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‘And Finally Tonight’: Bangor Anchors Quit On Air

In a dramatic on-air resignation, the WVII evening anchor team announced their intention to leave the Bangor ABC affiliate Tuesday night. Cindy Michaels, who doubles as the station’s news director, and her co-anchor Tony Consiglio surprised both staff and viewers with the announcement at the close of the 6 p.m. newscast (video above).

“And finally tonight this will be Tony and my final show together here on ABC7,” said Michaels.  “The last 6 years have been an interesting and enjoyable time for both of us as we have been the longest running news team in Bangor.”

“Some recent developments have come to our attention, though, and departing together is the best alternative we can take,” Consiglio added. Read more

Nick Coit Joining WABI in Bangor As Sports Reporter

Nick Coit, currently a sports producer at Fox O&O WFXT in Boston, is moving in front of the camera next week as he takes over as the sports anchor-reporter at WABI in Bangor.

“This will be my first on-air gig and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Coit told the Bangor Daily News. “I had a real nice opportunity with Fox in Boston but this is truly the direction I want to go.”

The 22-year-old replaces Prescott Rossi, who left recently to join Rochester’s WROC, at the CBS-affiliate. WABI news director Jim Morris, who selected Coit from a pool of 50 applicants, said Coit is “a good fit” for the station.

WVII Enlists Local Coaches as Sports Anchors

WVII, an ABC-affiliate in Bangor, ME, is giving local sports figures, such as the University of Maine men’s hockey coach Tim Whitehead, a shot in front of the camera. Over the summer, WVII plans to have a local athletic luminary anchor the station’s sports coverage once a week.

“Some of them mess up and some do a great job. But it’s all in fun,” WVII news director Cindy Michaels tells the Bangor Daily News.

The program is the brainchild of WVII sports director and sports anchor Brian Sullivan, who joined the station in 2009 and has been working to “build up a rapport” with influential members of the local sports community.

“It gave me a chance to hang out with them for an afternoon and build a rapport with them,” Sullivan said in an interview with the Daily News, recounting how he’s coached local coaches to be better on-camera.

So far, Whitehead and Husson University men’s basketball coach Warren Caruso have appeared during WVII’s 6 p.m. newscast.

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