Here’s the Roundup for the Week Ending September 29

By Kevin Eck 

Happy Friday to those who celebrate. Here’s another edition of stories we didn’t get to for one reason or another.

It’s been kind of a sad week here at TVSpy, watching the news feeds. A few local stations have reported the deaths of longtime former employees. Dayton, Ohio station WHIO saw two former employees die. See the links to the stories below:

WSVN and South Florida journalism have lost a trailblazer as longtime investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero (pictured) has passed away. Cafiero’s impressive 43-year career at Channel 7 set the standard for journalism in the region. Click here for the story.


Ginger Casey, a former anchor for Providence, R.I. station WJAR, has died. Her friend and colleague, Hank Plante, said shedied Wednesday in Houston after an illness. She was 68. Click here for more.

Former WHIO sports anchor Don Brown died on Sunday, according to social media his family posted on Monday. He was 63. Click here for more from the Dayton, Ohio station.

WHIO also said its mourning the loss of retired chief photographer Charles Upthegrove, who worked for News Center 7 for 38 years in a career that began with a few still photographs of a car crash. He died Thursday, Sept. 28, his family said. He was 91. Click here for more.

Arizona’s Family Sports (AZFS) has debuted on full-power KAZS Yuma, Ariz., (over-the-air on ch. 27). Negotiations are underway to add the channel to additional cable and satellite providers in the market. The Yuma launch now makes Arizona’s Family Sports a statewide sports network. Click here for more.

Buffalo News media writer Alan Pergament writes about the recent turnover in the local market. Click here for more.

William Joy left WFAA 8 Dallas- Fort Worth where he was a reporter. Click here to read what Houston media blogger Mike McGuff said about it.

The Arizona Wildcats had no winning seasons from 1970-1972. Former KVOA sports anchor Greg Wyatt said he would eat a football if the Wildcats won a second game in the 1972 season. The Wildcats did just that and didn’t let the Tucson anchor forget. Click here to read the story about Wyatt’s football eating experience.

WROC anchor John Kucko insisted he is not retiring from the Rochester station. Kucko, who co-anchors with his daughter Natalie Kucko since June 2022, said he is stepping down from the anchor desk. Starting next week, Kucko, 58, will provide camera segments that will air on Tuesdays and Thursdays, showing “the positive and the interesting in our midst,” he said. Click here for the story.

Veteran TV anchor Jeff Hullinger is leaving NBC affiliate 11Alive (WXIA) after more than 13 years, choosing not to take the station’s latest contract offer. His final day on air will be Sunday, October 1, anchoring the evening broadcast. Click here for more.