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Bernson Rounds The Corner

47 years in broadcasting. That alone is a significant accomplishment. WDRB-TV’s Barry Bernson is retiring in October after a lifetime of telling stories on television. Here’s a picture I found of him from his day at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Bernson’s been around long enough to have had a radio job here — at WAVE Radio in 1969. From there, he moved to WAVE-TV. In 1976, he moved to Chicago, returning in 1985 as a features reporter and morning show host at WHAS-TV. He’s been with WDRB since 2003. The good news is this — despite his retirement effective Oct. 7,…


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Outside Looking Into Louisville TV

A June 6 Broadcasting and Cable story (sorry, no link) highlighted the excellence of the local TV market, bragging about how all four local news stations reacted to the weather events in May.  And writer Michael Malone revealed some news: In May, WLKY-TV ran away with sweeps competition, as LouisvilleKY.com readers know. The story quoted WLKY’s Glenn Haygood on the widening gap between his and other stations’ ratings in the Sweeps. In August, WAVE-TV will bring back weekend news between 6-8 a.m., a time slot it dropped a few years ago. In the Fall, WHAS-TV is launching a local morning…


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Oops! WDRB Sports Anchor Gets DUI

WLKY-TV reports that WDRB sports anchor John Lewis was arrested Sunday night and charged with DUI after blowing a .133 at 3:53 a.m. outside Joe’s Older Than Dirt in Lyndon. He was driving a station vehicle. From WLKY: Police said the vehicle crossed the fog line on New LaGrange Road and was driving at a high rate of speed through an apartment complex before being pulled over at Glenridge and Easton Commons drives. The driver of the vehicle, 39-year-old John H. Lewis, had glassy, bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on his breath, according to arrest records. Police said…


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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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Trouble with Fox for WDRB?

The Fox Network is getting serious about making its affiliates pay bigger chunks of their revenues to the network, and it’s possible that our local affiliate, Fox41, is on the firing line. The relationships between struggling networks and their affiliates has become difficult, and this month Fox pulled its affiliation from two stations — KTVR in Boise and WTVW in Evansville.  This could be interesting for WDRB because KTVR’s owner is Block Communications, which also owns Fox41. And Bill Lamb isn’t just the GM here in Louisville, he’s a senior executive for Toledo-based Block. Some industry sources claim Fox is…