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  1. TexasTVNews

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    New details coming to TVNT:


    Curt Fonger is leaving WPEC-TV. Fonger, CBS 12's 6 & 11pm anchor for 22 years is leaving tomorrow. Fonger joined WPEC in 1989 and was the original anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast, according to CBS12.com. In 1991, Fonger was tapped to anchor WFLX Fox 29’s 10 p.m. newscast, which WPEC TV 12 staffed and produced until January, when WPTV NewsChannel 5 took over the contract providing news for the West Palm Beach Fox station. Fonger's last day is tomorrow.


    KTVK reinstating it's 10pm Newscast. Belo independent KTVK Phoenix (DMA 12) expands its live news coverage to nine hours a day with the premiere of 3TV News @ 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22. The 30-minute newscast will be anchored by KTVK reporter Carey Pena and Fields Moseley, a veteran reporter/anchor who joins the station from KUTV Salt Lake City. It will also focus on breaking news, weather from meteorologist Royal Norman and sports from Tim Ring.


    After less than a year at WTXL-TV, anchor Russell Motley is leaving the Tallahassee station. He joined WTXL in 2010 from Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS.
     
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    A couple of other notes:

    Miami Fox affiliate WSVN is expanding its weekday morning newscast Today in Florida to five hours. Starting on August 22, the newscast will run from 5 to 10 a.m., displacing Live with Regis & Kelly from the schedule. The fifth hour will be anchored by current Today in Florida anchors Christine Cruz and Diana Diaz, with field reports by Richard Jordan and meteorologist Julie Durda providing the weather forecast. This will increase the station's local news output to 60½ hours per week, equal to that of San Francisco's MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON-TV, tying it for the most local news of any U.S. television station (Canadian station CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario broadcasts 69 hours of local news per week, which will expand to 71½ hours next month with the expansion of its morning newscast to 4:30 a.m., the first such newscast in that timeslot in the entire country of Canada).

    Meanwhile, Roanoke, Virginia's WSLS has dropped its low-rated midday talk show Our Blue Ridge. The program will be revamped as a local version of owner Media General's syndicated Daytime program called Daytime Blue Ridge, another talk show focusing on community and lifestyle news similar in format to Our Blue Ridge, though described will "be completely new and different" by WSLS general manager Leesa Wilcher, that will debut in six weeks (infomercials will air in the meantime in the defunct program's former noon slot).
     
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    News from Memphis, TN:

    WMC-TV will be starting a new 4pm newscast beginning August 22nd (replacing Oprah, which has since ended). Lindsey Brown (from WTOK in Meridian, MS) and Jarvis Greer will be anchoring, and John Bryant will be doing the weather. This is the first time that Greer, who is also the station's sports director, will actually be anchoring a news program, but it's likely that he'll still be doing sports highlights for the 6pm and 10pm news in addition to his new role at WMC-TV.
     
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    WPLG has picked up Regis and Kelly which will end their 9 AM newscast. They are now though going to be back in the 5 PM News race.
     
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    WPLG's sister station, KSAT in San Antonio, is also picking up Regis and Kelly. It will be the first time in one year that San Antonio will have Regis and Kelly back in the Alamo City. WOAI dropped the program in September 2010 and replaced it with Rachel Ray in hopes of building better ratings for S.A. Living
     
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    I've enclosed some Phoenix oddities I've found. Some news packages that haven't made opens in six years are in use for other purposes.

    KSAZ commissioned Global Grid from Cue11 in 2002. It was phased out in 2005 for Fusion News (which they still use today alongside the Fox O&O package). But sponsor tags have kept the older theme.

    KPHO dropped News One for Enforcer in 2005, but the weather sounder from the package has remained since the Enforcer switch. Earlier this year on a live sports wrap, I heard a News One cut opening the sports wrap. I am trying to get some audio footage of that. To prove it's a current clip, it's a little longer with the Enforcer series 1 bump out to break included.

    These are my own audio recordings. Sadly, the right audio channel does not work. I also recorded a solid minute of KPHO's weather subchannel (which loops a weather cut of Enforcer with no VOs except for station promos) and some NMSA samples the same way — KTAZ's no longer got the Telemundo News Theme. I can't even figure out what they ARE using!
     

