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Megan Pringle Signs Off From ‘Good Morning Maryland’

Megan Pringle anchor for WMAR‘s “Good Morning Maryland” signed off from the Baltimore ABC affiliate last week.

She tossed to a package thanking viewers for watching her over the seven years she’d worked at the station and was then joined on set by family and friends.

According to the station, Pringle is leaving to work in public relations. She started at WMAR in January 2007.

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WMAR Responds to Mythical Hashtag War Declared by YouTube Stars

WMAR has responded to the hashtag war declared by former cable TV stars and current YouTube personalities Rhett and Link over the use of the twitter hashtag #GMM.

The two were using the hashtag for their show Good Mythical Morning until they discovered it was also being used by Memphis FOX owned station WHBQ and Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR for their shows Good Morning Memphis and Good Morning Maryland.

In the declaration of their two front hashtag war against WHBQ and WMAR, they offered their terms of surrender: Relinquish the use of #GMM via verbal declaration and Rhett and Link would give them a custom jingle for their shows.

While WHBQ simply changed its hashtag to #FOX13GMM, WMAR sent TVSpy a link to its video response. The station is letting it be known it will not surrender so easily. They, too, have demands. You can see Rhett and Link’s declaration and WMAR’s demands after the jump. Read more

WMAR Adds Two Reporter/Multimedia Journalists

Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR has upped its on-air staff by two.

WMAR news director Kelly Groft confirmed with TVSpy Amy Aubert (pictured right) has joined the station as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

“We are very excited to have Amy join our team,” said Groft in a statement. “She has covered many stories as a reporter, in different markets, and I look forward to her telling the stories of people living in the Baltimore area.”

Groft also said Katrina Bush (pictured left) will join the station at the end of the month as a reporter and multimedia journalist.

Bush is an anchor and reporter for TV3 Winchester, the digital sister station to WHSV in Harrisonburg, VA. Before working at WHSV, she was a production assistant at WHDH in Boston. Aubert comes to WMAR from WRIC in Richmond, VA, where she was a fill-in anchor and video journalist. She has also worked at WMAZ in Macon, GA.

Linda So Leaving Baltimore’s WMAR

WMAR has confirmed with TVSpy health reporter Linda So is leaving the Baltimore ABC affiliate next Friday.

Fellow WMAR reporter Joce Sterman tweeted about So’s departure saying, “Tears and joy for @LindafromABC2 who is moving on to a new TV adventure. After 12 yrs together in 3 markets with 6 NDs we are parting ways.” So replied, “awwwww thanks guys!! MB, I’ll be reporting for Reuters TV working out of their DC bureau.”

So has worked at WMAR since April 2006. She has also worked in Hagerstown, MD, and Harrisburg, PA.

[Baltimore Media Blog]

Sherrie Johnson Signs Off From WMAR

Sherrie Johnson is leaving WMAR, the ABC affiliate in Baltimore, to become the spokesperson for Harford County, Md.

Johnson is a morning reporter and fill-in anchor at the station. She has worked at WMAR since 2003. Her first day in her new role will be July 22, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Before working in Baltimore, Johnson worked at stations in Asheville, Wilkes-Barre and Washington, D.C

WBFF Hires Baltimore Veterans Marianne Banister, Tony Pagnotti

Marianne Banister, a longtime anchor at WBAL in Baltimore, is joining rival WBFF, according to The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik.

Bannister spent 16 years at NBC affiliate WBAL. The station declined to renew her contract in 2011. At Fox affiliate WBFF, Banister will anchor the weekend morning newscast slated to launch on January 19.

Zurawik also reports WBFF has hired Tony Pagnotti, a former meteorologist for ABC affiliate WMAR.

“We recognize outstanding talent and wanted both Marianne and Tony on our staff,” WBFF news director Mike Tomko told The Sun. “Their professionalism and long history in the market made for a perfect match here at Fox45.

Veteran News Director Paul Stueber Dies

Paul Stueber, a local television veteran who has worked as news director at stations across the country, died December 25 after a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Stueber was a former news director at WBRE and WNEP in Scranton, WEWS in Cleveland, WCIX (now WFOR) in Miami, KWTV in Oklahoma City, WMAR in Baltimore and WEEK in Peoria.

“Paul was the leader in many newsrooms during his time. He paved the way for many broadcast journalists to be successful in the television news business,” a memorial post on WNEP’s Facebook page reads. “He could be tough to deal with times … but he did make us all better at what we do.”

News Director Peggy Phillip Exits KSHB

KSHB news director Peggy Phillip has left the Kansas City NBC-affiliate, Bottom Line Communications reports.

Phillip joined the station three years ago. She has previously been news director at WMAR in Baltimore, WSTM in Syracuse and WMC in Memphis. In 2009, she was named to the RTDNA Board of Directors. She began her television career at KTVN in Reno.

Phillip’s exit comes just a month after KSHB general manager Mike Vrabac announced his retirement.

[via Bottom Line Communications, Rick Gevers & Associates]

The Temperature in Baltimore is … 775 Degrees?

The majority of the country is in the grips of a heat wave right now, but fortunately for Baltimore, it is not as hot there as a graphic on WMAR‘s Sunday newscast (above) predicted it would be.

“If you take a look at tomorrow, temperatures will be into the 70s,” meteorologist Mike Masco said. “Not 775 degrees. That’s really a hot day.” [via Baltimore Media Blog]

KERO Names News Veteran Steve Weinstein GM

Steve Weinstein has been named general manager of KERO in Bakersfield, CA.

KERO was acquired by E.W. Scripps at the end of last year, and Weinstein has served as news director at KJRH, Scripps’ NBC-affiliate in Tulsa, since 2006.

“Steve has the ability to inspire quality journalism while addressing business opportunities in the vibrant market of Bakersfield,” Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division.  “He is an award-winning video journalist who has strong business acumen, so he can effectively manage content issues while helping our sales executives devise customer-driven solutions on multiple platforms.” Read more

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