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Washington FOX Anchor Reveals Beatlemania

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in the New World via The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Tony Perkins, anchor for Washington, D.C. FOX owned station WTTG, revealed to viewers his love of anything Beatles.

Perkins said he has been a Beatles fan since he was a little kid and showed off his collection of memorabilia. He also told about a personal story involving Ringo and the birth of his son.

Former Atlanta Anchor Found Not Guilty of DUI

amanda davis wagaFormer WAGA anchor Amanda Davis has been found not guilty of two of three charges against her after a wrong way crash.

Davis was arrested in November 2012 and charged with DUI, failure to maintain a lane and reckless driving after driving northbound in a southbound lane of an Atlanta street.

According to Atlanta ABC station WSB, Davis was found not-guilty of DUI and reckless driving. She was sentenced to 20 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $200 fine after being found guilty of not maintaining her lane. “Davis told the judge she would have no problem with community service because she already does it.”

Davis retired from the Atlanta FOX owned station in April.

After 19 Years, Eric Wilson Out at WREX

eric wilson_wrexEric Wilson is no longer working at Rockford NBC affiliate WREX.

John Chadwick, WREX VP and GM, confirmed with TVSpy he told The Rockford Register Star, “This is an important step to best serve the people of Rockford.” He also told us beyond that, he can’t discuss personnel matters.

Chief meteorologist Eric Sorensen told The Rockford Register Star, Wilson’s departure is “incredibly sad. He is a good friend of mine, and I won’t get to work with him.”

Today is ‘Loren Nancarrow Day’ in San Diego

lorennancarrow_croppedThe San Diego City Council has proclaimed January 28, 2014 to be “Loren Nancarrow Day.”

Nancarrow, a former anchor for San Diego FOX affiliate KSWB, died December 28 after battling cancer for almost a year.

“He advocated for the environment long before it was fashionable and taught a generation of television viewers and readers to be good stewards of our land, sea, and air,” said Councilwoman and former KGTV reporter Marti Emerald as part of her tribute to Nancarrow’s 30-year career in San Diego.

His family has set up a donation fund to help pay for a new rooftop healing garden at Scripps Radiation Therapy Center in San Diego. Click here more info.

Former KTBC Anchor Diagnosed with Leukemia

hernandez_cropped_ktbcLoriana Hernandez left Austin FOX owned station KTBC earlier this month. She told viewers she was leaving to be with her husband and two year old son in Washington, D.C.

But, as Austin360.com reports, when Hernandez had some blood work done as part of the process to have a second child via in vitro fertilization, doctors found she had leukemia.

“The doctor called me crying,” Hernandez told Austin360. “I said, ‘What? You must be kidding.’ I was yelling and crying. It was unreal.”

Sadly, her doctor wasn’t kidding. She was very, very ill.

Hernandez wasted little time, booking a last-minute ticket and arriving at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital late Monday. She expects to start six weeks of on-and-off chemotherapy Tuesday or Wednesday.

“They told me, ‘This can’t wait,’” she said.

The support from friends, former co-workers — and viewers who’ve never met the vibrant broadcast journalist — has been, from the start, overwhelming, Hernandez said. She says she is so incredibly grateful.

“I’m so touched,” she said. “My stomach hurts from crying so much, but I know I can beat this. I can kick its ass. I look at my precious son and I say, ‘Failure is not an option.’”

Mackenzie Warren ‘Shocked’ She’s No Longer with KSNV

warren_ksnv_304Mackenzie Warren is no longer working for Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV.

Warren told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “This is my hometown. No longer being allowed to do what I love in the city that I love will be a painful adjustment. I’m shocked. Channel 3 gave me no reason for my termination. I thank this community for welcoming me into their homes over the years.”

Warren started working for KSNV as a reporter. Most recently she was co-anchor of the 3:00 p.m. news.

Before coming to KSNV Warren worked for KRNV, KSNV’s sister station in Reno.

Columbus Anchors Show What Happens During Breaks

WSYX anchor Bob Kendrick recently posted a video revealing what really happens between segments at the Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate.

The video also features chief meteorologist Bill Kelly, a fast food run and a tear inducing rendition of the Disney song “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Brandon Lee Joins KTVK in Phoenix

lee_ktvk_croppedBrandon Lee has joined Phoenix, AZ, independent station KTVK as 4:30 p.m. anchor.

Lee was known as Brandon Rudat when he worked at WGCL in Atlanta. According to KTVK’s press release, “to honor his adopted family and keep a promise made to his adopted father, David Lee, Brandon will go by his middle name ‘Lee’ on air.” He left WGCL in July.

“Brandon will be a great addition to the 3TV news team,” Cameryn Beck, executive news director said in a statement. “His dedication to news excellence and warm personality are a perfect fit for our newsroom and product.”

Lee will also contribute to the station’s other evening shows. He starts anchoring with Jaime Cerreta next Wednesday.

WTHR Anchor Speaks to Daughter Live by Phone During Purdue University Lockdown

payton_swan_wthrBefore Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR had any official information about the shooting at Purdue University that left one man dead, WTHR anchor Scott Swan spoke to his 20-year-old daughter Payton live by phone at around 12:38 p.m.

Swan, who is a nursing student at Purdue, told her father she heard reports from “various people that a TA was shot in the middle of class in Electrical Engineering.” Swan also said students were told to shelter in place.

“We’re just all really shaken up,” she told her father. She added students didn’t have any information from police.

She said her sorority sisters told her professors had locked and barricaded themselves in their classrooms and the whole campus was on lockdown.

Swan ended the phone call by telling his daughter, “Thanks for talking to your dad and making me feel a little better about how things are going.”

Cleveland Anchor Pays Tribute to MLK, Jr.


Cleveland anchor Leon Bibb told viewers of ABC affiliate WEWS he is sitting at the anchor desk today because of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday, during the 5:00 p.m. newscast on the holiday celebrating the civil rights leader, Bibb reported on-air about the MLK breakfast in Cleveland, but also wrote a piece on the station website talking about King’s legacy.

Even though Dr. King was felled by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 39  in 1968, his voice and his words still ring loudly. They are not only played on television and radio, they resonate in the hearts of  generations of people who struggled to be part of the American fabric in every way. I am one of those who is a product of the Movement. Had it not been for it and Martin Luther King, I would not be the news anchorman I have become. Many millions of blacks, and Asian, and Native Americans, and women, and scores of other ethnic groups would not enjoy the liberties they currently enjoy.

Bibb also told viewers, “Martin Luther King and the movement lifted black people, not only blacks but everyone. America was lifter to a higher level. For those of us who grew out of the accomplishments of the movement we revisit the movement and the man, every moment of every day.”

Click here to read his entire piece.

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