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    What's KTVK using?
     
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    Greenville, North Carolina ABC affiliate WCTI will launch a 5:30 p.m. newscast this Monday, which will be anchored by Brian North and Jaime McCutcheon.

    WSMV, the NBC affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee has announced that it will become the newest partner station in the WeatherBug network; WeatherBug is a national network of weather observation sites that provide real-time local weather information from area schools, public buildings and recreational sites. The most notable partner station in the WeatherBug network is WGN-TV Chicago, WeatherBug observations from the WGN broadcast viewing area as well as information from national WeatherBug sites during its newscasts (including the noon and 9 p.m. newscasts seen nationally on WGN America).
     
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    One blurb from the north Texas market >> Yesterday, WFAA-TV investigative reporter Brett Shipp was physically accosted by longtime local politician, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Price, who is currently facing an FBI Investigation for alleged corruption and inproprieties, shoved Shipp in a small crowd of reporters outside his office. Shipp and other memebers of the Dallas-Fort Worth area TV and radio news media were asked to be there at Price's office by fellow County Commissioner Maurine Dickey. They were supposed to accompany her as she went to Price's office to see about an expense that was charged to Dallas County - five very expensive pieces of communications equipment, each piece valued at roughly $30,000 apiece. Before they aproached the office building, Commissioner Dickey can be seen on tape invoking the fact that because Price is a public servant, his office is public property, and as such, the media had every right to be there. When the reporters followed Mrs. Dickey to Mr. Price's office front door, that's when things got ugly. Commissioner Price even made a threat to Mr. Shipp to "split [his] neck". Thing is, Mr. Shipp was standing right next to KTVT-TV reporter Bud Gillett when Mr. Price made said threat against Mr. Shipp. /popcorn moment...

    Link to the WFAA Story. Link to the KTVT story.
     
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    Some additional news from Memphis:

    WPTY/ABC24 has finally hired an evening co-anchor. Rodney Dunigan, the education reporter for WTVF/Nashville will begin next week at his new position. His last day at WTVF was yesterday. He will be co-anchoring the 5, 6 and 10p Newscasts on ABC24 alongside Joyce Peterson. Cameron Harper, who earlier this year saw his anchoring duties reduced (by his own request), will continue solo anchoring the CW30 newscast at 9, as well as doing occasional reporting.
     
  11. Raymie

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    Who knew a KSTP semi-satellite in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, could cash in on Facebook?

    http://www.poynter.o...tion-big-story/

    Also...KTXS and KTXE have debuted HD local news, making them the first in either market to do so:

    http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/2011/08/11/53197/ktxs-ktxe-debut-hd-local-news

    And one news anchor is making a career change to top all career changes. From morning met to...restaurateur?

    http://www.wptz.com/news/28824371/detail.html
     
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    Why does WSVN continue to use the Today moniker for their morning newscast? Seems a little confusing as WTVJ is and has been the NBC affiliate for a while, and uses a similar name for their morning broadcast. Plus, WSVN does't reach/cover all of Florida, as the name implies. Can't they come up with their own, or at the very least follow the FOX format (Good Day Miami OR Good Day South Florida)?
     
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    Because its tradition. WSVN as funny as it is changes some stuff quickly, but they are very slow to change anything. That name predates to when they were an NBC affiliate. Some history for a truly remarkable station.
     
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    Like its Miami sister station WSVN, WHDH in Boston is also dumping Live with Regis and Kelly for a 9 a.m. newscast. An hour-long extension of Today in New England will debut starting next Monday, August 22; Today in New England's existing 5-7 a.m. team of Anne Allred, Adam Williams and meteorologist Dylan Dreyer will anchor the newscast. WHDH is dropping Live reportedly due to the show's declining ratings in the Boston area, but ABC affiliate WCVB has picked it up and will begin carrying it the same day as the launch of Today in New England at 9 a.m.
     
