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Introducing Herb Stevens, GoLocalProv’s Skiing Weatherman

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

 

GoLocalProv is teaming with Herb Stevens, the “Skiing Weatherman” for coverage of snow and skiing conditions throughout New England this winter. Stevens joins GoLocal’s iconic weatherman John Ghiorse to expand winter coverage even further.

“Herb Stevens is the authority on skiing conditions in New England. We are excited that his video reports will appear each Thursday throughout the winter on both GoLocalWorcester and GoLocalProv,” said Josh Fenton, Co-Founder and CEO at GoLocal24, the parent company to GoLocalProv.com and GoLocalWorcester.com.

“I am incredibly excited to be teaming with GoLocal. We strive to bring the skier the best tools to plan their trips and enjoy New England’s outdoors. GoLocal is the perfect platform to distribute our content to New Englanders,” said Stevens.

Stevens has had a sweeping career ranging from meteorologist to sportsman. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Herb went on to a career as a caddy on the PGA Tour for five years before launching his career as a meteorologist. After one year at WJAR-TV in Providence, RI, Stevens became one of the original on-camera meteorologists at The Weather Channel. Later, he became the Chief Meteorologist at WNYT-TV in Albany, NY. As part of his duties at WNYT, Stevens pioneered a weekly on-snow ski report, which later became his full-time job, The Skiing Weatherman.

The Skiing Weatherman is currently Stevens’ main focus, reaching dozens of markets and millions online and now primarily online each week. “As the fastest growing media company in New England, GoLocal is constantly innovating. Its editorial coverage has tremendous depth, and its range of news, sports, lifestyle, and weather coverage is already proving itself a bright spot in a national news landscape that doesn't have too many,” Stevens said.

“Since we launched GoLocalProv in 2010, we have had an absolute commitment to invest in high quality enterprise journalism. We have broken many of the biggest stories in Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” said Fenton.

In the past year, GoLocal has realized multi-hundred percent growth in pageviews, unique visitors and revenue. GoLocal is becoming a part of its community’s daily lives – now realizing more than 300% year-over-year in pageview growth in Providence.

In Worcester, traffic in the first year is already the 2nd largest digital source in Central Massachusetts, delivering more than 2 million pageviews per month. Combined, GoLocalProv and GoLocalWorcester exceed 7.5 million pageviews per month.

Herb is available throughout the Northeast including Concord, NH, Boston, MA, Albany/Schenectady/Troy, NY, Kingston, NY, White Plains/Westchester CO., NY, all of New Jersey (5 related papers…NJ.com), New Haven, CT…plus 2 related CT papers as well as exclusively with GoLocal in Providence and Worcester.


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Radio, print, television and digital- the faces in Rhode Islands's media has changed drastically over the past months... Let's take a look at some of the biggest moves:

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Phil Marcelo

After a seven year stint reporting for the Providence Journal's state house bureau, Phil Marcelo left the paper to take a reporting gig with the Boston office of the Associated Press.

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Marcelo came to ProJo in 2006, and covered everything from regional news, to Providence City Hall and the Statehouse. Marcelo's departure was first reported by WRNI's Ian Donnis.

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Julie Tremmel

Formerly a nightly news reporter for WJAR, Tremmel was fired from the "Team You Trust" after two clips, one of her performing on-air handstands, and the other offering tips on what to do during a bear attack, went viral.

The video became an internet sensation, but long-time Channel 10 newsman Jim Taricani called Tremmel’s antics “a smudge on our station's reputation.”

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Jim Taricani

A long-time staple of Channel 10’s news team, Taricani announced plans to retire after over three decades with the station. 

Taricani has won 5 regional Emmy awards, an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism and a Prestigious Yankee Quill Award from the New England Newspaper Association.

He was convicted to six months in prison in 2004 for refusing to reveal a source, and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame.

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John DePetro

WPRO talk show host has come under fire for comments he made on air regarding women. Leading union organizations have called for DePetro to be fired. 

Most recently, he has been on announced suspension.

DePetro apologized for his comments.

