Ben Hoover Gets A Gig

POPULAR EX-SOUTH CAROLINA NEWSCASTER WORKING IN CHARLOTTE … || By FITSNEWS || Ben Hoover – the former Midlands, S.C. television news anchor whose unceremonious dismissal from his post early last summer prompted mass local hysteria – has landed on his feet.  Well, sort of … The telegenic newscaster is currently working as…


|| By FITSNEWS || Ben Hoover – the former Midlands, S.C. television news anchor whose unceremonious dismissal from his post early last summer prompted mass local hysteria – has landed on his feet.  Well, sort of …

The telegenic newscaster is currently working as a morning anchor at WJZY TV 46 (Charlotte, N.C.) – better known as Fox Carolinas.  The station launched two years ago and has struggled to break into the Queen City market – which is surprising given compelling stories like “Is Smelling Farts Good For Your Health?”

Anyway … Hoover’s hiring by such a third tier station is surprising.

“He’s better than where he is,” a source familiar with the market told FITS.  “Perhaps he’s trying to build up the station and give it some credibility … God knows they need it.”

The source said Hoover was a “very talented anchor” who had been relegated to the equivalent of a “high school newscast.”

“They shoot stories on iPhones,” the source said of the Charlotte Fox affiliate.

Hoover’s abrupt dismissal from status quo mouthpiece WIS TV 10 (NBC – Columbia, S.C.) sparked considerable local outrage – most of it directed at the station’s general manager Donita Todd.

What happened?  It’s still not entirely clear, but multiple sources familiar with the situation told FITS that Hoover was testing the free agent waters with (what he thought was) Todd’s blessing.  When he didn’t get the job he wanted, the “blessing” reportedly vanished.

Whatever went down, Hoover had a one-year non-compete clause prohibiting from getting a gig with another local news outlet in the same market – meaning he couldn’t be hired in the Columbia, S.C. market until July of this year.

Of course Todd is “retiring” from WIS at the end of this month … so you never know what could happen.

Despite his local popularity, we took a dim view of Hoover – although in fairness that was mostly due to the pro-establishment, anti-taxpayer bent of his former employer.

“The station is nothing but a rolling commercial for South Carolina’s failed status quo,” we wrote earlier this week.  “In other words its leaders believe every government program is ‘good,’ any cut to government is ‘bad’ and any statement handed down from a pandering politician … should be taken as gospel.”

Of course that’s evidently what these stations target demographics want to see … 


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mom February 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm

“And that’s my perspective, what’s yours?” It will be so nice not to watch her say that while wearing a dress 2 sizes too small .

BrigidBernadette February 3, 2015 at 12:24 am

On the WIS website, she would proceed to argue with the commenters who she had just asked to offer their perspectives. Great way to treat your audience. After the outrage she caused, it was unbelievable she didn’t ‘retire’ shortly after she dumped Ben. He is a young man in the early years of his career–of course he would be on the lookout for a job in bigger markets, but she should have worked to keep him rather than kick him to the curb. The other anchors were clearly upset, and did not hide their dislike of her. The online stories then became more and more syndicated AP articles about local news in other cities–Oklahoma, Kentucky, etc. News of the weird type click bait, but after all, she had no reporters to produce local stories. She was a slob, totally agree with you mom. I wonder what really went on behind the scenes–given her slovenly public image and her bitchy personality. Ben seemed like the only normal person working there, and he did actual reporting, like his series about being homeless in Columbia. Once that non-compete expires, it would be a kick in her ample backside if the new manager hired him back.

You Know My Name February 3, 2015 at 8:40 am

You said so much truth and you said it so well!!!!!

9" February 2, 2015 at 9:21 pm

He wouldn’t let Joe suck his dick.If you can muster that kind of bullshit for a local TV station,your self-esteem must be in bad repair.New wig.New gig.

Of course February 2, 2015 at 9:23 pm

“Is Smelling Farts Good for Your Health?”

