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WPTY Meteorologist Mark Walden Dies at 38

Mark Walden, the chief meteorologist at WPTY in Memphis, died over the weekend from “apparent natural causes,” according to the station. He was 38.

“Our ABC 24 family is deeply saddened by the passing of chief meteorologist Mark Walden. He was highly respected among his colleagues and served this community as a gifted meteorologist and through his generous work with local charities. He touched our lives and will be greatly missed,” WPTY VP-GM Ardyth Dierks said in a statement.

Walden joined the ABC affiliate in 1999. WPTY described him as “as a gifted meteorologist with a passion for weather, and keeping our community safe and informed.”

The station reported the news of Walden’s death on the WPTY website Sunday morning. Rival stations WHBQ, WMC and WREG reported the news on the Sunday evening newscasts.

“Our family thanks everyone in the Mid-South for their condolences and kind words,” Walden’s wife, Jackquelynne Walden, said. “Mark really loved his viewers. He never met a stranger. And we’re grateful for all the prayers and support.”

Watch WPTY’s tribute to Walden after the jump. Read more

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Manuel Martínez Named President-GM of WTVJ

Manuel Martínez has been named president and general manager of WTVJ, the NBC O&O in Miami, NBC announced today. His appointment is effective immediately.

Martínez joins WTVJ from WSCV, the Telemundo station in Miami, where he has been president and general manager since 2007. In a statement, Martínez said he is excited to “now work directly with the NBC 6 team.” Telemundo is owned by NBC; WTVJ and WSCV share headquarters in Miami.

“He possesses a strong understanding of the unique South Florida market, a key factor that will help guide NBC 6 to future growth,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC-owned stations, said in announcing Martínez’s hire.

Martínez replaces Ardyth Dierks, who left WTVJ last month after eight years as president and general manager.