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(clockwise) Donna Lowry, Keith Whitney, Kevin Rowson, Bill Liss. CREDIT: 11 Alive

(clockwise from top left) Donna Lowry, Keith Whitney, Kevin Rowson, Bill Liss. CREDIT: 11 Alive

By RODNEY HO, originally filed Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Several 11 Alive staffers have been offered early retirement buyouts by parent company Tegna, according to multiple sources. Among the on-air veterans who might leave soon include Keith Whitney, Bill Liss, Donna Lowry and Kevin Rowson.

The buyouts are being offered to workers ages 55 and up with at least 15 years of service nationwide. Station management didn’t respond for comment.

This doesn’t mean employees necessarily have to take the buyout but if not enough people do so,  people may get laid off.

Whitney anchors weekend newscasts and has been with the station for about 23 years. Rowson has been part of WXIA-TV since 1994. Liss came on board in 1989. Lowry, who specializes in education arrived at 11Alive in 1986.

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Cassiday Proctor

Cassiday Proctor of Star 94 last Friday hosted the Curing Kids Cancer fundraiser at the College Radio Hall of Fame where a 12-year-old cancer survivor and Dacula resident Reece McPhail wanted a date with pop star Selena Gomez. He even requested her time on this video:

Gomez couldn’t make it but was nice enough to send along this video:

And here is the Drex, Cassiday and Tingle morning show (soon to be the afternoon show next month) talking about it:

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Belinda Skelton with her former boss Neal Boortz in 2012. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/ rho@ajc.com

Belinda Skelton with her former boss Neal Boortz in 2012. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/ rho@ajc.com

News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB weekend host Belinda Skelton has shingles. She reported the news on her FB feed with a joke:

Stress is no joke folks. I was just diagnosed with Shingles. You know what would make me feel better? If Terry Bradshaw came and sat on the sofa with me.

Skelton’s Saturday lifestyle radio show is heard Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. on WSB.

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