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Media Movers: Rance Adams leaves Ch. 18’s ‘Edge’

Shannon Kelley
Shannon Kelley

After two years, Rance Adams has left WCCB’s (Channel 18) evening magazine show “The Edge” after his contract was not renewed. “It’s all good,” Adams said. “They’re looking to do some new things. They’ve been super awesome to me.” Jim White, WCCB general manager, said minor changes are afoot for “The Edge,” but not a major overhaul. He said the station is considering what it wants to do about a hosting change and viewers may see some of the candidates on the air in coming weeks. Anchor Morgan Fogarty is expected to stay with “The Edge,” he said, and WCCB hopes to have its new lineup in place before she goes on maternity leave this summer. Two long-time members of “The Edge” have already left the show this year, Robert Wilder – better known as the street interviewer called Man on the Edge – and producer Reid Sartin. Adams, who worked in Dallas television before joining WCCB, said he hopes to remain in Charlotte with his wife and 7-year-old daughter. …

Former WJZY (Channel 46) sports reporter Mike Leslie, who moved to WZGV-AM (ESPN 730), has landed a job at the ABC affiliate in Dallas. … Reporter Nick Ochsner, an Elon graduate, will be joining WBTV (Channel 3) from the ABC affiliate in Norfolk, Va. He is the husband of WBTV reporter Sarah-Blake Morgan. …

Ron Stodghill is replacing Jeremy Markovich, who has taken a new job in Greensboro, as back-page columnist at Charlotte magazine. Stodghill, a former Observer business columnist, is director of the Johnson C. Smith University Innovo Laboratory. … Digital specialist Shannon Kelley has been promoted to corporate director of digital content for Beasley Broadcast Group, though she will remain based at the company’s stations in Charlotte, including WPEG-FM (“Power 98” 97.9) and WNKS-FM (“Kiss” 95.1). Beasley acquired the seven stations here last year formerly owned by CBS Radio.