its 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts Monday.

Connecticut is bracing for a winter storm today, with most of the state expecting 5 to 9 inches of snow. The station directed viewers to updates on WTIC’s website from meteorologist Rachel Frank via Facebook and Twitter.

“Station staff is working to make repairs in time for morning news shows,” the station said in a brief statement on its website. The morning newscasts were broadcast as scheduled beginning at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Connecticut Anchors Spend More Time with Family for Two Newscasts

WTIC_terziterzi_croppedTony Terzi and his father Al Terzi got to do what many in broadcasting can only dream of, they got to spend more time with family without leaving the station.

The two Terzis anchored the 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. news for Connecticut FOX affiliate WTIC yesterday.

The more tenured Terzi wrote about it on his facebook page, “Very exciting for both of us! I think it’s a first for Connecticut television!”

After the Terzi’s tossed to Meteorologist Rachel Frank for her first weather forecast Frank said, “Terzi and Terzi. I love it here today.”

Al later agreed with his son in a tweet the experience was a dream come true.

Al Terzi spent 14 years at Hartford-New Haven, CT, ABC affiliate WTNH and left rival CBS affiliate WFSB after 28 years in 2012.

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Here’s How the Hartford Stations Are Handling the Release of the Newtown 911 Tapes

US-CRIME-SCHOOL SHOOTING-FILESHartford-New Haven stations are being cautious about broadcasting the audio from the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting 911 tapes, which were released at 2pmET today after a lengthy court battle.

CBS affiliate WFSB, which said earlier this week it would honor Newtown’s request to stay away on the first anniversary of the shooting, announced on Facebook it would not air the audio of the 911 calls. Same for NBC owned WVIT, which is consistent with the policy NBC News has announced.

“As part of NBC Connecticut’s commitment to treat every story with care and compassion, we have decided NOT to air the 911 calls,” WVIT wrote on Facebook. “Our team of reporters will carefully review them after they are released, but we will not play the recordings on air.”

On the noon newscast today, ABC affiliate WTNH said they plan to “select only non-graphic portions of the tapes for broadcast,” noting anyone who wants to hear the full 911 audio can go to the station’s website.

Fox affiliate WTIC had reporter Louisa Muller describe the 911 calls and also played short clips on its newscasts.

Rich Graziano Named President, GM of WPIX

WPIX_logoRich Graziano has been named president and general manager of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. His appointment is effective immediately.

It is a move within Tribune for Graziano, who previously led the company’s Hartford properties. He has been president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT since 2005 and publisher, president and CEO of The Hartford Courant since 2009.

At WPIX, he replaces Eric Meyrowitz, who left the station last week.

“Rich is a skilled and innovative leader who has achieved great success in managing large-scale media operations and delivering results for viewers, advertisers and the community,” Tribune president of broadcast media Larry Wert said in a statement. “We’ve made a number of changes at WPIX, both on-the-air and in the management ranks—the station is gaining momentum. Rich is the perfect addition to lead the new team we’ve assembled.”

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Sportscaster Eric Clemons Joins WTIC

Sportscaster Eric Clemons has joined WTIC, the Fox affiliate in Hartford.

Clemons is a veteran sportscaster who began his career in 1984 at WALA, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, Ala. He has also worked at ESPN, Fox, WHDH in Boston, WFSB in Hartford and WVUE in New Orleans.

Clemons made his WTIC debut on the 5 p.m. newscast Thursday.

WTNH Gives Rival Anchor Some Face Time

WTIC anchor Alison Morris (center) accidentally pulled doubled duty while anchoring the 11:00 p.m. news for the FOX affiliate in Hartford-New Haven,CT.

Morris popped up in the monitor behind rival ABC affiliate WTNH anchors Darren Kramer and Sonia Baghdady while the pair were tossing to break.

A sharp-eyed viewer caught the gaffe and sent it out on his twitter feed saying, “See the screen behind the anchors on @WTNH‘s 11 PM newscast tonight? Yeah, that’s @FOXCT‘s newscast. Whoops! #tvnews pic.twitter.com/AfI0JNsXwc.”

Mini-Doc Follows WTIC Weather Crew During Blizzard of ’13

When a big blizzard hit the East Coast in February, Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate WTIC let a local production crew follow meteorologist Dan Amarante and his photographer around as they slogged through snowdrifts in the station’s hi-tech weather chaser called the “Storm Tracker.”

The Union Productions director Dustin Schultz told TVSpy the team initially set out to shoot promo footage for WTIC. After the storm, they found enough footage to make a short doc, so they did.

All-in-all it’s a bite-sized look behind the scenes during a major weather event. Plus, there’s a short montage featuring Macklemore’s catchy tune “Thrift Shop.” And what video piece can’t use a montage?

Stephanie Gailhard Joins KMSP From WINK

Stephanie Gailhard is joining KMSP, the Fox O&O in Minneapolis, as a general assignment reporter for the morning newscasts.

“Stephanie knows how to work a story and get the very best information for the viewers. She will be a great addition providing constant updates on the biggest local stories of the morning,” KMSP vice president and news director Bill Dallman said in a statement.

Most recently, Gailhard was a reporter at WINK, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers. She has previously worked at WPEC and WPBF in West Palm Beach and WTIC in Hartford.

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