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5/23: WGCL-TV anchor Bill Gaines abruptly quits

According to newsblues.com, a subscription-based Web site that follows broadcast news, WGCL-TV’s Bill Gaines abruptly quit the TV station Wednesday, no explanation.

Gaines, who came from Raleigh, N.C., was at the CBS affiliate for two and a half years anchoring the 4, 6 and 11 p.m. shows. The 11 p.m. news show, co-hosted with Stephany Fisher, was competitive with WAGA and WXIA, thanks partly to a strong 10 p.m. CBS lineup. Most other dayparts, though, WGCL’s news shows are usually in fourth.

Gaines is no longer on the WGCL Web site.

The number I have for Gaines no longer works but I’ll post something if I can track him down. News director Steve Schwaid texted me tonight, writing, “he retired.”

Here was his bio on the WGCL page:

Bill Gaines co-anchors CBS Atlanta News at 4, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts.
Gaines joined CBS Atlanta from Raleigh, North Carolina where he anchored the evening news for six years at WNCN-TV. He is an award winning journalist, with three Emmy nominations and five-first place Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards. He was also voted “Best News Anchor in the Triangle” three times by Spectator Magazine and “Best News Anchor 2006″ by Cary Magazine.
However, he is no stranger to Georgia. His first television job was at WMAZ-TV in Macon. Gaines also worked for WWJ-TV in Detroit, MI., WITI-TV in Milwaukee, WI. and KGTV in San Diego, CA. An interesting fact viewers may not know about Gaines is that he served in the United States Army and after serving his country, served the public as a police officer in Oakland, CA.
Gaines has an extensive background with charity work and is heavily involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2002, he founded the “Bill Gaines Make-A-Wish Golf Classic,” a fundraiser which continues to raise money to this day. He is currently a board member for the March of Dimes Foundation, the Spencer Foundation for Spinal Cord Research and Development at Duke University and is very involved with the Leukemia Lymphoma and American Diabetes Associations.
Bill is married to his soul mate Shannon and they have two beautiful children. When Gaines isn’t anchoring the news or volunteering, you can often catch him riding his Harley or playing golf.

53 comments Add your comment

RGB

May 22nd, 2009
10:12 pm

Does CBS have a local news show?

marcus graham

May 22nd, 2009
10:48 pm

THIS IS NOT THE ORIGINAL HEADLINE THAT WAS TAGGED WITH THIS STORY! YOU MUST ADMIT WHAT CHANGED WHICH WAS IN ERROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phil

May 22nd, 2009
11:04 pm

Aaaaahhhh Shades of Warren Savage.

marcus graham

May 22nd, 2009
11:22 pm

No Phil, they had something on here much graver.

Greg Gutfeld

May 22nd, 2009
11:45 pm

What did the earlier “original” headline say?

marcus graham

May 22nd, 2009
11:58 pm

I am not going to type it BUT i immediately hit the print button on my computer. I want to see if they acknowledge it.

Greg Gutfeld

May 23rd, 2009
12:17 am

Why not type it? Why so secretive?

marcus graham

May 23rd, 2009
1:00 am

Because it was wrong in a “Canadian Forces” kinda way and I am not going to get sued.

marcus graham

May 23rd, 2009
1:12 am

fredlinx why did you verbally assail me?

opus

May 23rd, 2009
1:41 am

Jeez..Channel 46 has always been a soap opera in house. Even in the “News at 10″ days Gwen Scott was hustled out the door one night with no explanation and it has never stopped.

rid0617

May 23rd, 2009
2:49 am

I think Jennifer Valdez in the morning is a little sweetheart

A Viewer

May 23rd, 2009
7:38 am

Bill Gaines is a major loss. What an unhappy shop.

joe biden senior

May 23rd, 2009
7:44 am

Relax everyone, Obama will soon appoint a new anchor person.

