Darrian Chapmam is
now settled in Chicago and is getting ready to step in as Sports
Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor for WMAQ-TV NBC 5 CHICAGO
NEWS. Chapman, who had left WRC-TV NEWS 4 started on May 31 at
NBC Tower in Chicago and according to the Chicago Sun-Times, he is
expected to make his on-air debut in a week or so. Both WMAQ-TV
and WRC-TV are both owned by NBC.
brings her many on-air talents and meteorological expertise to NBC O
& O WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., where she is the new
meteorologist for the station's 4 P.M. weekday newscast. Veronica
will also be the regular fill-in at 5, 6 and 11 P.M. for D.C.
weather legend Bob Ryan. Veronica's resume includes positions with
WMAR-TV, WABC-TV, and The Weather Channel.
WUSA 9 Eyewitness
News Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill is moving out of Broadcast
House. Hill who made Broadcast House his home since 1984 has
left to become the Chief Meteorologist for WJLA News7. Hill
told The Washington Post "The timing was
right and I was very impressed with the talks I had with the folks
from Allbritton. They made me an offer and described to me
where they're headed and got me excited enough to uproot myself
after 16 years. I'm very psyched."
Winners of the 42nd annual Capital Region Emmy Awards:
News Specials, Segment "Curbstoning,"
Elisabeth Leamy, reporter, and Carolyn Hong, producer
Photography: Public Affairs, Children's, Entertainment,
Documentary "Dragons & Damsels," MPT, Marlene Rodman;
"Georgetown Visitation: 200 Years," Virginia Wolf Productions, Frank
Maniglia Jr.; "Bower Birds and the Bees," MPT, Pat Stalionis
Editing: News Segments, Spot News "White House
Photographer," WJLA, Karen L. Ours; "Rough Roads," WJLA, Patrick
Donnelly; "This Is Buzz," WTTG, Erik Naso
Direction, Live composite, WBAL, Donald Horner and
"13 News at 6 Floyd Aftermath," WVEC, Adam Steiner
Promotion, Programming "Redskins Report,"
WRC, Robert Byrne, producer
Public Affairs Programs, Regularly Scheduled
"Virginia Currents #816," WCVE, John G. Warner, May-Lily Lee, Lauralee
Adams and Shawn M. Freude, producers
Investigative Reports "Critical Condition,"
WTTG, Elisabeth Leamy, reporter, and Carolyn Hong, producer; and
"Rave," WTTG, Elisabeth Leamy, reporter, and Carolyn Hong, producer
News Segments, Sports "Joe Jackson,"
George Michael, reporter, Joe Schreiber and Rich Mather, producers; "The
Negro Leagues," WRC, Jeff Greenberg, producer
Photography, Sports "Powerlifter,"
Sports Programming, Sports Segments "The Roaring
Lion," East Coast Creative, Mary Mendoza, producer-reporter
News Segments: Features, Hard "Heart to
Heart," WBFF, Kathleen Cairns, reporter, Jody Weldon, producer; and "A
Prosecutor With a Past," WUSA, Bruce Leshan, reporter
Promotion, Station Image "News 7 Weather,"
WJLA, David Hershey and Will Sliger, producers; "We've Got the Games,"
WTTG, Andrew Baker, producer; "Get Cookin'," WETA, Jacqueline Todt,
Photography: News Segments, Spot News
"Diner," WBFF, John Anglim; composite, WBFF, Brian Tankersley;
composite, WBFF, John Anglim
Entertainment Programs, Specials "Viva Hollywood!
The Talent of Hispanic America," ZGS Communications, Eduardo A. Zavala and
Shellee Haynesworth, producers
Audio, Engineering "Report From the
Baltimore Ravens, Joel Kitay and Adam Oberfeld
Public Affairs Programs, Specials "Diver©
ity," WNVC, Debbie Mintz, Vallery Bryan and Mike Khatcheressian, producers; and
"Bower Birds and the Bees," MPT, Kenneth R. Day, producer
Graphics "1999 WVEC Show Reel,"
Smith and Eugene Gonzales
Host, Interviewer, Moderator "Vid Kid"
composite, MPT, Robert W. Heck
Children's Programs, Regularly Scheduled "NASA
Connect: Geometry of Exploration," NASA Langley Research Center, William E.
Bensen, producer; and "NASA Connect: The Measurement of All Things,"
NASA Langley Research Center, William E. Bensen, producer
Photography: News Series, News Specials "Curbstoning,"
WTTG, F. David Rysak; and "Fire & Mice" composite, WTTG, F. David
Technical Direction composite, NewsChannel 8, Jason D.
Documentaries "Tibetan Freedom Concert: Beyond
the Music," WNVC, Debbie Mintz, producer; "Renoir to Rothko: The Eye
of Duncan Phillips," WETA, Jackson Frost, producer; "Stolen
Years," The Blackwell Corp., Neal B. Freeman, producer
Writing, News "Parking Perks, Kara, Bomb
Squad," WJLA, Del Walters and Cindy Wright; and "Duck Racer,"
WTTG, Al Feinberg
Program Segments, Documentary "Hurricane
Camille," WCVE, May-Lily Lee, producer-reporter, and Mason W. Mills,
Program Segments, Entertainment "The Tony
Awards," independent, Mike Baker Jr.
