FoxCT, Connecticut’s Fox affiliate, has hired a high school student as a reporter. Ben Goldman, a junior at Wethersfield High School in Connecticut, will report on charity events around the state.
The segment, which will air Thursdays on the FoxCT News at 4, is described by the station as “keeping Connecticut charitable.” For Goldman, the charity segment hits close to home. As a brain cancer survivor, he “knows the positive impact they can have on a person’s life.”
Former NewsCenter5 News Director and current FoxCT ND Colleen Marren told the Courant that ”we are thrilled to have Ben join the team.”
Fox25 has hired a new reporter from Texas. Brendan Fitzgerald, who spent the past two years at Texas CBS-affil KGBT, arrives in Dedham as a sports reporter.
Fitzgerald, a native of Massachusetts, told TVSpy, “Growing up on the Cape, covering sports in Boston has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “There’s no place like home and no place I’d rather be working than at FOX25, a station I grew up watching.”
He replaces Kristine Leahy, the nightly sports reporter who joined the Fox O&O last July. No word yet on his official start date.
Adam Harding, son of NewsCenter5 frontman Ed Harding, is leaving his post at WMUR in New Hampshire and moving to 7News.
News first broke when Harding announced on his Twitter page, “Saying a fond farewell to New Hampshire and
#WMUR. I’ve enjoyed my years here immensely. I’m happy to say I’ll now be reporting for #WHDH.” He had been with WMUR for two years, following a stint in Washington state as a one-man-band reporter. Adam Harding’s first day is Wednesday August 15th.
Former ‘BZer Kathy Curran will be joining NewsCenter5, according to a statement released on their website. Curran, who left the CBS-owned duopoly earlier this year, will be joining Team 5 Investigates.
Channel 5 brass remarked excitedly upon announcement of the news. General Manager Bill Fine remarked, “We are excited to have such a talented and hard-hitting investigative journalist join our team,” while News Director Andrew Vrees commented, “Kathy’s track record of uncovering abuses of the system makes her a natural addition to our award-winning investigative group.”
Curran joins NewsCenter5 on August 14th.
Hot on the heels of exercising their option in Howie Carr‘s contract, WRKO has announced that they will be picking up the Rush Limbaugh show from Clear Channel conserva-talker Talk 1200.
The announcement, made on Carr’s afternoon-drive show, makes note that the show will debut on 680 on August 21st from 12-3 p.m. Michele McPhee, whose current show runs in that timeslot, will move to morning drive to co-host the show with Todd Feinberg.
Talk 1200, launched in 2010 as Rush Radio 1200, took over airing of Limbaugh’s show from WRKO and subsequently hired local talkers Jay Severin and Jeff Katz. Both of them have been removed from the talker’s schedule, replaced by syndicated programming.
7News morning and noon meteorologist Dylan Dreyer is leaving Bulfinch Place for a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. In an email sent by news director Linda Miele, the affable met was lauded for her cheery demeanor and accurate forecasting, remarking, “It’s hard to imagine the Weather Center without Dylan’s smile [and] her fabulous forecasting,” adding, “…we’re very excited for her and wish her all kinds of success.”
Her next assignment is unknown, but sources tell Boston dot com that Dreyer and her beau have purchased a home in New Jersey, which they claim could be a move to the Today Show.
Dreyer, who has been with the station since 2007, replaced Jeremy Reiner, who switched to weekends in 2008. No word yet on her replacement.