Steve

May 23rd, 2009
9:41 am

Channel 46 hasn’t had a decent news anchor since they let Karen Grier get away back in the late 80s. One thing Atlanta has on NYC is better news anchors and reporters. Except– Channel 46 has never “gotten” it. The staff looks and acts like mannequins. Very artificial and waay over-polished. With the exception of (Overreacter’s Anonymous President) Monica Kaufman, Channel 2 has the best lineup… Anchors and reporters who make you feel like they’re talking to you face-to-face. In other words- good riddance. Steve Schwaid: Use this opportunity to find a replacement who looks and talks like a real human, how about it?

Randall Bloomquist - fired WGST PD

May 23rd, 2009
9:51 am

Can I be a news anchor? My only qualifications are running radio stations into the ground and cleaning toilets at the Walmart on Bankhead Highway.

Colonel Klink

May 23rd, 2009
9:52 am

Bloomquist doing the news? General Burkhalter would have sent him to the Eastern front.

Major Hochstetter

May 23rd, 2009
9:53 am

Bloomquist doing the news? I’d make him clean the toilets at the Eastern front.

General Burkhalter

May 23rd, 2009
9:54 am

Bloomquist doing the news? I would have him arrested, jailed, sent to the Russian front, and clean the toilets on the Space Station.

Joe Biden

May 23rd, 2009
9:56 am

Joe Biden here. Obama got me a new job where I can run my mouth off and no one will notice. I’m the new anchor of Channel 46’s all New Action Eyewitness Dead or Alive News!

The Russian Assassin

May 23rd, 2009
10:01 am

I am in LOVE with Sarah Parker on the CBS 46 morning shows. I have not seen her in awhile, but I don’t watch every day. Sarah, if you are out there, you are THE hottest woman in the SouthEast, and THE hottest woman in US news!

MMM,MMM,MMM!

News Buff

May 23rd, 2009
10:49 am

Not surprised. This industry is cyclical. I remember when the anchor people were leaving 11 Alive like going through a revolving door. In this day and time, I’m sure there was a good reason for leaving so abruptly.

Eastcobb

May 23rd, 2009
10:52 am

Who cares about this guy? The only news person I want to stay on the air is Dagmar Midcap.

CBS Fan

May 23rd, 2009
10:57 am

I’m going to miss Gaines. I watch the CBS news every night. I used to be a WSB news fan, but had to switch because of my disdain for monica kaufman and also the fact that EVERYTHING on WSB is doom and gloom. They never show ONE human interest story among all of their over reacting to every news item. Plus, CBS news seems to be getting stuff done. Adam Murphy taking on the city of Atlanta Watershed department anyone? Anyways, I enjoyed Gaines and Fisher’s nightly news cast. I’m sorry you all think they’re mannequins, but perhaps that’s because they don’t over react to all the news the present like WSB does.

Scott

May 23rd, 2009
11:19 am

As long as they don’t jack around with Dagmar, I don’t care. DAGMAR ROCKS!

Former Atlanta News Director

May 23rd, 2009
11:32 am

I’m always amused when viewers trash local TV news teams for “if it bleeds, it leads” philosophy, good-looking anchors and entertainment journalism. News is a business and this business is all about ratings. And if the most people watched plain looking or ugly anchors, craved serious and important journalism and wanted to be educated instead of entertained in these newscasts, then they’d get it. But, alas, you don’t so you don’t. Being familiar with the workings of all the Atlanta TV news rooms, I think CBS46 strikes the best balance between hype, pizzaz, journalism and information. Unfortunately for Bill, whatever the reason for his hasty departure, Atlanta viewers will forget him very quickly. As for Monica, say what you want but she’s been on Atlanta TV for 30 years and, except for literally a few rating books, WSB-TV has been number one the whole time she’s been there.

Bobby Bankhead

May 23rd, 2009
11:36 am

Did I seriously just click on a story about Bill Gaines quitting Channel 46 and see 3 comments in a row (obviously by the same, lonely poster) about Randall Bloomquist? He was let go in JANUARY!!!!! Get over it already!

