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Meteorologist Austin Caviness Leaving WXII

austin cavinessAustin Caviness is leaving WXII to become the pastor at Salem Fork Christian Church in Dobson, the Triad Business Journal reports. Caviness has been a meteorologist at the Winston-Salem NBC affiliate since 1997.

“All of us at WXII 12 hate to lose Austin, but we fully support his decision to go into the ministry. We thank Austin for his years of service to our viewers and wish him and his family the very best,” WXII president and general manger Hank Price said in a statement.

Caviness will officially sign off from WXII at the end of May.
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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)

Rob Wu Joins KRIV From WXII

Rob-Wu-jpgRob Wu has joined KRIV, the Fox owned station in Houston, Mike McGuff reports.

Wu comes to Houston from Winston-Salem, where he has been a general assignment reporter at WXII, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate. Prior to that, he worked at YNN, the 24-hour cable channel in upstate New York. He has also hosted a show on ImaginAsianTV and worked at the AT&T Technology Channel, according to McGuff.

Bill Burr Joins WCIV in Charleston

bill burrBill Burr is joining WCIV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, S.C., as a general assignment reporter. The Moultrie News reports he will appear on the 6 and 7 p.m. weekday newscasts.

“We are thrilled to have Bill join the ABC News 4 family,” WCIV general manager Suzanne Teagle said in a statement. “He’s a familiar face around Charleston. He knows the community, and he has a great work ethic. He’ll bring our viewers the stories that matter.”

Burr was the morning anchor at rival WCSC, the CBS affiliate, for seven years before signing off in 2012. He has also worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, WFMY in Greensboro, N.C. and WBTW in Myrtle Beach.

Ericka Miller Joins KEYE From WXII

ericka miller_304x200Ericka Miller has joined Austin CBS affiliate KEYE as the weekend anchor, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff reports.

Miller most recently worked at WXII, the NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, as a weekend news and sports anchor. She left in May after two years with the station.

Before WXII, Miller worked at KAAL in Rochester, Minn. She replaces Katherine Stolp, who left the television business earlier this year.

Former WXII GM Rennie Corley Dies at 75

Rennie Corley, a former general manager of WXII, has died. He was 75.

Corley was general manager of the Winston-Salem NBC affiliate from 1979 to 1999. He worked in television for more than four decades. He was also a member of 40 boards of directors, working with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill, according to WXII.

“Those of you who knew Rennie remember him as a true gentleman and a leader who cared very much about both the WXII staff and the greater community. He was a dear friend of many,” WXII GM Hank Price said in a statement.

WXII GM Hank Price: ‘We live in a new golden age of over-the-air television’

Last week, former NBC News correspondent Ed Rabel excoriated local news, saying the industry is “populated by bubble-heads and glib, young, sometimes pretty know-nothings.” WXII president and general manager Hank Price disagrees, making the case in TVNewsCheck that “leading stations with strong newscasts find themselves offering more services to more people than ever before”:

With the unfortunate weakening of local newspapers, television news has also taken the lead in “accountability journalism,” the investigative, political and consumer journalism that holds government, institutions and businesses accountable to the public.

Perhaps most important, the people who work at television stations live in and are part of their communities.

That sense of community is the reason … North Carolina’s television and radio stations, working together in our state association, the NCAB, [last year] decided to create the largest Vietnam veterans’ “welcome home” celebration ever held.

More than 70,000 people attended. Every television news station in North Carolina produced stories leading up to the event. Stations donated more than $1.5 million in public service announcements, and they jointly aired the event live, all at no charge and with no advertising. No other medium could have pulled it off.

Former WTHR and WXII Reporter Jane Harrington-Smith Dies

Jane Harrington-Smith, a former reporter for WXII in Greensboro and WTHR in Indianapolis, has died of heart failure, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. She was 62.

Harrington-Smith was the first black female reporter at WXII, where she worked for six years. At WTHR, she was the lead reporter on the Mike Tyson rape trial in 1992.

“She was a great lady and very gracious,” WXII anchor Cameron Kent told the Journal. “Our profession will really miss her. She was a great reporter; one of the best that I have ever been around.”

Kim Chappell Joins WBND as Evening Co-Anchor

Kim Chappell begins next month at WBND, the ABC affiliate in South Bend. She will anchor the station’s evening newscasts alongside Brian Dorman.

Chappell comes to WBND from WTVF in Nashville, where she used her maiden name, Kim Gebbia. She has previously worked for WXII in Winston-Salem and WECT in Wilmington, N.C.

“Kim has spent her career digging up stories that impact the communities where people live,” news director Aaron Ramey said in a statement. “She has a passion for one-on-one interaction with the folks who are affected by the news. I think that shows in her compassionate approach to story-telling.”

Chappell replaces Krista Fogelsong, who left WBND for WBBH in May.

Morning Anchor Bill Burr Out at WCSC

Morning anchor Bill Burr signed off from WCSC this morning after seven years at the Charleston CBS-affiliate. Burr revealed on Twitter that his contract was not renewed.

“Thanks to everyone for your kind words and well wishes,” he wrote after his final broadcast. “I’m humbled by your compliments.”

Prior to joining WCSC, Burr worked at WXII in Winston-Salem, WFMY in Greensboro and WBTW in Myrtle Beach. [h/t NewsBlues]

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