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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran down a lengthy list of people joining the Milwaukee news market:

- Lane Kimble joins CBS affiliate WDJT as a reporter, previously from WJFW-TV Rhinelander, WI.

- Bill Walsh joins WDJT as reporter/fill-in anchor, previously from WMEN-TV in Saginaw, MI.

- Trey Daerr joins ABC affiliate WISN as sports anchor/reporter, previously from KNWA/KARK-TV in Fayetville, AR.

- Toni Valliere joins WISN as anchor, previously from KSN-TV in Joplin, MO.

- Chris Gloninger joins WISN as meteorologist/reporter, previously from WRGB-TV in Albany, NY.

- Bret Lemoine joins FOX affiliate WITI as anchor, previously from WFRV-TV in Green Bay, WI.

- Krystle Kacner joins WITI as reporter/video journalist/web contributor, previously from WHO-TV in Des Moines, OH.

- Yona Gavino joins NBC affiliate WTMJ as reporter, previously from WLUC-TV in Marquette, MI

- Shannon Sims joins WTMJ as reporter/anchor, previously from WKEF-TV in Dayton, OH.

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  • WJLA ABC 7 anchor Cynne Simpson named evening anchor for WAGA FOX 5 News at 5 & 10pm. Simpson replaces Amanda Davis who retired in April after extended leave of absence following a DUI arrest. Simpson will co-anchor at 5 p.m. alongside Tom Haynes and at 10 p.m. alongside Russ Spencer. Lisa Rayam, who currently anchors the 5 p.m. newscast, will shift to the 6 p.m. anchor desk alongside Spencer. She will continue to anchor the noon newscast solo.

 

  • Allen Schauffler, a 20-year veteran of KING-TV 5 is leaving the NBC affiliate in Seattle and, according Puget Sound Radio, is joining Al Jazeera America as a regional correspondent.

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All sorts of happenings in Milwaukee.

 

WTMJ

-Reporter Nick Montes is leaving for a freelance job at KTTV in LA.

 

WITI

-Courtney King joins FOX 6 Sports, replacing Brandon Cruz who goes back to his usual gig as a reporter.

-Starting this fall, a new hour long 4pm show called "Studio A" will debut, moving Judge Judy back to 3pm.

-Former FM102.1 morning co-host Brian Kramp will be the entertainment beat reporter for "Studio A".

-Ted Perry will switch from the 5pm newscast to the 6pm newscast, and will also co-host "Studio A". He stays on the 10pm news.

-Katrina Cravy will leave "Real Milwaukee" to co-host "Studio A" with Perry.

-Morning co-host/reporter Angelica Duria will take the spot vacated by Cravy on "Real Milwaukee".

 

WISN

-Toni Valliere joins WISN from KSN in Joplin. She will anchor the evening weekend newscasts vacated by Shelby Croft.

-Meteorologist Chris Gloninger, previously of WRGB in Albany, takes the spot of Luke Sampe on weekend evenings.

-Jason Newton switches from 5pm anchor/reporter to weekday morning co-anchor.

-Craig McKee takes Newton's spot, meaning he will co-anchor at 5, 6, and 10.

-Portia Young moves from weekday mornings to weekend mornings.

-Joyce Garbaciak returns to her first semi-regular role since leaving WITI in 2005, joining Valliere to co-host the 10pm news on Sundays.

 

Whew...everybody got that?

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Lots of people mooving around, Inculding some needed people at CBSAtlanta

 

Dana Jay joins WOFL in Orlando as a general assignment reporter. Jay previously worked at WSYX in Columbus, where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Stephanie Stanton, a former reporter at KNBC in Los Angeles, joins Al Jazeera America as a freelance West Coast correspondent.

Annalee Penny joins WGCL as a consumer reporter. Penny moves to Atlanta from Sacramento, where she produced and anchored consumer segments on the morning newscast at KTXL.

Jo Ling Kent joins Fox Business Network as a New York-based anchor and correspondent. Kent previously was a reporter at WVIT in Hartford-New Haven.

Andy Scholes has been named an anchor and correspondent for CNN Sports and the “Bleacher Report” anchor on “New Day.” He comes from KDAF in Dallas, where he was a sports anchor and reporter.

Gary Striewski, a sports reporter at KPRC in Houston, joins NESN in Boston as a feature reporter and sports anchor.