I do get a certain satisfaction from smelling my own. Everyone likes their own brand:


I think there’s no better example of the daftness of MSM than a report on fart smelling, which is something we can all do, study, & enjoy as often as we like.

Little Rocky from Arkansas February 3, 2015 at 7:59 am

The hen that lays the egg cackles first.

Squishy123 February 2, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Yeah but WIS has Dawndy and Judy and Papa Joe. Three of the creepiest people in Columbia.

Max February 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

Bring back Kara Gormely.

You Know My Name February 3, 2015 at 8:46 am

… or they could brong back Heather Hoops Matthews to keep the love fest flowing on WIS (Jim TV) for her husband. WIS/Jim TV is Jim’s 365-X-4 campaign channel.

Iftheyonlyknew February 3, 2015 at 8:34 pm

kara is a trip when she’s about three sheets…but that was years ago.

John Adams February 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

Ah, they “big-businessed” the guy who believes in big business and free market. Then, he whines about it. This is how Corporate America operates. He can go hang out with Keven Cohen and cry about how their ideals are for everyone else but them. All WIS did was exactly what Hoover believes in. Get in line or get out. Ask Will. He was all for the political game until it bit him. Now he’s on here throwing people under the bus with his bitterness. If a site like this would have existed back when Will was carousing….oh man!

E Norma Scok February 3, 2015 at 9:37 am

Wow…you Columbia folks are really into your local news. Anything to keep your mind off living in Columbia I guess.

kinsley wentzky is a whore February 3, 2015 at 10:19 am

who cares??????? I want to hear about the whore kinsley wentzky

Timmy Tebow February 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm

A former honors English teacher in South Carolina is getting no jail time in connection with charges she had sex with two 17-year-old students.

Kinsley Wentzky, 36, of Forest Acres, South Carolina, has been
sentenced to three years probation after admitting to having an
“intimate” relationship with one of the teens in May 2012.

The teacher at Dreher High School had pleaded guilty last October to two counts of sexual battery with a student 16 to 17 years of age, no aggravated force or coercion.

The judge in the case actually gave Wentzky a suspended sentence of five years in prison, meaning she’ll serve no prison time, just the three years of probation that are scheduled to end Oct. 27, 2017.

The former teacher will be placed on the Central Registry of Child Abuse/Neglect and seek mental-health counseling.

Published reports indicate Wentzky had been arrested twice, and faced
charges of sexual battery from police in Columbia and Forest Acres.

She reportedly had intercourse with two 17-year-old students in local homes on numerous occasions.

On her class website, she described herself as a happily married mother of two.

She had taught at Dreher High for seven years, and was on paid
administrative leave before being let go following the State Department
of Education’s suspension of her teaching certificate in January 2013.

You Know My Name February 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm

So what? At 17 the two “victims” were at age of legal consent in SC, wrongful law against teachers and students having relations backed and passed by the likes of Jake Knotts and other sexual perverts, notwithstanding. Seriously, who died as a result of this?

Just Asking February 4, 2015 at 8:56 am

You must be her hubby. Whasamatter, does it hurt that 2 inexperienced high schoolers could do more for her than you did?

Manray9 February 3, 2015 at 11:08 am

“The station is nothing but a rolling commercial for South Carolina’s failed status quo…” Is there a TV station or major newspaper in SC that isn’t? I live in the Upstate. WYFF is a joke. Their “news” coverage lasts about three minutes, then it’s on to stories about dogs and new businesses opening. The mere idea that they would report on any political news is laughable. Any attempt at real journalism would keep Carol Goldsmith away from the buffet line for too long.

Squishy123 February 3, 2015 at 2:03 pm

It’s a wonder Jody Barr left, he was the only investigative reporter they’ve had. Jack Kinsey is nothing but an old man waiting to die and only works because he has nothing else to do.

nitrat February 3, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Everything ‘Fox’ is third tier.

Pete Moss February 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm

WIS should bring back David Stanton


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