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Collapsed Miami Deck is a 10-Minute Walk from WSVN

There’s a good reason WSVN was all over the collapse of a outdoor deck over Biscayne Bay last night, the station is a few blocks away from Shuckers Bar & Grill in North Bay Village, between Miami and Miami Beach.

The collapse “in our neck of the woods,” as described by anchor Craig Stevens, happened around 9:30pm as WSVN was putting together the 10pm news. The station first reported the story just after 10pm, returning several times throughout the 90-minute newscast.

Tom Tuckwell, a director for WSVN, was at the restaurant along with about 100 others watching Game 4 of the NBA finals with the hometown Miami Heat taking on the San Antonio Spurs. Tuckwell phoned in reporting that he had his back to the bay when he heard an enormous roar, which was the deck falling into the bay. When he turned around, he saw people disappearing into the water, later describing the injuries he saw.

WFOR (CBS) and WTVJ (NBC) did extensive reporting through their 11pm newscast. WPLG’s (ABC) late newscast didn’t begin until 11:50pm, after the game. The hour-long newscast led with coverage of the collapse.

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South Florida Anchors Join in Holiday Fun

The South Florida Sun Sentinel recruited celebrities including local news anchors from around South Florida to read “Twas The Night Before Christmas” in a video mash-up.

Included in on the holiday fun were Adam Kuperstein and Jackie Nespral from NBC owned WTVJ, Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG, Belkys Nerey and Craig Stevens from Miami FOX affiliate WSVN along with John Discepolo and Liz Quirantes from CBS affiliate WPEC in West Palm Beach.

The video also featured players from the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the NBA’s Miami Heat and even fight promoter Don King. Watch the video after the jump. Read more

VIDEO: WSVN Reporter Thinks will.i.am is Wyclef Jean

Blake Burman, a WSVN reporter turned a ‘gee whiz’ moment for viewers into an ‘oops’ moment for himself after having difficulty identifying will.i.am during the station’s election coverage last night.

After the Miami FOX affiliate anchors Belkys Nerey and Craig Stevens tossed to him from the studio, Burman, who was standing live at Obama Headquarters, said he had no new info. Instead, he asked the camera to pan over to show viewers that will.i.am was standing next to him being interviewed by another TV crew.

Burman nodded his head in will.i.am’s direction and said, “That’s Wyclef Jean giving an interview.”  He then compounded the mistake after being corrected by someone off camera.  “I’m sorry?” said Burman who leaned in to hear the correction.  “Who i…?  Wale.  Excuse me Wale.  Got my artists mixed up.”  But the problem for Burman was, it was still will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

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Mike Marusarz changes channels, cities, and his name

Mike Marusarz, most recently doing freelance reporting and anchoring for ABC News in New York, is joining Sunbeam’s WSVN 7 News in South Florida.

He’ll be changing his on-air name in the process to Mike Marza. Beginning next month, Marza will co-anchor, with Lynn Martinez (Olson) the 4, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 evening newscasts. He’ll also report, and fill-in for Craig Stevens, on the 10pm news.

Marusarz has been in New York since leaving KSHB in his native Kansas City in January 2010. Marusarz’s wife, Rhiannon Ally, who also worked in Kansas City at KCTV, moved to New York to co-host Meredith Corp.’s “Better TV.” But it looks like she is South Florida-bound too.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining WSVN and the Sunbeam Television family,” said Marusarz in a press release. “My wife and I are ecstatic to settle into South Florida and make Miami our home.”

Marusarz replaces Charles Billi who left WSVN in February after 12 years with the station.