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Paper Trail
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# TV newsman expects to be on air tonight

By Dave Gustafson
Staff writer By Jennifer Ginsberg
Staff writer

WB television news anchor Tom McGee was escorted from the WHCP-TV studio in Charleston on Tuesday afternoon by police, but he said he expects to be back on the air tonight.

Station manager Chuck Jones called Metro 911 at 4:05 p.m. and asked for help escorting McGee from the building, according to a 911 recording released late Tuesday.

Jones told a dispatcher that an employee “got up in my face earlier” and “asked me to step outside with him.” He later identified the employee as McGee.

Jones said McGee said, “I’m done. I’m outta here,” but later returned to the newsroom.

When police arrived, they asked someone at the building whether they indeed wanted McGee gone. The person said yes, Charleston police Lt. A.C. Napier said.

“[McGee] left willingly,” Napier said. “He didn’t give them any problems.”

The situation was too minor for officers to write a report, he said. No charges were filed.

Reached by phone Tuesday night, McGee said he expects to be back on the air tonight.

“There were some work issues being discussed,” he said. “I kind of try to represent the people there. They were asking questions regarding parking and health insurance. Beyond that, I’m supposed to have more conversations [with station management on Wednesday].”

McGee said nobody got in Jones’ face. He said he asked Jones to step outside so they could continue their discussion away from everyone else in the office.

The station’s owners could not be reached for comment Tuesday. A news director who answered the phone at the station said no one at the station would have any comment.

The WB station moved to Charleston from Portsmouth, Ohio, in November, and McGee and Leigh Ann Woodbury began anchoring the station’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on Nov. 7. Woodbury anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts by herself Tuesday.

She did not mention McGee’s absence.

McGee’s 30-year news anchoring and reporting career has taken him to Buffalo, Detroit and CNN in Atlanta, according to WHCP’s Web site.

He worked at WCHS-TV in Charleston for about a decade before leaving in 1993 in a contract dispute.

He then went to WOWK-TV for several years before he was fired in 2000. He and the station’s owners filed lawsuits against each other, which were eventually settled.

McGee then worked briefly again at WCHS before his third drunken driving arrest and second conviction since 1991. A police officer saw him try to drive the wrong way across the 35th Street Bridge, then lose control of his car and crash into a wall.

McGee was also arrested for drunken driving in 1991 and 1997.

He was acquitted of the first charge and pleaded guilty to the second.

In that case, McGee used his court appearance and brief stint in jail as part of a series that WOWK aired during its ratings sweeps week.

To contact staff writers Dave Gustafson and Jennifer Ginsberg, use e-mail or call 348-5100.

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Just a guess here on my part but I'm thinking he probably won't be on the air tonight.

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3 dui arrests and now this? How does this guy keep getting work, and in the same town?
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Hey, it's a ratings month. I'd put him on set. Who cares if he melts down. There's no such thing as bad publicity.

There are a lot of people who will tune in that might not have otherwise watched just to see if he's going to have a meltdown.

Use him now. Fire him after sweeps.

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http://www.dailymail.com/news/News/200602228/

8 cops responded to the call.
I bet all of them hoped he would resist.

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He is troubled but very well known and I suspect the station hired him to help put them on the map -- and they certainly are getting on the map.

I hope Mr. McGee will seek and receive the help he appears to need.

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Apparently he can't get the help because they won't give him medical benefits!

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Someone in that town really hates him...

http://www.myspace.com/tommcgee

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That's the greatest myspace site of all time (next to the FSU chicks, that is)
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I bet he'll cut the brake lines on the ND's car tonight or something CSI'y style.

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quote:
Originally posted by SparkyPA:
Someone in that town really hates him...

http://www.myspace.com/tommcgee

good lord is that **** funny!

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Health benefits are important when you're running up rehab bills.
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What on earth is that song on that site? Outrageous!
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WV Gazette

February 23, 2006
‘I’m told I’ve resigned,’ McGee says

By Jennifer Ginsberg
Staff writer

WHCP-TV news anchor Tom McGee isn’t sure if he still has a job.

