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Hilary Golston Joins WKYC From WTVM

hilary golstonHilary Golston is joining WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, as a multimedia journalist and reporter. Golston begins in her new role April 14, according to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog.

“She’s very excited to help us make positive change and will now be closer to her family in Detroit,” WKYC news director Brennan Donnellan said.

Golston joins WKYC from WVTM, the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., where she was the weekend evening anchor. Before that, she worked as a nightside fill-in reporter for WFRV, the CBS affiliate in Green Bay.

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WEWS Apologizes for Inaccurate Report About Owner of Cleveland Browns

wewsCleveland ABC affiliate WEWS has posted a retraction on its website for a story posted early Friday claiming the owner of the city’s NFL team had been indicted.

According to WEWS, the “erroneously posted” report claimed Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J truck stops and majority owner of the Cleveland Browns, had been indicted “related to an ongoing FBI investigation into alleged fuel rebate fraud.”

Cleveland.com said Haslam hasn’t been charged with anything.

WEWS said it’s looking into how the report got posted.

Greg Easterly Named GM of Tribune’s WGN

wgn-logoGreg Easterly has been named general manager of WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, Robert Feder reports.

“Greg is a proven leader, both at the head of a station and in the newsroom, and he has a keen understanding of the management and operations of a legacy station with market dominance,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement. “WGN programs a powerful schedule of news, sports and entertainment for itself and CLTV, with more news than any other Chicago station — I’m confident WGN will continue its growth and success under Greg’s expert guidance.”

Easterly comes from WJW in Cleveland, where he has been general manager since 2007. Tribune added WJW to its station portfolio as part of the Local TV acquisition in December.

“I truly feel like one of the most fortunate broadcasters in the country – to first be a part of a powerhouse legacy station like WJW and work with the great people there, and now to be able to take the next step to WGN, another legacy station with a rich history and a top-ranked news product,” Easterly said.

WGN has been without a general manager since Marty Wilke left the station in 2012.

WKYC Names Micki Byrnes Station Manager

byrnes_croppedMicki Byrnes has been named VP & station manager of Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC.

“She has made significant contributions to WKYC and Gannett during her career and I look forward to seeing her continued success in this new leadership role,” Dave Lougee, Gannett’s president of broadcasting said in a statement.

Byrnes came to WKYC in 1997 as director of marketing and promotion. Three years later, she was named VP of Advertising and Promotion.

“It will be an exciting and challenging role, one that I’ve spent the last 17 years building towards,” said Byrnes. “Northeast Ohio is a dynamic television market and I plan to keep WKYC in the forefront of winning news coverage with a strong brand tied to our growth as a region, and world class consumer service.”

Brooke Spectorsky will remain president GM and SVP of Gannett Broadcasting.

Jill Manuel Out as WEWS News Director

manuel_wewsWEWS news director Jill Manuel is out at the Cleveland ABC affiliate.

Sam Rosenwasser, WEWS VP and GM, confirmed with TVSpy Manuel no longer works at the station.

Manuel came to Scripps owned WEWS in 2008 from CLTV, Tribune’s 24-hour local cable news channel in Chicago. She has also worked at WBBM in Chicago and FOX news.

Mike Dunston Leaving WEWS

MikeDunston_WEWSWEWS morning anchor Mike Dunston has announced he’s leaving the Cleveland ABC affiliate.

“After more than two years at WEWS, it’s with a heavy heart that I’m sharing with you that my last day at the station will be March 7th,” Dunston wrote on his facebook page. “I want to thank the Northeast Ohio community for their kind words and support. See ya at the next Cavs game!”

Dunston started working at WEWS in 2011. According to his station bio, he has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, FL, The Washington Post and stations in Houston, Washington, D.C., Raleigh and Dayton, OH.

WOIO GM Bill Applegate Retiring

applegate_woioWOIO GM Bill Applegate told staffers at the Cleveland, OH, CBS affiliate he is retiring after 45 years in the industry.

He wrote in a memo his years at Raycom were the highlight of his career.  “I am immensely proud of our management team at WOIO-WUAB and all of our colleagues here who have contributed to our great success.”

Applegate came to Raycom owned WOIO in 2001. Recently, the station has come under scrutiny over accusations of a “sexually hostile work environment.” Read more

Robin Swoboda Leaving WKYC

Robin SwobodaRobin Swoboda is leaving WKYC, the Cleveland NBC affiliate announced Tuesday. Her last day anchoring the 7 p.m. newscast will be February 28.

Swoboda and general manager Brooke Spectorsky told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer the departure was Swoboda’s choice.

“They asked me about doing others things, but they really didn’t have a platform that fit me,” Swoboda said. “I tried to do the straight news-anchor thing, but I just came to the realization that it wasn’t a good fit for me. I guess I’m still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up.”

Swoboda, a longtime fixture in Cleveland television, joined WKYC in 2011.

WOIO Giving Away Old Anchor Desk on Facebook

woio anchor deskWe’ve heard of stations giving away cars and money during sweeps, but Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO is giving away its old anchor desk.

The station announced on its facebook page, “19 Action News has a new studio and is giving away the old anchor desk to one of its Facebook Fans.”

In case you’re on the fence whether you want to enter the contest or not, the desk will be autographed by all of the WOIO anchors.

Longtime WKYC Broadcaster Del Donahoo Dies


Iconic Cleveland broadcaster Del Donahoo died Wednesday morning.

Donahoo started working at the Cleveland NBC affiliate in 1968. He co-anchored “Today in Cleveland Show” from 1981 until 1998. According to the station, “His wife, Martha, even became part of the show, with her now famous coffee and Tom’s incessant criticism of it.”

Together in Del’s Folkswagon, Del and Martha attended just about every parade, festival, county fair and community event in Northeast Ohio. He was most famous for his series “Del’s Folks” and his Del’s Folkswagon minibus was with him on most of his travels.

He retired from WKYC on January 20, 2007.

He was 90.

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