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Washington FOX Anchor Reveals Beatlemania

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the New World via The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Tony Perkins, anchor for Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG, revealed to viewers his love of anything Beatles.

Perkins said he has been a Beatles fan since he was a little kid and showed off his collection of memorabilia. He also told about a personal story involving Ringo and the birth of his son.

‘It Was Scary’: Wife of WTTG GM in Maryland Mall During Shooting

Kristin Paolini, the wife of WTTG general manager Patrick Paolini, told the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station what it was like being inside the mall during Saturday morning’s Maryland mall shooting.

Paolini said she was inside a Macy’s dressing room when the shooting started. “As soon as we exited the dressing room,” Paolini told WTTG anchor Laura Evans. “We knew that something horrible was happening.”

Darion Marcus Aguilar used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill two employees of a skateboard shop inside The Mall in Columbia, MD, before turning the gun on himself.

Paolini said she was in contact with her brother who is a Sergeant in the Connecticut State Police. She said he let her know what was happening and was telling her what to do, as she said, “just in case.”

WTTG Adds Annie Yu as Weekend Anchor

wttg_annie yu_croppedAnnie Yu has been named co-anchor for WTTG‘s “FOX 5 News Weekend.”

Yu will anchor the Washington, D.C. FOX owned station’s weekend morning show alongside Melanie Alnwick Sunday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

“Annie is a rising star,” Dana Hahn, VP and news director for WTTG said in a statement. “We think her on-camera presence and ability to tap into the topics that our viewers want to know more about, make her a great addition to our morning show ensemble.”

Yu will continue to do live reports for WTTG’s weekday morning show. She will also cover “the world of style, fashion and home design” in a new morning show franchise called “Style File.”

Yu started at WTTG in 2004. During her time at the station she has also worked as segment producer and fill-in feature reporter.

For the Meteorologist Who Has Everything: Nike ‘Weatherman’ Shoes

wttg_weathermanshoes_cu holdingTucker Barnes, meteorologist for FOX owned Washington, D.C. station WTTG, is sporting a new pair of kicks.

While this normally wouldn’t make TVSpy, it’s s a slow news week AND the Nike Air Foamposite 1 Premium “Weatherman” shoes have a weather pattern on the outside. Take a closer look after the jump.

“Short story,” said co-anchor Allison Seymour. “Tucker wanted this weatherman shoe when it first came out. It’s taken, like, a year. But Santa finally got them to you.”

He showed the shoes off on set at 5:00 a.m. and wore them at 8:00 a.m. and told viewers, “About the shoes, I don’t know how much about them other than they’re going to take my weather forecasting to the next level.”
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DC FOX Reporter Scores Interview With CIA Twitter Eavesdropper Despite ‘No FOX’ Pledge


Tom Matzzie, the man otherwise known as the guy who tweeted what former NSA and CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden was saying while giving off the record conversations on his train ride between Washington, DC and New York, publicly said he will not be doing any interviews with FOX News about the tweet up.

But Matzzie never said anything about local FOX stations. Tom Fitzgerald, a reporter for FOX owned WTTG in Washington, DC, appealed to Matzzie via twitter to do an interview with him.

Matzzie turned back to twitter, this time for answers. “oh. Local FOX? Twitter followers vote.”

Apparently twitter said, “Yes.” Matzzie did a phone interview with Fitzgerald Friday night. Said Matzzie about eavesdropping on the former NSA and CIA chief, “He wasn’t [inaudible] like, having one private conversation. He was having multiple conversations about the same topic.”

As Steve Chenevey Returns to WTTG, Tony Perkins Moves to Evenings

chenevey perkinsWith Steve Chenevey (left) set to rejoin Fox-owned WTTG in Washington, D.C., next month, changes are afoot for the station’s morning and evening anchor lineups. Chenevey will co-anchor the morning newscast beginning November 4 and Tony Perkins (right) will move to evenings beginning October 28.

