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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.

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Lotta changes at WALB Albany (#150).

Sports Director Robert Hyrdick moves up to Managing Editor at the station. Hydrick has held just about every position in the building during his nearly 26 years at Channel 10.

Shayne Wright has jetted for greener pastures and a weekend gig at KSLA Shreveport (#82). Wright joins new Sports Director Adria Goins who was promoted from weekends earlier this spring when Colin McElroy left to follow his news anchor wife to a new gig in Columbia, MO.

Shayne is a graduate of LSU Shreveport. You can view some of his past works here.

The new Sports Director at WALB is Jake Wallace. The Georgia Southern product is promoted from the station's #3 sports position. His father has been a sports/news anchor at WALB for 25 years.

The new Weekend Sports Anchor is Harrison Sanford. The Cornell grad arrives from a Production Assistant position at CSN Houston.

Copyright 2013 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


It has been an interesting spring in the Bluegrass State. Louisville's Men's Basketball team won the NCAA National Championship, their women lost in the finals to Connecticut, and the TV sports scene is seeing a seismic shift of what I'd have to imagine is of unprecedented proportion.

Let's start with Move #1. FOX affiliate WDRB weekend sports anchor Pat Doney departed in March to take the open gig at KXAS in Dallas. That weekend spot was available due to Matt Barrie’s departure from NBC Dallas to ESPN and perhaps you’ve seen him anchoring on ESPNNews’s Highlight Express.

WDRB is the station that took a unique approach last summer to hire two newspaper sports columnists to add an analytical element to its sports coverage as well as bolster content on the station website. It’s one that I have viewed and that I like.

The station has made an eye opening decision on how to fill the gig. News Content Director Barry Fulmer has decided to rehire John Lewis. Lewis is the former weekend sports anchor at WDRB who resigned in June 2011 after being arrested on suspicion of DUI. Lewis was driving a company car at the time of his arrest. The charges were later dismissed.

Lewis appears to be moving into the #3 position as Jake’s DTV Blog reported that current #3 Steve Andress is being promoted to weekends. Lewis spent the last two years freelancing as a sports writer as well a working as an Internet Marketing Specialist.

Across town at WLKY, weekend sports anchor Keith Farmer is headed back to Lexington. He will replace Mary Jo Perino at WLEX's True Blue Coverage. Farmer came to Louisville from LEX 13 years ago and will now return in a larger role working with Sports Director Alan Cutler.

Perino departs the station and the business for a life that will allow her to spend more time with her son.

LKY has quickly found Farmer’s replacement and he’s Derek Forrest, the current Sports Director at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky. This is the most recent move as congratulations began coming into to Forrest Monday on Twitter after he made the announcement on Facebook.

Forrest indicates he will be a sports reporter in Lexington as oppose to weekend sports anchor. The station has to this point been a two-man shop so we'll see how that plays out as he joins longtime Sports Director Fred Cowgill. Derek is a grad of Stonehill College (MA).

Speaking of leaving the business due to family reasons, YMT has two openings as #2 Paxton Boyd has also left the station due to family concerns.

Family also appears to be what prompted Dan Rieffer to step away from the lead sports chair at WTVQ in Lexington. Rieffer got the top job when Kent Spencer bolted for WHAS Louisville in October 2011.

Now it’s Alex Risen’s turn as he is promoted from weekends. And in another interesting hire, the station has brought in Keenan Singleton from a research position at NFL Network. He's a former newspaper reporter and graduate of the University of Houston.

Risen is also a product of YMT in Hazard where he started just under two years ago. He jumped to TVQ in October 2011 and has now ascended to the lead position.

Copyright 2013 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.




It appears KXAS Dallas (#5) AKA NBCDFW has found its replacement for Matt Barrie who is hopping a jet for the Worldwide Leader in Bristol, CT (ESPN).

The new hire is Pat Doney who will arrive from WDRB Louisville, KY (#48). He confirmed the move via Twitter on Monday. WDRB listed a position mid last month.

I like the operation at FOX 41. Last summer they brought on two writers from the local newspaper, The Courier-Journal. They have a five-person team with three broadcasters and the two columnist providing extensive coverage of the local sports scene including the #1 story, Louisville Cardinals Athletics.

