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Everything posted by PelicanGuy

  1. WVUE Chief Meteorologist David Bernard is stepping down to continue pursuing his master's in social work at Tulane University. Noon and 4 pm meteorologist Bruce Katz will take over David's position at the end of November. David has a similar separate message for viewers.
  2. WAFF-TV sign-off, 1981-82. https://youtu.be/TtqTXM4TecU
  3. Long-time WDSU reporter Heath Allen is retiring from the station effective September 30.
  4. WBRZ reporter Earl Phelps will do his last story July 24. He's leaving after six years at the station to join the Delta News complex in Greenville, Miss.
  5. Former CNN Newsource reporter Darryl Forges returns home to New Orleans to anchor WDSU's noon and co-anchor its 4 pm newscast.
  6. WVUE evening anchor Kim Holden announced her retirement during the 5 pm newscast today. She started at the station in 1988 as an intern, then worked her way up to the evening anchor desk, where she has been for the past 12 years. Her retirement is effective in a couple of weeks. I believe Angela Hill has been an anchor in New Orleans longer than she has. *Man, I'm getting old. The New Orleans market is losing another giant in local TV news* Kim Holden announces retirement after 34 years at Fox 8
  7. Nice graphic at the end with the tractor, tobacco growing and the spinning textile wheel. If that doesn't scream "Piedmont", I don't know what does.
  8. Anyone know the name of the theme on the "25 Alive Morning Edition" segments?
  9. Noon and 4pm anchor Christina Watkins has left WDSU for sister station WESH, where she will be morning anchor. She went to WESH to be closer to family; she is an Orlando native.
  10. WVUE morning meteorologist Shelby Latino announced on air this morning that she is stepping away temporarily to focus on raising her family. She had triplets not long before Hurricane Ida struck the area. If I heard her correctly, she said she will come in from time to time to do freelance work.
  11. A big loss for Metro Atlanta. Jovita took the torch from the legendary Monica Pearson and carried it well. I am a saddened at her passing, yet she is in a better place. My condolences to her family and the Channel 2 family. SN: Justin Farmer was a trooper in announcing her death. You could tell at times it was getting to him.
  12. WALA special on Hurricane Elena in 1985.
  13. In this video, we have then-WBRZ General Manager John Spain explain why his news crew aired a story the way they did on a man who gunned down Jeff Doucet, who kidnapped Jody Plauche, at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in 1984...the murder was caught on the station's camera and anchor Ed Buggs (RIP) was the reporter. The murder led the 10 pm newscast, which starts at 3:50. The man arrested was later identified as Jody's father, Gary Plauche. It does beg the question: how would THIS be covered today? A good video on ethics in journalism...for 1984.
  14. Kudos to Somerville for standing up...but this is Fox TV Stations, not Cox.
  15. That's why WWL worked out a deal back in the early 2000s with LPB to broadcast from there instead of going all the way to Houston, Memphis or Dallas.
  16. I lost power during Ida last night...while I was flipping between WWL, WDSU and WVUE. I remember WGNO showing infomercials yesterday evening and I was like, "Why aren't they doing live coverage?". I got my power back tonight...I just have a bunch of tree limbs in my yard. My TV was on WVUE when power went out...and it came back on to them. When I heard about the power outtage in NOLA Metro, I was like, "Holy...". Luckily, I didn't catch any station losing power...they kept going. Gotta give it up to WDSU and WVUE, they were on it. I appreciate WWL's tenacity and willpower, but they gotta do a better job of picking reporters, because I was cringing on a lot of their interviews. WVUE was actually showing their live-stream of the 10 pm newscast on-air during the 10 pm newscast. It has gone out a few times during the broadcast. They actually showed whoever was controlling the laptop refresh the livestream page several times before pulling the page up. They are currently off-air as of this posting...and they have been off-air for about 10 minutes.
  17. Now waiting on them to switch to the new graphics.
  18. Chad Sabadie is coming back to New Orleans. Christina Watkins will continue to do the noon news but return to the 4 pm newscast.
  19. WBRZ's chief forecaster Pat Shingleton will give his last forecast today after 40 years with the station. Dr. Josh Eachus - whom he's been sharing chief duties with for some time now, will solely take over afterward.
  20. I'm not gonna lie, this one hurts...and those living in the Baton Rouge market or has worked in the market would say the same thing. I watched her in the late 80s and the 90s with George Sells while I was in junior high and high school. She was awesome at her job and an even better person off the set. My condolences to her family and the Channel 9 family.
  21. WWL morning meteorologist Dave Nusbaum is headed to Birmingham. He gave his last weathercast Christmas Eve. He didn't say when he will start nor what station he's going to, but said he will work the same shift he worked at Channel 4.
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