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WDRB Expands to Include Weekend Morning News

WDRB, the FOX affiliate for Louisville, KY will be adding a weekend morning news show to its lineup.

Beginning Saturday January 19, WDRB will include a Saturday and Sunday regular newscast from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

“This is the next logical step for our news department,” WDRB news director Barry Fulmer said in a statement posted to Jake’s DTV blog. “We already lead the market by offering the most original local news Monday through Friday, and with this latest expansion, we’ll be able to make that claim seven days a week.”

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Mike Neelly Named News Director at WLWT, Andrea Stahlman to Replace Him at WLKY

There are leadership changes coming to Hearst stations in Cincinnati and Louisville. WLKY news director Mike Neelly will move to WLWT, and assistant news director Andrea Stahlman will replace him at WLKY.

Neelly joined WLKY in 1997 and was named news director three years later. During his time at the station, the CBS affiliate expanded its news operation and became the market’s ratings leader. At WLWT, Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate, he replaces Stacy Owen, who is joining KNBC in Los Angeles.

“WLWT News 5 is fortunate to welcome a news director with Mike’s extensive experience and outstanding track record of success,” general manager Richard Dyer said in a statement. “With his exceptional leadership skills and strong news instincts, Mike is perfectly suited to build on the foundation of ratings growth and momentum for WLWT News 5.”

Stahlman will step into the news director role at WLKY on November 12. She has spent 12 years as the station’s assistant news director. Read more

Linda Danna Named General Manager at WHAS

Linda Danna has been named president and general manager of WHAS, Belo’s ABC affiliate in Louisville.

Danna joins the station from KGPE, the CBS affiliate in Fresno, where she has been president and general manager for four years. In a statement announcing the hire, Belo president of media operations Peter Diaz called Danna “an outstanding leader who is keenly aware of the evolving media landscape and its emerging opportunities.”

Danna has had a long career in local news. Prior to her time at KGPE, she was director of sales and interim general manager for WOAI in San Antonio. She has also served as GM of WWJ-WKBD in Detroit and of WUPA in Atlanta. Read more

In Louisville, WBKI Adds 7 p.m. Newscast

WBKI, the CW-affiliate in Louisville, will launch a 7 p.m. newscast on September 17.

The newscast will be anchored by WDRB’s evening anchor team, David Scott and Jennifer Baileys. Fox-affiliated WDRB recently announced plans to enter into a shared-services agreement with WBKI.

“This is just the first of many cooperative moves that will benefit both WBKI and WDRB, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said WBKI owner Lynn Martin. “We’re pursuing many joint strategies to enhance WBKI’s profile in the market, and establishing an early evening news presence is one of the most important.”

DUI Charge Against Former WDRB Sports Anchor John Lewis Dismissed

A Jefferson County District Court judge has dismissed a DUI charge against former WDRB sports anchor John Lewis.

Lewis’ May 2011 arrest occurred while he was driving a station vehicle. He resigned from the Louisville Fox-affiliate the following day.

“I’m glad the DUI charge has been dismissed and will be expunged from my record very soon. I’m looking forward to moving on personally and professionally,” Lewis said.

WDRB-WMYO to Provide Services for WBKI

Block Communications’ WDRB-WMYO in Louisville have entered into a shared service agreement with WBKI, the market’s CW-affiliate.

WBKI is in the process of being sold to LM Communications Television of Lexington. Under the partnership, WDRB-WMYO will provide sales, promotion, accounting and HR services, as well as technical assistance to master control operations and engineering, for WBKI. The partnership takes effect immediately, according to a statement from LM Communications.

“The impressive growth and development of both WDRB and WMYO under the guidance of [general manager] Bill Lamb is well-documented, and I have every expectation he and his staff are the right people to help LM Communications Television create a similar success story at WBKI,” LM Communications owner Lynn Martin said in a statement.

WDRB’s Eric Crawford on Transitioning to TV

Louisville’s WDRB recently announced two new hires in the sports department, Eric Crawford and Rick Bozich. The pair joined the station from the Courier-Journal, where both have made a long career in the print medium. “The shrinking of a newspaper I grew up with and loved was not something I cared to watch from the inside any longer,” Crawford writes on WRDB’s website:

WDRB is Louisville’s lone remaining locally run major, 7-day-a-week news organization. It is owned by an out-of-town company, yes, but it alone, more than any daily newspaper, television or radio station, has the ability to plot its own course.

As other news organizations have grown leaner, WDRB has maintained its personnel strength and even expanded. While others have cut back on resources to local sports, WDRB has added staff and increased its travel. Read more

WDRB Ends Time Warner Blackout

Louisville Fox-affiliate WDRB, along with its MyNetworkTV sister station, WMYO, is back on Insight Cable, which is owned by Time Warner Cable.

WDRB’s owner, Block Communications, reached a new carriage agreement with Time Warner this week, ending a blackout that began last Friday.

“I couldn’t be happier to have this process completed,” WDRB president and general manager Bill Lamb said in a statement.  “I know the last several days have been trying for our viewers who are Insight subscribers, and we’ve shared their pain. It’s good to know that–despite our differences– both sides were ultimately able to finally reach a fair resolution.” Read more

Rick Bozich, Eric Crawford Join WDRB Sports Team

WDRB, the Fox-affiliate in Louisville, has hired sports reporters Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford.

The pair join the station from the Courier-Journal in Louisville. In a statement, WDRB said Bozich and Crawford “can be read and seen exclusively on WRDB.com and WDRB news.”

“It’s going to be a cutting edge opportunity for us because there’s so many components to it,” Bozich said. “There will be the the television part of it and there’s the Internet part of it. And we’ll still be able to continue to write columns, and comment on things, and blog, and do video. There’s just limitless opportunities.”

Louisville Stations Go Dark on Time Warner

Two stations in Louisville have gone dark on Time Warner Cable, after the stations owner, Block Communications, was unable to reach a new retrans deal with the cable operator.

Fox-affiliate WDRB and MyNetworkTV-affiliate WMYO were pulled from Time Warner after Block’s previous carriage agreement expired on May 31st.

“WDRB has tried very hard to reach an agreement with Time Warner but the deadline has passed,” the station announced in a post on its website today. “After much negotiating, Time Warner has decided to reject our repeated offers leaving many of our viewers without a local TV station you like.” Read more

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