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Green Bay’s WLUK Debuts New HD Studio

WLUK, the LIN Media-owned Fox-affiliate in Green Bay, debuted a new, HD-optimized set this week (video above).

“For over a year now we have been planning and building out for presenting news and weather in high definition,” WLUK president and general manager Jay Zollar explained, as the station unveiled its new set. “Our goal has been to have a visually appealing newscast but also to construct a studio that provides for lots of flexibility and supports our commitment to providing the best local content, balanced news and severe weather coverage.”

Sports Director Larry McCarren Leaving WFRV

Veteran sports director Larry McCarren is leaving Green Bay’s WFRV after 24 years with the station, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

His final day at the CBS-affiliate will be Friday. In addition to being the station’s sports director, McCarren, a former center for the Green Bay Packers, is host of “Larry McCarren’s Locker Room,” a weekly show that airs during football season.

McCarren will continue as an analyst for the Packers Radio Network, according to the Press-Gazette.

WGBA Meteorologist Has Ron Burgundy Moment

WGBA meteorologist Brian Niznansky got caught following the teleprompter a little too closely during the NBC-affiliate’s morning newscast today.

Niznansky apparently has a Ron Burgundy-esque commitment to the prompter and the morning show’s director had some fun with this fact by slipping in an “Anchorman” quote this morning.

“I love lamp,” Niznansky faithfully announced before realizing what had happened (video above). Read more

Todd Hicks Set To Join Milwaukee’s WTMJ In 2012

Todd Hicks is joining WTMJ, the NBC-affiliate in Milwaukee, in early 2012.

Hicks joins the station from WGBA, the NBC-affiliate in Green Bay, where he has been a reporter and weekend anchor for two years. His last day will be January 23. Prior to joining WGBA, he worked at WSAW in Wausau, WI and KSAX in Alexandria.

Hicks will be a general assignment reporter at WTMJ. His first day will be January 23.

WBAY Begins Broadcasting in HD with New Set

WBAY is now broadcasting the news in HD. The Green Bay ABC-affiliate unveiled a brand-new set and graphics package this week as it transitioned to high definition.

The station had been broadcasting from a temporary set since November as the new set, designed by FX Group, was built over the course of ten days.

Video of the new set inside… Read more

WLUK Morning News Disturbed By … Hot Dogs?

Tiger Woods and Pete Petoniak have something in common.

The golfer was on the seventh hole at the Frys.com Open on Saturday when someone burst onto the green and threw a hot dog (with the bun) at him. The WLUK meteorologist was in the middle of his weather report on this morning’s newscast when a (bunless) hot dog was lobbed into his live shot from the bushes behind him (watch the video, above). Read more

Anchor Tammy Elliott Resigning From WFRV

Anchor Tammy Elliott announced this week that she will be resigning from WFRV at the end of the month.

Elliott, who began with the Green Bay CBS-affiliate as an intern in 1990 and eventually worked her way up to anchor, says that the move is based on her desire to spend more time with her family.

“I’ve always put family first,” Elliott explained, in announcing her resignation. “Right now I’ve chosen to step back in my career to devote more time to my other career–being a mom.”

Following Elliott’s departure on September 30th, Tom Zalaski and Erin Davisson will team up to co-anchor WFRV’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts. Read more

Joseph Denk Named VP-GM of WFRV-WJMN As Nexstar Deal Closes

Nexstar Broadcasting’s $20 million deal to purchase two CBS affiliates, WFRV in Green Bay and WJMN in Marquette, MI, was completed today. Joseph Denk will take over as vice president and general manager of both stations.

Nexstar announced the purchase of WFRV and WJMN in April. The deal brings the number of CBS affiliates that Nexstar owns up to 13. ““The acquisition of WFRV and WJMN brings immediate strategic and financial benefits to Nexstar as it expands and diversifies our station portfolio,” Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook said.

Denk, who replaces veteran VP-GM Perry Kidder at WFRV-WJMN, is a Wisconsin native who is currently the VP-GM at WQRF, the Nexstar-owned Fox affiliate in Rockford, IL.

“Under Joe’s leadership, our Rockford operations have performed very well,” Nexstar executive vice president Tim Busch said. “His years of experience, respect within Nexstar and his Wisconsin roots are all a perfect fit to lead our newly acquired operations in Green Bay and Marquette.”

WFRV is First in Green Bay to go HD

Nexstar-owned WFRV in Green Bay (market #71) becomes the first station in Northeast Wisconsin to go HD. General Manager Perry Kidder, who is soon leaving the station after 40 years, says, “We have made a commitment for years and years and years to try and bring the best product we can to the Northeast Wisconsin market place. That means not only to deliver what we think is the best ethical and high quality news project, but also the technology that delivers that.”

WFRV-WJMN President-GM Plans to Retire as Nexstar Takes Over

WFRV-WJMN president and general manager Perry Kidder, who has been with the Wisconsin-Michigan partner stations since 1974, announced that he will retire as soon as Nexstar Broadcasting‘s acquisition of the stations is finalized (WFRV report above).

“After 40 years in the business and 37 with this company, I made this thoughtful decision to retire,” Kidder said. “I am particularly gratified and honored to have worked with the talented and wonderful people at Channel 5 and Channel 3.”

WFRV (channel 5) is a CBS-affiliate based in Green Bay, WI and WJMN (channel 3) is run as its semi-satellite in Michigan’s Central Upper Peninsula. In April, Nexstar inked a deal to acquire the two stations from Liberty Media Corporation for $20 million.

Kidder joined WFRV-WJMN in 1974 and, after working in numerous sales positions, was named vice president and general manger in 1993. He was promoted to president-GM in 2007.

Video of the announcement inside… Read more

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