Here's a sample of Doney's work and how they cover the Cardinals at WDRB.

Doney, a graduate of Liberty University, started at FOX 41 in July 2010 after three years at KNWA/KARK-TV in Fayetteville, AR.

He says he'll be the Weekend Sports Anchor joining longtime Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Sports Reporter David Watkins who has been with the station since last February.

Copyright 2013 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.



For Blog sake here is a rehash of some of the Sports Anchor moves in the last month in a half. If you follow us on Twitter than you've likely already seen most of this info.

* Bob Allen retires from the sports desk at KTRK Houston after 38 years.

* Beth Beechie a reporter at KRTV in Great Falls, Montana appears to be taking on Weekend Sports Anchor duties.

* Josh Samuels is leaving WPEC over philosophical differences.

* Minnesota native Jamie Hersch is leaving WKOW Madison for FS North where she will work as a studio host of Minnesota Golden Gophers and Minnesota Wild Hockey, and as a Reporter for the Minnesota Twins.

* ESPN Midwest-based Reporter George Smith is jumping to the local market where he will be an afternoon News Anchor at WOIO Cleveland. Meanwhile ESPN adds Matt Barrie from KXAS Dallas and Chris Hassell WHO Des Moines.

* Ahmed Fareed lands at CSN Bay Area after two seasons at MLB Network. Heidi Watney will arrive at MLB Network in time for the 2013 season.

* Jamie Edmonds is joining WDIV Detroit after a stint at WEYE Flint. She replaces Katrina Hancock who is taking a break from the business to return home to Kansas.

* Tim Kelchner jumps to news as Morning Anchor at WBRE/WYOU Scranton-Wilkes Barre from KLRT Little Rock, Arkansas.

* Sam Gannon heads to Oklahoma City KOKH for reporting duties from KPLC Lake Charles, Louisiana. LSU grad Seth Lewis replaces Sam for his first gig in the business.

* Jared Fialko lands at WRAL Raleigh for Sports MMJ duties. He leaves WLOS Asheville where he will be replaced by Luke Notestine.

* Katie Smith jets WBOY Clarksburg, WV.

* Ex-KOMO Seattle Weekend Sports Anchor Chris Miller lands in a news gig at KUTV Salt Lake City.

* Jordan Furbee takes over the Sports Director seat at KMEG Sioux City, Iowa as Mike Foss departs.


New Year's resolution to try and write a little bit more. We'll see how long that lasts.

Bruce Snyder's ten-year run at WCCB FOX Charlotte came to an end last month.

The station has now made a selection on a new sports anchor/reporter as Brandon Davidow announced on Twitter that he will be arriving on the scene in February just in time for the first Sweeps of the new year.

Davidow has actually been sitting on the sidelines the last year (according to his Linkedin account) after a stint at WPSD in Paducah, KY. Prior to that he had a run in Waco which is where he returned to after Paducah to work in the Personal Fitness industry.

From working out to Market #25?!? Not bad. Davidow will join holdover Kelli Bartik who has been at the station for nine years.

Brandon is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia.

Interesting that the station posted his audition. I don't know that I have ever heard of this but hey cool.



We finally have a replacement for one of the two departures at WTAJ Altoona, PA (Market #102).

Amy Gill has landed from KMVT Twin Falls, ID (Market #192). She will join K.C. Kantz after the recent exodus of Sports Director Nick Foley and Sports Reporter Sara Eckert.

Eckert has been working as a field producer at NBA Entertainment and has apparently also added those same duties at MLB Network.

And we can now tell you that Foley has headed south but not to Florida, He is now in Baton Rouge, LA where he has joined WAFB as a News Reporter.

He gets a potential disaster in Tropical Storm Issac to start his new gig in the south and Gill gets well, the aftermath of the disaster that is Penn State.

@AmyGillSports made her debut last night. This is the San Francisco State grad's 2nd full-time on-air position.


And yet another has left the mainstream for the budding new landscape of the U.

KCEN Sports Director Tyler Hedrick has checked out of the NBC affiliate in Waco, TX (Market #88) and checked in on campus at Baylor University where he will be the Director of Sic'em Sports Productions, the athletic department's content wing.

