Posts Tagged ‘WAWS’

Mike Barz is looking for work…

Former WTEV/WAWS morning anchor Mike Barz is currently looking for work. He is being represented by the NYC based N.S. Beinstock Talent Agency, which has posted his full resume and video reel.

Check it out the video reel HERE.

As Florida News Center reported back in May, Barz was one of five anchors at the Jacksonville duopoly who were told that their contracts were not being renewed. Cox Media Group, the owners of WTEV/WAWS were “starting over from scratch” to take the station in a different direction.

Good luck to the entire Barz family in the job search.

//hattip to Anonymous

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08 2014

WTEV & WAWS submit to change call letters…

As Florida News Center reported back in May of this year, Cox Media, the owners of WTEV and WAWS announced that they were making some drastic changes at the Jacksonville duopoly. Those changes included clearing out the entire lead PM and AM anchor team and “starting over from scratch.” Well, along with that story came reports that the station”s” would see other changes as well, which were not reported at the time.

Earlier today, FTVLive.com reported that those changes were also to include a change to the station’s call letters. Cox applied to the FCC for a call letter change last month, to switch WTEV-TV to WJAX-TV and WAWS-TV to WFOX-TV.

Sources tell Florida News Center to expect even more changes to come…just in time for the November books. Stay tuned…

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08 2014

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

Tenikka Smith joins WTEV/WAWS, as replacement #2…

17:45 UPDATE CORRECTION: We mistakenly reported at the time of story publication, that Tenikka Smith was joining WTEV/WAWS as the station’s new morning anchor, replacing Lynnsey Gardner. However, she will be the duopoly’s new evening anchor. The story has been corrected below.

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TVSpy.com reports that Tenikka Smith is leaving Charlotte, NC’s WSOC-TV. She will join Jacksonville duopoly WTEV/WAWS as the new week day evening anchor.

“I am very excited to join the CBS47 and FOX30 Action News family as we continue our mission to provide viewers quality coverage and original content,” Smith said in a statement.

Smith replaces former morning anchor Paige Kelton, who as Florida News Center reported, was told that her contract was not being renewed. Kelton was one of five anchors at the duopoly of WTEV/WAWS that was given this news, The station made the changes because it was “starting over from scratch.”

In early July John Bachman was named as replacement #1 at the stations and now Smith has been named as replacement #2. Who will take the 3rd, 4th, and 5th spots? Stay tuned to Florida News Center for the latest.

30

07 2014

Tera Barz departs WTEV/WAWS…

(from Jacksonville.com) – When Action News launched its new website last week, a familiar face was missing from its Action News Team page: Tera Barz.

Following a report less than a month ago that the TV news organization would not be renewing the contracts of five of its top six anchors, Barz appears to be the first to leave the station, which broadcasts its newscasts on WAWS-TV Fox30 and WTEV-TV CBS 47.

Her photo and bio no longer appear with those of Action News’ other anchors, including husband Mike Barz, Lynnsey Gardner, Paige Kelton, Dawn Lopez, Derrick Odom and Mark Spain….Cont….

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06 2014