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It pays to be an intern.

Maybe not right away but certainly in the long run. KGET Bakersfield (Market #127) lead sports anchor Mark Haas is making a tremendous jump to one of the former places where he learned the business.

Haas is the new weekend sports anchor at KCNC Denver (Market #17), a 110-market jump.

The USC-grad had spent four years in Bakersfield. He is a native of nearby Fort Collins, Colorado. Here is his GOODBYE from Kern County.

He will replace former ROOT Sports Rockies anchor Tom Helmer who spent just one year at the station and is leaving the business for the usual desire for more family time.

Haas joins longtime Sports Director Vic Lombardi. It was reported in the Denver Post that former weekend sports anchor Gary Miller, who Helmer replaced, will also have a limited continuing role with the station's coverage of Denver Broncos football.

Miller left the station last summer to become the play-by-play voice for the Colorado State Rams.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.

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Every time a popular sports broadcasting industry website with an active job forum posts a "sexy" stealth job, our inbox lights up with questions about where this gig might just be.

Apparently word has gotten out that we're pretty skilled at figuring out these mysteries.

The last time it was an in-house gig covering the University of Michigan athletics program. This time we can tell you it's covering the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs might not get Lebron James but Northeast Ohio Media Group appears to be bolstering it's coverage of the team. Or are they?

NEOMG is described as a digitally focused company that is responsible for editorial content, advertising sales and marketing for Cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer and the Sun newspapers.

On July 2nd they listed a position for a Sports Reporter with specific duties covering the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Here's our theory on this gig. We do NOT believe this a broadcast position. Although it does have video related elements involved, our sources tell us this is actually the main beat writer position for the city's local newspaper, The Plain Dealer, covering the Cavs.


The papers' longtime beat writer recently left the position after the conclusion of the NBA Draft.


So if you're looking at this gig as a cool new broadcast opportunity, again it's our belief that's not what this position is. This is the "new" newspaper beat writer position that includes the ability to be an content contributor in not just the print realm but across several "multimedia" platforms.


So do with that information what you wish. Still sounds like a fun position but you had better know how to write


Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch.


Evan Fitzgerald is back in the game full-time.

The Northwestern-grad has joined WFLD FOX-32 Chicago as a Sports Anchor/Reporter as he trades Market #34 for Market #3.

He joins a team that consists of longtime Chicago sportster Lou Canellis and relative market-newcomer Dionne Miller.

Fitzgerald stepped away from his weekend gig at WDJT Milwaukee last May opting at the time to focus on his freelance work as a broadcaster for the Big 10 Network where he has both sideline and play-by-play duties.

The Boston-native is represented by the LornaDave Agency.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.




The Dayton (Market #64) duopoly that is WKEF (ABC) and WRGT (FOX) has it's new Sports Director.

Erik Elken arrives from KEZI Eugene where he had been working weekends since August 2011.

The Syracuse '10 grad replaces Nathan Baker who left the business entirely at the end of 2013 for a gig with State Farm Insurance. Baker had been at the stations since 2006.

Elken joins James Rider, the station's Weekend Sports Anchor since January 2013.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


David DeGuzman is dropping in to rural Virginia.

It has been a busy early 2014 for the '12 Syracuse grad. He left his position at WAOW Wausau, Wisconsin in January for an associate producer gig with NBC during the recent Sochi Winter Olympics.

Now he has landed in the Sports Director position at WSHV in Harrisonburg.

DeGuzman replaces Daren Stoltzfus who left the station in January for the Weekend Sports Anchor position at WCIV Charleston, South Carolina.

He joins Andy Rives who has been manning weekends at the station since March '13.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


The recent musical chairs that is the sports staff at KMID Midland (Market #150) continues.

Sports Director Travis Weeks has left the building. He says goodbye to the on-air side of the business and jets for a Client Service Coordinator gig with FOX Sports Southwest in Dallas.

This is the second loss for the station in recent months and sixth staffing change since the beginning of 2013.

