call_letters = WDRB
station_slogan = Your First Choice for News
station_branding = Fox 41
analog = 41 (UHF)
digital = 49 (UHF)
affiliations = Fox
February 28, 1971
callsign_meaning = DeRBy
former_callsigns = WDRB-TV (1971-1997)
owner = Block Communications, Inc.
licensee = Independence Television Company
former_affiliations = independent (1971-1987)
effective_radiated_power = 5000 kW (analog)
1000 kW (digital)
HAAT = 391 m (analog)
374 m (digital)
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 stationin 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, Indianaalongside sister-station WMYO.
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.
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 Louisvillefootball 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.
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
Tom Lane, Sports Director
John Lewis, Weekend Sports Anchor
Mike Olmstead, Sports Reporter Reporters
*WDRB's station IDs from 1976 featured fireworks in the background with an announcer saying "Channel 41 Louisville, where independence is fun".
* [http://www.fox41.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.williamgirdler.com/kissinger.html Fright Night program info]
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