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WTVM Celebrates 60th Anniversary

WTVM, the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ga., is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month. The station brought some of its former anchors and reporters, including Dick McMichael, Eddie Bland and Al Fleming, back to the studio (video above).

“People will recognize me and they say you’re, you’re? And I’ll say I used to be Dick McMichael,” McMichael said. “They walk up to you cause they feel they know you because they’ve been watching you on TV and they’ve invited you into their home and consider you a friend.”

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Curtis McCloud to Join WWBT From WTVM

curtis mccloud Curtis McCloud is joining WWBT, the NBC affiliate in Richmond. McCloud, who has spent the past three years as a reporter at WTVM in Columbus, Ga., announced the news on his blog:

During my time at WTVM I have had the chance to better my skills, make some lifelong friends and be a member on the team of one of the stations I grew up watching. I want to thank all of you for inviting me into your homes (through television of course), sharing your stories and teaching me so much not just about myself but about life. I won’t say goodbye because Columbus, Georgia will always be my home.

Greg Majewski to Join WTVM as Weekend Meteorologist

Greg Majewski will join Raycom’s Columbus, GA, ABC affiliate WTVM as weekend meteorologist on August 19.

Majewski is an Army reservist who served as deputy director of communication infrastructure with the 335th Signal Command in Kabul, Afghanistan. Recently, he has been chronicling his deployment at his annual Army training in Georgia. Last week he wrote, “Have the uniform on today for the next 16 days until I head down to Columbus to start my new gig at WTVM.”

Majewski, who has freelanced for WVTM in Birmingham, AL, and WTVC in Chattanooga, TN, replaces Justin Logan who left for Raycom’s Jonesboro, AR, station KAIT.

KAIT Says Hello Again to Justin Logan, Goodbye to Sarah Tipton

Meteorologist Justin Logan (pictured right) is on his way back to Raycom’s Jonesboro, AR, ABC affiliate KAIT.

Logan told viewers on facebook, “I have accepted the morning meteorologist position at KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, AR. I’m very excited and truly blessed to receive this promotion and will now have weekends off, which has been a long time coming.”

He is currently the weekend meteorologist for Raycom-owned WTVM in Columbus, GA. Logan worked at KAIT from November 2008 until joining WTVM in July 2011.

He will replace current morning meteorologist Sarah Tipton (pictured left), who is leaving the station after seven years to spend time with her new baby.

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Holly Steuart Named VP-GM of WTVM

Holly Steuart has been named vice president and general manager at WTVM, Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ga.

Until December, Steuart was general manager at WHP, the CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. She was let go when Sinclair Broadcasting bought the station from Newport Television. She has also worked as general manager of KFYR-KQCD in Bismarck, N.D. and KVVU in Las Vegas.

Steuart replaces Lee Brantley, who will retire in July after 18 years at WTVM’s general manager.

“I feel really honored to follow in Lee’s footsteps and be able to have the opportunity to build on the past 18 years of his leadership,” Steuart said in a statement. “I think WTVM has a great team in every department and I’m just delighted to join them and be part of Raycom Media.”

GM Lee Brantley to Retire From WTVM

Lee Brantley will retire in July after 18 years as general manager of WTVM, Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ga.

“Lee has built a team on respect and candor – not to mention building WTVM as the market leader. We at Raycom are grateful to Lee for everything he has done to make WTVM a success,” Raycom VP of television Brad Streit said in a statement.

Brantley said he and his wife “have truly been blessed and are thankful for the support of great co-workers over the years.”

Raycom will undergo an “extensive search” for WTVM’s next general manager. Brantley’s last day is July 31.

Eric Ludgood Joins WAGA as Assistant ND

Two months after his departure from Atlanta’s WGCL, Eric Ludgood has been named assistant news director at rival WAGA.

During his time at WGCL, Ludgood served as news director and as executive producer. He is a former vice president of CNN International who has also worked at WNCN in Raleigh, WXIA in Atlanta and WTVM in Columbus, Ga.

Ludgood begins Tuesday at the Fox O&O.

Arkansas Native Laura Huckabee Joins KHBS-KHOG as Morning Meteorologist

Laura Huckabee, an Arkansas native and cousin of Mike Huckabee, is joining KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, where she’ll anchor the Hearst station’s weekday morning newscast.

Huckabee has over two decades of forecasting experience, including ten years at WGCL in Atlanta.

“Laura understands weather is the most important element in our morning newscast,” said Brian Sather, KHBS-KHOG’s president and general manager, announcing the move. “I’m confident from day one viewers will enjoy her comfortable delivery and informative local forecasts.” Read more

Meteorologist Kurt Schmitz Settles Lawsuit With WTVM, Joins Rival WRBL

Veteran meteorologist Kurt Schmitz has settled his lawsuit with WTVM, the ABC-affiliate in Columbus, GA, and is set to resume forecasting this weekend for rival station WRBL, the CBS-affiliate in the market.

Schmitz was cut loose at WTVM in April after 22 years. He called his departure “sudden and unexpected” at the time, noting he had recently signed a contract renewal that lasted through 2014. In June, Schmitz filed a lawsuit against WTVM, accusing the station, and general manager Lee Brantley, of terminating him with the knowledge that his opportunities in Columbus “would be very limited due to several factors,” according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

The terms of the settlement are protected by a confidentiality agreement, but Schmitz has been released from his non-compete clause — he will be permitted to join WRBL, where he will work Sunday nights and occasional other shifts. Read more

Veteran Meteorologist Kurt Schmitz Explains Why He’s Suing WTVM

Veteran meteorologist Kurt Schmitz has filed a lawsuit against WTVM, his former employer, for breach of contract.  Schmitz, 55, was fired in March after serving as the ABC-affiliate’s chief meteorologist for 22 years.

“A contract is a contract and I was executing my part in good faith throughout,” Schmitz explained on Saturday to his Facebook fans, who have started a “Bring Back Kurt Schmitz to WTVM” campaign. “I’d be happy just to be back in my office again making and delivering forecasts, but if that doesn’t happen there are other ways to make good. And that’s what I hope to achieve.”

Schmitz has been outspoken about his dismissal since it occurred. In March, he told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that WTVM was trying to position his departure as a resignation but said emphatically that “that is not the case.”

The lawsuit hinges on whether Schmitz resigned or was fired and also on the contract renewal that he says he signed in September, which would extend his employment until February 2014. Read more

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