“I have not resigned, but I’m told I’ve resigned,” McGee said.

Police escorted McGee out of the Charleston television studio about 4 p.m. Tuesday after station manager Chuck Jones called Metro 911.

“I was forced out of the station. They told me to leave,” the longtime newsman said. “Usually if a guy resigns, he knows it.

“All this whole thing [on Tuesday] was, was a big charade,” McGee said Wednesday afternoon.

Station management might be trying to divert attention from the fact that employees are upset that they don’t have health insurance, McGee said. He said he was trying to represent the employees who were asking questions about parking and health insurance at a meeting with a manager on Tuesday.

“The employees have not had any health insurance, [there’s] no parking that’s free and safe,” he said. “They’re expected to walk under the overpass in the dark.”

WHCP owner Charles Harker did not return phone calls seeking comment. When asked about McGee’s status at the station, Jones said, “I don’t have anything to say right now.”

Charleston lawyer Mark Hunt, who is one of 10 investors in the TV station, said he spoke with Harker and McGee on Wednesday and expected McGee back on the air tonight.

Hunt confirmed that the employees don’t have health insurance, although it was promised to them in their contracts. He said Harker is in the process of getting insurance for his employees.

Harker, a suburban Los Angeles accountant, has spent about $2 million to get the news station operational, Hunt said. The station’s news division is supposed to break even financially in 54 days, he said.

McGee held a management position in the summer during which he hired people and negotiated their contracts. In October, he said he would revert to his anchor role because the staff was together.

On Wednesday, McGee said he couldn’t comment on the contents of his co-workers’ contracts.

“I think their hopes and expectations are they would have insurance by now,” he said.

Management verbally told them that they would have health insurance when they went on the air, he said. The station’s first newscast was Nov. 7.

McGee’s co-anchor Leigh Ann Woodbury anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts by herself Tuesday and Wednesday. She did not mention McGee’s absence.

To contact staff writer Jennifer Ginsberg, use e-mail or call 348-5195.

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It is over.

http://www.insanelytrendy.com/wbletter.jpg

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That's terrible for the now-former employees of the station, but who the hell takes a job with the "promise" of health insurance?

[ February 23, 2006, 03:29 PM: Message edited by: SpxGrunt ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Too Much Time:
It is over.

http://www.insanelytrendy.com/wbletter.jpg

Wow. Is that a record? Launched news after the November 2005 book already began... and closed before the end of the Feb 2006 book. A news department that didn't last one full ratings period?

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There's something for a resume. "Took down entire news operation."

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"the team"

this explains quite a bit about the station.

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I would be worried if this guy signed my check.
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Yhey were paying the staff in meal tickets from places named Main Kwong and The Grill.
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That's a pretty classy operation but, and I hate to say it, why 'these days' would anyone sign on with a free-standing WB or a UPN outfit outside of a Top 20 market? They just have no future.

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The Charleston Gazzette

Local WB newscast shut down
# WHCP-TV news crew loses jobs

By Dave Gustafson
Staff writer By Jennifer Ginsberg
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"You just disrupted how many lives? How many families?” WB sports reporter Scott Roberts lamented while sitting in his car Thursday afternoon after finding out he no longer had a job.

At about 1 p.m., Roberts and about a dozen of his co-workers learned their news department was closing in two hours. They were handed a memo from West Virginia News LLC Manager Charles M. Harker titled “Cessation of WHCP-TV, WB News Operations.”

The layoff announcement caps off a tumultuous week at the station. It began with an impromptu meeting about employees not getting health insurance that ended with anchor Tom McGee being escorted out of the building by police. McGee did not appear on the network again.

A home improvement show replaced the station’s 6 p.m. Thursday newscast. There was no mention of the news department’s closing.

Harker’s memo cited “the recent events within the organization as well as the apparent unwillingness of the advertiser community to support our news products.”

McGee said Thursday that he thought the station’s owners and management were trying to use Tuesday’s meeting as a smokescreen for the station’s real problems, which were revealed in the memo.

“I think this confirms the speculation I made that the events of this week were of no consequence,” he said. “All these things were already in the works.”

McGee’s coworkers agreed.

