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Parking Spaces Slim for WSVN After Owner Loses Lawsuit

wsvn.propertylines_smallerSFLTV is reporting many staffers at Sunbeam owned Miami-Ft. Lauderdale FOX affiliate WSVN will have to find somewhere else to park after the station’s owner lost his bid to foreclose on an adjoining property.

After the realty company owned by WSVN owner Ed Ansin, lost its foreclosure lawsuit against the owner of a vacant site across from the station, (shaded portion in picture) the owners of the vacant property have retaliated by blocking WSVN from parking on the property, evicted the station guard and plan to demolish the guardhouse.

South Florida Business Journal reported “The land targeted by foreclosure is next door, at 1415 N.E. 79th St. The 3.33-acre site is mostly a parking lot, although it has a 17,426-square-foot commercial building, a helipad and a radio tower. The building formerly housed NewsRadio WIOD 610 AM.”

SFLTV said station management told staffers only females and on-air talent can now park in the WSVN lot.

Jennifer Gray Joins CNN From WTVJ

jennifer gray cnn_304x200Jennifer Gray has joined CNN as an Atlanta-based meteorologist, the network’s vice president of newsgathering Terence Burke announced today.

“Jennifer brings a versatile skill set as a meteorologist,” Burke said in a statement. “She will be a great addition for CNN with her experience in production, multimedia and reporting in the field.”

Gray comes from WTVJ, the NBC owned station in Miami, where she was the weekend morning meteorologist and feature reporter. She returned to the station in 2011 after getting divorced from her husband. During her first stint at WTVJ, from 2007-09, she was known by her married name, Jennifer Reeves.

WFOR Meteorologist Recovering From Spinal Surgery

setzer_neckbraceWFOR‘s Craig Setzer is recovering from spinal surgery from injuries suffered in September.

The meteorologist for the Miami CBS owned station hurt his back in a Flugtag event where teams of people attempt to fly homemade contraptions off a pier and into the water.

He initially tweeted, “Well it didn’t go as well as I had hoped.” with a picture of him wearing a neck brace.  He later tweeted, “Doing better, out of trauma center, very sore, no long term damage.”

But according to his facebook page, while talking about an upcoming charity cycling event he admitted the damage was bad enough to require surgery. “Unfortunately I found out this week that I need surgery as soon as possible to repair spinal damage done during my flugtag flight of Sept 20, so I won’t be able to ride. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still contribute to an amazing cause.” Read more

Post-Newsweek Names New GM at WPLG

medina_wplgPost-Newsweek Stations announced Bert Medina as vice president and general manager of its Miami ABC affiliate WPLG.

“Bert’s passion for television, combined with his deep knowledge of the Miami market and his 27 years working in both English- and Spanish-language television at the local and network levels, makes him the ideal choice to lead WPLG,” Emily Barr, president and chief executive officer of Post-Newsweek Stations said in a statement.

Medina replaces Dave Boylan who announced he was leaving the station in August.

Medina comes to WPLG from Cangas Communications, a media investment and management firm, which he founded and led. Previously, he spent 13 years with Univision where he last served as senior vice president and operating manager of the TeleFutura Television Network. Before coming to Univision, Medina worked for Sunbeam Television Corporation where he worked for 14 years. He started his career as a research analyst at WSVN in Miami.

WATCH: Miami Meteorologist Glides Through Storm for Weather Report


Last time TVSpy saw WPLG‘s Roland Steadham, he was parachuting through Saharan dust to explain why the Miami area was seeing unusually dry weather.

This time the meteorologist for the Miami ABC affiliate went the other direction to teach his audience about the weather. “You guys know what causes rain here in South Florida,” Steadham asked his co anchors. “When air starts to rise.”

Which set up a glider flight in the name of “atmospheric research,” where he flew around the base of tropical downpour without the aid of a motor. “[A] tremendous amount of air starts to rise as the sea breeze comes in and it just lifts this 1200 pound glider up and away.”

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Miami Reporter on Tail End of Recovery From Cat Bite

gary_nelson_catWFOR reporter Gary Nelson is slowly recovering from a cat bite he got six weeks ago, according to GossipExtra.

“My cat Buckles, an indoor cat, got out one night and I went in the driveway to fetch him,” Nelson told GossipExtra. “And he wasn’t ready to come home. So he bit me right, perfectly into the joint.”

The veteran reporter for the CBS owned Miami affiliate has had a long road back after the cat bite including multiple surgeries, a couple of hospital stays, an antibiotic drip and hours of physical therapy.

“I just started being able to hold a pen,” said Nelson who said he expects to be back at work in a couple of weeks. “I’m anxious to get back.” Read more

WPLG General Manager Dave Boylan to Join Rentrak Board of Directors

WPLG vice president and general manager Dave Boylan is leaving the Miami ABC affiliate to join Rentrak’s board of directors.

“Dave’s experience gives our Board first-hand input on what local stations want and will help us with the future local TV roadmap, so that every station will want to join the revolution that is happening in local TV with Rentrak,” Rentrak CEO and vice chairman Bill Livek said in a statement.

Boylan will also resign his position as the ABC affiliates board chairman. Broadcasting & Cable‘s Michael Malone reports Mike Devlin, the general manager at WFAA in Dallas, will replace him.

Boylan has been the VP-GM of WPLG since 2003. Before working in Miami, he was general manager at KTTV in Los Angeles, WTVT in Tampa and WGHP in Greensboro.

Former Miami, Cleveland Anchor John Hambrick Dies at 73

John Hambrick, a veteran local news anchor, died Tuesday from lung cancer. He was 73.

Hambrick was the primary anchor at WTVJ in Miami from 1985 to 1989. He would later join rival WCIX (now WFOR). Before moving to South Florida, he worked at local stations around the country including WNBC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KRON in San Francisco, WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati.

“John was a legend in this community,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan told the Miami Herald. “He set a standard that all of us in the local television industry strive to meet, simply because it makes us all better at what we do. John was larger than life — not surprising because he was a fellow Texan — but also due to his authoritative delivery and his commanding presence.”

Josh Benson Fired from WFOR

WFOR, the CBS-owned station in South Florida, has fired morning anchor Josh Benson.

“WFOR-TV has terminated the employment of Josh Benson for his operation of a personal website that streamed the station’s newscasts without the knowledge and consent of the station,” the station said in a statement.

Benson’s Twitter page and personal site are both down as of this writing. Before coming to WFOR last August, Benson was an evening anchor at WFTV in Orlando.

CBS, and other broadcasters are in a legal fight with Aereo, a service which takes the signals of local television stations are streams them on internet-connected devices.

‘It’s Time to Take on a New Challenge’: WPLG GM Dave Boylan Resigns

Dave Boylan, vice president and general manager of WPLG, has resigned from the Post-Newsweek Miami-Fort Lauderdale ABC affiliate.

Boylan told TVSpy, “I am leaving to join the Board of Directors of a high growth company in the media business. Plus after running various television stations for the past 27 years, I felt it is time to take on a new challenge”

Boylan has been VP and GM at WPLG since 2003. Before coming to the station, he had been the GM at KTTV in Los Angeles, WTVT in Tampa, FL, and WGHP in Greensboro, NC.  He started his career at WMAQ in Chicago.

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