Hepkins Moving

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Former WFSB producer and reporter Andre Hepkins is leaving KMOV in St. Louis after five years and moving to Baltimore.

He has taken a position with WBAL, an NBC affiliate owned by Hearst.

H/T – News Blues

CBS IPO

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There is speculation in the industry about the exact future of CBS Radio.

Earlier this year CBS announced it was spinning off its radio business, but details have never been publicly disclosed as the network searches for the most business savvy solution. In advance of a radio trade show in Nashville the latest thought is CBS Radio will make an initial public offering.

CBS owns WTIC-AM/FM and other Connecticut properties.

Pinkston on Hudson

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Those watching the movie Sully, will see a number of cameo appearances by television reporters.

Katie Couric is the most notable, but also in the cast is Couric’s former CBS News colleague – and veteran of WFSB in Hartford – Randall Pinkston.

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This is the fourth film in which Pinkston has played “himself” or stood in as a generic TV reporter. Pinkston retired from CBS in 2013.

Gomez Going

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Sunday morning NBC CT anchor/reporter Alyana Gomez announced she is leaving the station.

Gomez is moving to San Francisco. She has been on the weekend anchor desk at NBC CT for about a year now. She says she will be pursuing a new opportunity in California along with her family.

Doc Worth Watching

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Here’s one right up your alley Laurel readers.

Quinnipiac University Associate Professor of Journalism Karin Schwanbeck and her husband adjunct Bill Schwanbeck, will be screening their documentary on breaking into the local TV news business next month at QU.

The free screening will be held on Thursday October 20th at 7p.m. in room 101 of the Echlin Center.

The documentary is titled: “Small Markets Big Dreams: Five Journalists Start Their Careers in TV News.”

The Schwanbecks, who started shooting the documentary in 2013, followed young television journalists in their first jobs in Elmira, New York; Oak Hill, West Virginia; Amarillo, Texas; and Abilene, Texas. They also followed the journalists to their second positions in Providence, Rhode Island; Nashville, Tennessee; Santa Maria, California; and Altoona, Pennsylvania to see if they viewed their careers as television reporters differently.

See you there!

 

Fox Update

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A health update now on former Connecticut weatherman Geoff Fox.

He says he is feeling “fine” after a procedure to deal with a recent cancer diagnosis. He has lost 30 pounds, which he likes, but wishes it had happened another way.

Here’s a post from his blog.

Picozzi Steps Back

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Word from ESPN that Bob Picozzi has announced his semi-retirement after several years of doing SportsCenter updates for ESPN Radio.

Before ESPN, Picozzi was the sports director at News 8 and a play-by-play man for UConn women’s basketball on CPTV.

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Picozzi is giving up radio but will continue to do TV play-by-play.

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