WDRB


WDRB

Infobox_Broadcast
call_letters = WDRB
city =
station_
station_slogan = Your First Choice for News
station_branding = Fox 41
analog = 41 (UHF)
digital = 49 (UHF)
other_chs =
affiliations = Fox
network =
founded =
airdate = February 28, 1971
location = Louisville, Kentucky
callsign_meaning = DeRBy
former_callsigns = WDRB-TV (1971-1997)
former_channel_numbers =
owner = Block Communications, Inc.
licensee = Independence Television Company
sister_stations = WMYO
former_affiliations = independent (1971-1987)
effective_radiated_power = 5000 kW (analog)
1000 kW (digital)
HAAT = 391 m (analog)
374 m (digital)
class =
facility_id = 28476
coordinates = coord|38|21|0.4|N|85|50|56.1|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.fox41.com/ www.fox41.com]

WDRB is a television station in Louisville, Kentucky, broadcasting locally on channel 41 as a Fox affiliate. Currently owned by Block Communications, the station's transmitter is located in Floyds Knobs, Indiana alongside sister-station WMYO.

History

WDRB signed on as the first independent television station in Louisville on February 28, 1971. Airing low-budget afternoon children's programming and occasional news updates from anchor Wilson Hatcher, the station was best known for its shock-theater program "Fright Night". "Fright Night" showed low-budget horror movies, similar to "The Shroud" on WFFT-TV. "Fright Night" was hosted by local theater actor Charlie Kissinger, and was unique in that it ran during Saturday-night prime time, directly competing against high-rated network programming. WDRB Also has a meteorologist with the AMS/CBM seal. Meteorologists have to pass a test to qualify for the CBM seal.

On April 5, 1987, WDRB became a charter Fox affiliate. It remains a Fox affiliate to this day.

In 1990, WDRB debuted "Fox News at 10", a half-hour weeknight broadcast. Weekend news was added later. The weeknight news broadcast (and more recently the weekend newscast) was expanded to one-hour. WDRB debuted a one-hour 4 o'clock newscast in 2001.

For many years, WDRB held the broadcast rights to University of Louisville football and basketball.

WDRB now has a full line up of newscasts from Monday to Friday, 5AM to 9AM, 11:30AM to 12PM, 4PM to 5PM, and 10PM to 11PM. Their weekend newscasts are from 10PM to 11PM.

In 2007, WDRB dropped the slogan "Your First Choice for News" on their title card.

The line up for each newscast is listed below.

Anchors

Barry Bernson, Fox in the Morning

Candyce Clifft, Fox in the Morning

Jennifer Baileys, Fox News at 11:30

Valerie Chinn, Fox News at 11:30

Elizabeth Woolsey, Fox News at 4 & 10

Don Schroeder, Fox News at 4

David Scott, Fox News at 10

Bill Alexander, Fox News at 10 Weekends

Julie Tam, Fox News at 10 Weekends Weather

Marc Weinberg (AMS), Chief Meteorologist Fox in the Morning & 11:30

Paul Emmick (AMS), News at 4 & 10 Meteorologist

Lori Farmer (NWA), Weekend Meteorologist

Scott Akin (CBM), Fill-in Meteorologist

Beth Andrews, Fill-in Meteorologist

Sports

Tom Lane, Sports Director

John Lewis, Weekend Sports Anchor

Mike Olmstead, Sports Reporter Reporters

Bill Francis

Bennett Haeberle

Dick Irby

Stephan Johnson

Keith Kaiser

Chris Turner

Jeneen Wiche

Logos

Trivia

*WDRB's station IDs from 1976 featured fireworks in the background with an announcer saying "Channel 41 Louisville, where independence is fun".

External links

* [http://www.fox41.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.williamgirdler.com/kissinger.html Fright Night program info]
*TVQ|WDRB
*BIA|WDRB|TV|TV


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