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Lawmakers Look for Ways to Let Viewers in Southwest Colorado Watch Colorado Stations

FCC_304Colorado Senator Mark Udall (D) and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel met Wednesday in Durango, CO, to figure out how to let residents in the southwest part of the state watch Denver TV.

The Durango Herald reports right now, some residents of La Plata and Montezuma Counties in Colorado can only watch Albuquerque stations.

La Plata County residents long have complained they get what one attendee at Wednesday’s forum described as “if it bleeds, it leads” journalism from Albuquerque-based TV news stations.

Among the roadblocks to Denver TV are resistance from New Mexico broadcasters, who don’t want to lose viewers in Southwest Colorado who support advertising revenue, and The Nielsen Co., the private New York-based company that determines TV market areas. Read more

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KOB Adds Tessa Mentus as Anchor

kob logo_304x200Albuquerque, NM, NBC affiliate KOB has announced Tessa Mentus has joined the station as co-anchor of the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

“KOB 4 has a long history of producing quality news and I’m excited to join the team,” Mentus said in a statement. “I’m also looking forward to exploring New Mexico and getting to know the unique culture here.”

Mentus replaces Nicole Brady as co-anchor alongside Tom Joles. Brady moved to mornings after returning from maternity leave.

Before coming to KOB, Mentus worked at WTVY in Dothan, AL, where she was an evening anchor and reporter. She has also worked at stations in Syracuse, NY, and Altoona, PA.

WATCH: Volunteer at Albuquerque Station Starts Newcast with a Faceplant


KRQE anchor Jessica Garate managed to maintain her composure after an unnamed volunteer at the station fell face first into the far edge of the shot at the top of the Albuquerque CBS affiliate’s 5:30 newscast.

This happened a couple of months ago and has steadily gone viral since it was originally posted, but TVSpy thought it would be a good way to say Happy Friday since it appears no one got hurt in the making of this film.

Garate recently responded to a viewer’s tweet commending her on keeping her composure by saying, “it was really tough not to laugh!”

Albuquerque Police Make Arrests in KOAT Chopper Shooting

koat chopperAlbuquerque police have arrested two men for shooting at the KOAT helicopter and satellite truck. Joshua Sullivan, 23, and Robert Rand, 24, “plotted and executed a plan to shoot up Sky 7 last week,” according to the Albuquerque ABC affiliate.

A KOAT photographer was able to get video of the suspects’ car as they fled the scene after the shooting. Last week, police apprehended a shoplifting suspect in the same car, finding shotgun shells that matched those found at KOAT. The men have admitted to both shootings, according to the station’s report on the arrest.

“The community support for Sky 7 and trying to find who did this has been great. Now, I just hope the DA’s office can effectively and quickly prosecute these guys,” KOAT general manager Mary Lynn Roper said. [h/t NewsBlues]

Shots Fired at KOAT Chopper, Satellite Truck

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Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT says a man in a gold Nissan Maxima opened fire at the station’s helicopter last week. The chopper is currently disabled and estimated to have more than $100,000 worth of damage.

The gunman is believed to have also shot at a KOAT satellite truck, which was parked nearby, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Police say they have a “very strong” lead in the case.

“We appreciate the efforts of APD to find who is responsible for this,” KOAT president and general manager Mary Lynn Roper said in a statement. “Sky 7 is a tool we use to serve the public interest. It has saved individuals and gives officials a bird’s eye view when residents, communities or pueblos are in trouble.”

Michelle Donaldson Named KOB News Director

Michelle Donaldson is joining KOB as news director. She begins at the Albuquerque NBC affiliate September 9.

Donaldson comes to KOB after five years as news director at KPHO, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix. Before that, she worked as news director of KRQE-KASA, KOB’s rival stations in Albuquerque.

“Leaving New Mexico was a hard decision; returning there to do a job I love is a perfect scenario for me.  I feel so fortunate to be joining KOB 4′s fine news team and can’t wait to be back, ” Donaldson said. “My family and I have missed so much about the state.”

During her career in local news, Donaldson has also worked at WXYZ in Detroit, where she managed news and programming.

“Michelle’s news acumen coupled with her knowledge of and enthusiasm for covering New Mexico’s news put her at the top of our candidate list,” KOB general manager Mike Burgess said. “Her work at KPHO has added to her already considerable achievement list.  She is a great fit for our news team.” Read more

KOCO Names Rebecca Gaylord News Director

Rebecca Gaylord has been named news director at KOCO, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City.

“The opportunity to lead a group as talented as the KOCO newsroom is a dream come true,” Gaylord said in a statement. “I’m excited to be part of such a top-notch team, in such a dynamic city.”

Gaylord comes from KOAT, the ABC affiliate in Albuquerque, where she has been assistant news director for the past four years.

“Rebecca’s track record of success speaks for itself,” KOCO president and general manager Brent Hensley said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that she is joining our team and will bring all of those positive experiences to our newsroom as we work to serve the viewers in Oklahoma.”

Antoinette Antonio Jumps to WCVB in Boston

Antoinette Antonio (pictured far right) announced this morning she is leaving Albuquerque NBC affiliate KOB for Boston ABC affiliate WCVB.

“Antoinette has taken a job in a major market,” KOB morning weatherman Steve Stucker told viewers. “Yes,” said Antonio. “Next Friday will be my last day on the morning show. But we still have more than a week together, guys. So let’s not be sad right now. Let’s enjoy the time we have together.”

Antonio told TVSpy she starts at WCVB June 17. Before working at KOB, Antonio was a morning anchor and reporter for KWES in Midland, TX.

[ABQ Journal]

Jorge Torres Joining Albuquerque’s KOB

Jorge Torres will be joining Albuquerque NBC affiliate KOB as weekend meteorologist.

Torres is coming to KOB from El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA which announced the news its facebook page, “In case you missed it this morning Meteorologist Jorge Torres made the announcement that his last day on Good Morning El Paso will be Friday May 31st. Jorge will be taking over the as Weekend Meteorologist at KOB in Albuquerque. Lets all wish Jorge good luck as he continues his career.”

Torres has worked at KVIA since May 2009. KOB news director John Mason told TVSpy Torres starts at the station in mid-June.

[El Paso Times]

Greg Gurulé Named Morning Anchor at KGUN

Greg Gurulé made his debut Monday as the new morning anchor at KGUN, the ABC affiliate in Tucson.

Gurulé was Northern Bureau Chief at Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT before he left the station to become a public relations and political consultant. The move reunites Gurulé with his former boss, KGUN news director Forrest Carr, who worked with him at KRQE in Albuquerque four years ago.

“Greg is an experienced journalist. He’s done just about every job a newsroom has to offer,” Carr said in a statement. “He is a solid a reporter and anchor. I’m thrilled he has joined our team.”

Gurulé anchors alongside Corinne Hautala. He replaces Steve Nuñez, who left KGUN in October.

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