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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

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

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