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Two Dead After Helicopter Used by Tallahassee Station Crashes

wtxl_helicopterThe FAA and NTSB are investigating a weekend helicopter crash near Tallahassee, FL, that killed two people and injured one.

The helicopter that crashed is the same one Tallahassee ABC affiliate WTXL uses for news gathering. The station partners with Tallahassee Helicopters for use of the Robinson R-44 helicopter. It was not being used by the station at the time of the crash.

Killed in the crash were the pilot Terry Ooten and passenger Curtis Clifford. Sheri Devore, a second passenger, was injured.

Sources tell TVSpy WTXL news director David Lee pitched in to shoot video of the scene for the station Saturday night when no one else was available.

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Calkins Media Co-Owner Dies

calkins_smith_obitCarolyn Calkins Smith died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

Calkins Smith was the co-owner of Calkins Media, owner of three local TV stations in the South as well as several newspapers.

“The story of Calkins Media – our private ownership, our continued dedication to a community service and committed family stewardship was made possible because of Carolyn’s life and the example she set,” said Calkins CEO Mark G. Contreras.

Smith is credited with the expansion of WWSB in Sarasota, FL.

“She was the president and hands-on manager of the station,” said Ed Birch, a former Calkins executive. “She went down there and represented the family in the early days. Her news days at the Courier Times gave her a leg up. The quality greatly improved from her being there so much.” Birch added, “The company is going to miss Carolyn.”

Carolyn Calkins Smith was the daughter of Stanley Willis Calkins, Sr. the founder of Calkins Media the family owned station group owns WAAY in Huntsville, AL, WTXL in Tallahassee, FL, and WWSB.

Smith was 74.

David Lee to Join WTXL as News Director

david_lee_wtxl_croppedDavid Lee has been named news director for Tallahassee ABC affiliate WTXL.

“I’m very excited at the opportunity to be a part of and lead an already dynamic news department,” Lee told TVSpy. “I’m expecting great things from us all in the future!”

Lee comes to WTXL from KCOY in Santa Maria, CA, where he is assistant news director. He previously worked at KION in Salinas-Monterey.

In his 25 years in broadcasting, Lee has worked as a production manager, sports director and anchor, promotions director, reporter, assignment editor and news content manager.

WTXL Promo Appears During Live Shot on Rival WCTV

During a WCTV live shot Friday from the Tallahassee Regional Airport, a promo for rival WTXL flashed on the screen behind reporter James Buechele (picture above; video here).

Buechele was talking about the airport’s potential expansion when the ad in the terminal flipped over to a graphic featuring WTXL anchors Mika Highsmith and Greg Angel. The promo aired twice, both before and after Buechele’s taped package.

Calkins Media Promotes Jeff Benninghoff to VP of Broadcast

Jeff Benninghoff has been named vice president of broadcast for Calkins Media. His appointment is effective Monday.

Benninghoff will continue to serve in his current role of vice president and general manager of WWSB, Calkins Media’s ABC affiliate in Sarasota, Fla. In his new role, he will also oversee WAAY in Huntsville and WTXL in Tallahassee.

“As those of you at WWSB get a chance to see everyday, Jeff leads by example by motivating our employees, instilling a sense of urgency about our mission and in working collaboratively and effectively with colleagues throughout the company,” Calkins Media CEO Mark G. Contreras wrote in a note to employees. “It’s these leadership traits that make Jeff a natural fit for this promotion.”

WTXL Now ‘On Air…Online and In the Air’ with Market’s First Helicopter

WTXL, the Tallahassee, FL, ABC affiliate, has unveiled the market’s first news chopper.

“That’s right.  We are on-air, online, and now in the air,” said weekend anchor Greg Angel in a report about the chopper.  “So keep your eye in the sky. You’ll be seeing the news chopper in the air helping us bring you the latest breaking news and coverage of stories that really matter to you.”

The station partnered with Tallahassee Helicopters to use a 2005 Robinson R44, Raven 2 Helicopter with “a glass cockpit and state-of-the-art equipment.” Read more

Longtime WRDW Anchor Tom Campbell Dies Following Battle with Cancer

Longtime WRDW anchor Tom Campbell, who has been battling cancer for over a year, died Wednesday morning.

Campbell had a 44-year career in journalism, joining Augusta CBS-affiliate WRDW in 1995. He retired last December as he continued to undergo rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to fight tumors near his bile duct.

“Tom will be missed by all of us who were lucky enough to work side by side with him,” veteran WRDW anchor Richard Rogers wrote on his Facebook page today.

In September, Rogers sat down with Campbell and discussed his battle with cancer. Read more

Patricia Santos Joins KJRH from WTXL

Reporter Patricia Santos has joined KJRH, the NBC-affiliate in Tulsa, Florida News Center reports.

Santos joins the station after three years as a reporter for WTXL in Tallahassee. Her first day at KJRH was April 3.

Santos is a bilingual reporter who was also a photographer, producer and editor at WTXL. She has also worked at KQTV in St. Joseph, MO, and KGET-KKEY in Bakersfield, CA.

Stewart Moore Jumps from Columbia to Orlando

Stewart Moore, the co-anchor of WIS‘s morning newscast, is leaving Columbia, SC for Orlando and a job with WESH.

Moore will begin work as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter for the NBC-affiliate on August 1st.

“Stewart has experience as both an anchor and a reporter,” said Bob Longo, WESH’s news director, in announcing the move. “We believe his experience and personality will make him someone weekend viewers will really enjoy watching.”

A graduate of Florida State, Moore began his career with Tallahassee’s WTXL before joining WIS in 2007. “I’m thrilled to be coming back to Florida,” he said. Video of Moore inside… Read more