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LambSpeak: No Trouble with Fox, Branding Changing

Yesterday, I wrote about how a Fox affiliate in Boise lost its network affiliation, and that the station is owned by the same company that owns WDRB here. The news led to rumors around town, coupled with some subtle changes in the station’s marketing, that WDRB and Fox might be splitting up. Today I talked with WDRB exec Bill Lamb, who wants to put those rumors to rest. Lamb said WDRB is one of about 70 Fox stations across the country operating without an affiliation agreement, but said there’s little danger that Fox and WDRB will split up. He says…


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And No Drinking til 6

I don’t really like this new weather guy at Fox41. Ever since Jude Redfield’s been on the air, the weather has sucked.  Some Paul Emmick fans started a Facebook group “Keep Paul Emmick on Fox 41 News.” But only 40 people joined. Bueno Bocaditos : The popular Seviche restaurant on Bardstown Road in the Highlands will close Sunday, but that’s a good thing for fans of Chef Anthony Lamas’ Latino cuisine.  For four weeks, workers will be busy expanding into the old ear-x-tacy space next door, creating an additional 30 seats, a new lounge and bar, and there are 40…


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Hey Jude – WDRB Moves Redfield in, Emmick out

Jude Redfield, formerly of WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, has joined the Fox41 weather team, and Paul Emmick is out. Multiple sources have told me the move has been in the works for a while. News director Barry Fulmer gave me the standard email response:  “Our company policy is that we do not discuss personnel issues with anyone outside of our building.” Redfield, a WKU graduate, seems to be a major weather geek and was beloved in Indy, if his Facebook page is any indication. Though he left the station in March, he has continued to post weather-related status updates. Redfield won…


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Manual Teacher Story Provides Media Lessons

What in the name of Mary Kay Letourneau is going on around here? There’s no doubt the juiciest story in the news yesterday was that 38-year-old biology teacher Carrie Shafer of Manual High School was caught drinking and probably having sex with a 17-year-old Manual student in a public park.  If I’m a news director, it’s a no-brainer that it’s the lead story on the late news. But I’m not a news director. Still, here’s a clue as to why WLKY-TV leads the late news ratings. WLKY reporter Erin Haynes was live outside the Courthouse (where nothing at all was…


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Attack Strategy Fueled Fox41 Through Recession, Lamb Says

This morning Bill Lamb told all us Champion Breakfasters how Fox41 survived and prospered during the economic slide of 2009 by cultivating loyalty and getting aggressive. The Fox41 GM, who’s been there nine years, said that while his competitors were cutting back and laying off staff, he held a meeting in 2009 and told his staff that there would be no layoffs, but that they would be required to “bring it” every day at work. And that move, more than anything, cultivated a culture of loyalty. The slide in TV news began after the 2008 election money dried up, and…


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We Have a Local Ratings Winner, and Losers

No one (except LouisvilleKY.com) reports them any more, and technology has created a world in which these four times a year sweeps periods aren’t the only times you can find out who’s winning in local ratings wars.  TV ratings are still important to local stations, though, even if it’s only for bragging rights. And there won’t be much bragging going on in local newsrooms as a result of February’s numbers, except at WLKY-TV. Let’s look at some dayparts and results for local news programs. EARLY MORNING: I still don’t see the value in coming on the air at 4:30, but…


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Delectable End of the Week Goodies

What a way for the week to end — with every TV station camped outside the federal courthouse, anxiously awaiting for something, anything, to happen with the Karen Sypher sentencing. As I write this, WAVE has a live stream from the other side of Broadway from the courthouse, where people are milling about. It may be the least interesting live stream in the history of video. Except for the comments you can overhear from the unseen people behind the camera about female reporters. Karen’s wearing a blue pantsuit with an open-collared light blue top.  Check out the C-J’s video footage…


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JCPS: 2 Inches + Panic = Snow Day

I was watching Fox41 this morning as the morning team did its best to make viewers think the two inches of snow we got overnight justified the panicked reaction JCPS officials announced at 5 — SNOW DAY! The station sent Lindsay Allen to Elizabethtown in hopes of finding some weather-induced crashes and back-ups, but she stood in front of a side street with barely a hint of the white stuff as cars whizzed by her on the main drag. Shots outside the studios showed wet streets. It was fun watching Lindsay measure the total – 2 inches – and she…


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Lamb: “Local is the Future of TV”

Bill Lamb, Fox41’s GM, is finding it hard to contain himself over the prospects for his station in 2011, starting with today’s launch of a 6:30 newscast. “It’s going to be a journalist’s dream,” he says. “It will be all news and a little bit of weather. No sports, no puff pieces. It will be high-energy and fast-paced.” Lamb said the station has hired five new people in various positions as a result of the new newscast, including an anchor for the 4 pm newscast in Gil Corsey. He was most recently in Charleston, W.V.  David Scott and Jennifer Baileys…


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Get in Touch with The Greatest

It’s a Holiday, and a good one. Rather than just enjoy the day off (if you work for the government), it’s a good day to visit the Muhammad Ali Center downtown. If you haven’t been, you’re missing one of the city’s best attractions. To celebrate the holiday, and the 69th birthday of “The Greatest”, there are special admission discounts. Take an old cell  phone down there and get in free. Otherwise it’s $2. The Center is presenting King’s “I Have a Dream” speech all day. Ark Farce: Experts lined up to scoff at attendance projections for the Ark Encounter amusement…