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Parodies of Song from Disney Movie ‘Frozen’ Are the New Ice Desk


Is the Polar Vortex relentlessly gnawing away at our collective good taste and dignity? Is singing a customized version of the song “Let it Go ” from Disney’s animated film “Frozen” the musical version of the Ice Desk?

You remember the wave of stations putting their anchors in harms way by making them broadcast from news desks made of ice to show how cold it was outside?

Last month, a traffic reporter at Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC did a “Let it Go” spoof for his traffic report. Since he’s always singing on his traffic reports anyway, it wasn’t too much a of a stretch.

But today, TVSpy learned that WTEN the ABC affiliate in Albany, NY, did a version of the song with its staff.

Also, via Hypervocal we learn Dan Ponce from Chicago CW affiliate WGN performed a version for the Windy City. Check it out after the jump. Read more

WKRC Adds Sheila Gray to Morning Team

gray_croppedCincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC has announced the addition of Sheila Gray to its morning news team.

Gray is a familiar face to Cincinnati viewers. She left Cincinnati FOX affiliate WXIX in August 2013 after turning down a contract offer and was named special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcasting one week later.

WKRC news director Kirk Varner said in a statement, “We are so pleased to have this opportunity to bring one of Cincinnati’s favorite morning anchors back home to become part of the market’s number one morning news team, right here at Local 12.”

Gray will co-anchor Good Morning Cincinnati from 4:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. with John Lomax. She will join Bob Herzog on the 7:00 a.m. show on MyTV affiliate WSTR.

Investigative Reporter Matthew Nordin Leaving WXIX

WXIX GM Bill Lanesey has confirmed with TVSpy investigative reporter Matthew Nordin is leaving the Cincinnati FOX affiliate.

“I want to let you know that I’ll be leaving FOX19 around the end of this month,” Nordin wrote on his facebook page. “My partner is a physician/medical researcher who needs to be in China for two more years. And the 15+ months we’ve been apart have been agonizing. So I’ll be off to China to do some reporting from one of the world’s biggest and most interesting economies. And I also hope to teach some children how to speak English, since in many cases, that’s the key to them having a good middle-class life. I am going to miss this great city, though! I mean it!!

Before coming to WXIX in April 2012, Nordin worked at WMBF in Myrtle Beach. He has also worked at KTVA in Anchorage and WSPA in Spartanburg, SC.

Cincinnati Anchor Leaving to be With Husband in SF Bay Area

wilson_wkrcWKRC morning anchor Tiffany Wilson has announced she’s leaving the Cincinnati CBS affiliate.

“For three years, my husband and I have commuted across time zones juggling careers we both love,” said Wilson. “After more than 50 cross-country flights, we feel it is time to be together.”

Wilson started at WKRC in 2010.

WKRC GM Jon Lawhead said in a statement, “While we are sorry to see her leave, we know that she and Matt certainly deserve to be living happily together in the same city. Of course, we wish that could be Cincinnati, but our loss is the Bay Area’s gain.”

Her last day will be March 7.

WKRC 7:00 a.m. News to Switch Channels

Wkrc_news_logoSinclair’s Cincinnati CBS affiliate WKRC is moving its one-hour show at 7:00 a.m. from its CW affiliate digital subchannel to Deerfield Media’s MyNetworkTV affiliate WSTR beginning Monday.

“Good Morning Cincinnati at 7 will provide the community with the quality newscast they have come to expect and WSTR is a station that tri-state viewers already turn to for News at 10pm,” WKRC GM Jon Lawhead said in a statement.

The show features anchors Bob Herzog and Tiffany Wilson, meteorologist John Gumm and traffic reporter Jen Dalton.

Cincinnati’s WXIX Gets a New Newsroom

wxix ribbon cutting ceremonyCincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX opened its new newsroom in a ceremony Tuesday.

Staffers had been working in the basement for six months while the new facility, which includes 15 monitors that show the Cincinnati local stations as well as the cable news networks, was built.

“This space was designed to make our news gathering machine more efficient, and candidly more competitive,” WXIX general manager Bill Lanesey said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “…We feel the space will give us a leg up as we compete and, in turn, navigate the increasingly-important digital space.” [h/t Cincinnati Enquirer]

Meteorologist Katy Morgan Joins WZTV

Katy Morgan is joining Nashville Fox affiliate WZTV as the chief meteorologist, she announced on Facebook.

Morgan announced her departure from WXIX last month. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Steve Norris will appear on WXIX’s weekend morning newscasts until the Fox affiliate hires another meteorologist.

Steve Norris will fill in weekend mornings until WXIX-TV hires another meteorologist.

Cincinnati Reporter Busted for DUI

WCPO KENDALL MUG_1387920874381_1701845_ver1.0_640_480Kendall Herold, a reporter for Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, has been arrested for DUI.

The station reported the news on its website saying she was released from jail last Thursday morning after being arrested last Wednesday night.

A check of the website tveyes by TVSpy showed news of Herold’s arrest first appeared on the station’s air on Christmas Eve, six days after it happened.

According to NewsBlues, the station first reported the arrest only after they checked with the station for comment.

TVSpy has asked WCPO for comment but has not heard back yet.

Meteorologist Katy Morgan Leaving WXIX

katy morgan wxixKaty Morgan is leaving Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX for a chief meteorologist job in a larger market, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Morgan joined WXIX in 2010 as the weekend morning meteorologist. She will sign off from the station when her contract expires on December 31. “We certainly don’t blame her for taking his opportunity, because we have a chief (Steve Horstmeyer) and we are very happy with him,” general manager Bill Lanesey told the Enquirer.

Before WXIX, Morgan worked at WMBF in Myrtle Beach and KSNT in Topeka, Kansas.

WCPO Hires Ken Broo as Sports Anchor

ken broo_304Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO has added Ken Broo as sports anchor and reporter.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with the pros at 9 On Your Side,” Broo said in a statement. “I’ve always admired them as competitors. It will be terrific working alongside the incomparable John Popovich and with former colleagues Clyde Gray and chief meteorologist Steve Raleigh.”

Broo is a veteran in Cincinnati sports. He worked for nearly 17 years at WLWT and six years at WKRC. He has also worked in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City, OK, Tulsa,OK, and Tampa, FL.

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