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What Did They Cover in Chattanooga Last Night?

The stations in Chattanooga, TN, showed off some longer form storytelling on their evening newscasts last night.

There was little duplication in what the stations covered.

The interesting story of the night goes to the election to oust three Tennessee Supreme Court Justices. Both CBS affiliate WDEF and ABC affiliate WTVC covered the story. But it was the Sinclair owned WTVC that looked deeper into the election, even calling out a conservative PAC’s ad as misleading.

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Don Welch Set to Retire From WTVC

don welchDon Welch will retire from WTVC, the ABC affiliate in Chattanooga, next month. Welch, who has worked at WTVC since 1990, will officially sign off April 23.

Welch is a longtime veteran of local television. He has worked at two other Chattanooga stations, WRCB and WDEF, as well as WTVF in Nashville.  ”Whether it was drawing on a weather board in the ’70s or hosting ‘This ‘N That’ today, the folks at home graciously invited me to be a part of their day,” Welch said in a statement. “For that, I am very grateful. As I look back, I realize it’s all been good.”

Welch hosts and produces “This ‘N That,” a daily weekday show that airs at 12:30 p.m. Watch his announcement here.

WTVC Launches Weekend Morning Newscast

lauren st germainChattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC has named an anchor team for its weekend morning newscast, which will launch next month: anchor Lauren St. Germain (pictured), meteorologist Jason Disharoon and reporter Betsy Goldin.

“We waited to expand Good Morning Chattanooga on Saturday and Sunday until we could do it right – right in terms of staffing, right in terms of resources,” general manager Mike Costa said in a statement. “To do that, it means expanding our news staff – to have a dedicated team focused on producing a weekend morning newscast that will be fresh and useful. That’s what we’ve done: a great new team, for a great new show.”

St. Germain joins WTVC from WTVY in Dothan, Ala., where she anchored the 9 p.m. newscast. Goldin most recently worked at WJHG in Panama City, Fla., where she was a producer and reporter on the noon newscast. Disharoon, currently WTVC’s weekend meteorologist, has worked at the station since 2011,

After Nearly 40 Years at WTVC, Darrell Patterson Announces Retirement

WTVC_pattersonWTVC sports director Darrell Patterson has announced he will retire after nearly 40 years with the Chattanooga,TN, ABC affiliate.

“Darrell’s presentation has always been about more than just scores and highlights,” WTVC news director Tom Henderson said in a statement. “He is a talented and enthusiastic sports storyteller.”

Patterson started at WTVC in 1974 as a part-timer and credits his longevity to advice he got early in his career to treat the camera as a real person.

“Since being given that advice,” said Patterson. “I’ve always imagined the camera as my younger brother, Panky, in Athens. I imagine myself talking to him, figuring if he can understand what I’m trying to say, anyone can. Panky has never understood that that’s a compliment, by the way!” Read more

Josh Roe Headed to Chattanooga’s WTVC

WWMT morning anchor Josh Roe signed off from the Sinclair owned Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI, CBS affiliate Friday. He’s joining Sinclair’s ABC affiliate WTVC in Chattanooga, TN.

“We are going to miss Josh terribly,” Steve Koles, WWMT news director, told Mlive. “He is a great member of our new team and morning team, but we are happy for him personally because it’s a great opportunity for him and his family.”

WTVC general manager Mike Costa told TVSpy Roe will start next week, adding, “We’re thrilled to have him join our strong team.” Read more

Marcia Kling Retiring After 51 Years at WTVC

After more than 51 years at WTVC, Marcia Kling has announced her retirement from the Chattanooga ABC affiliate.

“Unlike the Energizer Bunny, I never intended going on and on …  So, when my work day ends on Thursday, May 30, I will leave the station for the last time,” Kling wrote in an email to WTVC staff. “The decision to do so has not been easy … and largely because of all of you.”

Kling, who is known as “Miss Marcia,” joined the station in 1962. During her tenure with the station, she has hosted and developed educational program and served as the station’s director of community affairs. Most recently, she has been a contributor to “This N That,” WTVC’s local talk show.

“Miss Marcia will tell you she hasn’t worked one day in those years because she has been doing what she loves,” WTVC general manager Mike Costa said in a statement. “We love Miss Marcia and will miss her gracious presence in the building and on our air.”

WTVC in Chattanooga Unveils New Set

Chattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC debuted a new high definition set last week (above). Devlin Design Group, the set’s designer, details the space’s new features:

The design of the set is very graphics driven with large back lit graphics along the perimeter of the entire set. LED color changing lights are incorporated to provide a variety of colors and moods for their different newscasts. To keep the set grounded there are elements of wood and stone mixed in with the acrylics and metals. The custom stone finish is reminiscent of the local Chattanooga Pier area. Read more

Chattanooga Stations Cover Tornado Threat

Local stations in Chattanooga were in various states of continuing coverage today as severe weather tore through the region, which was under a tornado warning for most of the day.

“We will remain on the air throughout the afternoon until the threat passes for everyone,” WTVC wrote on Facebook. The ABC-affiliate had continuing coverage beginning at 11 a.m. with meteorologists David Glenn, Bill Race and Jason Disharoon, as well as reporters Sarah Jennings and Kevin Sims.

CBS-affiliate WDEF had extended coverage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., anchored by meteorologists Patrick Core and Chip Chapman. Anchor Nordia Epps contributed headlines.  Read more