“What happened to Tom [McGee] is unfair,” producer Kelly Hayes said while standing in the alley behind the station. “They used him.”

Employees met at Chili’s a few hours after the announcement to discuss their legal options.

Roberts said the station’s house of cards finally fell after employees were lied to about everything from insurance to raises to getting a news helicopter and Associated Press content.

“How could we operate a reputable news organization without the basics?” Roberts asked. “If it was a legitimate ‘We tried, but it didn’t work,’ that would be fine, but we were lied to and that doesn’t make a person feel good.”

Roberts said employees were told that investor Mark Hunt had paid for parking in front of the station, but employees racked up numerous tickets when that turned out to be false.

“Those are on our records,” he said. “When I get my check, I’m going through there to make sure the ones I got are paid.”

Hunt, who had invested $85,000 in the station, said he was not paying for the tickets.

Employees made numerous concessions as promises turned out to be lies, Roberts said. The station’s camera operators worked up to 14-hour days, five days a week, and were compensated with food from restaurants — and advertisers — Main Kwong and The Grill.

“I’m not a lawyer, but that’s got to be a violation of labor laws,” he said.

McGee said the station got off to a decent start in November despite its shortened ratings period.

“I was pretty sanguine about the outlook,” he said. “We had a good start in the ratings even though we got in the ratings period late.”

McGee said he thought the station’s owners kept the problems quiet until the very last minute.

“People are feeling pretty dark. A lot of them are in shock,” he said.

Hunt said Harker was having a difficult time managing the station while living in the Los Angeles area and running his full-time accountancy firm. Harker has run the station out of Portsmouth, Ohio, for several years.

“I don’t think he realized having a day-to-day news operation was so intensive,” Hunt said.

Harker’s company, Commonwealth Broadcasting Group, will continue broadcasting WB programming, minus the local newscasts, Hunt said.

As for the station’s equipment and set, Hunt said he will personally make Harker a proposal to buy it. Hunt and his law partner Tony Serreno own television frequencies in Clarksburg, Parkersburg and Huntington and may buy channel 21 in Charleston.

Hunt, a member of the state House of Delegates who is running for Congress, said he might start his own newscast on one of those frequencies within the year.

He said he wouldn’t be opposed to hiring some of the laid- off WB employees, calling them all good people who did a good job.

Meanwhile, hours after learning they were out of work, station employees were thinking of others’ well-being.

“I hope the bakery will be OK,” Hayes said, referring to Dutchess Bakery. The parent company of WHCP and Hunt and Serreno bought the building that included the bakery in September with the intention of dividing it evenly between WHCP operations and Hunt & Serreno’s law offices.

The bakery got an eviction notice in December demanding it vacate its longtime storefront by the end of January, but it got a lease extension until June 1.

Harker owns that portion of the building, Hunt said. The bakery’s fate is unknown.

WB employees were told to pick up their checks from station manager Chuck Jones at 4 p.m. today at the Bigley Avenue office, when they are supposed to turn over company equipment and keys. The company said it “will not object” to employees filing for unemployment benefits.

To contact staff writers Dave Gustafson and Jennifer Ginsberg, use e-mail or call 348-5100.

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They actually thought a startup WB news op in Charleston would get a helicopter? Should have focused more on getting a parking space first.
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I realize there are more job seekers than there are good jobs out there... but this seemed like a shady operation from the word "go."
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BREAKING NEWS:

Chuck Jones comes from inbreeding

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quote:
Originally posted by The News is News:
BREAKING NEWS:

Chuck Jones comes from inbreeding

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holy crap dude... how many names do you have on here????

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holy crap dude! Why do you care?

More specifically, why the hell do you spend time worrying about who's writing what instead of posting something relevant to the topic at hand? To what purpose does this serve?

Send him a PM if you want to trivilize things by discussing individual poster personalities and past bad feelings. Comment on the post, not the poster.

That being said, while I'd like to believe McGee is the towering prick he appears to be in that hillarious blog, I'd have to say that he was on the right side of this fight and acted responsibly. I hope he and the others band together and sue the pants off the owners of that fraudulant operation.

