Call off the dogs, the search is over. KOLD 13 has a new main news anchorman. After searching for more than three months, the man they found is Dan Marries, who has been filling the anchor chair on an interim basis ever since a nasty e-mail incident in October cost former anchor Randy Garsee his job.
The promotion became official as of Feb. 1. Marries co-anchors with Heather Rowe, meteorologist Chuck George and sports anchor Scott Kilbury on KOLD’s 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.
In making the announcement, Jim Arnold, general manager, said it was no slam-dunk to pick Marries. He said the station’s search “was intense and meticulous.”
It’s a good call. In an era when TV news anchors seem to be vacuous lip-movers, Marries is one who knows how to go out and get the story. Besides that, a lot of people in KOLD’s newsroom like the guy. He’s personable and friendly.
One of Marries first special assignments comes up Thursday (Feb. 15) when he and Mindy Blake, co-anchor of KOLD’s 5 p.m. newscast, host a half-hour special at 6:30 p.m. on the Tucson Rodeo.
More names in news
After at least 30 years n if not more n in the business Joe DiCarlo has retired as an advertising executive from KGUN 9… Moving in at KGUN is Jay Clifford, who has left KWBA 58/cable 8, where he was director of sales… Also gone from the sales department at KWBA is Chris Couch.
Tucson ‘Roadshow’ opens tonight
The finished results of PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” stop in Tucson last summer premieres tonight (Feb. 12) on KUAT-TV 6. It’s the first of three episodes from the Tucson stop. Each installment show premieres at 8 p.m. Monday (Feb. 19 and 26) and then repeats at 2 a.m. Tuesday, 5 a.m. Tuesday, 10 p.m. Wednesday, 4 a.m. Thursday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. (Who needs TiVo?)
Among the finds in the first hour tonight, an ornate saddle used only once when the owner was competing as a child for Rodeo Queen of Coolidge Cotton Days and a court affidavit submitted by Jimmy Carter to the state of Maine on the eve of the 1976 Presidential election appealing the decision to list him on the ballot as James Earl Carter.
The second hour next week includes a 1776 French harp that had been purchased for a modest sum at an estate sale and identified as the work of Jean-Henri Naderman, harpmaker to such aristocrats as Marie Antoinette, and a silver brooch made in the 1940s by then struggling sculptor Jose DeRivero.
And the final hour finds three paintings by acclaimed 20th-century French “outsider” artist Gaston Chaissac and a rare collection of 1956 Olympics memorabilia saved by the owner’s father, a trainer for the gold medal-winning American basketball team that included Bill Russell.
Up and down the radio dial
As promised, local broadcaster Jim Slone’s KCEE 1030-AM was up and running last week playing the music he calls the “crooners” but I heard Dionne Warwick, Anne Murray and Karen Carpenter mixed in there too. General Manager Cathy Green says they’re still working out some of the kinks. One of the more noticeable is that the station went off the air for a couple of hours at night two days last week to fix switches in the transmitter…
As had been noted previously the ownership change at 1030-AM resulted in La Raza KEVT moving up the dial to 1210-AM bumping out what was KQTL and everything on it, including University of Arizona Wildcats’ basketball and football Spanish broadcasts. In a case of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, play-by-play announcer Francisco Romero and analyst Luis Hernandez now have a new, more appropriate home on ESPN Deportes KTKT 990-AM. As part of the new four-year deal, which goes through June 2011, the number of Spanish broadcasts will double next year to go beyond football and basketball and include some home baseball, softball and women’s basketball games.
Wick Communications, which counts Inside Tucson Business among its 32 newspapers and 23 specialty publications in 13 states, is now strictly in the publishing business. The company last week announced it has agreed to sell its only radio stations, KFMM 99.1-FM in Thatcher and KCUZ 1490-AM in Clifton, to Ted Tucker, who has gained some fame operating his eclectic rock music stations KCDX 103.1-FM in Florence and KRDX 98.5-FM in Vail. The company honchos are keeping the sales price a secret.
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