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Louisville Station Getting Into Internet Radio

WDRB internet radioLouisville FOX affiliate WDRB has launched two free music apps, “WDRB Classic Hits” and “WDRB Hot Country.”

The station plans to use its MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYO along with its Antenna TV and Cozi TV digital subchannels, facebook and twitter to attract listeners to the radio stations.

“Local internet radio stations have historically lacked two things: A promotional platform and a sales team,” WDRB President and GM Bill Lamb said in a statement. “We have both. If we’re successful building an audience – and monetizing it – we will have created a great promotional circle where TV promotes our radio stations, radio promotes our web site, and both promote TV.  It’s a new business model for television stations with a low barrier to entry.”

The Louisville station says its two channels give listeners benefits national and international stations can’t.

“From the listeners’ perspective, these are different from Pandora and other apps of that type in that they will be locally relevant, with live DJs and local news and weather information” said Lamb.  “The concept has instant credibility as an extension of the WDRB-TV brand.  And it’s different from local terrestrial radio because, with our low operational costs, we can be profitable and still give our listeners more music and fewer commercials.”

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Education Reporter Toni Konz Joins WDRB

toni konzToni Konz is joining WDRB, the Fox affiliate in Louisville, as an education reporter. Konz comes from The Courier Journal, where she has worked for seven years.

“WDRB is committed to covering our community like no other media outlet in Louisville,” Konz said in a statement. “That is proven by the fact that the newsroom continues to expand, hiring journalists who have covered this area for years. I am excited to join such a talented and experienced team.”

WDRB has poached several journalists from The Courier-Journal over the past two years.

Konz wrote about the decision on WDRB.com, saying she believes the opportunity is one that will “bring happiness, professional growth and allow me to continue serving my readers — just in a different way.” Read more

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.”

WDRB Adds Ryan Cummings as Anchor

cummings wdrbWDRB announced Ryan Cummings has joined the station as reporter and weekend anchor.

Cummings began anchoring alongside Tamara Evans on the Louisville, KY, FOX affiliate’s 10:00 p.m. weekend news last weekend.

Before working at WDRB, Cummings was a reporter at KNXV in Phoenix. He has also worked in South Dakota, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oregon.

WDRB GM Apologizes for Calling Newspaper Poll Rigged


Bill Lamb, GM of Louisville, KY, FOX affiliate WDRB, has issued what he says is an apology for implying a local newspaper rigged its recent poll about the Kentucky Senate race.

“To suggest that the Courier rigged its poll is wrong and I’d like to apologize,” said Lamb in his editorial. “What I meant to say, much better than I did, was that when any organization with an agenda pays for a poll, pays for a study, we should always take that with a grain of salt.”

Lamb said he stood by his “very obvious opinion” that the Courier-Journal is a biased news organization. He added that he thinks the paper is proud of its slant and most probably won’t be offended by him saying so.

Lamb came under fire when he said the Louisville Courier-Journal, a paper he called “ultra-liberal” had rigged a poll about where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stood against his democratic challenger in the Kentucky Senate race.

WDRB General Manager Questions Credibility of Courier-Journal Poll

bill lamb wdrb point of viewBill Lamb, the general manager at Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB, is under fire for implying in an on-air editorial (video after the jump) that a poll about Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell was “rigged” by the “ultra-liberal” Louisville Courier-Journal. Lamb said the poll — which was conducted by SurveyUSA for The Courier-JournalThe Lexington Herald and two of WDRB’s rival stations, WHAS and WKYT — “not surprisingly” finds McConnell, the incumbent Republican, trailing challenger Alison Grimes 46 to 42 in the U.S. Senate race.

James Miller of WFPL, Louisville’s NPR station, penned a column on the editorial, writing Lamb’s conclusions “are not backed with facts” (links are from the original column): Read more

Louisville High School Students Find Local Stations Report A Lot on Crime

louisville_stationsA yearly study of Louisville TV stations by students at a local High school found local Louisville TV stations spent more time reporting on crime than any other story.

For the study, journalism students at the duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY, watched twenty hours of WAVE (NBC) WHAS (ABC), WLKY (CBS) and WDRB (FOX) and also read the “A” section of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Then they wrote down what stories they saw and tabulated the results.

The study found 40.5% of the reporting was on crime. Social issues and human interest came in second, taking up 18.5% of the reporting.

The station leading the crime reporting was WLKY which devoted 52% of its time to crime, up from 37% a year ago. By comparison, runner-up WHAS reported crime 49% of the time compared to last place finisher WDRB which reported on crime 31% of the time. Read more

Louisville Meteorologist and Reds Fan Does Headless Forecast


Jude Redfield, meteorologist for Louisville FOX affiliate WDRB, was so embarrassed by the Cincinnati Reds loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild card game Tuesday night, he didn’t want anyone to see his face, or his head for that matter.

He tweeted a picture of his forecast, “I’m embarrassed to show my face this morning. This hurts!”

“The Reds are my team,” Redfield told TVSpy. “I live and die with them! They just keep choking each year in the playoffs and I don’t know how much more I can take.”

The Reds lost to the Pirates 6-2.

WDRB Adds Print Reporters Jason Riley and Marcus Green

WDRB has hired two more reporters from the Courier-Journal. Jason Riley and Marcus Green officially join the Louisville Fox affiliate next week.

“We at WDRB are pleased to welcome two of the most accomplished print journalists in Louisville. They will give Louisville area television viewers access to a new level of in-depth investigative journalism that has simply never been available from a television station before now,” WDRB general manager Bill Lamb said in a statement.

Both reporters will write for the station’s website and make the occasional appearance on the air. They will be reunited with former Journal-Courier colleagues Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford, who joined WDRB in June.

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.

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