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Garry Kelly Named GM of Media General’s Roanoke Station

wsls_304Media General has announced Garry Kelly has been named VP and GM of Roanoke, VA, NBC affiliate WSLS.

Kelly comes to WSLS from Birmingham, AL, where he was VP, news director and promotion director for WCFT-WJSU, two Allbritton owned stations Sinclair has promised the FCC it will pull the plug on if its pending deal with Allbritton goes through.

“We are delighted to attract such a talented broadcaster to WSLS,” James R. Conschafter, VP of Broadcast Markets for Media General said in a statement. “His focus has always been on serving his community with superior local news.” Read more

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Shane Moreland Named KWWL News Director

kwwl logoShane Moreland has been named news director at KWWL, the NBC affiliate in Waterloo-Cedar Rapids-Dubuque-Iowa City. He begins in his new role May 26.

“Shane’s track record of success leading local television news operations made him the right choice for KWWL,” general manager Jim McKernan said in a statement. “He is strategic and understands multi-platform news gathering in today’s competitive environment.”

Moreland was most recently the vice president and genreal manager of WVNS, the CBS affiliate in Lewisburg, W.Va. He has also worked as the news director of WCTI-WFXI in New Bern, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoake, Va.

The station’s current news director, Dan Schillinger, is moving within Quincy Newspapers to become news director of WQOW in Eau Claire, Wisc.

WSLS GM Leaving Station for Personal Reasons

wsls roanokeWSLS VP and GM Leesa Wilcher is leaving the Roanoke NBC affiliate in May.

“Due to personal reasons I am leaving WSLS and returning to the TriCities,” Wilcher told The Roanoke Times. “It has been an exciting time for me these past three years.”

Before coming to WSLS in 2011, Wilcher worked at Media General’s WJHL in Johnson City, TN.

WSLS took in a record $6.6 million in political spending in 2012, when more than $27 million was spent in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market during the 2012 presidential campaign. Channel 10’s take still trailed WDBJ-TV (Channel 7) and WSET-TV (Channel 13). The station’s evening newscasts usually finished third in the Nielsen ratings during Wilcher’s tenure, which is where Channel 10 has ranked consistently since the late 1990s.

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)

Media General Stations Go Dark on Dish Network

media generalMedia General stations in 18 markets have gone dark on Dish Network as the two companies failed to reach a new carriage agreement by midnight Monday.

Media General owns stations in Birmingham, Mobile, Tampa, Augusta, Columbus, Ga., Savannah, Hattiesburg, Ms.,  Jackson, Greenville, Raleigh-Durham, Asheville, Charleston, Florence-Myrtle Beach, Greenville-Spartanburg, Providence, Columbus, Ohio, Roanoke and the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee.

John Carlin, an anchor at Media General’s WSLS in Roanoke, interviewed VP-GM Leesa Wilcher about the impasse. Watch after the jump. Read more

Scott Leamon Quitting WSLS for Police Department Job

WSLS reporter Scott Leamon starts his new role as a spokesman for the Roanoke Police Department Monday.

“You spend a lot of hours covering the news, so I got to a lot of tee ball games in time for the last inning,” Leamon told the Roanoke Times. “This new job allots more time for the family, but there is a lot of work involved, too. I’m ready to work.”

Leamon, whose last day at the Roanoke NBC affiliate is today, told viewers on his facebook page, “Thank you for allowing me into your homes and hearts. And any time you feel like you can’t do something, any time you feel like your back is against the wall, any time you feel like you just might be down for the count…Do what I tell the people who me well to do. Think: “Man. If that knucklehead Scott Leamon can do it, then I can too!”

Leamon has been a reporter at WSLS for ten years.

Erin Barnett, Marco Villarreal Named Morning Co-Anchors at WVLT

Erin Barnett and Marco Villarreal have been named morning co-anchors at WVLT, the CBS affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.

Barnett joins the station from WSLS in Roanoke, Va., where she was a general assignment reporter. Villarreal most recently worked as a general assignment reporter at KTNV in Las Vegas. They replace Bob Yarbrough and Michele Silva, who signed off from WVLT Friday.

Allie Spillyards, who moves to weekdays from the weekend anchor desk, will handle the headlines and breaking news. Heather Haley will continue as the weekday morning meteorologist.

Watch a promo for the new morning show after the jump. Read more

Anchor John Carlin Returning to WSLS

WSLS has announced John Carlin will rejoin the Roanoke, VA, NBC affiliate on July 8.

“The market wants a proven journalist and dedicated community leader, and that’s what we have in John Carlin,” said WSLS vice president and general manager Leesa Wilcher. “Our mission is to serve this community by presenting newscasts people can trust, and John is a person who meets that standard.”

Carlin will anchor alongside Karen McNew (pictured left) on the 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. news. The station said he will co-anchor the 11:00 p.m. news with Lindsey Ward during certain months of the year.

He was the lead male anchor at WSLS for 21 years before leaving the station in 2008 to pursue a career in public relations. The station posted a video announcing the move featuring an awkward high five moment. You can watch the video after the jump. Read more

Rachel Lucas Moving to WSLS

Rachel Lucas is joining Roanoke, VA, NBC affiliate WSLS.

The move was announced by Bluefield, VA, NBC affiliate WVVA on its facebook page, “After more than two years with us here at WVVA, today is Rachel Lucas’ final day. Join us in wishing her the very best at her next stop, NBC affiliate WSLS in Roanoke.”

Lucas joined WVVA in February 2011. Melissa Stacy, news director for WSLS, told TVSpy Lucas starts next Monday, June 3.

Anchor Jay Warren Signing Off From WSLS

Jay Warren is leaving WSLS to “pursue other career opportunities,” the Roanoke NBC affiliate announced Monday. His last day will be April 19.

Warren began his WSLS career in 1998 as a reporter. Since 2008, he has anchored the station’s evening newscasts. He is also the senior political reporter at WSLS. He has covered every congressional, presidential and statewide election for WSLS since 1998.

“He has been a great mentor to reporters, and a great leader to those who have been in the television industry for many years,” the station said in a statement.

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