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Spider Becomes Latest in String of Creature Assaults on Meteorologists

Florida is known for its tropical creatures, but the spider that seemed to dwarf WPTV meteorologist Glenn Glazer (video after the jump) at least looked to be of historic proportions:

The spider, which arrived on cue for Glazer’s 7 a.m. forecast Thursday, was of course not “giant” but rather of less terrifying dimensions, and crawling across the lens of WPTV’s downtown tower cam.

What is it about weather folks? Are they tasty? Just last month, a bat interrupted the weather at WEYI in Michigan, flying right into the studio.

Perhaps the most viral insect invasion during weather was this one.

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

The West Palm Beach Florida TV stations all have their own take on what’s important to viewers.

Only one story made all four newscasts: the closing of the Flagler Memorial Bridge. WPTV devoted the most time to the bridge story opting for team coverage led by Shannon Cake who was hovering above the bridge in a helicopter.

See the stories they covered in the first five minutes below.

WPTV Anchor Shannon Cake Going Part Time

WPTV_Shannon_Cake WPTV-WFLX anchor Shannon Cake will stop anchoring for FOX affiliate WFLX.

“It’s something that we worked on for months,” Cake told Gossip Extra‘s Jose Lambiet who first reported the news. “My parents are getting older and my dad had a health scare recently. That was a wake up call.”

“She will continue on as an afternoon anchor for us,” Lloyd Bucher, station manager for NBC affiliate WPTV, told TVSpy. “We think the world of Shannon and are very pleased to have her at WPTV as an integral part of our anchor team.”

WPTV produces the nightly news for WFLX.

WPTV Adds Me-TV to Digital Channel

metv wptvWest Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV is adding Me-TV to a digital subchannel. With the addition of WPTV, Me-TV has 160 affiliates and covers 91% of the U.S.

“WPTV NewsChannel 5, the number one station on the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast, is very excited about bringing television’s greatest prime time series back to South Florida with Me-TV,” WPTV VP-GM Steve Wasserman said in a statement. “This is the ideal market for classic television and we are confident that these shows will be well received by the audience and our advertisers.”

The network will be available over-the-air on channel 5.2 and Comcast channel 216.

Hollani Davis to Join WPTV as Anchor

Hollani-DavisHollani Davis is joining West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV as a news and traffic anchor.

WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher told TVSpy Davis starts January 20.

“I am leaving behind a lot of friends and people who are like family,” Davis told The Roanoke Times.

Davis comes from WDBJ in Roanoke, VA, where she was the 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. anchor. She started at WDBJ in 2006 after working at KTXS in Abilene, TX.

WPTV Meteorologist Kait Parker Joins The Weather Channel

kait parkerAfter three years at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Kait Parker is leaving the NBC affiliate to join The Weather Channel as an on-camera meteorologist.

While she was in Palm Beach, Parker also worked as an instructor for Earth’s Climate Systems, a graduate course designed by the AMS and NASA. Before joining WPTV, Parker worked as the weekday morning meteorologist for WAKA in Montgomery, Ala.

“Kait is a passionate and energetic meteorologist who will make a great addition to our ever-growing team of the industry’s leading names in weather,” Weather Channel president David Clark said in a statement.

Parker will make her Weather Channel debut on January 13. Read the announcement of Parker’s hire from Jennifer Rigby, the senior director of coverage and talent, after the jump. Read more

Matt Horn Joins Capitol News Service

Matt Horn begins today at Capitol News Service, where he will cover political news for ten local stations in Florida.

Horn comes from Wichita, where he was Salina bureau chief and general assignment reporter at KSNW. In his new role, he will be based in Tallahassee.

Capitol News Service provides political reporting to several national outlets, as well as WFLA in Tampa, WTVJ in Miami, WFTV in Orlando, WINK in Fort Myers, WPTV in West Palm Beach, WCJB in Gainesville, WCTV in Tallahassee, WJHG in Panama City, WEAR in Pensacola and WJXT in Jacksonville.

WPTV Chopper Pilot Flies Into the Sunset

WPTV helicopter pilot Julie Stevens signed off from the West Palm Beach NBC affiliate this morning.

“It’s been a really tough decision but I’m going to be taking a little bit of time off to relax and spend some time with my husband, our two boys and all our crazy animals,” Stevens said on air. “I also want to thank our viewers, of course, for allowing this little English girl with the funny accent onto your TVs and into your homes everyday. I will miss you all.”

Stevens had been flying Chopper 5 for WPTV since 2003.

WABC’s Marci Gonzalez Joins ABC News

WABC reporter Marci Gonzalez is joining ABC News as a New York-based correspondent for NewsOne.

Gonzalez joined the New York City ABC O&O as a reporter in 2011. She has also worked at WPTV in West Palm Beach and News 12 The Bronx.

Related, TVNewser: ABC News Shifts Correspondents

“At Eyewitness News Marci has had a keen eye for important and informative stories, covering communities hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy, the tragic mass shootings in Aurora and Newtown and the Penn State scandal,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to staffers Friday. “We’re very excited that she’ll now be part of the excellent team at NewsOne.”

NBC Affiliates Post Story About Ann Curry’s Struggles with the Mothership

In what may be more of a sign of the times than a break with protocol, at least two NBC affiliates have posted the recent story about former “Today Show” co-anchor Ann Curry allegedly begging to be let out of her NBC contract so she can work for her old boss Jeff Zucker at CNN.

Spokane NBC Affiliate KHQ posted a version of the story attributed to British publication the Daily Mail (click here to view). While the story on the website of West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV (click here to view) has a byline from the station’s online content producer.

Steven Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV told TVSpy, “I suspect this story will be on our air tonight on “ET” or “The Insider”. Why wouldn’t we put it on our website?  I don’t think it’s a good idea to not run a legit, talk about story just because it has to do with our network.”

You can view screen grabs of the stories after the jump. Read more

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