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    A 300 ft. radio/television tower located outside the studios of Tulsa, Oklahoma's Fox-MyNetworkTV duopoly KOKI/KMYT and several radio stations owned by former KOKI/KMYT owner Clear Channel has an unexpected resident, as a 25-year-old man has perched himself on the lower portion of the tower (moving between 70 and 100 ft. since climbing up the tower) since Thursday, even weathering strong-to-severe storms that had moved through the area on Thursday, Friday morning and Friday night on the tower. The man, identified as William Sturdivant, is according to KOKI and Oklahoma City's KWTV to have a history of criminal offenses, a history of mental illness, is said to have other personal issues and is described as "not suicidal". The standoff, now in its fifth day, is reported to be the longest in the history of the Tulsa Police Department. The man apparently has enough endurance to stay there for even longer, especially given that in the past, the man actually somehow managed to make a 200+ mile trek from Tulsa to Dallas on foot.

    Full main story: http://www.fox23.com...t_N2MJ6Peg.cspx
    Additional links: http://www.fox23.com...1kKGHpV-Vw.cspx and http://www.fox23.com...EtSAS6ochg.cspx

    On September 12, Nexstar Broadcasting/Mission Broadcasting's virtual duopoly in Utica, New York will broadcast local news for the first time since 2003. ABC affiliate WUTR will air newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m., while Fox affiliate WFXV will air a 10 p.m. newscast; while this will end NBC affiliate WKTV's local news monopoly in that market, WKTV will still be the only station to carry weekend newscasts, though WUTR/WFXV will be the first in the Utica market to carry local news in high definition with the launch of its joint news department.

    Finally, in El Paso, Hema Mullur will leave area Fox affiliate KFOX as its 6 and 9 p.m. anchor on August 26; she will be moving to a station in a top-20 market, which was not revealed; a replacement for her position is currently being sought out.
     
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    KTVK still has "Good Morning Arizona"...
     
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    Lexington, Kentucky CBS affiliate WKYT is adding a 10 a.m. newscast starting on September 12, the half-hour newscast will be anchored by noon anchors Bill Bryant and Barbara Bailey, with weather provided by weekday morning and noon meteorologist Todd Borek. This change, along with the already announced addition of Anderson Cooper's new daytime talker Anderson in the 4 p.m. timeslot that Oprah will vacate, will cause a shuffle in WKYT's daytime lineup. The Bold and the Beautiful will air following the newscast at 10:30 (moving there from 1:30 p.m.), while The Young and the Restless will go from a day-behind airing to a same-day airing when it moves from 9 a.m. (Live with Regis and Kelly will move backward one hour into Y&R's current 9 a.m. slot) to 1 p.m., replacing the now-cancelled syndicated version of Don't Forget the Lyrics! and B&B.
     
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    Jim Van Fleet, the weekday morning meteorologist for Fox O&O WOFL Orlando's Good Day for the last 10 years is leaving the station. Van Fleet will remain in Florida, as chief meteorologist at Gannett's CBS affiliate WTSP in Tampa starting in December.

    Roanoke, Virginia NBC affiliate WSLS is revamping another one of its local programs, its social media-friendly 7 p.m. newscast WSLS at 7 is being revamped in a new format in September as a more traditional local newscast (last week, WSLS announced it was dropping the noon talk show Our Blue Ridge, an revamping it into a localized version of owner Media General's Tampa-based talk/lifestyle program Daytime, which is set to debut in September); with the change, Meagan Farley will no longer anchor the newscast and has also been let go by WSLS.
     
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    In San Diego, CBS affiliate KFMB picks up Live with Regis & Kelly and will air it in the 9am timeslot starting August 22nd. The Bold and the Beautiful moves to 11:30am and the 11am newscast is cut to 30 minutes. Also, KFMB will air Anderson Cooper's new show at 4pm replacing Oprah. KUSI which aired R&K will expand Good Morning San Diego an additional hour, which will air from 5-10am.
     
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    Raleigh, North Carolina Univision O&O WUVC will debut the first Spanish-language newscast in the state of North Carolina. The station, one of the few stations owned by Univision Communications without any local newscasts, will debut the weeknight-only Noticias 40, on August 29 at 6 p.m. (there apparently will be no 11 p.m. newscast). It will be anchored by Edwin Pitti and Jaime Zea.
     

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