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Ch.4 weekend anchor auditions continue; Ch.2 Murrow Award worth promoting

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Channel 4’s auditions for the evening weekend anchor position vacated by the departure of Lou Raguse in March continue this weekend with newcomer Callan Gray getting her shot.

The station already has given newcomers Dave Greber and Marissa Perlman a few weekends to show what they can do at the anchor desk.

Like Perlman, Gray is a Syracuse University graduate. She arrived at Channel 4 from a small station in Bristol, Va. and freelanced at a Binghamton before that. She has morning anchor experience.

Channel 4 and Channel 2 have both won prestigious Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards, which qualifies them for the national competition with winners announced in June.

One regional win by Channel 2 stood out because of a recent Channel 4 promo.

It was the award won in the investigative category by Channel 2’s Michael Wooten for his year-long reports on cell phone spying.

That win had to be extra special for Channel 2 since Channel 4 recently ran a laughable promo that noted that it was the only station to get an exclusive interview with Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard about the issue.

It was laughable because Wooten owned the story, which the Murrow Award confirms and is worth promoting.

Howard’s choice to be interviewed made one wonder if he agreed to deal with Channel 2’s rival because he was irritated by Wooten’s frequent reports. The sheriff eventually did an interview with Wooten days after he did one with Channel 4.

Channel 2’s three other regional Murrow winners were in the breaking news category for its staff coverage of the November snow storm; Jonah Javad and photojournalist Ben Read for sports reporting for a story called “The Long Shot” about the trip to the Boston Marathon by Jason McElwain, the Rochester area athlete with autism; and Dave McKinley for writing.

Channel 4’s two Murrows went to the staff for best newscast for coverage of the November story and best news series for a month-long series, “Your Food: What Do You Really Know?,” reported by Luke Moretti, produced by Rose Ciotta and shot by Mike Mombrea.

Remember Emily Guggenmos? OK, that’s a silly question since she just left a few months ago with her husband, the aforementioned Lou Raguse, after he got a job in Minnesota.

In any event, Guggenmos has told her friends on Facebook that she just passed her real estate license exam in Minnesota and plans to go into the field. She wrote that she expects the job outside of broadcast journalism will give her more time to be with her husband and their young daughter Violet.


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