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Dave Price Named Morning Anchor at WNYW; Greg Kelly Shifts to Evenings

Beginning next Monday, Rosanna Scotto will have a new co-anchor on “Good Day New York”: Dave Price (left), a former WNYW weathercaster, is returning to the Fox O&O.

Price’s hire sets a cascade of changes to WNYW’s newscasts into motion. Greg Kelly (right), Scotto’s current co-anchor, will move to evenings, anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast solo and 10 p.m. newscast with Dari Alexander. Kelly replaces Ernie Anastos at 10 p.m. and Harry Martin at 6 p.m.

Anastos’ time at the anchor desk will be reduced, although the station will add more “Positively Ernie” specials to its lineup beginning later this year. He will remain in his current role on the 5 p.m. newscast. Martin will continue as an anchor on WNYW sister station WWOR, and will focus on political reporting ahead of the election, a WNYW spokesperson tells TVSpy. Read more

WWOR Kicks Off Yearlong ‘Hometown Heroes’ Series

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, News Corp.-owned WWOR, headquartered in Secaucus, NJ, is kicking off a yearlong series honoring marines, soldiers and other military personnel in the Tri-State area (video above).

The “Hometown Heroes” series will air on the MyNetworkTV-affiliate’s 10 p.m. newscast, anchored by Brenda Blackmon and Harry Martin. Beginning this weekend and continuing through Memorial Day of 2013, the station will spotlight a different local person in the military each night.

Sean Mooney Named Weekend Anchor at KVOA

Sean Mooney has been hired as the weekend co-anchor at KVOA, the NBC-affiliate in Tucson, according to Inside Tucson Business.

Mooney runs his own production company, Moonrise Productions, in Tucson. He was most recently a reporter at Fox Sports Arizona, and has previously worked at WWOR in New Jersey and WBZ in Boston.

He will replace Brandon Gunnoe, who is leaving Tucscon for a job at WHDH, the NBC-affiliate in Boston. Mooney will co-anchor with Rebecca Taylor.

WWOR Lands Interview with Whitney Houston’s Mom

In the first interview since her daughter’s death, Cissy Houston recently sat down with New Jersey Fox station WWOR.

“I’m very proud of my daughter,” Houston told WWOR’s Brenda Blackmon, as the two sat in the same church where the singer’s funeral was held in February. “She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here.”

In addition to honoring her daughter’s accomplishments, Houston lashed out at the media.

“The media is awful,” Houston said. Read more

Chris Christie’s ‘Idiot’ Apologizes in WNYW Interview

The New Jersey law student, and former Navy SEAL, who Chris Christie called an “idiot” last week following an outburst at a town hall meeting, apologized for the incident in an interview with WNYW-WWOR reporter JoAnn Pileggi.

“I’m not too thrilled about being known as an idiot, or being known as a jerk. That’s not what I want to be known for. I don’t want to be known as that guy,” William Brown, a second-year law student at Rutgers University-Camden, told Pileggi. “I apologize if I came across disrespectful to the governor.” Video inside… Read more

Political Correspondent Dick Brennan Out at WNYW

Longtime WNYW political correspondent Dick Brennan has been cut loose at the New York City Fox O&O.

A station spokesperson confirmed to TVSpy that Brennan’s contract was not renewed. The news was first reported in the New York Daily News.

Brennan joined WNYW in 2001 and was named chief political correspondent in 2007. He is a veteran of the New York City market who has also worked as a reporter and producer at WWOR and a producer for WNBC.

Brennan’s last day was Friday. The station will rotate other WNYW reporters to cover the political beat until a replacement is named.

VIDEO: WNYW Weather Forecast Goes Dark

As meteorologist Audrey Puente was charting a warm front moving towards the New York area, an unexpected blackout hit her weather forecast.

Puente, the chief meteorologist at WWOR, was filling in for Shay Ryan on sister station WNYW when the lights went out during the Fox O&O’s Sunday evening newscast.

“Sorry about that guys, it looks like we’re having some technical difficulties,” anchor Christina Park said, after several seconds of darkness.

WWOR Hires Matt Alvarez as Full-Time Reporter

Matt Alvarez has been hired as a full-time reporter at WWOR, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Seacaucus.

Alvarez has been freelancing at WWOR and sister station WNYW since April 2010. He will be a general assignment reporter on WWOR’s 10 p.m. newscast, which is anchored by Brenda Blackmon and Harry Martin.

“Matt has done a stellar job on reporting relevant issues affecting tri-state area residents and we are thrilled to offer him this opportunity,” WWOR vice president and news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement.

Prior to joining WWOR, Alvarez was a reporter for WCMH in Columbus, OH and KJCT in Grand Junction, CO.

NYC Stations Cover New York Giants’ Victory Parade

New York City stations devoted all resources this morning to coverage of the celebration parade for the New York Giants, who returned home yesterday after a big win in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI.

Rob Powers and Lori Stokes anchored WABC‘s coverage from City Hall. The pair were joined by 10 reporters along the parade route for “up-to-the-second excitement of this great parade,” Powers said.

WNYW-WWOR‘s coverage kicked off at 1o a.m. with Dari Alexander, Ernie Anastos and sports director Russ Salzberg anchoring outside City Hall. Steve Lacy, Jill Nicolini and John Huddy were along the parade route. Read more

WPIX Reporter Jennifer Jordan Hired by WJW

After 10 years in New York City, WPIX reporter Jennifer Jordan is headed to Cleveland, where she will join Fox-affiliate WJW as the noon anchor.

“I’m just ready for a change,” Jordan told the New York Daily News. “There have been other offers, but this was the first opportunity that I felt was the perfect fit for me and my family.”

Jordan has contributed to the WPIX evening newscasts as a freelance reporter since 2009. Since coming to New York, she has also worked at WNYW, WWOR and WCBS. Her first day at WJW will be January 30.

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