Friday, August 23, 2013

Anchor Change Toteboard Tally

Some anchor changes are on tap at channels 10 and 3 next month. The big "get" is at 10 where Jim Rosenfield takes the main anchor seat on the 5, 6 and 11 weeknight broadcasts. Rosenfield arrives from D.C. powerhouse WRC-TV where he will be paired with Jacqueline London and Renee Chenault Fattah. Rosenfield has also anchored in New York and Chicago and the anticipation is that he brings an extensive news experience to the table. In the weather department Michelle Grossman departs, giving way to newcomer Tedd Florendo. Florendo worked previously at Las Vegas' KLAS-TV as a reporter, anchor and weather presenter. Meanwhile, at Channel 3, Jessica Dean joins Chris May on the anchor desk. Dean replaces the departed Susan Barnett who chose to depart a few months ago. Dean comes to Philadelphia from Little Rock's KARK-TV where she anchored. Prior, she reported and anchored at KATV. At FOX29, new-hire Chris Murphy joins Good Day Philadelphia's early team where he will anchor the 4:25 to 6 a.m. segment. Murphy anchored weekends in San Diego.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Condolences to Dann Cueller

6ABC's ACTION NEWS reporter, Dann Cuellar, has been off the airwaves of late. Dann's wife of 32 years, Marilyn, passed away Thursday July 25th at Taylor Hospice after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 60 years old. Marilyn is survived by a son and two daughters, a grandson; and a nephew. I send my condolences to Dann and his family.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

March 2013 Update

****NBC10's Michelle Grossman is back from her maternity leave. With that return made for the departure of Dave Warren whose last broadcast was Sunday March 3rd. Warren continues to tweet weather and is home enjoying life with his wife and twins. Dave Warren joined NBC10 as a weekend meteorologist and weather producer in April 2003. Prior to joining NBC10, Warren was chief meteorologist at KPAX-TV in Missoula, Montana. ****February 25th was the debut of NBC10's newest newsgathering tool to its arsenal, SKYFORCE 10. The Bell 206 L-4 chopper flies weekdays during the morning and 4p-5p newscasts. Check it out here--> ****Jacqueline London joins NBC10 as a weekend anchor and reporter from Orlando, FL. London replaces Aditi Roy, bound for marriage in Los Angeles. ****Iain Page joined FOX29 as anchor of the 5p newscast. This puts Thomas Drayton on the 6p newscast. Page came from Houston's KPRC-TV.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Problems at Tango Traffic

Sources say most of the on-air talent at Tango Traffic have been kicked to the curb in a financial reorganization. Tango Traffic debuted January 1, 2011 on WPHL-TV digital 2 to become the country's first 24/7 network devoted to traffic. Vittoria Woodill, former 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. anchor, confirms her layoff on her Facebook page as well as her "lifestyle confidence blog" polishedforpennies. An excerpt of her January 24 2013 writing: "I’m going to start this post with this… Business is Business. If you’ve learned this or not, unfortunately, business can be a bit heartless. Not at times the reflection of the company, but the current “times”. My dad told me that a long time ago, and for any GREAT BUSINESS to succeed it comes with making TOUGH decisions. Laying people off is a tough decision, but sometimes that’s what has to be done for the betterment of a product to succeed, to deal with economic changes, yada yada. You can agree with me on that or not, but that’s how I see it and how I feel. With that said there are NO hard feelings in this post… It’s just another chapter of the story." Others let go include Stephanie Humphrey, Woodill's former co-anchor. Humphrey freelanced at KYW "Eyewitness News" as back-up traffic anchor for Bob Kelly prior to joining Tango Traffic. Morning guy, Jason Lee, remains on board, I'm told. Going forward, the station plans to air with voiceovers till further notice.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

New York-bound...from Philadelphia

CBS 3's Anne-Marie Greene heads to New York to anchor CBS "Up To The Minute" and "CBS Morning News". She starts at CBS News tomorrow, January 21st. Greene came to CBS 3 in 2004 and reported for "Eyewitness News" as well as anchored for the weekend broadcasts. She is a native of Toronto where she began her career. Green will definitely be New York's gain and Philadelphia's loss.