Bobby Bankhead

May 23rd, 2009
11:37 am

I’m sorry… I stand corrected… FOUR posts by the same, lonely person… I swear, some people in this town just can’t let go, can they?

Westside Junky

May 23rd, 2009
11:58 am

Word on the streets is that Laura Huckabee is leaving next month as well. I think CBS46 should keep Dagmar, but she is not a chief meteorologist. The morning girl should be shifted to weekends and Dagmar should go back to Morning. The station should go outside and Find a chief.

PappyHappy

May 23rd, 2009
12:09 pm

Who cares as long as Dagmar is on!! Let her do the news, the weather, and the sport!! That will cause a ‘nice day’!!!

Alan Compton

May 23rd, 2009
12:21 pm

I miss Russ Minshew

82SILKY

May 23rd, 2009
1:14 pm

Please I agree with Steve. I do have some favoite shows on CBS46 but when 11 pm comes, I immediately turn the channel. I thought it was only me but I often wondered if the CBS46 news anchors went to a voice coach. They sound horrid. Like they have cotton or spit in their lower lip. Bill Gaines and Stephany Fisher constantly mis-pronounced words and often got 5 points and LP5s confused. So I did stop watching and Dagmar, that voice…Mis southern bell…YUCK. Go see an ENY doctor to open your sinus or antanoids…but whatever you do, leave please…and come out the closet somewhere else!

Greg Gutfeld

May 23rd, 2009
2:26 pm

You really think you (as a poster on this site) would be sued for posting what the original headline was? REALLY? If what you post is true and indeed the original headline, you would be in the clear.

A Viewer

May 23rd, 2009
2:47 pm

Gotta agree with Former News Director. Atlantans don’t support hard news stations or most of their sports teams. You get what you support. Do a little traveling sometime. You might be surprised how much more folks in other countries know about U.S. news and politics than we do. Don’t think THAT’S not gonna bite us in the butt one of these days…

Sam

May 23rd, 2009
2:57 pm

He was weird anyway what with his Billy Dee Williams hairdo and big block head.
Was he young or old? I couldn’t tell…..was his hair grey??? I couldn’t tell.
Someone mentioned Warren Savage…..I always suspected he wore a piece because he still tried to rock the Jheri Curl….then when they showed his mugshot….and he was George Jefferson bald…I tripped.

bulldog bubba

May 23rd, 2009
3:44 pm

As an independent station years ago they delivered a better newscast.Before the switch to a cbs affilate they had “real” anchors with John McNight and Karyn Greer. Since the switch they have had professional “stiffs” reading the news fashioned after their “last place” cbs news organization. Seems that they would look for more human news people to deliver the news than the fake ones they have now.If all you do is watch cbs 46 weather so you can get your Dagmar fix then call a 1-900 NUMBER FOR YOUR sexual fix.They have gone out and taken advantage of a quality news person in the award winning Wes Sarginson. Maybe he will come out of retirement and make them a legimate news operation again.So Rodney maybe you should ask Wes about that!!!

opus

May 24th, 2009
1:21 am

Have to agree with bulldog bubba. When 46 was over on Briarcliff Rd. and had the News at 10 show you had real journalists and rock solid anchors like John McKnight, Karen Greer, Leigh Green and Denise Agent on the air…less fluff and fold news and more of what you need to know. A big part of that formula was due to Tribune Broadcasting and a lack of network affiliation…they were fighting hard to beat the big 3 in Atlanta. The original Executive Producer for news there was Cindy Glozier. She grew up in Atlanta news and, I think, worked at every station here before she landed at 46. Nobody stays in one market any more. They all float from city to city.

