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WGRZ Names Michael Wooten Midday Anchor

wooten_wgrzMichael Wooten has been named Mary Friona‘s replacement on the WGRZ 11:00 a.m. news.

Last month, Friona announced she was leaving the Buffalo NBC affiliate to focus on her family. Her last day at WGRZ is Friday.

Buffalo News TV writer Alan Pergament reported Wooten will also be the station’s managing editor.

He also was “unofficially” the station’s acting public relations man for the day since he also announced on Facebook that Heather Ly will be taking his place as the anchor on the weekend editions of “Daybreak” alongside Maria Genero on weather.

Wooten started at WGRZ in 2009.

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WCVB, WBIR Win Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

murrows 2014Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR are the winners of this year’s Edward R. Murrow awards for overall excellence, the RTDNA announced today.

Related, TVNewser: CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category. Both stations will be presented with their awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this fall.

WTVR in Richmond won three Murrows. KARE in Minneapolis, WFAA in Dallas and WVUE in New Orleans each won two. KOKI, WMBD, WJLA, WVIR, WCPO, KETV, WGRZKCET, KING, WSBT, WXIA, KJRH, WJXT, UNM PantherVision and Oregon Public Broadcasting each won one.

See the full list of winners on the RTDNA’s website.

Mary Friona to Sign Off From WGRZ

mary friona wgrzMary Friona is leaving Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ to focus on her family, the Buffalo NewsAlan Pergament reports:

Channel 2 News Director Jeff Woodard wrote in an email sent this afternoon that the station is “working on both a short-term and long-term plan to replace” Friona. In an email sent to the staff this morning, Woodard praised Friona “as an integral part of the success of ‘Daybreak’ for the past 16 years, as her ‘As Seen on TV’ product test has been one of the most popular franchises in the market.

“We will miss her engaging personality that came out in those tests, just as we will miss the fantastic storytelling. Mary has shared incredible stories of individuals and families with powerful messages of hope and survival… Mary, we wish you much happiness as you focus your attention and strength on raising your beautiful children and taking care of your entire family.”

Steve Brown Returning to Buffalo Market as Investigative Reporter

stevebrown1-EditSteve Brown is coming back to Buffalo for a second stint with NBC affiliate WGRZ. This time he’ll be an investigative reporter.

“He’s really smart and he’s really tenacious and he fits our watchdog advocacy journalism perfectly,” WGRZ general manager Jim Toelllner told The Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament.

Brown left Buffalo ABC affiliate WKBW in 1998 to work for FOX News in its Chicago bureau. Before working at WKBW, he was a weekend anchor and reporter at WGRZ from 1990 until 1994. He has also worked at WTIC in Hartford, CT, and WWLP in Springfield, MA.

According to The Buffalo News, Brown left FOX News after cutbacks in its bureaus.

WGRZ Anchor Talks About Dustup Over ‘Sweetheart’ Rob Ford Tweet

demler_fordDuring Monday’s 5:30 p.m. news, WGRZ anchor Maryalice Demler addressed criticism over a tweet she sent calling Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a “sweetheart.”

The two were at the Buffalo Bills game Sunday when Demler took a picture with Ford and tweeted it out. Demler later deleted the tweet and the picture. But like all things on the internet, they lived on elsewhere. WNYorker.com posted the picture on its facebook page.

On tonight’s 5:30 news, the anchor for the Buffalo NBC affiliate told viewers the conversation she had with Ford was cordial and polite and she tried to convey that in her tweet. “Does it mean I condone his drug use or his recent antics? Of course not,” said Demler. “In hindsight was the word sweetheart the right word to describe him? Obviously not. And I will certainly keep that in mind on my twitter feed going forward. It’s not just what you put out on social media, but how you say it as well.”

Buffalo Rising had a modified retweet of the original tweet that appeared to have been deleted from the NBC affiliate anchor’s twitter feed,

Buffalo News media critic Alan Pergament picked up on the tweet after Demler responded to Buffalo Rising, “@BuffaloRising @WGRZ Yepper. Had a nice chat. Down to earth. Loves the Queen City. Sounded sincere. I don’t judge.”

Pergament then tweeted back, “I think the only other anchor who would be photographed with Rob Ford is Ron Burgundy. But I judge.” Read more

Mary Beth Wrobel Says Goodbye to WGRZ

mary beth wrobel_304x200Meteorologist Mary Beth Wrobel is signing off from Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ to take a job outside the television industry.

“One week from today, I will be saying farewell to Buffalo. I am going to work in medical device sales for a company near Seattle, Washington,” she wrote on Facebook Monday. “…It’s a bittersweet move, but a step in the right direction, and I will miss WNY and all of you.”

Wrobel has worked at stations in North Carolina, St. Louis and Rochester, as well as WIVB in Buffalo. [h/t The Buffalo News]

Pete Gallivan Returning to WGRZ in Buffalo

Pete Gallivan is returning to WGRZ after a four-month absence, the Buffalo NBC affiliate announced today.

Gallivan signed off from WGRZ in March to join Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s communications office. He will return to the station on July 15 as a news and sports reporter-anchor.

“Sports and broadcast journalism have always been a part of me,” Gallivan said in a statement. “I couldn’t be happier to return to 2 On Your Side, a place that I called home for 17 years. There is nothing more rewarding than to tell the stories in your hometown of your family, friends, and neighbors.”

WGRZ’s Maryalice Demler Takes On Buffalo News TV Critic in On-Air Editorial

WGRZ anchor Maryalice Demler and Buffalo News television critic Alan Pergament are at odds over the on-air commentary segments Demler delivers on the Buffalo NBC affiliate.

Demler, who co-anchors WGRZ’s evening newscasts, did a commentary segment on Jason Collins being the first openly gay NBA player last week. In a blog post, Pergament called Demler’s commentary “obvious and unnecessary,” saying the anchor should “stick to reading and reporting the news and stay away from commentaries that don’t say much.”

In her commentary this week, Demler delivered a lengthy response to Pergament’s criticism, saying the segments are the sign of an evolved newsroom. “What you see before you is a 21st century news anchor,” Demler said. “My job — like our newsroom — has evolved over the past 30 years.” Watch:

In a column published Wednesday, Pergament called Demler’s response a “unnecessary, inappropriate, hilarious waste of news time,” saying he hasn’t “laughed out loud so much about local TV news since watching ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.’” Read more

Ed Kilgore’s Long Goodbye From WGRZ Cut Short

Last week we reported longtime WGRZ sports director Ed Kilgore was planning to sign off from the Buffalo NBC affiliate in May after accepting a job with a company owned by Terry Pegula, the owner of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.

But those plans changed Saturday after Kilgore hosted a news conference for the HARBORcenter that veered into conflict of interest territory for the sports director when the Sabres got involved. Jim Toellner WGRZ president and general manager said, “The event became as much a Sabres event as it was a downtown development event.”

So Toellner announced a new plan for Kilgore saying, “Although we have complete faith in Ed’s objectivity we see from Saturday’s events that perceptions might not go that way for all. We will continue to pay Ed through the end of his originally scheduled end date but he will no longer be working at the station after Wednesday.” Read more

WGRZ Sports Director Ed Kilgore Leaving After 40 Years

Ed Kilgore, sports director for Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ, is leaving the station after 40 years.

“Channel 2 has been a huge part of my life,” said Kilgore. “The station is in better shape now than it has ever been. That’s why it’s bittersweet to walk away. But, it’s also okay to walk away now, knowing I was a part of that recent growth.”

According to the station, Kilgore is not retiring, but will go to work for East Resources, a company run by Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. Read more

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