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Mitt Romney Gets Frustrated with KCNC Reporter When She Asks Viewer’s Facebook Question

Mitt Romney fielded questions with the poise of a seasoned presidential candidate during a series of one-on-one interviews with Denver reporters on Wednesday, but at one point he became frustrated with KCNC‘s Shaun Boyd when she asked him a question that a viewer had shared on the station’s Facebook page.

After pressing Romney on the issue same-sex marriage, Boyd asked him a viewer’s question about medical marijuana.

“Aren’t there issues of significance that you’d like to talk about?” Romney shot back. Read more

Master Control Operator Opens Fire at WTWO

Ken Bolinger, a master control operator who was recently fired by WTWO in Terre Haute, IN, was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly opened fire at the station around 4 a.m. Saturday.

Bolinger, 24, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after police responded to reports of gunfire at the station. According to his Facebook page, Bolinger, who goes by his middle name Trey, worked as master control operator at WTWO from June 21, 2011 to March 26, 2012.

He was apparently terminated from his job for bringing a gun to work. Read more

KPRC Posts Screenshot of Guy Who Appears to Be Peeing in Background of Weather Update

Sensing that the image would inevitably go viral, Houston NBC-affiliate KPRC recently posted a screenshot on its Facebook page of a man who appears to be taking a leak in the station’s weather garden, feet behind chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley.

“Since this will go viral any way, we might as well let you know it’s not what you think,” KPRC wrote on its Facebook page, posting the above photo. “That guy is an electrical contractor stringing wires in our weather garden. In case you’re wondering, yep, we’re mortified and laughing at the same time and we picked this frame specifically because Frank’s pose is just the cherry on top of it all.” Read more

WOWT Offers Charity Donation in Morning Team’s Facebook Challenge

WOWT‘s morning team is now locked in a competition for the most Facebook Likes.  Whoever has the most new Likes by Friday, April 27th, will get $100 to donate to the charity of their choice.

Anchors Jim Siedlecki and Serese Cole, reporter Jodi Baker, and meteorologist Rusty Lord are competing for the charitable prize using promo videos, which have been uploaded to YouTube.  Cole, who joined the station last summer, may have the upper hand considering that her video (above) features Nebraska icon Tom Osborne.

Facebook and Twitter Are Still Relatively Small Drivers for News

Facebook and Twitter are overrated.

According to the 2012 State of the News Media report by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, Facebook and Twitter are still relatively small drivers for news.  Many more people get their news online by going directly to a news website than they do by clicking on a social media recommendation.

Just 9% of Americans very often follow news recommendations from Facebook or Twitter, compared to 36% who very often go directly to a news website and 32% who find news by using a search engine. Read more

WHNT Offering Viewers Money to Be Meteorologist’s Facebook Friend

Just in case his extensive coverage of tornadoes sweeping through Alabama wasn’t enough to entice viewers to Like WHNT chief meteorologist Jason Simpson on Facebook, the Huntsville CBS-affiliate is now offering $519 to be his friend.

WHNT, channel 19, has posted a big promotion on Simpson’s Facebook page, offering viewers a chance to win an American Express gift card if they Like the veteran meteorologist.

This is certainly not the first instance of local stations offering prizes in an effort to boost Facebook connections, but it is the only time in recent memory where a dollar figure for friendship was placed so closely to someone’s head. Read more

After Four Hours of Surgery Following Dog Bite, KUSA’s Kyle Dyer to Undergo Additional Procedure

KUSA morning anchor Kyle Dyer underwent four hours of reconstructive surgery last week following Wednesday’s dog bite incident, and she expects to undergo another procedure in the next few weeks.

In a post on her Facebook page over the weekend, Dyer described the surgery and thanked viewers for their support.

“After a 4 hour surgery, I have 70 stitches in my upper lip, lower lip and nose,” Dyer wrote.  “I am unable to talk because my mouth is stitched shut to allow for the skin graft to take and get the blood circulating in my lips again.”

Dyer is scheduled to return to the doctor this week for an evaluation. Read more

Outpouring of Support on Facebook for KUSA’s Kyle Dyer Following Dog Bite

Although KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer has been silent following Wednesday’s on-air dog bite, viewers in Denver have been very active on her Facebook page, writing their support on her wall.

“My prayers are with you and for your speedy recovery,” one person wrote this morning, echoing the sentiments of many.  “We miss you!”

“You are greatly missed,” another person wrote, alluding to the fact that Dyer is off the air as she recovers from reconstructive surgery.  “You always have such an engaging smile and you make everyone feel like they are part of the family… We look forward to seeing you back on camera again soon.”

And while the majority of the comments on Dyer’s Facebook wall have been positive in the 24 hours or so following the attack, this being Facebook, there have been a handful of negative comments as well as a few arguments. Read more

WFSB Giving Away a Car for Facebook Likes

In what may be the biggest Facebook promotion in local TV, WFSB is currently running a “Like and Drive Car Giveaway” on its Facebook page, in which viewers are entered into a drawing for a new Nissan Maxima if they Like the station.

“Facebook contests are becoming a common thing these days,” Shannon Kane, WFSB’s executive producer of digital content, explains.  “We knew we needed an exclusive prize that our viewers could get excited about, one that would make our Facebook Page stand out above the rest. We agreed that a car was the perfect prize.” Read more

KBAK Debuts Facebook Music Video ‘Like, Like, Like’

Trying to gain 11,111 Facebook fans by 11/11/11, Bakersfield’s KBAK-KBFX has debuted a music video starring morning weathercaster Aaron Perlman that urges viewers to Like the station (video above).

“Like, Like, Like” is actually Perlman’s second Facebook-inspired song for KBAK-KBFX. In May, he won a “Facebook Faceoff” against his morning cohorts with a song titled “Facebook Friendship.” Read more

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