Robert Truman is promoted at KATU-KUNP Portland, Ore.; Dean Radla becomes GM of WOAI San Antonio; while Matt Kaplowitz is upped at KFOX-KDBC El Paso, Texas.
Sinclair NBC affiliate WOAI and its Fox affil KABB are expanding their midday news half-hours to an hour as of March 27. This comes follows KSAT’s much-earlier announcement that the Graham Media ABC affiliate will move Live with Kelly and the rest of its lineup forward to make room for a new 9 a.m. local newscast.
Sinclair’s NBC affiliate WOAI will join San Antonio, Texas, competitors KSAT and KENS and deliver local, national and weather news at noon. The new 30-minute broadcast will begin Jan.25, 2016.
Blaise Labbe, who’s been the news director at KCTV in Kansas City for 3 1/2 years, has been named director of news for Sinclair’s new duopoly in San Antonio, WOAI (NBC) and KABB (Fox).
Tom Bell announced that he’s leaving Sinclair’s newly-acquired NBC affiliate WOAI San Antonio, Texas, to be the next ND for CBS O&O KOVR Sacramento, Calif.
Robert Canales has been named director of sales of Sinclair’s triopoly of KABB (Fox), WOAI (NBC) and KMYS (CW).
The San Antonio NBC affiliate was off the air more than six hours Tuesday after a fire forced staffers to evacuate their downtown offices during the morning newscast but caused no injuries. The fire started about 5 a.m., and broadcasting was suspended. The station didn’t return to the air until 11:10 a.m.
Break-ups in the Web partnerships of some of the Alamo City’s traditional media players have produced three of San Antonio’s top digital outlets, including those of KSAT and KENS. The splits have also sparked some creative social and mobile efforts around San Antonio’s music scene and beloved Spurs basketball team.