• PBRTV let you know a week or two ago, that WTAE-TV (4) has hired meteorologist Mike Harvey from WTKR-TV on the Virginia shore. As a result, Stephen Cropper will be bumped to weekends come September. This is the second time Cropper has been pushed to weekends, the last time being when Don Schwenneker was the favored pick for weekdays. News Director Alex Bongiorno has named Mr. Harvey as the “new chief meteorologist”. Mr. Cropper is taking the news rather well, telling the Post-Gazette, “I believe God opens and closes doors for a reason and I trust He will continue to guide and protect me and my family.”
  • Meanwhile KDKA-TV’s Alison Morris is leaving the station in September. She will move closer to her home of Long Island, to work for Hartford’s Fox affiliate (WTIC-TV). It just so happens that KDKA’s former news director, Colleen Marren is news director there now. (Coincidence?)
  • Dr. Knowledge (a.k.a. Charles Reichblum) is going national. The weekend, overnight KDKA-AM (1020) host is being syndicated by CBS Radio News Five 60-second “Knowledge in a Nutshell Minutes” will air throughout the week in about 30 markets. His program on KDKA has been on the air since 2004.