Channel 4 has named Joe Arena’s replacement on “Wake Up!”
A few days ago, I mentioned the station had interviewed an anchor from Texas for the job.
Now word comes that Channel 4 News Director Joe Schlaerth has told the station’s staff that the anchor, Jordan Williams, will join the CBS affiliate in January as a morning anchor and an investigative reporter.
It is hard to see how a morning anchor can have enough time to be an investigative reporter but that’s TV news these days.
In an email to the staff, Schlaerth wrote that Williams has worked in Oklahoma City and Texas and he was part of a morning team that has won three Emmys in three years at a smaller Texas station competing against stations in Dallas.
For the last four years, Williams has been at KRGV, the ABC affiliate in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. He has been a co-anchor in the morning for the past two years. He came to the station after working in Oklahoma, City, Midland, Texas and San Antonio, Texas.
According to the KRGV website, Williams has won 10 first-place awards from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Wrote Schlaerth: “He is described as a newsroom leader with a drive to win.”
It won’t be easy to win here since “Wake Up” is now well behind Channel 2’s “Daybreak” in the morning news wars.
Williams will be replacing Ed Drantch, who co-anchored “Wake Up” during the November sweeps after Arena left for Pittsburgh. Drantch, who was teamed with Nalina Shapiro, will remain a reporter. There is no word on whether Shapiro will be Williams’ co-anchor or if the station is looking to replace her as well. It would be a good idea.
On Friday, I noted that while Channel 2 “Daybreak” co-anchor Jodi Johnston got a three-day send-off, Channel 7 anchor Keith Radford quietly celebrated his 25th anniversary at the station. On Friday, the station celebrated Radford’s milestone at the end of the 6 p.m. newscast by delivering a cake on set. I think Radford wanted a pie.
Asked by co-anchor Joanna Pasceri if he had anything to say to viewers, Radford said: “Thank you and I apologize if I have offended anyone. And I’m sure I have from time to time. I’ll try not to in the future.”
No apologies necessary Keith.
As I wrote Friday, you can pick up a copy of the December issue of Buffalo Spree to read my profile on Radford.
Channel 2′s owner, Gannett, and DirecTV reached a national agreement that means that the local subscribers to the satellite carrier will continue to get NBC programming and the station’s local newscasts without a rabbit ears antenna or an outside antenna. In other words, it was just another case of crying wolf.