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San Diego Viewers Respond to Story About Man Robbed of His Savings

Tuesday, San Diego CBS affiliate KFMB ran a story about a local gardener who was robbed of thousands of dollars he had been saving to buy a car.

A couple who saw the story responded by giving the man the amount he had stolen from him. “We saw that story and it just irked me, especially because he was so victimized,” one of the viewers told KFMB. “He saved all this money for his car, it was such a sad story.”

The couple, who want to remain anonymous, contacted KFMB. The station put them in touch with a woman who owns the building where the man works. They sent her a check for the full $3,000.

According to the station, she’ll cash the check and give the money to the gardener.

“Even if you give your time, your talent or your treasures, if you just took those things that we have and bless others with our time,” said one of the viewers. “It’s a difference maker.”

No Complaints Over Radio Station’s ‘Hottest News Chicks in San Diego’ Contest

hottest_sandiegoSan Diego radio station Channel 933 has been running an online contest to crown the “Hottest News Chicks in San Diego.”

Already four rounds in, the contest is down to semi-finalists Heather Ford (pictured upper left) from FOX affiliate KSWB, last year’s winner KSWB meteorologist Aloha Taylor (pictured lower left), Sabrina Fein (lower right) meteorologist from CW affiliate XETV and Brandi Williams (upper right) from independent station KUSI.

The contrast is provided by Maine radio station WDEA which ran a similar contest called “Who is the Hottest Newswoman in Maine” in July based on the same concept. Pictures of reporters and anchors from various local stations were posted to the station’s website and radio station listeners and local TV viewers were invited to vote for their favorite.

WDEA was forced to post an apology on its page and change the name of the contest to “Who is Your Favorite Newswoman in Maine” after the news director and a reporter from WLBZ and WCSH condemned the contest as demeaning.

In San Diego? In its first year in 2011, the 933 DJ’s hosting the contest, Frankie V and “Geena the Latina,” appeared on NBC owned station KNSD to promote the contest. [see the video here] Last year, KSWB posted the poll on its facebook page and asked viewers to “Take a moment and vote for your favorite Fox 5 lady.”

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Don Shafer Joins XETV as News Director

Don Shafer has been named news director at San Diego CW affiliate XETV, San Diego U-T reports.

Shafer moves to San Diego from Peoria, where he was the news and multimedia content manager for NBC affiliate WEEK. Before that, he was the news and station operations manager for WEYI-WBSF, the NBC and CW affiliates in Flint, Mich. He has also worked at KNSD in San Diefo and KWGN in Denver.

Shafer begins today at XETV, replacing Jon Fischer, who parted ways with the station in June.

Ruben Galvan Joins KPRC From XETV

Ruben Galvan is joining KPRC, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports. He begins Monday as a feature reporter for the Houston NBC affiliate.

“I’m so THRILLED to be joining KPRC and reporting back in my hometown of Houston,” Galvan told McGuff. “This town has a whole lot to offer and I can’t wait to feature some of the most amazing people and attractions … so get ready for take off!”

Galvan joins KPRC from XETV, the CW affiliate in San Diego, where he was an entertainment and feature reporter for the morning newscast.

Anchor Kaushal Patel Says Goodbye to KGTV

After three years at KGTV, anchor Kaushal Patel has left the San Diego ABC affiliate.

KGTV general manager Jeff Block told TVSpy Patel’s contract was up. He said he does not know where she is going next.

Patel anchored the morning and midday newscasts alongside Bill Griffith. Virginia Cha was named morning and midday co-anchor after Patel’s departure.

Before joining KGTV, Patel worked at CNN, KTVT-KTXA in Dallas, KOLD in Tucson and KYMA in Yuma, Ariz.

News Director Jon Fischer Out at XETV

XETV news director Jon Fischer has parted ways with the San Diego CW affiliate.

“I can confirm that Jon Fischer is no longer at XETV or associated with San Diego 6 News. I cannot comment on any of the details regarding his departure,” general manager Chuck Dunning told TVSpy in an email.

Fischer’s departure comes less than a year after he joined the station in August 2012. Before joining XETV, he worked at KTLA in Los Angeles, WFTC in Minneapolis, KTVX in Salt Lake City and KMIR in Palm Springs, Calif.

KNSD Reporter Gets Stuck in Obstacle Course During Report on Alpha Warrior Challenge

The hazards of live television. During a live report on the Alpha Warrior Challenge, KNSD reporter Megan Tevrizian got herself stuck on the 30-foot high obstacle course (video above).

Tevrizian was quickly helped to safety by one of the course’s employees. “See you later. Happy Friday,” Tevrizian joked at the end of her report. “That’s it. Reporter participation is enough.”

Mari Payton Named Lead Investigative Reporter at KNSD

KNSD, the NBC-owned station in San Diego, will dedicate two additional full-time staffers to its investigative reporting unit. Mari Payton (pictured) will be the station’s lead investigative reporter and Wendy Fry will be the investigative producer.

Payton currently works on investigative pieces part-time in addition to her midday anchor duties and Fry currently works on the assignment desk. Payton will will be replaced on the 11 a.m. newscast by Christine Haas, who will be the midday anchor in addition to the 4 and 5 p.m. anchor.

“We expect this shift in duties for both Mari and Wendy to be a game-changer for the I-Team’s work and look forward to the positive impact they will make in the San Diego community,” KNSD vice president of news Greg Dawson.

Former KFMB Weathercaster Doug Oliver Dies

Doug Oliver, a weathercaster at KFMB in San Diego for more than three decades, died on March 15. He was 90.

Oliver began his career as a radio announcer at WLAW in Lawrence, Mass., in 1943, according to U-T San Diego. He moved to a San Diego radio station shortly afterward and took his first job in television in 1954. He joined CBS affiliate KFMB in 1961 and spent 32 years as the station’s principal weathercaster.

Watch KFMB’s tribute to Oliver after the jump. Read more

Luis Cruz Jumps to San Diego’s New Media Venture U-T TV

Luis Cruz, former news director for Yuma, AZ, NBC affiliate KYMA, will be joining U-T TV as executive producer of afternoon news and programming, according to Media Moves.

“J.R. Mahon, U-T TV’s Director of News and Programming was an Executive Producer at KGTV in San Diego when I worked there briefly as a reporter and fill-in anchor in between the second and third time I was News Director at KYMA,” Luis told Media Moves.  “Bless his heart for giving me the opportunity to come back to San Diego!”

U-T TV is the new TV station launched by the San Diego Union-Tribune.  The station is a streaming web/cable TV hybrid originating from a new studio built in the newspaper’s newsroom. Read more

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