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WFLD to Realign Morning Anchors

wfld32Viewers of Chicago FOX owned station WFLD will notice their favorite morning anchors showing up on different newscasts starting Monday.

Jon Kelley will join Melody Mendez starting at 4:30 a.m. The two will now anchor together until 7:00 a.m. when Corey McPherrin and Darlene Hill will take over at the anchor desk through the 9:00 show. Both Hill and McPherrin will also co-anchor the Noon show.

The changes mean Natalie Bomke is off the morning desk. She moves to weekends with Larry Yellen.

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Almost Five Months After Joining WFLD, Morning Executive Producer Reportedly Out

wfld_304TVSpy is hearing from sources MJ Witt, executive producer for WFLD‘s “Good Day Chicago,” is out after nearly five months.

Witt started at the Chicago FOX owned station in November. At that time,”Good Day Chicago” was getting two new anchors (Jon Kelley and Melody Mendez)and an entertainment reporter (Jake Hamilton).

She started her career in Chicago, working for WMAQ, WTTW and WLS.  She has also been a producer on “Extra,” “Inside Edition,” and ABC’s “20/20.”

WFLD’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ Gets New EP

wfld32WFLD isn’t done re-making its morning show “Good Day Chicago.”

The Chicago FOX owned station has added MJ Witt as executive producer for the show.

Witt, who started her career in Chicago, has worked at WMAQ, WTTW and WLS.  She has also been a producer on “Extra,” “Inside Edition,” and ABC’s “20/20.” She replaces Dominic Stasi who left for WGN last month.

In the last week, “Good Day Chicago” has added Jon Kelley from KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area, Melody Mendez from KDVR in Denver and feature reporter Jake Hamilton from KRIV in Houston. The station added Natalie Bomke also from KRIV as “Good Day” co-anchor in September.

[Chicago Tribune]

WFLD Moving Corey McPherrin to Noon News

mcpherrinTVSpy has learned Corey McPherrin will be moving from anchor of “Good Day Chicago” to solo anchor of the Noon show for Chicago FOX owned station WFLD.

The move is supposed to take place in December with McPherrin also reporting for the station’s 9:00 p.m. newscast.

WFLD has seen some recent changes to its morning show. Last week, Anna Davlantes announced she was leaving the station and a couple of days later a new morning team was announced with Melody Mendez joining the station from Denver’s KDVR and Jon Kelley coming from KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dawn Hasbrouk will also move form the Noon news to anchoring the 9:00 p.m. news with Jeff Herndon.

Changes at Chicago’s WFLD as Veteran Anchor Robin Robinson Shifts Into New Role

 

WFLD evening anchor Robin Robinson is shifting into a new role at the Chicago Fox O&O, setting off a domino effect of changes to the station’s morning and evening newscasts.

Robinson, who has anchored WFLD’s evening newscast since the station launched local news in 1987, will be the host and principal correspondent for the recently-launched “Chicago at the Tipping Point” series of reports. WFLD’s Mike Flannery will serve as the co-host of the series.

“I will miss interacting every weeknight with the wonderfully engaged and informed Chicago news audience, it has been an honor and privilege,” Robinson said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing and even expanding a tradition of reporting stories that explore the issues, challenges and solutions that strive to make a difference in our lives.”

News of Robinson’s new role comes after days of speculation about her future at the station. Her departure from the anchor desk was first reported by Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

Replacing Robinson on the evening anchor desk will be Dawn Hasbrouck, who currently anchors the morning newscasts at WFLD alongside Corey McPherrin. Hasbrouck’s first day on the evening newscast will be November 28.

Hasbrouck and McPherrin will be replaced on “Good Day Chicago” by Melody Mendez and Jon Kelly, who are joining the station from Denver and San Francisco, respectively. Mendez comes from KDVR, where she is an anchor and reporter, and Kelly comes from KNTV, where he is co-anchor of the morning newscast. The pair will anchor alongside Natalie Bomke, who joined WFLD last month. Read more

KDVR Announces Anchor Changes, Hires New Morning Team

Denver FOX affiliate KDVR has hired a new morning anchor team that includes former KCNC anchor Brooke Wagner. Wagner’s new co-anchor will be Kirk Yuhnke who joins KDVR from Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV.

“We believe Brooke and Kirk, along with meteorologist Jennifer Broome and traffic anchor Ken Clark, will make a dynamic team,” KDVR news director Ed Kosowski told TVSpy. “They have the experience, passion and personality to make “Good Day Colorado” a unique morning newscast in this highly-competitive market.”

Both Wagner and Yuhnke, who go on-air two weeks from today on April 22, broke the news via social media.  Wagner chose twitter to announce, saying, “Friends, I’m thrilled and proud to announce I have a new TV home @KDVR ! I will start on #GoodDayColorado soon! Honored to join the team!” Read more

VIDEO: Dan Daru Makes a Baby Cry Live on KDVR

KDVR reporter Dan Daru made a young child cry on live television last week while reporting from a local farm (video above).

Daru was crouched down next to “Drew the Farm Kid,” talking in a playful Einstein-like voice, when Drew began to cry and moved to get out of his stroller. “That’s terrible. That’s terrible,” Daru whispered, moving away from the crying child. “I love that kid.” Read more

12 Dead, 50 Injured in Colorado Massacre

Local stations in Denver remain in breaking news coverage at this hour after a gunman opened fire at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, CO left at least 12 dead and 50 injured.

NBC-affiliate KUSA was the first station to go into continuing coverage, around 2:25 a.m. local time. Reporter Brandon Rittiman anchored from the scene of the shooting. Rittiman was joined by morning anchor Kyle Dyer at 2:45 a.m.

KMGH, the ABC-affiliate, ran a breaking news ticker during “World News Now” starting shortly after 2:40 a.m. “World News” reported on the news at 2:50 a.m. KMGH broke in to that program with its own coverage at 3:08 a.m. Mitch Jelniker anchored coverage. Read more