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Meteorologist Colin Hackman Leaving WECT

colin hackmanMeteorologist Colin Hackman is leaving WECT, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C. “My family and I have decided, to concentrate more time and energy toward each other, and towards our growing business Go Time, assisting non-profits with fundraising,” he wrote on Facebook.

Hackman has worked at the station on and off since 1996. He began his career at the station as a teleprompter operator and studio camera operator and eventually joined KRNV in Reno as a reporter. He returned to WECT in 2004 and is currently the morning and noon meteorologist.

“I have been at this station on and off since 1996 (at 19 years old), and am forever grateful for the people here who’ve extend such grace, compassion and love,” Hackman wrote. “Thank you WECT for believing in me, for giving me an opportunity to be a provider for my family, and also for giving me friends and memories that will never be equalled.”

Hackman hinted that his replacement will be a “familiar face” to WECT viewers.

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WWAY Anchor Scared Off Set by Magic Trick


Aiden Sinclair is a a “paranormal illusionist” who appeared on this morning’s WWAY news.

He told Ashley Jacobs, anchor for the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate, a ghost story that involved a key and some spiders.

Guess which manifested on Jacob’s hand? If you watch long enough to hear the scream you’ll know.

WWAY Welcomes Back Former Anchor

seamans_cropped+wwayDaniel Seamans has come back to broadcast television and Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY.

Seamans anchored “Good Morning Carolina” from 2003 until 2005. He will replace departing anchor Chris Phillips, as evening news anchor.

In between working at WWAY, Seamans was weekend anchor and reporter for WOLO in Columbia, SC. He left broadcast television in 2010 to work in the home mortgage industry.

According to the station, Phillips is moving to Columbia, SC, to “start a new chapter in his life.”

From Huh? to Hilarious: A Roundup of How Morning Teams Celebrated Halloween

Countless anchors across the country got into the spirit of Halloween by dressing up in kooky costumes and camping it up. The winners in the broadcasting version of the Halloween Parade continues to be the viewers who witnessed everything from awkward concepts to small moments that were genuinely funny.

The unofficial TVSpy award for the cattiest and most likely to be viewed by the Human Resources department went to Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV. (video above) Anchor Bobbie Miller dressed like Tammy Payne, while Payne dressed like Miller in what came off as a thinly veiled excuse for them to take potshots at each other.

While the two were busy insulting one another, co-anchor Stan Miller scored the sexist remark of the day when he said “I want you to met Bobbie Miller.” He then patted “Miller’s” baby bump and said “Bucking for another 12 weeks off!”

Fake Bobbie Miller summed up the segment after taking a few shots across her bow by telling fake Tammy Payne, “We’re not going to be friends when this show’s over, are we?” Read more

WATCH: WWAY Celebrates ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’


Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY celebrated “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” this morning.

Anchors Ashley Jacobs, Randy Aldridge and meteorologist Tim Buckley slapped on eye patches and attempted speaking like pirates speak. “Are these one of those things we’re going to regret immediately after we’ve done it?” asked Jacobs.

Buckley provided the clunker of the morning when he asked, “Where do pirates get their taxes done?” His answer? “H & Rrrrrrr Block.” TVspy could almost hear the rimshot from our offices on Parrrrrrk Avenue in NYC.

WWAY Launching CW Affiliate in Wilmington

Wilmington, N.C. ABC affiliate WWAY is adding a CW affiliate on its digital subchannel, the Wilmington Star News reports.

Starting October 1, Cape Fear CW will be available in high definition on channel 3.2 in the Wilmington area. WWAY plans to launch a 10 p.m. newscast on the CW affiliate next year.

“It will be a brand new news program that utilizes the same talent we already have at WWAY,” promotions manager Nate Galluppi told the Star News.

Ashley Jacobs Returns to WWAY

Ashley Jacobs is going back to Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY.

Jacobs announced the move on her facebook page, “Happy hump day! I couldn’t be happier to announce I’ll return to WWAY NEWS very soon. I’m so thankful to be part of such a talented team…and thrilled to share my mornings with all of you again!”

WWAY news director Scott Pickey told TVSpy Jacobs starts next Wednesday but may not go on air until Thursday or Friday. Jacobs left the station in March to spend more time with her family.

WWAY News Director Pays Fine For Driving into MLK Parade

Scott Pickey, the WWAY news director who was arrested for driving into a Martin Luther King Day parade in January, was ordered to pay a fine and complete driving school after pleading guilty to failure to obey an officer.

“I would like to thank Ben David and his DA’s office for working with me to solve this issue,” said Pickey on the WWAY website. “I think we all learned valuable lessons.”

Pickey had also been charged with careless and reckless driving after ignoring police orders to stay in the parking lot of the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate during January’s parade. After several requests by Pickey to leave the station’s lot were denied by police, Pickey got in a station vehicle and drove into the parade and was arrested.

Prosecutors dropped the reckless driving charge in exchange for Pickey’s guilty plea. As part of the agreement, Pickey was ordered to pay a $50.00 fine in addition to $190.00 court costs.

WWAY News Director To Take Driving Class After Arrest

Scott Pickey, news director for Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY told the StarNews Online, he has agreed to take a defensive driving class in hopes of ending the legal drama over his recent arrest.

Pickey was charged with failure to obey a traffic officer and careless and reckless driving after attempting to drive through the local Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in January.

“I’m looking forward to coming to some sort of agreement with my next court date in July,” Pickey told the StarNews Online. Read more

WWAY Posts Video of News Director Scott Pickey Being Arrested

WWAY has posted video of news director Scott Pickey being arrested Monday after disobeying a traffic officer at Wilmington’s MLK parade (above).

Pickey’s arrest came after a dispute with police officers monitoring the parade route. The city’s parade went right by the station, and police refused to let employees through during a break in the parade to cover breaking news, according to WWAY.

Despite multiple requests from Pickey, the officers refused to let anyone through until after the parade’s conclusion. Pickey was charged with failure to obey a traffic officer and reckless operation after he drove his station vehicle out of the parking lot during a break in the parade.

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