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Kurt Ludlow Says Goodbye to WBNS

Kurt Ludlow said goodbye to WBNS after 23 years Friday.

“I can’t tell you what I’m going to do next, because the truth is, I don’t know,” the anchor for the Columbus, OH, CBS affiliate said in his on-air goodbye. “But once I have it figured out I’ll share it with you on facebook and twitter.”

Viewers have already taken to the internet in an effort to bring Ludlow back. A “Boycott WBNS 10TV Until They Bring Back Kurt Ludlow” page has sprung up on facebook with 703 likes as of this writing. That page is linked to a petition on change.org telling WBNS, “I’m asking you to please revisit your decision before it’s too late and you fall in your ratings by more people following my suit.”

Ludlow first started at WBNS in 1986 as a reporter. He left in 1999 to work at KPTV in Portland, OR, and came back to WBNS in 2003.

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After 20 Years at WBNS, Chuck Strickler Says Goodbye

strickler_200x250WBNS weekend anchor Chuck Strickler signed off from the Columbus CBS affiliate last night.

“A final footnote right now,” Stricker told viewers at the end of last night’s 11:00 p.m.news. “This is my last newscast for 10TV as I get ready to step away from the business and spend more time with my family.”

Before coming to WBNS in 1994, Strickler worked at WVVA in Bluefield, WV, WOWK in Charleston, WV, and KIII in Corpus Christi, TX.

Columbus Station One-Ups ‘Ice Desk’ with ‘Ice Weather Board’

WSYX_icewallWSYX has taken the Ice Desk idea to 11.

Yesterday the Columbus ABC afiliate debuted the “First Warning Ice Center,” which reporter Brooks Jarosz tweeted out was “Made with real ice!

Chief meteorologist Bill Kelly told viewers on yesterday’s 5:00 p.m, “We have developed the entire First Warning Ice Center where we have a green wall that we’re going to be doing all the broadcasts out here for at least tonight.” Read more

Woman Calls WSYX Newsroom During Standoff with Police

WSYX_text_swatA Westerville, OH, woman involved in a standoff with an area SWAT team called the newsroom of WSYX to plead her case.

The Columbus, OH, ABC station said Katelyn Allen spoke to senior producer Mark Schultz on the phone for about ten minutes around 8:00 p.m.

During the station’s report on its 11:00 p.m. show, Schultz can be heard telling Allen, “I don’t think we’re going to be able to do anything to help you right now. I think you’re just going to have to go with the police now. I mean its just going to get worse if you stay in there holed up, you know?”

Allen told the station her boyfriend bought an XBox gaming system with her credit card. When she confronted him about it, he called police and told them he was being robbed at gunpoint. Allen said she was inside the home with her parents and her best friend.

During her live shot at 11:00 p.m., reporter Tara Morgan told viewers Allen texted her right before she was flushed out of her parent’s home with tear gas and sent pictures of police outside the home.

The standoff ended just before 10:00 p.m. with three of the people inside the home charged with aggravated robbery.

Police Find Vehicle Involved in Hit and Run with Columbus Reporter

steve-car_27120Columbus police have found the car they believe was involved in last night’s hit-and-run incident that left WSYX reporter Steve Levine with a broken leg.

The Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate said police were looking for Teresa Peters, a woman Levine was interviewing as part of a hidden camera investigation.

>UPDATE 10:49 a.m.: WSYX reports the woman suspected of hitting Levine with her car is now in custody.

According to the station, “Steve confronted the woman as she got into her car.  The woman started backing up even though the driver’s door was still open.  Steve’s leg was pinned under the car.  The driver took off.”

The station said the blue Honda Peters allegedly used in the hit-and-run was found close to where the hit-and-run happened.

Peters, who is still at large, faces charges of felonious assault. Levine’s leg was broken in three places. He is expected to be OK.

Columbus Stations ‘Unite to Fight Poverty’

UniteToFightPoverty_Anchors_281x156The local TV stations in Columbus, OH, have teamed up with the United Way of Central Ohio in an effort called “Unite to Fight Poverty.”

NBC affiliate WCMH, ABC affiliate WSYX, CBS affiliate WBNS and FOX affiliate WTTE will pre-empt their commercials between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. to air jointly produced segments about poverty in the local area.

According to the United Way, “These segments will highlight the work of United Way and partner organizations in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Home that is helping to build pathways out of poverty.”

Also, until 11:30 p.m. the stations will air stories “of local individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by the work of United Way of Central Ohio, partner organizations and supporters.”

Viewers will be asked to “learn more” and also “give now” to help fight poverty in the community.

[TVNewsCheck]

Ohio State Football Team Hugs Columbus Sports Anchor Who Recently Lost Daughter

After their 24-31 win against Big Ten Conference rival the Wisconsin Badgers, Buckeyes players and coaches gave Dom Tiberi, the WBNS sportscaster who recently returned to work after his daughter was killed in a car crash, a show of support that left the anchor for the CBS affiliate speechless.

One by one on their way back to the locker room, they stopped, reached out and embraced Tiberi. After it was all done, Tiberi said, “Whoah. That was amazing,” put his headset back on and let out a sigh.

[Deadspin]

Dom Tiberi Makes Emotional Return to Sports Desk After Daughter’s Death

WBNS sports anchor Dom Tiberi returned to the anchor desk at the Columbus, OH, CBS affiliate after his daughter’s death.

He thanked viewers, friends and colleagues for their support. “It’s never going to be the same. A little piece of me died,” said Tiberi with support from his co-anchors on set. He later added, “We’re going to try to make a positive out of this and thanks for sticking with me.”

Tiberi’s daughter, Maria Elizabeth Tiberi died after her car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer the night of September 17.

Ohio State University honored Maria with a moment of silence before the start of the Buckeye’s game with Florida A&M last Saturday.

Veteran Reporter Carol Luper Retiring from WSYX

Carol Luper, veteran reporter for Columbus, OH, ABC affiliate WSYX, will retire after more than three decades as a TV reporter.

Luper started her career at Columbus radio station WTVN in 1964. She told TVSpy she retired from WTVN in 1966 and had three kids. She returned to broadcasting in 1976 with a short stint at WRFD Radio News before moving to WBNS radio in 1977. She came to WSYX in 1989 after 10 years at the Columbus CBS TV affiliate WBNS.

The Columbus Dispatch said Luper’s first assignment at WSYX involved the 1989 opening of the Columbus City Center downtown mall. Twenty years later she reported on the mall’s closing.

“She knows everyone in this town,” Mitch Jacob WSYX news director told The Dispatch. “And she’s not afraid to ask tough questions.” Jacob added, “When the breaking-news alarm bell goes off, she’s the first person at the assignment desk asking what’s going on.” Read more

Meteorologists Jym Ganahl, Bob Nunnally Return to WCMH

Two meteorologists who have been on medical leave are returning to Columbus NBC affiliate WCMH. Jym Ganahl (right) will return April 15 and Bob Nunnally (left) will return April 22.

“The entire NBC4 family is pleased to welcome Jym and Bob back. While we, and their loyal fans have missed Jym and Bob on air, we’re glad they’ll be returning in good health,” WCMH news director Michael Fabac said in a statement.

In November, Nunnally sued Ganahl for libel, claiming Ganahl and “an unknown individual or individuals” made false statements that hurt Nunnally professionally and caused him to be exposed to “ridicule, hatred or contempt.” The lawsuit was settled two weeks later.

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