“I am thrilled to announce Steve’s return to the FOX 5 family and Tony’s move to evenings. This new talent lineup will enhance our incredible bench of reliable and engaging news anchors, who continue to keep our commitment to bringing viewers relevant and compelling local news,” WTTG vice president and general manager Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Chenevey, who was most recently the morning anchor at rival WJLA, will co-anchor “Fox 5 Morning News” alongside Allison Seymour. Perkins, who has been WTTG’s morning anchor since 2012, will co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast with Laura Evans and the 10 p.m. newscast with Shawn Yancy.

“I’ve always been a believer that you actually can go home again and I’m incredibly fortunate to get the chance to return to my FOX 5 News family. I’m ready to jump back in without skipping a beat,” Chenevey said. “I can’t wait to see so many familiar faces and reunite with our loyal viewers.”

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Columbus Stations ‘Unite to Fight Poverty’

UniteToFightPoverty_Anchors_281x156The local TV stations in Columbus, OH, have teamed up with the United Way of Central Ohio in an effort called “Unite to Fight Poverty.”

NBC affiliate WCMH, ABC affiliate WSYX, CBS affiliate WBNS and FOX affiliate WTTE will pre-empt their commercials between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. to air jointly produced segments about poverty in the local area.

According to the United Way, “These segments will highlight the work of United Way and partner organizations in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Home that is helping to build pathways out of poverty.”

Also, until 11:30 p.m. the stations will air stories “of local individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by the work of United Way of Central Ohio, partner organizations and supporters.”

Viewers will be asked to “learn more” and also “give now” to help fight poverty in the community.

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After Nearly Two Years at WJLA, Steve Chenevey Will Return to WTTG

SteveCheneveyAlmost two years after leaving WTTG for rival WJLA, Steve Chenevey is set to return to the Fox owned station in Washington D.C., TVSpy has learned.

Staffers at ABC affiliate WJLA were told of Chenevey’s departure this afternoon, we’re told. He begins in November at WTTG; it is not immediately clear what his assignment will be.

Chenevey, who spent nine years as the morning anchor at WTTG, has most recently served as a general assignment reporter at WJLA. He was originally hired at the station as the morning and noon anchor.

Dana Hahn Joins WTTG as News Director

Dana Hahn will join WTTG-WDCA, Fox’s duopoly in Washington, D.C., as vice president and news director.

Hahn moves to D.C. from Detroit, where she has been vice president and news director at Fox-owned WJBK for 12 years. She began her career at Fox as WJBK’s broadcast operations coordinator in 1996.

“Dana led WJBK to the #1 position and under her leadership, maintained its role as the market leader for many years. Her creativity, signature style and news acumen is unmatched and I look forward to seeing her influence on our newscasts,” WTTG VP-GM Patrick Paolini said in a statement.

Hahn replaces Phil Metlin, who retired last month. More from WTTG after the jump. Read more

Washington, D.C. Stations Break In to Cover Shootings at Navy Yard

After shots were reported around 8:20 a.m. ET this morning at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, D.C., local stations broke into to regular programming with coverage at around 8:30 a.m.  After brief updates, most of the stations went back to the network morning shows then returned for wall-to-wall coverage near the top of the hour.

First on-air with the news was FOX owned station WTTG. Anchor Tony Perkins was already on-air with the “FOX 5 Morning News” when he tossed to Allison Seymour at 8:35 a.m. Seymour gave viewers a quick update before returning to the regular morning show.

Next up was NBC owned station WRC which broke in to NBC’s “Today” show at 8:39 a.m. Anchors Eun Yang and Aaron Gilchrist updated viewers from the studio on the developing situation.

CBS affiliate WUSA broke in to a commercial break at 8:47 a.m. during “CBS This Morning.” Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck anchored from the studio. WUSA also told viewers they could get updates on the breaking news from the station’s facebook and twitter feeds.

At 8:50 a.m., ABC affiliate WJLA broke in to “Good Morning America” with Jummy Olabanji anchoring from the studio. She quickly tossed to reporter Sam Ford who was live at the scene by phone. Ford said he lived close-by the scene and came over when he heard “all sorts of racket.” WJLA stayed on-air the rest of the morning.

One development worth watching was the use of social media by the stations. One example was WTTG @myfoxdc which kept viewers updated via twitter. See one of their tweets after the jump. Read more

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