Cleveland TV Morning News Changes

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    #184198

    There have been a lot of changes on morning TV lately in Cleveland except at WJW, which is still number one.  The other three – WKYC, WEWS, and WOIO – has seen at least one person leave or switch places with another staffer on their respective AM newscast.

    WKYC/3 – Moved Lynna Lai back to weekend evenings, initially replacing her with Maureen Kyle, then had Will Ujek and Tiffany Tarpley anchoring the newscast for a while, especially on location.  Kyle was later brought back to the main desk, though with John Anderson gone from the station altogether.  He has since been replaced by Dave Chudowsky.

    WEWS/5 – JD Rudd left the station after two years, and his position has since been filled by a rotation by existing meteorologists.

    WOIO/19 – Jeff Tanchak returned to his roots on the station as the AM meteorologist as he switched shifts with Samantha Roberts.  The station has also cancelled its 7am newscast on sister station WUAB/43.  (The 7am and 7:30am is now filled by two episodes of the syndicated talk show “Face the Truth.”)

    Personally, I think WEWS and WOIO have both gotten better this year, while WKYC has only gotten worse.  I’m not feeling any of the new teams 3 unveiled this year, especially this past week.  They had a good thing going with Anderson and Lai, until they messed with it.


    Participant
    #184200

    3, 5, and 19 will forever try to mix, match, and shake things up to try to find the holy grail of toppling Fox 8 News in the Morning.

    WKYC could have been happy with being a solid #2 with Anderson/Lai, but they were trying for a Hail Mary in hopes of overtaking the big dog on Dick Goddard Way.

    Didn’t quite work, so now it’s the “Mo and Chud show”.

    Maureen Kyle (frequently referred to on air by her nickname of “Mo”), and Dave “Chud” Chudowsky both come a sporting background for what it’s worth…DC of course has been channel 3’s weekend sports anchor for a decade and change, and Kyle (who herself has been at WKYC for around a decade in various roles) is the daughter of Chuck Kyle – the 11-time State Championship winning head football coach of St. Ignatius.


    Participant
    #184204

    WEWS/5 – JD Rudd left the station after two years, and his position has since been filled by a rotation by existing meteorologists.

    Well things should settle down a bit, as TV 5 has brought in Cameron Hardin – a recent Purdue grad who had been working at WLFI CBS 18 in West Lafayette, Indiana (home of Perdue…still can’t believe the whooping they put on the Buckeyes last week) the last 3 years (right out of school) and just obtained his AMS-CBM Seal of Approval.

    He’s working the weekend AM, another recent hire – Remeisha Shade – just recently started doing weekend PM, and by process of elimination, that means Bryan Shaw (who had been the weekend AM guy for the last couple of years) slides in as the weekday AM forecaster.


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    #184217

    How is Fox 8 so popular in the mornings? Is it the personalities, because it surely can’t be the same one hour news feed, read over and over again with different anchors every time? 8 built a dynasty around having hometown talent and retaining them, and they’re the only ones left that have kept one or two longtime anchors. Almost everyone else has changed things up so many times that it’s hard to keep track.

    Two things I wish Fox 8 would do is invest in more syndicated programming, and cut back on the news. The morning show used to only run from 5:30-9am back in the yellow/blue graphics era, and it seemed to be popular back then. Do we really need seven hours of news between 4am and 1pm? Heck, the only thing NOT locally produced between 3am and 1pm is Dr Oz. Are they that strapped for cash, or is the syndication market really that small that there’s nothing out there FOR 8 to pick up?


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    #184219

    Haven’t watched FOX 8 news in the morning in years [usually cause I’m in bed] because of two words: Kenny Crumpton. What does this guy have on the FOX 8 hierarchy that lets him keep his job? Most of the crap on the air on all the networks is not news, but fluffy entertainment junk after the first 5 minutes but 8 takes the cake with him. About the only reason to watch it is for the incredible bloopers that occur….like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efWjDDQZDK4


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    #184226

    Two things I wish Fox 8 would do is invest in more syndicated programming, and cut back on the news. The morning show used to only run from 5:30-9am back in the yellow/blue graphics era, and it seemed to be popular back then. Do we really need seven hours of news between 4am and 1pm? Heck, the only thing NOT locally produced between 3am and 1pm is Dr Oz. Are they that strapped for cash, or is the syndication market really that small that there’s nothing out there FOR 8 to pick up?

    Agreed.  There is way too much “news” on Fox 8.  It’s the same stories recycled over and over throughout the day.  And there is also a lot of fluff added as well.  At least they could air a movie overnight instead of replaying the 10 pm newscast.

