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KSWB Names Kelly McMackin General Sales Manager

kswb logoKelly McMackin has been named general sales manager at KSWB, the Tribune-owned Fox affiliate in San Diego. McMackin begins in his new role May 5.

“Kelly is a strong leader with a proven track record of driving sales growth and an understanding of the competitive landscape. I’m confident with his oversight, FOX 5 will continue to grow and expand our sales offerings,” KSWB president and general manager Don Corsini said in a statement.

It is a return to KSWB for McMackin, who worked as the station’s general sales manager from 1996-2001. Most recently, he has been the director of business development at Cox Communications.

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Scott Heath Named VP, Station Manager of KSWB

kswb logoScott Heath has been named vice president and station manager at KSWB, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in San Diego. His appointment is effective immediately.

“Scott is a talented and experienced leader who has a depth of knowledge about the San Diego community that you can only acquire by getting out and talking to viewers and advertisers during  a 27-year career in the market,” Tribune regional president and general manager Don Corsini said in a statement. “He knows what works and the best way to connect with people.”

Heath joined KSWB in 1986 as an account executive. He most recently served as the station’s general sales manager. More from Tribune after the jump. Read more

Longtime San Diego Journalist Loren Nancarrow Dies

nancarrow_croppedLoren Nancarrow, former anchor for San Diego FOX affiliate KSWB, died Saturday night after a battle with brain cancer.

Nancarrow’s family posted the news to his facebook page, “Just after 6:30 this evening, our husband, father, friend and hero, Loren Nancarrow, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.”

Nancarrow had been diagnosed with brain cancer in February.

On Nancarrow’s blog, his daughter Hannah wrote about her father, “Loren Alan Nancarrow, longtime San Diego TV icon, organic gardener and conservationist, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the age of 60, following a courageous 11 month battle with brain cancer. Loren is survived by his wife, Susie, their son (Graham, 25) and their two daughters (Hannah, 24 and Britta, 20) and the love of an entire city. To his family, his friends and to the San Diegans that love him, he was larger than life.”

You can read his daughter’s reflections about her father on his blog by clicking here.

VP and GM of KSWB Ray Schonbak Dies

schonbak_croppedRay Schonbak, vice president and general manager of KSWB, has died of cancer.

Schonbak’s career stretched over five decades. Most recently he was the vice president and general manager of Tribune’s San Diego FOX affiliate.

After serving two combat tours in Vietnam as a member of the elite Green Beret’s Schonbak began his broadcasting career as an account executive at a station in Portland, ME.

Schonbak worked in sales management at KOA in Denver (now KCNC) and later served as GSM at WRGB in Albany, NY.  He was also GM of WTCN (now KARE) in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, and led the team that launched KDAF in Dallas, TX, which at the time was one of the first FOX affiliates in the country.

After forming Triad Communications, he worked as a broker buying and selling TV stations, served as group vice president for Benedek Broadcasting, worked for Koplar Communications, and led 16 FOX affiliated stations while serving as COO of Emmis Communications.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Deborah. Schonbak was 70.

Andrew Luria Joins KSWB in San Diego

andrew luriaAndrew Luria has joined KSWB as anchor of the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts. His first day at the San Diego Fox affiliate was Monday.

Luria moves to San Diego from Tampa-St. Petersburg, where he has been a sports anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WFTS since 2010. Before that, he worked at stations in Sacramento, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and Eureka, Ore. He is a graduate of Cornell University.

San Diego Weatherman Gets Picked On By TNA Wrestlers in Live Shot

wills_leglockKSWB morning weather anchor Brad Wills came close to having his milk money taken from him compliments of TNA wrestlers Jeff Hardy, Manik and Brooke.

Current TNA world wrestling champ Bully Ray set the tone for the live shot by getting all fired up because he said the weatherman for the San Diego FOX affiliate introduced him wrong. Then Ray, who is in San Diego promoting TNA wrestling event “Bound for Glory,” hustled Wills into the ring to referee Hardy and Manik who were giving their best to the viewers at home.

After Wills identified Manik as “The Spider” which is actually a wrestling move, Bully Ray called him “the worst” and like this writer at the TVSpy Dance-Off, things just got more awkward from there. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

No Complaints Over Radio Station’s ‘Hottest News Chicks in San Diego’ Contest

hottest_sandiegoSan Diego radio station Channel 933 has been running an online contest to crown the “Hottest News Chicks in San Diego.”

Already four rounds in, the contest is down to semi-finalists Heather Ford (pictured upper left) from FOX affiliate KSWB, last year’s winner KSWB meteorologist Aloha Taylor (pictured lower left), Sabrina Fein (lower right) meteorologist from CW affiliate XETV and Brandi Williams (upper right) from independent station KUSI.

The contrast is provided by Maine radio station WDEA which ran a similar contest called “Who is the Hottest Newswoman in Maine” in July based on the same concept. Pictures of reporters and anchors from various local stations were posted to the station’s website and radio station listeners and local TV viewers were invited to vote for their favorite.

WDEA was forced to post an apology on its page and change the name of the contest to “Who is Your Favorite Newswoman in Maine” after the news director and a reporter from WLBZ and WCSH condemned the contest as demeaning.

In San Diego? In its first year in 2011, the 933 DJ’s hosting the contest, Frankie V and “Geena the Latina,” appeared on NBC owned station KNSD to promote the contest. [see the video here] Last year, KSWB posted the poll on its facebook page and asked viewers to “Take a moment and vote for your favorite Fox 5 lady.”

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Geoff Roth Named VP of Local Content at WJZY-WMYT

Geoff Roth has been named vice president of local content at WJZY-WMYT, Fox’s duopoly in Charlotte. His appointment is effective July 8.

“Geoff is a solid journalist and news leader with a proven track record of innovation in news gathering and content presentation. He is committed to our mission of serving our 22 counties in North and South Carolina and providing a voice for our communities,” VP-GM Karen Adams said in a statement. “Geoff is the perfect choice to lead FOX 46 Carolinas News.”

Roth comes from another Fox O&O, KRIV in Houston, where he was an executive producer. He has worked as a news director at KSEE and KMPH in Fresno, WFTX in Fort Myers, KSWB in San Diego, KSTU in Salt Lake City and WRIC in Richmond.

“Being able to build a next generation digital news operation from the ground up in a growing market like Charlotte is a unique opportunity,” Roth said. “I am looking forward to utilizing the latest technology across multiple platforms to keep our viewers constantly informed on relevant news of the day.”

Rob Hudson Joins WDAZ as Evening Co-Anchor

Rob Hudson will debut later this month as evening co-anchor on WDAZ, the ABC-affiliate in Grand Forks, ND.

Hudson comes to WDAZ from KECI in Missoula, MT, where he was the morning anchor. He has previously worked at KARE in Minneapolis and KSWB in San Diego. He will co-anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Molly Thorvilson beginning August 27.

“We’re really excited to have him here,” Thorvilson told the Grand Forks Herald. “We’ve been able to spend some time with him, and he’s a really nice guy, really down to Earth.”

Hudson replaces Charley Johnson, who left the station in May.

KSWB Mistakes Singer Meatloaf for Actual Meatloaf

As the KSWB morning team teased an interview with the singer Meatloaf on Thursday, a graphic appeared with a photo of actual meatloaf.

“Hello, YouTube!” anchor Raoul Martinez said, laughing, “Nice to see you again.”

KSWB has become a reliable producer of YouTube-ready gaffes. Who could forget the time anchor Shally Zomorodi licked an iPad or the classic jet pack fail?

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