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Sean Maroney Named WNCN Evening Anchor

maroney_wncnRaleigh, NC, NBC affiliate WNCN has named Sean Maroney evening anchor.

Maroney will anchor alongside Melanie Sanders at 6:00 p.m., Pam Saulsby at 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. and chief meteorologist Wes Hohenstein at 6:00, 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.

“Sean hit the ground running the moment he joined our team,” WNCN director of content Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement. “He is the embodiment of our brand — smart, creative, compassionate and hard-working.”

Before coming to WNCN in May 2013, Maroney worked for Voice of America.

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How Did NBC Affiliates Balance the Storm and the Olympics?

A massive winter storm made its way up the East Coast Wednesday night, presenting a challenge for NBC affiliates forced to balance covering the storm with NBC’s primetime coverage of the Sochi Olympics.

The NBC owned stations in the storm’s path –  WRC in Washington and WCAU in Philadelphia — aired the Olympics uninterrupted, as did NBC affiliates WCNC in Charlotte, WXIA in Atlanta, WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, WXII in Greensboro, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoke.

A handful of NBC affiliates — including WBAL in Baltimore, WAVY in Norfolk, WWBT in Richmond, WVTM in Birmingham and WYFF in Greenville, S.C. — included a lower-third banner with local closings and weather updates during all or part of NBC’s Olympic coverage.

(Pictured, L-R: WRC, WAVY, WXIA, WWBT)

Raleigh Anchor Announces He’s Leaving Station in Family Christmas Video

WNCN anchor Penn Holderness buried the lede in this year’s family pajama wearing rap Christmas video.

After all the signing and dancing about what the family did this year, Holderness’ wife announced in the video her anchor husband was leaving the Raleigh-Durham NBC affiliate.

“Next month he’s stepping off the anchor desk,” rapped his wife in the video. “It’s the biggest decision of his life. He’s going to quit his job and come work with his wife. We’ll be making videos just like these for politicians and companies.”

Holderness started his career in Grand Junction, CO, before working in Orlando, FL. He also hosted shows for HGTV and CSTV. According to his station bio, he was also a video essayist for ESPN and ABC in New York.

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Howard Dorsey Named Assistant ND at KRIV

Howard Dorsey is joining KRIV, the Fox O&O in Houston, as the assistant news director. His first day will be September 16.

“Howard is a seasoned and knowledgeable newsroom manager, who I’m excited to welcome aboard,” vice president and news director Robert Morford said in a statement. “His passion, depth of experience and his ability to lead made him the ideal candidate to help drive our news product forward.”

Dorsey comes to Houston from New York City, where he has been an executive producer at CW affiliate WPIX for three years. He has also worked at News 12 New Jersey, WNCN in Raleigh, ABC News and ESPN.

More from Fox after the jump. Read more

Eric Ludgood Joins WAGA as Assistant ND

Two months after his departure from Atlanta’s WGCL, Eric Ludgood has been named assistant news director at rival WAGA.

During his time at WGCL, Ludgood served as news director and as executive producer. He is a former vice president of CNN International who has also worked at WNCN in Raleigh, WXIA in Atlanta and WTVM in Columbus, Ga.

Ludgood begins Tuesday at the Fox O&O.

WNCN Political Reporter Kim Gernardo to Join Governor McCrory’s Office

WNCN political reporter Kim Gernardo is leaving the Raleigh-Durham NBC affiliate for a job as the director of communications for North Carolina governor Pat McCrory.

Gernardo has worked at WNCN for 14 years. She will begin in her new role on Wednesday.

“She has made a mark in this community by making it her business to know the Legislature inside and out,” news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement. “We wish Kim well in her new endeavor.”

Jim Romenesko points out that Gerado sat down with McCrory for a one-on-one interview two weeks ago.

Pam Saulsby Joins WNCN as Evening Anchor

Raleigh-Durham NBC-affiliate WNCN will have a new evening co-anchor next month: Pam Saulsby, until last year was an anchor at rival station WRAL.

Saulsby signed off from WRAL last year after 20 years with the CBS-affiliate. In her new role at WNCN, she will co-anchor the 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Penn Holderness (pictured with Saulsby) and chief meteorologist Wes Hohenstein, as well as produce reports for the station.

“We are thrilled to have Pam join our team,” news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement. “Her deep roots and passion for storytelling in this community make her an outstanding choice. Penn and Pam are a dynamic duo committed to the things that truly matter and helping people everyday.”

Media General Reorganizes TV Stations Into Two Regional Units

After selling its newspaper assets, Media General has announced a corporate restructuring that elevates James Conschafter and John Cottingham to key leadership roles for the company’s television stations.

The company’s current structure of five geographic regions will be replaced by two geographic regions for its 18 television stations. Conschafter and Cottingham, who have both been named corporate vice presidents, will each oversee one region.

“With our June 25 sale of newspapers, Media General is focusing all of its resources on its broadcast television group,” Media General president and CEO Marshall Morton said in a statement. “We are delighted that our two most experienced broadcast executives will lead our television operations.” Read more

Dan Haggerty Joins WKYC From Rival WEWS

Dan Haggerty has joined Cleveland NBC-affiliate WKYC as a multimedia journalist, the station announced yesterday.

Haggerty has been a reporter and fill in anchor at rival WEWS, the ABC-affiliate, since 2008. He has previously worked as a photographer at WTOV in Stuebenville, OH, and a reporter at WNCN in Raleigh and WBBH in Fort Myers.

Haggerty will appear across all the station’s newscasts, according to the WKYC Director’s Cut blog.

WNCN to Host Democratic Gubernatorial Debate

WNCN, the NBC-affiliate in Raleigh, will host a Democratic gubernatorial debate tonight.

The hourlong debate, presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, will be moderated by political reporter Kim Gernardo. It will air at 8 p.m. on WNCN and stream live on the station’s website.

“Our commitment is to provide voters with as much information about where each candidate stands on the issues that impact their lives on a daily basis so that they can make smart and informed decisions,”  news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement. Read more

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