Popular former WFTV anchor Chris Egert, who left Channel 9 in 2007 to head to Cox sister station KIRO-CBS 7 in Seattle, is heading to Minneapolis. NewsBlues.com reports that Egert is making the move to care for his ailing father. On Thursday, Egert posted on his Facebook page that his last day as morning anchor at KIRO is Friday, and that he’ll start at KSTP-ABC 5 in Minneapolis on April 26. …
A familiar face is returning to your morning TV screen.
John Brown, formerly co-host of the Orlando-based The Daily Buzz, will come back to Central Florida to anchor Fox 35’s Good Day morning news show.
STLToday.com reports that Brown signed off Wednesday from his current four-year gig at KTVI-Fox 2 in St. Louis. He also hosted a radio show there.
“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Orlando, a city my family absolutely loves,” Brown said in a news release. “I look forward to connecting with FOX 35 viewers and giving them the information they need to start their day. This job truly is a dream come true.”
Some big changes with Orlando-based television start on Monday — the first weekday of the new year.
Cellar-dweller WKMG launches its new 7 p.m. newscast with Lauren Rowe as primary anchor. The station has split its hour-long 6 p.m. news into two 30-minute segments with the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric sandwiched in between at 6:30 p.m. Local 6 has been heavily promoting the new 7 p.m. news — but will Orlando folks decide to tune into to it over Jeopardy or Entertainment Tonight?
The Orlando-based The Daily Buzz hits the big time on Monday, with its debut in a top 10 market. The nationally syndicated morning show, based at Full Sail Studios in Winter Park, begins airing on Boston’s WLVI-CW 56. It will be the 165th station to carry the show, but most of those stations are in small markets. How will it fare in the nation’s No. 7 market? Lots of folks will be keeping an eye on the progress. Meanwhile, I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Buzz still airs in Orlando on WRDQ-TV 27 from 6 to 7 a.m., then continues until 9 a.m. on the WRDQ-27.2 digital subchannel.
And not to be left out, Orlando-based Golf Channelgets into the morning show business with the launch of its new show, The Morning Drive. Veteran sports broadcasters Erik Kuselias and Gary Williams anchor the show, which will air from 7 to 9 a.m. each weekday from Orlando. Central Florida icon Arnold Palmer is penciled in to appear on Monday’s first telecast.
Former Daily Buzz anchor Clayton Morris has moved on to bigger and better things from his Orlando morning show days, now working with Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends show.
But the Fox suits apparently weren’t laughing on Friday when Morris played a joke in a video.
During the Fox Flash video segment for FoxNews.com, Morris introduced himself as Fox anchor Steve Doocy. He concluded the video segment — you guessed it — by again identifying himself as Doocy.
Was this a case of just reading what was on the teleprompter and not thinking? Apparently not. TVNewser.com reports, “apparently Morris was not reading from a TelePrompTer but was making a ‘hilarious’ joke. What a laugh riot.”
The HuffingtonPost reported that the Fox suits were not laughing: “A Fox News insider says, ‘It was wishful thinking on Morris’ part, and executives didn’t find it amusing.’ ”
Maybe Morris will be back in O-Town soon? Check out the video from FoxNews.com below:
Andrea Jackson, one of the original Daily Buzz anchors, is leaving the Orlando-based morning show. Her last day is Wednesday.
In a note to Sentinel TV Guy and More blogger Hal Boedeker, Jackson said, “It’s been a great experience being a part of ‘The Buzz’ since the very beginning. After being on the air for seven years, it’s the right time for a change. … Stay tuned.”
The nationally syndicated show moved to Orlando in the summer of 2004 from Dayton, Ohio. It originally aired on and was headquartered at WKCF-Channel 18 in Lake Mary. Once WESH parent Hearst-Argyle bought WKCF, it booted the Buzz so it could air local news on the station. The Daily Buzz found a new home on the dial at WRDQ-Chanel 27 — and new studios at Full Sail University in Winter Park.
The show still airs on 145 stations natioanlly. After Jackson’s departure, only weather guy Mitch English will remain from the original hosts — which also included Ron Corning.
Want more morning news? This week WESH began a six-week experiment simulcasting the 6-7 a.m. hour of its Sunrise newscast on CW18 — leading into the two-hour block of local news it airs on WKCF.
According to a WESH news release, “The goal of the simulcast is to expand the reach of WESH-TV’s morning news while strengthening the lead-in to WKCF-TV’s morning news block.” Said WESH/WKCF GM Bill Bauman: “This is a great opportunity to use the power of both stations to build our morning news audience. If the simulcast experiment is successful, we’ll consider expanding it or making a permanent programming change.”
In the Novemeber sweeps, the WFTV-produced Eyewitness News This Morning on WRDQ-Channel 27 jumped past WESH 2 News on CW18. One reason could be that WRDQ started airing The Daily Buzz from 6-7 a.m. as a lead-in to its news.
The irony is that WESH booted The Daily Buzz from its 6-9 a.m. slot on WKCF to make way for its local news show.