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You are obviously not aware of the derisive personality that is... Michael Crook, aka, MCO Mike, Button Monkey, Former Newsie Guy, et al.

he is a cancer on this board who is most well known for his hatred of the military, cops, and newsroom folks.

EDIT:

I just noticed your member number. I wonder, is the Buffalo Soldier another creation of the "Crook"?

On Topic: The situation in WV is deplorable.

[ February 24, 2006, 07:41 AM: Message edited by: The Fedora ]

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quote:
Originally posted by The Fedora:
You are obviously not aware of the derisive personality that is... Michael Crook, aka, MCO Mike, Button Monkey, Former Newsie Guy, et al.

I am well aware. You don't need to feed into it and throw every post off topic by turning it into a ***** fest about real identities behind the username. It's childish.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Fedora:
EDIT:

I just noticed your member

Oh, you're brilliant, you are.

[ February 24, 2006, 11:21 AM: Message edited by: Buffalo Soldier ]

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WOW, MIGHTY TOUCHY...

Typically I don't really care about real identities, but most of us on here want to know when we're hearing from the "Crook" I am not the only one on here who throws up a red flag.

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Yes, and it's quite hilarious to watch you mess your diapers like a little kid.

You call yourselves journalists, yet whine like pigs when you encounter an opinion that strays from that of the brainwashed majority.

Makes me wonder if you guys would be happier in Iraq..seems you'd be happy with that mentality.

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quote:
Originally posted by RoyMcAvoy:
That's a pretty classy operation but, and I hate to say it, why 'these days' would anyone sign on with a free-standing WB or a UPN outfit outside of a Top 20 market? They just have no future.

I'm guessing because they had no other job?
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Rather than besmirch the newly unemployed newsroom staff for accepting jobs at this station in the first place, how about offering a little support? There's not a person here who wouldn't like to work for the best company in the world but we settle for less because we want to be able to have a job doing what we love to do. This company is an anomaly. It isn't common practice for an employer to promise health insurance and then not come through. What a terrible shame that it did happen and to these people. They're not stupid or even naive. They're just unfortunate in this circumstance. Face it, any one of us could be in this situation. Nothing guarantees that we'll have a job in two hours. Nothing. Perhaps there are some people who post here who might be able to offer some information regarding available work at their particular station so that these individuals who comprise and unemployed, experienced news staff can move forward to new opportunities.
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quote:
Originally posted by Mom:
Rather than besmirch the newly unemployed newsroom staff for accepting jobs at this station in the first place, how about offering a little support? There's not a person here who wouldn't like to work for the best company in the world but we settle for less because we want to be able to have a job doing what we love to do. This company is an anomaly. It isn't common practice for an employer to promise health insurance and then not come through. What a terrible shame that it did happen and to these people. They're not stupid or even naive. They're just unfortunate in this circumstance. Face it, any one of us could be in this situation. Nothing guarantees that we'll have a job in two hours. Nothing. Perhaps there are some people who post here who might be able to offer some information regarding available work at their particular station so that these individuals who comprise and unemployed, experienced news staff can move forward to new opportunities.

Mom you nailed it.

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Here's hoping you follow her example.

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No, I agree with Mom here as well. I watched my newsroom get flushed down the toilet last year in "not unsimilar" fashion.

Absolutely they should get our support. But, realistically, outside of the Top 30 markets, having more than three independent news operations is a losing battle for whomever is in 4th place.

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quote:
Originally posted by SpxGrunt:
That's terrible for the now-former employees of the station, but who the hell takes a job with the "promise" of health insurance?

Someone who wants a job in their field and can't find one elsewhere.

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Let this be a lesson to all us job searchers: beware of the start up! Ask plenty of questions and be brutal(we are journalists). You need to know how much money is being poured into the newsroom, what are the expectations of management? If any thing smells fishy, run away!

As for the 'investors,' may all of their future business endeavors go belly up. Who starts a newsroom and expects a profit in less than four months? Most businesses don't make a penny in their first year, let alone first quarter!

Edited to add: This puts the fight between the anchor and Chuck Jones in a whole new light!

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