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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.”

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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.

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.

WDRB Expands to Include Weekend Morning News

WDRB, the FOX affiliate for Louisville, KY will be adding a weekend morning news show to its lineup.

Beginning Saturday January 19, WDRB will include a Saturday and Sunday regular newscast from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

“This is the next logical step for our news department,” WDRB news director Barry Fulmer said in a statement posted to Jake’s DTV blog. “We already lead the market by offering the most original local news Monday through Friday, and with this latest expansion, we’ll be able to make that claim seven days a week.”

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WDRB Refutes Accusation that Anchor Used N-Word During Newscast

WDRB has devoted a significant amount of airtime this week to refuting allegations that anchor Lindsay Allen used a racial slur in referring to Tiger Woods during a newscast.

On Monday morning, while talking about Woods’s recent run-in with a hot dog, Allen stumbled a bit, making it sound as though she used the the N-word. 19-year-old viewer Anthony Graves complained to the station about the incident and followed up his complaint by contacting the NAACP and several media outlets.

Allen’s slip-up quickly went viral, leading her to issue a series of on-air clarifications and apologize if “any viewers were offended” (video inside). Read more

WDRB Names Sterling Riggs Morning Anchor

Louisville’s WDRB announced the hiring of  Sterling Riggs as the new morning show anchor today. Riggs replaces Barry Bernson, who announced his retirement earlier this month after more than 40 years in local news.

Riggs, who will leave his position as an anchor and senior producer at KTEN in Denison, TX, will be paired with current morning co-anchor Candyce Clifft. “The demands of the morning co-anchor position are many and unqiue, and it takes a special kind of person to handle them,” WDRB vice president Barry Fulmer said. “He’s knowledgeable, he’s personable and he’s really excited about the chance to explore an entirely new part of the country.”

Although Bernson is slated to retire in October, Riggs’s first day at the Fox affiliate will be August 19. Riggs, who has also worked at KXAN in Austin and KLST in San Angelo, took a four-year break from the news business in 2005 to be chief operating officer of a local development community in Destin, FL. He returned to television at KTEN, an NBC affiliate, in 2009.

WDRB Morning Anchor Barry Bernson To Retire

After four decades in the television business, WDRB‘s Barry Bernson announced today that he will retire in October. Bernson has been the morning anchor at the Louisville Fox affiliate since 2003.

According to WDRB, the morning show is the top-rated in the Louisville market and has enjoyed great success since Bernson was paired with co-anchor Candyce Clifft eight years ago.

“My time here at WDRB has been the finest eight years of my career,” Bernson said. “I can honestly say this has been the best job I’ve ever had, but now I plan to make the most of this new opportunity to finally sleep in.”

Berson, a six-time Ohio Valley Region Emmy Award winner, began his broadcasting career in 1971 at Louisville’s WAVE. He left for a brief stint at Chicago’s WMAQ in 1976 before returning to Kentucky — and mornings — in 1985 as the anchor of WHAS‘s “Good Morning Kentuckiana.”

“It’s hard to overstate the role Barry has played in the success of ‘WDRB in the Morning,’” news director Barry Fulmer said. “Ever since he joined the team, he’s played a major role in shaping the personality of the show.”