    Participant
    #184234

    How is Fox 8 so popular in the mornings? Is it the personalities, because it surely can’t be the same one hour news feed, read over and over again with different anchors every time? 8 built a dynasty around having hometown talent and retaining them, and they’re the only ones left that have kept one or two longtime anchors. Almost everyone else has changed things up so many times that it’s hard to keep track.

    Two things I wish Fox 8 would do is invest in more syndicated programming, and cut back on the news. The morning show used to only run from 5:30-9am back in the yellow/blue graphics era, and it seemed to be popular back then. Do we really need seven hours of news between 4am and 1pm? Heck, the only thing NOT locally produced between 3am and 1pm is Dr Oz. Are they that strapped for cash, or is the syndication market really that small that there’s nothing out there FOR 8 to pick up?

    Nothing to do with being cash strapped (quite the opposite – it takes a good bit of $$ to have a 40+ person on-air news staff, plus all the off-camera crew), it’s just that news is WJW’s bread and butter, it does well for them in the ratings, so they’re gonna ride that horse as hard as they can for as long as they can.


    Participant
    #184330

    Can’t argue with Fox 8 being number one in the morning…..but personally I think the show boarders on cringe-worthy most of the time, just too much corniness for my taste.  I’ve been watching more NBC national news in the morning for the 10 minutes or so that I do watch TV in the morning, normally around 7am.

    Evening news is the same thing.  You can tell that Fox 8 is REALLY struggling to fill their hour long news blocks.  Too many national “you won’t believe what happened when…..” puff pieces.  When I do watch evening news I’ll usually turn to WKYC, I think the 30 minute local news time-frame is much better suited to the Cleveland market.

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by  mightyvoice.

    Participant
    #184335

    You can tell that Fox 8 is REALLY struggling to fill their hour long news blocks. Too many national “you won’t believe what happened when…..” puff pieces. When I do watch evening news I’ll usually turn to WKYC, I think the 30 minute local news time-frame is much better suited to the Cleveland market.

    Agreed. Also annoying are the weather segments every 5 minutes that tell us very little.  We have to “stay tuned” for the full forecast.   I prefer watching a 1/2 hour newscast as they are more concise and have very little fluff. And WKYC is usually my choice.

    Participant
    #184336

    Fox 8 should eventually cut back on its amount of news.  They likely won’t, but it’s way too much for one station to have so much on the same schedule.  If they need to do a lot of local news, they should just launch an all-local news subchannel.

    WKYC still does good with the news, although the AM news is becoming more and more unwatchable.


    Participant
    #184344

    And here’s a taste of WKYC’s new look in the morning:

    https://www.wkyc.com/mobile/video/life/food/the-secret-to-better-cereal-hersheys-syrup/95-8289993


    Participant
    #184345

    And here’s a taste of WKYC’s new look in the morning:

    https://www.wkyc.com/mobile/video/life/food/the-secret-to-better-cereal-hersheys-syrup/95-8289993

    To be fair, all morning shows have silly segments like that.


    Participant
    #184346

    Let’s take a 30,000 feet view of things and kinda take stock:

    Anchors:
    WKYC – Dave Chudowsky, Maureen Kyle, Tiffany Tarpley (update desk)
    WEWS – Terrence Lee, Katie Ussin
    WJW – Wayne Dawson, Kristi Capel, Stefani Schaffer, Todd Meany,
    WOIO – Julian Giover, Neeha Curtis

    Weather:
    WKYC – Hollie Strano
    WEWS – Bryan Shaw
    WJW – Scott Sabol
    WOIO – Jeff Tanchak

    Traffic:
    WKYC – Danielle Wiggins
    WEWS – Jon Rudder
    WJW – Patty Harken
    WOIO – Jamie Sullivan

    Obviously, WJW is the big dog, and has been for 2 decades. Dawson and Schaffer are institutions on Fox 8 News in the Morning, Sabol has been there for a decade plus, and Harken (who famously was known as “Holly Copter” on the radio) has been doing drive time traffic in this town for over 20 years up and down the dial.

    Outside of Hollie Strano (who herself has been a fixture on Channel 3 News Today for a decade and a half) everybody else on the list is a relative newbie to the weekday AM shift (now Chudowsky, Kyle, and Tanchak have been at their respective stations for a decade plus, but not in their present roles).


    Participant
    #184354

    Was it Patty Harken and her husband who used to run “Metro Traffic” for all the radio and TV stations back in the pre-internet days?

    (And by the way, there were several women using the name of “Holly Copter” thru the years. Patty maybe was the first? Remember “Libby Roads”? Another blast from the past. Wonder whatever happened to her? I got the joke because my grandparents lived one block north of it in Maple Hgts. back in the day.)


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    #184537

    I think Pat Brady used to run either Metro Traffic or Baron Traffic.

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