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Founder of WWLP Kitty Broman Putnam Dies

Kathryn “Kitty” Broman Putnam, the founder of WWLP in Springfield, Mass., died Sunday. She was 97 years old.

Broman, who founded the NBC affiliate in 1953, was the first woman to sit on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters. Watch the station’s tribute to her above.

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LIN Media Announces Executive Promotions: New GMs in Providence, Dayton

LIN Media has announced three promotions within the company’s executive ranks. Jay Howell has been promoted to vice president of regional television, Patrick Wholey has been named president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC in Providence, and Joseph Abouzeid has been named president and general manager of WDTN-WBDT in Dayton.

Howell previously was the president and general manager of WPRI-WNAC. In his new role as vice president of regional television, he will oversee those stations as well as WWLP in Springfield, WAVY-WVBT in Norfolk, WIVB-WNLO in Buffalo, WDTN-WBDT in Dayton, KIMT in Mason City and KSNT in Topeka.

“Jay did an outstanding job as General Manager, building revenue and profit performance through the growth of audiences both on-air and online, staff development and relationships with clients and viewers in the local community,” LIN Media EVP Scott Blumenthal said in a statement. Read more

LIN Reaches Retrans Deal with Cox, Averting Blackout

LIN Media and Cox Communications reached a new retrans agreement on Wednesday, avoiding a blackout of LIN stations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, and Alabama.

The previous retrans deal was set to expire at midnight on Wednesday.

“We are pleased to inform you that we have reached a contract with Cox,” LIN announced in a statement posted on the websites of stations affected by the negotiations.  “We appreciate your tremendous support throughout these negotiations.” Read more

Anchor Barry Kriger Visits WWLP Following Serious Car Accident

Longtime WWLP anchor Barry Kriger visited the station on Tuesday afternoon for the first time since suffering extensive injuries in a car accident last month.

Kriger is now walking around and evidently in good spirits following the accident.

The station ran a quick segment about Kriger’s visit during its evening newscasts on Tuesday, and anchor Elysia Rodriguez reported that Kriger is “starting to feel a lot better” and “looking forward to getting back to work soon.”

Kriger returned home from the hospital earlier this month. Read more

WWLP’s Barry Kriger Comes Home from the Hospital

Nearly a month after a car accident left him with “extensive injuries,” WWLP anchor Barry Kriger is home from the hospital, the station announced today.

“Many of you have sent get well wishes to Barry,” reads a statement on Springfield NBC-affiliate’s website. “Here at our 22News studios, we’ve received dozens of cards and letters for Barry. We’ll be bringing all of them to him today.”

Krieger, who has been with WWLP for more than 20 years and anchors the station’s 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts, is expected to make a full recovery. The station plans to feature a report on his homecoming on the evening news tonight.

WWLP Anchor Barry Kriger Sustained ‘Extensive Injuries’ in Car Crash

Veteran WWLP anchor Barry Kriger is currently recovering from injuries he suffered in a recent car accident.

“22News has been receiving many calls and e-mails recently about where Barry Kriger has been,” the NBC-affiliate told viewers this week.  “Barry was recently in an automobile accident while on vacation. He sustained some extensive injuries.”

Kriger, who has been with WWLP for over 20 years and anchors the station’s 5:30, 6, and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts, is currently in the hospital.

“He will be out of work for an unknown period of time,” WWLP reported on Thursday, “but he is expected to fully recover.” Read more

WCVB’s Steve Lacy To Join WNYW in New York City

As our pals at FishbowlNY reported this morning, WCVB anchor Steve Lacy has left Boston for New York’s WNYW. Lacy will start on August 15 as the 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. anchor.

Lacy’s departure from WCVB has been rumored for the past month. A Massachusetts native, he joined the Boston ABC affiliate in 2006 as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. Prior to WCVB, Lacy worked at several other New England stations, including WWLP in Springfield, MA and WVII in Bangor.

Lacy will co-anchor WNYW’s “Good Day Wake Up” with Heather Nauert. WNYW is the Fox O&O in New York City.

LIN Media Warns Viewers of Potential COX Blackout

LIN Media stations along the east coast are warning viewers of a potential blackout this week if their parent company cannot reach a new retrans agreement with COX Communications. LIN’s current carriage deal with COX expires at midnight on March 31st.

“Please know that we are working hard to reach a new agreement with COX so you will not lose your favorite programming,” reads a statement from LIN that has been posted on the websites of affected stations. “If we do not reach an agreement, by law, COX cannot carry our television stations on its cable system.”

LIN’s statement goes on to suggest that, in the event of a blackout, viewers switch to a competing pay-TV provider.

Here’s a list of the stations that could go dark this week… Read more