Although the shared services agreement between Raycom-owned KOLD Channel 13 and Belo Corp.-owned KMSB Channel 11 and KTTU Channel 18 will almost certainly reduce the number of jobs in the local TV industry, it may eventually lead to more newscasts on the air.

The job losses at KMSB are expected to be between 20 and 30 on Feb. 1, when the KMSB newsroom shuts down and KOLD begins producing news content for the station. Raycom isn't saying how many new employees it will hire to handle the additional newscasts.

KOLD Vice President and General Manager Debbie Bush hinted that the agreement may one day yield newscasts on KTTU. That decision would be up to Belo, she said.

"We'll continue to look for opportunities for expansion of news on three stations," Bush said by email.

KGUN hires weekend meteorologist

KGUN Channel 9 has hired Aaron Brackett as a weekend meteorologist. Brackett most recently worked at a Rockford, Ill., where he won an award for his live tornado reports.

Brackett, a graduate of Valparaiso University, started last week. He stepped in for April Madison, who replaced Brian Basham - who took a job in Memphis 2/3 Tenn. - on KGUN's morning show. Ileana Diaz had been doing the weekend weather on an interim basis before KGUN hired Brackett.

What Buckmaster has learned

Bill Buckmaster endured a turbulent first 10 months and change on the radio.

He left hosting duties on the "Arizona Illustrated" TV show after 23 years to start a talk-radio show on KJLL 1330-AM. After only three months, Buckmaster bolted to KVOI 1030-AM, where he's since settled in. His show airs from noon to 1 on weekdays.

Via email, I asked Buckmaster what three things he's learned in his first year on radio. Here's his response:

1. "I have learned that running a small business is a 24/7 job and has given me a new respect for the people who run this country's small businesses."

2. "I have learned that guests are much more comfortable sitting behind a microphone in a radio studio than in front of a camera in a brightly lit studio, thus providing a better interview."

3. "I have learned that live radio with its interactive caller component is much more fun and exciting than taping a television show days in advance of its airing."

Film competition for breast cancer awareness

Aspiring filmmakers can engage in a filmmaking competition for a good cause.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Southern Arizona and The Loft Cinema are staging a contest dubbed "Komen Shorts: 30 Seconds to Save a Life."

Participants film 30-second shorts meant to raise breast cancer awareness for the organization to use in the future.

The first prize is $500, the chance to see your video on TV and a February screening at the Loft.

The deadline to enter is Jan. 3. For more details, visit

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at 573-4130 or