Larry Mendte to WABC Radio


Larry Mendte is like a cockroach, you can try and kill him, but he keeps coming back.

The convicted felon and former Philly Anchor is returning to the air, but this time it's on the radio. Mendte is joining the WABC, where he will host a weekly 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm program on Sundays beginning July 27. 

The station notes that Mendte is “a familiar voice to the NewYork metro area, having most recently been a contributor to WPIX's nightly newscast producing commentaries.  

Mendte also hosts a television news and public affairs show for Me TV in Philadelphia.  The show will soon air in New York on Me TV.

Bugging the Anchor

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Taking Journalism to new heights, WBNS (Columbus) Morning Anchor Jeff Hogan and Weatherman Mike Davis ate fried bugs on air this morning.

The Ohio State Fair is going on and features different foods including fried larva in creme cheese.

Both Anchors ate on air without hesitation and Hogan pigged out by going back for seconds.

While they were chomping down on the bugs, Edward R. Murrow flipped over one more time. 

OKC station deserves the Bad Rap

KSBI in Oklahoma City says they are sorry for their racism attitude. 

After some flack, the station now says said it made a mistake when it booted the hip hop artist off its Monday "Oklahoma Live!" morning show after producers found out he was a rapper.

Oklahoma City-based performer Jabee Williams, who is black, said on Tuesday the move by TV station KSBI may have been racially motivated.

Reuters reports that KSBI President CEO Vince Orza, a former Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate, said his station typically does not invite rap or heavy metal artists for its morning show but it should have let Williams perform, especially since he has also been on the show twice.

"He is a professional, who showed up on time, ready to entertain our audience as he has in the past. I wanted him to hear directly from me that he is welcome to perform on 'Oklahoma Live!' and KSBI. I apologized to him, and he very graciously thanked me for calling," Orza said in a statement on Monday night.

Williams said he was told to leave the set by the show's executive producer who told the rapper he was not the type of artist they wanted put on the air.

"We showed up when we were supposed to and they told us we couldn't play after they found out I was a black rapper," he said.

"I'm not angry about not playing. I'm angry about the way we were talked to, the way we were treated. We didn't do anything wrong," he said.

No word if the EP has been fired...but he damn well should be. 

Blurring the Line in Sacramento

KTXL in Sacramento seems to taking the line of ethical journalism and doing their best to obliterate it.

The station's Morning Anchors Paul Robbins and Bethany Crouch have been making appearances on screen during the morning show's commercial breaks....and NOT in station promo material. 

Crouch appears in multiple spots for Sacramento Infiniti (local car dealer) that air on Fox 40's  morning show and throughout the day.

Robbins has appeared in "Good feet" commercials for at least a year now, but up until a couple months ago it was just his voice. Lately, he's been appearing on screen in commercials both during his show and throughout the day.

Also, he's appeared to have entered into an endorsement agreement with JR Putman heating and air.

It's unknown whether these commercials were brokered by the anchors themselves, or the sales team at KTXL.

Either way, it appears lines have been b̶l̶u̶r̶r̶e̶d̶ wiped out completely. 

Justice Department OK's Sinclair/Allbritton Deal

It's just about a done deal.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department signal that it has no antitrust issues with Sinclair's purchase of Allbritton stations.

Now it moves over to the FCC and although the clock still running, it is expected that the FCC will gives its approval before the July 27 date after which either company could back out of the sale.

Sinclair restructured the deal to make it more palatable to an FCC now focused on sharing arrangements with associated financial elements.

Sinclair announced July 29, 2013, that it had struck a deal for Allbritton's TV stations, including WJLA Washington, and its NewsChannel 8 regional cable news net. At the time, the deal was expected to close by the fourth quarter of that year, but the FCC under Chairman Tom Wheeler has been going over deals involving sharing arrangements with a fine-tooth-comb and signaled they would take extra time to vet.


Report: NBC to Dump David Gregory from Meet the Press

Has NBC News finally comes to their senses and have decided to pull the rip cord on David Gregory?

Page Six says that Gregory’s time is nearly up at “Meet the Press,” and he could be replaced as moderator of the nation’s longest-running TV show soon after the November midterm elections.

