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Cleveland Station Puts Anchors Behind Desk Made of Ice in Bitter Cold


Maybe WKYC in Cleveland didn’t think viewers fully understood the depth of cold blanketing the area when it had an ice desk built and had various anchors broadcast from it in the freezing weather.

While most stations were warning viewers to stay out of the cold, WKYC wrote on its website, “With temperatures hitting record lows and the cold being beyond bitter, we wanted a way to showcase just how icy cold Mother Nature can be.”

The desk was built by a local artisan and features a big thermometer in the center to show viewers just how lucky they are they don’t work in local news. During her first turn at the desk, Robin Swoboda started off by rapping a personalized version of “Ice Ice Baby.”

The station is inviting viewers to check out the creation today from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and added, “you’re welcome to take photos.”

[FTVLive]

Chris Tye Returns to WKYC Anchor Desk

chris tyeChris Tye is returning to the anchor desk at WKYC, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland. Beginning in early January, Tye will anchor the weekend evening newscasts alongside Lynna Lai.

According to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog, Tye will continue to report for the evening newscast three days a week. He has been a general assignment reporter for the station since September, when he was replaced on the morning newscast by John Anderson.

Tye joined WKYC in 2004. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Mike McCormick Out as WTEV-WAWS ND

action news jacksonvilleNews director Mike McCormick is out at WTEV-WAWS, Cox Media’s CBS and Fox affiliates in Jacksonville, Fla.

“Mike McCormick has left our company,” general manager Jim Zerwekh told TVSpy. “Mike Dreaden, WSB-TV News Director will additionally be overseeing the news operation until which time I name a new ND.”

McCormick has been news director since 2008. Before joining WTEV-WAWS, he worked as news director at WPMI in Mobile, WKYC in Cleveland and WTLV in Jacksonville.

Stephanie Coueignoux Says Goodbye to Cleveland’s WKYC

coueignoux_cropped_wkycStephanie Coueignoux signed off from Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC this morning.

The station announced the move on its facebook page, “She’s moving back to Florida to be with her husband. We wish her nothing but the best and will miss her every morning on Channel 3 News Today.”

The morning team said goodbye to Coueignoux on this morning’s show. “She made Cleveland TV better,” said Matt Granite. “And Steph is 40 percent of my social life,” he added. Granite then asked anchor John Anderson and meteorologist Hollie Strano to take over for her.

Before coming to WKYC in October 2011, Coueignoux worked at Central Florida News 13. She started her broadcast career at WHDH in Boston.

WKYC Moves John Anderson to Morning News

John Anderson has joined morning meteorologist Hollie Strano on the WKYC morning news.

Anderson, who replaces Chris Tye and Erin Kennedy, told his followers on facebook Saturday night, “Hi Everyone, tonight is my last show on the weekend working with Lynna Lai. Starting Monday, I’m going back to the morning show.”

“For right now, John Anderson and Hollie Strano will be co-hosting the morning show, and, obviously, neither is a stranger to that beat,” Brooke Spectorsky, president and general manager of the Cleveland NBC affiliate told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “Going forward, that doesn’t mean it will be permanent. There will be at least one more person added.”

According to the Plain-Dealer WKYC’s 4:30 a.m. show has been trailing morning ratings leader FOX affiliate WJW.

Anderson returned to WKYC in October 2012. He anchored the morning show between 2000 and 2007 before leaving to work at WTXF in Philadelphia.

Tip Gives WOIO Jump on Castro Coverage

One month after he was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and sexually abusing three women in Cleveland, Ariel Castro was found dead by apparent suicide in his prison cell Tuesday night.

CBS affiliate WOIO was the first station to report the news and the only station to break in to overnight programming with more than a brief special report. Romona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored from  12:03 a.m. to 2:28 a.m., with Dan DeRoos reporting from the newsroom and Tiffani Tucker outside the home where Castro kept the three women for more than ten years.

“We had gotten a tip that this had perhaps happened, that Ariel Castro had hung himself. My first move was to call the Correctional Reception Center in Orient,” DeRoos said.

Castro’s death was the lead story on the early-morning newscasts on ABC affiliate WEWS, Fox affiliate WJW and NBC affiliate WKYC.

Jennifer Lindgren Joins KTVT From WKYC

Jennifer Lindgren signed off Friday from WKYC in Cleveland, where she has been a general assignment reporter since 201o (video above).

Lindgren is joining KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas, where she will be closer to her family and her fiance, according to WKYC. “I love the people here so much. I didn’t know anyone when I came to Ohio, and I certainly didn’t have family up here, and Channel 3 really became my family,” Lindgren said on her last day. [h/t Mike McGuff]

WKYC’s Lynna Lai Discovers She’s Facebook Friends With Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect

There are a lot of unanswered questions in the case of three missing women who were rescued Monday in Cleveland, but we know at least one thing about the alleged kidnapper: he is a fan of WKYC weekend anchor Lynna Lai.

Lai, who joined WKYC from rival WOIO last year, discovered yesterday that she is one of just 55 friends the suspect, Ariel Castro, has on Facebook.

“Crazy — I’m FB friends with suspect Ariel Castro. Who knew???” Lai wrote on her personal Facebook page. “Just so you know – I accept friend requests from all viewers, so I don’t actually know him. What a surreal day!”

Cleveland Stations Report on Rescue of Missing Ohio Women

Three Ohio women who went missing between 2000 and 2004 were found at a house in Cleveland Monday evening, prompting local stations to devote primetime programming to the breaking news.

WOIO‘s Ed Gallek was the first to report the news during the 6 p.m. newscast, at 6:23 p.m. Ramona Robinson and Denise Dufala anchored coverage for the CBS affiliate, which partially preempted “Evening News with Scott Pelley” for local coverage. Tiffany Tucker reported from the scene for WOIO.

NBC affiliate WKYC and Fox affiliate WJW both reported the news during their respective 7 p.m. newscasts. Robin Swoboda and Jim Donovan anchored on WKYC, which was first at 7 p.m. sharp, and Bill Martin anchored for WJW, which was next at 7:07 p.m.

ABC affiliate WEWS broke into “Let’s Ask America” with the news at 7:18 p.m. Chris Flanagan anchored, with Stephanie Ramirez and John Kosich, who nabbed one of the notable interviews of the night, reporting from the scene.

Dustin Wadsworth Named Assistant News Director at WKYC

Dustin Wadsworth is joining Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC as assistant news director, according to the station’s Director’s Cut blog.

Wadsworth comes to Cleveland from WMAR, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore. Wadsworth has worked at WMAR for 12 years in a variety of roles, including executive news producer and most recently director of new media.

“We were determined to find a leader in digital news, someone who can help guide our overall editorial direction while making our social media, mobile and online channels top priorities, ” news director Brennan Donnellan said in a statement.

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