News Series, Hard News "The Crucible,"
Mark Lodato, reporter; "Guilty Until Proven Innocent," WVEC, Bryan
Barbee and Byron Burney, producers, and Barbara Ciara, producer-reporter
Program Segments, Public Affairs "Hungry for
Hollywood," MPT, Frank Batavick, producer; "Outdoors Maryland: Rabbit
Run," MPT, Robin Lloyd, producer; "Metro Magazine: Arts Advocacy
Day," independent, Mike Baker Jr.
Writing, Programs "Renoir to
Rothko: The Eye of
Duncan Phillips," WETA, Norman Allen
Direction, Tape/Film composite,
WBAL, Donald Horner;
and "Richmond Police Domestic Violence Prevention," independent, Eric
News Segments: Features, Soft "Business of
Wrestling," WBFF, Jeff Abell, reporter; "Diner," WBFF, John Barr,
reporter; "Whistling Waiter," WTTG, Al Feinberg, producer-reporter;
"See You at the Movies," WBFF, Jenny Atwater, reporter, and Brian
Writing: PSA, Promotion composite,
Killian; and composite, WRC, Robert Byrne
Editing: News Series, News Specials
"Internet-Fire" composite, WTTG, F. David Rysak
News Programs: Evening (4 p.m. to midnight), Medium Market
"WB News at 6:30: Tower Fire," WNUV, Cathy Hobbs Rettew, producer
Sportscast "George Michael Sportscasts,"
George Michael, reporter, and Jeff Greenberg and Pat Lackman, producers
Editing, Sports composite, WRC, Dan Prior; composite,
WRC, Gary Krimstein
Sports Programming, Sports Specials "Sunday Night
Live," WJLA, Rich Daniel and Alex Parker, producers; and "The Wizards
at the Millennium," WRC, Jeff Greenberg and Chris Kerwin, producers
Sports Anchor composite, WTTG, Brett Haber
Specialty Reports "Daily Live Feature
Reports," WTTG, Holly Morris, producer-reporter, and Lucille Baur, producer
Public Service Announcements "ABC7's Celebrate
the Bay Project," WJLA, David Hershey and Natalie Jennings, producers; and
"Trigger Lock," Potomac Inc., Keith Haller and Daniel A. Cohen,
Editing: PSA, Promotion composite,
WRC, Todd W. Troop;
composite, WTTG, Andrew Baker; "A to Z Kids Campaign," WETA, Darwin
Audio, Studio/Remote "Outdoors Maryland
#905," MPT, John R. Davidson; and composite, MPT, John R. Davidson and
News Segments, General News "Black &
White," WJZ, Mike Schuh, reporter, and Joel Eagle, producer
Weathercasting composite, WTTG, Tom
"Signed Weather for the Deaf and Special Needs Students," WBFF, Lori
Promotion, News "Raves,"
Killian, producer; and "The 'N' Word," WVEC, Tymm Smith and Russell
Spot News "Police Shooting Rally,"
Jenny Atwater, reporter
News Series, Features "Yesterday's Courage: A
Pilgrimage to Alabama," WUSA, Gordon Peterson, producer-reporter, Samara
Martin Ewing and Albert Calogero, producers; "Helping Honduras
Operation Smile," WVEC, Kathryn Barrett, reporter, and Doug Sesny,
producer; "Up Late on 8," NewsChannel 8, John Lisle, producer-reporter
Capital Region Community Service Award "1999 Car
Seat Safety," WUSA
News Anchor composite, WUSA, Gordon Peterson; and
composite, WRC, Jim Vance
News Programs: Evening (4 p.m. to midnight), Large Market
"News4 at 6 (March 3, 1999)," WRC, Margie Ruttenberg, producer,
and Jim Vance, producer-reporter; and "Eyewitness News Tonight (Sept. 16,
1999)," WUSA, Valery Lodato, producer
Board of Governors Award Terry
Glenn Brenner Award Nannette Wilson, WRC
Ted Yates Award Charlie Uchima, WTTG (posthumously)
From July 18 Edition of
WRC-TV, Washington, said it plays to carry HDTV
coverage of the Republican and Democratic national conventions on its digital
channel. The NBC-owned station is picking up coverage produced by NHK Japan
Broadcasting Corp., which is the host of the high-definition digital television
pool at the conventions. The coverage will have no commentary and minimal
commercial interruptions, the stations said. The station will broadcast from
about 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on each night of the convention and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on
the Mondays. WRC-TV does its digital broadcasting on Channel 48.
