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Chuck Scarborough Marks 40 Years at WNBC

Chuck Scarborough is celebrating his 40th anniversary at WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York. In an interview with NBCUniversal Direct, Scarborough reflects on his career path (from Biloxi to Atlanta to Boston to New York) and the most challenging moments of his career at WNBC.

“Frankly, I think the ability to stay here — that I’ve been blessed to be able to stay in this market — is so remarkable for this length of time. It doesn’t happen that people stay for 40 years in one job in television news,” Scarborough said. “…Mainly, I’m grateful that I was able to do it, that there was enough of an audience watching us for me to maintain that position throughout the years, and to be able to build a reservoir of credibility that helps me cover the news here.” Watch:

WBAL Launches Streaming Newscasts

wbal logoBaltimore NBC affiliate WBAL will stream all of its newscasts online beginning today. Live streams will be available at the station’s website and can be accessed through computer, smartphone or tablet.

“Our goal is to broadcast the most relevant local news, traffic, weather and sports coverage on-air and online. Our live streams will now deliver this useful information to busy Marylanders on the go,” WBAL president and general manager Dan Joerres said in a statement.

WBAL says additional live streams will be active during the station’s coverage of breaking news and severe weather.

Steve McMurray Named GM of WKTV in Utica

steve mcmurraySteve McMurray has been promoted to general manager at WKTV, the NBC affiliate in Utica, N.Y. The sale of WKTV to former Gray Television executive Bob Prather was completed yesterday.

“We were convinced from our first meetings regarding the acquisition of WKTV that Steve was the right person to be General Manager,” Prather, the president and CEO of Heartland Media, said in a statement. “With his background and knowledge of both the station and the community, we are confident he has the ability to implement the improvements planned.”

McMurray, currently the station’s news director and station manager, has worked at WKTV since 2002. He first joined the station as an assignment manager and was named news director in 2004 and station manager in 2012.

WKTV’s former general manager was Steve Doerr, who also had oversight of Smith Media’s stations in Burlington. WKTV was Smith Media’s last remaining station.

Myrtle Beach Reporter Charged with Trespassing

Michael Maely, an anchor for Myrtle Beach, SC, NBC affiliate WMBF, has been charged with trespassing after trying to get a comment from the parents of Tammy Moorer, who is charged with kidnapping and murder.

According to a court summons from the State of South Carolina, on February 27, Maely entered the land of Tammy’s father William Caison, located on the 8700 block of Highway 814 in Myrtle Beach. The Horry County Police report states there are about 100 “no trespassing” signs around Caison’s property.

In video on the station’s website Maely can be seen approaching Caison’s home while a woman standing on the porch appears to take his picture.

“Hi there, with WMBF News,” said Maely in the video. “Can we talk to you about your daughter Tammy, or your sister Tammy?”

Instead, the family called police.

According to the police report, Caison told police that after being told to leave the property, Maely attempted to force the door open. Maely told police that he did not come within eight feet of Caison’s door. Read more

Richmond Station Celebrates ‘International Day of Happiness’ Through the Power of Dance

WWBT in Richmond, VA, celebrated the UN Foundation’s “International Day of Happiness” one day early by making a video of staff dancing to Pharrell’s hit “Happy.”

According to the UN website, “The United Nations Foundation and Grammy Award-winning musician Pharrell Williams have teamed up to encourage people to take action to support the UN and to create a happier world for people everywhere.”

The video is on YouTube and Vimeo. In it, you’ll see various interpretations of dance and happiness. Enjoy!

Marisa Mendelson to Join KVOA

mendelsonMarisa Mendelson has announced she is joining Tucson, AZ, NBC affiliate KVOA as an investigative reporter.

KVOA news director Cathie Batbie-Loucks confirmed with TVSpy Mendelson will start April 15.

“I’m heading to Tucson, Arizona!” Mendelson wrote on her facebook page. “I’m looking forward to joining their great team.”

Mendelson last worked as a reporter for WFTV in Orlando, FL. She came to WFTV from KOKH in Oklahoma City, OK, and has also worked at WFTX in Fort Myers, FL, WOI in Des Moines, IA, and WHBF in Rock Island, IL.

San Antonio TV Personality Reveals He Spent Time in Prison

solis_kabbEstaban Solis , who appears on San Antonio FOX affiliate KABB and NBC affiliate WOAI, spoke with San Antonio website MySA about his checkered past and his shot at redemption.

The co-host of  “Daytime at Nine” on KABB revealed he served time in prison after his probation for an aggravated assault charge was revoked because of a DUI arrest.

When Solis, 32, was a young man of 20, he was at a party at a friend’s house and a fight broke out. So, he tried to help.”I saw my friend was in a jam. I did what any friend would do,” he says. “Unfortunately the consequences that came next came with it.” The charge — aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — netted him five years probation.

Solis served four years of a five year sentence.

He hosts a feature called “Changed Lives” highlighting others who have turned their lives around and credits WOAI GM John Seabers with giving him his second chance. Read more

KUSA News Director Patti Dennis Gets Expanded Role with Gannett

dennis_kusa_croppedPatti Dennis, VP of news at Denver NBC affiliate KUSA, has been given a role in choosing who works for the station’s parent company Gannett.

“In her new role, Patti will work directly with our stations to help recruit both on and off air candidates,” Rob Mennie, Gannett Broadcasting’s SVP of news, said in an email sent to staffers. “She will create an online database of potential employees and work with a small team of people in order to find the best and brightest for our properties.”

Mennie added Dennis will be less involved in day to day operations of KUSA but will keep her title.

Dennis told The Denver Post via email, “I am working on the new assignment as well as working with the newsroom in Denver for a while.”

[The Denver Post]

Kendra Lyn Says Goodbye to KXAS

kendra lynKendra Lyn signed off from KXAS, the NBC owned station in Dallas, on Friday. Lyn, a general assignment reporter, is relocating to Orlando, where she previously worked at WESH.

Lyn told Dallas media blogger Ed Bark that a new job opportunity for her husband coincided with the end of her contract at KXAS. “We’re relocating for his job, and we miss the friends, family and ties we have in Florida,” Lyn told Bark. “I’ll definitely pursue available television opportunities in Orlando.”

Lyn joined the NBC owned station in 2012. She has also worked at stations in Green Bay and Rochester, Minn.

Los Angeles Stations On-Air During Earthquake


Los Angeles stations were on-air when a 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck the region.

Other than a whole lot of anchors grabbing their desks and saying “Whoa!” there were no reports of injuries or damage.

The anchors at CW affiliate KTLA had the most dramatic reaction to the jolt. Though, having been in a studio during an earthquake, TVSpy can attest to the fear of hoping the safety chains on the hot lights rattling above your head were put on correctly. See the video after the jump.

According to KTLA, the US Geological Survey said the temblor was centered six miles north of Beverly Hills. Read more

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