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Media Movers; WJZY names new co-anchor to morning show

Jason Harper of WJZY’s “Good Morning, Charlotte.”
Jason Harper of WJZY’s “Good Morning, Charlotte.” WJZY

Jason Harper joins Good Day Charlotte on WJZY (Channel 46) as co-anchor with Page Crawford, replacing Barbara Lash who left last year. Harper was most recently an independent telecaster in Little Rock, Ark. … Logan Sherrill leaves WJZY for a job at the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Va. …

Taking the mid-morning slot at WBT-AM (1110) is Scott Fitzgerald, replacing Keith Larson. Fitzgerald Scott has worked in radio in Dayton, Ohio, Cincinnati, Louisville, Ky., Birmingham, Ala., and Raleigh. … WSOC-FM (103.7) morning host Rob Tanner reports that his most recent cancer scan showed no recurrence of the GIST tumor or a right kidney cancer, but did detect a mass on the adrenal gland, likely benign. …

Stefanie Ponte joins WBTV (Channel 3) from the ABC affiliate in in Great Falls, Montana. … Former WSOC (Channel 9) consumer reporter Don Griffin joins One Hour Heating and Air as commercial spokesman. … Barry Finkelstein has been promoted at Luquire George Andrews to head public relations operations. Judi Wax, whom he succeeds, remains an executive vice president at LGA. …

Jim Babb, chief operating officer of Charlotte-based Bahakel Communications, marks his 85th birthday, and still going strong. Babb joined WBTV in 1956 and has been a force in Charlotte broadcasting for decades. … Mark Kemp returns as editor-in-chief of Creative Loafing, the third time he has held the position. Kemp edited CL in the mid-2000s as well as the late 2010s. … Former Charlotte CL editor Carlton Hargo returns as editor-in-chief of the Atlanta edition of the alternate weekly, his second time in that position. …

Local winners of regional Emmy Awards include Joanne Hock of GreyHawk Films for community service campaign; former WCNC (Channel 36) sports director Chris Clark for best sportscast, and for news editing; Alex Farmartino, Robert Reichley, David Barringer, Jeremy Williams, Chris Duzan, Billy McCoy, Joshua Vinson and Jonathan Robbins of Raycom Sports for ACC tournament event; Duzan, Farmartino and Maxwell Brooke of Raycom Sports for historical documentary; Fred Story of Concentrix Music and South Design for composing/arranging; Julie Szulczewski, Kim Holt, Erica Bryant, Dana Ellison, Bill Bruce, Jeremy Letterman, Jed Dorton, Bridget Russo and Dave Kaminsky of WSOC (Channel 9) for news special; Corey Schmidt and Nick Ochsner of WBTV (Channel 3) for investigative report; Schmidt and Ochsner for serious feature; Jamie Boll and Leighton Grant of WBTV for consumer report; Kristen Hampton of WBTV for specialty report.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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