July 20 Edition of
WBAL-TV Channel 11 will be an NBC
affiliate for 10 more years along with nine other NBC Affiliates owned by
Hearst-Argyle. Hearst-Argyle Television Thursday said it signed a new
10-year affiliation deal covering all 10 of its NBC affiliates. The deal calls
for NBC to make compensation payments during the course of the agreement, though
the companies did not disclose the specifics of the financial agreements.
NBC has agreed to a floor level of local inventory for the
Hearst-Argyle stations, which in turn have agreed to a specific level of
promotion for NBCs shows. NBC Network President Randy Falco said the deal
indicates that networks and affiliates can still work together. The agreement also has outlines for other business
arrangements between NBC and Hearst-Argyle, ranging from uses of Internet and
digital spectrum to working with the NBC-owned stations to buy and develop
programming. Hearst-Argyle and NBC continue to discuss setting up joint sales
agreements with Paxson Communications stations in Hearst-Argyle markets.
WBAL was originally an NBC affiliate until it
switched to CBS in 1981. It returned to the peacock in 1995.
and WBAL which brags about being Baltimore's Favorite News Team and
Baltimore's Number One Station, respectively, both can brag about
being on top of the July ratings period. WBAL's 11pm news team
of Rod Daniels and Marianne Bannister topped WJZ's Denise Koch and
Vic Carter Monday through Friday. But it was WJZ that won for
the full week, Monday through Sunday. WBAL was the most
watched at 5pm as well as seeing some more viewers tuning in.
WJZ still remained the favorite at 5. WJZ's morning program
with Don Scott and Marty Bass is still ahead distancing WMAR and
History. WTTG FOX 5 Management felt that FOX 5 Morning News
Anchor Josh Binswanger's new gig as host of a program on The History
Channel is a conflict of interest. So Binswanger is
leaving. WTTG News Director Katherine Green told The
Washington Post "We're really sorry to see him go, but we know this is a
great opportunity for him and wish him the best of luck. He's
moving into an arena that is viewed as a competitive environment with news. We
felt that he would have to do one thing or the other." Binswanger has been co-host of the History Channel show
"This Week in History" with
Giselle Fernandez since it debuted on Aug. 11. Binswanger's replacement
Michael Gargiulo who has been a Hearst Washington Correspondent for
three years. He is slated to start on September 5.
Binswanger will still live in Washington while doing the show out of
Brett Haber, WTTG FOX 5 Sports Director
for the past three years, is leaving. Leaving to become
11:00pm Sports Anchor in his native New York on WCBS-TV. He
will temporarily be replaced by Dave Feldman, who is coming from
ESPN and was originally hired to replace Chick Hernandez who left to
do the FOX Regional Sports Report. Holly Gauntt, assistant news director at
WTTG, said the station is in the
process of finding a replacement for Haber, and that Feldman will be a candidate
for his main weeknight anchor position. He joins the station on Wednesday, and
will also handle WTTG's pregame and postgame shows around Sunday's
season-opening Washington Redskins game. Haber had been negotiating with Channel 5 on a new
contract in recent months but rejected the station's final offer to
take the job at CBS 2. Haber told The Washington Post that the opportunity to return home and to work with Wolf were critical
factors in his decision to leave WTTG. He also indicated that WCBS said there
could be opportunities to do some work for CBS Sports, as well. "It's been an unbelievable experience, more than I expected on a number
of levels," Haber said of his three years at WTTG. "I worked with some
very talented people, and they made it easy. As far as Warner is concerned, I
grew up in Manhattan watching him on Channel 2, and it's thrilling and surreal
to have the chance to work beside the guy."
John S. Batchelder, 83, a former announcer and
reporter at WRC radio and at the WMAL and WJLA television stations, died of a
stroke Aug. 14 at a hospital in Sarasota, Fla., where he lived. He retired from
WJLA in 1976. Mr. Batchelder was host of the Saturday night
movie on Safeway Theater and a news, sports and weather broadcaster. He was also
the announcer for "Bowler's Choice," "Bowling Fun" and
"Money Movie 7," and did the introductions for ABC news briefs.
As a freelance announcer, he narrated voice-overs
for historic sites. They include the Washington Monument, Smithsonian
Institution, National Archives, Fort McHenry, Fort Vancouver, Vicksburg, Fort
Pulaski, Mount Rainier and Yellowstone national parks, the Gettysburg
battlefield and Luray Caverns. Mr. Batchelder was a native of Cleveland and a
graduate of Kent State University. He did graduate work in broadcasting at
Syracuse University and was a radio announcer in that area of New York. He moved
to Washington in 1943 to work for WRC. His marriage to Marion Batchelder ended in
divorce. Survivors include his wife, Jane Batchelder of
Sarasota; four children from his first marriage, Pamela Gately-Przylepa of Glen
Burnie and Jay S. Batchelder, Dale A. Batchelder and John L. Batchelder, all of
Germantown; four stepchildren, Thomas Monard of Prince Frederick, Petty Norris
of New Port Richey, Fla., Debbie Ciccirrolo of Sarasota and Chip Fadley of
Charlottesville; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.