Weekend Sports Anchor Matt Villanueva jumped last month to the same position across town at KOSA. Villanueva had been at the station for just nine months.

Weeks had only been with KMID for a year and in the Sports Director position since October. He was elevated from weekends when Caroline Lockwood also skated the industry last summer.

Weeks had replaced Jamie Kuras who left in January 2013 for WILX in Lansing (Market #115).

The KMID sports staff at the moment is being held down by J Russell (pictured), an Arizona State grad, who had just joined the station in March as a news reporter. Russell is listed as the Weekend Sports Anchor and has a sports background having worked at Maricopa College TV in Phoenix prior to his move to the Permian Basin.

UPDATE: Jeff Eberle will be the new Sports Director at KMID. Eberle is coming from a #3 position at KTMF Missoula. He is a 2011 Syracuse grad.


Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


For the first time since what appears to be at least the early 2000s, WMDT ABC 47 in Salisbury, Maryland (Market 3142) has a sports department.

Three recent hires were made for the re-launch of the station's sports commitment to the Delmarva Peninsula.

Chico State grad Spencer Tilus is the new Sports Director. He arrives from KGWN Cheyenne where it appears he spent a very short time as the station's weekend news anchor before leaving to lead the new start up in Maryland.

Prior to that he was at KGWN DT-2 operation in Fort Collins, Colorado where he had a sports focus.

The station also adds recent Miami, FL grad Giselle Espinales and Travon Miles. This is the first on-air gig for both.

Miles initially joined the station last summer as a studio tech. He's a '12 grad of local Salisbury University.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


The duopoly that is KGPE-KSEE has firmed up their sports staff that had been somewhat influx since the two stations merged early last year.

Andrew Marden is now Sports Director. He received the promotion when Anthony Flores left to be a part of the start-up at WJZY in Charlotte.

Scott Bemis recently joined the station. He arrives after spending almost three years at KLAS in Las Vegas.

The station also added Fresno State grad Devon Thrasher as sports reporter in the Fall.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


By now you have heard that the fledgling network Al Jazeera America downsized their sports operation after less than a year in service.

I ask again. Was anyone watching Al Jazeera America? Does anyone get Al Jazeera America?

AJAM had assembled a pretty good cast of characters with reputable track records to start their sports department including former Brooklyn Nets and YES sideline reporter Jessica Taff, ex-FOX Sports West host Michael Eaves.

According to the Maynard Institute blog,  Eaves, ex-CSN Bay Area anchor John Henry Smith and former KSWB San Diego sports anchor Russ Shimabuku all survived the purge. Not sure on Taff's situation (although she went dark on Twitter for more than a week) and former WHDH Boston sportster Darren Haynes left late last year for ESPN although we have yet to see him debut on that network.

Did anyone get to see any of the sports offerings from AJAM? Feel free to comment below. I saw one from Haynes on a football player from a small town on the plains with a prosthetic leg. Pretty good stuff.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


What he's writing something?

Yes I know it's been six months but after a six-tweet post on the changes at KSN Wichita (Market #67) which probably would have made for a nice Blogger post.

(1) Changes @KSNNews #Wichita. Weekender Mary-Rachel Redman literally vanished. In a FB post KSN indicates she left at end of contract.
— Mike Molewski (@micmoles) January 14, 2014

I figured this next piece of info because it's somewhat expansive might be better for this space.

Last year WCIV Charleston (Market #95) Sports Director John Nugent was arrested for not his 1st DUI. That offense set off a chain of events that started with him being told to exit the building.

The station then promoted weekend sports anchor Scott Eisberg in November. Eisberg, a South Carolina grad, has been with the ABC affiliate since May 2007. You can check out a recent piece he did HERE on Charleston Southern sharp-shooting guard Matt Kennedy.

Now WCIV has completed its staff. WHSV Harrisonburg, VA (Market #178) Sports Director Daren Stoltzfus announced on Twitter Monday that he is the new Weekend Sports Anchor at News 4.

Stoltzfus is a 2010 Tennessee graduate. You can view his work HERE.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


It pays to be an intern.

