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Archives: January 2013

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

Tornado Forms in Front of WSB’s Ross Cavitt

At least one person is dead after a tornado touched down in Adairsville, Ga., Wednesday afternoon. Footage of the tornado was captured by WSB reporter Ross Cavitt, who had just arrived on the scene and was reporting from about a quarter mile away (video above).

All four Atlanta stations — ABC affiliate WSB, CBS affiliate WGCL, NBC affiliate WXIA and Fox O&O WAGA — have been in continuing coverage of the severe weather for several hours. The area remains under a severe thunderstorm warning. [via CNN]

WXIA Debuts New Gannett Graphics

Viewers of WXIA, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, will notice a new graphic look and music package for the station’s newscasts.

WXIA said the new and cleaner design was the result of viewer feedback. The look is based on the new graphics package station owner Gannett began rolling out a few weeks ago at all of its stations.

WXIA anchor Brenda Wood took viewers through the changes in a video you can watch after the jump. The new package also includes new music called, “This is Home.”

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On the Move 1/30/2013

Chris Stanford joins KMOV in St. Louis as weekend anchor.  He comes from WCCO in Minneapolis.

Deborah Linz moves to WKEF in Dayton, OH, as co-anchor. She comes from WCHS in Charleston, WV.

Linz and Stanford are represented by Steve Swienckowski at DCA, The David Crane Agency.

To report a new move, send an email to tvspy@mediabistro.com with the subject line “On the Move.”

Layoffs Hit Little Rock’s KLRT and KARK

Nearly 30 employees have been laid off from both Nexstar managed Little Rock stations, KLRT and KARK, as part of a move to consolidate the two stations, according to Arkansas Business.

The layoffs come less than a month after Mission Broadcasting completed the purchase of FOX affiliate KLRT from Newport Television. Soon after the deal went through, Nexstar, who signed an outside services agreement with Mission, removed the station’s GM and promised more changes to come.

Arkansas Business quotes a KLRT insider who said at least 20 of the layoffs came from KLRT, including news director Ed Trauschke and sports anchor David Raath.  Another source said KARK, the Little Rock NBC affiliate, saw eight employees let go including on-air talent Wendy Suares, Adam Rodriguez and Jonathan Athens.

A Nexstar spokesperson told TVSpy the company does not comment on personnel matters.

[Arkansas Online]

WKMG Reporter Turns the Tables on Live Shot Crasher: ‘How Long Have You Had an STD?’

A word to the wise: do not mess with WKMG reporter Jessica Sanchez when she’s on the air.

Sanchez was reporting live from Bourbon Street in New Orleans ahead of the Super Bowl when a woman interrupted her, walking into her shot and yelling at the camera. Sanchez quickly turned the tables on the crasher: “We were just talking about the STD rate that’s going on here. So how long have you had an STD?” Sanchez asked her (video above).

“I don’t have an STD,” the woman answered. “Oh, then why did you want to do an interview?” Sanchez asked.

The woman retreated fairly quickly and Sanchez returned to her report.

“Anyway, so I’ve been taking care of that in my own little way,” Sanchez said. “You can see what I’ve been having to deal with out here.”

Jen Lada to Join Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Jen Lada is returning to her hometown as she joins Comcast SportsNet Chicago as a freelancer, Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports.

Beginning Wednesday, Lada will join the network’s anchor-reporter team and will contribute to Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s online and on-air coverage. She replaces Nicole Darin, who joined Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Lada has been a sports reporter and anchor at WITI, the Fox affiliate in Milwaukee, since 2006.

Chera Kimiko Jumps From KOKI to KQCW

Tulsa TV Stations is reporting, Chera Kimiko is set join KQCW as co-anchor for the station’s 9:00 p.m news.

Kimiko, who will join the Tulsa CW affiliate in April when the 9:00 p.m. news expands to an hour, had her last newscast for Tulsa’s FOX affiliate KOKI on Friday. Her bio has since been removed from KOKI’s website.

She has previously worked at KVBC in Las Vegas, NV, KCOY in Santa Maria, CA and KTVK in Phoenix, AZ.

KFOX Adds Traffic Reporter Lissette Garcia

Lissette Garcia is joining El Paso Fox affiliate KFOX as a traffic reporter, according to the El Paso Times.

Garcia, who is Miss Florida 2011, previously worked as an associate producer and traffic anchor at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami. She replaces Kandolite Flores, who left the station to join the Humane Society of El Paso.

Garcia began at KFOX on Monday.

Gina Pitisci Moves to Evenings at WCTV-WTLH

Gina Pitisci has been promoted to weekday evening anchor at WCTV and WTLH, the CBS and Fox affiliates for Tallahassee.

In her new role, she will anchor the 10 p.m. newscast on WTLH and the 11 p.m. newscast on WCTV. Pitisci joined the stations January 2012 as the weekday morning anchor of WCTV’s “Daybreak” and co-anchor of the “Good Morning Show.” She also co-anchored the WTLH 7 a.m. newscast.

Before joining WCTV, Pitisci was the weekday morning and noon anchor at WTVY in Dothan, Ala.

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