In July, Volentine did a story for WXMI about the Freedom From Religion Foundation‘s campaign to have the image of a church removed from the city logo of Wyoming, MI. MLive reports that the Grand Rapids Fox-affiliate dismissed Volentine when it learned that he had ties to the FFRF, a Wisconsin-based organization that fights for the separation of church and state. Read more
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DiDonato was shooting a live tease outside of a local microbrewery during the Fox-affiliate’s morning newscast when the stray cat decided to make a cameo (video above).
Dowling was a crime and courts reporter and fill-in anchor at CBS-affiliate WWMT. She joined the station in 2010 from WILX, the NBC-affiliate in Lansing, MI. She has also worked at KEVN in Rapid City, SD, KTIV in Sioux City, IA and WHO in Des Moines.
The Michigan native began at Fox-affiliate WXMI last week.
Mecklenburg officially joined the station on May 1. He made his on-air debut last week.
“We thank him for the time he’s been with us, and we wish him well in the future,” WXMI news director Kerri Cavanaugh told mlive.com.
Chan was a member of the original WXMI news team, which debuted in 1999. His last day on the air was Thursday. Cavanaugh said the station has not made a decision on who will succeed Chan as chief meteorologist.
DiDonato will be a multimedia journalist on the station’s morning newscast. Until 2010, she was a weekend anchor and reporter at WFIE, the NBC-affiliate in Evansville. A Michigan native, DiDanato begin her career at WXYZ in Detroit, where she was a writer, associate producer and production assistant.
Bond, also a Michigan native, will be a multimedia journalist for the station’s evening newscasts beginning on March 14. She joins WXMI from KRBC in Abilene.
WOOD, an NBC-affiliate serving Southwestern Michigan, began broadcasting its newscasts in high definition over the weekend, starting with Saturday’s 6 p.m. newscast.
“What we do for our viewers isn’t changing,” WOOD news director Rebecca Sapakie said, in announcing the station’s HD launch. “24 Hour News 8 will continue to lead the way in breaking news, investigative reporting and severe weather coverage. Only now it will be in high definition.”
Following his giggle fit on Wednesday’s “360,” Anderson Cooper added himself to the show’s RidicuList last night. And pointed out that he’s certainly not the first person to break down in laughter on live TV.
Full video of Westaby’s laughing fit inside… Read more
LaPlante, one of the original members of WXMI’s news team, has decided to leave the TV news business for a communications post with an area health department. She told The Grand Rapids Press that her decision to leave WXMI was “gut-wrenching.”
“When I started at FOX 17 nearly 13 years ago, we had one show, 35 minutes a day,” she recalled for the Press. “It has been exciting to see the growth to seven hours of news a day.”
LaPlante’s exit is the second high-profile departure from WXMI this month. Reporter-anchor Hailey Frances left the station two weeks ago for a job in Phoenix.
It was the deadliest shooting rampage ever to occur in Western Michigan. The havoc caused by Rodrick Dantzler on Thursday in Grand Rapids was so widespread that reporters had to specify that they were reporting live at just one of multiple crime scenes.
On Thursday afternoon, Dantzler, who has been described as having bipolar disorder, entered the homes of two former girlfriends, killing them both as well as others present in the houses at the time, including his own 12-year-old daughter. In all, Dantzler killed seven people in the span of a couple of hours and then led police on a car chase through Grand Rapids, eventually holing himself up in a house and taking three hostages.
WWMT, WXMI, WOOD, and WZZM all preempted their regularly scheduled programming on Thursday evening to bring live coverage of Dantzler’s rampage, which ended around 11:30 p.m. when the suspect shot himself.
Here’s a station-by-station breakdown of the local TV coverage… Read more