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Media Movers: Ch. 9 solidifies anchor lineup with Wickersham, Latos

WSOC (Channel 9) promotes Scott Wickersham to main evening anchor, succeeding Blair Miller, who left for a job in Boston. Wickersham came to WSOC 10 years ago after career stops in Asheville, Buffalo, N.Y., Detroit and Lansing, Mich. A Central Michigan University graduate, he will be on the evening newscasts with the station’s A-team of Erica Bryant, chief meteorologist Steve Udelson and sports anchor Phil Orban.

Allison Latos, who has done the early newscasts for four years, will succeed Natalie Pasquarella, who left for a job at the NBC station in New York, as anchor of the 10 p.m. broadcast on sister station WAXN (Channel 64). … Elsa Gillis will join WSOC as a reporter in November. A graduate of Cornell University, she comes from the ABC affiliate in Shreveport, La. …

WJZY (Channel 46) names Brian Basham as chief meteorologist, replacing Rob Eicher, who went to Boston. Basham comes from the Fox affiliate in Memphis and got his broadcasting degree from Northern Arizona University. …

Scott Dempsey starts early next month as the new general manager of WBTV (Channel 3), replacing Nick Simonette, who was promoted to a corporate vice president post at parent company Raycom Media. Dempsey comes from Raycom’s station in Savannah, Ga., where he was general manager. … Sarah Pisciuneri, who left the Salisbury bureau of Time Warner Cable News in 2013 to join the CBS affiliate in Beckley, W.Va., returns to Charlotte in the sports department at WBTV. …

Joining WCCB (Channel 18) as weekend meteorologist is Michelle Rotella, a Florida State University graduate who worked at the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee. She was also first runner up on the recent TBS reality show “America’s Next Weatherman.” … WCCB morning host Kristine Zell met her husband, sportscaster Jeff Zell, in Mason City, Iowa, so they named their son, born Oct. 15, Mason. If the next one’s a daughter, we’re thinking she’ll be a Charlotte. …

Geof Knight, producer of Paul Shadt and Meg Butterly’s morning show on WKKT-FM (“Kat” 96.9), has been cast as the vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad in “Shrek: The Musical,” which will be performed at the Jewish Community Center in December. Knight does the role on his knees. … Charlotte’s chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recognizes Bruce Moffett, owner of Moffett Restaurant Group and executive chef at Barrington’s Restaurant, and Adam Bernstein, senior vice president of CarolinaPR, for their achievements in the city’s public relations scene.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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