Several mainstream sportscasters have left stations this summer to take positions as departmental broadcasters at Division I universities. Among those John Walters (WOI) at Iowa State, Brandon Rawe (KLBK) at Texas Tech. Seth Leavitt left his job at South Florida to jump back into the mainstream at Your News Now Capital Region in Albany, NY.

In the meantime, Pierre Noujaim has arrived at KCEN Sports after three years at KJCT Grand Junction Colorado (Market #184) to fill the void. Pierre makes a 96-market jump.

Also a check of their website shows that Jon Tritsch may be on board at the Waco, TX station as well. Although Tritsch's bio is still up at KCAU Sioux City, IA (Market #147), his Facebook and Twitter pages indicate he know lives in the famed city where David Koresh and the Branch Davidians went crazy back in 1993.


Notes on the Teleprompter...Some big market news. How bout this jump (Market #87-to#7), Brendan Fitzgerald heads from KGBT Harlingen, TX to WXFT Boston. Fitz is a New England native. He will replace Kristine Leahy who is leaving the station after a year to go somewhere but we do not yet know where that is...Aiyana Cristal is jetting KTHV Little Rock, Ar (Market #56) for South Beach and a sports reporting spot at WPLG Miami, FL (Market #16)...WIVB Buffalo completed its remodeling with the addition of Lauren Brill from MSG Varsity. Brill joins Steve Vesey who joined the station in the late spring. Although Vesey was not initially hired as the lead, it appears that's how it will now shake out. Channel 4 recently lost longtime stalwarts John Murphy and Paul Peck. Murphy is the Voice of the Bills...Rob DeMello shifts from weekends to Sports Director at KHON Honolulu, HI (Market #71) replacing Kanoa Leahey who will take a part-time role in order to concentrate on his island play-by-play duties. DeMello has been with the station since May 2010. Former UH baseball player Sam Spangler joins as well as a Sports Reporter/Producer...Dave Schroeder needed just a year down south to land his first pro market gig. He is leaving WLOX Biloxi, MS (Market #162) for a weekend sports anchor job at WBAY Green Bay, WI. (Market #69) Schroeder joined the station in Biloxi last summer after spending time at WSJV South Bend, IN. Now he heads back north....KGAN Cedar Rapids, IA Sports Reporter Mitch Fick is switching sides to news and heading to WXMI Grand Rapids, MI...Ben Ross confirms to @micmoles that his departure from KULR Billings, MT. (Market #168) is for the weekend gig at KOLO Reno, NV (Market #108). He replaces Parker Stremmel who is leaving the business to help run his family's art gallery in Reno.


Here are some of the industry moves that have taken place this summer. These will not be news to you if you follow us on Twitter @micmoles:

KLBK Lubbock, TX (Market #143): Brandon Rawe leaves his Sports Director position for an Assistant Director/Mutimedia gig with the home team Texas Tech. That leaves the newly arrived Matt Roberts all by his lonesome for the moment. Roberts is a former intern at KLBK who arrives after a year at the duopoly KTAB and KBRC in Abilene, TX.

KMTV Omaha, NE (Market #76): Chase Williams is the station's new Sports Director. He replaces Travis Morgan who decided earlier this summer to return to his home of Sioux City, IA and the lead sports position at KCAU. Williams comes from a Sports MMJ role at the completely dysfunctional news situation that is KDAF Dallas; where people seem to be leaving weekly. Williams was at the station for one-year after joining from KJTV Lubbock, TX. Despite stepping back from a Top 10 DMA still an almost 70-market jump in one year. Not bad.

WBJF Augusta, GA (Market #111): Thomas Wylie arrives to fill the weekend spot from KTMF Missoula, MT (Market #165). He replaces Merissa Ryan who jetted in June for WOLO Columbia, SC. Wylie joins Matt Zahn who is also new to the station. Zahn landed in Augusta this past spring after not being renewed at WMSN Madison. He replaces Chris Kane who shifted from lead sports to AM News.

Pac 12 Network: Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson are leading the maiden voyage of the new collegiate sports network. Yam arrives from ESPN where he'd anchored since 2009. Adamson comes to the home office in San Francisco from WISH Indianapolis.

