Monday, January 11, 2010

Blotter

Here's a round-up of some recent stories about the local media scene:

WHIO-TV and Cox Radio to Relocate Under One Roof
Cox Media Group will unite WHIO-TV as well as local Cox radio stations — WHIO, WHKO and WZLR — under one roof at the Cox Ohio Publishing Media Center by 2011. The new offices and studios will be located at 1611 South Main Street.

WLWT's Eric Green to KOAT
More changes in the weather at WLWT this week as chief meteorologist Kevin Robinson gets ready to debut on News 5 this week. Eric Green, meteorologist at WLWT for three years, is heading to Hearst sister station KOAT to forecast weather the morning weather on Action 7 News. This departure allow Valerie Abati to cover the entire weekend shift beginning this coming weekend. Randi Rico will continue on mornings as previously reported.

Layoffs at WDTN
WDTN is letting four staff members go as a result of the economy. Station veteran Sharon Howard, director of community and public relations, was one of the victims.

Carl Day back on Dayton TV
Veteran Dayton broadcaster Carl Day is going back to his broadcast roots as he prepares to launch commentaries on WKEF and WRGT, just in time for birthday number 72. The commentaries will air twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Sinclair duopoly.

95 comments:

Debbie said...

It's great to see Carl Day back on TV! Happy Birthday, Carl!

Anonymous said...

Is WHIO-TV leaving Wilmington Ave?

Anonymous said...

Yes, WHIO is leaving its Wilmington Ave location....

Anonymous said...

Did Jim Bucher hit the road? The only time I've seen him was when the weather was bad.

Anonymous said...

Really sad to see Eric leave :( BTW bateman is staying to do weekend evenings. Abati is doing weekend AMs where she belongs....

Anonymous said...

WDTN is hitting some very hard times, they have cut the news department to the bone and it has affected the quality of their newscasts... They cannot cover the number of stories with less reporters... In case you have not noticed Chelby Kosto is gone and is not being replaced.... Dave D'Marco left and they did not replace him either... It is times like this that I miss when WDTN was owned by Hearst, they did so much right with the station... Lin TV is running the station into the ground...

can said...

It's sad to see what's happening to WDTN. I wonder how they will be able to survive long-term. There are some good people there, and they don't deserve this. The gap between 2 and 7 just keeps getting bigger. Everyone loses in the Dayton region with what's happening @ 2!

Anonymous said...

About five years ago I really got into watching WDTN after many years of watching WHIO just because I wanted a little change... I really liked what Channel 2 had going on, they really had a good product. But I have watched the 2 News product slowly detiorate into a product that is just about un-watchable. They have cut back so much that their news is just down right boring... It reminds me of how their news was back in the early 1980's.

I am now back to exclusively back to watching Channel 7 and will watch 22/45 as a back up when Channel 7 is pre-empted for sports...

I feel that Channel 2 is going to be in third place behind 22/45 in a matter of time if they continue the cuts. You cannot keep cutting people and to expect to produce a better newscast, it is just not possible.

Anonymous said...

http://www.wdtn.com/subindex/news/news_team

Down to five reporters?

Jesus. What a farce.

Anonymous said...

More like down to four reporters, Bucher can hardly be considered a reporter...

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Anonymous said...

Get ready for a new addition to the WHIO-TV 7 family later this year. According to WHIO's job postings online today (http://www.whiotv.com/jobs/1908480/detail.html), expect Newscenter 7 to either hire another news reporter or a fourth meteorologist.

Anonymous said...

Unusual job ad for them, general assignment reporter I can understand... But usually they look for a meteorologist to handle weather, with the exception of Tracie Hale-Brown who is not a meteorologist, but she is a non-contracted employee...

Anonymous said...

I knew Chelby real well while she was down in Baton Rouge. She is solid reporter and we tried to talk her out from going back to Ohio b/c we felt the economy up there was worse than it was in Louisiana. I hope the ones that got laid off well find work soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure I saw Chelby on WSYX a few weeks ago, reporting on the casino in Columbus.

Anonymous said...

is this blog dead?????

Anonymous said...

yes, Jim, its dead.

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Anonymous said...

RIP blog.

Anonymous said...

This blog hasn't been updated since Jan 11, 2010!

Ex 22/45 Asa George has found a new job in her hometown (I believe).

Anonymous said...

This blog hasn't been updated since Jan 11, 2010!

Ex 22/45 Asa George has found a new job in her hometown (I believe).

