Monday, August 4, 2008

Cecchetto Out, Nigrelli In at KMTV



KMTV-3 co-anchor Carlo Cecchetto has left the station for “personal family reasons,” according to Ken Dudzik, news director at KMTV.

Cecchetto, at left, joined KMTV in Jan. 2007, debuting with another new co-anchor Carol Wang, middle. Wang will remain with the station.

Wang will be joined by Craig Nigrelli, who will co-anchor the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Nigrelli, at right, has more than a decade of anchoring and reporting experience, most recently with KCTV5 in Kansas City, Mo. His first day on-air at KMTV will be today, August 4.

“Craig’s strong background, and experience with late-breaking and investigative news, will serve our viewers well,” Rob Burton, vice president and general manager of Journal Broadcast Group’s Omaha operations, said in a press relese. “We’re excited to be adding him to our Action 3 News team.”

Nigrelli’s career began in 1993 as a general assignment reporter for WIVB-TV in Buffalo, N.Y. He later anchored the station’s weekend morning show. In 2000 he moved to Albuquerque, N.M., to work as an enterprise reporter and morning show anchor at KOAT-TV, before moving to KSTP-TV in Minneapolis in 2004. A year later he was hired at KCTV5.

Nigrelli is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in communication and economics.

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Didn't most of us already know this was coming at least a month ago???

Anonymous said...

Ted's Blog had this info on July 14th. Way to be on the ball Jim. I see this blog is just waiting for press releases and copy/pasting them.

O Newscope said...

Nigrelli is coming from another tabloid-style station, so he should fit in well at Action 3 News. Too bad that means the powers that be at KMTV are continuing with the same failed format of screaming news at lightening speed, with the same failed team that failed to catapult the station out of the third- and almost-fourth-place slot.

I might be wrong, and nothing would please me more than seeing KMTV beat WOWT in a ratings battle, but it just ain't gonna happen with the team and the format A3N has right now. Nigrelli will be another casuality of the situation.

Here's some free advice: get rid of Travis Justice, Dave Roberts and Devon Patton. Then, tone down the sensationalism level and don't look like you're so desperate for viewers. Confidence and competence will get you moving up the ladder.

One last comment: with this blog becoming the JBG marketing site, it is no wonder so many are either leaving frustrated, rude, and inappropriate comments OR are going to other blogs (like Ted Brockman's at OMAHA TV NEWS, or even mine at ONEWSCOPE) that scruitinize the local media instead of just paying lip service.

Anonymous said...

i was flipping through and caught the news this weekend on 3. WOW!chriss knight at the desk, liz doing weather and molli graham in the field. what a perfect combo. i don't care what the format is, i'll watch any show with those beautiful ladies gracing the screen! Good job action 3 for that. did anyone else catch it, or was i just dreaming?! is this a permanent change?

Anonymous said...

Why did he go from Minneapolis (15) to Kansas City (31)? Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

I am the only thing of value for Journal Broadcasting.

I am the icon.

I am...

The Perrault

Anonymous said...

If that's the case, JBG isn't worth a plug nickel...or even a red cent.

Anonymous said...

Why couldn't they have taken this opportunity to hire Connie Chung so they could have "Wang-Chung" news...

Anonymous said...

11:46...

I can one-up you there...put Keri Stowell behind the desk and have Molly Graham and Chris Knight reporting! There are three guys at work that have a Keri Stowell fan club.

Question for the board...who runs this and are there others like it that talk about OMaha media? I stumbled upon this in a search engine.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Km3 put all their marbles in the vaunted combo of Wang/Chiceto? Every radio station in Omaha (so it seems) advertised the crap out of them. Oops!

I still think Mary Williams and Kerri Stowell are very good. Is Williams sticking around?

Anonymous said...

They would be wise to install a revolving door over at KMTV.

They should just shelve the 5, 6 and 10:00 news and air re-runs of Miss Jean's Storytime.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, what demographic is that station going after?

Anonymous said...

