TV/Radio Notes: Mike LaPoint, Kevin Benson switch at WPXI; Burton leaving The Fan for TV

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Viewers caught a change in weathermen at WPXI last weekend when Mike LaPoint delivered the wretched news about snowstorms heading our way. He has been reassigned to weekends.

Mr. LaPoint had, until recently, been part of the Channel 11 early morning news team with anchors Jennifer Abney and Todd McDermott, and traffic reporter Trisha Pittman.

Joining the weekday morning show is veteran Kevin Benson.

"Viewers in Pittsburgh have come to trust Kevin over the years on weekends, and we felt Kevin's friendly presence would be a perfect addition to the morning team," said Mike Goldrick, WPXI news director.

• Jon Burton, sports anchor/reporter for KDKA-FM's 93.7 The Fan, is leaving to work at WTVR-TV, a CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Burton has been at The Fan since February 2010 after eight years at WTAE-TV.

Mr. Burton has been brushing up on his Predators lore for the Stanley Cup playoffs, but he'll be on air here until May 3. He begins his new job the following week.

"I'd been doing radio but kind of had a secret desire to get back into television," he said. "It's going to be tough leaving Pittsburgh. I've been here 111/2 years. It's a fun town, a great town, and the people are unbelievable.

"But this was a good opportunity."

Mr. Burton joked that it seems his arrival in a new town heralds good things for sports teams.

When he was in Syracuse, the university went to the NCAA Final Four. The Buffalo Sabres went to the Stanley Cup finals. In Pittsburgh: two Super Bowls and a Stanley Cup.

"That's what happens -- I go to your town and your teams win."

• Social media will play a part in deciding who wins the crown on "RuPaul's Drag Race," a Logo TV reality program. On Monday's show, it was revealed that the winner would not be announced until fans weigh in with their opinions via Twitter (#DragRace) and Facebook (

Host RuPaul Charles will preside over a cast reunion show taped before a live audience tonight in Los Angeles. The winner, finally, will be announced on next Monday's episode.

Pittsburgh's Sharon Needles, also known as Aaron Coady, is one of the three finalists.


Maria Sciullo: or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG. First Published April 25, 2012 12:00 AM


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