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Tegna Investigates Disappearance Of Little Boy

DeOrr Kuntz, Jr.

It’s the kind of story you might see on a national network magazine show like Dateline, 20/20 or 48 Hours.

Or even the multi-part documentaries you might binge watch on Netflix.

A cold case following the disappearance of Deorr Kuntz Jr., a 2-year-old boy, while on a camping trip with his family in Idaho.

A real who-done-it mystery of a toddler who went missing without a trace.

What happened to him? Did an animal attack him? Was he abducted? Or did something else more sinister cause him to vanish?

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Grendel Levy New News Director At Nexstar’s WOWK

Grendel Levy

Grendel Levy is the new news director at WOWK, Nexstar’s CBS affiliate in Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. She starts later this month.

Levy joins WOWK from Boise, Idaho, where she worked for 7 years at ABC affiliate, KIVI, first as executive producer and then for the past 4 years as the station’s news director.

“I am sad to leave a team I truly respect and admire,” said Levy about KIVI, “but I am excited about this new challenge and the next chapter in my life! I look forward to many successes for my new team at WOWK.”

Levy shared this note she sent to her team at KIVI:

My News Family,

My heart aches as I type this. When you work with a group of people this closely, many of you for almost 7 years, it definitely feels like a family. We’ve won together, lost together and grown together. We’ve shared stressful moments and many happy times. We’ve come so far together and I’ll forever be proud of all of your accomplishments. I know that momentum will continue and I can’t wait to hear of future victories. We are so close! Just remember — unique content is what it’s all about. You are a very talented team of story tellers and you outshine all of the others in the market. Keep it up… and keep raising the bar!

Today it’s with great sadness that I must say I have decided to move on. I’ve accepted a job as news director of WOWK in Charleston, West Virginia.

NOTE: I worked with Levy briefly at KIVI when I was parachuted into Boise in 2011 for several months to help with the station’s marketing.

Lovesick Goose Stars In KTVB’s 360-Degree Story


This is a story about Lincoln, a goose who seems to have fallen in love with a car owned by area resident Holly Schallberg, and wherever the car goes, Lincoln flies right alongside it.

Or as the reporter so eloquently puts it, “this honker has the hots for Holly’s hot rod Lincoln.”

Trust me, take a few minutes and watch this story, it will make your day.

But it’s also a story about technology, KTVB’s first 360-degree digital local news story.

According to the Tegna-owned NBC affil in Boise, Idaho, this story was picked up by tech blog, Gizmodo.

“I assumed a local news station was just using a gimmicky new technique to jazz up a ho-hum story,” says the writer. “I was wrong. I was so wrong.”

KTVB used a GoPro Omni camera to capture Lincoln as “he escorts his four-wheeled paramour down the road, his wingtips inches from the vehicle.”

Viewers on mobile devices can follow Lincoln as he flies around the car by moving in a 360-degree radius. Viewers on desktop devices can use their mouse to move around the video.

Kate Morris, KTVB’s news director, says this project is part of a partnership aimed at bringing more innovative storytelling to Idaho.

“We were inspired by a meeting with the Idaho Virtual Reality Council last November. From that meeting we decided to invest resources to learn the tools for 360 storytelling. It’s an exciting time for local news and we get to help lead the way for the future of storytelling, bringing unique stories to life in way we never thought possible.”

Click here to read the Gizmodo article.

KIVI Promo Says Its News Anchor Can’t Grill

When you work alongside someone, you think you know them.

Don Nelson and Michelle Edmonds

Don Nelson and Michelle Edmonds

I worked alongside KIVI news anchors Don Nelson and Michelle Edmonds a few years ago at the Boise ABC affiliate owned by Scripps and thought I knew them well.

Both are solid news journalists, leaders in the newsroom, popular with the staff, do anything you wanted them to do kind of folks. Good people, as they say.

Nelson has been with KIVI for 23 years, while Edmonds has been there 12 years.

So it came as a shock when I saw some promos on Facebook that revealed they had shortcomings in other areas.

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KBOI Inserts Itself Into CBS Promos

cbs newsWhen the major networks like ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS, launch a national ad campaign for their network news or a primetime entertainment show like Thursday Night Football, they usually send their affiliates a version of the promo they can customize.

It’s the same promo except there are black holes in the spot where the affiliates can insert shots of their on-air talent or beauty shots of their market.

It’s totally arbitrary; affiliates can take advantage of it or not. But it’s a quick and easy way for the affiliates to tie into their network and give their talent and town some face time.

kbci_iconSuch was the case for KBOI, the CBS affiliate in Boise owned by Sinclair.

Joany D’Agostino, KBOI’s creative services director, sent me these two spots from CBS that her station customized.

The first one is the new graphically-driven, no-announcer, CBS News promo which is still airing. Can you pick out the shots from KBOI?

The second is for the launch of this season’s Thursday Night Football on CBS.

Joany and I both spent time in Colorado and Boise and she had this to say about the two places.

“Boise is pretty like Colorado Springs (mountains just a little smaller) and the people are great. The station is a good one, also.”

The Buck Stops In Boise

brianThat Buck in the headline is Brian Buck, who moves to KBOI Boise, Idaho, from Colorado Springs.

I had the pleasure of working with Buck a few years ago in Colorado Springs. Brian was one of the preditors on my staff. Not only is Brian a highly-skilled shooter/editor and After Effects wiz, but he always had a positive attitude and worked hard. When I needed someone to stay late and do the late news topicals, Brian volunteered. Yeah, he’s that kind of guy.

It’s nice to see good people like Brian get ahead and be recognized for his work.

Brian heads to Boise to join the creative team at KBOI, the Sinclair CBS affiliate in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. A few years ago, I spent a summer there as a marketing consultant for another TV station and it’s a beautiful part of the country.

Hey, to all my peeps up there in Boise, reach out and give Brian a warm welcome.
Stay in touch, Brian.

November Sweeps: Online Preditors And Secret Cell Phone Tracking

kiviPredators know how to “groom” children online — find them, lure them and exploit them. And these predators come from all walks of life. KIVI, Journal’s ABC affiliate in Boise, Idaho, talks to the investigators inside Homeland Security to learn how they do it.

Another scary bit of news: your cell phone can be used to track your every move.

WXIA, Gannett’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta, shows how private investigators can secretly track the cell phones of cheating husbands and wives and anyone else who might have something to hide.

November Sweeps: Pickpockets And Satanic Killings

fox 29All during the November sweeps, we’re showing TV stations’ special reports promos and the news stories they promote.

Here’s a spot from WTXF, the Fox O&O in Philadelphia, about how pickpockets can steal the most valuable information in your wallet without even touching you.

FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

And a bizarre story from KIVI, the Journal-owned ABC affiliate in Boise, Idaho. A young woman claims to have been part of a satanic cult that killed at least 5 children.

Here’s the promo and then part 1 of the three-part series.

We hate them, we love them; we quote them and question them. Sometimes, they make us happy; sometimes they make us cry. However, for those in the local TV news business, we can all agree they rule our lives. Happy November sweeps everybody.

This is the time your newsroom does special reports in your markets to heighten viewership. That means local TV creative services departments are busy writing and producing the promos for these reports. I thought it might be interesting to see what stories stations are promoting by sharing the promo examples from across the country in Market Share.

Here’s what I need — a YouTube or Vimeo link to any examples you want to share, along with a short explanation about it if you want.

And please include the link to the actual news story as well.

For competitive reasons, it might be best to submit only those promos that are already on your air.
My email and phone number are at the top of the column.