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Cleveland Stations Cover LeBron James News: ‘He’s Coming Home’

Looks like Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO will have to make good on the offer to rename its sports studio after LeBron James: the NBA star announced today that will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season after four years with the Miami Heat.

WOIO reported the news at 12:25 p.m., just after James’ announcement was posted to SI.com. “Like the rest of, I guess greater Cleveland or maybe even the country, the newsroom is abuzz right now,” Paul Orlousky said. The station remained in coverage through the 1 p.m. hour.

ABC affiliate WEWS reported the news at 12:26 p.m., with Leon Bibb reading James’ essay on the air. “I’m reporting this as I’m learning it. I am learning it right along with you. ‘I’m coming home,’ says LeBron James,” Bibb said. The station remained on the air until 1:30 p.m. and is planning expanded evening newscasts tonight.

WJW also reported the news at 12:26 p.m. “He had the option of staying with the old guard in Miami or coming to the new team, the new young superstar team here in Cleveland,” Gabe Spiegel said. The Fox affiliate stayed with the news until 1 p.m.

“This is now the victory that the Cavaliers have been looking for … this is a great situation for the Cleveland Cavaliers,” John Anderson said on NBC affiliate WKYC shortly after he reported the news at 12:26 p.m. WKYC also remained on the air through the 1 p.m. hour.

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Wale’ Aliyu Joins WKYC From WKEF

wale aliyu_304Wale’ Aliyu is joining WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, as a multimedia journalist. He comes from WKEF-WRGT, the ABC and Fox affiliates in Dayton, where he has worked since 2010.

The station announced news of the hire on the WKYC Director’s Cut blog, which reports that Aliyu has also worked at Newsy.com and stations in Columbia, Mo. He said looks forward to reporting stories that make an impact on people’s lives.

“One of the first television stories I ever did was on human trafficking back in 2007 while I was at KOMU-TV8,” he said. “This was before anyone was really talking about it. In our little town of 100,000 people, we spoke to a human trafficking victim who was arrested prostitution. Our story helped get her out of jail and helped spread awareness on a worldwide issue that had come to our town.”

Kim Wheeler Switching to Reporting After 19 Years as Anchor

wheeler wkycKim Wheeler, WKYC weekend morning anchor and education reporter, is dropping the anchor from her title at the Cleveland NBC affiliate.

“I am sad that I won’t be on weekend mornings anymore, because it was a big part of my life for 19 years,” Wheeler told The Plain Dealer. “The station felt it was time to make a change. But 19 years as an anchor is a pretty good run, particularly for a woman.”

WKYC news director Brennan Donnellan told The Plain Dealer he was impressed with Wheeler’s reporting and sees the switch as a way to better use her “considerable skills.” She will work Monday through Friday.

Wheeler started at WKYC in 1995 after working at WDBJ in Roanoke, VA. She has also worked in Bluefield, WV.

Mike Landess to Retire From Denver’s KMGH

mike landessAfter 50 years in broadcasting, Mike Landess has announced his retirement from Denver ABC affiliate KMGH. He will officially sign off as the station’s primary anchor later this year.

“7NEWS will miss the warm and wonderful presence Mike has provided each and every night. I am grateful for his service to our newsroom,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “We are all indebted to him, his professionalism, and his credibility.”

Landess has anchored KMGH’s evening newscasts since 2002. He has previously worked at KUSA in Denver, WXIA in Atlanta, WTTG in Washington, D.C., WFAA in Dallas and WKYC in Cleveland.

“The credibility and commitment Mike brings to this newsroom helped 7NEWS develop into one of the most honored and respected TV newsrooms in the country,” KMGH vice president and general manager Byron Grandy said.

WKYC Issues Statement on Replacing Bernie Kosar as Browns Color Analyst

wkycCleveland NBC affiliate WKYC issued a statement today about the future of former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar as color analyst for the Cleveland Browns preseason broadcasts.

Kosar told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he felt blindsided when he found out he was being replaced. He said he thinks he was fired because of slurred speech caused by repeated concussions as a player.

WKYC president and GM Brooke Spectorsky was quoted as saying:

“First of all, we love Bernie, and we’re grateful for the role he has played in our broadcasts over the last 8 years.” Spectorsky said. “Nowhere in our discussions with Bernie or the Browns has anything ever been said about his speech impairment due to concussions. That has simply nothing to do with our decision. The Browns are rebuilding their team, and in reviewing our programming we’ve decided to rebuild as well. We felt there was a better role for Bernie than doing just four preseason games and we completely understand Bernie’s iconic status with Browns fans. I know Bernie has made statements that he felt that these moves were due to his speech issues, and I reiterate that is not the case. Read more

Hilary Golston Joins WKYC From WTVM

hilary golstonHilary Golston is joining WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, as a multimedia journalist and reporter. Golston begins in her new role April 14, according to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog.

“She’s very excited to help us make positive change and will now be closer to her family in Detroit,” WKYC news director Brennan Donnellan said.

Golston joins WKYC from WVTM, the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., where she was the weekend evening anchor. Before that, she worked as a nightside fill-in reporter for WFRV, the CBS affiliate in Green Bay.

WKYC Names Micki Byrnes Station Manager

byrnes_croppedMicki Byrnes has been named VP & station manager of Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC.

“She has made significant contributions to WKYC and Gannett during her career and I look forward to seeing her continued success in this new leadership role,” Dave Lougee, Gannett’s president of broadcasting said in a statement.

Byrnes came to WKYC in 1997 as director of marketing and promotion. Three years later, she was named VP of Advertising and Promotion.

“It will be an exciting and challenging role, one that I’ve spent the last 17 years building towards,” said Byrnes. “Northeast Ohio is a dynamic television market and I plan to keep WKYC in the forefront of winning news coverage with a strong brand tied to our growth as a region, and world class consumer service.”

Brooke Spectorsky will remain president GM and SVP of Gannett Broadcasting.

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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Robin Swoboda Leaving WKYC

Robin SwobodaRobin Swoboda is leaving WKYC, the Cleveland NBC affiliate announced Tuesday. Her last day anchoring the 7 p.m. newscast will be February 28.

Swoboda and general manager Brooke Spectorsky told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer the departure was Swoboda’s choice.

“They asked me about doing others things, but they really didn’t have a platform that fit me,” Swoboda said. “I tried to do the straight news-anchor thing, but I just came to the realization that it wasn’t a good fit for me. I guess I’m still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up.”

Swoboda, a longtime fixture in Cleveland television, joined WKYC in 2011.

Longtime WKYC Broadcaster Del Donahoo Dies


Iconic Cleveland broadcaster Del Donahoo died Wednesday morning.

Donahoo started working at the Cleveland NBC affiliate in 1968. He co-anchored “Today in Cleveland Show” from 1981 until 1998. According to the station, “His wife, Martha, even became part of the show, with her now famous coffee and Tom’s incessant criticism of it.”

Together in Del’s Folkswagon, Del and Martha attended just about every parade, festival, county fair and community event in Northeast Ohio. He was most famous for his series “Del’s Folks” and his Del’s Folkswagon minibus was with him on most of his travels.

He retired from WKYC on January 20, 2007.

He was 90.

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