KULR Billings, MT (Market #168): Welcome to the Terrordome Mike Steffanson. The 2012 University of Nevada at Reno starts his career on the weekend shift. He replaces Cal grad Ben Ross who has departed for Reno, but I'm not sure yet if it's for television.

KSWO Lawton, OK (Market #142): Alex Kopilow leaves KSFY Sioux Falls, SD where he was a Photojournalist to take his first on-air position as the Weekend Sports Anchor. This gig was originally offered to OU grad Nate Feken.

KFOR Oklahoma City (Market #44): Nate Feken though apparently got a better offer from the station where he intered back in the Fall of 2009 and instead is headed back to Oklahoma City where he will be a Sports Reporter for the NBC affiliate.

KFVS Cape Girardeau, MO (Market #81): The CBS affiliate gets the talented Josh Frydman from down the street at WMC Memphis. Frydman was the #3 for the Raycom station working as a producer, reporter and fill-in anchor.

WFLA Tampa, FL (Market #14): Hires Jason Jennings away from WRAL Raleigh, NC (Market #24). Jennings will be the station's Weekend Sports Anchor and join lead Dan Lucas.

KTUR/KTBY Anchorage, AK (Market #148): Jake Ryle heads to the northern most state for an MMJ gig at the duopoly. He's a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

KFSM Fort Smith, AR (Market #101): Chris Breece joins to begin the new era of storytelling at 5News. The station cut Sports Director John Engleman and Director Emeritus Mike Irwin in the early summer. Irwin has since landed as an Arkansas Razorbacks contributor at KNWA.

WVTM Birmingham, AL (Market #39): Tom Annino leaves WPSD Paducah, KY (Market #81) to join Don Hawes at the NBC affiliate. It appears that Hawes has been without a regular partner for quite some time which is mind-boggling in the SEC heavy state of Alabama.

WHP Harrisburg, PA (Market #41): James Tully joins from KOKI Tulsa (Market #59). He replaces Chris Fischer who left the station in July for a Sports Reporter position at WTSP in Tampa. Tully has dabbled on both the news and sports sides during his career. He is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania.

KREM Spokane, WA (Market #73): Bryan Fenley jumps from behind the scenes as a producer at WXII Greensboro, NC to in front of the camera as the new weekend sidekick to also new Sports Director Darnay Tripp. Fenley is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro.

KTVE Monroe, LA (Market #137): Brady Renard starts his career after graduating from Northwestern State.

KIMT Mason City, IA: (Market #153): A legacy is born as Ryan Shaver joins for weekends. Shaver is the son of Randy Shaver the former Sports Director at KARE Minneapolis who was recently promoted to lead News Anchor. The elder Shaver then promptly went and crashed his bike slightly messing up his face.

WTAJ Altoona, PA (Market #102): Multiple departures as both Sports Director Nick Foley and Reporter Sara Eckert bounce leaving K.C. Kantz all by himself to cover the daily soap opera that is Penn State.


When we started this blog last year we wrote about a young reporter on the move named Zach Borg. While researching Zach we discovered one of his colleagues at NBC Montana, a talented young sportster named Kayla Anderson.

We have enjoyed following Kayla over the last year and are happy to report that now she is on the move.

Several weeks ago we read between the lines of some Kayla tweets regarding a trip to Tucson, Arizona (Market #70).

We messaged her to find out if it had anything to do with the opening at KGUN. Well it did. Kayla has informed us that she is the new Weekend Sports Anchor at the Journal Broadcasting ABC affiliate.

She will be the only full-time female in the market and team with newly added Sports Director Jason Barr.

The Murrow School Wazzu product replaces Jake Knapp who left the station in May for a broadcast position in the Phoenix market.

Kayla spent one GOOD contract cycle (three-years) at KECI, the hub of NBC Montana. She has also worked in Bend, OR, Spokane, WA and Montgomery, AL.

In that Twitter exchange we suggested that maybe she should change her Twitter handle to KaylaKGUNArizona, playing off her current handle KaylaNBCMontana. We thinks she likes it.

Anderson begins in Tucson around July 20th, just in time to ask new Wildcat football coach Rich Rodriguez, the TOUGH questions.


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.

