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WFSB Quietly Goes Solo at 5:30 p.m.

dascenzo_wfsbWFSB recently went with Denise D’Ascenzo as solo anchor for the Hartford-New Haven CBS station’s 5:30 p.m. newscast.

The show used to be anchored by D’Ascenzo and Dennis House. House assured TVSpy there weren’t any ulterior motives behind the move.

“It’s part of a new long term  contract,” House said. “I already do the 5, 6 and 11 and “Face the State,” so that’s a full plate. During the 5:30 I now get to focus on the 6pm news which is the highest rated newscast in market and it gives the 5:30 a different look.”

A Meredith spokesperson had no comment for TVSpy.

Matt Scott Joins WTIC as Meteorologist

scott_wcct_croppedWTIC has announced Matt Scott will join the Tribune owned Hartford-New Haven, CT, FOX affiliate today as meteorologist.

“We are excited to have Matt join our terrific weather team,” said WTIC news director Coleen Marren in a statement. “Our viewers will appreciate his previous meteorology experience coupled with his knowledge of Connecticut, and of course, his positive energy,”

Scott comes to WTIC from News 12. He has also worked in West Virginia, Mississippi, Charlotte and Boston.

Olessa Stepanova Leaving Hartford for Boston’s WCVB

stepanova_wfsbWFSB‘s Olessa Stepanova is headed to Boston ABC affiliate WCVB.

A station spokesperson confirmed with TVSpy, the morning traffic reporter for the Meredith owned Hartford-New Haven CBS affiliate is leaving in January when her contract expires.

Stepanova started her career at News 12 Long Island and has also worked for NY1.

[The Laurel]

WATCH: Weatherman Learns Lesson Late in Life. Don’t Eat Stuff Off the Floor


This morning Scot Haney, the weatherman for Hartford-New Haven CBS affiliate WFSB, learned a hard lesson many of us learn very early in life.

Haney walked on set and started picking pieces of what he thought were Grape Nuts off the news set floor. “They taste like shoes.” said Haney. “I don’t think those were Grape Nuts.”

He was right. “Ladies and gentleman. Those were not Grape Nuts I ate,” Haney told viewers. “My cat threw up and I must have stepped in it and that’s what I ate. I ate cat vomit.”

He then chose to tweet the event out to more people:

[FTVLive]

Len Besthoff Joins WVIT From Rival WFSB

After 11 years at Hartford-New Haven CBS affiliate WFSB, Len Besthoff is joining rival WVIT.

According to a memo to WVIT staffers obtained by The Laurel, Besthoff will be the NBC owned station’s chief investigative reporter. “This addition to our Troubleshooters Unit assures that we will continue to build on the momentum developed over the past 20 months. We have created the premier investigative team in the state,” the WVIT memo reads.

At WFSB, Besthoff was the Hartford bureau chief and an investigative reporter. Before moving to Hartford, he worked at WRAL in Raleigh-Durham and WDBJ in Lynchburg.

Erik Schrader Named General Manager of KSNW in Wichita

Erik Schrader has been named president and general manager of KSNW, LIN Media’s NBC affiliate in Wichita.

It is a move within LIN Media for Schrader, who has been news director of WTNH in Hartford-New Haven since 2011. Schrader’s last day at WTNH was last week.

“As News Director for one of our largest markets, Erik transformed the stations’ largest single department into a multi-faceted operation with award-winning, multiplatform content creators that work hand-in-hand with every department in a cohesive way,” LIN Media EVP of television Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. “He brings a skill set to one of our newly acquired television stations that will be very important to its growth and development.”

His appointment is effective immediately. Read the official announcement after the jump. Read more

News Director Erik Schrader Out at WTNH

Erik Schrader has left Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH, where he has been news director since 2011.

A station source tells TVSpy that Al Carl, who has been managing editor at WTNH since 2012, has been named news director, though it is not clear whether his appointment is temporary. Before joining WTNH, Carl worked as news director at KMTV in Omaha and as executive producer at KSHB in Kansas City.

The Laurel reports Schrader is moving to another LIN Media station as a general manager.

Neither Carl or a spokesperson for LIN Media responded to TVSpy’s request for comment.

‘He Fired at Me’: WFSB Cameraman Runs From Suspect in Manhunt

With his camera rolling, a WFSB cameraman crossed paths with the armed subject of a police manhunt in a Connecticut neighborhood and lived to talk about it.

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In the video you can hear the cameraman for the Hartford CBS affiliate yell to reporter Kim Lucey, “Kim. He’s right here.” You then see the suspect, Andrew Samuolis, wearing a bullet proof vest and holding a gun in his hand as he appears from behind some trees. Samuolis sees the cameraman and points the gun at his own head. The cameraman yells, “Shit,” and runs away as the gunman fires a shot. Seconds later several shots can be heard. When the cameraman gets to his van he says, “He fired at me.”

Lucey later tweeted, “Just saw the suspect fire shots – my photographer and I hit the ground, called 911. Read more

Jamie Muro Leaving WTNH

Jamie Muro has announced he’s leaving Hartford-New Haven, CT, ABC affiliate WTNH.

The Laurel posted a station memo saying in part, “Jamie is heading over to the dark side, working in media relations for Sullivan & LeShane in Hartford. While I won’t miss his Dallas Cowboy helmet, I’ll definitely miss Jamie both on-air and in-person. Please join me in wishing him nothing but the best!”

Muro started at WTNH in September 2004. Before coming to WTNH he worked at WTLV-WJXX in Jacksonville, FL, WSLS in Roanoke, VA, and KREX in Grand Junction, CO.

According to the Hartford Courant Muro begins his new job in early August.

WFSB in Hartford Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB was evacuated Friday afternoon due to a bomb threat. Anchor Dennis House tweeted the news:


Employees were allowed back into the station shortly before 6pmET; House told TVSpy that the 6 p.m. newscast will go on as scheduled.

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