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The Buzz
Lance Orozco has been a part of since our first launch and we'll miss his weekly updates of what's new in the world of broadcasting. Lance has handed the reigns over to Joy Short. She'll now be covering our weekly feature, The Buzz, and you can read it here.

April 28th, 2003

HELP WANTED: Must be willing to travel for weeks on end, live on bad arena food, and weather insults from unhappy critics. Benefits include courtside seats at some of the NBA's best arenas, post-game conversations with Jack Nicholson, and nationwide travel on chartered jets. The Los Angeles Lakers are breaking up the tradition of simulcasting their games on radio and television. Announcers Paul Sunderland and Stu Lantz have opted to take the two TV jobs, opening the door for two new announcers to take over the radio broadcasts. With the Lakers in the playoffs, the TV-radio seperation could come in the next few days.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: After a decade at KTTV/Los Angeles as everything from a producer to satellite coordinator, Linda Hunter has moved to Denver. She's now Assistant News Director
at FOX31, the Fox-owned station in Denver.

April 13th, 2003

JOEL'S BACK: One of Southern California's best-known investigative reporters is returning to the television airwaves, after a break for serveral months. Joel Grover joined KNBC/Los Angeles, which has been beefing up its investigative and sweep series reporting in the last year. Grover had been at cross-town KCBS-TV for six years. He made a huge splash with one of his first series in the market, a series of undercover reports showing unhealthy practices in the kitchens of popular restuarants. Those reports led to Los Angeles County adopting a letter-grading system for health inspections of restaurants, which are posted in windows for customers to see.

CRYS LEAVES: Longtime KFWB/Los Angeles news and program director Crys Quimby left the station to move to New York. Quimby had been n.d. for six years, and program director for more than two years. She's guided the station through a number of changes, including the addition of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball to the station. Quimby says wants to make some changes, and pursue some opportunities in New York. There's no word on a successor yet, with station general manager Roger Nadel temporarily doing triple duty. Crys is also a two term president of the Radio Television News Association of Southern California. She's going to be missed by a lot of friends here!

GUERRERO LEAVES: One of the most popular personalities on the Fox Sports Net left, to re-start her acting career. Lisa Guerrero had been a regular on the NBC soap opera "Passions" before joining KCBS-TV, and then eventually Fox.

XTRA NEWS: Don Martin is the new program director for Clear Channel radio's two Southern California sports radio stations, XTRA 1150 and 690. Martin comes from KOA/Denver.

HEADED TO LONGHORN COUNTRY: Richard Longoria has left independent news powerhouse KUSI-TV/San Diego, to returning to his native Corpus Christi, where he'll be n.d. for co-owned KIII-TV.

"SWEATING" IN THE DESERT: Mel Hanks fills the long-open n.d.'s post at KSWT/Yuma-El Centro, a CBS affiliate.

The Inland California Television Network (ICTN), based in San Bernardino County, has announced some hires for its projected summer startup:

Roger Cooper is the Lead General Assignment Reporter. Cooper was main anchor at KPSP/Palm Springs. Cooper was a longtime anchor at the Orange County Newschannel, and before that, his career include anchor stops in Oklaholma City and Santa barbara.

Terry McEachern is a sports anchor and reporter for the news outlet. He comes to ICTN from KEVN/Rapid City, SD.

Other ICTN hires include Alvin Baker and Patricia Jacobson as producers, and Hannah Lee as a writer.

MARCH 30th, 2003

SEE YOU IN SFO! There are still some spots left for APTRA's annual convention in San Francisco this coming weekend. It's too late to pre-register...but you can still register on-site.

FROM ONE HOT SPOT TO ANOTHER: XOCHITL SANDOVAL is now EP at MAS/Arizona, the Belo/Cox Spanish language cable channel in Phoenix. He had been n.d. at KINC-TV/Las Vegas (Univision).

March 17th, 2003

SEE YOU IN SFO! The final countdown is on for the Associated Press Television Radio Association Convention in San Francisco April 4-5. Besides honoring the best in broadcast journalism for 2002, there's a big lineup of seminars and events scheduled. Check out APTRA.ORG for all the details, including registration information.

NEWS BY THE BAY: KTVU has a new News Director. Ed Chapuis takes over the post that had been held by Andrew Finlayson for the last three and a half years in. Chapuis had last been n.d. at KCRA/Sacramento.

MOVING WEST AGAIN: Leesa Dillon-Faust has left the n.d slot at WOIO/WUAB Cleveland, to become EP for the Meredith-owned FOX affiliate in Las Vegas, KVVU-TV. Leesa was ND at WOIO for about 18 months. Before that, she EP'd at KCOP/Los Angeles and KCBS/Los Angeles.

NO JOB SECURITY HERE: KPSP, the new CBS affiliate in the Palm Springs market, signed on last September, taking the place of KCBS/Los Angeles on the market's cable systems. The station signed on with a full slate of news, but before the February ratings book was even over, suddenly replaced the main weeknight anchors, as well as the main weeknight weathercaster. Station officials told a Palm Springs newspaper they decided to go "in another direction". The station finished well behind the ABC and NBC stations in the market as far as news ratings were concerned in the November book...but the station had more than hash marks, which is more than you'd expect from a two month old station.