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Lotta changes at WALB Albany (#150).

Sports Director Robert Hyrdick moves up to Managing Editor at the station. Hydrick has held just about every position in the building during his nearly 26 years at Channel 10.

Shayne Wright has jetted for greener pastures and a weekend gig at KSLA Shreveport (#82). Wright joins new Sports Director Adria Goins who was promoted from weekends earlier this spring when Colin McElroy left to follow his news anchor wife to a new gig in Columbia, MO.

Shayne is a graduate of LSU Shreveport. You can view some of his past works here.

The new Sports Director at WALB is Jake Wallace. The Georgia Southern product is promoted from the station's #3 sports position. His father has been a sports/news anchor at WALB for 25 years.

The new Weekend Sports Anchor is Harrison Sanford. The Cornell grad arrives from a Production Assistant position at CSN Houston.

Copyright 2013 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.


It has been an interesting spring in the Bluegrass State. Louisville's Men's Basketball team won the NCAA National Championship, their women lost in the finals to Connecticut, and the TV sports scene is seeing a seismic shift of what I'd have to imagine is of unprecedented proportion.

Let's start with Move #1. FOX affiliate WDRB weekend sports anchor Pat Doney departed in March to take the open gig at KXAS in Dallas. That weekend spot was available due to Matt Barrie’s departure from NBC Dallas to ESPN and perhaps you’ve seen him anchoring on ESPNNews’s Highlight Express.

WDRB is the station that took a unique approach last summer to hire two newspaper sports columnists to add an analytical element to its sports coverage as well as bolster content on the station website. It’s one that I have viewed and that I like.

The station has made an eye opening decision on how to fill the gig. News Content Director Barry Fulmer has decided to rehire John Lewis. Lewis is the former weekend sports anchor at WDRB who resigned in June 2011 after being arrested on suspicion of DUI. Lewis was driving a company car at the time of his arrest. The charges were later dismissed.

Lewis appears to be moving into the #3 position as Jake’s DTV Blog reported that current #3 Steve Andress is being promoted to weekends. Lewis spent the last two years freelancing as a sports writer as well a working as an Internet Marketing Specialist.

Across town at WLKY, weekend sports anchor Keith Farmer is headed back to Lexington. He will replace Mary Jo Perino at WLEX's True Blue Coverage. Farmer came to Louisville from LEX 13 years ago and will now return in a larger role working with Sports Director Alan Cutler.

Perino departs the station and the business for a life that will allow her to spend more time with her son.

LKY has quickly found Farmer’s replacement and he’s Derek Forrest, the current Sports Director at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky. This is the most recent move as congratulations began coming into to Forrest Monday on Twitter after he made the announcement on Facebook.

Forrest indicates he will be a sports reporter in Lexington as oppose to weekend sports anchor. The station has to this point been a two-man shop so we'll see how that plays out as he joins longtime Sports Director Fred Cowgill. Derek is a grad of Stonehill College (MA).

Speaking of leaving the business due to family reasons, YMT has two openings as #2 Paxton Boyd has also left the station due to family concerns.

Family also appears to be what prompted Dan Rieffer to step away from the lead sports chair at WTVQ in Lexington. Rieffer got the top job when Kent Spencer bolted for WHAS Louisville in October 2011.

Now it’s Alex Risen’s turn as he is promoted from weekends. And in another interesting hire, the station has brought in Keenan Singleton from a research position at NFL Network. He's a former newspaper reporter and graduate of the University of Houston.

Risen is also a product of YMT in Hazard where he started just under two years ago. He jumped to TVQ in October 2011 and has now ascended to the lead position.

Copyright 2013 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.




It appears KXAS Dallas (#5) AKA NBCDFW has found its replacement for Matt Barrie who is hopping a jet for the Worldwide Leader in Bristol, CT (ESPN).

The new hire is Pat Doney who will arrive from WDRB Louisville, KY (#48). He confirmed the move via Twitter on Monday. WDRB listed a position mid last month.

I like the operation at FOX 41. Last summer they brought on two writers from the local newspaper, The Courier-Journal. They have a five-person team with three broadcasters and the two columnist providing extensive coverage of the local sports scene including the #1 story, Louisville Cardinals Athletics.