Maybe not right away but certainly in the long run. KGET Bakersfield (Market #127) lead sports anchor Mark Haas is making a tremendous jump to one of the former places where he learned the business.

Haas is the new weekend sports anchor at KCNC Denver (Market #17), a 110-market jump.

The USC-grad had spent four years in Bakersfield. He is a native of nearby Fort Collins, Colorado. Here is his GOODBYE from Kern County.

He will replace former ROOT Sports Rockies anchor Tom Helmer who spent just one year at the station and is leaving the business for the usual desire for more family time.

Haas joins longtime Sports Director Vic Lombardi. It was reported in the Denver Post that former weekend sports anchor Gary Miller, who Helmer replaced, will also have a limited continuing role with the station's coverage of Denver Broncos football.

Miller left the station last summer to become the play-by-play voice for the Colorado State Rams.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.

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Every time a popular sports broadcasting industry website with an active job forum posts a "sexy" stealth job, our inbox lights up with questions about where this gig might just be.

Apparently word has gotten out that we're pretty skilled at figuring out these mysteries.

The last time it was an in-house gig covering the University of Michigan athletics program. This time we can tell you it's covering the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs might not get Lebron James but Northeast Ohio Media Group appears to be bolstering it's coverage of the team. Or are they?

NEOMG is described as a digitally focused company that is responsible for editorial content, advertising sales and marketing for Cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer and the Sun newspapers.

On July 2nd they listed a position for a Sports Reporter with specific duties covering the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Here's our theory on this gig. We do NOT believe this a broadcast position. Although it does have video related elements involved, our sources tell us this is actually the main beat writer position for the city's local newspaper, The Plain Dealer, covering the Cavs.


The papers' longtime beat writer recently left the position after the conclusion of the NBA Draft.


So if you're looking at this gig as a cool new broadcast opportunity, again it's our belief that's not what this position is. This is the "new" newspaper beat writer position that includes the ability to be an content contributor in not just the print realm but across several "multimedia" platforms.


So do with that information what you wish. Still sounds like a fun position but you had better know how to write


Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch.


Evan Fitzgerald is back in the game full-time.

The Northwestern-grad has joined WFLD FOX-32 Chicago as a Sports Anchor/Reporter as he trades Market #34 for Market #3.

He joins a team that consists of longtime Chicago sportster Lou Canellis and relative market-newcomer Dionne Miller.

Fitzgerald stepped away from his weekend gig at WDJT Milwaukee last May opting at the time to focus on his freelance work as a broadcaster for the Big 10 Network where he has both sideline and play-by-play duties.

The Boston-native is represented by the LornaDave Agency.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.




The Dayton (Market #64) duopoly that is WKEF (ABC) and WRGT (FOX) has it's new Sports Director.

Erik Elken arrives from KEZI Eugene where he had been working weekends since August 2011.

The Syracuse '10 grad replaces Nathan Baker who left the business entirely at the end of 2013 for a gig with State Farm Insurance. Baker had been at the stations since 2006.

Elken joins James Rider, the station's Weekend Sports Anchor since January 2013.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


David DeGuzman is dropping in to rural Virginia.

It has been a busy early 2014 for the '12 Syracuse grad. He left his position at WAOW Wausau, Wisconsin in January for an associate producer gig with NBC during the recent Sochi Winter Olympics.

Now he has landed in the Sports Director position at WSHV in Harrisonburg.

DeGuzman replaces Daren Stoltzfus who left the station in January for the Weekend Sports Anchor position at WCIV Charleston, South Carolina.

He joins Andy Rives who has been manning weekends at the station since March '13.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


The recent musical chairs that is the sports staff at KMID Midland (Market #150) continues.

Sports Director Travis Weeks has left the building. He says goodbye to the on-air side of the business and jets for a Client Service Coordinator gig with FOX Sports Southwest in Dallas.

This is the second loss for the station in recent months and sixth staffing change since the beginning of 2013.