The Real Fan

May 24th, 2009
9:09 am

Why can 46 not keep anchors? Because of the revolving door of anchors no one gets to know them and become invested.
By the way Dagmar is Canadian so that must be a “Southern Canadian” accent you hear. She is also not a meteorologist at all, she was hired for her looks only. Another business decision by 46.

Taylor

May 24th, 2009
2:42 pm

I don’t view Gaines as a major loss. I didn’t think he was that fantastic of an anchor, but by no means unprofessional. Stephany is a pretty good talent and I hope they find someone who compliments her style. I would also like them see Kim Fetting and Danielle Knox get more air time. WGCL has some good talent and their newscast has gotten much better over the past few months. If they can finally get their act together, and are helped by another strong CBS lineup, they may become a force to be reckoned with.

NC transfer

May 24th, 2009
6:49 pm

I watched Bill for 6 years (in Raleigh and down here). I will miss his broadcasts.

Really????

May 25th, 2009
3:13 am

I cant believe there is this much blogging about a news anchor who decided to quit. LOL.. Really???

Southern Bella

May 25th, 2009
9:26 am

LOL! To the poster who said that Dagmar is not a CHIEF meteorologist: Actually Dagmar is not a meteorologist in ANY capacity. She is a weather teleprompter reader.

Not that there’s any news flash there… Heck, there are MANY broadcasters that are weather readers these days. I guess stations can’t afford meteorologists…

Jeff W

May 25th, 2009
12:03 pm

I switched to CBS 46 when Gaines came on board. I’ll miss him. I recently noticed Wes Sargensen (former 11Alive anchor) now works for CBS 46. I wonder did Bill’s departure have something to do with that? Interesting. I’ll be watching to see if Sargensen takes that anchor seat in the near future.

Darlene Brooks

May 25th, 2009
6:46 pm

Bill, I wish you nothing but Peace, Love and Happiness. You deserve to enjoy your life to the fullest. I know you know how. Enjoy your family (and your bike!. My dear, dear feiend I will miss your face on my t.v. You did a superb joh and you truly inspired me over the years. Forget the rest.

James

May 25th, 2009
11:10 pm

Art Franklin recently quit Fox 5 abruptly.What’s going on here? I think Warren Savage started a trend,let’s hope these guys didnt leave for the same reason.

Robert

May 26th, 2009
1:37 am

In the second paragraph of this article, can anyone tell me what the word “dayparts” means? Is it just another one of Rodney Ho’s grammar and spelling errors?

Mike Hunt

May 26th, 2009
7:12 am

Who cares! The only reason anyone watches is to see Dagmar’s “midcaps”! Ohhhhh Dagmar how I love you…………………

TWoods

May 26th, 2009
10:01 am

Daypart is a term used in the media business to describle a block of time. 8-11pm is the Prime daypart, 730-8pm is the prime access daypart. Dayparts are also used in radio planning and buying. 6-10am is AM Drive daypart, 10a-3pm is the midday daypart. Years ago they called this daypart “Housewife” but that changed in the early 80’s.

s

May 26th, 2009
7:02 pm

herbK

May 29th, 2009
8:22 am

Dagmar should be the replacement, but she should anchor naked.

Hail

June 2nd, 2009
9:21 pm

In 1999 the news director from CBS affiliate WUSA 9 News, in Washington, DC was hired by CBS 46 to boost the ratings. He brought Jane Robelot from the CBS Morning News and Calvin Hughes from who knows where, to co-anchor CBS Atlanta News. He brought Gene Norman in as Chief Meteorologist, I suspect, because he looked a bit like Mark McEwen, the weatherman from the CBS Morning News. I thought they were heading in the right direction. It’s sad that the CBS network looked to the CBS affiliate in Macon as a more reliable news source over WGCL for Atlanta happenings.
I think CBS Atlanta should try to steal Derek McGinty, and Leslie Foster from WUSA 9 News Now in DC, where they are currently the Weeknight Co-Anchors. Hell, bring in Chief Meteorologist Topper Shutt from there as well.