New Anchor Team at WYTV Makes its Debut Tonight
March 17, 2008
By Andrea Wood
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- When viewers of WYTV turn on their TV sets this evening, they'll see Channel 33's new anchor team: Stan Boney and Niki Weirich.
Weirich, the anchor since December of WYFX's 10 p.m. newscast, replaces Angee Shaker, who http://www.business-journal.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=1&twindow=&m... >resigned last week to become a full-time mother.
Boney, the station's chief meteorologist for 26 years, will continue to http://www.business-journal.com/default.asp?sdetail=9680 >do double duty on the weather desk until the weather position is filled full-time.
The 26-year-old Weirich is a graduate of Kent State University's mass communications program. Her adviser at Kent was Gary Hanson, who was news director at WKBN for some 15 years. "He was a big help moving me along," she says.
Weirich says she accepted her new position with some trepidation.
"A lot of viewers will be sad to see Angee go," she says.
"It takes time, any time you mix things up, and I hope folks will be able to relate to this show and embrace change. Everyone knows there has been a lot of change."
WYTV's news operation is managed by WKBN/WYFX under a shared services agreement that took effect in December. The consolidation of operations resulted in buy-outs of veteran anchors, reporters, photographers and broadcast technicians. Frequent technical problems followed, many resulting from new automation equipment that requires absolute precision in computer coding, according to station officials.
"The first few weeks were rocky," Weirich agrees. "But it gets better every day."
Gary Coursen, news director of WKBN/WYFX, says Weirich "brings energy, enthusiasm and ability. Not only is her bright optimism a lot of fun to have in the newsroom, she is a great talent with limitless future."
Coursen credits Boney with strong leadership skills and "a unique storytelling style that engages viewers through the entire newscast. Add Bob Hannon's expertise and connections to the sports world, and you have the ideal blend."
Boney says the new anchor team "looks pretty good on paper but you never know how the public will react."
WYTV consistently is ranked third in local news ratings; WKBN is second to No. 1 WFMJ,
The anchor team shake-up at Channel 33 comes as WKBN/WYFX executives await the February ratings period. The results are likely to reflect, at least in part, viewers' disenchantment with all the on-air personnel changes and technical problems.
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