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Ratings Race is On for Local Stations

First, a disclaimer. Last week’s TV ratings, in which major programming changes took place at every local station, were affected by the shutting down of the Sherman Minton Bridge. The constant traffic reporting, as well as changed schedules for commuters, altered viewing habits. We just don’t know how they were altered. So let’s not make any big conclusions about how the new shows did locally. On second thought, let’s do. In the newly-competitive 9 a..m. slot, Great Day Live! on WHAS beat Regis & Kelly on WDRB by a narrow (3.8 to 3.4) margin.  That shows that plenty of R&K…


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Some Coffey Talk and Media News

I just had to talk with Claudia Coffey yesterday to hear how pumped she was about being a winner Saturday night in the Voice-Tribune’s Best-Dressed contest. She was worried about the grief her co-workers at WHAS were going to give her about winning the popularity contest, which took place at the Marriott downtown Saturday night. Claudia was really happy just to be socializing, and not working, on a Saturday night. She’s moved to a weekday schedule in anticipation of the launch of the station’s 4 p.m. newscast Sept. 12. And I haven’t read the Today’s Woman cover story, but Claudia…


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Long Awaited Great Day Starts Monday

Call it a local version of Regis & Kelly, right down the Gelman character (in the person of producer Holly Rudolph). Great Day Live! is the new morning show that starts up Monday, with Rachel Platt and Terry Meiners as hosts, Angie Fenton doing remotes (she’ll be at the Fair Monday) and newcomer Laura Rogers. Exec Producer Kirk Szesny told me the station began planning this show two years ago, and showed me a set that includes a lot of bells and whistles — full kitchen, overhead cameras, plush new set furniture and microwave popcorn. I saw part of the…


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Blurring the Line Between Sports and News

Just when I thought local  TV news was phasing out sports coverage, one local station is beefing things up in its sports department.  WHAS-TV news director Mark Neerman  says the station is ready to go in a new direction by emphasizing sports news thoughout its newscasts, saying the station will “integrate and increase our sports presence even further into our newscasts. ” Yesterday Neerman said he’d hired Kent Spencer, a former Morehead State football player who’s been with WTVQ in Lexington since 2003, to replace Matt Hobbs, who’s leaving this month for undisclosed reasons. Spencer was a general assignment reporter…


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Murphy and Coffey to Anchor Afternoons

When WHAS-TV launches its new 4 p.m. newscast Sept. 12, a couple of its most popular females will be sharing anchoring duties. Claudia Coffey and Renee Murphy will be hosting the newscast, according to news director Mark Neerman. Both have extensive experience at WHAS and in the Louisville market. “They’re both excellent reporters and anchors. They know Louisville and they connect well with the people who watch,” Neerman said. He added that Monty Webb will add the newscast to his list of duties. The newscast is part of a revamped daily lineup on WHAS-TV. With the departure of the Oprah…


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Great Days for Local Programming

I just can’t wait to find out who hit that pole on Bardstown Road in the Highlands. As of this moment, the road is still closed in both directions. Don’t go there. Yesterday I visited the new set of Great Day Live!, the new 9 a.m. show premiering on WHAS-TV August 22. Kirk Szesny, the show’s E.P., walked me through (but not letting me take pictures). The set has all sorts of bells and whistles, mostly designed to create a flexible environment so what the talent on the show can do everything from cooking demonstrations to “The View” – like…


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A Great Day for Angie, WHAS

Angie Fenton, managing editor of the Voice-Tribune, Red Carpet hostess at Churchill Downs and all-around media maven, doesn’t need another job. But she says she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be  a part of WHAS-TV’s upcoming daily lifestyle and entertainment program, Great Day Live. Fenton will join hosts Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt on the one-hour show airing at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Great Day Live! debuts August 22. Fenton will continue her role with the growing newspaper. Kirk Szesny, executive producer of the new show, said that negotiating the agreement with Fenton took some time, but that’…


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Scenes from Storm City

I know that if you were at all aware of what was going on last night, you’re used to seeing pictures like this one. I took it from Mark Hebert’s car just before dark last night from Floyd Street, next to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The photo doesn’t do justice to the eeriness of the scene, as what appeared to be a dozen utility poles were folded inward onto the street as we were facing south. We had been playing golf in Indiana, and the weather grew weird on the drive back, about 8. Visibility was almost zero on the…


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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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Telling The Sick Story on Strip Club Child

Talk about a great story for TV. On Tuesday night someone spotted a child left in the backseat of a Chevy Impala parked at the Deja Vu strip club on Taylor Blvd. Police arrived and rescued the child, perhaps just as the 43-year-old mother, Laura Diprimo, who works, or has worked, at the strip club, came out to check on the child. Somewhere in the vicinity lurked the 28-year-old Dad, Thomas Lee,  who was supposed to be on home incarceration but was instead out having a drink at a strip club with his wife on a Tuesday night at 11….