Here's a sample of Doney's work and how they cover the Cardinals at WDRB.

Doney, a graduate of Liberty University, started at FOX 41 in July 2010 after three years at KNWA/KARK-TV in Fayetteville, AR.

He says he'll be the Weekend Sports Anchor joining longtime Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Sports Reporter David Watkins who has been with the station since last February.

Copyright 2013 Sports Anchor Watch. All rights reserved.



For Blog sake here is a rehash of some of the Sports Anchor moves in the last month in a half. If you follow us on Twitter than you've likely already seen most of this info.

* Bob Allen retires from the sports desk at KTRK Houston after 38 years.

* Beth Beechie a reporter at KRTV in Great Falls, Montana appears to be taking on Weekend Sports Anchor duties.

* Josh Samuels is leaving WPEC over philosophical differences.

* Minnesota native Jamie Hersch is leaving WKOW Madison for FS North where she will work as a studio host of Minnesota Golden Gophers and Minnesota Wild Hockey, and as a Reporter for the Minnesota Twins.

* ESPN Midwest-based Reporter George Smith is jumping to the local market where he will be an afternoon News Anchor at WOIO Cleveland. Meanwhile ESPN adds Matt Barrie from KXAS Dallas and Chris Hassell WHO Des Moines.

* Ahmed Fareed lands at CSN Bay Area after two seasons at MLB Network. Heidi Watney will arrive at MLB Network in time for the 2013 season.

* Jamie Edmonds is joining WDIV Detroit after a stint at WEYE Flint. She replaces Katrina Hancock who is taking a break from the business to return home to Kansas.

* Tim Kelchner jumps to news as Morning Anchor at WBRE/WYOU Scranton-Wilkes Barre from KLRT Little Rock, Arkansas.

* Sam Gannon heads to Oklahoma City KOKH for reporting duties from KPLC Lake Charles, Louisiana. LSU grad Seth Lewis replaces Sam for his first gig in the business.

* Jared Fialko lands at WRAL Raleigh for Sports MMJ duties. He leaves WLOS Asheville where he will be replaced by Luke Notestine.

* Katie Smith jets WBOY Clarksburg, WV.

* Ex-KOMO Seattle Weekend Sports Anchor Chris Miller lands in a news gig at KUTV Salt Lake City.

* Jordan Furbee takes over the Sports Director seat at KMEG Sioux City, Iowa as Mike Foss departs.


New Year's resolution to try and write a little bit more. We'll see how long that lasts.

Bruce Snyder's ten-year run at WCCB FOX Charlotte came to an end last month.

The station has now made a selection on a new sports anchor/reporter as Brandon Davidow announced on Twitter that he will be arriving on the scene in February just in time for the first Sweeps of the new year.

Davidow has actually been sitting on the sidelines the last year (according to his Linkedin account) after a stint at WPSD in Paducah, KY. Prior to that he had a run in Waco which is where he returned to after Paducah to work in the Personal Fitness industry.

From working out to Market #25?!? Not bad. Davidow will join holdover Kelli Bartik who has been at the station for nine years.

Brandon is a graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia.

Interesting that the station posted his audition. I don't know that I have ever heard of this but hey cool.



We finally have a replacement for one of the two departures at WTAJ Altoona, PA (Market #102).

Amy Gill has landed from KMVT Twin Falls, ID (Market #192). She will join K.C. Kantz after the recent exodus of Sports Director Nick Foley and Sports Reporter Sara Eckert.

Eckert has been working as a field producer at NBA Entertainment and has apparently also added those same duties at MLB Network.

And we can now tell you that Foley has headed south but not to Florida, He is now in Baton Rouge, LA where he has joined WAFB as a News Reporter.

He gets a potential disaster in Tropical Storm Issac to start his new gig in the south and Gill gets well, the aftermath of the disaster that is Penn State.

@AmyGillSports made her debut last night. This is the San Francisco State grad's 2nd full-time on-air position.


And yet another has left the mainstream for the budding new landscape of the U.

KCEN Sports Director Tyler Hedrick has checked out of the NBC affiliate in Waco, TX (Market #88) and checked in on campus at Baylor University where he will be the Director of Sic'em Sports Productions, the athletic department's content wing.

