A local radio GM is on his way to a new job on the west coast, and a former Utica news anchor who has enjoyed some national face time on cable is back on broadcast TV in Atlanta.
Both of those moves were mentioned in the latest edition of NorthEast Radio Watch, published today by Scott Fybush. He reports former WEOS General Manager Aaron Read has accepted a new position as the chief engineer at KCSB in Santa Barbara, California. His old post, at the NPR affiliate run by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is being taken over by station manager Greg Cotterill.
Incidentally, Fybush is along for the coast-to-coast drive with Read, taking shifts so Aaron can get to his new job quickly — we’ve enjoyed watching the updates on Scott’s Facebook page… as of his last update, they’ve made it to Arizona. The duo left from the Rochester area on Friday morning and Scott posted this week’s edition of NERW this morning from New Mexico. We wish Aaron and Greg all the best in their new positions.
On the TV side, you might have to think back several years to remember this name: Scott reports former WKTV anchor Melissa Long — who once shared the anchor desk with Dick Lawler on the Utica NBC affiliate’s morning newscasts — has a new job. After some time on cable (at CNN’s Headline News, then Bloomberg), she’s back on broadcast TV, anchoring the 10pm news on Atlanta’s WATL. Fybush notes that myNetwork TV affiliate’s newscast is produced by NBC affiliate WXIA.