WXXA’s Martineau leaving for job in Jacksonville

Martineau leaving

WXXA (Ch. 23) sports reporter and weekend anchor Brent Martineau is moving south to a warmer climate, and a chance to cover some major sporting events.

Martineau is leaving WXXA to take a similar position with Jacksonville, Fla., television stations WAWS and WTEV, he said Thursday. He will remain with WXXA through the February ratings period before beginning his new job March 1.

All three stations are owned by Clear Channel Communications.

“It was a tough decision, just because there was so much to weigh with the family, and my career against picking up and moving them ,” Martineau said. “This has become home for us. This is where we had the kids, and we’ve been here five years. I almost consider myself a native now.”

Martineau, 30, came to WXXA in October 2002 from WPRI/WNAC-TV in Providence, R.I., where he was a reporter and producer. He also worked as a reporter at KLAX-TV in Alexandria, La.

In addition to his reporting and weekend anchoring duties, Martineau co-anchored WXXA’s “High School Sports Show” with sports director Rich Becker.

Martineau’s wife, Stefanie, is a teach and girls’ volleyball coach at Niskayuna High School. They have twins, a boy and girl, who will turn 3 in April.

There will be plenty of sports for Martineau to cover. The NFL’s Jaguars are the top priority. There is also the University of Florida Gators, high school football and the Daytona International Speedway is just over an hour away.

“It just gave me some more opportunities maybe that [being] here didn’t, in terms of covering bigger things,” Martineau said. “But we’re excited. There are so many unknowns when you make a move, and there were a lot of unknowns when we came from Providence five years ago. But this worked out wonderfully. Hopefully, the next five years are just as good as the last five.”

WXXA general manager Sally Stamp said Martineau will be missed.

“But we are happy he is staying within our [Clear Channel] family,” Stamp said. “He has been an integral part of our team. It’s going to be difficult to replace him.”

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