DyNama said...

too bad about this blog no longer updating, i had enjoyed it. a similar one is Tri-State Media Watch at http://ohkyintristatemedia.blogspot.com/ which is also currently updating sporadically, but 2 blogs on the same subject was not too many.

Anonymous said...

Candice Hunter has been canned.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Candace?

Anonymous said...

Head's up! As of June 2010, a new weekend meteorologist will be joining WHIO's Storm Center 7 team by the end of 2010 (courtesy of http://www.whiotv.com/jobs/1908480/detail.html). Apparently, one of WHIO's meteorologists could be leaving soon. Could it be chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson? Could it be Rich Wirdzek? ...Or could it be Kimberly Thomson? We'll have to find out later this year.

Anonymous said...

It's Kimberly Thomson, WHIO is not renewing her contract. She does not fill the position in the manner that they require. She has been warned about her performance, primarily her refusal to work the entire weekend shift.

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't someone get this blog going again???

Anonymous said...

What happened to Erin Meyer on Fox45?

Anonymous said...

Erin was a free-lancer and was never a contracted reporter. She had her resume posted online a while back, hopefully she found work.

Anonymous said...

Jamie Simpson has a long-term contract with WHIO and he will not be going anywhere for quite a while. Same goes for James Brown and Cheryl McHenry. Both have signed long term extensions to their contracts...

Anonymous said...

Erin became a producer for a station in Chicago. Also, Erin wasn't actually a freelancer, she was hired as a producer, but slowly moved over to reporting.

Anonymous said...

WHIO reporter Danielle Elias announced during a live field report that today (June 18, 2010) is her last day on 7. She is moving to the Columbus area.

Anonymous said...

Was there anything to Candace Hunter leaving?

Anonymous said...

Not that has been published. She told the Dayton Daily News that they simply had a parting of ways. Truth be told, she is too good for that dump called WKEF. I have been told that she is going to WCPO in Cincy, but that has not been confirmed and you know how people spread stuff and jump to conclusions....

Anonymous said...

She is definitely NOT going to WCPO-TV. They have no interest in her.

If anywhere, she may be going to WXIX (Fox). That would be more in her league.

Anonymous said...

As of today (7/15/2010), Danielle Elias's replacement on 7 must be Kate Bartley. Is there any word on when Storm Center 7 meteorologist Kimberly Thomson's contract is up?

Anonymous said...

Kimberly Thomson announced Saturday morning that her last day with WHIO will be on Wednesday, August 4th. After that, she moves to Columbus to be a new Public Relations Manager for AAA Auto.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what happened to Libby Kirsch?

Anonymous said...

Libby Kirsch's husband got a new job in Michigan back at the first of the year and she moved with him.

Anonymous said...

No loss where Kimberly Thomson is concerned ... far too nasally to be enjoyable to watch. WBNS is in need of a weekend meteorologist though

Anonymous said...

Starting Monday, August 30th, WHIO's new meteorologist is Erica Collura.

Anonymous said...

Weekends on WDTN are going to be changing. Meteorologist Erik Zarnitz is leaving to go to WLWT in Cincinnati and anhor/reporter Kennan Oliphant is off to a management gig in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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Anonymous said...

What happened to Meghan Mongillo? Is she anchoring any more? She was the only good part about getting up at 4:30am.

Anonymous said...

What is going on at NewsCenter 7? the sports in the newsroom, no shots of the storm center desk anymore and the anchors sit real close and the background is real dark looking.....

Anonymous said...

Starting this weekend (October 23, 2010), WDTN's new weekend meteorologist is Tara Hastings.

Anonymous said...

NewsCenter 7 is getting ready to launch from their New studios at the Cox Publishing Center in Downtown Dayton by UD, the official date of the first newscast from the new studios is December 13th, 2010

Anonymous said...

Are they (NC7) going to use the same old set at the new location or are they getting a new eye popping WOW HD set

Anonymous said...

On November 17, 2010, former WDTN anchor Carl Day is dead. R.I.P. Carl.

http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/local/carl-day-dead-at-72

Anonymous said...

WXIX's Meghan Mongillo is now a morning anchor for WRGT/WKEF starting December 6, 2010.

Anonymous said...

At least Meghan will be familiar with a losing newscast.

Anonymous said...

News should not be in HD.... has anyone see all the wrinkles by the talent at WHIO.... Jim Baldridge knew when to bow out.... others should follow

WHIO...We're Here In Old-age

Anonymous said...

Who gives a fuck about wrinkles. You see people with wrinkles everyday of your life. Watch the fucking news and shut the fuck up.

Anonymous said...

