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WDRB Adds Print Reporters Jason Riley and Marcus Green

WDRB has hired two more reporters from the Courier-Journal. Jason Riley and Marcus Green officially join the Louisville Fox affiliate next week.

“We at WDRB are pleased to welcome two of the most accomplished print journalists in Louisville. They will give Louisville area television viewers access to a new level of in-depth investigative journalism that has simply never been available from a television station before now,” WDRB general manager Bill Lamb said in a statement.

Both reporters will write for the station’s website and make the occasional appearance on the air. They will be reunited with former Journal-Courier colleagues Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford, who joined WDRB in June.

WHAS News Director Mark Neerman Resigns

WHAS news director Mark Neerman has resigned from the Louisville ABC affiliate, effective immediately, TVSpy has learned.

WHAS general manager Linda Danna announced the news to staffers in an email this afternoon. The email included a statement from Neerman, who said he is “ready for the next challenge.”

“I’ve been very lucky to work with the first-rate team at WHAS 11 and I know they will continue to lead the way in a very competitive market,” Neerman said. “I’m considering a number of options and I look forward to what lies ahead.”

Neerman joined WHAS in 2009 from KNTV in San Francisco, where he was the assistant news director. He previously worked as ND for KVVU in Las Vegas and WTVR in Richmond, Va.

Assistant news director Jim Hice and executive newsroom producer Lena Moore will remain in their current roles, reporting to Danna, until a new news director is named.

Danna did not respond to a request for comment from TVSpy.

Veteran Louisville Meteorologist John Belski Joining WLKY

Three years after leaving Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE, John Belski is returning to television at rival WLKY.

Belski began his career at CBS affiliate WLKY in 1979. He left for WAVE in 1987 and worked there until he left to “explore some new possibilities outside of the TV business” in 2010.

“John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and is a great addition to our team. We are thrilled to have him join the WLKY family,” WLKY news director Andrea Stahlman said in a statement.

In his new role, effective immediately, Belski will appear on-air and online as a forecaster and severe weather specialist, joining meteorologists Jay Cardosi, Matt Milosevich, Susanne Horgan and Jared Heil. He will also contribute a daily blog to WLKY’s web and mobile platforms.

“It’s great to be back at WLKY, where I started in Louisville years ago,” Belski said. “I’m excited to join Jay, Matt, Susanne and Jared doing what I love most, covering the weather and keeping people informed.”

Chris Sutter Joins WDRB as Weekend Anchor

Chris Sutter is joining WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville, as weekend morning co-anchor.

Sutter comes from WILX, the NBC affiliate in Lansing, where he was a reporter. He has also worked at WLEX in Lexington, Ky.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Chris to the WDRB News team,” news director Barry Fulmer said in a statement. “The expansion of our morning newscast to weekends has been enthusiastically received by viewers, and that growth has necessitated an expansion of our staff as well. We’re confident that Chris’s personality is a perfect fit for the show and that our viewers will receive him warmly.”

Sutter begins at WDRB on July 14. He replaces Lindsay Allen, who recently moved to the evening newscasts at WDRB.

Bill Shory Named News Director at WAVE

Bill Shory has been named news director at Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE, Rick Gevers & Associates reports.

Shory moves to Louisville from Knoxville, where he spent eight years as news director for NBC affiliate WBIR. He has most recently been the director of production for Jupiter Entertainment. Shory has also worked at WCCO in Minneaplis, WHNT in Huntsville, WCNC in Charlotte and WBMA in Birmingham.

He replaces Kathy Hostetter, who was named news director at WTHR in Indianapolis.

WDRB Explains Why It Thinks ‘Breaking News’ is Broken

This week’s post about Louisville FOX affiliate WDRB‘s decision to curtail its use of the term “Breaking News” collected a lot of facebook likes and stirred up a lot of discussion.

Monday, the station began airing a promo saying, “You hear the term, ‘Breaking News’ quite frequently these days. It’s a marketing ploy to convince you that at television station is better at bringing you the news first, as it happens. The problem is, it’s just not true.”

TVSpy asked Bill Lamb, president and general manager of WDRB, to put a little context behind the station’s decision. At first, Lamb took issue with our headline saying the station had stopped using the term “Breaking News.” He clarified, “We will use the term Breaking News judiciously.”

Lamb went on to explain, “All three of our competitors in Louisville lean on “Breaking News” as though they invented it.  It is in their slogan, it is forced into every newscast as often as possible, and it is a marketing gimmick intended to mislead the public into thinking that they are really there when news is breaking.” Read more

Louisville Station Stops Using ‘Breaking News’

WDRB, the FOX affiliate for Louisville, KY, has begun promising viewers it will stop using the term “Breaking News.”

“You hear the term, ‘Breaking News’ quite frequently these days,” says a promo the station has started running. “It’s a marketing ploy to convince you that at television station is better at bringing you the news first, as it happens. The problem is, it’s just not true.”

The station has also posted a “Contract with our Viewers” and a “Contract with Advertisers” to its website. The contracts are a list of ten promises. For viewers, one promise is not to use the term ‘Breaking News,’ while another says, “We will strive to use our viewers time wisely – each story will teach, inform, entertain or resolve or it will not air.”

For advertisers, WDRB promises, “Recognizing that most of our transactions are verbal, we will do what we say we will do as our word is our bond” and “All our negotiations must be win-win or we will not enter into them.” You can see screen grabs of the contracts after the jump. Read more

Shannon Hori Changing Markets and Last Name

Shannon Hori will go by her married name of Cogan when she joins Louisville, KY, NBC affiliate WAVE as the 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. anchor on July 1.

Cogan (Hori) is currently the evening anchor for Miami CBS owned station WFOR. This will be a return to Louisville for Cogan, who worked as a morning anchor for the local CBS affiliate WLKY early in her career.

GossipExtra’s Jose Lambiet reported in early April, Hori’s contract negotiations were not going well with CBS and she wanted out.

Before coming to Miami, she also worked at KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, and WTWO in Terre Haute, IN.

Image: WFOR

[Orlando Sentinel]

WDRB Hires Columnist John David Dyche

John David Dyche, a former columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, is joining Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB as an opinion columnist for the station’s website. He will also occasionally deliver commentary on WDRB newscasts.

“We see John’s participation as an additional enhancement to a revamped and expanded ‘Opinion’ webpage that we believe will provide even more relevance to the many people who have made WDRB.com the fastest-growing website for news and opinion in the Louisville market,”  WDRB news director Barry Fulmer said in a statement.

Dyche was a conservative columnist for the Courier-Journal for almost 10 years. He is expected to contribute two columns a week to WDRB beginning April 15.

Fulmer said the station “announcing the name of yet another regular contributor who will represent the more liberal side of things” in the coming days.

Local Newsrooms Celebrate April Fools’ Day

The April Fools’ Day pranks are out in full force in newsrooms around the country today.

At KVUE in Austin, the morning news team pranked staffers by putting an empty donut box in the newsroom and shot video of staffers opening it looking for treats:

And on Louisville’s WDRB, Mike Marshall and Jude Redfield were tricked into eating dog biscuits on the air: Read more

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