Dinges: Changes aplenty at Austin TV stations

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Dinges: Changes aplenty at Austin TV stations

Viewers of newscasts on KVUE, KXAN and KEYE are seeing several familiar faces depart the city’s airwaves this summer.

At KVUE, morning anchor and reporter Jessica Vess has left to spend more time with her family. Vess joined the station in 2007, after a stint in Victoria.

“My sincere thanks goes out to all of you for welcoming me into your homes,” Vess wrote in a message to viewers. “I truly hope that I helped bring a smile to your face in the morning and served you well with the news of our community.”

The station is beginning a search for her replacement.

Weekend evening meteorologist Andrew Chung is also set to depart KVUE, in search of a chief meteorologist gig elsewhere. He’s been with the station for the past four years.

Chung’s replacement is Lynae Miyer, a Baylor graduate who has previously worked for stations in Victoria, Lubbock and Waco, as well as Salt Lake City.

KXAN weekend evening meteorologist Natalie Stoll waved farewell to viewers in late July. She joined the station in 2008.

“Natalie has chosen to pursue an opportunity working as a communication specialist for the Lower Colorado River Authority, starting in August,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said. “We appreciate her contributions at KXAN and look forward to working with Natalie in her new role. We’re currently in the hiring process for the weekend meteorologist position, and you’ll see our other meteorologists filling in for now.”

And over at KEYE, reporter Christie Post made her last appearance July 29. She’s accepted a job in Tampa, where she’ll appear on “The Now,” a new TV show being rolled out on stations across the country owned by Cincinnati-based EW Scripps Co.

‘Studio 512’ to debut

“Studio 512,” KXAN’s new lifestyle program, debuts Monday.

The show will air weekdays at 12:30 p.m.

“Hosting this show puts me right in the middle of all the fun,” Amanda Tatom said. “Discovering new things in our area and sharing them with our viewers is what ‘Studio 512’ is all about.”

KXAN’s noon newscast shrinks from an hour to 30 minutes to make way for “Studio 512.”

Another local TV station, KEYE, launched its own lifestyle show in late June. “We Are Austin,” hosted by Chris Saldana and Allison Miller, airs weekdays at 9 a.m. on Austin’s CBS affiliate.

Also Monday, Fox-owned KTBC is set to debut its new 10 p.m. newscast.

KEYE news director leaving

News director Greg Turchetta is leaving KEYE and heading back home to Florida, where he’ll soon oversee communications for a school system in the Naples area.

His final day on the job at KEYE is Friday.

Turchetta arrived at the city’s CBS affiliate two years ago, after serving as assistant news director at the Fox station in Orlando, Fla. Previously, he’d worked at stations in Atlanta, Seattle and Jacksonville, Fla., among others.

During his time at KEYE, Turchetta has presided over a number of high-profile moves, including hiring Hema Mullur as a replacement for retiring main anchor Judy Maggio and selecting new chief meteorologist Chikage Windler.

He also made tweaks to the station’s morning news lineup, and was instrumental in the rollout of several new technological advances, including KEYE’s Timesaver Traffic Tracker.

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