Category: Transitions

RC ND CAPS HIS CAREER

John Peterson, who has led the news department at Gray’s KOTA in Rapid City, SD since the Bill Duhamel era (20 years), is calling it a career just shy of 40 years. Peterson took ...

A NEW HOME FOR “CAFÉ CNN”

CNN en Español’s flagship morning show, “Café CNN,” is now originating from Miami, having abandoned its former Atlanta home base. “Café CNN” is a Spanglish language morning show hosted by Alejandra Oraa, Maria Alejandra ...

“THE FIXER” LEAVES ABC NEWS

Stephanie Zimmerman, aka the “ABC News Fixer”, is gone from the network. Zimmerman joined the ABC News investigative unit in December of 2012 as a consumer-oriented investigator. “It was a great five years, working ...

A 46-YEAR CAREER CLOSES DOWN

We honestly can’t think of a more thankless newsroom job than assignment editor. News directors and executive producers pull them in multiple directions simultaneously, field crews curse their assignments and the sometimes-abrupt switching of ...

SURPRISE RESIGNATION AT WBBM

Staffers at CBS O&O WBBM in Chicago were caught short Monday afternoon when station veep and GM Marty Wilke announced her retirement. If anybody asks, the retirement was entirely Wilke’s own decision. “My six ...

NEW MEXICO TV LEGEND RETIRING

New Mexico broadcasting pioneer Mary Lynn Roper is calling it a career. Roper who was the first female anchor in the state, is retiring this fall as vice-president and general manager at Hearst’s KOAT ...

ANOTHER ESPN VETERAN GONE

After 36 years behind the mike for ESPN, Mike Patrick is calling it quits, taxing an already-thin bench even more. He joined the WorldWide Leader© just three years after it went on the air ...

NO LOOKING BACK

Yesterday was exit interview day for weekend anchor/reporter Heather Waliga at Disney’s WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, NC She announced via Facebook over the weekend that she was out the door – destination unknown except that ...

JOHN COLEMAN: 1934-2018

John Coleman spent more than 60 years forecasting the weather, but his singular achievement, the founding of The Weather Channel, transformed the business of teevee weather forecasting. Coleman was also the original meteorologist for ...

ZAVALA CAPS 30-YEAR CAREER

After 30 years at KCET, reporter/anchor/executive producer Val Zavala is retiring from the Los Angeles public teevee station. Zavala, whose official title was VP of News & Public Affairs,  joined KCET in 1987 after ...

GOODBYE TO JOHN BEARD

It was “Hail and Farewell” to longtime WGRZ “Daybreak” anchor John Beard Thursday morning in Buffalo. Beard heads off into the sunset after eight years in the co-anchor chair. “I fell in love with ...

TAFT’S LAST DAY

And today is the day Chicago bids “Auf  Wiedersehen,” “Sayonara,”  and “Adieu” to chief meteorologist Jerry Taft after 40 years of calling the weather at Disney’s WLS. What, no “Goodbye?” When Taft announced his ...

DOWNSIZING AT AZTECA AMERICA

José Luis Padilla, Regional VP of Azteca América’s West Coast-managed stations, is no longer with the company. Cutbacks were inevitable due to Azteca América’s recent acquisition by HC2 Network Inc. in a deal that ...

A LEGEND PASSES

For many of us he was THE voice of college football. For more than 40 years, Keith Jackson ruled the booth, presiding over ABC’s college football coverage. He retired after the 2006 Rose Bowl, ...

CLEVELAND ND SHOWN THE DOOR

Fred D’Ambrosi has parted ways with Raycom’s Cleveland duopoly, WOIO/WUAB. Fred’s been the ND there since the spring of 2015. He’s also been an ND in Milwaukee, San Diego, and Washington, DC. Fred worked at WKYC ...

SUDDEN EXIT IN SAN ANTONIO

What are we to make of the sudden departure of WOAI Chief Meteorologist Albert Flores down in San Antonio? After 40 years in the business, no on-air reminiscences, no extended farewell tour…. No cake! ...

BILL BOLEN 1929-2018

The staff of Raycom’s WBRC in Birmingham, Al is mourning the passing of its longtime anchor Bill Bolen. Bolen, who retired in 2010, first broke into television in 1965 at WBMG, the Birmingham CBS ...

RAMSEY DOES LAST FORECAST

Jim Ramsey signed off Saturday night as WGN’s weekend weather forecaster. His retirement from the Tribune Chicago station culminates a 42-year career in broadcasting, including an earlier stint at ABC-owned WLS. “It has been ...

CONNECTICUT NEWS ICON PASSES

Fran Schneidau was remembered by colleagues and listeners as a talented, devoted journalist after news of her death was announced midweek. Schneidau, who worked for nearly forty years as Connecticut Bureau Chief for WCBS-AM ...

RUDY SIGNS OFF IN MUSIC CITY

 One of the truly nice guys in the business bowed out in Nashville last night, as longtime sports anchor-reporter Rudy Kalis signed off Meredith’s WSMV. He’d announced his retirement earlier this year. “I think ...

KEN ROWLAND 1926-2017

Former WLKY News anchor Ken Rowland has passed away. Rowland was the Louisville Kentucky station’s first news anchor AND its first news director when the station signed on in 1964. For the next 24 ...

BERNARD WATERMAN 1921-2017

 With his wife Edith by his side, Bernard Waterman, founder of Waterman Broadcasting, passed away over the weekend in Sanibel Florida. Waterman’s company owns WBBH in Ft. Myers and WVIR in Charlottesville, VA. Waterman ...

WRC REMEMBERS “INTERN ANDREW”

Longtime WRC NBC Washington intern and associate producer Andrew Tomasello lost his battle with cancer. “He was one of those special interns with an infectious smile,” said anchor Jim Handly. “Andrew made a point ...