TVNewser LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps

Posts Tagged ‘WTXF’

Renowned Photographer Anne Geddes Talks World Prematurity Day on WTXF

WTXF, the FOX-owned Philadelphia station, had legendary photographer Anne Geddes on “Good Day Philadelphia” this morning to talk about her partnership with March of Dimes, a nonprofit which “funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.”

Today is World Prematurity Day, and Geddes is in Philly to help unveil the Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She also donated an image for March of Dimes, which will be in their new print PSA.

Anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley created their own Geddes-inspired photo, with less than stellar results. You can see their attempt at ‘art’, plus plenty of teeny, tiny, babies, in the video above.

Mediabistro Course

Mediabistro Job Fair

Mediabistro Job FairLand your next big gig! Join us on January 27 at the Altman Building in New York City for an incredible opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the top New York media companies, network with other professionals and industry leaders, and land your next job. Register now!
 

Bob Kelly Joins Good Day Philadelphia

Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF has added Bob Kelly as traffic reporter for Good Day Philadelphia.

Kelly left rival station KYW in September. At the time, he told his facebook fans, “Hope to see you all again soon, thank you so very much for allowing me to be in your home these past 13 years.”

For Kelly, “soon” came this morning when he was welcomed by Mike Jerrick in a skit where Jerrick grabbed a “random” guy standing at a bus stop to do the traffic report. That random bus stop guy was, surprise, surprise, Kelly.

In 2001 he moved over to television and became the first Philadelphia traffic anchor to do reports in front of the green screen. Animated and fun to watch with his highly popular phrases like “jammo,” “two jelly donut delay,” and “the Conshy Curve,” Emmy-award-winning Bob Kelly is now referred by so many as “The Dean of Traffic.”

Philadelphia Reporters Take a Long Walk Down a Tall Building for Charity

WTXF reporters Quincy Harris and Jennaphr Frederick took a 31 story walk down the side of a Philadelphia skyscraper to benefit Outward Bound today.

Frederick accomplished the feat last year. This year, she got the man known as “Q” involved.

Frederick had a GoPro strapped to her helmet but instead of showing the view, it showed her face, giving viewers a glimpse of what terror looks like before it descends 418 feet on a windy day.

Sheinelle Jones Joining ‘Weekend Today’

wtxf_jones bye_304As our sister site TVNewser reported, former WTXF anchor Sheinelle Jones has been named news anchor of NBC’s weekend Today Show starting October 4.

In a statement, NBC News President Deborah Turness described Jones as “an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to Weekend TODAY and the entire NBC News team.”

In March, Jones told viewers she was leaving Philadelphia FOX owned station WTXF to be with her kids. She started at WTXF in 2005 as a general assignment reporter. She has also worked at KOKI in Tulsa and WICS in Springfield, Illinois.

Keith Russell Back Doing Sports in Philadelphia

russell wtxfPhiladelphia FOX owned station WTXF has named Keith Russell weekend anchor and anchor for Game Day Live.

Russell replaces Colleen Wolfe who is leaving the station Sunday. She started at WTXF in 2012.

From 2005 until 2012, Russell worked at Philadelphia ABC station WPVI before leaving to work as a news anchor at WRC in Washington, D.C. He has also anchored sports for CNN and ESPN, WJAR in Providence, RI, WJTV in Jackson, MS and WHLT in Hattiesburg, MS.

Russell will also contribute to the 10:30 p.m. Sports Sunday show.

FOX Philadelphia Launches Interactive Weekend Morning Newscast

WTXF, the FOX owned Philadelphia Station, is going to launch a weekend morning newscast centered around smart phones and social media.

According to the station, #FOX29 Weekend will be “an interactive, social newscast with viewer generated news content and regular contributors who are not reporters…but news makers in the market.”

“We are excited to launch a completely different type of newscast,” said Audrey Fish, VP of creative services. “We will bring to life on TV what our viewers are already doing every day- using their phones, and computers to create a dialogue about what’s going on in the world.”

The show boasts a new 360 degree stage for three different newscasts with a view of Center City Philadelphia.

#FOX29 Weekend launches Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 a.m. The show airs Saturdays from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. and Sundays from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. It will also stream live on the station website.

[TVNewsCheck]

Kacie McDonnell Says Goodbye to WTXF

Traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell announced on today’s “Good Day Philadelphia” that she’s leaving WTXF. According to a report on Philly.com, McDonnell will be moving to Kansas City to be closer to her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray. Watch her tearful goodbye above.

And here’s a statement from McDonnell (via tweet): Read more

WTXF Debuts New Evening Anchor Team

WTXF anchors

Last night was the first night on the WTXF anchor desk for Lucy Noland, who joins Iain Page as co-anchor of the evening newscasts at Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Noland and Page are pictured here alongside Jim Driscoll, the station’s vice president and news director.

The Fox-owned station is undergoing some big changes this year– a new morning anchor, a new set for “Good Day Philadelphia,” and the launch of the weekend morning newscasts, which will debut this fall.

Lauren Johnson Moving to Philly From Orlando

Lauren JohnsonLauren Johnson is joining WTXF, the Fox-owned station in Philadelphia. Johnson will be hosting the station’s weekend morning newscasts when they launch this fall.

It is a move within Fox for Johnson, who is a weekend anchor for “Good Day Orlando” on WOFL. She was previously the morning co-anchor on WHBQ, the Fox-owned station in Memphis. She started her television career in 2003 at Central Florida News 13 in Orlando.

Fox Stations Expand Newscasts in Several Markets, Including LA, Atlanta and Philly

fox logoFox Television Stations is adding newscasts in several major markets this year. Newly-announced expansions are at KTTV in Los Angeles, WAGA in Atlanta, KMSP in Minneapolis, WJZY in Charlotte, WTXF in Philadelphia, KTBC in Austin and WHBQ in Memphis (which Fox will give up control of later this year).

Fox had previously announced additional newscasts at WTTG in Washington and KSAZ in Phoenix.

“Uninformed critics say big companies are cutting local news,” Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy said in a statement. “However, the opposite is true at FOX. We are expanding in a big way.”

A full list of the planned expansions is after the jump. Read more

NEXT PAGE >>