Ali Lucia joins Fox Sports Southwest in Dallas as a reporter and host for the Dallas Stars broadcasts. Lucia previously was an anchor and reporter at WAVY in Norfolk, Va.

Scott MacFarlane joins WRC in Washington, D.C. as an investigative reporter. He previously was a correspondent at COX Television.

Stefan Chase joins WGCL in Atlanta as morning traffic anchor and host of “Better Mornings Atlanta.” Chase comes from KTLA in Los Angeles, where he was a freelance reporter.

Shyann Malone jumps 63 markets as she joins WTSP in Tampa as a weekend anchor and reporter. Malone was previously an anchor-reporter at WACH in Columbia, S.C.

Dan Spindle, previously a weekend anchor and reporter at KSAZ in Phoenix, joins rival KNXV as the morning and 11 a.m. anchor.

Christopher Sign moves from reporter to weekend morning anchor at KNXV in Phoenix.

Sportscaster Courtney King joins WITI in Milwaukee from WFFT in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Reporter Arielle Clay joins WRAL in Raleigh from WBRC in Birmingham, Ala.

Chris Tanaka, the sports director at KGMB-KFVE-KHNL in Honolulu, has been promoted to anchor of the 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts.

Mark Dondero jumps 80 markets as he joins WPRI in Providence from WCBI in Columbus, Miss. At WPRI, Dondero will be the weekend sports anchor and reporter.

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* KFMB 8 (CBS) morning weathercaster Vanessa Bezic has been missing in action for more than a month now. The station is being tight lipped on her whereabouts and her bio is still on their website. In an interesting move, former morning meteorologist Natasha Stenbock is back with KFMB filling in on the morning show (She used to do weather in the morning from 2005-2009).

 

 

Vanessa is no longer with the station, and Natasha was recently tapped as her full-time replacement. Word is Vanessa cleaned out her desk one day and left without saying anything, then eventually broke her contract. She's the second on-air personality to leave the morning show in recent weeks. Feature reporter Nathalie Basha left the station in May, 4 months after being hired. Alicia Summers has taken on her duties.

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Vanessa is no longer with the station, and Natasha was recently tapped as her full-time replacement. Word is Vanessa cleaned out her desk one day and left without saying anything, then eventually broke her contract. She's the second on-air personality to leave the morning show in recent weeks. Feature reporter Nathalie Basha left the station in May, 4 months after being hired. Alicia Summers has taken on her duties.

 

Wow, that is very strange. A lot of people were posting on KFMB's facebook page asking about her whereabouts for the last two months or so and the station made no mention of it, and when the talent was asked they simply replied that she was off for a while. It's strange for an on-air personality to just simply vanish from one day to the next, hopefully everything goes well for her. Natalie Basha was surprising as well, as you mentioned she had only been there for a few months (3 at the most?). Natasha seems to be well liked by Dan and Nichelle as well as the public, so that's a step in the right direction. If only they could get rid of that crappy music and graphics. When the average joe starts to complain on facebook that your music is bad, then it's really bad.
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After a year and a few months in Americas Finest City, Christine Haas leaves KNSD to head back to Texas at KTBC where she is no stranger. She previously worked at KHOU and KVUE. Best of Luck to her.

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Eric Phillips has migrated up 85 from WSB to sister WSOC in Charlotte to be their weekend anchor.

 

Anjanette Flowers, noon anchor at WCNC, just had a baby girl. They announced it yesterday and showed a picture on the air at the end of the noon news.

 

And WBTV traffic reporter/part time noon weather girl Katie Garner's last day is today. She will be at the Columbus ABC station...sadly a Sincrap station. They're still looking for another traffic person.

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Lots of Comings and Goings courtesy of our friends at TVSpy.

 

 

  • Brandon Jones is joining Toledo's CBS 11 WTOL as a morning anchor and reporter. Jones will begin at WTOL August 12.

 

  • Teresa Weakley is set to join Buffalo's CBS 4 WIVB as a morning anchor. Weakley will co-anchor the morning newscast with Jordan Williams and meteorologist Todd Santos, who joins WIVB from The Weather Channel. Diana Fairbanks, who shifted to mornings in January, will return to the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Weakley moves to Buffalo from Youngstown, Ohio, where she anchors the evening newscasts at CBS affiliate WKBN.

