October 29th, 2001
MOVING EAST: Bianca De La Garza moves from KGTV/San Diego
SPENDS LUNCHTIME ON TV: KCBS-TV/Los Angeles has plugged news
back into its news equation weekdays at noon, pre-empting
its low-rated "Women 2 Women" show indefinitely. Morning anchor
Kent Shocknek is part of the revived noon newscast.
SNOW IN THE FORECAST: Brian Vanaken moves from his main weathercaster
slot at KRCR/Redding-Chico to WFSB/Hartford.
ROLLING THE DICE: Cara Liu leaves KTNV/Las Vegas, joining
KPHO/Phoenix as a reporter.
STATION SCRAMBLE: Layoffs and slumping advertising are causing
problems for stations across the nation. Every day, you read
about another 15 or 20 year veteran being told that his or
her contract won't be renewed. Add to that the financial problem
caused by covering the events of September 11th, and the war...and
some broadcasters are saying enough. Ackerley is selling its
18 TV stations, including a gaggle in California (Santa Maria,
Bakersfield, Santa Rosa among others) to radio giant Clear
Channel Communications. Granite Broadcasting, owner of soon-to-be
NBC affiliate KNTV/San Jose, is selling its Detroit station
to stabilize its financial picture. It's paying NBC to carry
NBC programming in an unprecedented deal. And, with NBC moving
to buy Telemundo, and its stations, it opens questions about
what role it will play in the future in PAX television, the
family oriented network in which its owns a stake. Many PAX
stations are operated in conjunction with NBC-owned stations
in major markets, like Los Angeles.
October 22nd, 2001
PETE MAKES A BIG MOVE: KRON/San Francisco anchor Pete Wilson
moves to KGO-TV/San Francisco. KRON will lose its NBC affiliation
to KNTV/San Jose at the end of the year, and has lost several
staffers recently as a result. KRON plans to operate as an
independent, adding more news. Its sister station is news
factory KCAL/Los Angeles.
IN AND OUT: Out at KCBS-TV/Los Angeles is reporter Angela
Black. In at KCBS is former KCOP anchor-reporter Natalie Pujo.
And, moving up in the world is KCBS anchor Sofia Choi, who
"EVENINGS" BY THE BAY: Mike Rowe joins KPIX/San Francisco's
Evening Magazine as co-host. Rowe has been hosting "The Most"
for The History Channel.
October 15th, 2001
ACADEMY: It was fun, it was educational...and that was just
what the instructors said! Congratulations to Hal, Jocelyne,
and the rest of the crew who put together the second annual
APTRA Academy for aspiring journalists. The details can
be found here, but for college students...this program
is a must for experiencing what it's like being a reporter
or anchor. By the way, the next big APTRA event comes up in
January, when the organization will have its annual regional
seminar in Palm Springs.
FCC WILL ALLOW ADS ON PUBLIC TV'S DIGITAL BROADCASTS The Federal
Communications Commission has voted 3-1 to let public broadcasters
sell ads and other services on their digital television broadcasts,
which are now offered by 38 of the nation's public TV stations.
FCC chairman Michael K. Powell says that the change in policy
in no way compromises "the soul of public broadcasting." Andy
Schwartzman, president of the nonprofit Media Access Project,
disagrees, and intends to challenge the decision in court:
"The whole point of creating public television was to have
a noncommercial preserve for television," Schwartzman says.
October 8th, 2001
LAST PIECE OF THE L.A. PUZZLE: The one remaining open news
director's post in Los Angeles is now full. Kimberly Godwin
is the new VP/News Director at KNBC-TV. She takes the post
opened by the departure of Nancy Bauer Gonzales, who's now
running the news department at Young Broadcasting's KCAL-TV.
Godwin had been the VP/News for the NBC Television Stations
SAD DAY FOR NEWS: KDNL/St. Louis is pulling the plug on its
news department as of October 12th, firing nearly 50 employees.
The Sinclair station has been doing news since 1995, when
it switched from a Fox to ABC affiliation. The UHF station
has always had a difficult time being competitive ratings-wise
with the VHF stations in the market.
FORMER CALIFORNIA NEWSMAN RETIRING: John Howell III will retire
as GM of WPXI/Pittsburgh at the end of the year, after 17
years on ther job. His career jump-started in California,
though. Howell was n.d. at KSBY/San Luis Obispo, and later
KFSN/Fresno in the mid-1970's.
MOVING SOUTH: Keith Garvin is moving from ABC-owned KFSN/Fresno
to sister station WTVD/Raleigh, North Carolina.
October 1st, 2001
IT'S OFFICIAL: Nancy Bauer-Gonzales is the new News Director
of KCAL-TV/Los Angeles. She had been n.d. at KNBC.
MOVIN' SOUTH: Randall Yip is the new morning executive producer
for KNTV/San Jose, the soon-to-be NBC affiliate for the San
Francisco Bay area he was last at KPTV/Portland.
SPORTY IN SAN DIEGO: Andrew Rivera joins the sports team at
KGTV/San Diego, moving west from KVOA/Tucson.
TRACIE IN RADIOLAND: Tracie Savage is now anchoring at KFWB-AM/Los
Angeles. She was last a reporter/anchor at KNBC-TV/Los Angeles.
LOTS TO TALK ABOUT: Former network talk show anchor Gil Gross
is now "anchored" in Southern California, holding down the
fort as the morning host at KLAC-AM/Los Angeles. Owner Clear
Channel has been easing the station from a music format into
a news and sports station.
HEADED EAST: Former KTCT/San Francisco sports talker Damon
Perry is now at WXYT/Detroit.
LAURA PROMOTED: Laura Evans is now a weekend anchor for WTTG/Washington,
D.C. Evens has been a reporter there for two years, after
moving east from KEYT-TV/Santa Barbara.
GEORGE RETIRES: George Putnam retired from his talk show at
KRLA-AM (formerly KIEV) Los Angeles, after 26 years on the air
there. Okay, TV junkies. Do you know how he became an L.A. broadcasting
notable? At different points in his career, he anchored the
news at KTLA, KCOP, and KTTV in Los Angeles. If you're over
50, and grew up in Southern California, you know that name!
Putnam spent over 26 years on KRLA.
Photo courtesy: KRLA
A BERRY GOOD PROMITION: KGO-AM/San Francisco Program Director
Ken Berry is now station manager at KIRO-AM/Seattle.