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But Didn’t You Say You Had Breaking News?

Okay, I’ll be the bad guy for a moment. I think it’s time we stopped doing these on-air proposals and hey-look-at-me stunts. Like cupcake stores, we may have reached the limit.

Just last week two very lovely news anchors at KRON in San Francisco, Justine Waldman and Grant Lodes (they’re married) announced they will soon be having a baby. Awesome, guys–congrats! But here’s the thing. We got the great news during, well, the news. After teasing viewers that there was an “exclusive and developing story” coming at the end of the 8 p.m. newscast, the segment opened with a full screen DEVELOPING STORY graphic and stinger. Lodes, KRON’s breaking news anchor, then told viewers “now to a developing story we’ve been following–KRON 4′s Justine Waldman is pregnant.”

Wait, what?

Within seconds, we got to see a “new picture just into the KRON 4 newsroom”–an ultrasound image of the baby due in November. I’m a Dad. And I’m on Facebook. I’ve seen plenty of ultrasounds. But this just made me uncomfortable. Again, I think this is fantastic for Justine and Grant, but here’s the thing: I can’t do this anymore. Read more

On the Morning Shift, How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?

If you’ve ever tried to fall asleep at eight at night so you could be back at work by three a.m., you’ve probably experimented with your body’s tolerance for caffeine. Whether it’s brewed coffee or cans of Coke, your a.m. newsers are always seeming to push that how-much-will-keep-me-awake-and-functioning-without-killing-me envelope. And just this week, WSVN reporter Kevin Ozebek proudly shared his survival regimen in a video post on Facebook:

Viewers were quick to question the wisdom of ingesting hundreds of milligrams of caffeine. But facing a multi-hour block of reporting, anchoring or shooting liveshots, few morning show folks will admit to entirely resisting the urge to stay fully–and often overly–caffeinated. Read more

Dave Rexroth Thanks Viewers For ‘Thoughts, Prayers, and Encouragement’

dave rexrothWXYZ chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth, who is recovering from a fireworks accident over the 4th of July that left him without vision in his left eye, has posted a thank you note to viewers for their well-wishes on Facebook:

“Although the past few days have been challenging, I have been overwhelmed by the love and kind words from not only those closest to me but every single one of you,” says Rexroth. “Over my 14 years in Detroit and southeast Michigan, I’ve been truly blessed with the most caring and supportive viewers, coworkers and friends ever. Your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement are really helping me get through this. Thank you all so much. I look forward to being back on air and being able to thank you directly.”

Rexroth will undergo surgery today, beginning the process of receiving a prosthetic eye, according to WXYZ. He is expected to return in September.

Stephanie Grady Set to Join WITI in Milwaukee

stephanie gradyStephanie Grady is joining Milwaukee Fox affiliate WITI, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Duane Dudek reports.

WITI news director John LaPorte told Dudek Grady starts in September. She comes from WXXA-WTEN in Albany, where she has worked since 2011. She currently anchors the morning show from 5 to 9 a.m.

Before WXXA-WTEN, Grady worked at WSAZ in Huntington, W.V. and WSEE in Erie, Penn.

Chuck Huebner Out at KLFY

Huebner cropped KLFYKLFY anchor and investigative reporter Chuck Huebner is no longer with the Lafayette, LA, CBS affiliate.

The station’s GM Kenny Lawrence confirmed Huebner no longer worked at KLFY, but wouldn’t say why he left.

Lafayette’s The IND Monthly reports Huebner was fired on Monday.

One source tells The IND Huebner’s departure was “a cumulative thing,” citing long-running tensions between the veteran newsman and management as well as between Huebner and fellow news staffers. Read more

Harrisburg Mast Collapse Captured on Video

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A WHP reporter and photographer preparing for a liveshot were forced to run from their own livetruck when the truck’s 40-foot mast collapsed. “Our photographer Bill and reporter Ewa Roman bolt from the truck when they hear a loud pop,” the station explained in a post on the station’s Facebook page. “Luckily no one was injured.”

And that includes passersby who were in the crowded parking lot when the mast fell across parked cars, with the dish and mastcam crashing into the pavement. The incident was captured on surveillance video from a business, and posted to the station’s website:

It remains unclear why the mast collapsed.

WSB GM Says He Wants Departing Meteorologist to Stay

wsb304WSB GM Tim McVay wrote a note to viewers on the station’s facebook page yesterday saying he wants departing meteorologist David Chandley to stay but is prepared if he doesn’t.

Yesterday TVSpy reported Chandley was leaving WSB because he always wanted to be a chief meteorologist. Currently, he is one of five meteorologists on staff at WSB. Current chief Glenn Burns has been at the station since 1981.

“Although I still hope that David will change his mind and stay with Channel 2, we congratulate him on the great work he’s done while a member of Severe Weather Team 2,” wrote McVay.

But McVay added the station has a plan if Chandley leaves, “If he doesn’t return we will begin looking for the person to join Chief Meteorologist Glenn BurnsKaren MintonBrad Nitz and our newest Severe Weather Team 2 member, Katie Walls.” Read more

San Antonio Anchor Breaks Down During Report on Burned Child

622x350KSAT anchor Isis Romero was unable to continue reading a story Monday, overcome by emotions as she told viewers of the San Antonio ABC affiliate of an infant badly injured in a fireworks accident. Romero, who is expecting a child, apologized on her Facebook page for becoming overwhelmed by the news:

“My apologies everyone. We did a story about a 4 month old baby that got burned by fireworks, and then a story about another baby who was left abandoned on a subway platform, and I just couldn’t get through it. As a mommy-to-be, my heart just couldn’t take it. Those poor, precious babies. Thanks to Steve (Spriester) for jumping in for me.”

Viewers, who hate fake tears but respond overwhelmingly to real ones, flooded Romero’s post to voice their support. “I immediately knew what happened and I got a lump in my throat thinking of you,” wrote viewer Cecilia Herrera Diaz. “Steve made a flawless transition. You don’t have to apologize for being human!”

Another viewer, Lea Phelps, said she was deeply moved. “I was in my kitchen when the story started and I heard your sweet voice. Then, I heard Steves voice. I asked my husband to replay the story and sat down to watch. Isis I have to tell you. I now have a new found respect for you. You brought tears to my eyes. Your sweet love and compassion was so evident. Thank you for being you.”

Education Reporter Toni Konz Joins WDRB

toni konzToni Konz is joining WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville, as an education reporter. Konz comes from The Courier Journal, where she has worked for seven years.

“WDRB is committed to covering our community like no other media outlet in Louisville,” Konz said in a statement. “That is proven by the fact that the newsroom continues to expand, hiring journalists who have covered this area for years. I am excited to join such a talented and experienced team.”

WDRB has poached several journalists from The Courier-Journal over the past two years.

Konz wrote about the decision on WDRB.com, saying she believes the opportunity is one that will “bring happiness, professional growth and allow me to continue serving my readers — just in a different way.” Read more

Gannett Completes Acquisition of Six London Broadcasting Stations

gannett logoGannett Co. has completed the acquisition of six London Broadcasting stations in Texas for $215 million, the two companies announced today. Included in the sale are KCEN in Waco-Temple-Bryan, KYTX in Tyler-Longview, KIII in Corpus Christi, KBMT and digital subchannel KJAC in Beaumont-Port Arthur, KXVA in Abilene-Sweetwater and KIDY in San Angelo.

London Broadcasting COO Phil Hurley will continue to lead the stations, reporting to Gannett Broadcasting president Dave Lougee. With the sale, Gannett will reach 83 percent of the households in Texas.

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