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Emmy Rundown: Southeast Region

The Southeast chapter of NATAS handed out Emmys over the weekend at a ceremony in Atlanta, honoring news and programming excellence for stations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Asheville, NC.

Atlanta NBC-affiliate WXIA took home 11 Emmys and was honored multiple times in the News Programming Excellence category for Markets 1-25. Atlanta stations WSB, WGCL, and WAGA also received awards in the category.

Standing out in the smaller market field (75+) was Savannah’s WTOC, which was honored twice alongside Jackson’s WAPT and Columbia’s WIS.

Winners in the On-Air Talent categories inside… Read more

Multitasking WSPA Anchor Amy Wood Interacts with Viewers Online During Newscasts

WSPA anchor Amy Wood, who solo anchors the 10 p.m. news on WSPA’s CW sister station in addition to co-anchoring the CBS-affiliate’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts, is, as Lost Remote puts it, “elevating multitasking to a new art form.”

Wood has amassed one of local TV’s most significant social media followings, as Lost Remote points out, in part by interacting with viewers online while she’s on the air.

“I solo anchor, run the foot pedal prompter, do the live streaming, keep an eye on comments, pick the best comments and throw them into script at the end of the show. It’s a multitaskers dream come true,” Wood says.

Wood, who currently has over 17,000 followers on Twitter and over 13,000 Likes on Facebook, uses time during newscast packages and commercial breaks to check in with her Carolina audience, making them a real-time part of the broadcast.

“There’s a powerful energizing connection that helps to keep every show fresh and interesting,” she says.

John Soapes Named President-GM of Hearst’s WYFF

Hearst has promoted John Soapes, who has served as general sales manager of the company’s Orlando CW-affiliate for the past decade, to president and general manager of WYFF, a NBC-affiliate serving the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville market.

“John is an outstanding broadcast executive, more than ready to take on the opportunity of leading WYFF,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of Hearst Television, adding that the company is “delighted to bring a native South Carolinian home.”

Soapes succeeds Michael Hayes, who was recently appointed to president and general manager of WTAE, Hearst’s Pittsburgh ABC-affiliate.

Soapes began his career as an account executive with WTAT in Charleston, SC.

Lost in Shuffle at WYFF, Anchor Gordon Dill Jumps to Crosstown Rival WSPA

Previously a weekday morning anchor at WYFF, Gordon Dill has jumped to crosstown rival WSPA, where he will work as a weekend evening anchor and reporter.

WSPA, a CBS-affiliate in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson-Asheville market, announced the move this week, saying that Dill’s first day is set for April 4th.

Dill has spent the majority of his 12-year broadcasting career with WYFF, an NBC-affiliate, where he became a popular presence in the morning. He was squeezed out earlier this month as the station decided to change its daytime anchor lineup.

“After being assigned to a different schedule Gordon decided to seek employment opportunities elsewhere,” WYFF announced this week. “We wish Gordon the best of luck in the future.” Read more

WSPA Morning Anchor Fred Cunningham: What I Learned from 7+ Hours of Storm Coverage

WSPA morning news anchor Fred Cunningham took away a few lessons after handling 7+ hours of snowstorm coverage on Monday.

WSPA, a CBS-affiliate in Spartenburg, SC, covered the area storm throughout the morning.  Here’s some of what Cunningham learned from the experience, (via)…

-Our news director, Dan Cates, was really smart in the way he asked if Dan, Diane and I would do a sixth hour of Daybreak from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. We’d been on the air since four o’clock Monday morning at that point. He made it seem like it was our idea.

- It’s the job for someone at the South Carolina Department of Transportation to calculate that workers are using 4,025 tons of salt, 1,130 tons of sand and over 322,000 gallons of brine.

- If we’re going to do six hours of live TV, we’re going to need a larger recycle bin for our scripts. (See photo)

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