Sunday, November 06, 2005

On the move

Former WNEP sports anchor Joe Zone is heading to Connecticut next year as sports director for WFSB-TV. Once again, he'll be working under Elden Hale, who ran WNEP in the 1980s and early 1990s. Zone is currently sports director for WSTM-TV in Syracuse, N.Y., but opted not to renew his contract.

Also on the move is WVIA-TV producer Richard Briggs, who is leaving after 22 years at the PBS affiliate. He has produced several documentaries and programs for WVIA over the years, including the recent "Voices from Vietnam" documentary. Briggs will be pursuing other opportunities, an e-mail announcement from the station said.


Anonymous Tom Carten said...


"He comes here (to WFSB in CT) with about 30 years of experience in the business, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Providence, with the last nine years spent in Syracuse."

Uh, Joe, remember your viewers at WNEP? Or did we slip into The Twilight Zone?

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Zone is probably the biggest reason WNEP has such a huge lead in the ratings right now... back in the 80's, people tuned in just to hear what he would say next, and the people of NEPA are too lazy to change the channel, have been for over 20 years. Couple that with the WNEP self promotion machine, and bingo, you have a number one ranking. Think not? Think the self promotion thing is untrue? Look no further than the Vial of Life promotion... just another way to get the WNEP logo inside people's homes, on their windows, and inside their cars. It was a brilliant move. Almost as good as Feed A Friend. Consider that promo... look at the cardboard cutouts in the various stores.... what is the logo at the top? The Feed a Friend Wheat Field? Nope, the 16 logo again. I would go on, but I must run down to the Turkey Hill now, where I am sure to see the WNEP logo on some tip jar at the register.

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Briggs did some great work at WVIA. He just finished an hour show on Vietman, produced the WARMland show a couple of years back and those are just a few. Great stories, he will be missed.

3:18 PM  

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