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Sinclair Appoints New GM to Syracuse Stations

cny centralAmy Collins has been named GM of Syracuse NBC and CW affiliates WSTM-WSTQ by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Collins will also oversee sales and non-programming related services for CBS affiliate WTVH. The three stations make up CNYcentral.

“Having grown with these stations over the past 15 years, I am thrilled to be able to lead this team into the future with a great company like Sinclair,” Collins said in a statement.

Collins started at WTVH in 1999 as an account executive. She was named national sales manager in 2000. Two years later, she became the local/general sales manager and was named VP and Director of sales at WSTM, WTVH and WSTQ in 2009.

Weekend Anchor Rachel Wulff Leaving WDSU

rachel wulffWDSU weekend anchor Rachel Wulff has opted not to renew her contract with the New Orleans NBC affiliate, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

She said Friday (June 27) that she was leaving WDSU on good terms, and cited the station’s “Neighbor or Nuisance” series as a reporting highlight of her time there.

“I feel privileged to have worked with some amazing journalists here who are committed to the community — uncovering corruption, educating the public and providing much-needed information when disaster strikes,” she said. “I am proud to have given a voice to many struggling to return post-Katrina.”

Jonathan Shelley, WDSU’s news director, said there would be no immediate announcement about Wulff’s replacement.

KUSA Senior Producer Leaving After 34 Years

jack maherKUSA senior producer Jack Maher is signing off after 34 years producing the Denver NBC affiliate’s morning newscast. On the station’s website, Maher looks at the evolution of the show from his first broadcast — a “disaster” half-hour newscast — to today:

Today, we’re churning out four-and-a-half hours of morning content with a highly talented, highly energized crew of on air and behind-the-scenes pros. Some days, I can’t believe how that little show I started 34 years has evolved and grown. That growth has included me, as I’ve acquired new skills as a multimedia journalist. I’m enormously proud and grateful too.

Why leave? I’ve taken this morning show as far as I could. It’s time for a new generation to take over, as I head off to a new gig as a multimedia guy with Jefferson County Schools. No more midnight alarms. Won’t miss that. But I will miss all my great colleagues at 9NEWS, and more importantly, you. Thanks for riding along.

Watch KUSA’s tribute to Maher after the jump. Read more

More Changes to KNBC’s ‘Today in LA’

knbc logoWith Daniella Guzman set to take over as co-anchor of KNBC’s “Today in LA,” the NBC owned station in Southern California has some other changes in the works for its morning newscast.

A KNBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy that Whit Johnson, who currently anchors the noon newscast, will co-anchor “Today in LA” alongside Guzman. Johnson will swap with Michael Brownlee, who currently anchors the morning newscast and will be moving to the noon newscast.

Michelle Valles, who has been co-anchoring the morning newscast since Alycia Lane parted ways with KNBC last year, will return to her previous role as co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Today in LA” and report during the week.

On the revamped morning newscast, which debuts June 30, Guzman and Johnson will be joined by meteorologist Crystal Egger and traffic reporter Holly Hannula, who joined KNBC this week.

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Anne McNamara Says Goodbye to WAVY-WVBT

mcnamara wavy croppedAnne McNamara, reporter for WAVY-WVBT is leaving the Portsmouth, VA, NBC and FOX affiliate.

McNamara told viewers goodbye on last night’s WVBT 10:00 p.m. news.

Before coming to WAVY-WVBT in 2011, McNamara worked at WGME in Portland, ME. She started her career at WSYR in Syracuse, NY.

WXII Reporter Splits His Pants During Live Shot

lea splitsWXII traffic reporter Chris Lea lived an “everyone’s greatest fear” moment. He split his pants. As an added bonus he did it on live TV.

Lea was a guest on a segment called Lanie’s Backyard Barbecue during the Winston-Salem, NC, NBC affiliate’s 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. news. He challenged a local high school cheerleader to a toe touch off. Each had to perform that jump in the air, do the splits and touch your toes move cheerleaders do.

Lea did the toe touch. But maybe lost some dignity in the process. Click here to view it. WXII’s site doesn’t allow embedding.

NBC Owned Stations Names Josh Kleinbaum Executive Editor of Digital Media Group

nbc owned stations logoJosh Kleinbaum is taking on a new role at the NBC Owned Television Stations. After five years with the station group, Kleinbaum has been promoted to executive editor of the digital media group, effective immediately.

Kleinbaum was most recently the senior managing editor for the digital media group. In his new role, he will lead the stations’ digital content strategies for online, mobile and social platforms.

“In the five years Josh has been with the NBC Owned Stations, he has done an excellent job partnering with our stations to grow our audiences and create a more vibrant and engaged community,” Lora LeSage, SVP of digital media for the NBC Owned Television Stations, said in a statement. “I am confident that under his leadership our multi-platform presence will continue to thrive.”

Weather and Crime: It’s What They’re Watching in Milwaukee

tv_304Milwaukee Journal Sentinel TV critic Duane Dudek watched the first 10 minutes of his local stations’ newscasts then broke each down into five categories of what they reported: violent crime, other crime, weather and accidents.

All stations aired variations of the same stories Monday night, but in different order and with different running times. All stations’ lead story involved the night’s frisky storm front and footage of a Nebraska tornado. Other stories included discovery of human remains at N. 13th St. and W. Juneau Ave.; increased police presence after a shooting at a convenience store, and interviews with the young girl injured in the shooting; and several traffic accidents.

The stations came out heavily weighted towards violent crime. According to Dudek, FOX affiliate WITI won the night and also led the other stations in violent crime reporting with 50.5 percent of its first ten minutes devoted to the subject. Connection? Who knows. Interesting? You bet.

WDJT-TV (Channel 58)

Violent crime: 45.6%

Other crime: 11.8%

Weather: 11.1%

Accidents: 6.8%

Other: 23.8%

Followed by: 2-minute, 44-second weather segment

Story no one else had: School drug-testing policy

Lead story after weather: Human remains found

See the other stations after the jump. Read more

Kim Wheeler Switching to Reporting After 19 Years as Anchor

wheeler wkycKim Wheeler, WKYC weekend morning anchor and education reporter, is dropping the anchor from her title at the Cleveland NBC affiliate.

“I am sad that I won’t be on weekend mornings anymore, because it was a big part of my life for 19 years,” Wheeler told The Plain Dealer. “The station felt it was time to make a change. But 19 years as an anchor is a pretty good run, particularly for a woman.”

WKYC news director Brennan Donnellan told The Plain Dealer he was impressed with Wheeler’s reporting and sees the switch as a way to better use her “considerable skills.” She will work Monday through Friday.

Wheeler started at WKYC in 1995 after working at WDBJ in Roanoke, VA. She has also worked in Bluefield, WV.

What Are Local Stations Covering?

Omaha was in our sites this week. With the recent tornado activity we wanted to see how the big story of the day was handled.

Surprisingly, while the twin tornadoes were headline news, they didn’t dominate coverage.

Check out how what the stations talked about below:

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