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KAKE Says Goodbye to Anchor Jeff Herndon


KAKE anchor Susan Peters said her goodbyes one day early to co-anchor Jeff Herndon who is leaving the Wichita ABC affiliate to replace Bob Sirott as co-anchor of evening news on Chicago’s FOX owned station WFLD.

Peters baked him a cake and rolled a blooper reel showing Herndon’s evolution at the station. “This newscast is Jeff and mine, I don’t know if I’m using correct English, newscast together,” said Peters. “And it’s really sad after ten years. I’m really sad.”

Herndon started at KAKE as a part-time sports photographer in 1997 but left in 2000 to be weekend sports anchor at KTKA in Topeka, KS. He returned to KAKE a year later to anchor weekend sports and was later named news anchor.

“I watch that and I wonder, ‘Why didn’t they fire me [unintelligible] years ago?” said Herndon after the video. He also promised viewers he would be back tonight for his final newscast.

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Changes at WFLD: Bob Sirott Signing Off, Jeff Herndon Named Evening Co-Anchor

After three years at WFLD, Bob Sirott (left) will sign off from the Chicago Fox O&O next month.

Sirott’s future with the station has been the subject of speculation since he was announced as the co-host of a daily radio show on WGN. His last day anchoring the 9 p.m. newscast alongside Robin Robinson will be September 5.

“Bob is a talented journalist who has brought dedication and passion to the station every day. We want to thank him for his tremendous contributions; he will always be a member of the FOX 32 family,” WFLD vice president and general manager Dennis Welsh wrote to TVSpy.

Taking over for Sirott will be Jeff Herndon (right), who will begin October 1 as Robinson’s co-anchor on the evening newscast. Herndon comes to Chicago after 12 years in Wichita, where he is the evening co-anchor at ABC affiliate KAKE. He has also worked at KTKA in Topeka.

“Jeff is an outstanding communicator and journalist with a proven track record of excellence. He is a leader and sought after journalist and we are excited to welcome him to this role at FOX 32,” WFLD vice president and news director Tom Doerr said in a statement.

More in the official announcement from Fox after the jump. Read more

Robin Robinson Re-Signs With WFLD in Chicago

Despite reports that Robin Robinson was on her way out at Chicago’s WFLD, the anchor has just re-signed with the Fox O&O, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The contract keeps Robinson at WFLD for at least another year. She anchors the 9 p.m. newscast with Bob Sirott.

Robinson has worked in the Chicago market since 1983 and at WFLD since 1987.

WFLD Anchor Says Santa Doesn’t Exist, Apologizes Following Night

Following a segment about gift-giving in a tough economy, WFLD anchor Robin Robinson reported something that no child wants to hear this time of year: there is no Santa Claus.

And Robinson didn’t stop with that simple fact–she went on to basically throw a bomb down the chimney during WFLD’s 9 p.m. newscast on Tuesday.

“Santa is a symbol of the generosity of the season. You go sit on his lap and we’ll take a picture,” Robinson said, suggesting that children should be told there is no Santa as soon as they’re able to talk. “But he’s not coming down the chimney, he’s not eating those cookies, he’s not bringing you anything!” Read more

WFLD GM Mike Renda: ‘If You Don’t Evolve, You Die’

The May ratings book told a similar story as sweeps past for Chicago’s WFLD: the Fox O&O’s morning show increased viewership while its 9 p.m. newscast continued to struggle.

The challenges facing WFLD are certainly not lost on vice president and general manager Mike Renda, who has been with the station since 2009.

Renda spoke with TVSpy recently about the job status of news director Carol Fowler, how he plans to turn around the 9 p.m. newscast, and what Oprah’s departure means for the market… Read more

Fox Chicago’s Bob Sirott on the Season of Lasts

For his “One More Thing” feature last night on Fox Chicago News, anchor Bob Sirott lamented the loss of some notable on-air broadcasters — not just the ones departing during this season of lasts: Oprah, Katie, Meredith… but many who are long gone:

How Other Chicago Stations Reported Daryl Hawks’ Death

The stunning news of the death of NBC5 sportscaster Daryl Hawks was news on WMAQ’s competitors Thursday and into this morning.