Several mainstream sportscasters have left stations this summer to take positions as departmental broadcasters at Division I universities. Among those John Walters (WOI) at Iowa State, Brandon Rawe (KLBK) at Texas Tech. Seth Leavitt left his job at South Florida to jump back into the mainstream at Your News Now Capital Region in Albany, NY.

In the meantime, Pierre Noujaim has arrived at KCEN Sports after three years at KJCT Grand Junction Colorado (Market #184) to fill the void. Pierre makes a 96-market jump.

Also a check of their website shows that Jon Tritsch may be on board at the Waco, TX station as well. Although Tritsch's bio is still up at KCAU Sioux City, IA (Market #147), his Facebook and Twitter pages indicate he know lives in the famed city where David Koresh and the Branch Davidians went crazy back in 1993.


Notes on the Teleprompter...Some big market news. How bout this jump (Market #87-to#7), Brendan Fitzgerald heads from KGBT Harlingen, TX to WXFT Boston. Fitz is a New England native. He will replace Kristine Leahy who is leaving the station after a year to go somewhere but we do not yet know where that is...Aiyana Cristal is jetting KTHV Little Rock, Ar (Market #56) for South Beach and a sports reporting spot at WPLG Miami, FL (Market #16)...WIVB Buffalo completed its remodeling with the addition of Lauren Brill from MSG Varsity. Brill joins Steve Vesey who joined the station in the late spring. Although Vesey was not initially hired as the lead, it appears that's how it will now shake out. Channel 4 recently lost longtime stalwarts John Murphy and Paul Peck. Murphy is the Voice of the Bills...Rob DeMello shifts from weekends to Sports Director at KHON Honolulu, HI (Market #71) replacing Kanoa Leahey who will take a part-time role in order to concentrate on his island play-by-play duties. DeMello has been with the station since May 2010. Former UH baseball player Sam Spangler joins as well as a Sports Reporter/Producer...Dave Schroeder needed just a year down south to land his first pro market gig. He is leaving WLOX Biloxi, MS (Market #162) for a weekend sports anchor job at WBAY Green Bay, WI. (Market #69) Schroeder joined the station in Biloxi last summer after spending time at WSJV South Bend, IN. Now he heads back north....KGAN Cedar Rapids, IA Sports Reporter Mitch Fick is switching sides to news and heading to WXMI Grand Rapids, MI...Ben Ross confirms to @micmoles that his departure from KULR Billings, MT. (Market #168) is for the weekend gig at KOLO Reno, NV (Market #108). He replaces Parker Stremmel who is leaving the business to help run his family's art gallery in Reno.


Here are some of the industry moves that have taken place this summer. These will not be news to you if you follow us on Twitter @micmoles:

KLBK Lubbock, TX (Market #143): Brandon Rawe leaves his Sports Director position for an Assistant Director/Mutimedia gig with the home team Texas Tech. That leaves the newly arrived Matt Roberts all by his lonesome for the moment. Roberts is a former intern at KLBK who arrives after a year at the duopoly KTAB and KBRC in Abilene, TX.

KMTV Omaha, NE (Market #76): Chase Williams is the station's new Sports Director. He replaces Travis Morgan who decided earlier this summer to return to his home of Sioux City, IA and the lead sports position at KCAU. Williams comes from a Sports MMJ role at the completely dysfunctional news situation that is KDAF Dallas; where people seem to be leaving weekly. Williams was at the station for one-year after joining from KJTV Lubbock, TX. Despite stepping back from a Top 10 DMA still an almost 70-market jump in one year. Not bad.

WBJF Augusta, GA (Market #111): Thomas Wylie arrives to fill the weekend spot from KTMF Missoula, MT (Market #165). He replaces Merissa Ryan who jetted in June for WOLO Columbia, SC. Wylie joins Matt Zahn who is also new to the station. Zahn landed in Augusta this past spring after not being renewed at WMSN Madison. He replaces Chris Kane who shifted from lead sports to AM News.

Pac 12 Network: Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson are leading the maiden voyage of the new collegiate sports network. Yam arrives from ESPN where he'd anchored since 2009. Adamson comes to the home office in San Francisco from WISH Indianapolis.

