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Media Movers: McClain, Celania and Finebaum get industry recognition

Andrew Kiel
Andrew Kiel

Talkers Magazine, the radio industry trade journal, named three Charlotte broadcasters to its Heavy Hundred list of top sports talk show hosts in the nation. Chris McClain and Jim Celania of WFNZ (“Fan” 610) and Paul Finebaum of ESPN radio made the list. Former WFNZ personality Steve Czaban, now with Yahoo! Radio, was also named. …

Steve Maney, LauRen Merola and Roy Brown, the morning team at WNKS ( “Kiss” 95.1), raised $44,000 through the Kiss Kids radiothon from the Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital last week. They were on the air for 13 hours. … Michelle Reino, a public relations assistant account executive at Luquire George Andrews, has been recognized by the industry journal PR News as a “30 and Under Rising Star.” …

Debbie Abels, publisher of The Herald of Rock Hill for eight years, is leaving this month amid a streamlining of the McClatchy newspaper’s structure. Abels also oversaw The Herald’s sister upstate publications, Fort Mill Times, Lake Wylie Pilot and Enquirer-Herald. …

Andrew Kiel, who has held a variety of posts at Rock Hill’s WRHI (94.3), departs after eight years for an information technology job with the state. Kiel was named in 2014 and 2015 the radio reporter of the year by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

Charlotte newscasts

Estimated viewers reached by key weekday newscasts during the November sweeps and percentage change from last November as measured by Nielsen.

6 AM

WBTV

63,000

+33%

WSOC

59,000

-30%

WCNC

27,000

+35%

WCCB

8,000

-34%

WJZY

2,000

+242%

NOON

WBTV

64,000

-11%

WSOC

60,000

-13%

WCNC

18,000

+17%

6 PM

WSOC

115,000

-14%

WBTV

103,000

+1%

WCNC

44,000

-1%

WJZY

5,000

+36%

NATIONAL NEWSCASTS

ABC

128,000

-6%

CBS

105,000

-8%

NBC

70,000

-11%

10 PM

WAXN

34,000

-11%

WCCB

29,000

+27

WJZY

24,000

+182%

11 PM

WSOC

90,000

+2%

WBTV

70,000

-11%

WCNC

29,000

-9%

Source: Nielsen.

Washburn’s analysis: WBTV takes the lead from WSOC at 6 a.m. and leads in the noon hour too. … WCNC shows strong gains this quarter in morning and midday news shows. At the 6 a.m. hour, WCNC has as many viewers as it has at 11 p.m. … WJZY, which started producing its own 10 p.m. newscast in January 2014, is finally showing competitive traction, though its earlier newscasts still attract miniscule numbers.

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