As we first told you in December, Gannett’s WZZM in Grand Rapids will revive their weekend morning newscasts starting March 5. Newly-hired meteorologist Aaron Offeyer will co-host the new show with anchor Jennifer Pascua.
WZZM 13 (Channel 13) — Meteorologist Aaron Offeyer will be doing weather and co-hosting a new weekend morning news show beginning March 5. Jennifer Pascua will be the other co-anchor.
Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press
Posted 29 Jan 2011 — by Michigan Media
On Friday, January 28, Gray Television’s NBC affiliate WILX in Lansing made local history as the first Lansing TV station to broadcast its newscasts in high definition.
It’s a noteworthy day for me– January 28, 2011. WILX-TV has gone hi def and we’re all excited. From now on you’ll notice our “hi def highlights” as we like to call them. And are they ever slick. You need hi def television but now you get all the local highlights in hi def here off of WILX-TV. All of the cameras shooting sporting events in the area are state of the art hi def cameras. The pictures are fantastic.
This has been an enormous undertaking of new equipment and procedures and I’m not the most adept with computers and other digital equipment that are a part of our daily lives. But it’s exciting nonetheless and it’s a project we’ve worked on since early last year. We’ve launched and we’re up to speed with any television station in the country. Hope you like our hi def highlights you will now see including Sundays on the Staudt show for an hour at 11am.
Tim Staudt | WILX
Morning news anchor Emily Linnert will return to WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids on February 3. Linnert was on maternity leave since November.
Morning news anchor Emily Linnert is returning to WOOD TV (Channel 8 ) on Feb. 3.
Linnert, who co-anchored 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak with Brett Thomas, was on maternity leave since November and will return to her co-anchor position with Thomas.
Linnert gave birth to a baby girl, Olive, which is her second child. She’s been with the station since 2006.
Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press
It appears that FOX 17 anchor Hailey Frances is no longer anchoring the station’s 10 P.M. newscast. Frances did not anchor the 10 P.M. newscasts last week. Instead, she reported from the field while reporter Janice Allen anchored the newscast with Christian Frank. Also, Frances’ biography page was changed from “Anchor” to “Reporter.”
Former news director Tim Dye hired Frances in June 2010 as a replacement for Michele DeSelms, who stepped down from the 10 P.M. newscast so she could spend more time with her family. DeSelms still anchors the 6 P.M. newscast with Christian Frank.
Read more in the “Haley Francis Demoted!!” thread on the Michigan Radio & TV Buzzboard.
Posted 07 Jan 2011 — by Michigan Media
WXYZ (Channel 7) in Detroit has hired meteorologist Chris Edwards. Edwards previously worked at WJBK in Detroit before leaving in 2004 to spend more time with his family and to start his own business.
WXYZ-TV is pleased to announce that veteran meteorologist Chris Edwards is joining the Channel 7 weather team.
Edwards began his career as a weathercaster in the U.S. Air Force. He was one of the first meteorologists with The Weather Channel in Atlanta, before moving on to forecast at WISN-TV in Milwaukee, and KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
Edwards was the chief meteorologist at WJBK-TV in Detroit before leaving in 2004 to spend more time with his family and to start his own business teaching weather science to students.
“We’re extremely pleased to add such a talented and experienced meteorologist to the Channel 7 weather staff,” said news director Tim Dye. “Chris brings more than 30 years of forecasting experience, much of that in the Southeast Michigan region. His first-hand knowledge will be a tremendous asset to our viewers.”
Posted 06 Jan 2011 — by Michigan Media
Mark Arminio has been named VP of sales for WWJ-TV and WKBK in Detroit.
CBS Television Stations today named Mark Arminio VP of sales for WWJ and WKBD, the group’s Detroit CBS and CW stations, effective Jan. 10.
Arminio will be responsible for overseeing all sales operations at the two outlets in the country’s 11th market.
“Mark brings more than 25 years of broadcast management experience to our stations,” said Trey Fabacher, the stations’ VP-GM. “We look forward to tapping into his sales leadership experience as we continue to grow our business.”
Most recently, Arminio was general sales manager of KOLD Tucson, Arizona. Prior to that, he was president-GM of WLNS Lansing, Mich. His background in sales management also includes positions with WKRN Nashville, KABC Los Angeles, KFSN Fresno, Calif., and Blair Television in Los Angeles.