KULR Billings, MT (Market #168): Welcome to the Terrordome Mike Steffanson. The 2012 University of Nevada at Reno starts his career on the weekend shift. He replaces Cal grad Ben Ross who has departed for Reno, but I'm not sure yet if it's for television.

KSWO Lawton, OK (Market #142): Alex Kopilow leaves KSFY Sioux Falls, SD where he was a Photojournalist to take his first on-air position as the Weekend Sports Anchor. This gig was originally offered to OU grad Nate Feken.

KFOR Oklahoma City (Market #44): Nate Feken though apparently got a better offer from the station where he intered back in the Fall of 2009 and instead is headed back to Oklahoma City where he will be a Sports Reporter for the NBC affiliate.

KFVS Cape Girardeau, MO (Market #81): The CBS affiliate gets the talented Josh Frydman from down the street at WMC Memphis. Frydman was the #3 for the Raycom station working as a producer, reporter and fill-in anchor.

WFLA Tampa, FL (Market #14): Hires Jason Jennings away from WRAL Raleigh, NC (Market #24). Jennings will be the station's Weekend Sports Anchor and join lead Dan Lucas.

KTUR/KTBY Anchorage, AK (Market #148): Jake Ryle heads to the northern most state for an MMJ gig at the duopoly. He's a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

KFSM Fort Smith, AR (Market #101): Chris Breece joins to begin the new era of storytelling at 5News. The station cut Sports Director John Engleman and Director Emeritus Mike Irwin in the early summer. Irwin has since landed as an Arkansas Razorbacks contributor at KNWA.

WVTM Birmingham, AL (Market #39): Tom Annino leaves WPSD Paducah, KY (Market #81) to join Don Hawes at the NBC affiliate. It appears that Hawes has been without a regular partner for quite some time which is mind-boggling in the SEC heavy state of Alabama.

WHP Harrisburg, PA (Market #41): James Tully joins from KOKI Tulsa (Market #59). He replaces Chris Fischer who left the station in July for a Sports Reporter position at WTSP in Tampa. Tully has dabbled on both the news and sports sides during his career. He is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania.

KREM Spokane, WA (Market #73): Bryan Fenley jumps from behind the scenes as a producer at WXII Greensboro, NC to in front of the camera as the new weekend sidekick to also new Sports Director Darnay Tripp. Fenley is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro.

KTVE Monroe, LA (Market #137): Brady Renard starts his career after graduating from Northwestern State.

KIMT Mason City, IA: (Market #153): A legacy is born as Ryan Shaver joins for weekends. Shaver is the son of Randy Shaver the former Sports Director at KARE Minneapolis who was recently promoted to lead News Anchor. The elder Shaver then promptly went and crashed his bike slightly messing up his face.

WTAJ Altoona, PA (Market #102): Multiple departures as both Sports Director Nick Foley and Reporter Sara Eckert bounce leaving K.C. Kantz all by himself to cover the daily soap opera that is Penn State.


When we started this blog last year we wrote about a young reporter on the move named Zach Borg. While researching Zach we discovered one of his colleagues at NBC Montana, a talented young sportster named Kayla Anderson.

We have enjoyed following Kayla over the last year and are happy to report that now she is on the move.

Several weeks ago we read between the lines of some Kayla tweets regarding a trip to Tucson, Arizona (Market #70).

We messaged her to find out if it had anything to do with the opening at KGUN. Well it did. Kayla has informed us that she is the new Weekend Sports Anchor at the Journal Broadcasting ABC affiliate.

She will be the only full-time female in the market and team with newly added Sports Director Jason Barr.

The Murrow School Wazzu product replaces Jake Knapp who left the station in May for a broadcast position in the Phoenix market.

Kayla spent one GOOD contract cycle (three-years) at KECI, the hub of NBC Montana. She has also worked in Bend, OR, Spokane, WA and Montgomery, AL.

In that Twitter exchange we suggested that maybe she should change her Twitter handle to KaylaKGUNArizona, playing off her current handle KaylaNBCMontana. We thinks she likes it.

Anderson begins in Tucson around July 20th, just in time to ask new Wildcat football coach Rich Rodriguez, the TOUGH questions.