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Don Welch Set to Retire From WTVC

don welchDon Welch will retire from WTVC, the ABC affiliate in Chattanooga, next month. Welch, who has worked at WTVC since 1990, will officially sign off April 23.

Welch is a longtime veteran of local television. He has worked at two other Chattanooga stations, WRCB and WDEF, as well as WTVF in Nashville.  ”Whether it was drawing on a weather board in the ’70s or hosting ‘This ‘N That’ today, the folks at home graciously invited me to be a part of their day,” Welch said in a statement. “For that, I am very grateful. As I look back, I realize it’s all been good.”

Welch hosts and produces “This ‘N That,” a daily weekday show that airs at 12:30 p.m. Watch his announcement here.

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Shoplifting Suspect Crashes Into Chattanooga TV Station Parking Lot

A 19-year-old Chattanooga man led police on an early morning chase that ended in the parking lot of CBS affiliate WDEF.

According to police, Sawyer Clanton tried to steal more than $500 worth of X-Box and Playstation controllers along with a 12-pack of Bud Light from a nearby Wal-Mart.

WDEF anchor Joe Legge said he looked out a station window at 4:00 a.m. and, “The cops were out of their vehicles with their guns drawn heading off that way into our gated parking lot.” Read more

Chattanooga Reporter Faces Deportation

WDEF reporter James Mahon had been working at the Chattanooga, TN, CBS affiliate on a 12-month work visa. But after that expired he’s now stuck in a no-man’s land, waiting to hear if he can stay or if he has to go back to his native Ireland.

Mahon’s plight is getting a lot of press coverage in Chattanooga. He told the local ABC affiliate WTVC, “I’m in a situation where I can’t work. I can’t drive. I can’t pay taxes. I can just sit and wait. That’s what I’m here doing, sitting and waiting till someone somewhere reads my paperwork and tells me yes or no.”

And he isn’t sitting quietly while he waits, either. Mahon also wrote an op-ed piece on Nooga.com about his experience with the US immigration process, “I have noticed that over the past 15 years more and more measures have been brought in to protect against threats from outside and inside this country, which is understandable,” wrote Mahon. “It’s also my observation that it is becoming harder and harder to come to America to work and contribute to society.” Read more

Doug Wieder Promoted to Executive News Director at WVEC

Doug Wieder has been promoted to executive news director at WVEC, the ABC affiliate in Norfolk, Va.

Wieder has been interim news director since Rich Lebenson left WVEC in October. Prior to that, Wieder spent five years as executive producer.

“Doug had the ultimate ‘on-the-job’ interview, and passed with flying colors,” WVEC president and general manager Brad Ramsey said in a statement. “We have seen tremendous momentum under Doug’s leadership, thanks to his deep commitment to growing our people and improving our content every single day.  Together we are incredibly excited about the future of 13News.”

Wieder, formally an investigative reporter, has also worked at WRIC in Richmond, WDEF in Chattanooga and WGXA in Macon, Ga. His promotion is effective immediately.

WDEF Celebrates Luther Masingill’s 90th Birthday

WDEF is celebrating a major milestone: the 90th birthday of Luther Masingill, who has been working at the Chattanooga CBS-affiliate for over half a century.

A native of Chattanooga, Masingill began his broadcasting career with WDEF radio in the 40s, before joining WDEF-TV in 1954. He currently does a weekday morning radio show and makes regular appearances on WDEF-TV’s daytime newscasts.

“I love everybody in this town,” Masingill said in an interview with WDEF, following a birthday celebration on Friday. “That’s the reason I stayed around all this time. 90 years in this town and I love it.” Read more

Chattanooga Stations Cover Tornado Threat

Local stations in Chattanooga were in various states of continuing coverage today as severe weather tore through the region, which was under a tornado warning for most of the day.

“We will remain on the air throughout the afternoon until the threat passes for everyone,” WTVC wrote on Facebook. The ABC-affiliate had continuing coverage beginning at 11 a.m. with meteorologists David Glenn, Bill Race and Jason Disharoon, as well as reporters Sarah Jennings and Kevin Sims.

CBS-affiliate WDEF had extended coverage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., anchored by meteorologists Patrick Core and Chip Chapman. Anchor Nordia Epps contributed headlines.  Read more

WDEF Nominates Dad of the Year with Amazing Video

While Mother’s Day is just around the corner, Chattanooga’s WDEF is making a strong case for celebrating dads. Especially this dad.

In a video posted to WDEF’s YouTube channel, a man watching a minor league baseball game makes a spectacular one-handed catch in the stands while holding his daughter in his other arm (video above).