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The newscast currently airs on WSAZ’s digital subchannel. Beginning next week, it will air on WQCW, the CW affiliate that is operated by Gray Television. It will be expanded to one hour and anchored by Bill Murray and Brittany Hoke with meteorologist Kelly Ann Cicalese, TVNewsCheck reports.
“Our 10 o’clock news has had great response,” WSAZ general manager Matt Jaquint said in a statement. “Now, everyone will be able to see it. It’s a WSAZ newscast covering the entire region, and it’s available everywhere.”
“It’s a lot but I’m looking forward to it,” Barren told the Charleston Daily Mail. “I love to write and I love people so this job is perfect for me.”
She replaces Jessica Ralston who left the Charleston-Huntington, WV, NBC affiliate in early October.
Friends of Keven Strehle are mourning the loss of the award winning photojournalist after he died in a motorcycle accident August 9.
Among his many accomplishments, Strehle won 22 Emmy awards, 16 National Telly Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and was named National Press Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year” in 1999. He was founder of SMG productions, worked on Olympic games broadcasts, and had worked as a photojournalist for KING in Seattle, KLAS in Las Vegas, and WCHS and WSAZ in Charleston, WV.
John Stofflet, anchor and reporter for Madison, WI, NBC affiliate WMTV, worked with Strehle at KING in Seattle and told TVSpy, “Keven was a tremendous storyteller, with enormous pride in his craft. Keven was not only a tremendous photojournalist, but a mentor to many in the business who looked up to his accomplishments and his work.” Read more
Four of the appointments replace the general managers who were promoted earlier this week in Gray’s restructuring of corporate leadership. “We are happy to fill those vacancies from within Gray’s large talent pool. Each new General Manager brings a unique skill set to match their specific markets,” Gray Television president and CEO Hilton Howell said in a statement.
Don Vesely takes over as vice president and general manager at WMTV, the NBC affiliate in Madison. He has worked at the station since 2001, most recently as general sales manager.
At WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee, Heather Peeples is promoted to VP-GM after six years as the station’s general manager. She joined the station in 1999 and has also held account executive and local sales manager positions. Read more
This is the second stint at WSAZ for Barren who worked for the station in 2006 as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter. She left WSAZ for WKYC in Cleveland in 2010.
“Beyond the family that is WSAZ, I have a special place in my heart for the extended family of viewers,” said Barren. “The people in this region make it special. I can’t wait to start sharing their stories again.”
“Amanda is an outstanding journalist whose number one priority is to serve the community she loves,” said WSAZ news director Dan Fabrizio. “She’s a great addition to a great news team. We’re excited to have her back.”
“I was let go (Wednesday),” Yohe told the Portsmouth Daily Times. “It was a seriously bad decision. It’s the first time anything like this has ever happened to me — and it will be the last. I’m embarrassed, humiliated and deeply sorry.”
According to a story on the WSAZ website, Yohe was stopped after running a stop sign in Coal Grove, Ohio at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. Police found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an open container of “an alcoholic beverage” in his car, according to the Huntington-Charleston NBC affiliate. Read more
Like many local stations, WSAZ — the NBC affiliate in Charleston, WV — has completed the switch to high definition across their news broadcasts.
“This represents the end of a multi-year, multi-million dollar project and the beginning of a new way for all television viewers in the Charleston-Huntington market to see their world,” vice president and general manager Don Ray said. “We’ll all be looking at the drama and excitement that happens every day in breathtaking color and clarity.”
Part of making the switch included new equipment upgrades for WSAZ. The station donated the old equipment — including field cameras, editors, video switchers, television audio consoles and studio cameras — to the communications department West Virginia State University.
WSAZ is the first station in the Charleston market to make the switch. The station will show their local broadcasts, as well as nationally syndicated NBC programming, in HD.