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WJAN Takes Home the Most Hardware at Suncoast Emmy Awards

Miami’s MundoFox affiliate WJAN was the big winner at the 36th Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards over the weekend.

While NBC owned station WTVJ took home the award for the region’s best evening newscast for its 11 p.m.news, WJAN dominated the rest of the competition, taking home statues for Feature News Report – Serious Series, Best Crime Reporting, Best Single Spot News Promotion, Best Campaign News Promotion, Best Campaign Program Promotion as well as winning Best News Producer, Best On-Camera Reporter and Best Non-News Program Writer in the craft section of the awards.

You can see the complete list of winners by clicking here.

Meteorologist Shiri Spear Joins WFXT From WTVJ

Meteorologist Shiri Spear is joining WFXT, the Fox O&O in Boston, on November 19.

Spear, a New England native, will be the meteorologist for the morning newscast. She comes from WTVJ, the NBC O&O in Miami.

“Shiri brings an abundance of knowledge and experience in forecasting New England weather,” WFXT vice president and news director Paul McGonagle said in a statement. “She will be a great addition to the FOX25 weather team and we’re happy to welcome her back to her hometown.”

Spear replaces Cindy Fitzgibbon, who signed off from the station last month.

One Week After Joining KOMO, Weekend Anchor Joel Connable Dies at 39

KOMO weekend anchor Joel Connable died Monday from complications of diabetes. He was 39.

Connable joined the Seattle ABC affiliate last week. The station announced his death on Wednesday evening’s 6 p.m. newscast.

“He suffered from diabetes and we’re told likely died from a seizure,” anchor Dan Lewis said. “Joel had an impressive career in broadcasting at stations all over the country. We regret that our KOMO viewers will not get the chance to get to know Joel Connable.”

Connable was just getting back to the television business after a three-year break. He was fired from WTVJ in Miami in 2009 for allegedly violating the NBC O&O’s policy on accepting free gifts. At the time of his death, Connable had a lawsuit pending against the station. Read more

Seattle’s KOMO Hires Joel Connable as Weekend Anchor

Joel Connable, former anchor for WTVJ, will be joining Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO as weekend anchor and weekday reporter, according to sfltv.com.

Connable has been out of TV news since being let go by the Miami NBC owned station in  2009 for allegedly violating the company’s policy on free gifts.  Connable filed a lawsuit over the dismissal that is still ongoing.

The former Miami anchor comes to KOMO from Travel TV News, the company he formed after leaving WTVJ.

Last week TVSpy reported former WTVJ investigative reporter Jeff Burnside also landed a job at the Seattle ABC affiliate.

Miami Sports Radio Station ‘Sings’ Off-Key Farewell to Julie Durda

WQAM, a Miami sports radio station, chose a unique and slightly tuneful way to say goodbye to former WSVN meteorologist Julie Durda, who left the Miami FOX affiliate two weeks ago Friday.

According to sfltv.com, the tribute is sung/spoken by “Joe Rose Show” producer Zach Krantz and is loosely based on Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind”.  The song chronicles the sports talk radio show’s relationship struggles with the former WSVN meteorologist.  Joe Rose is both the host of the show on WQAM and a sports anchor at Miami’s NBC owned station WTVJ.

The song references a spat between Rose and Durda which caused the erstwhile meteorologist to delete her twitter account.  A string of tweets showing what appears to be Durda’s frustration with the sports radio hosts attention to her clothing is posted on sfltv.com.

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Jeff Burnside Lands at Seattle’s KOMO

Jeff Burnside, the investigative reporter who was fired several months ago from NBC owned WTVJ, has landed a job with Seattle’s KOMO.

WTVJ fired Burnside for placing an edited version of George Zimmerman‘s 911 call in his story about the Trayvon Martin case.  Martin was the 17-year-old who was shot while walking through a gated community near Orlando.  George Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges in the case.

Burnside is now the Seattle ABC affiliate’s senior investigative reporter.

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Sportscaster Courtney Fallon Joins WTVJ

Courtney Fallon is joining WTVJ, the NBC O&O in Miami, as weekend sports anchor.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy that Fallon’s official start date at WTVJ is Monday. However, she will be on the air this weekend as a fill-in sports anchor for the weekend newscasts and the station’s Sunday night sports wrap-up show, “Sports Final.”

Fallon comes from WLNE in Providence, where she has been the weekend sports anchor since September 2011. Prior to that, she was a newsroom writer at WHDH in Boston.

News of Fallon’s WTVJ hire was first reported by SFLTV.

South Florida Celebrates 40 Years of Sunshine

Al Sunshine, reporter for WFOR, Miami’s CBS O&O, is celebrating 40 years on-air.

Sunshine, yes, that’s his real name, began his career in 1972 with WTVJ, which was the CBS affiliate at the time, as a reporter/photographer.  Forty years later, he’s known for his “4 Your Money” segments where he investigates and reports on behalf of local consumers.

The key to his success? “He has survived because he’s somebody we can all relate to,” longtime colleague, WFOR anchor Elliot Rodriguez told the Miami Herald . “An average guy.”

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Kristina Pink Joining Fox Sports in Los Angeles

Kristina Pink is joining Fox Sports in Los Angeles, TVSpy has confirmed.

Pink, who was most recently a sports reporter at Miami NBC O&O WTVJ, will begin at the Fox Sports on August 27. Her first assignment will be as an NFL sideline reporter when football season begins the following week.

Prior to working at WTVJ, Pink was a sports anchor for WGNO, the ABC-affiliate in New Orleans, and WDBD, the Fox-affiliate in Jackson.

Kristina Pink Says Goodbye to Miami’s WTVJ

Kristina Pink signed off this weekend from WTVJ, the NBC O&O in Miami.

Pink, a sports reporter, joined the station last year after she was let go from WGNO in New Orleans, where she was a sports reporter and weekend anchor. “My last day at NBC6 South Florida! I’m going to miss these wonderful people…” Pink wrote on Facebook.

There is no official word yet on where Pink is headed next, but it is rumored to be somewhere in Los Angeles.

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