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WWAY Anchor Scared Off Set by Magic Trick


Aiden Sinclair is a a “paranormal illusionist” who appeared on this morning’s WWAY news.

He told Ashley Jacobs, anchor for the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate, a ghost story that involved a key and some spiders.

Guess which manifested on Jacob’s hand? If you watch long enough to hear the scream you’ll know.

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WWAY Welcomes Back Former Anchor

seamans_cropped+wwayDaniel Seamans has come back to broadcast television and Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY.

Seamans anchored “Good Morning Carolina” from 2003 until 2005. He will replace departing anchor Chris Phillips, as evening news anchor.

In between working at WWAY, Seamans was weekend anchor and reporter for WOLO in Columbia, SC. He left broadcast television in 2010 to work in the home mortgage industry.

According to the station, Phillips is moving to Columbia, SC, to “start a new chapter in his life.”

WATCH: WWAY Celebrates ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’


Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY celebrated “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” this morning.

Anchors Ashley Jacobs, Randy Aldridge and meteorologist Tim Buckley slapped on eye patches and attempted speaking like pirates speak. “Are these one of those things we’re going to regret immediately after we’ve done it?” asked Jacobs.

Buckley provided the clunker of the morning when he asked, “Where do pirates get their taxes done?” His answer? “H & Rrrrrrr Block.” TVspy could almost hear the rimshot from our offices on Parrrrrrk Avenue in NYC.

WWAY Launching CW Affiliate in Wilmington

Wilmington, N.C. ABC affiliate WWAY is adding a CW affiliate on its digital subchannel, the Wilmington Star News reports.

Starting October 1, Cape Fear CW will be available in high definition on channel 3.2 in the Wilmington area. WWAY plans to launch a 10 p.m. newscast on the CW affiliate next year.

“It will be a brand new news program that utilizes the same talent we already have at WWAY,” promotions manager Nate Galluppi told the Star News.

Ashley Jacobs Returns to WWAY

Ashley Jacobs is going back to Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY.

Jacobs announced the move on her facebook page, “Happy hump day! I couldn’t be happier to announce I’ll return to WWAY NEWS very soon. I’m so thankful to be part of such a talented team…and thrilled to share my mornings with all of you again!”

WWAY news director Scott Pickey told TVSpy Jacobs starts next Wednesday but may not go on air until Thursday or Friday. Jacobs left the station in March to spend more time with her family.

WWAY News Director Pays Fine For Driving into MLK Parade

Scott Pickey, the WWAY news director who was arrested for driving into a Martin Luther King Day parade in January, was ordered to pay a fine and complete driving school after pleading guilty to failure to obey an officer.

“I would like to thank Ben David and his DA’s office for working with me to solve this issue,” said Pickey on the WWAY website. “I think we all learned valuable lessons.”

Pickey had also been charged with careless and reckless driving after ignoring police orders to stay in the parking lot of the Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate during January’s parade. After several requests by Pickey to leave the station’s lot were denied by police, Pickey got in a station vehicle and drove into the parade and was arrested.

Prosecutors dropped the reckless driving charge in exchange for Pickey’s guilty plea. As part of the agreement, Pickey was ordered to pay a $50.00 fine in addition to $190.00 court costs.

WWAY News Director To Take Driving Class After Arrest

Scott Pickey, news director for Wilmington, NC, ABC affiliate WWAY told the StarNews Online, he has agreed to take a defensive driving class in hopes of ending the legal drama over his recent arrest.

Pickey was charged with failure to obey a traffic officer and careless and reckless driving after attempting to drive through the local Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in January.

“I’m looking forward to coming to some sort of agreement with my next court date in July,” Pickey told the StarNews Online. Read more

Happy National Weatherperson’s Day!

Today is National Weatherperson’s Day, and stations all over the country are showing their meteorologists and weathercasters some love (pictured: WWAY anchor Ashley Jacobs and meteorologist Tim Buckley).

According to the NWS, February 5 commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America’s first weather observers, in 1744. Jeffries began observing the weather in 1774 and took the first balloon observation in 1784.

“It’s easy to forget that around the clock, dedicated meteorologists and weathercasters are vigilantly creating forecasts to help you plan your day, and issuing warnings to help keep you safe in the event of severe weather,” the NWS says of National Weatherperson’s Day.

After the jump, a sampling of some National Weatherperson’s Day celebrations. Read more

WWAY Posts Video of News Director Scott Pickey Being Arrested

WWAY has posted video of news director Scott Pickey being arrested Monday after disobeying a traffic officer at Wilmington’s MLK parade (above).

Pickey’s arrest came after a dispute with police officers monitoring the parade route. The city’s parade went right by the station, and police refused to let employees through during a break in the parade to cover breaking news, according to WWAY.

Despite multiple requests from Pickey, the officers refused to let anyone through until after the parade’s conclusion. Pickey was charged with failure to obey a traffic officer and reckless operation after he drove his station vehicle out of the parking lot during a break in the parade.

WWAY News Director Arrested After Driving Station Vehicle Through MLK Parade Route

Scott Pickey, the news director at Wilmington ABC affiliate WWAY, was arrested Monday for driving his station vehicle through the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Wilmington, N.C. WWAY anchor Cacky Catlett reported on the arrest at the top of the station’s 5 p.m. newscast:

During the parade, which started at noon on Front Street, police would not allow WWAY employees to leave the station’s parking lot to get to news coverage. After police told a reporter he would have to wait for the entire parade, which ended after 2 p.m., Pickey asked officers again to allow the reporter to leave during one of the many breaks in the parade. Officers refused to allow this or contact a supervisor for permission. When Pickey got in the car and drove out of the parking lot during another break, police arrested him. He is charged with failure to obey a traffic officer and careless and reckless operation. Pickey was released from jail under a $1,000 unsecured bond.

Pickey’s arrest was also reported briefly on WECT, Wilmington’s NBC affiliate.

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