1146:

there are a couple of other media blogs that I'm aware of:

the most (in)famous is the Omaha TV News blog (omanews.blogspot.com). It's okay, but look back to the archives when it used to be sizzling. Caused a lot of ruckus in the newsrooms.

there's also one called O Newscope (onewscope.blogspot.com). That one is new and seems to copy the Omaha TV News format to an extent.

Those are the only 2 I know of still being published.

Anonymous said...

sounds like onewscope is awfully lonely, the way he keeps plugging his blog.

we get it, you're the brave new voice in a cold, dark world.

...these blogs suck.

Anonymous said...

KM3 reminds me of a minority station catering to South O

UNO TV station does as good as them

Why didnt they get an Afro American to go with Chang, Wang, whatever her name is

I watch 7 first then 6 never 3

Anyone remember Colleen Williams? She was good

Anonymous said...

That's why she's spent the last 30 years in major markets, mainly SF and LA.

Anonymous said...

chris knight is awful! someone send her back to grammar school. reason #431 i don't watch that station.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I'm originally from Omaha and moved to the L.A. area and have seen Colleen Williams on the NBC affiliate. She's very good at her job. I also think her sister is Mary Williams over on KMTV. They have similar voices and mannerisms. Anyone have any idea?

Anonymous said...

They are sisters.

Anonymous said...

Carlo's "personal family reasons" may actually be the truth. His divorce was listed in the paper this past week.
Here's hoping that Travis Justice and Carol (Vampira) Wang also develop some personal family reasons.

Anonymous said...

HEY EVERYBODY. Look at how hip the local shit rag is now:

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=1219&u_sid=10398039

"weighs no more than a buck-twenty."

"silver bling ring"

Anonymous said...

9:48--
I'm sure plenty of people disagree with you (myself included). Chriss does a good job. So does Kerri, Molly and Michelle. The station is lucky to have them. They are the only reasons I sometimes watch. but to each his own.
-RC

Anonymous said...

Matt Perrault is Gay.

newser said...

Carlo's "personal family reasons" are that his wife left him and took his two daughters back to San Diego. He's going back to his old station to weekend anchor... his agent somehow worked a miraculous deal.

That guy is the biggest arrogant douchebag I've ever met. His divorce is still not final and he'd prowled the bar scene to sleep with half of Omaha, women who were 10-15 years younger, and he started fights at bars and should've been ticketed with public indecency, public intoxication and DUIs. He insulted just about every other anchor/reporter at his station and in Omaha because he really thinks he awesome because he's going back to a larger market. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!

Anonymous said...

Travis.

Stop the madness and just admit you had gastric bypass surgery.

Dazed and confused said...

Hey 8:30, are you writing about Michael Scott or Carlo?

Anonymous said...

Memo to N.D. at KM3rd:

Do the exact opposite of what you think is right. Your insticts have wrong on every move. You can't run a news department so start listening to somebody else.

Anonymous said...

Dang Trav is bitter these days. But, he is a survivor.

Travia party said...

I say we have a big party for Travis to lift his spirits and help remind him just how valuable he is to 3 and everything he's done to help them. We could play some Travia, have some best-of tapes going from his days as a commentator and testimonials from his biggest fans. When and where should this party be held?

Anonymous said...

No other place to put this, but it's freekin' hysterical. This past Sunday, watching a station out of Des Moines about 8 a.m.... classic blonde weather bimbo doing the so called forecast. Behind her, like at every station that morning, is the word HOT in mile high red letters. Except in her case, where she was standing, she completely blocked out the T in HOT. Then a half ho later, she did the same thing. Too funny. If that doesn't wind up on a bloopers real, it will be tragic.

--Biff Calamari--

Axl Rosenberg said...

How about have Travis guest host an episode of the Guerin and Jess Pajama Dance Party Hour hosted by Don Cornelius. Boy would that be a ratings grabber.

Anonymous said...

You know, with Julie Cornell gone at 7, does this mean Bill Randby has more time to dive into Julie like a homesick gopher?

Anonymous said...