Weekend Sports Anchor Matt Villanueva jumped last month to the same position across town at KOSA. Villanueva had been at the station for just nine months.

Weeks had only been with KMID for a year and in the Sports Director position since October. He was elevated from weekends when Caroline Lockwood also skated the industry last summer.

Weeks had replaced Jamie Kuras who left in January 2013 for WILX in Lansing (Market #115).

The KMID sports staff at the moment is being held down by J Russell (pictured), an Arizona State grad, who had just joined the station in March as a news reporter. Russell is listed as the Weekend Sports Anchor and has a sports background having worked at Maricopa College TV in Phoenix prior to his move to the Permian Basin.

UPDATE: Jeff Eberle will be the new Sports Director at KMID. Eberle is coming from a #3 position at KTMF Missoula. He is a 2011 Syracuse grad.


Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


For the first time since what appears to be at least the early 2000s, WMDT ABC 47 in Salisbury, Maryland (Market 3142) has a sports department.

Three recent hires were made for the re-launch of the station's sports commitment to the Delmarva Peninsula.

Chico State grad Spencer Tilus is the new Sports Director. He arrives from KGWN Cheyenne where it appears he spent a very short time as the station's weekend news anchor before leaving to lead the new start up in Maryland.

Prior to that he was at KGWN DT-2 operation in Fort Collins, Colorado where he had a sports focus.

The station also adds recent Miami, FL grad Giselle Espinales and Travon Miles. This is the first on-air gig for both.

Miles initially joined the station last summer as a studio tech. He's a '12 grad of local Salisbury University.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


The duopoly that is KGPE-KSEE has firmed up their sports staff that had been somewhat influx since the two stations merged early last year.

Andrew Marden is now Sports Director. He received the promotion when Anthony Flores left to be a part of the start-up at WJZY in Charlotte.

Scott Bemis recently joined the station. He arrives after spending almost three years at KLAS in Las Vegas.

The station also added Fresno State grad Devon Thrasher as sports reporter in the Fall.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


By now you have heard that the fledgling network Al Jazeera America downsized their sports operation after less than a year in service.

I ask again. Was anyone watching Al Jazeera America? Does anyone get Al Jazeera America?

AJAM had assembled a pretty good cast of characters with reputable track records to start their sports department including former Brooklyn Nets and YES sideline reporter Jessica Taff, ex-FOX Sports West host Michael Eaves.

According to the Maynard Institute blog,  Eaves, ex-CSN Bay Area anchor John Henry Smith and former KSWB San Diego sports anchor Russ Shimabuku all survived the purge. Not sure on Taff's situation (although she went dark on Twitter for more than a week) and former WHDH Boston sportster Darren Haynes left late last year for ESPN although we have yet to see him debut on that network.

Did anyone get to see any of the sports offerings from AJAM? Feel free to comment below. I saw one from Haynes on a football player from a small town on the plains with a prosthetic leg. Pretty good stuff.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


What he's writing something?

Yes I know it's been six months but after a six-tweet post on the changes at KSN Wichita (Market #67) which probably would have made for a nice Blogger post.

(1) Changes @KSNNews #Wichita. Weekender Mary-Rachel Redman literally vanished. In a FB post KSN indicates she left at end of contract.
— Mike Molewski (@micmoles) January 14, 2014

I figured this next piece of info because it's somewhat expansive might be better for this space.

Last year WCIV Charleston (Market #95) Sports Director John Nugent was arrested for not his 1st DUI. That offense set off a chain of events that started with him being told to exit the building.

The station then promoted weekend sports anchor Scott Eisberg in November. Eisberg, a South Carolina grad, has been with the ABC affiliate since May 2007. You can check out a recent piece he did HERE on Charleston Southern sharp-shooting guard Matt Kennedy.

Now WCIV has completed its staff. WHSV Harrisonburg, VA (Market #178) Sports Director Daren Stoltzfus announced on Twitter Monday that he is the new Weekend Sports Anchor at News 4.

Stoltzfus is a 2010 Tennessee graduate. You can view his work HERE.

Copyright 2014 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.