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WDRB GM Apologizes for Calling Newspaper Poll Rigged


Bill Lamb, GM of Louisville, KY, FOX affiliate WDRB, has issued what he says is an apology for implying a local newspaper rigged its recent poll about the Kentucky Senate race.

“To suggest that the Courier rigged its poll is wrong and I’d like to apologize,” said Lamb in his editorial. “What I meant to say, much better than I did, was that when any organization with an agenda pays for a poll, pays for a study, we should always take that with a grain of salt.”

Lamb said he stood by his “very obvious opinion” that the Courier-Journal is a biased news organization. He added that he thinks the paper is proud of its slant and most probably won’t be offended by him saying so.

Lamb came under fire when he said the Louisville Courier-Journal, a paper he called “ultra-liberal” had rigged a poll about where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stood against his democratic challenger in the Kentucky Senate race.

WDRB General Manager Questions Credibility of Courier-Journal Poll

bill lamb wdrb point of viewBill Lamb, the general manager at Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB, is under fire for implying in an on-air editorial (video after the jump) that a poll about Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell was “rigged” by the “ultra-liberal” Louisville Courier-Journal. Lamb said the poll — which was conducted by SurveyUSA for The Courier-JournalThe Lexington Herald and two of WDRB’s rival stations, WHAS and WKYT — “not surprisingly” finds McConnell, the incumbent Republican, trailing challenger Alison Grimes 46 to 42 in the U.S. Senate race.

James Miller of WFPL, Louisville’s NPR station, penned a column on the editorial, writing Lamb’s conclusions “are not backed with facts” (links are from the original column): Read more

Mark Vanderhoff Joins WLKY in Louisville

mark vanderhoff_304x200Louisville CBS affiliate WLKY has hired Mark Vanderhoff as an investigative reporter and producer.

Vanderhoff was previously a breaking news reporter at the Courier-Journal in Louisville. He began his news career in 2002, contributing to a Nevada newspaper while also working for a local television station there, according to WLKY.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to deliver groundbreaking stories about the people and places in my hometown,” Vanderhoff said in a statement. “WLKY is a stellar organization that exemplifies the very highest of journalistic standards and values. I’m excited to join the team and continue their tradition of news leadership.”

Louisville High School Students Find Local Stations Report A Lot on Crime

louisville_stationsA yearly study of Louisville TV stations by students at a local High school found local Louisville TV stations spent more time reporting on crime than any other story.

For the study, journalism students at the duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY, watched twenty hours of WAVE (NBC) WHAS (ABC), WLKY (CBS) and WDRB (FOX) and also read the “A” section of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Then they wrote down what stories they saw and tabulated the results.

The study found 40.5% of the reporting was on crime. Social issues and human interest came in second, taking up 18.5% of the reporting.

The station leading the crime reporting was WLKY which devoted 52% of its time to crime, up from 37% a year ago. By comparison, runner-up WHAS reported crime 49% of the time compared to last place finisher WDRB which reported on crime 31% of the time. Read more

Duane Pohlman Joins WCMH in Columbus

duane pohlmanDuane Pohlman will join WCMH, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, TVNewsCheck reports. Pohlman comes from WLKY in Kentucky, where he has been an investigative reporter since 2011.

At WCMH, Pohlman will be the lead investigative reporter and co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast. He begins in Columbus on February 3, 2014.

Before joining WLKY, Pohlman worked at WEWS in Cleveland, KING in Seattle, WTMJ in Milwaukee and WRAL in Raleigh-Durham.

Convicted Sex Offender Confronts WAVE Reporter While Leaving Jail

A convicted sex offender leaving jail confronted WAVE reporter Scott Adkins Tuesday. The man, Bryan Patrick Scott, was arrested for failure to comply with sex offender registration, attending a volleyball game at a local school last month dressed as a Ghostbuster.

In response to a question from Adkins about why he was at the school, Scott grabbed Adkins’ microphone and said, “You’re being advised to get out of my face.” Watch:

Kentucky Station Commemorates 150th Anniversary of ‘Gettysburg Address’

A Kentucky TV Station is giving its viewers a bit of a history lesson on the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln‘s “Gettysburg Address.”

WLKY, the Louisville, KY, CBS affiliate, commemorated the event by enlisting its anchors and reporters for a promo where they read the 272 word address that was delivered a few months after the battle at Gettysburg to honor the dead and set the nation’s course for the rest of the war.

The speech was given at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA on November 19, 1863 and was initially met with a lukewarm reception. According to USA Today, The Chicago Times called it, a speech with “silly, flat and dish-watery utterances.”

Former Louisville GM Dies After Cancer Fight

Neil Kuvin, former general manager of Louisville ABC affiliate WHAS, died Monday morning after battling cancer for more than five years.

Kuvin had been GM at WHAS from 1987 until 1991 and oversaw the station’s move to ABC  in September 1990. He launched the WHAS TV Excel Award, an honor given to an exceptional teacher at a Kentucky or Southern Indiana school.

He is survived by his wife Anita, six children and nine grandchildren. Kuvin was 75.

Louisville Meteorologist and Reds Fan Does Headless Forecast


Jude Redfield, meteorologist for Louisville FOX affiliate WDRB, was so embarrassed by the Cincinnati Reds loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild card game Tuesday night, he didn’t want anyone to see his face, or his head for that matter.

He tweeted a picture of his forecast, “I’m embarrassed to show my face this morning. This hurts!”

“The Reds are my team,” Redfield told TVSpy. “I live and die with them! They just keep choking each year in the playoffs and I don’t know how much more I can take.”

The Reds lost to the Pirates 6-2.

WATCH: ‘Hello Newman’: Louisville Anchor Delivers Seinfeld Themed Sportscast

Last week Adam Lefkoe delivered a pro wrestling themed sportscast for Louisville ABC affiliate WHAS. This week? He chose the king of the 90′s sitcoms, “Seinfeld” as his muse.

Using the theme music from the show that aired between 1989 and 1998, Lefkoe sprinkled 41 “Seinfeld” references throughout his 11:00 p.m. Sunday night sports report. For his effort, all he got was a ‘slow clap’ and an attempted ‘Elaine Dance’ from co-anchor Chelsea Rabideau.

Lefkoe told TVSpy he’s planning on doing more themed sportscasts, which he’s branded #Sportcast, a concept he’s developed where he crowd-sources ideas for his weekend report. On his Tumblr page, he said he does it to engage his audience.

“Simply throw out a question on social media and farm the results,” Lefkoe said on his Tumblr page. “If no one responds, welp, just do your normal sportscast. If they reach out, embrace them. The return is a wonderful exchange of ideas.” Read more

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