ABQjournal: Former Anchor Nelson Martinez Sues KOB-TV
Former Albuquerque TV news anchor Nelson Martinez, with his dogs that he wanted Martinez to anchor KOB-TV's 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. newscasts, was called into a meeting with Burgess and Aubrey, where he was fired. Weather forecaster KOAT-TV is a TV Weekend Morning Anchor KOAT Reporters. Watch Politics Sports Entertainment Health Station Info About ABC7 Meet the . Thursday, February 25, Former Anchor, Husband Settle With KRQE. Morning Anchor at KOB-TV Reports for KOB 4's "Pay it Forward" franchise. public affairs show that airs Sunday morning after NBC's "Meet The Press".
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Martinez alleges that station managers falsely accused him of lying about being sick when he failed to report for work Nov. Martinez, 58, was fired the next day, but his suit maintains that the station had already begun to push him out in favor of younger, lower paid newscasters. The suit, filed by attorneys Charles R. Peifer and Lauren Keefe, also notes that "Plaintiff has filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
After a year, Burgess "vigorously recruited Martinez," the lawsuit says. By mid, it was clear Joles wasn't going to leave, and about the same time "Burgess told Martinez that there was increasing pressure from KOB-TV to reduce expenses.
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Martinez claims he was no longer promoted by the station, even though he was given additional anchoring duties for a 4 p. KOB instead began to increase the profile of Nicole Brady, "a non-Hispanic female in her 20s" and let her fill in for Aragon. The incident that led to the termination occurred on Nov. Martinez, who had been experiencing abdominal pain for about a week, went to his doctor after anchoring the noon newscast.
It all started almost a quarter of a century ago. I graduated Pepperdine University. My goal was to talk about sports and I found a place that was willing to have me.
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So I traded in the sun and the sand, for more sun and sand just without the water. Once I arrived in Farmington on a Friday evening, I found myself sitting in a Motel 6 the hotel is still there with everything I own down in my car. Better get to it. A newsman by the name of Scott Michlin welcomed me into his newsroom and the rest is history.
I was blown away to see a couple thousand people packed into gyms in the Four Corners to watch girls basketball.KOB-TV 10pm News, April 26, 1980
I should be thanking you. All the kind thoughts and words really meant a lot…. I mean A LOT! I joke with people that it was like being alive for your own funeral.
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People had so many nice things to say it was truly unbelievable. I would like to take a little of this space to thank some people of my own. Thank you to Mike Burgess, our former General Manager. Without him taking a chance on bringing me down from Farmington to Albuquerque this would have never been possible. Thank you to my former news directors… and there have been a lot. The vision of Brad Remington, the support of Chris Berg and the trust in me given by Michelle Donaldson have all allowed me to thrive.
Thank you to Tom Joles for being a great example of what a professional news person should be. To this day, he is still the best news anchor in the business, no matter the market. Thank you to Frank Mercogliano, who I both consider fair and funny two adjectives I know he would appreciate in his job. Thank you to Ray Birmingham, a man who does more for this state than anyone will know. Thank you to John Traub and the Albuquerque Isotopes for being the perfect template of what a professional sports organization should be.
Thank you to all those coaches and competitors who were gracious enough to give me a little of their time.