While NBC News President Deborah Turness has publicly supported the embattled Gregory, there are serious concerns about the losing battle to turn around the show’s sinking ratings.

Viewership is down a whopping 43 percent compared to when Gregory ascended to the moderator’s chair in December 2008, after the death of Tim Russert. The show finished in third place behind CBS’s “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week” in the second quarter of 2014.

An NBC source said, “The discussion is whether to make a change before or after the midterm elections. Just after the midterms would give the new moderator time to settle in.”

According to insiders, NBC political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd is the rightful heir to Gregory, but he has not been officially offered the job.

“We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did,” an NBC Spokesperson responding to the report. 

Fox News Anchor Admits Obama Can't Win on FNC

It's not like anyone that watches Fox News didn't know this already, but give Greg Gutfeld credit for admitting it straight out. 

UPI reports that while discussing President Obama's upcoming itinerary of fundraising and entertainment appearances, Gutfeld admitted the president would not receive any positive credit on the traditionally conservative network.

"Do you think it's a bit of an issue that we're talking about the fact that he's not doing Jimmy Kimmel instead of all these international crises," asked co-host of The Five Andrea Tantaros.

Tantaros was alluding to President Obama's recent cancellation of a scheduled Jimmy Kimmel appearance, something the president had been criticized for not canceling sooner in light of increasingly volatile international events.

"Let's be honest here, If he had done Jimmy Kimmel we would have made fun of him," admitted co-host Greg Gutfeld.

"Now he's not doing Jimmy Kimmel and we're still making fun of him. So, he can't win with us."

Not wanting to let his fellow co-host down, Eric Bolling added his assessment that "The president's checked out. He's a lame duck who's completely lame."

Hey, at least FNC is consistent with their bashing of the President. 

You Look Familiar....

An old face is returning to WTIC FOX Connecticut....

Jennifer Bernstein who was the station's first true multimedia journalist is coming back to Fox CT.

Bernstein left the station in 2012 for KYW in Philly.  Now she's headed back to her old station where she will anchor FOX CT News at 4, and will cover Connecticut politics as well as co-anchor “The Real Story” with Al Terzi.

“We are thrilled Jenn is rejoining our team. As a Connecticut native, she knows the state well and I’m sure our viewers will be happy to know such a talented journalist and multimedia innovator is back in our Newsroom,” FOX CT News Director Coleen Marren said.

Bernstein starts back at her old station on August 4th. 

Signing Off in OKC

KOKH Weather Anchor Jon Slater told his Facebook fans that he is leaving the station at the end of the month.

He's been with the OKC Fox station since 2008. Before that he forecasted for Tulsa's Fox station KOKI and other stations in OKC and Kansas City.

He ends his post with the line "Here's to the future" but doesn't tip his hand as to what the future is? 

Expanding the News in Nashville

More news expansion is happening and this time it's in the music city.

Starting Aug. 4, WZTV FOX 17 is adding an hour of local news programming to its daily schedule, the station announced this week.

FOX 17’s morning show, “FOX 17 This Morning,” will begin at 4:30 a.m. and run until 9 a.m. Previously, the show started at 5 a.m.

The station will also add a half-hour 5:30 p.m. local news segment. It will become the only major local news station to broadcast local news programming at 5:30 p.m. WSMV-TV, WTVF-TV and WKRN-TV air NBC, CBS and ABC network news, respectively, at that time.

According to WZTV News director Bryan McGruder, the expanded schedule will provide more convenience for viewers who wake up earlier or have less time in their schedules.

“We intend to be there for them with this expanded news time,” he said.

H/T The Tennessean 

Now that His Pastor Knows, you can know as well

KSDK (St. Louis) Multimedia Journalist Tracy Clemons told his Pastor that he was leaving the St. Louis station and now he is allowed to tell everyone else.

Clemons announced on his Facebook page that he is headed to Houston's KTRK. 

"Now that my pastor knows, I can say publicly on social media that my last day at KSDK is Friday," Clemons posted on Facebook Monday. "My family and I are relocating to Houston, Texas. I've accepted a position at the ABC affiliate, KTRK." 

Not sure why his Pastor had to know before everyone else, but hey, to each his own...right? 

Clemons has been with the Gannett station since August 2012. 

No word on a start date in Houston.

H/T Mike McGuff

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