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Pete Marquardt Named GM of WGBA-WACY

wgba logoPete Marquardt has been named general manager of WGBA and WACY, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Green Bay, TVNewsCheck reports. He begins April 28 and will report to Debbie Turner, Journal’s EVP of television.

Marquardt comes from WJFW in Wasau, Wis., where he has been general manager for the last three years. Before that, he worked as the station’s general sales manager.

He replaces Joe Poss, who was recently named vice president and general manager of WTMJ, Journal Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Milwaukee.

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Green Bay Anchor’s Chair Malfunctions On-Air, Doesn’t Skip a Beat

What could be worse than having your chair malfunction right off the top of a newscast? How about having your news director make a Vine of it then tweet it out?

It happened to WBAY anchor Bill Jartz off the top of yesterday’s 4:00 p.m. newscast.

Matt Kummer, news director for the ABC affiliate, captured the moment for social media’s sake. See the tweet after the jump.

Here’s hoping Kummer shells out for a new chair for the set. Read more

WBAY Says Goodbye to Longtime News Director

Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY said goodbye to its longtime newsroom leader Friday.

Tom McCarey announced his retirement in October. He will be replaced by Matt Kummer.

McCarey was 17 when he started in the production department at WBAY. After a stint in the Navy he was offered a job in news. He’s worked as a reporter, photographer, producer and assignment editor at the station. He was promoted to news director in 1983.

“We have a great station here, we have great people, my job was to find good people and bring them in and let them do their job and get out of their way,” McCarey said in the story the station ran about his retirement. “I hope the station is in the same position in the community as it is now, that would make me very happy.”

Matt Kummer Named News Director at WBAY

wbay logo_304x200Matt Kummer will be promoted to news director at Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY after Tom McCarey retires at the end of the year, TVSpy has confirmed.

“Matt’s unique combination of experiences at WBAY, other Green Bay market stations, major markets, news management and social media evangelism made him the choice for a seamless transition to the Post McCarey Era at WBAY News,” WBAY general manager Don Carmichael wrote in a note to station staffers. “Congratulate Matt and help him in every way possible to continue the great tradition of Local News Leadership at WBAY’s Action 2 News.”

Kummer has been the station’s assistant news director since 2011. He has also worked at WCCO in Minneapolis, WISH in Indianapolis and WLUK in Green Bay.

Tom McCarey to Retire From WBAY

wbay logo_304x200WBAY news director Tom McCarey will retire from the Green Bay ABC affiliate next year.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to be part of the great tradition at WBAY-TV.  Working for a legacy station like WBAY-TV brings great advantages, but great responsibilities as well. I hope I have lived up to those responsibilities,” McCarey wrote in a note to WBAY obtained by TVSpy. “I’ve been fortunate to work with so many great people since I took that part time production job here in 1965; so many in fact that it would be a disservice to mention even a few for fear of leaving out some deserving co-workers.”

McCarey will officially sign off from the Young Broadcasting (soon, Media General) station in January.

Andrew LaCombe Joins WLUK

Andrew LaCombe has joined Green Bay, WI, FOX affiliate WLUK as a reporter.

WLUK tweeted out the news saying, “We’re welcoming reporter @andrewlacombe to the FOX 11 family. You’ll be seeing him on TV in the next week. Give him a follow!”

LaCombe comes from WLUC in Marquette, MI, where he was the morning reporter.

“It’s tough to leave home, but I’m excited about what’s ahead of me in Green Bay,” LaCombe told iewers on his facebook page. “I am not really sure what I said in this video, but I want to thank all of you for your support during my time here! Keep in touch on Facebook and Twitter.”

You can watch what he said during his on-air goodbye at WLUC after the jump. Read more

CBS Boss: ‘We Are Now at War with Time Warner Cable’

Both their corporate logos include the oculus, but CBS and Time Warner Cable are not seeing eye to eye this morning. In fact, after CBS-owned stations were pulled from TWC systems briefly overnight, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves said, “We are now at war” with the cable giant.

But after about 15 minutes, after lobbying by CBS, the stations were back on. In all, seven stations including WCBS and WLNY in New York, KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles and KTVT and KTXA in Dallas/Ft. Worth, are affected.

The new deadline for a deal is Friday at 5pmET.

Time Warner Cable is also in a dogfight with Journal Broadcast group. Five Journal stations, including WTMJ in Milwaukee, WGBA and WACY in Green Bay, KMTV in Omaha, and KMIR and KPSE in Palm Springs have been off Time Warner Cable since last Thursday.

The president of the Wisconsin State Senate, Michael Ellis has sent a letter to, calling on Time Warner CEO Glenn Britt demanding the stations be put back.

Time Warner customers “are no longer receiving the product they are paying for through your service,” Ellis wrote to Britt.

Chief Meteorologist Tom Mahoney to Retire From WFRV

Meteorologist Tom Mahoney has announced he will retire from Green Bay CBS affiliate WFRV in June.

“I’m reaching retirement age,” Mahoney announced this week on WFRV. “I worked out an agreement with management here, and I’m quite happy, actually.”

Mahoney, who says he will be back to fill in on the station as needed, joined WFRV in 1972. He left in 1973 and worked at stations in Oklahoma City and Milwaukee before returning to WFRV in 1982 as chief meteorologist. [h/t NewsBlues]

Larry McCarren Joins WGBA as Sports Director

Larry McCarren is joining WGBA, the NBC affiliate in Green Bay, as sports director.

The announcement comes a year after McCarren’s departure from crosstown rival WFRV, where he worked for more than 24 years. McCarren played center for the Green Bay Packers for 12 seasons and was voted into the Pro Bowl in 1998. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1992.

“I’m really looking forward to calling NBC26 my new TV home. The station has already made significant strides in re-establishing its local sports presence and I will do my best to contribute to that collective effort,” McCarren said in a statement.

“As a former Green Bay Packer player, Larry brings a special kind of insight that is highly focused on local sports in Northeast Wisconsin,” WGBA general manager Joe Poss said.”That will enable NBC26 to provide the best exclusive coverage to Packers fans.”

McCarren begins at WGBA on April 1.

Jennifer Dodd Leaving San Antonio for Green Bay

Jennifer Dodd, a general assignment reporter at KSAT, is leaving the San Antonio ABC affiliate for an anchor job in Green Bay.

Dodd will be the solo morning anchor at NBC affiliate WGBA, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

“Jennifer wanted to pursue anchoring,” WGBA news director Bob Healey said. “”Part of her allure is that she understands what it’s like to be a working mom.”

Dodd will start at WGBA after Christmas, she wrote on Twitter.

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