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KCBS shifts gears via weekend changes

Walker to work 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 11 p.m. shows

KCBS is shuffling the deck chairs on its weekend newscasts, bringing in new sports and weather anchors, and giving Linda Alvarez a new permanent co-anchor.

Eight-year KCBS vet Tony Williams is out as the station’s weekend weather forecaster, as is sports anchor Bret Lewis. Both news personalities were freelancers at the station.

Williams joined KCBS in 1995 from WUSA, Washington; he’ll be replaced by Josh Rubenstein, who has handled some weather and general assignment reporting duties at the station.

Taking over for Lewis, XTRA-AM radio personality and KCBS “Sports Central” reporter Steve Hartman will now alternate weekend sports anchoring duties with KCAL’s Derrin Horton. Lewis continues to anchor sports on Infinity’s all-news radio outlet KFWB.

As for the anchor chair, Glen Walker, who joined the CBS-owned outlet from WNBC, New York, last fall, will handle the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newcasts on Saturdays and Sundays alongside Alvarez.

Walker had most recently just handled Saturday duties, while vet reporter Mark Coogan sat at the desk on Sundays. Coogan will now return to full-time field reporting and serve as a fill-in anchor.

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