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Allen Henry Joins WSFA in Montgomery

allen henryAllen Henry has joined WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., as a reporter in the East Alabama bureau.

“I’m excited to be joining the team here at WSFA. Everyone here has been great in helping me make the transition, especially our news director Scott Duff,” Henry told TVSpy. “I’m looking forward to getting started in the new East Alabama bureau, made possible with the partnership with Auburn.”

Henry is a recent graduate of Ohio University, where he majored in broadcast journalism with a specialization in sociology and political science. While he was there, he worked as a multimedia reporter, anchor and assignment editor for PBS affiliate WOUB.

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What Are Local Stations Covering?

In the Montgomery, AL, market, three of the four local stations are tangled up with each other through ownership or partnership agreements.  ABC affiliate WNCF and CBS affiliate WAKA are owned and/or operated by Bahakel Communications while WAKA produces the news for FOX affiliate WCOV.

If you look at the story selection, stacking of the show and even on-air talent between WAKA and WCOV it shows. Watch WNCF and the stories look like they were shot by the same photojournalist who shot the FOX and CBS affiliate’s stories.

Alabama TV Trailblazer Norman Lumpkin Dies

Norman Lumpkin, the first African-American TV reporter in Montgomery, AL, has died.

According to WSFA, one of Lumpkin’s first assignments when he started at the NBC affiliate in 1969 was to cover then Governor George Wallace‘s 1970 re-election campaign.

Despite the racial tension of the era, in which he was purposefully given false information by some in order to discredit his work, Norman pushed on and ultimately gained the respect of politicians and viewers for his work. Wallace, who was a staunch segregationist, made sure Norman was invited to each campaign event.

Lumpkin left WSFA in the 1990s to work as news director at the city’s ABC affiliate WNCF. He then went on to work as public relations director for the Alabama Highway Department.

“I learned a lot from Norman – not just about race, politics and the TV news business – but about respecting people regardless of their station in life,” former WSFA anchor Bob Howell told WSFA. “Each of us who knew or worked with him owes him a great debt of gratitude.”

Sportscaster Stephen Gunter Joins WSFA

Stephen Gunter has joined WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., as a weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Gunter, an Alabama native, joins WSFA from WLBT in Jackson, where he has worked as weekend sports anchor since 2010. He made his debut on WSFA Thursday.

Gunter replaces Derek Steyer, who left WSFA after 14 years to join WFMJ in Youngstown, Ohio.

WSFA Debuts New Set

WSFA, the NBC affiliate for Montgomery, AL, has debuted a new set.

Designed by FX Design Group, the set has a working weather center and a separate spot for stand ups. Behind the standing anchor desk (pictured), a large monitor sits inside a wood background piece.

The station has included a picture gallery on its website showing multiple angles of the new design. Click here to view. You can also see more photos after the jump. Read more

Sports Anchor Kyle Montgomery Out at KPRC

Sports anchor Kyle Montgomery has left Houston NBC affiliate KPRC, media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Montgomery joined KPRC in June 2012 from Raycom Sports’ ACC network, where he had worked since 2011. He previously worked at NBA TV and Turner Sports, as well as at WSFA in Montgomery, Ala. and WDAM in Hattiesburg, Miss.

According to McGuff, Montgomery’s bio was stripped from the KPRC website on April 1. According to TVEyes, his last appearance on the station was March 31.

WFSA Reporter Reveals Onion Article Fake

Jennifer Oravet, a reporter for the Montgomery, AL, NBC affiliate WSFA, posted what appeared to be her findings about an article in the satirical paper The Onion.

Oravet posted the following to the station’s facebook page.

I contacted the PR firm listed in this article, they claim the article is “ficticious” and have no involvement in the alleged study.

The Onion article states the “public relations firm of Hill & Knowlton have advised the United States to begin distancing itself from the state of Alabama as soon as possible.” Read more

John O’Connor Set to Join WSFA in January

John O’Connor will join WSFA, the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, as an early evening anchor.

O’Connor left Jacksonville’s WTEV-WAWS in 2010 after eight years as an anchor. Beginning in January, he will co-anchor WSFA’s 5 p.m. newscast alongside Valerie Lawson and the first half of the 4 p.m. newscast alongside Sally Pitts. He will also report for the 10 p.m. newscast.

“I am excited and know John is excited about coming on board,” news director Scott Duff said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of experience, strong journalistic skills and I feel his addition will benefit our newscasts and our viewers.”

WSFA Building a New Studio in Montgomery

WSFA is building a new studio that overlooks downtown Montgomery and the Alabama Capitol building (pictured).

Construction on the new facility is set to begin immediately and be completed by early October. The NBC-affiliate’s new home will feature two studio cameras, as well as outside cameras and cabling for live shots from outside the building.

“This is an amazing opportunity to get our anchors and reporters outside the four walls of a traditional studio,” news director Scott Duff said in a statement. “Anytime you can inject a beautiful backdrop to TV news it adds vibrancy to the broadcast. The possibilities are endless and having a downtown presence will enhance all we do at WSFA 12 News.” Video after the jump… Read more

Mark Bullock Promoted to Evening Anchor at WSFA

Mark Bullock has been promoted to weekday evening anchor at WSFA, the NBC-affiliate in Montgomery, AL.

In his 13 years at WSFA, Bullock has “anchored every newscast at the station and has worked every shift,” according to a statement announcing his promotion. He replaces longtime evening anchor Bob Howell, who retired last week.

“For years, I worked closely with Bob. I consider him a mentor and a friend,” Bullock said. “And while no one can fill his shoes, I am honored to have been named his replacement.” Read more

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