Farewell to Two WTAP Staffers

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

Elizabeth Green and Shanisty Myers headed south

Two familiar faces at WTAP-TV are headed south and I wanted to share that with you.

 

June 20 will be Elizabeth Green’s last day here at WTAP. Elizabeth has been with us for more than two years and has brought a real sense of class to our 6pm and 11pm newscasts, of which she has been the producer and anchor for much of her time here. She and her husband are moving to the Charleston, SC , area where she will become a reporter at a TV station there while he takes a teaching position. He’s been looking for a teaching post for some time, so we’re glad this finally came together for the two of them, much as we’ll miss her.

 

Friday, June 27, will be Shanisty Myers’ last day with us. Shanisty has been the producer and anchor of our FOX Parkersburg News at 10 since its inception as an 8-minute news update in the Spring of 2006. She has continued as the anchor of that newscast since it expanded to 30 minutes in the Spring of 2007. She’s brought a real spark to that show and helped it to attract older and younger viewers alike. She will be taking a position at a TV station in Birmingham, AL .

 

People often ask me “Why does WTAP have trouble keeping people? Are you all a training station for other TV stations?”

 

In terms of  “trouble keeping people,” we now make sure that just about everyone you see on our TV station is with us (and you!) for at least two years. This has not always been the case. But when young people get out of college, and look for their first or second jobs in TV, they look at small markets such as ours, because breaking into larger ones requires some experience. TV stations like WTAP and others are where they get that experience. We’ve had some terrific young people begin or continue their careers here, and who then are able to take the skills they hone here to larger markets, or markets closer to their hometowns. (Some recent success stories: former Daybreak and WTAP Noon News anchor, Abby Ham, is now an anchor on the morning newscast for WKYC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland . Former WTAP weathercaster, Megan Glaros, is now doing weather for WCBS in New York . So if you’re visiting those cities, be sure to check out our WTAP alums!)  Two years is a long time to a young person and it’s not fair for us to try to keep them here much longer than that, unless we have some new opportunity to offer them along the way.

 

In terms of being a “training station,” yes we are that, just as NBC was a “training station” for Katie Couric on the Today Show before she left to go to the CBS Evening News. Every position in life is potentially training for something else. So it is with us and the TV business. We have had a number of people who spent large amounts of time with us even though they are not from the Mid-Ohio Valley . I think of Mike Kallmeyer, who was here for seven years in sports and news, before leaving to go to ONN in Columbus . I think of Kirk Greenfield, our meteorologist, who has been here about 12 years and, of course, Todd Baucher who has been here about 28 years.  None of these folks were born and raised in this area, but they have stayed for long periods of time.

 

We hate to lose Elizabeth and Shanisty, but we know that is the nature of this business. We wish them both every success. You will see some new faces (and perhaps some familiar faces in different places) over the next few weeks, but know that our dedication to serving the people and businesses of the Mid-Ohio Valley remains steadfast as ever.

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