There’s some changes worth noticing among our local newsroom personnel. My source on this remains anonymous, but I’ll be interested to hear from anyone who has an argument with the facts to follow.
First, the revolving door at WAVE-TV continues with the departure of Eric Flack, who has accepted a move up to Cincinnati’s WLWT. Flack has been carrying the ball for the station’s reporting team, and did some good investigative pieces during his cup of coffee career at WAVE. It must be perplexing for news director Lee Eldridge, a Louisville native who just arrived from a Rochester station in mid-December. Eldridge seems to be a skilled newsroom manager who didn’t expect to spend so much of his time hiring. See my earlier post on the WAVE reporting staff.
According to WAVE’s Web site, he’s hired one new reporter in Mark Schnyder. He seems to have one of those media marriages, as his wife worked with him for seven years at a Knoxville station. Now she’s in St. Louis, and he’ll be reporting for WAVE and seeing her on weekends. My guess is that Eldridge still has three or four spots open, and there are jobs open for an Executive Producer and Photographer as well.
For my money, Carrie Weil‘s new look on WAVE’s Sunrise program puts her at the top of the class in local morning shows.
Meanwhile, they’re shuffling personnel at WHAS-TV as ratings continue to slide. The former number one has been consistently finishing third (about a third of the time) in the February ratings book, and its extended “snowcast” you read about here did an abysmal 0.9. Melanie Snow moves to the weekend morning anchor chair, and reporter Sean Bartel is moving to mornings. Its morning anchor team, Andy Treinen and Renee Murphy, just isn’t pulling the audience that the station once did.
With WAVE’s staffing issues and WHAS’ trying to figure out what to do, WLKY is taking up the slack and moving up in local news ratings.