Posts Tagged ‘Gaard Swanson’

Gaard Swanson departs, Matt Austin takes over…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – Longing to be with his family in Seattle, WKMG-Channel 6 anchor Gaard Swanson (right #1) is departing the CBS affiliate after three years. Swanson said a short farewell on the 5 p.m. news Friday.

“I counted up my round trips. I think it was 73 from Orlando to Seattle,” Swanson, 52, told me Friday. “It was quite the trek, but worth it. I had a good run in Orlando. I’m in love with the city and the weather.”

Starting Monday, morning anchor Matt Austin (right #2) will replace Swanson at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.

Swanson said he talked to WKMG General Manager Skip Valet a long time about leaving. “He totally understood my situation,” Swanson said. “I asked for a Christmas present. I wanted to be home with my children.”

He has four children, ages 22, 16, 6 and 5….Cont….

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Rowe raves about her new co-anchor…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com) – WKMG-Channel 6 anchor Lauren Rowe does a pretty efficient promotional job for her new co-anchor, Gaard Swanson. He debuts at 6 and 11 p.m. Thursday on the CBS affiliate.

“He’s an entrepreneur, he’s a business owner, he’s a father of four, he’s a journalist,” Rowe said. “I had no question whatsoever whether he had the chops to do this job,”

She was impressed by his skills when they read together during his audition. I’ve done a separate interview with Swanson, but Rowe was there during the chat.

“It was very exciting to sit next to someone I found fascinating personally,” she said. “Gaard’s depth was immediately apparent. It won’t take long for people to know that this guy has leadership, skills, intelligence. We can’t have enough leaders in that newsroom. We all need to innovate.”

Swanson’s diverse background includes renovating homes, owning a coffee business and hosting an HGTV show, “Generation Renovation.” A particular passion of Swanson’s is setting up a project — MyTribeTV.com – to help Native Americans….Cont….

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Swanson to the big chair at WKMG…

(from OrlandoSentinel.com)Gaard Swanson, a Seattle television veteran who has worked for HGTV, will become the primary male anchor at WKMG-Channel 6, the station announced this morning.

Swanson’s first day on the air at the CBS affiliate will be Thursday, Feb. 3, which is the first day of the February ratings period. He will co-anchor with Lauren Rowe at 6 and 11 p.m.

Swanson comes to WKMG from KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle. He works as a free-lance host there. Before that, he was sports director at KIRO for eight years.

WKMG highlighted that Swanson, while at KIRO, had hosted other programs, including HGTV’s “Generation Renovation” and several HGTV specials.

“He’s very comfortable on camera,” WKMG General Manager Skip Valet said. “You’ll see that almost immediately. He’s very versatile.”

Will Swanson continue to do HGTV programs? “He may do some of that as long as it doesn’t impact his job here,” Valet said. “We’ll keep him pretty busy.”….Cont….

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