 

  • Mike Bennett is joining WTVT Fox 13 in Tampa, as the weekend evening meteorologist. Bennett joins the station from WTEN in Albany, where he has worked since 2011. He has also worked at WYSR in Syracuse and as an intern at WCBS in New York City.

 

  • Another meteorologist is leaving WFOR, the CBS owned station in Miami. Jeff Berardelli is leaving the Miami CBS O&O to join WPEC CBS 12 in West Palm Beach. WPEC has also announced that chief meteorologist John Matthews has signed a new contract with the station.

 

  • Gina Pitisci is adding the 5:30 p.m. newscast to her anchoring duties at WCTV, the CBS affiliate in Tallahassee. Pitisci joined the station in 2012 as the weekday morning anchor. Since December of last year, she has anchored the 11 p.m. newscast on WCTV and the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WTLH. In her new role, Pitisci will continue to anchor the 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Pitisci replaces Angela Howard, who left WCTV in June, on the 5:30 p.m. newscast.

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Story of the day, courtesy TV spy.

WDAF Catches ‘Royals Fountain Lady’ in VO Before Her Famous and Illegal Romp

By Kevin Eck on August 6, 2013 4:51 PM

 

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When Jessica McCoy crawled into a fountain at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium while the hometown Royals were playing the Minnesota Twins, she may have stumbled into viral video history but was still safely out of TVSpy’s local TV jurisdiction.

 

But when an alert anchor and producer at Kansas City FOX affiliate WDAF figured out McCoy had appeared in a VO the station did before her fountain appearance, we had to get involved.

 

Last night, McCoy, dubbed the “Royals Fountain Lady,” was arrested after spending a few minutes exploring the stadium fountains during a game. Video of the incident surfaced on the web, particularly on Deadpsin.com. WDAF producer Rob Zerwekh was alerted by anchor Nick Vasos that McCoy looked like a woman seen in reporter Brad Underwood‘s VO from the night before (pictured).

 

Zerwekh tweeted the news out this morning saying, “@Deadspin We may have had the Kauffman Stadium fountain lady in pregame VO yesterday here at FOX 4. Same? Different?”

 

McCoy was booked into jail for trespassing, resisting arrest and soliciting an officer. Kansas City Police said she propositioned officers in an attempt to avoid charges. Zerwekh told TVSpy, McCoy repeatedly denied the solicitation charges when asked about it by Underwood who caught up with her after being released.

 

“We talked to you yesterday when you guys were tailgating,” said Underwood who followed McCoy as she was leaving jail. “What happened last night?”

 

“I was drunk. What do you think happened?” McCoy said. When Underwood asked if her friends were going to pick her up, she replied, “We’ll see if I have any left.”

 

Here’s the photo progression of McCoy’s night courtesy of Deadspin. From left to right, WDAF story/fountains/mugshot tweeted out by KC police:

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I like how you can clearly see the drink in the second photo and for her honesty that she was drunk. :D

 

 

Other notable headlines:

WAAY's ND Keith Lowhorne leaves that station after seven years there. He says the departure is not related to the firing of Shea Allen. Read more here.

And, Escaped Inmate Calls Topeka’s WIBW Before Surrendering to Authorities

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  • Ashley Bridges has been promoted to weekend evening anchor for Augusta, GA, ABC affiliate WJBF NewsChannel 6. Before coming to WJBF in August 2012, she was a booker and field producer for ABC’s “20/20″ and “Good Morning America.” In addition to anchoring the 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. weekend shows, Bridges will continue to report and act as South Carolina bureau chief during the week.

  • After almost three decades at ABC 7 KMGH, Bertha Lynn will sign off this week. Lynn, who anchors the 11 a.m. newscast, has accepted a job as the executive director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation at Denver. Her last day at the anchor desk will be August 9. Lynn has worked on-air in Denver since 1976. Before joining KMGH, she worked as an anchor and reporter at KBTV (now KUSA). She was inducted into the Broadcast Professionals Hall of Fame in 2010.

  • Tulsa's FOX 23 KOKI is adding a 6:00 p.m. newscast to its lineup beginning in September. KOKI news director Suzanne Nadell told TVSpy, “We’re excited to offer another half hour of local news and weather to the Tulsa community. We’ll be the only Tulsa station to offer 90 minutes of local news in the early evening.” The newscast will be anchored by the 5:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. news anchors, Clay Loney & Shae Rozzi.

