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Rick Mecklenburg Out at WXMI

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Chief meteorologist Rick Mecklenburg is out at WXMI, the Fox-affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mecklenburg joined the station in May 2012, after filling in for Peter Chan in 2011.

The Grand Rapids Press spoke with WXMI creative services director Travis Henkaline, who confirmed that Mecklenburg is no longer working at the station.

“We’re currently considering our options as far as his replacement is concerned,” Henkaline told The Press writer Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk.

Mecklenburg acknowledged his departure from WXMI in Tweet last night:

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WXMI Names New Morning Anchor

falzone croppedGrand Rapids, Mich. FOX affiliate WXMI has named Deanna Falzone morning anchor.

The Grand Rapids Press reports, Falzone replaces Sarah Brodhead, who recently announced she was leaving the station.

Falzone, a native of Harper Woods in the Detroit area, said she’s looking forward to the new assignment beginning Thursday.

“I am very excited to join the morning team and am looking forward to the sunrises that will come with the early wake up call,” Falzone said. “The fun, energetic atmosphere the morning team has created is one-of-a-kind in West Michigan, and I look forward to continuing that tradition.”

FOX 17 News Director Brooks Blanton said Falzone, who joined the Tribune Company-owned TV station in March 2013, approaches stories with passion and professionalism. Read more

Sarah Brodhead Leaving WXMI

Sarah-Brodhead1MLive.com reports that after seven years at FOX affiliate WXMISarah Brodhead has decided to leave the Grand Rapids station. The morning anchor announced the news on her Facebook page.

“It’s just time for a change,” Brodhead said. “You won’t see me on TV anymore, but I hope I see you around because I’m staying in Grand Rapids.”

Brodhead joined the station in February 2008. Before that, she was an anchor and reporter at KREX in Grand Junction, Colo.

Her last day is September 19.

Grand Rapids Anchor Back On-Air After Being Severly Burned by Campfire

michele-deselmsMichele DeSelms anchor for Grand Rapids FOX affiliate WXMI, is back on the air after suffering second and third degree burns over the Memorial Day weekend.

She told The Grand Rapids Press she got up from her chair near a campfire and “stepped onto a red-hot grate that had just been removed from atop the firepit. It seared the flesh on her foot and eventually created a massive hole in her arch.”

She also talked about her injury on Thursday’s 6:00 p.m. and thanked viewers for their support. You can watch the video of her return after the jump.

DeSelms had been out for three weeks. She told The Press she, her news director and co-anchor Christian Frank decided not to let viewers know about the injuries unless she was asked. Read more

WXMI in Grand Rapids Adds 11 p.m. Newscast

WXMI, the Fox affiliate in Grand Rapids, is adding a daily 11 p.m. newscast beginning June 2.

Mlive.com reports the newscast will be anchored by Mitch Fick and Ann Marie LaFlamme on weekdays, Dave Spencer on Saturdays and Michele DeSelms on Sundays. WXMI also plans to launch a 4 p.m. newscast this fall.

The station has been poking fun at its former slogan — “at 10 it’s news, at 11 it’s history” — with a new series of promos:

‘The Wind Just Blew Me Over. We’re Gonna Throw it Back to You Guys’

rick mecklenburg falls overThe perils of weather reporting were on full display in Grand Rapids yesterday during Rick Mecklenburg‘s live weather report, which was interrupted by a gust of wind that blew the WXMI chief meteorologist’s chair to the ground.

Mecklenburg made it through most of his report (in which he had to inform viewers of possible snow in the area this weekend) before abruptly falling out of his chair. “Sorry about that! The wind just blew me over,” Mecklenberg said through his laughter. “We’re gonna throw it back to you guys.”

Video is after the jump. Read more

Tara Hernandez Says Goodbye to WXMI

WXMI sports anchor Tara Hernandez is signing off from the Grand Rapids Fox affiliate, according to Mlive.com.

Hernandez joined the station in 2008 from WJBF in Augusta. Her last day at WXMI is Wednesday, and she begins next week as communications and marketing manager at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.

“In this position, I’ve met so many incredible people and covered so many great things,” she told Mlive.com. “But some of my favorite things are the daily, local stories. Telling stories about people you wouldn’t know unless you watched FOX17.”

WXMI Photographer Recovering From Live Truck Crash

A WXMI photographer suffered fractured leg after he was involved in a crash while driving the station’s live truck Friday morning.

The photographer was traveling on U.S. 131 Friday morning when he “hit an arrow board traffic sign where a work crew was making an emergency repair to a pothole,” according to WXMI. The live truck spun out and crashed, and he was pinned inside the vehicle. He was alert and talking as he was extricated from the truck and taken to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment.

The crash resulted in lane closures on U.S. 131 as emergency crews removed the photographer from the live truck and cleared the accident scene.

VIDEO: Murder Suspect Gives WXMI Tour of Crime Scene

Ten days before he was charged with murder, a Michigan landlord granted Grand Rapids Fox affiliate WXMI extensive access to the murder scene (video after the jump).

WXMI reporter Mitch Fick interviewed Marion Conley, who was charged this week with the murder of one of his tenants, on March 10. In the interview, Conley showed Fick where the body was found and laughed about how police searched his house for the murder weapon.

“You can take a picture if you want to,” Conley told Fick. “There’s two puddles over there.”

“When I sat down with Mr. Conley there at the house where Jodi Snyder was found dead, he was open, cordial, downright hospitable,” Fick said on WXMI Thursday. “He showed me all around the home, talked to me about where the body was found … and answered all my questions very honestly. He made no impression whatsoever that he could have been committing any sort of crime.” Read more

WXMI Launches Weekend Morning Newscasts

Grand Rapids Fox affiliate WXMI has launched weekend morning newscasts.

The newscasts, which debuted Saturday and will run both mornings from 5 to 9 a.m., will be anchored by Tim Doty and Leigh Ann Towne.

The station has also hired meteorologist Kelly Smith for the newscast. Smith joins WXMI from KDLT, the NBC affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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