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Media Movers: News director out at WJZY

Karen Koutsky
Karen Koutsky

News director Karen Koutsky parted ways Wednesday with WJZY (Channel 46) after a year. Koutsky, a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, succeeded Geoff Roth, who returned to Fox’s Houston station nine months after launching the news department at the Fox-owned station in January 2013. Koutsky came to WJZY from WGHP (Channel 8), the Fox affiliate in High Point and had worked as a TV news executive in Indianapolis, Toledo and Atlanta. News ratings for WJZY continue to sag and it runs last against competitors in every newscast. Fox says the decision for Koutsky’s departure was mutual and will be followed by a national search for a successor. …

WBT-AM (1110) news managing editor Chris Miller leaves to join WFAE-FM (NPR, 90.7) as a producer on Mike Collins’ “Charlotte Talks.” Miller had been at WBT nearly 14 years. “I was looking for a change of pace,” says Miller, who grew up in Mount Holly and joined WBT after graduating from Queens University. …

A 30-minute tribute to 18-year anchor Sonja Gantt last week on WCNC (Channel 36) included several former personalities from the station, including Bobby Sisk, Chris Justice, Terri Bennett and Ann Sheridan. Sheridan told how she confided to Gantt in the makeup room one day that she was pregnant with twins, and Gantt shot back that she was pregnant too. All those babies are college age now. Gantt, who has moved on to lead the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation, was presented with the state honor of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. … Reporter Ty Chandler joins WCNC (Channel 36) from the ABC affiliate in Sacramento. …

Reporter Trish Williford departs from WSOC (Channel 9) at the end of the month to return to Alabama to be closer to family. She joined WSOC in 2013. … General manager Lanny Ford, who launched WZGV-AM (730) as ESPN730 in 2010, parts ways with the sports station. …

“Unsung,” airing at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 on TVOne, will be about R&B singer Johnnie Taylor, probably best known for 1975’s “Disco Lady,” and will feature an interview with his daughter, Fonda Bryant of Charlotte. … “AARP’s Without Limits” debuts at 6 p.m. Saturday on WBT-AM. It’s aimed at the issues of baby boomers and will be hosted by Michael Olender, AARP associate state director, and David Gwilt, former host of “Radio 4 the Ages.”

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