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As Expected, “Daybreak” Is Permanent Home for Holmes

It is official. As expected here, Melissa Holmes will replace Jodi Johnston as the co-host of Channel 2’s ratings-dominant “Daybreak” in the morning alongside John Beard.

Holmes, who had been the favorite for the job after Johnston left in November to work at First Niagara, was given the morning slot after the station held some focus groups looking at her and  other candidates outside the station.

General Manager Jim Toellner said Holmes did a “fantastic job” while auditioning for the job after Johnston left.

“We did a search, but it’s it is nice when the choice becomes an obvious one and it is someone who is working here already,” said Toellner.

Holmes posted the station announcement on her Facebook page this morning and added this: “It’s a dream come true.”

Melissa Holmes: Johnston’s Replacement

When Holmes officially takes over on Jan. 3,  the local morning wars will have a decidedly different look. Channel 4’s new morning co-anchor Jordan Williams is scheduled to make his debut on “Wake Up!’ in January as well. Channel 4 hasn’t named his co-anchor, with Nalina Shapiro remaining one possibility to stay on the second-rated morning newscast in town.

During the November sweeps, “Daybreak” took a commanding lead over “Wake Up,” which has lost co-anchors Victoria Hong (Delaware North) and Joe Arena (Pittsburgh) to other jobs in the last six months. 

Holmes came to Channel 2 from Channel 4 a year ago, replacing Marissa Bailey on the 10 p.m. newscast on WNYO after Bailey left for Chicago. An Amherst native, Holmes was at Channel 4 for six years. If Holmes had stayed there, she might have been Williams’ co-anchor. Her last role at WIVB-TV was anchoring the 7 a.m. edition of “Wake Up!” on WNLO-TV so she is no stranger to the strange early morning hours.

Unlike Johnston, she will not work a split shift permanently. However, Toellner said Holmes will work the split shift of working in the morning and co-anchoring at 5 p.m. until the station hires a new 5 p.m. co-anchor. The new co-anchor most likely will not anchor the 10 p.m. news on WNYO-TV that Holmes has been anchoring since arriving at Channel 4, said Toellner. He added that the new hire will likely be a nightside reporter and co-anchors Maryalice Demler and Scott Levin “most likely” will split solo anchor duties on the 10 p.m. newscast.

As a Syracuse University graduate, I’m proud of basketball Coach Jim Boeheim is more ways than just one. Boeheim used the forum he received from ESPN after recording his 900th victory to advocate laws against allowing easy access to assault weapons. Boeheim said Tuesday afternoon on ESPN that the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. has deeply disturbed him and his family and something has to be done to prevent further tragedies. Noting that he has been a hunter all his life, Boeheim said he sees no reason for hunters or any private citizen to have assault weapons. Amen to that.

I see the Bills activated receiver Chris Hogan from the practice squad now that Donald Jones is out for the season. For those of you who don’t get HBO, Hogan was nicknamed “7-11” by Miami Dolphin Reggie Bush during “Hard Knocks” because he was “always open” in training camp. However, Hogan was cut by the Fins and picked up by the Bills. If he plays Sunday, Hogan’s first game will be against the team that cut him.

Channel 7 ran a story about the kidnapping of NBC reporter Richard Engel and his camera crew Tuesday night that identified cameraman John Kooistra as formerly working at another TV station in Buffalo. What would have been the harm of saying that he worked at Channel 2 years ago?

It’s less than a week before Christmas and Dan Meyers is out as the director of marketing and promotions at Channel 4. TV is a very, very cruel world. He was at the station for 25 years, the last 12 years in his current job. On his Facebook page, Meyers wrote Tuesday: “Tomorrow I begin Part 2 of my life. And it is going to be even better than Part 1. (Part 1 was pretty amazing, too).”



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7 responses to "As Expected, “Daybreak” Is Permanent Home for Holmes"

  1. Patty says:

    Marissa Bailey should have gotten the job. Channel 2 should have bought her out of her Chicago gig and paid her whatever it took to get her back in Buffalo. SHE is long time anchor material. Holmes was the next best though…

  2. Doug says:

    Melissa Holmes is actually prettier than Johnston.

  3. Tom W. says:

    Great move by 2 by adding someone who is well known in the mornings. Also, Melissa has proven to be a strong anchor and reporter both in her time at 4, and currently at 2.

    This may become 4′s worst nightmare in the ratings.

  4. Chris says:

    You do realize that “automatic” weapons are illegal, right? None of the “mass shootings” were done with automatic weapons as they cannot be sold in the US without special permission from the US gov’t. Do a little research.

    • alanp says:

      Boeheim said assault weapons, not automatic weapons. I corrected my misquote. However, according to multiple sources online, automatic weapons are regulated but not illegal. You can check.

  5. Rob Michaels says:

    Define assault rifle. The selective outrage and absolute ignorance on firearms and gun laws demonstrated by the media is really offensive.The term “assault weapon” is a bogus term. There are autos and semis, all weapons, including knives and bats, are “assault.”

    Every weapon, not just a gun, can be an “assault weapon,” a “deadly weapon,” or a “high powered weapon.”

    Let’s not demonstrate willful ignorance with made up PC buzzwords: there are automatic and semi automatic weapons. Autos are regulated to the point of being banned. I shoot regularly. You obviously don’t and are obviously not familiar with the regulations.

    Actually, the gun used by Lanza was NOT covered as an “assault weapon” by the law nor would it have been under the old 1994 “assault” weapon ban: http://reason.com/blog/2012/12/18/would-adam-lanzas-rifle-have-been-covere More mis-information.

    Stop listening to sanctimonious blowhards like Piers Morgan and get the facts straight. Otherwise it is just more knee jerk reactions based on bogus facts and hysteria.

    It amazes me, the rush to blame not the attacker, but the unrelated innocent in crime today.

    • alanp says:

      You are right. I am not an expert on guns or what constitutes an assault weapon. However, I believe the type of weapons used by the killer to shoot multiple rounds in a few seconds should be prohibited. Not to do so is an assault on logic.

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