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Helen Glover

Former star of the reality show Survivor, turned talk radio show host is out. Helen Glover departs and is replaced by radio Veteran Ron St. Pierre, who only months earlier was let go by 630 WPRO. St. Pierre is a radio Hall-of-Famer and former top sports anchor on WPRI-12.
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Mike Stanton

Mike Stanton, the remaining reporter from the Providence Journal's once storied investigative team, is leaving Fountain Street for a teaching job at the University of Connecticut.
 
Stanton, who was part of the team that won the Providence Journal's last Pulitzer and is the author of the "Prince of Providence," the Buddy Cianci expose, departs leaving the Projo without an investigative reporter. 
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Dean Starkman

GoLocal named Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Dean Starkman as a contributor and editor-at-large.
 
"Dean Starkman has a tremendous track record in financial, media, and investigative reporting. His work at the Wall Street Journal as a reporter and as an editor and writer at Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), coupled with ground-breaking investigations of public corruption for The Providence Journal, is unsurpassed in the region," said Josh Fenton, Co-Founder and CEO at GoLocal24, the parent company to GoLocalWorcester.com.
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Karen Bordeleau

Karen Bordeleau takes over for Tom Heslin as Executive Editor for the Providence Journal.
 
Before joining the newspaper in 1996, she worked at the Kent County Times and the Woonsocket Call. 
 
She is a graduate of Northeastern University and a Rhode Island native.
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Bob Whitcomb

Bob Whitcomb has been the editor of the editorial page of the Providence Journal since 1992 and Vice President since 1997. 
 
His book, "Cape Wind" unveiled the business and political story behind Jim Gordon's effort to build a wind farm off of Cape Cod.
 
Prior to being a powerful voice at the Providence Journal, Whitcomb served as Financial Editor at International Herald Tribune.
 
He is slated to leave later this year according to RI NPR.
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Tom Heslin

Managing Editor of the Providence Journal, Tom Heslin, is retiring. 
 
Heslin who has been a journalistic leader of the Journal since the 1990's, led the paper's team the one their last Pulitzer Prize in the early 1990's and had to implement a series of staff cuts during the past decade.
 
Widely respected by journalists, Heslin has recently suffered from health issues.
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Tara Granahan

The former co-host to the morning drive show is now Buddy Cianci's sidekick and co-host on the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm drive time show on WPRO AM.
 
Granahan has had a host of assignments at WPRO and is the only woman on air at WPROAM. 
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Connie Grosch

She was the star photographer for the Providence Journal for better than a decade.
 
Her State House/Political photos made her one of the most influential members of the Providence Journal staff. 
 
In late 2012, the Providence Journal let her go as part of the latest cost cutting ordered by the home office in Dallas.
 
In January, she was named press secretary to U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-1). She just announced she was leaving the Congressman's staff to return to photography.
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Gene Valicenti

The co-host of Channel 10's 6:00 pm news is now doing double as the host for WPRO's 6:00 am to 10:00 am morning show.
 
Previously, Valicenti lost his 11:00 pm slot on WJAR.
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Andrew Gobiel

The former WLNE 6 TV reporter, served as co-host of morning drive with Tara Granahan, but the Valicenti hiring left no room for Gobiel.
 
No word yet on where Gobiel has landed.
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Jennifer Jordan

One of the top Providence Journal reporters is leaving not only Fountain Street, but also journalism. 
 
She was one of the guild members with the least longevity - more than 10 years.
 
She leaves for Boston-based Opportunity Nation - a not-for-profit.
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Fred Campagna

The former ABC 6 Meteorologist left in the summer and launched his own digital weather platform.
 
Fred Campagna's new gig is titled, RightWeather.
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Ron St. Pierre

The new guy at WHJJ - he takes over the morning show from the departed Helen Glover.
 
For decades, Ron St. Pierre has been a key player in the media industry in both local television and radio.
 
St. Pierre handled sports at WPRI TV, hosted morning drive at WPRO AM, and most recently, was Buddy Cianci's co-host in the afternoon.
 
(Photo: Alan Levine, Flickr)
 
 

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