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KCBS Veteran Steve Crawford Dies of Cancer

Steve Crawford, assignment editor at KCBS in Los Angeles, died of cancer last night in his home in Los Feliz, according to LA Observed.

“As many of you have heard this morning, we lost our longtime colleague and friend Steve Crawford,” wrote the CBS O&O’s vice president and news director, Scott Diener, who was introducing a note written to KCBS by Crawford’s wife, Candy.

In the note, Crawford’s wife talked about her husband’s last moments and revealed something most of his former co-workers may not have known about why he left the station more than four months ago.

Now, finally, you can tell all his friends and co-workers that on May 2 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer that had metastasized throughout the lymph system…After 35 years with KCBS, Steve chose to continue working for three more weeks after his diagnosis. The doctor told him he had only three to six more months to live. His last day of work was May 23.

You can read the entire letter by clicking the link here.

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Kristine Leahy Joins KCBS-KCAL

Kristine Leahy (pictured left) has joined KCBS-KCAL in Los Angeles as a sports anchor and reporter.

“Kristine joins us from the FOX-owned station in Boston where she has been a sports anchor/reporter covering all the professional teams in Beantown,” news director Scott Diener told staffers in a station memo.  ”KCAL9 and Los Angeles Lakers fans will remember Kristine from her days back in 2008 when she did reporting on the Lakers Fan Cam for nightly broadcasts as an intern for KCAL9.”

After the jump you can read the entire memo and see Leahy (video alert!) in her first day of work, sitting next to co-anchor Gary Miller.

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LA Stations Break Away from Traditional Reporting for ‘Carmageddon’ Weekend

 

For 36 hours this weekend, the 405 freeway was shut down in both directions, leaving the normally-gridlocked Los Angeles in a state of traffic-induced panic deemed “Carmageddon.” LA stations added extra coverage across multiple platforms to inform viewers — relying on social media as a reporting tool in addition to their regular coverage.

KNBC was using a Skype-like technology called LiveU to broadcast live full-resolution Internet video on the air and on their website. The NBC O&O also sent people out into the field to file reports from their cars — like the one from Stephanie Stanton, above — using a cell phone camera.

KCBS, the CBS O&O, had a time-lapse camera on their website — and a crew sleeping in a truck near the Mullholland Drive bridge all weekend, according to The Los Angeles Times. The station, which took care to avoid the word “Carmageddon,” did not want to “worry about getting crews in and out,” news director Scott Diener said.

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