WOOD, an NBC-affiliate serving Southwestern Michigan, began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition over the weekend, starting with Saturday’s 6 p.m. newscast.
“What we do for our viewers isn’t changing,” WOOD news director Rebecca Sapakie said, in announcing the station’s HD launch. “24 Hour News 8 will continue to lead the way in breaking news, investigative reporting and severe weather coverage. Only now it will be in high definition.”
WWMT is introducing a new member to its morning team. Marcie Kobriger, who spent the last three years as a weekend anchor for WBAY in Green Bay, has been named co-anchor of the CBS-affiliate’s weekday morning newscast.
“I am excited to have Marcie join our morning news team. Her energy and excitement will be a great addition to Newschannel 3,” said WWMT news director Steve Koles.
Before WBAY, Kobriger worked as a reporter and anchor at WNDU in South Bend, IN.
According to the Grand Rapids Press, Ginter began reporting for WOOD’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts this week and will be at the 10 p.m. anchor desk beginning on Monday.
Before her time with KOMO, Ginter worked as a reporter for WSPA in Spartanburg, SC, where she was named “Reporter of the Year” by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association for her investigative reporting.
“Marlee’s experience with breaking news and investigative reporting is a perfect fit for 24 Hour News 8,” WOOD news director Rebecca Sapakie said. “I know her experience will only serve to benefit our viewers and this community.”
Following his giggle fit on Wednesday’s “360,” Anderson Cooper added himself to the show’s RidicuList last night. And pointed out that he’s certainly not the first person to break down in laughter on live TV.
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LaPlante, one of the original members of WXMI’s news team, has decided to leave the TV news business for a communications post with an area health department. She told The Grand Rapids Press that her decision to leave WXMI was “gut-wrenching.”
“When I started at FOX 17 nearly 13 years ago, we had one show, 35 minutes a day,” she recalled for the Press. “It has been exciting to see the growth to seven hours of news a day.”
LaPlante’s exit is the second high-profile departure from WXMI this month. Reporter-anchor Hailey Frances left the station two weeks ago for a job in Phoenix.
“It’s the longest I’ve ever not worked,” Doles told The Grand Rapids Press. “I’ve had jobs since eighth grade, either jobs or school or both, and this was the longest I’ve ever had nothing to do.”
Doles, who has covered sports for WOOD for 21 years, suffered from an abnormal narrowing of his spinal column. Most people have between 14.5 and 18.5 inches of room in their spine — Doles, who underwent three hours of corrective surgery, had just four. He returned to the Grand Rapids NBC affiliate last week, but he is still relegated to a neck brace, which he removes just moments before going on air.
Doles is also not allowed to lift anything over 10 pounds — like the camera he takes with him to shoot local sports games – or play golf until his recovery is more advanced. “You just have to take it easy,” he said. “That, for me, is harder than rehab.”
It was the deadliest shooting rampage ever to occur in Western Michigan. The havoc caused by Rodrick Dantzler on Thursday in Grand Rapids was so widespread that reporters had to specify that they were reporting live at just one of multiple crime scenes.
On Thursday afternoon, Dantzler, who has been described as having bipolar disorder, entered the homes of two former girlfriends, killing them both as well as others present in the houses at the time, including his own 12-year-old daughter. In all, Dantzler killed seven people in the span of a couple of hours and then led police on a car chase through Grand Rapids, eventually holing himself up in a house and taking three hostages.
WWMT, WXMI, WOOD, and WZZM all preempted their regularly scheduled programming on Thursday evening to bring live coverage of Dantzler’s rampage, which ended around 11:30 p.m. when the suspect shot himself.
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Tillotson, who is currently WWMT’s morning anchor, has been filling in on the evening broadcast since Judy Markee retired in May. Tillotson has been with the CBS affiliate since 2006.
Dominianni was WWMT’s morning anchor from 1996-1999 before he left to be the morning anchor for WSYX in Columbus. The Kalamazoo College graduate will be returning home to Michigan.
“We are thrilled to have two anchors that really know West Michigan, and are extremely familiar with all the issues and challenges that people in our community care about,” Jim Lutton, WWMT vice president and general manager, said in a press release.