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Wow, that is very strange. A lot of people were posting on KFMB's facebook page asking about her whereabouts for the last two months or so and the station made no mention of it, and when the talent was asked they simply replied that she was off for a while. It's strange for an on-air personality to just simply vanish from one day to the next, hopefully everything goes well for her. Natalie Basha was surprising as well, as you mentioned she had only been there for a few months (3 at the most?). Natasha seems to be well liked by Dan and Nichelle as well as the public, so that's a step in the right direction. If only they could get rid of that crappy music and graphics. When the average joe starts to complain on facebook that your music is bad, then it's really bad.

 

KFMB sure is doing a great job of ignoring their viewers on social media. First, the March Madness/"E/I" controversy, now this.

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KTVT CBS 11 is bringing the midday news back next week, The station announced that CBS 11 News at 11am will start Monday August 12th. This is the first time KTVT relaunch the midday news since the station's noon newscasts were eventually cut in 2004.

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KTVT CBS 11 is bringing the midday news back next week, The station announced that CBS 11 News at 11am will start Monday August 12th. This is the first time KTVT relaunch the midday news since the station's noon newscasts were eventually cut in 2004.

Good!! I dunno how many folks watches Jeopardy on that early 11am timeslot, after TPIR. But kudos to KTVT for returning the midday news.

 

It looks like we may not have a triopoly, at least for one station being sold.

 

From the paperwork posted this morning (4/1), WCWG is being sold by Lockwood Broadcast Group for $2.75 mil.

Follow-Up on the WCWG/Lockwood deal. The FCC has gave its greenlight earlier today.

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KTVT CBS 11 is bringing the midday news back next week' date=' The station announced that CBS 11 News at 11am will start Monday August 12th. This is the first time KTVT relaunch the midday news since the station's noon newscasts were eventually cut in 2004.[/color']

What are they cutting to make room for it?

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KTVT CBS 11 is bringing the midday news back next week' date=' The station announced that CBS 11 News at 11am will start Monday August 12th. This is the first time KTVT relaunch the midday news since the station's noon newscasts were eventually cut in 2004.[/color']

If they wanted to they could move Young and the Restless to 11 and air the news at noon but they probably don't want to upset viewers.

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If they wanted to they could move Young and the Restless to 11 and air the news at noon but they probably don't want to upset viewers.

 

The CBS O&O's in the central time zone usually try to air Young and the Restless at the same exact time as their east coast stations (12:30 pm est/11:30 am cst). WBBM has an 11 AM newscast for that same reason. KTVT however has just showed Jeopardy in that timeslot. Either it's being moved (not sure when unless they cut CBS 11 News at 4 to a half hour) or another station is picking it up.

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The CBS O&O's in the central time zone usually try to air Young and the Restless at the same exact time as their east coast stations (12:30 pm est/11:30 am cst). WBBM has an 11 AM newscast for that same reason. KTVT however has just showed Jeopardy in that timeslot. Either it's being moved (not sure when unless they cut CBS 11 News at 4 to a half hour) or another station is picking it up.

 

Actually, Jeopardy! normally aired at 11am on CBS 11 is moved to KTXA 21, and it would be seen for a full hour from 5:30-6:30pm.

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Actually, Jeopardy! normally aired at 11am on CBS 11 is moved to KTXA 21, and it would be seen for a full hour from 5:30-6:30pm.

 

Right now, Well, before 11am today, Jeopardy was aired at 11am on 11 & 6pm on 21. I assume the double Jeopardy run is temporary, until the new schedule comes in the fall.

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New Retrans Battle!! This time its Time Warner Cable & Journal.

 

B&C is posting that Time Warner & Journal have until June 30 to come up with a new deal or the Journal stations will be yank. It includes Journal's flagship station WTMJ.

 

Time Warner is pointing out that Journal is seeking 200% of their programming, and has taking a stance on broadcasters' egregious demands from without delivering more value.

 

WTMJ has been off for the past two weeks and now the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel states that three TWC customers have filed a class-action lawsuit because of the lost of Channel 4.

 

With the retrans fights getting so fierce, the consumer is the true losers in all of this. Even if they get the deal done, the consumer is going to see a rate increase. So that's a double whammy.

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