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KBAK-KBFX Crew Get Stuck in Lake Tahoe

A reporter and a photojournalist from KBAK-KBFX were among the many news crews dispatched to report on the winter weather across the country this week. On their way to the Sierra Nevada mountains, where they were tasked with reporting a story on how snow levels are affecting California water levels,  Jonathan Gonzalez and Johnny Guillen were thwarted by a car accident right in front of them.

“Stuck in the snow, stuck without a story” as they waited for the traffic to clear, Gonzalez and Guillen instead interviewed the people around them about the snow, the road conditions and how they planned to pass the time. Watch:

Chuck Gaidica Leaving WDIV for Ministry, Station Announces Replacement

Gaidica_BaileyWDIV director of meteorology Chuck Gaidica (pictured right) is leaving the Detroit NBC station after 27 years to join a local church as the Pastor of World Outreach.

“Of all the names associated with Detroit television, Chuck Gaidica is one of the most respected and beloved,” Marla Drutz, VP and GM of WDIV said in a statement. “When Chuck came to me some time ago with a desire to change his position at the station, I was naturally very sad. I’ve known him since 1983 so I know that when he makes a decision of this magnitude that he has come to it after serious thought.”

Gaidica has worked at WDIV since 1987. He is leaving in August 2014

WDIV also announced it’s hired Ben Bailey (pictured left). Read more

Atlanta Station Finds 14 Ways to Talk About Snow

Viewers of Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB can’t say the station wasn’t ready for the snow fall in the South.

WSB told viewers at the top of its 5:00 p.m. news they were covering the storm with “Our reporters in place well ahead of the storm.”

The above tweet from media blogger Matthew Keys shows 14 reporters standing by to hit the story from at least 14 angles.

WPBN Newsroom Snowed In

More than six feet of snow is piled outside the newsroom windows at WPBN, the NBC affiliate in Traverse City, Mich. Morning anchor Holly Baker tweeted a photo of the view from inside:

Baker said on Tuesday’s morning newscast that the snow completely blocks out the sunlight. “We’re a little bit underground, but still — that’s a lot of snow,” she said. “One of our directors who has been here for 20 years told us it has never gotten this bad before.”

Mike Francis Out at Atlanta NBC Affiliate

francis_wxiaMike Francis, chief meteorologist for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, is no longer with the station.

When viewers asked about Francis on the station facebook page, WXIA responded to more than one posting, “Thanks for writing. Mike Francis is no longer at 11Alive. Veteran meteorologist Chris Holcomb 11Alive will be taking over the weeknight weather duties. We’re currently doing a nationwide search for a world class meteorologist to join Chris, Chesley McNeil 11Alive and Allison Chinchar 11Alive to ensure you’ll always have the weather information you need to keep you informed and safe.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution media reporter Rodney Ho, who first reported the news said, “When I reached him by phone today, Francis said, “Everything is fine. My wife is calling me. I need to call you back.” (He didn’t call me back.)”

Francis has worked at WXIA since July 2011. Before coming to Atlanta, Francis worked at KARK in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked at KSWO in Lawton, OK.

Ken Barlow Promoted to Morning Chief Meteorologist at KSTP-KSTC

ken barlowKen Barlow has been promoted to morning chief meteorologist at KSTP-KSTC in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Beginning today, he will handle the forecasts for the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast on ABC affiliate KSTP and for the 7 to 9 a.m. newscast on independent station KSTC.

Barlow, who joined KSTP in 2011, moves to mornings from the evening shift.

“I know how important weather is to our viewers and I’m looking forward to helping them prepare for their day,” Barlow said in a statement. “On the personal side, I’m excited, after 20 years in TV, I get to have dinner with my family.”

Barlow replaces Patrick Hammer, whose contract was not renewed.

Baltimore Reporter’s Live Shot Sees Possible Reappearance of ‘Horsehead’ Video Bomber


Last year during the coverage of Hurricane Sandy, a reporter for NBC owned station WRC featured a live shot with a shirtless man wearing a horse head jogging down a street in Washington, D.C.

Today, the conspiracy theorist interwebs are abuzz with the second sighting of a horse head wearing person spotted during another weather event. This time it happened on Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL in Ellicott City, MD, behind reporter Kate Amara. Coincidence?

Probably not. This horse man is a tad more introspective than the hurricane runner and looks like he maybe gave up jogging, not that we’re in any position to judge.

[Deadpsin]

San Antonio Station Issues Apology After Meteorologist’s Racist MLK Slip

KABB_Martinez_MLKSan Antonio FOX affiliate KABB has issued an apology for what meteorologist Mike Hernandez said near the end of yesterday’s 6:00 a.m. show.

Hernandez was wrapping up the seven day forecast. When he got to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day he said, “Look at the highs bouncing back through the weekend and into Monday for Martin Luther coon..Martin Luther coo..uh, King day.”

The station posted an apology to its facebook page that read in part, “We do not tolerate this language. We sincerely apologize to you, our viewers, for the use of this offensive language on our air. Please know that we take this seriously and we are taking action internally.”

The reaction on facebook was overwhelmingly in Hernandez’ favor, though only a few were from African-American viewers. One viewer wrote, “If he is released from his duties we will boycott your channel. Don’t make it more then (sic) a simple blunder. You should have left it as is. Shame on you for exploiting it.”

Dave Nussbaum Joins WWL in New Orleans

wwl_nussbaum_debutMeteorologist Dave Nussbaum made his debut on New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL today.

WWL news director Bill Siegel told TVSpy Nussbaum will work the Noon and 5:00 p.m. shows.

Nussbaum said goodbye to Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ last Friday after working there for more than a decade.

Meteorologist Tera Blake Joins WEWS

tera blakeMeteorologist Tera Blake has joined WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland. Blake, who made her debut today, will be the station’s morning meteorologist.

Blake comes from Charlotte, where she has been the morning meteorologist at CW affiliate WCCB since 2007. Before that, she was a meteorologist at KTEN, the NBC affiliate serving Sherman, Texas. She interned at WGN in Chicago and WTVO in Rockford, Ill. while getting her degree at Northern Illinois University.

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