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WDRB’s Bill Francis Retires After 42 Years

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Business reporter Bill Francis has retired after 42 years, ending his run at Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB on Halloween:

He joined WDRB as weekend co-anchor on the original News at 10 in 1990, and was the first co-anchor of WDRB News at 4, helping launch the first newscast in that time slot in 2001.

Throughout his time at WDRB, Bill has filled a TV niche in covering local business news. He has spent countless hours at Ford plants, Appliance Park and on the streets for historic renovations in downtowns on both sides of the Ohio River.

Smooth, cool and collected, Bill will be the first to tell you that he’s a reporter and a story teller — and not a celebrity. Just the facts, please.

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WDRB Meteorologist Does Morning Weather as ‘Bones Redfield’

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Hats off to Jude Redfield, morning meteorologist at Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB. He took his Halloween costume–and his weather wall–to the limit this morning. With a headless skeleton attached to a chroma-key green bodysuit, Redfield transformed himself into “Bones Redfield,” the memory of which may haunt kids in Louisville for years to come.

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Kentucky ND Tells Senate Candidates to Stop Using News Clips in Campaign Spots

wave Rep SenateIt’s election time, when candidates pay to run spots either bashing their opponents or making themselves look good.

Here in New York City, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is using clips from WABC and WCBS along with some national news outlets to show he’s tough on crime.

Bill Shory, news director for Louisville, Ky. NBC affiliate WAVE, said the use of his station’s reports in campaign ads have led his viewers to believe WAVE is endorsing one candidate over another.

In an open letter on the station’s website, Shory said he’s had enough and has presented a two step plan to deal with the issue.

Shory said he’s gotten complaints about ads from the Senate candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes. He said he sent the two letters, (click on their names to read the letters) asking them to stop using clips from WAVE in their campaign ads. He then said WAVE would let the viewers know what’s going on by “presenting ‘all facts, statements, and coverage truthfully and in the proper context.” Read more

Louisville Station Getting Into Internet Radio

WDRB internet radioLouisville FOX affiliate WDRB has launched two free music apps, “WDRB Classic Hits” and “WDRB Hot Country.”

The station plans to use its MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYO along with its Antenna TV and Cozi TV digital subchannels, facebook and twitter to attract listeners to the radio stations.

“Local internet radio stations have historically lacked two things: A promotional platform and a sales team,” WDRB President and GM Bill Lamb said in a statement. “We have both. If we’re successful building an audience – and monetizing it – we will have created a great promotional circle where TV promotes our radio stations, radio promotes our web site, and both promote TV.  It’s a new business model for television stations with a low barrier to entry.”

The Louisville station says its two channels give listeners benefits national and international stations can’t.

“From the listeners’ perspective, these are different from Pandora and other apps of that type in that they will be locally relevant, with live DJs and local news and weather information” said Lamb.  “The concept has instant credibility as an extension of the WDRB-TV brand.  And it’s different from local terrestrial radio because, with our low operational costs, we can be profitable and still give our listeners more music and fewer commercials.”

Education Reporter Toni Konz Joins WDRB

toni konzToni Konz is joining WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville, as an education reporter. Konz comes from The Courier Journal, where she has worked for seven years.

“WDRB is committed to covering our community like no other media outlet in Louisville,” Konz said in a statement. “That is proven by the fact that the newsroom continues to expand, hiring journalists who have covered this area for years. I am excited to join such a talented and experienced team.”

WDRB has poached several journalists from The Courier-Journal over the past two years.

Konz wrote about the decision on WDRB.com, saying she believes the opportunity is one that will “bring happiness, professional growth and allow me to continue serving my readers — just in a different way.” Read more

Former Buffalo Meteorologist Lands in Louisville

shaw signing whas croppedBryan Shaw, the meteorologist who reportedly made a quick exit from Buffalo’s WIVB, has been hired in Louisville, KY.

WHAS GM Linda Danna confirmed with TVSpy Shaw will be the weekend weather guy and will also work as a general assignment reporter.

“I can now announce that I have accepted a position with WHAS in Louisville,” Shaw wrote on his facebook page. “I start July 7th and will be leaving WNY at the end of the month. Thank you everyone for your kind words over the past two weeks and please keep in touch!”

Shaw has also worked at WOWK in Huntington, WV, and WOAY in Beckley, WV.

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WHAS Hires David Seals as News Director

whas logo_304x200David Seals has been named news director at Louisville, KY, ABC affiliate WHAS.

WHAS GM Linda Danna confirmed with TVSpy Seals begins his new job June 2. Seals is the assistant news director for Nashville FOX affiliate WZTV.

WHAS initially hired Josh Eure from Gannett owned KPNX in Phoenix but he never started. At the time, Danna told TVSpy Eure “decided to remain in Phoenix” after a flap about his legal troubles surfaced.

>UPDATE: According to a letter from the City of Phoenix Municipal Court, all charges against Eure were dropped on 2/04/14.

WDRB Adds 6:00 PM Newscast

wdrb_304x200Louisville FOX affiliate WDRB has announced it’s adding a half-hour 6:00 p.m. weekday newscast to its lineup.

WDRB VP and director of news Barry Fulmer said in a statement, “Since adding a 6:30 PM newscast to our weeknight lineup a little over three years ago – and then following that with our 7:00 pm telecast that airs on our partner station, WBKI — we’ve felt the next natural area for expansion would be the 6 PM time slot.”

The announcement came during a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the recent 11,000 square foot expansion of WDRB’s downtown Louisville headquarters. The station said it would announce the anchors for the new show in June.

“We’re pleased to be able to say that WDRB offers more local news than any of our market competitors,” said president and GM Bill Lamb. “But far more important to us than quantity is quality.”

WDRB Adds Ryan Cummings as Anchor

cummings wdrbWDRB announced Ryan Cummings has joined the station as reporter and weekend anchor.

Cummings began anchoring alongside Tamara Evans on the Louisville, KY, FOX affiliate’s 10:00 p.m. weekend news last weekend.

Before working at WDRB, Cummings was a reporter at KNXV in Phoenix. He has also worked in South Dakota, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oregon.

Jim Hice Named News Director at KCEN

kcen logoJim Hice has been named news director at KCEN, the NBC affiliate in Waco, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

“We’re extremely lucky to have a news director of Jim’s caliber to continue KCEN-HD’s mission: the pursuit of reporting excellence with a tradition of community involvement,” KCEN VP-GM Gayle Kiger said.

Hice comes from WHAS, the ABC affiliate in Louisville, where he has been the assistant news director for four years. He succeeds Jim Holland, who has been the KCEN news director for five years.

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