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CNN Latino Expands to Four More Markets

CNN Latino, the syndicated Spanish language programming block made for the U.S. Hispanic market, is expanding to New York, Phoenix, Orlando and Tampa.

“We are so fortunate to be in a strategic partnership with TMA-TIG and their first group of stations, which will allow for a rapid expansion of the CNN Latino branded programming block across the east coast of the U.S., and to have a relationship with Lotus Communications in their heritage Phoenix station,” said Cynthia Hudson senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy. “We believe that CNN Latino programming is a great alternative to the current offering of Hispanic broadcast content in the U.S.”

The stations picking up the programming are WBQM-LD Channel 3 in New York, WATV Channel 47 in Orlando, WTAM Channel 30 in Tampa and Phoenix low power station KPHE Channel 44. In addition to its Los Angeles station, CNN Latino now reaches nearly a quarter of Latino households nationwide. Read more

Sara Goldenberg Headed to KNXV

Sara Goldenberg has announced she will be joining the Scripps owned Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV.

Goldenberg currently works at KJRH, Scripps’ NBC affiliate in Tulsa, as a multi media journalist.  She said last day there will be this Friday.

She said goodbye to KJRH viewers on her facebook page saying, “Tulsa friends, this is my last week at KJRH. I’m moving on to report at our Scripps sister station, ABC15 in Phoenix. Thank you so much for the kind welcome you gave to me here in Oklahoma! I’ll be taking a lot of great memories with me.”

Before coming to KJRH, Goldenberg was a reporter and fill-in anchor at KJCT in Grand Junction, CO.

[Tulsa News Stations]

Sergio Urquidi Joins Univision Arizona

Sergio Urquidi is joining Univision Arizona as lead anchor for the evening and late-night newscasts in Phoenix and Tucson.

Urquidi will be based in Phoenix. He joins Mary Rabago and Felipe Corral at the KTVW anchor desk.

“We are pleased to welcome Sergio Urquidi to one of the best news teams in the country,” Univision Arizona VP-GM Roberto Yañez said in a statement. “Urquidi’s experience will be a wonderful addition to this team, which has shown their commitment to the community day after day by reporting on the issues that affect our state.”

Urquidi was most recently the lead anchor for “El Opiniario,” a news, features and onion show that airs on SOI TV. He worked at Univision from 1997-2009 as a weekend anchor for the national newscast, “Noticiero Univision,” as well as senior correspondent and substitute anchor for the late-night newscast, “Última Hora.”

Phoenix Meteorologist Wins 47K for Charity

Amber Sullins, chief meteorologist for Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, correctly guessed what America was thinking and won $47,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Sullins won big by facing off against four fellow meteorologists on the game show, “Let’s Ask America.”  Competing against Sullins were Mark Johnson, chief meteorologist for Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, George Flickinger, meteorologist for Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH and Gary Lezak, chief meteorologist for Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB. All were playing for charity.

“Let’s Ask America” is a televised game show where four contestants compete over Skype.  The contestants must predict how Americans answered questions like, “What did commuters say is the most difficult type of weather to drive in?” The show is produced by Scripps and Warner Bros. Telepictures. Read more

Phoenix Stations Cover Shootings at Office Park

Phoenix TV stations went live with wall-to-wall coverage after a shooting at a local office complex where police said five people were injured, three of those with gunshot wounds.

The shooting started around 10:30 a.m. when police say a man described as a white male in his 60s opened fire inside a building near 16th street and Glendale avenue in Phoenix.

FOX owned KSAZ broke the story first, but stayed on air the shortest amount of time initially.  The station started with Ron Hoon in the studio at 10:58 a.m. then went to a helicopter shot with Hoon giving an update of the situation and a “we’ll have more for you in one hour” before rejoining regular programming. Read more

News Director Cameryn Beck Joining KTVK From KOVR

Cameryn Beck is leaving KOVR-KMAX to join KTVK in Phoenix as news director, Rick Gevers & Associates reports.

Beck has been news director at the CBS duopoly in Sacramento since she was promoted from executive producer in 2008. She has previously worked for KCRA, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento.

At KTVK, Belo’s independent station in Phoenix, Beck replaces Brad Remington, who announced last fall he is moving to Denver to be closer to his wife.

Former Phoenix Anchor Bill Close Dies at 91

Bill Close, a longtime anchor at KSAZ (then KOOL) in Phoenix, died Sunday at 91.

Close, who KSAZ calls “the Walter Cronkite of Phoenix,” was best known for an on-air incident in 1982 when a gunman entered the KOOL studios and held Close and his camera man, Louie Villa, hostage for five hours. Close negotiated with the gunman and read a “rambling” statement from him. The gunman eventually surrendered.

Watch KSAZ’s look back at his life after the jump. Read more

‘When’s the Rain Going to Stop?’: Charles Barkley Takes Over the KNXV 10 PM News

Basketball Hall-of-Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley dropped by the studios of Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV for Sunday night’s 10 p.m. newscast and quickly made it the “Sir Charles Show.”

Barkley, who was at the station to be a guest of the “Sports Sunday” show airing after the news, quickly steered the broadcast and all conversation towards himself, holding forth on such subjects as his weight, his schedule for manicures and pedicures and his fond childhood memories of his grandmother’s vast supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

He interrupted Randy Collins‘ weather cast by asking when the rain was going to stop and then proceeded to inquire about the weather where he lives (Scottsdale) and what the weather would be like for one of his favorite sports (golf). Read more

Local Meteorologists to Guess What America Thinks for Charity

Four meteorologists from local TV stations around the country will get the chance to raise up to $50,000 for charity by guessing what America thinks.

Amber Sullins, chief meteorologist for Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, Mark Johnson, chief meteorologist for Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS, George Flickinger, meteorologist for Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH and Gary Lezak, chief meteorologist for Kansas City NBC affiliate KSHB will duke it out on TV game show “Let’s Ask America” next Thursday, January 31.

“Let’s Ask America” is a televised game show with four contestants playing over Skype.  The contestants must predict how Americans answered questions like, “What did commuters say is the most difficult type of weather to drive in?” The show is produced by Scripps and Warner Bros. Telepictures and airs as a replacement for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy in some markets. Read more

KTVK’s Lisa Haffner Victim of Purse Snatching

Lisa Haffner, former reporter and current host of KTVK‘s lifestyle show, “Your Life A to Z,” had her purse snatched by a man in a moving vehicle.

“It’s an intensive violation that you don’t think it’s going to happen to you,” Haffner told Mike Watkiss, reporter for the Phoenix independent station.

Haffner said she was pushing a shopping cart out of a Safeway grocery store when a man drove up behind her, reached out of his vehicle and grabbed her purse. Read more

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