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
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
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
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.