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Meteorologist Sagay Galindo Bids Farewell to WAVY

Meteorologist Sagay Galindo is leaving WAVY to follow her husband, who is in the Navy, to the west coast.

Galindo, who grew up in the Hampton Roads area, joined WAVY in 2010.  She announced her departure during the NBC-affiliate’s morning newscast on Sunday (video above). Read more

WWBT’s Andrew Freiden In Denial About 4:30 a.m. Newscast

WWBT morning meteorologist Andrew Freiden is having some trouble coming to terms with his new schedule.

In the above video promoting the launch of a 4:30 a.m. newscast on the Richmond NBC-affiliate, Freiden jokingly stops short each time his script mentions the early hour.

“Just rewind that a little bit,” he said. “I’ll think happy thoughts! Like instead of saying 4:30, I’ll think I’ll be saying sunshine and roses, or something. I’ll be thinking rainbows.” Read more

As Era Ends, WWBT Shuffles Evening Anchor Lineup

WWBT is shuffling its evening anchor lineup as longtime newsman Gene Cox steps aside after more than three decades with the Richmond NBC-affiliate.

Curt Autry (near right), who currently anchors the 5:30 and 11 p.m. newscasts, will move into Cox’s familiar spot at 5 and 6, joining Sabrina Squire. 4 p.m. anchor Ryan Nobles (far right), who also handles the WWBT-produced 10 p.m. newscast on WRLH, will take over for Autry at 5:30.

“Gene has been a good friend and mentor since I arrived at NBC12, I’m honored and humbled to be following in his footsteps,” Autry said about replacing Cox, who announced in April that he would be leaving the WWBT anchor desk.

“I am excited about a new career challenge,” Nobles tweeted yesterday, announcing his move to 5:30.

WWBT Reporter’s Camel Attack Goes Viral

“Why are you eating my hair?” WWBT general assignment reporter Tara Morgan asked a camel who had just attacked her during a stand-up shot (video above). Maybe the camel was trying to get famous.

The blooper video has been bouncing around online over the past week, landing the reporter and the camel on “Inside Edition” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and raising the profile of Morgan, who has been with WWBT since 2002.

While there are plenty of instances of local news gaffes becoming viral hits, the camel video is unique in that it’s being heavily promoted by Morgan as well as the station. Read more

After 33 Years, Gene Cox Prepares to Leave WWBT Anchor Desk

Gene Cox, who has been a fixture of Richmond TV for over three decades, announced on Wednesday that he will be leaving the WWBT anchor desk.

Cox, 70, currently anchors WWBT’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts alongside Sabrina Squire. The pair has been working together for 27 years, making them one of the longest running anchor teams in the country.

“Gene is an important part of the NBC12 News family and has given us and his viewers a legacy of superior journalism and commitment that we intend to continue,” said Kym Grinnage, WWBT’s vice president and general manager, in making the announcement. Read more

WWBT Reporter Defends Former VA Senator in Racial Controversy Sparked by WRC’s Craig Melvin

A tweet sent out this week by WRC reporter Craig Melvin (above) has landed onetime Virginia senator George Allen in the middle of yet another racial quagmire as he tries to regain his old senate seat in the 2012 election.

Melvin, who is black, tweeted that Allen, whose political career crumbled a few years back after he used a racial slur during a campaign speech, had asked him for the second time in five months, “What position did you play?”

“I did not a play a sport,” Melvin tweeted, pointedly. The intimation being of course that Allen kept asking Melvin about his sports history because he is black. Read more

WWBT GM Named Group VP at Raycom

WWBT general manager Don Richards has reportedly been promoted to group vice president at Raycom Media, which owns and/or operates 45 stations in 36 markets. Richards currently serves as regional vice president for the company.

Richards will continue to work from WWBT in Richmond, according to Broadcasting & Cable, which first broke the news, but will add more responsibilities.

In addition to overseeing WWBT and its sister station WUPV, Richards is currently in charge of WECT and WSFX in Wilmington and WMBF Myrtle Beach.

“Join me in congratulating Don on this deserved recognition,” said Raycom Executive VP-COO Wayne Daugherty in an internal memo obtained by B&C, “and wishing him much success as he assumes a larger role in the Company’s station group management structure.”

WCPO’s Carol Williams Joins Other Local Reporters for Presidential Interview

“The idea on the White House’s part is the President is trying to sell his budget proposal,” WCPO‘s Carol Williams explained this morning as she stood outside the White House, awaiting her one-on-one interview with President Obama.

Like Charles Benson of Milwaukee’s WTMJ, Williams was invited to the White House to interview the President as he attempts to put a positive spin on his recent budget proposal.

Ryan Nobles of Richmond NBC-afiliate WWBT is also in D.C. today to interview Obama.  This morning, WCPO, WTMJ, and WWBT all asked their viewers to submit questions for the President.

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