Posts Tagged ‘Bob Longo’

John Bachman fake smokes on WJAX…

(edited/pic from – During last night’s 6 p.m. newscast on Jacksonville’s WJAX, anchor John Bachman may have let viewers see what he thought about a man who punched a swan.

While co-anchor Tenikka Hughes was reading the story, the control room took Bachman’s camera revealing Bachman doing the international symbol for ‘I’m smoking a joint.’

News director Bob Longo told TVSpy, “It was wrong, unprofessional and disrespectful of our viewers and our co-workers here at Action News Jax.”….Cont….


06 2016

Paige Kelton stays at WTEV/WAWS, moves to mgmt…

Florida News Center has learned that former lead anchor Paige Kelton will be staying with WTEV/WAWS after all.

In a press release this past Friday, VP/GM Jim Zerwkh announced that Kelton will be moving from the anchor desk to the news management team at the Jacksonville duopoly. She will become the “special projects manager.”

In the release Zerwekh said of Kelton, “Paige has been a dedicated employee of CBS 47/FOX 30 for many years” and that he is “extremely happy that she is transitioning to our management team.” He went on to say that “Paige’s unique skill set and community contacts are valuable assets to CBS 47/FOX30 Action News.”

This announcement comes just three months after Florida News Center reported that the management at Cox Communications, the owners of WTEV/WAWS were “starting over from scratch,” dismissing their entire lead evening and morning anchor teams.

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08 2014

It was the wrong Tim Deegan!

(edited from – One Tim Deegan is a meteorologist for Jacksonville NBC and ABC affiliate WJXX-WTLV. The other is awaiting arraignment on charges of human trafficking after police say he kept three women trapped as sex slaves.

When CBS and FOX affiliate WTEV-WAWS reported the story about the Timothy Deegan in jail, it showed a picture of Tim Deegan the meteorologist. The picture was from the TV Deegan’s DUI in November 2013.

WTEV-WAWS news director Robert Longo told TVSpy the Inergize-CMS system (the people who manage the web content) chose the wrong picture (below) ….Cont….

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06 2014

WTEV/WAWS to cut lead anchor team & start over…

Sources tell Florida News Center that Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS is in the process of replacing its entire lead anchor team.

Lead anchors Mark Spain (right#1), Paige Kelton (right #2), and Tera Barz (right #3) (who’s husband Mike Barz anchors on the morning show) are all reported to be on the chopping block. While the anchors are still with the station”s” currently, they have been told that their contracts will not be renewed when they are up…and the axe may not stop with the lead anchor team.

Despite increases in past ratings books, WTEV/WAWS has often lagged behind competitors WJXT and the duopoly of WTLV/WJXX. Insiders tell Florida News Center that the station plans to “start over from scratch,” “reshaping the look of Action News.”

This news has devastated station staff, who are now all afraid of being next on the chopping block. One staffer called the moves by the station “desperate” and mentioned that “everyone is on edge.” Station staff have been told to keep silent, “or else.”

When asked about the anchor shake-up, WTEV/WAWS News Director Bob Longo, told our friends over at, “out of respect for our employees, we don’t publicly discuss personnel matters.”

Sources at other Cox Communications owned stations (the media company which purchased WTEV/WAWS in 2012) tell Florida News Center that the call has been sent out corporate-wide, to fill the to-be-emptied anchor chairs at the Jacksonville station. Does this mean that Cox might be poaching talent from its other owned stations?

Stay tuned to Florida News Center for further details.


05 2014

Kirsten Wolf named as N/D at WESH/WKCF…

(from – Kirsten Wolff has been promoted to news director at WESH-Channel 2, the station announced Thursday.

Wolff, who had been assistant news director at the NBC affiliate for seven years, assumes the new job immediately. She had been leading the newsroom since news director Bob Longo departed last month for a similar job in Jacksonville.

“Speaking on behalf of the newsroom, we’re all thrilled. She deserves it,” said anchor Martha Sugalski.

“Kirsten is the perfect choice,” anchor Jim Payne said. “She has worked so hard to earn the respect of the newsroom from top to bottom. She has excellent news judgment, is as sharp as they come, and has a wicked sense of humor. Just thrilled for her and her family, and happy for us as well!”

Wolff oversees the news on WESH and sister station WKCF-Channel 18 as well as….Cont….


02 2014