There is a new voice on WHIO AM 1290 news, some traffic, too - John Bedell. Nice voice.

Anonymous said...

Whats goin on with Live Doppler 7?
ever since the move I have noticed when they use "Live Doppler 7" they are using scans from the radar network including Wilmington,Ohio but no scan from LD7 in dayton

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know why channel 7 is not truly using live doppler 7. Lately i have noticed that they are using the nws radar in wilmington. Just watch the sweep and the ground clutter and you can see the difference

Anonymous said...

Dayton is so sad. Why is that bag of sticks Pam Eliot on in the morning while Megan O'Rourke is standing outside in the rain holding a microphone? And Mike Campbell with his breathing problems and his ear muffs and Jordan Burgess looking like Charlie Brown in his little hat and scarf. And Jill DelGreco looks like a homeless bag lady.

Just let Jamie Jarosik and Megan sit in front of the camera and talk to us and to each other. We'll all sit still for that.

Anonymous said...

Where is Cara Zinski? A local girl, she seemed cranky towards the end. She just missed getting a ride on the cute train...

And what about the other woman that used to be on 22/45 only on Sunday nights? I forget her name--shortish hair, big chest.

Anonymous said...

After nearly a year for WHIO's news reporter position to be up on their job openings page, Newsblues says it will be filled by former WAKA-TV anchor Jenna Deery. She'll be starting at WHIO by the end of this January.

On a side note, WKRC's anchor Dave Burchell has been canned recently after 20 years on their airwaves.

Anonymous said...

is Jenna Deery going to be an addition or is she replacing someone

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Anonymous said...

WRGT/WKEF anchor Kylie Conway leaves Wednesday March 2, 2011 to pursue continuing her career at KTVX ABC4 in Salt Lake City where she will begin there on the 14th of that month.

Anonymous said...

Brittny McGraw is leaving WHIO to join sister Cox station WPXI in Pittsburgh as weekend morning anchor...

Anonymous said...

Laetitia Perry has a magnificent bosom. There, I said it.

Anonymous said...

Where has WDTN anchor Michelle Kingsfeild been lately?

Anonymous said...

Around the same time Brittny McGraw leaves WHIO-TV for WPXI-TV, reporter Kathryn Burcham is also leaving from WHIO-TV for WSOC-TV in Charleston, SC by the end of May 2011.

Anonymous said...

Why do they keep the woman who speaks ebonics on WHIO 7 every morning? Natasha something? I laugh every morning when she says "We go live to Mike Campboo, who's 'porting live from..."

Anonymous said...

It turns me on when WHIO 7's Natasha speaks ebonics every morning--- "We go live to Mike Campboo who's 'porting live from..."

Anonymous said...

You post the way Natasha speaks.

Anonymous said...

Shannon Sims, a reporter and weekend news anchor at Belo's WVEC-13-ABC in Norfolk (Market #43), is out the door after 4½ years. She's moving to an anchor job at an unspecified station in Dayton (Market #62).

http://www.wvec.com/on-tv/bios/69364637.html

Anonymous said...

The station that Shannon Sims is joining will be ABC 22/Fox 45 Dayton's News Source on June 6, 2011 where she will be the official replacement for Don Hammond's coanchor Kylie Conway, who left the station back in March of this year.

Anonymous said...

So what ever happened to this blog? Has anyone ever thought about starting a new one and used anonymous tips from emails for posts?

Anonymous said...

Malcolm Maddox of ABC 22/Fox 45 is leaving at the end of July to take a job in Detroit, Michigan.

Anonymous said...

Beginning Monday August 15, 2011, WHIO is expanding their morning news coverage another half hour to 4:30am. The 4:30am-5:00am edition will be covered by Saturday morning anchor by Gabrielle Enright.

Anonymous said...

WKEF/WRGT's morning anchor Pete Scalia is leaving for the sister stations WSYX & WTTE in Columbus where he'll start on September 6, 2011.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the real reason is behind Gabrielle Enright getting the overnight shift? It just seems really odd that she goes from Saturday mornings and weekday reporting to an overnight shift and a 30-minute newscast.

Anonymous said...

Now I hear Don is leaving Fox 45...did he get another job, are they just cleaning house or did he not get along with rising star Shannon? I really like Don..he will be missed!

Anonymous said...

That's not all. After a recent meterologist weekend/weekday mornings shift swap with Andrew Michael on Dayton's News Source, veteran meteorologist Mike Terwilleger is leaving soon. First Pete Scalia, then Don Hammond, and now Mike Terwilleger?!

Anonymous said...

