31 MAY 05: SHE'S WITH THE SAINTS
A television crisis which erupted during our recent road trip is finally settled. No longer will Columbus residents have to change the name of the game to "Where in the World is Amy Giuliano?"
Someone in the know told me Monday Amy Giuliano left WRBL for a job with St. Francis Medical Center. Given everything that's happened at her old station, she may be qualified as be an expert in psychological counseling there....
Amy Giuliano is now on the public relations staff at St. Francis Medical Center, after several years in television news. There are several conclusions we could draw from this. For one thing, she doesn't need to wake up at 3:00 a.m. anymore. For another thing, Teresa Whitaker's job as WRBL evening news anchor may be very secure.
(This may be a good hiring decision for St. Francis - because let's face it, Amy Giuliano is much more gorgeous on the air than Debbie Buckner at Doctor's Hospital.)
Amy Giuliano is the latest in a series of WRBL journalists to leave for public relations work. Jennifer Pauli went to the Columbus Museum. Anne Marie Gregory took a job in Americus. And I'm surprised Brian Sharpe hasn't replaced Mike Gaymon, hosting those Chamber of Commerce talk shows.
Other TV reporters leave the air in Columbus for different reasons. If you're wondering where Kristi Angevine has gone, she tells me she moved to San Diego "for love." And who wouldn't love to move to San Diego - except maybe for occasional wildfires?
For some reason, not many reporters leave Columbus for TV jobs in big cities anymore. You may have seen an exception to that rule on TV-16 Monday night. Former East Alabama journalist Amanda Croker anchored the news on the small "American News Network" based in Atlanta. It's so small, I think some infomercials have more viewers....
There are only a small number of other things to talk about, at the end of the Memorial Day weekend:
+ Which Columbus TV personality is being credited for preventing a serious fire at Lakebottom Park? I'm told this person moved quickly to put out a small brush fire over the weekend -- perhaps forgetting TV news crews love to put fires on the air.
+ Columbus High School advanced to the Georgia AAA baseball finals, by sweeping South Effingham. The first win took eight innings - so I suppose we should resist the urge to grade the visitors an F-ingham.
+ Auburn University's baseball team received a number-two seed to an NCAA regional in Tallahassee - even though the Tigers failed to qualify for the eight-team Southeastern Conference tournament. The NCAA must not be selling enough merchandise this year....
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