WBBM-CBS2 reported the news during the sports reports at 5 and 6. At 10pm, Hawks’ death was part of the the newscast lead as a moment of silence was recognized for Hawks before the tip-off of last night’s Chicago Bulls – Atlanta Hawks playoff game. Hawks was in Atlanta to cover the game for NBC5.

WLS-ABC7 reported the news multiple times, during newscasts at 4, 4:30, 5 and twice at 6pm, during news and sports; and again at 10pm.

WGN-CW9 reported the news early during the 5pm newscast, using the quote from WMAQ general manager Larry Wert. WGN continued reporting into this morning’s 11am show about an autopsy being performed today to help determine the cause of the 38-year-old’s death.

WFLD-FOX Chicago reported the news during last night’s 9pm sports report. Bob Sirott, who worked with Hawks at WMAQ, called Hawks, “instantly likeable to all.”

Chicago Anchors Scrubbed from Controversial Video for Departing Mayor

After Chicago media reporter Robert Feder blasted a handful of local news personalities for appearing in a farewell video dedicated to longtime mayor  Richard M. Daley, WBBM, whose veteran anchor duo of Walter Jacobson and Bill Kurtis appeared in the video, is defending its staffers, saying that the producers of the video, an area furniture retailer, did not seek appropriate permission to use footage of the station’s on-air talent.

“The station did consent to having a few of its employees participate in what was described to us as a farewell video that would be given directly to Mayor Daley when he steps down after 22 years in office next week,” said Bruno Cohen, president and general manager of WBBM, in a statement.

Along with Jacobson and Kurtis, WBBM’s Rob Johnson and Ryan Baker appeared in the video, much of which was filmed in conjunction with a farewell party for the departing mayor and featured a handful of local celebrities.

After initially defending its inclusion of local anchors in the video, Walter E. Smithe, a major local advertiser, apologized and has since edited the WBBM staffers out of the video, as well as anchor Bob Sirott of WFLD. Read more

Chicago Anchors Criticized for ‘Kissing Mayor Daley’s Ass’ in New Video

Chicago media critics are up in arms about a new video celebrating the tenure of longtime mayor Richard M. Daley that features a handful of local news anchors, including Walter Jacobson and Bill Kurtis of WBBM and Bob Sirott of WFLD (video above).

Robert Feder of Time Out writes:

I’ve been stewing about this for days now, and I still can’t decide which is more outrageous: The idea of Chicago television news anchors appearing in a commercial for a furniture company–or the fact that it shows them shamelessly kissing Mayor Richard M. Daley’s ass.

The video, which features farewell messages from a handful of celebrities, was produced by Walter E. Smithe, a Chicago area furniture retailer and, according to Feder, a major advertiser on local TV. Read more

Mike Leiderman to Oversee WFLD’s Struggling 9 p.m. Newscast

It’s official: Mike Leiderman is joining Chicago’s WFLD as an executive producer. Leiderman, who previously served as the EP of WTTW news magazine show “Chicago Tonight,” will oversee WFLD’s 9 p.m. newscast, anchored by Robin Robinson and Bob Sirott.

In last month’s sweeps period, the newscast was down more than a full rating point from the previous year.

The move was first rumored by Robert Feder of Time Out Chicago, who pointed out that Sirott was the host of “Chicago Tonight” during Leiderman’s tenure.

Assistant news director Geoff Dankert has been overseeing the Fox-affiliate’s nighttime newscast since Tony Statz, the previous EP, left for Miami’s WFOR.

“Mike brings a fresh eye to Fox Chicago at a key time, as we look to distinguish our product in both what we say and how we say it,” Carol Fowler, WFLD’s vice president and news director, said in announcing the hiring to staff.

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