Former WJHG Chief Met succumbs to cancer…

(edited from AL.com)Jason Kelley, a TV meteorologist who worked at WJHG Panama City and WBRC Birmingham, has died following a battle with cancer – he was 45.

An Alabama native, Mr., Kelley was chief meteorologist at WJHG from 1999 to 2009, and he is best remembered for his coverage during Hurricane Ivan in 2004, when he stayed on the air for more than 24 hours to keep viewers in northwest Florida and South Alabama informed, according to the station.

He is survived by his wife, Pam, and four daughters….Cont….

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Laid off WFTS staffer was first with Melania story…

(edited from TVSpy.com) – Jarrett Hill, a former producer and reporter from Tampa’s WFTS is getting credit for being the first to figure out that Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention sounded oddly familiar.

The Los Angeles Times reports Hill had heard the phrase “… the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams …,” once before. After checking it out, he confirmed his suspicions that Melania was channeling Michelle Obama from the First Lady’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Hill lost his job at WFTS in April 2015. He’s been freelancing in LA ever since.

Florida News Center reported the lay offs back in March of 2015, saying that Scripps had axed WFTS’ Chief Engineer, a manager and several producers, while making other staffers reapply for their jobs. Read the rest of this entry →

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Brian Goddin departs WJHG…

WJHG anchor Brian Goddin anchored his last newscast without getting to say goodbye to viewers. He submitted his resignation from the Panama City station on Monday morning.

Goddin said on Facebook: “It was a ‘mutual decision’ between me and upper management–that ultimately I made–to no longer continue as morning show anchor and managing editor for WJHG. It was a decision that has been building for some time but, due to several reasons, it is one that I believe will be best for me and my family and the station too.

So far there is no reason for his departure or where he will end up. Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.

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WPBT host calls Dallas gunman a “martyr”….

(from MiamiHerald.com) – Placed on leave as host of WPBT2’s ‘Art Loft’ after she called the man who shot and killed five Dallas police officers a “martyr,” Miami television host Kalyn Chapman James told CNN on Wednesday that she thinks “people latched on to one word.”

Three days after Micah Johnson shot the Dallas officers during a street protest against police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, James took to Facebook, crying.

“I can’t stop replaying the image of these men being killed in my mind and my heart weeps, but I think more than anything I’m dealing with a bit of guilt because,” said the former Miss Alabama. “I don’t feel sad for the officers that lost their lives. And I know that that’s really not my heart — I value human life and I want to feel sad for them — but I can’t help but feeling like the shooter was a martyr.” Read the rest of this entry →

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Three on deck in the AM at WKMG…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WKMG now has a three-person anchor team in the mornings.

Kirstin O’Connor has joined Bridgett Ellison and Justin Warmoth from 5 to 7 a.m. weekdays in a new arrangement that started Tuesday.

“Kirstin was a reporter on the show,” WKMG General Manager Jeff Hoffman said. “When Bridgett went on maternity leave, she filled in. Bridgett is back and doing great. We think this will give us a distinctive look in the morning…..Cont….

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