Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shreveport Station Losing Evening Anchor

KTAL/Channel 6/Shreveport is losing its evening anchor.  TV Spy reports Nick LaFave is moving on to WZZM in Grand Rapids,MI  as weeknight anchor.  LaFave came to KTAL August 2011.  

Additional:  LaFave posted this on facebook:

There is nothing more important to my wife and me than family.  Our three years here in Shreveport have been an absolute blessing.  But, we have missed our friends and family far more than we anticipated.  And, during that time, members of both sides of our family have battled some serious health challenges.  Those challenges made the distance much more difficult to bear.  

That distance will now be much less.  I'm happy to announce that I have accepted a position with WZZM, the ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Beginning in September, I join Juliet Dragos co-anchoring the 5, 6 and 11pm newscasts.  It's an ubelievable opportunity I've been given to do a job I love around the people I love.  My wife and I simply couldn't say no.

The people of the ArkLaTex and NBC 6 have our unending gratitude.  When KTAL brought me in, my wife and I were somewhat nervous.  Would we fit in?  Would we make friends?  Would you, the viewers, accept me... a kid from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?  The answer was an absolute 'yes' in all instances.  We've been treated with nothing but kindness from our very first day here.  You've tuned in to watch every night, engaged me on social media every day, stopped me at restaurants and stores to say, 'hi,' and you've tolerated my constant hockey references (which I've REALLY appreciated!).  

To KTAL, I'm so happy to have been a part of the turnaround here.  The viewers recognize the improvements we've made as we've established ourselves as a rock solid, quality product they can depend on night after night.  I'm proud of what we've accomplished and humbled to have been a part of it.  I have every confidence NBC 6 will continue to improve.  The people here are simply too talented for that to not happen.

To the people of Western Michigan, I look forward to getting to know you on a nightly basis.  I'm coming home, and I don't plan on leaving again.

- Nick

10 Comments:

At 9:56 PM, July 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a shame. I like Nick and I am surprised he stayed as long as he did. Good luck in Michigan!

 
At 9:57 PM, July 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Brandon Dunn? I didn't realize he was gone until this week.

 
At 10:22 PM, July 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 6 finally had a good team with meshell out of the picture. Channel 12 and 3 totally suck.

 
At 10:44 PM, July 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 6 does look quite professional now. Brandon is headed to WPDE in Myrtle Beach.

 
At 11:23 PM, July 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they replace him with someone good. They had become my go to station since 3 and 12 are junk.

 
At 10:12 AM, July 31, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Lafave's goodbye note. He's pulling the 'family' card.

 
At 11:51 AM, July 31, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is moving from a Nexstar station to a Gannette station. You think he will notice the difference?

 
At 12:48 PM, July 31, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Dan Jovic now co-anchor with his wife during the 5:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m.; and, 10:00 p.m. newscasts of KTAL?! Correspondingly, will Tim Fletcher return to local television as the new KTAL weekday sports anchor given that Brandon Dunn has now departed for Myrtle Beach; and, likewise, given that Sherri Talley is now returning to KTBS?!

 
At 5:36 PM, August 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doubt it.

 
At 1:06 AM, September 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one cares Michigan-boy. Adios!

 

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