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Randy Wimbley Joins WJBK From WATN

Randy Wimbley is joining WJBK, the Fox O&O in Detroit, as a general assignment reporter. His first day will be July 15.

“To say reporting for FOX 2 is my dream job is an understatement,” Wimbley said in a statement. “I grew up watching this station as a kid and was schooled by WJBK’s stable of rock solid journalists as an intern. It’s an honor to now be counted among them.”

Wimbley most recently worked as a reporter for Memphis ABC affiliate WATN. He has previously worked at WNEM in Saginaw, Mich. and WUPW in Toledo.

“Randy has a passion for covering news and he’s thrilled to be back home, covering the stories that make Detroit such a unique news market,” WJBK vice president and news director Dana Hahn said.

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Detroit’s WXYZ Adds Ronnie Dahl, Andy Choi and Nima Shaffe

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ has added three new reporters: Ronnie Dahl (left), Andy Choi (center) and Nima Shaffe (right).

“We are incredibly proud of our award-winning staff at 7 Action News, and excited to add the journalistic talents of Ronnie, Andy and Nima to our team,” WXYZ VP-GM Ed Fernandez said in a statement.

Dahl comes from rival WJBK, Detroit’s Fox O&O. She previously worked at WXYZ as a special projects producer, as well as at WUPW in Toledo and WSYM in Lansing, Mich.

Choi, who will be a multimedia journalist at WXYZ, comes to Detroit from Madison, Wisc., where he was a reporter and anchor at WISC.

Shaffe joins the station from KCTV in Kansas City, where he has been a general assignment reporter for two years. He has also worked at KMTV in Omaha, KKTV in Colorado Springs and KQTV in St. Joseph, Mo.

Dahl has already begun in her new role at WXYZ. Choi and Shaffe begin in early April.

WTVJ Promotes Sports Reporter to Main Anchor

WTVJ announced today that Adam Kuperstein will join Jackie Nespral as anchor of the NBC station’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts.

Kuperstein, who has been with WTVJ since 2005, has transitioned to the news desk over the last several months while serving as the station’s weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter.  For the past six years, he has also co-hosted WTVJ’s Sunday night sports show.

“This is an incredible honor for me,” Kuperstein said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to come into our viewers’ homes in this new role and look forward to informing and serving the South Florida community for many years.” Read more

Gary Yoder Named VP-GM at Mobile’s WALA-WFNA

Gary Yoder has been named vice president and general manager of WALA-WFNA, the LIN Media duopoly in Mobile. His appointment is effective immediately.

Yoder has been vice president and general manager of WUPW since 2009. WUPW, the Toledo Fox-affiliate, merged with WTOL, the CBS-affiliate in the market, last month. Prior to his appointment as VP-GM, he served as the station’s general sales manager.

“Gary is an accomplished broadcast executive who brings a forward-thinking approach to multiplatform news, sales and promotions,” Scott Blumenthal, LIN Media’s EVP for television, said in a statement. “He also has a genuine, heartfelt commitment to meeting the needs of our viewers and advertisers.” Read more

In Toledo, WTOL-WUPW Merger Moving Forward

The shared services agreement between Toledo CBS-affiliate WTOL and Fox-affiliate WUPW is expected to become official today, according to the Toledo Blade. Under the terms of the agreement, WTOL will handle WUPW’s news programming.

Beginning Monday, the combined six evening newscasts will be a mix of on-air talent from both stations. Management and sales personnel from WUPW have moved into the WTOL building, but the two teams will remain separate, the Blade reports. Read more

FCC Approves Sale of WUPW, Layoffs Likely to Follow

The FCC has approved the sale of WUPW, bringing the Toledo Fox-affiliate one step closer to an expected round of layoffs.

The Toledo Blade reports that the $22 million deal for WUPW between LIN Media, the station’s current owner, and American Spirit Media was approved on Monday.  Attached to the deal is a shared services agreement with Raycom Media, which owns the market’s CBS-affiliate, WTOL.

As WUPW’s new owner pools its resources with WTOL, as many as 63 people could lose their jobs.  A formal announcement about the shared services agreement is expected next week.

Toledo’s WUPW to Lay Off 63 Employees

Toledo Fox-affiliate WUPW will reportedly lay off 63 employees when the station changes ownership this spring.

The Toledo Blade reports that Ohio state officials have been informed of planned layoffs at WUPW when a deal for the station between American Spirit Media and LIN Media is finalized in the coming months.

American Spirit, a Charlotte-based company run by Thomas Henson, who owns a handful of stations across the country, is buying WUPW from LIN for $22 million.  LIN has owned and operated the station since 2002. Read more

LIN Media Selling WUPW In Toledo For $22M

LIN Media is selling WUPW, the Fox-affiliate in Toledo, to a subsidiary of American Spirit Media for $22 million, according to the Toledo Blade.

WUPW has been owned by LIN Media since 2002. The company said in a statement they had “filed an application with the FCC to assign WUPW-TV’s license to WUPW License Subsidiary LLC, an indirect subsidiary of American Spirit Media.”

American Spirit Media is a Charlotte-based company owned by Thomas Henson. Henson also owns WXTX in Columbus, WSFX in Wilmington, WUPV in Richmond and KYOU in Ottumwa, IA.

Anchor Laura Emerson Joining WPSD From WUPW

After 16 years as the primary anchor at Toledo Fox-affiliate WUPW, Laura Emerson is signing off from the station tonight.

Emerson will anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts at WPSD in Paducah, a station she called “very solid and competitive.”

“I was impressed with the people when I went down to visit,” Emerson told the Toledo Blade.

Emerson’s husband, WUPW weekend weathercaster Bruce Slusher, will stay in Toledo until their home is sold. Read more

LIN and DISH Stare Down Friday Retrans Deadline as FCC Meets to Discuss the Issue

LIN Media‘s current retrans agreement with DISH Network expires at midnight on Friday and the company is ready to pull 27 of its stations off of the satellite service, just at the FCC plans to review the rules governing carriage negotiations.

The showdown is just the latest in a long line of recent disputes between station owners and service providers as both try to affirm their standing in an ever-evolving media landscape.

“Our highly rated television stations are important assets to our local communities and it is unfortunate that DISH does not recognize their fair market value,” said Vincent Sadusky, LIN’s president and CEO, in a statement.

According to DISH, LIN is asking for “more than a 140 percent rate hike.”  With the deadline looming, the two parties are continuing negotiations and both sides say that they’re hopeful that a middle ground can be reached by Friday.

The LIN-DISH dispute comes at a particularly significant time for retrans negotiations since the FCC is set to examine the rules governing the relationship between broadcasters and cable/satellite companies this week. Read more