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Deborah Collura Named GM of WCNC

wcnc setDeborah Collura has been named general manager of WCNC, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Charlotte. She will begin in her new role on June 2.

“Deborah’s passion for journalism, multi-media background and more than 30 years of experience make her an excellent selection to help WCNC continue its quest to provide award-winning news and community service to the greater Charlotte community,” Gannett Broadcasting EVP Peter Diaz said in a statement. “There is no doubt Deborah will be an outstanding leader for WCNC and a great addition to the Gannett Broadcasting team.”

Collura is a local news veteran who was most recently vice president of news for KPRC in Houston. In addition to her role at KPRC, she served as vice president of news for Post-Newsweek Stations, where she had oversight of the company’s six stations. She has previously been vice president of news for WDIV in Detroit and WTVJ in Miami.

WCNC’s previous general manager, Tim Morrisey, left after the station was acquired by Gannett.

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Katie Killen Joins KKTV in Colorado Springs

Katie Killen has joined KKTV, the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, as the morning co-anchor. Killen’s first day on the air was March 14.

Killen joins KKTV from WCNC in Charlotte, where she has been a reporter on the morning and midday newscasts since 2012. Before WCNC, she worked at WLOS in Asheville, N.C. and TV3 in Winchester, Va.

 

The Ice Desk: It’s What Stations are Wearing this Winter

It seems a historical record of sorts is being created of what appears to be the recent trend of stations sending their anchors out into the freezing cold to report the news from behind desks made of ice.

With thanks to Poynter and TVSpy rival FTVLive, we cobbled together our own list of stations jumping on the ice trend.

We started our journey this year with Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC.

Then Washington, DC, CBS affiliate WUSA got in on the act.

Here’s one from Green Bay FOX affiliate WLUK:

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How Did NBC Affiliates Balance the Storm and the Olympics?

A massive winter storm made its way up the East Coast Wednesday night, presenting a challenge for NBC affiliates forced to balance covering the storm with NBC’s primetime coverage of the Sochi Olympics.

The NBC owned stations in the storm’s path –  WRC in Washington and WCAU in Philadelphia — aired the Olympics uninterrupted, as did NBC affiliates WCNC in Charlotte, WXIA in Atlanta, WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, WXII in Greensboro, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoke.

A handful of NBC affiliates — including WBAL in Baltimore, WAVY in Norfolk, WWBT in Richmond, WVTM in Birmingham and WYFF in Greenville, S.C. — included a lower-third banner with local closings and weather updates during all or part of NBC’s Olympic coverage.

(Pictured, L-R: WRC, WAVY, WXIA, WWBT)

WATCH: Would Miley Cyrus Twerk to This? WCNC Weatherman Gets ReMixed

Occasionally, TVSpy stumbles across station marketing efforts that catch our eye, make us laugh, cry or live the spectrum of emotions that only video can deliver. Though this one was done in April, it’s the first time we’ve noticed it.

From WCNC, we bring you “Larry Sprinkle Mega Mix, vol 1” from the Charlotte NBC affiliate weather anchor of the same name.

Sprinkle has been a fixture on WCNC since 1985 and is no stranger to playing a character or two. For those of us old enough to remember, Sprinkle once played the Ty D Bol man.

Kellie Patterson Leaving WCNC

WCNC morning anchor Kellie Patterson will be leaving the Charlotte, NC, NBC affiliate at the end of the week.

Patterson told TVSpy, “ I have been offered a great opportunity elsewhere and I look forward to getting started.” She added she would be able to give more detail “in the next few days.”

Before coming to WCNC in August 2010, Patterson worked at KENS in San Antonio, TX. She has also been a contestant on the CBS show “The Amazing Race.”

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Bill Shory Named News Director at WAVE

Bill Shory has been named news director at Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE, Rick Gevers & Associates reports.

Shory moves to Louisville from Knoxville, where he spent eight years as news director for NBC affiliate WBIR. He has most recently been the director of production for Jupiter Entertainment. Shory has also worked at WCCO in Minneaplis, WHNT in Huntsville, WCNC in Charlotte and WBMA in Birmingham.

He replaces Kathy Hostetter, who was named news director at WTHR in Indianapolis.

WCNC Launches Camera Into Space

WCNC, the Charlotte NBC affiliate, put some consumer grade sports cameras inside a lunchbox, tied it to a helium filled balloon and launched it into the atmosphere, just because they could.

According to KVUE, WCNC’s sister station, Corrie Harding, WCNC’s news director, saw a video on YouTube of two people launching a beer can into space. He wanted to see if his station could do the same thing.

With the help of Hackerspace Charlotte, a collaborative space for people who like to tinker with technology, the station took two GoPro cameras, the lunchbox, a helium filled balloon, a 3D model of an astronaut with meteorologist Larry Sprinkle‘s face attached and let it go to see how high it would reach. You can watch the video of the whole process after the jump. Read more

WCNC’s Ann Sheridan Reflects on Sharing Cancer Battle: ‘I resisted it at first, because it felt self-serving’

It’s been three years since WCNC reporter Ann Sheridan was diagnosed with breast cancer, a struggle which was documented — from diagnosis through treatment — for the Charlotte NBC affiliate. Sheridan reflects back on the decision to go public with her story, which she said she initially resisted because “it felt too self-serving,” in an interview with the Charlotte Observer:

The public reaction was positive. She continues to field calls from women who have been diagnosed or are facing surgery and she regularly gives talks about her own cancer journey and the importance of regular mammograms for women older than 40. In addition, Carolina’s Medical Center named a fund in her honor that provides mammograms to women who otherwise could not afford them.

“I remain really proud of the reporting,” Sheridan says. And she is proud of its impact. Read more

Ingrid Allstaedt Promoted to Weekend Morning Anchor at WLOS

Ingrid Allstaedt moves to weekend morning anchor and weekday reporter at WLOS, the ABC affiliate for Asheville, NC.

She steps into the role left vacant by Katie Killen‘s departure to Charlotte’s NBC affiliate WCNC.

Allstaedt told TVSpy, “I’m looking forward to showcasing the uniqueness and beauty nestled in the mountains of North Carolina, as I wake up each weekend with my family and friends on News13 This Weekend.”"

Her first day will be Saturday.  She was previously the Rutherford County reporter for WLOS.

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