Gabriel got the shaft, not the shift. And Jamie jarosik looked better when she had a little of the baby weight still on her. Too skinny.

Anonymous said...

Christopher Heath Leaving San Antonio for Main Anchor Job in Dayton

By Andrew Gauthier on December 6, 2011 4:39 PM

Texas native Christopher Heath has left San Antonio’s KENS to become a main anchor at WKEF in Dayton, OH.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to be a part of this newsroom and moreover this city,” Heath wrote on Facebook, announcing his move to Dayton. “San Antonio doesn’t just feel like home, it is home. This is the city where my wife and I celebrated our first anniversary, bought our first home and welcomed our son into this world. Thank you San Antonio for everything!”

Heath joined KENS in 2008 as an anchor-reporter and his last day with the station was Sunday. No word yet on when he’ll make his on-air debut with WKEF.

KENS news director Kurt Davis told the San Antonio Express-News that the station is now conducting a nationwide search for Heath’s replacement on the weekend anchor desk alongside Karen Grace. In the meantime, Grace will solo anchor KENS’s weekend evening newscasts.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/christopher-heath-leaving-san-antonio-for-main-anchor-job-in-dayton_b31625#more-31625

Anonymous said...

Leaving San Antonio and his home state of TX to go to that dump in Dayton? Something doesn't sound quite right. Did he do any research on Sinclair at all?

Anonymous said...

Does he know that he will soon be centrally located between the waste water treatment plant, the prison and the trash dump?

Anonymous said...

We need some life pumped into this blog. It's very informative!

Where is Mr. Terwilleger? He was the last great voice for 22/45! There's some little kid playing "weatherman" and he's amateurish as can be. And the evening anchors are just pathetic. Shannon Sims can't even pronounce half her words and sounds highly uneducated. Just listen to her! Chris Heath tries to sound funny, but is not. Jeff Booth is just as bad. It used to be a decent newscast, but now it's sad. It's more self-advertising than news.

Why, WKEF?!?!

Anonymous said...

We need some life pumped into this blog. It's very informative!

Where is Mr. Terwilleger? He was the last great voice for 22/45! There's some little kid playing "weatherman" and he's amateurish as can be. And the evening anchors are just pathetic. Shannon Sims can't even pronounce half her words and sounds highly uneducated. Just listen to her! Chris Heath tries to sound funny, but is not. Jeff Booth is just as bad. It used to be a decent newscast, but now it's sad. It's more self-advertising than news.

Why, WKEF?!?!

Anonymous said...

We need some life pumped into this blog. It's very informative!

Where is Mr. Terwilleger? He was the last great voice for 22/45! There's some little kid playing "weatherman" and he's amateurish as can be. And the evening anchors are just pathetic. Shannon Sims can't even pronounce half her words and sounds highly uneducated. Just listen to her! Chris Heath tries to sound funny, but is not. Jeff Booth is just as bad. It used to be a decent newscast, but now it's sad. It's more self-advertising than news.

Why, WKEF?!?!

Anonymous said...

I can barely tolerate watching 45 news anymore since Chris Heath has come onboard. He seems to think he is sooo cute and has to offer his opinion on everything. I tune in for the news story, not his opinion, and my gosh, why doesn't the man get a decent haircut?!!! He looks like the Frishes Big Boy. He is unbareable to watch. I'm at the point where I'm looking to watch another station. Where is Don Hammond?

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Frishes Big Boy!!! HAHAHA!! So true!

Anonymous said...

Megan O' is now size 38HD. Yowzer!

Anonymous said...

In case you may not have noticed since last month, WHIO's Natasha Williams secretly was let go. It seems that her position will not be filled.

Anonymous said...

I've kinda wondered if that was the plan all along behind Gabrielle Enright getting the early-morning spot. She's much more pleasant to hear in the morning than Natasha was.

Anonymous said...

Dan Carroll and Shannon Sims are no longer with ABC 22/Fox 45 as January 7, 2013. Same thing for sports anchor Luke Notestine who has recently moved to continue his duties for WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC just before 2013 had begun.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the REAL reason Dan Carroll got fired. Even though he had a 3-year contract, the station exercised its option to release him on his 1-year anniversary.

Some Facebook comments say it was because of his "I hate Obama" comments and his anti-liberal rhetoric on WLW-AM in Cincinnati.

Anonymous said...

Shannon Sims is gone. REJOICE!

Maybe the 45 10p newcast can be cut back to 30 minutes instead of the agonizing 1 hour self-advertising that it is.

I could do with some good sitcom before 11pm.

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