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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 12:00 am

KGUN 9’s new news director is Tom Burke, who started Aug. 12. Burke comes from Columbus, Ga., where he had been news director at the ABC affiliate for two years until he resigned last December. Other career stops for Burke included news director positions at the Fox affiliate in Sacramento, Calif.; the CBS affiliate in Fresno, Calif.; NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio; and the Fox affiliate Pittsburgh. He earned his under graduate degree from Boston College in 1978 with majors in communications and political science. Burke replaces Forrest Carr who resigned in March to “take a break” from TV news.

In addition to finding a new co-anchor, another of Burke’s first projects will be finding a replacement for weekend meteorologist and science reportor Aaron Brackett who is returning closer to his Midwest roots to go to work for the the highly regarded Storm Team at KFOR in Oklahoma City. That’s a station that puts a lot of resources into its weather reporting and for good reason. Brackett, who grew up in Rockford, Ill., will do his final weather forecasts for KGUN on Sept. 8.

Add Jody Oehler to the University of Arizona Wildcats’ media march into Phoenix. Oehler, who has hosted the afternoon sports talk show “Happy Hour” on ESPN KFFN 1490-AM/104.9-FM since 2004, is leaving to join KGME 910-AM, the Wildcats’ new affiliate in Phoenix.

And when the Wildcats take to the field a week from today (Aug. 30) for their first football game of the season, the pre- and post-game broadcasts on flagship station the Source KCUB 1290-AM will have some different voices. John Schuster, who had been a part of the broadcasts since they began on KCUB in 2004 — and before that for several years when they were on KNST 790-AM — detailed the changes in an online column he wrote for the Tucson Weekly, where he writes the Media Watch column. He wrote that station officials had decided to use Kevin Woodman, host of the station’s afternoon “In the House” talk show, and add Glenn Howell, a Wildcats tight end from the 1984 and 1985 seasons. Most recently Howell had been a sideline reporter for some UA football broadcasts previous to last year when the Pac-12 Network was launched. Brad Allis, who also worked with Schuster, was also let go. Rob Lantz will remain with the pre- and post-game shows. He is also part of the “In the House” team.

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