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Jeff Dore Retires After 30 Years at WSB

jeff dore wsbJeff Dore is retiring from WSB after 30 years at the Atlanta ABC affiliate, Access Atlanta’s Rodney Ho reports.

“After the two winter storms and sleeping on an air mattress in a Channel 2 office, I realized it was time,” Dore said.

Dore, a general assignment reporter at WSB, joined the station in 1984. He was diagnosed with leukemia 10 years ago and has suffered recent health issues that have caused him to reevaluate his life, he told Ho. In reflecting on his career, Dore said he tries to “see the humanity in any story.”

“I treat everyone with respect. And I appreciate humor even in the worst situations,” he told Ho. “If you listen to what people are saying and appreciate the quirky moments, you can reveal what the truth is and how people really feel about a situation.”

WSB to Present Live Special on Bullying

being bulliedAtlanta ABC affiliate WSB will present a live special on bullying this Sunday. The special, “Being Bullied,” will be anchored by Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore.

“WSB-TV has seen the stories involving bullying increase and after researching the issue we have learned it’s a very complicated problem,” WSB general manager Tim McVay said in a statement. “We hope that this program can inspire and educate to help change the culture that allows bullying to persist.”

The station says the special will be “an interactive conversation with experts, victims of bullying and former bullies.” It will air Sunday at 7 p.m. and will also be streamed on the station’s website.

Daniel Wilkerson Joins WGCL From KTHV

daniel wilkersonDaniel Wilkerson is leaving KTHV, the CBS affiliate in Little Rock-Pine Bluff, for WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

“I’ll be making the move to Georgia and will be joining the CBS Atlanta news team. It’s a great opportunity,” Wilkerson wrote on Facebook. “I’ve made so many friends during my two years here. I love Little Rock and appreciate all of our THV 11 viewers, but I guess it’s time to make new memories and I know that will happen.”

Wilkerson is a multimedia journalist for KTHV’s 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekday newscasts and a producer for the Saturday 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Katie Brace Says Goodbye to WGCL

Katie Brace signed off from Atlanta’s WGCL Sunday night.

The Weekend anchor for the CBS affiliate told viewers she was headed to Boston, but didn’t say which station.

Brace started at WGCL in 2009. She has also worked at WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, WMTW in Portland, ME, and WNDS (now WBIN) in New Hampshire.

WGCL in Atlanta Launches Rebrand

WGCL_rebrandAtlanta CBS affiliate WGCL has rebranded itself as CBS46.

The Meredith owned station launched its new look with a :10 weather promo today at noon. Viewers will see new graphics and a newly designed website. A set designed by FX Design Group will debut on tonight’s evening newscasts.

Trey Fabacher, VP and GM of WGCL said, “This Atlanta team has done a wonderful job making this transition happen.”

Atlanta Stations Fall For Bieber Protest Hoax

WGCL protestAll four Atlanta stations covered a fake protest over a potential Justin Bieber move to Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood Monday morning. The prank was organized by a local radio station that sent six of its interns to act as “protestors.”

Despite the fact that only a handful of people participated, the protest was covered extensively on the local stations’ morning newscasts. CBS affiliate WGCL, ABC affiliate WSB and Fox-owned WAGA all had reporters on the scene, and NBC affiliate WXIA had video from the protest during the morning newscast.

“We just think that Justin Bieber is a menace. He doesn’t really belong with the antics that he’s done  — egging people’s houses, drag racing, having drugs, being arrested. We just don’t need that in our neighborhood,” one protestor told WGCL’s Rebekka Schram.

The hoax was organized by “The Regular Guys,” a Rock 100.5 radio show that created a fake “Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition” Facebook page. According to host Larry Wachs, the prank was covered by 33 news outlets and generated more than 45,000 news stories.

Jennifer Mayerle Set to Join WCCO

jennifer mayerleJennifer Mayerle is joining WCCO, the CBS owned station in Minneapolis, Access Atlanta reports. Mayerle makes the move after eight years at WGCL, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

Mayerle, who will be a reporter at WCCO,  wrote on Facebook: “It’s the station where I had my first internship, the station I grew up watching, and the station I wanted to work at if I ever decided to live and work in Minneapolis. While bittersweet, I couldn’t be more excited to be joining such a great team.”

Mayerle will sign off in April, according to Access Atlanta. Before WGCL, she worked at WKRG in Mobile, Ala. and KWES in Midland, Texas.

Atlanta Stations Ready for Ice Storm with Mix of Old and New Technology

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The story coming out of Atlanta after the snowstorm two weeks ago was all about the influx of people onto local roads trying to get home at the same time.

With an ice storm forecast for this week and Governor Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for more than 40 Georgia counties in anticipation of the storm, all the Atlanta stations TVSpy spoke with said the same thing: this storm is all about power. Predictions call for ice and wind to bring down power lines and cause major power outages.

Cox owned ABC affiliate WSB, FOX owned station WAGA and Meredith’s CBS affiliate WGCL told us they were in “all-hands on-deck mode” with crews spread out across the Atlanta metro area and staffers working 12-hour shifts to cover the event with wall-to-wall coverage. But what good is all that coverage if no one can see it?

As WSB news director Mike Dreaden told us, Atlanta viewers need to make sure the batteries in their laptops, mobile devices and radios are ready to go. Like WSB, all the stations we spoke to plan on relying on their radio partners and their live streaming ability to keep viewers up-to-date in case the power goes out.

WGCL VP and GM Trey Fabacher said his station is going old school and partnering with talk radio station WGST. The AM radio station has plans to simulcast the CBS affiliate’s continuing breaking news coverage. Read more

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.

WSB News Director on Infamous 25-Box: ‘This Whole Thing is Kind of Funny’

WSB 24 boxTVNewsCheck talks to WSB news director Mike Dreaden about the Atlanta ABC affiliate’s infamous 25-box. Dreaden said he was surprised at the attention it got: “This whole thing is kind of funny,” he said.

For Dreaden, however, the attention given to graphic has been misplaced. The truly noteworthy thing about the news box is that it graphically demonstrated the ABC affiliate’s technical and logistical prowess, he says. “I was proud of it because it showed the scope of our coverage.”

The WSB graphic, which first appeared on the station’s 4 p.m. newscast Jan. 29, was actually produced before the show. “Not everyone was actually live at the moment we went to air with the news box,” Dreaden says. “We do not have the ability to do 25 live shots simultaneously.”

But the station had 25 reporters in the field ready to go live at any moment, Dreaden says. WSB used the news box to establish its presence in the field then switched to graphics with bullet points and text highlighting closings and other important storm news before anchors starting throwing the coverage to any one of the 25 reporters for a live update.

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