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Jennifer Hardy Named WAAY News Director

WAAY31Logo300dpibJennifer Hardy has been named news director for Huntsville, AL, ABC affiliate WAAY.

Hardy comes to WAAY from KOLO in Reno, NV, where she is news director.

“Jennifer is a high-energy, positive force that will guide our news efforts and re-invent what we do,” Dughi told staffers in an email. “She balances great journalism with great story-telling,  understands progressive production techniques and engaged newscasts, and marketing needs.  She gets digital and social.”

Hardy has also worked as assistant ND at KVVU in Las Vegas, KXLY in Spokane, WA, and KOKI in Tulsa, OK. She has also worked at WMC in Memphis, TN, KOLD in Tucson, AZ, and KRNV in Reno, NV, as EP.

According to Paul Dughi, VP and GM of WAAY, Hardy will start June 2nd.

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Calkins Media Co-Owner Dies

calkins_smith_obitCarolyn Calkins Smith died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

Calkins Smith was the co-owner of Calkins Media, owner of three local TV stations in the South as well as several newspapers.

“The story of Calkins Media – our private ownership, our continued dedication to a community service and committed family stewardship was made possible because of Carolyn’s life and the example she set,” said Calkins CEO Mark G. Contreras.

Smith is credited with the expansion of WWSB in Sarasota, FL.

“She was the president and hands-on manager of the station,” said Ed Birch, a former Calkins executive. “She went down there and represented the family in the early days. Her news days at the Courier Times gave her a leg up. The quality greatly improved from her being there so much.” Birch added, “The company is going to miss Carolyn.”

Carolyn Calkins Smith was the daughter of Stanley Willis Calkins, Sr. the founder of Calkins Media the family owned station group owns WAAY in Huntsville, AL, WTXL in Tallahassee, FL, and WWSB.

Smith was 74.

Huntsville Anchor Makes ‘Most-Over-The-Top Marriage Proposal’ List of 2013

A Huntsville, AL, anchor is being recognized for her part in on-air marriage proposal.

Coming in at number 17 on BuzzFeed’s “The 18 Most Over-The-Top Marriage Proposals of 2013” is FOX and ABC affiliate WZDX-WAAY weekend anchor Jillian Pavlica surprise on-air proposal.

“We do have some breaking news to report to you,” said Pavlica on-air before her then boyfriend proposed. “FOX 54 has just learned that a Huntsville news anchor is being proposed on live TV.”

TVSpy reported on the proposal in March.

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Paul Dughi Named VP-GM at WAAY

paul dughiPaul Dughi has been named vice president and general manager of WAAY, Calkins Media’s ABC affiliate in Huntsville-Decatur, Ala. He will begin at the station in January.

In a note announcing the hire, Jeff Benninghoff, the vice president and general manager of sister station WWSB, said Dughi brings “an impressive track record in broadcasting.” Dughi was previously the president of Cowles California Media Company, which owns and operates six stations in California. He is a former general manager of KNDO-KNDU in Yakima and news director at WBNS in Columbus, KHQ in Spokane and WAEO in Rhinelander, Wisc.

Dughi replaces Art Lanham, who tipsters tell us resigned in October. Read Benninghoff’s note after the jump. Read more

WAAY News Director Quits, Says It Has Nothing to Do With Shea Allen

Keith Lowhorne, news director for Hunstville, AL, ABC affiliate WAAY, has confirmed with TVSpy he is leaving the TV news business to take a job as director of development for the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

WAAY reporter Shea Allen was recently fired from the station after posting ten controversial confessions to her blogShea Allen Says….” including “I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe)” and “I’ve taken naps in the news car.” News of her firing eventually went viral. She was interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show last week.

Telling al.com, the timing of his move “is what it is,” Lowhorne said, “You can rest assured it has absolutely nothing to do with that and (WAAY General Manager) Art Lanham would probably tell you the same thing. It’s absolutely nothing to do with that. It has absolutely zero to do with Shea Allen.”

Lowhorne has worked in the Huntsville market for 40 years. Before coming to WAAY, he worked at Huntsville’s CBS affiliate WHNT for more than 33 years.

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Fired WAAY Reporter to NBC News: ‘I Certainly Didn’t Think it Would Come to This’

Shea Allen, a reporter fired from WAAY after posting a list of confessions about her job — including “my best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me” and “I’ve taken naps in the news car” — is speaking out about her termination from the Huntsville ABC affiliate. In an interview with NBC News’ Janet Shamlian that aired on “Today,” Allen said she thought she was being “snarky and funny.”

“I know it sounds cliché, but I’m in this business to make a difference,” Allen said. “And my ability to do so has been taken away.” Watch:

WAAY Reporter Fired After Posting List of Confessions to Personal Blog

Shea Allen, investigative reporter for Huntsville, AL, ABC affiliate WAAY, has confirmed with TVSpy she has been fired by the station.

Friday, Allen posted a list confessions to her personal blog “Shea Allen Says…” titled “No Apologies: Confessions of a Red Headed Reporter” listing ten confessions ranging from, “I’ve taken naps in the news car,” and “If you ramble and I deem you unnecessary for my story, I’ll stop recording but let you think otherwise,” to “I’ve stolen mail and then put it back. (maybe).”

She initially took the post down.  But later re-posted it and wrote, “This post was taken down because I was momentarily misguided about who I am and what I stand for.” Today, Allen told Andrew Kirell of Mediaite via Twitter she had been “terminated without cause” for the post.

TVSpy has reached out to WAAY for comment.  We will update when we hear back. Read more

Calkins Media Promotes Jeff Benninghoff to VP of Broadcast

Jeff Benninghoff has been named vice president of broadcast for Calkins Media. His appointment is effective Monday.

Benninghoff will continue to serve in his current role of vice president and general manager of WWSB, Calkins Media’s ABC affiliate in Sarasota, Fla. In his new role, he will also oversee WAAY in Huntsville and WTXL in Tallahassee.

“As those of you at WWSB get a chance to see everyday, Jeff leads by example by motivating our employees, instilling a sense of urgency about our mission and in working collaboratively and effectively with colleagues throughout the company,” Calkins Media CEO Mark G. Contreras wrote in a note to employees. “It’s these leadership traits that make Jeff a natural fit for this promotion.”

VIDEO: WZDX-WAAY Anchor Tricked Into Announcing Her Own Marriage Proposal


Jillian Pavlica, the weekend anchor at WZDX-WAAY in Huntsville, Ala., was tricked into introducing the beginning of her own marriage proposal Saturday night (video above).

“We do have some breaking news to report to you. Fox 54 has just learned that a Huntsville news anchor is being proposed … on live TV … right now…” Pavlica read off the teleprompter, trailing off as she realized what was happening.

Her boyfriend walked onto the set and proposed. Pavlica said yes.

VIDEO: Snake Ruins WAAY Reporter’s Stand-Up

WAAY reporter Rebecca Shlien didn’t have a problem with draping a snake on her shoulders to shoot a stand-up, but it appears like the snake may have been a little anxious about it.

Working on a story about snakes in North Alabama, Shlien was filming her stand-up when the snake she was holding started to vomit (video above). Read more

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