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Media Movers: WSOC expanding digital weather coverage

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WSOC (Channel 9) is expanding its weather staff with the addition of Christine Rapp, who comes from the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a digital weather specialist. Rapp will be on the air, but mostly focus on the station’s online and mobile content. Weather is the No. 1 reason viewers say they come to Channel 9’s newscasts, says news director Julie Szulczewski. Among Rapp’s duties will be engaging viewers on Facebook and Twitter during weather events. Rapp, who starts Monday, has an atmospheric science degree from the University of Missouri – and a dog named Thunder. …

Scoop of the week: Ryan Pitkin’s interview in Creative Loafing with Joe Gillespie, the man who “borrowed” the mascot suit from the Charlotte Knights and went bar-hopping uptown as Homer the dragon. … Former QNotes editor Matt Comer launches a monthly column in Creative Loafing. …

Anniversaries of note: Beverly Dorn-Steele, director of educational services at WTVI (Channel 42), marks 35 years at the station. … Chris Dyches, web producer at WBTV (Channel 3), marks 10 years at the station. …

WCCB’s (Channel 18) Morgan Fogarty and Jon Wilson will host the Educate Your Palate fundraiser Nov. 12 at Discovery Place for Classroom Central, which provides school supplies to needy students.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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