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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.

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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.”