Monday, February 26, 2007

The Green Jacket Is Heading South

Those of you who know Dave Dahl know the green jacket. Kurt Pegler used to ask him about winning The Masters which he always took well.

The green jacket is moving along with Dave as he embarks on a new adventure in Springfield next month. After 11 years, the "hated one" as he liked to be called (inside joke) is leaving 1470.

Dave will be reporting from the State Capitol for the Illinois Radio Network. They provide news (largely from the Capitol) to affiliates around the state... including WBBM in Chicago, KMOX in St Louis, and WDWS in Champaign.

Dave is sharp and fair and a very good reporter. I learned a lot from him during my time at WMBD-TV and I'm really sorry to see him go.

His first day is March 19th. Here's wishing the best to Dave, Corrina, Clifford and Isaac.

Update: Jonathan Ahl posts a tribute to the hated one.

Friday, February 09, 2007

The Unique Twist Online

Doug Smith, longtime photographer at WEEK-TV, has brought his side business into cyberspace. Doug is the guy you see at many events around the Peoria area, making all sorts of different balloon animals/creations.

Go to the to check it out or book him for your next event.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

New Boss At WMBD

A belated welcome to Jody Davis... the new news director at WMBD.

From Rick Gevers:

JODY DAVIS joins this Nexstar-owned CBS affiliate as News Director. Jody most recently had been the ND/anchor for WENY-TV in Elmira, NY, leaving that post in December. Earlier in his career he worked as an anchor/reporter for CNNfn, as well as KMOV-TV and KSDK-TV in St. Louis. At WMBD, he becomes the third ND in ten months, replacing BRENT LONTEEN who left the station in October, three months after he was promoted to replace CHRIS MANSON. Chris, who had been ND there for six years, is now the VP/News for Nexstar.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Former WMBD Reporter Profiled

The Business Journal of Milwaukee profiles WISN-TV news director Lori Waldon. Waldon is the city's first black news director and actually got her start as a reporter at WMBD-TV. In October, she replaced Barb Maushard, who also worked in Peoria (WHOI) at one point.

I have a soft spot Waldon's first and latest stations as I got my start at WISN and WMBD was my second stop in TV.