Wearing a skin-tight green body suit and head covering, Perlman delivered the weather for most of the morning in a suit and sunglasses. For his final forecast of the day, though, Perlman went completely invisible. Well, until the KBAK-KBFX morning crew turned off the effects for a moment, revealing Perlman’s awkward body suit (video above).
It was apparently a little too early in the morning for Harry Belafonte. The legendary singer was supposed to do a satellite interview with the KBAK-KBFX morning team on Friday but when the camera cut to him live in New York he was fast asleep and couldn’t be roused for the interview, despite the best efforts of anchor Leyla Santiago (video above).
Less than four months after putting its stations up for sale the McGraw-Hill Companies has reached an agreement to sell the 9-station group to E. W. Scripps for $212 million in cash.
The McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Group includes ABC affiliates in Denver (KMGH), San Diego, (KGTV), Bakersfield (KERO), Indianapolis (WRTV) and Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, San Diego and Bakersfield.
Scripps owns six ABC-affiliated stations: WXYZ in Detroit, WEWS in Cleveland, WCPO in Cincinnati, KNXV in Phoenix, WFTS in Tampa and WMAR in Baltimore. Scripps also has three NBC affiliates: Kansas City (KSHB), West Palm Beach (WPTV) and Tulsa (KJRH); as well as independent station KMCI in Lawrence, Kansas.
“I am proud of the contributions the Broadcasting Group has made during its rich history with McGraw-Hill,” said Harold McGraw III, chairman, president and CEO. “Scripps is a respected media company that will provide an excellent new home for our broadcasting stations and allow them to deepen their ties and value in the markets they serve.”
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“All right, let’s just say it: that soundbite sounds like something else…” KBAK anchor John Dabkovich said, trying to hold back laughter after the CBS-affiliate aired video of a father and son fishing that was accompanied by some unexpectedly erotic sounds.
The soundbite was presumably of the boy cheering on his father but the “ooooh, yeah, daddy…” was evocative of something that you wouldn’t find airing on a morning newscast (video above).
Rachelle Murcia, who has been a traffic reporter with KOMO for the past six years, is joining KGET as an evening anchor and reporter. Murcia’s first day with the Bakersfield NBC-affiliate is today and she is set to make her on-air debut on Monday.
“I feel priviledged to have been welcomed to the ranks of the KGET News team,” Murcia wrote on Facebook this week.
KOMO’s farewell video to Murcia is inside… Read more
“As the local news landscape broadens to include various content platforms, Cristi’s work with social media and her experience as a multimedia journalist will strengthen the stations’ commitment to bringing viewers news when and where they want it,” KBAK-KBFX vice present and general manager Teresa Burgess said in a statement.
Last night, KGET said goodbye to longtime evening anchor Robin Mangarin, who announced her retirement from the news business in May. Mangarin has been with the Bakersfield NBC affiliate for much of her 25-year career in television.
KGET’s nearly nine-minute tribute video was narrated by Mangarin’s husband and co-anchor, Jim Scott, who she married in 1989 (video above). He will continue to anchor KGET’s 5 p.m, 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. newscasts.
“She has brought class and clarity to the Golden Empire’s news media, and she leaves with a footprint on our hearts,” Scott said of his wife.
The McGraw-Hill Companies is getting out of the broadcasting business.
Denver’s KMGH (whose call letters signify McGraw-Hill), KGTV in San Diego, KERO in Bakersfield and WRTV in Indianapolis are up for sale.
McGraw-Hill says the stations “should be attractive to strategic and financial buyers with a focus on media.”
The Broadcasting Group had revenues of almost $100 million in 2010, up +18% over the prior year. McGraw-Hill also owns Azteca America affiliates in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, San Diego and Bakersfield.
McGraw-Hill’s core companies include Standard & Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts energy information services and J.D. Power and Associates.
In 2009, McGraw-Hill sold publication BusinessWeek to Bloomberg LP.
KERO news director Todd Karli is defending his station’s decision to air a story about successful local strippers during its 5 p.m. newscast, a move that ended in the firing of chief meteorologist Jack Church (right), a devout Christian who boycotted the newscast because of the story’s racy subject matter.
“We were very careful to approach the story, not as any kind of promotion for the business, but straightforward,” Karli told The Californian recently.
The story (which can be seen here) reported on how strip-clubs are one of the few local businesses that have not been hurt by the recent economic downturn. In explaining his decision to boycott KERO’s newscasts that day, Church said that he felt the story sent the wrong message to young women. Read more
Taking a page from KUTV’s social media playbook, the morning team at KBAK-KBFX in Bakersfield, CA launched their own “Facebook Faceoff,” a competition to see who can gain the most fans on the ubiquitous social networking portal.
The clear winner has turned out to be weathercaster Aaron Perlman, who whipped out his acoustic guitar and made a music video (above).
As Lost Remote points out, though, Perlman was originally asking viewers to be his friend and not his fan so he quickly hit Facebook’s 5,000 person limit on friends. Perlman has since launched a fan page.