Even though KETV's channel is the most liberal of them all, I'll still watch them. Reasons:

1. they're news doesn't suck
2. they have Chuck
3. they don't like "big ern" chambers
4. andrea bredow
5. bill randby's smiles
6. non-b.s. news.
7. heard they're phasing out FUBAR
8. KETV protests H&H Chevy commercials because of TOM PAEK
9. They don't like same-sex marriages
and....
10. Most of the reporters actually ARE REPUBLICANS!!!

Anonymous said...

August 5, 2008 2:17 PM Anonymous said...
You know, with Julie Cornell gone at 7, does this mean Bill Randby has more time to dive into Julie like a homesick gopher?

Ya hafta wonder, how many of their kids came along 9 months after Bill had to spend a late-nite "weather watch" at the station and Jules kept him company? What stories could that weather desk tell?

Anonymous said...

Hhhmmmmm.....Channel 3rd changes anchors!

Isn't that like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?

Is that a fog horn I hear? Oh alas, it is just Travis farting....never mind.

Anonymous said...

Nigrelli has to be asking himself a very big question after his first 10:00 pm newscast tonight. How in the hell did I end up at a last place TV station working with Travis Justice? Has my career fallen this much in the dumper?

Anonymous said...

Hi folks! What could channel 7 possibly see wrong with my H&H ads?

-Tom Parks: fast, fun and friendly!

Any recent calls to H&H asking to speak to Tom Park? said...

Park doesn't even have the best H&H commercial that's ever been done. That would be Gary Thompson walking out of a mechanics garage, wiping the grease off his hands with a rag and saying, "H&H Transmission, not nationwide, but one of the best in Omaha." Did he really moonlight as a transmission mechanic?

Anonymous said...

Are there any legs to the rumors of Travis and Matt being done in their respective spots....or is it BS?

Anyone know?

Nebraska Divorce Papers said...

Carlo's getting a divorce?

He should use me!

Only $99.94!

Anonymous said...

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Divorce Papers

Anonymous said...

I can't until they update this blog when the next press release comes out.

Anonymous said...

10:09 am - YES

Anonymous said...

QUOTE: I say we have a big party for Travis to lift his spirits and help remind him just how valuable he is to 3 and everything he's done to help them. We could play some Travia, have some best-of tapes going from his days as a commentator and testimonials from his biggest fans. When and where should this party be held?

ANSWER: We can hold it anywhere there is a buffet! That would really lift Travesty....errr...Travis up!

Anonymous said...

How about we have a going-away party for Travis instead? Of course, the party would have to wait until AFTER he walks out the door...

Anonymous said...

Umm....I'm not leaving. Why....is TnT ummmm quiting or something? Umm...why wasn't I informed....ummmm do I still get to do Sports Nightly ummm formerly sponsored by Harrahs? Ummmm....if I don't have a job, how ummmm can I make my scooter payments?

Ummm...Sincerely,

Travis Justice

Anonymous said...

Someone should tell Travis that goatees are so 90's.

Someone should also tell Keri that I love her.

Anonymous said...

Thanks...I love you too.

Now stop standing outside my driveway.

Sincerely,

Kerri

Anonymous said...

Mary Williams should be their main anchor but I do not understand these....

Matt Perrault said...

I admit, I was the one who slep with carlo and broke his relationship with his wife. I am gay and i love my little booger carlo checceto.

-Matt.

kdklown said...

Hey, nice career track pal! From Minneapolis to Kansas City to Channel Third? Next stop, KHAS in Hastings!!!

Anonymous said...

or KTIV in Sewer City - that would be the next step DOWN from Hastings...

Anonymous said...

look who turned up with a better gig in San Diego! Hmmm???
And i've seen his wife. She can do better. Good to know she's single though.

Anonymous said...

They would probally get out of 3 and or 4th place if they would would have a Country radio station back on 590 becasue those listeners are the same sort who watch local news.

Anonymous said...

Never get married at 23 or 25....Does Bill Randby even love Julie? Does Julie love him? I thought Julie only married him just for his money... thats what i thought 0_0. please comment me back

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