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One Year After DUI Arrest, Former WLKY Anchor John Boel Joins Rival Station WAVE

John Boel, who was fired last year from WLKY in Louisville, is joining rival station WAVE, louisvilleky.com reports.

Boel was an anchor at CBS-affilate WLKY for 20 years until he was fired in November 2010 following a DUI arrest. He will join NBC-affiliate WAVE as a reporter with the potential for some anchoring duties on January 2.

WAVE general manager Ken Selvaggi told louisvilleky.com that Boel’s “best days are ahead.”

“He believes those issues are behind him and we hope that’s the case,” he said. “Obviously it’s a daily challenge but we’re optimistic he’s put it behind him.”

Louisville Parks Director Suspended After WAVE Report Catches Him Drinking and Driving

Louisville director of metro parks Mike Heitz was suspended on Tuesday after a report by WAVE‘s Eric Flack exposed several occurrences of Heitz drinking and driving his city vehicle.

Flack’s report, presented in two parts (watch the first part after the jump), includes hidden camera video of Heitz, as well as records of Heitz’s prior DUI arrest. The second part of the WAVE report will air tonight on the 6 p.m. newscast.

Louisville media reporter Rick Redding takes an interesting look at how WAVE’s competitors covered the story, finding that while the other Louisville stations covered Heitz’s suspension, none of them mentioned it came as the result of a WAVE report. Read more

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.”

Ken Selvaggi Picked to Succeed Langford as WAVE VP-GM

Ken Selvaggi, the vice president and general manager of WSFA in Montgomery, AL, has been tapped to succeed Steve Langford atop Louisville’s WAVE.

Langford, 58, announced to staff last week that he would be retiring after 32 years with the station.

Selvaggi has been with WSFA since July of 2006.  He has worked in a handful of different markets throughout his career and he actually has experience in Louisville, where he worked as a producer for WHAS from 1989-90.

Both WSFA and WAVE are owned by Raycom Media. Selvaggi’s first day is set for March 21.

Steve Langford Retiring as WAVE VP-GM

WAVE vice president and general manager Steve Langford announced to staff last week that he will be retiring.

Langford, 58, has been WAVE’s VP-GM for the past 13 years. He began with the Louisville NBC-affiliate in 1978 as a sales representative.

As LouisvilleKy.com points out:

The surprise announcement comes as WAVE completes one of its worst ratings periods in station history, finishing a distant 3rd in every local news time period in which it competes with WHAS and WLKY.

In announcing his retirement last week, Langford said that it was “a hard decision” but “the right time.” Read more

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