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Mike Brooks leaving WGCL-TV’s ‘Better Mornings’

mike brooksMike Brooks, one of the two original hosts of “Better Mornings,” is leaving for personal reasons, said CBS Atlanta news director Steve Schwaid.

Mitch Leff, who tracks Atlanta media comings and goings, said Brooks is leaving at the end of May to be closer to family. Schwaid said his family is in Florida.

“We desperately wanted him to stay,” Schwaid said.

I’ll update this when I hear from Brooks, who arrived in 2007.

“Better Mornings” began that year with an emphasis on features stories, mostly national, with no hard news. It was an unusual gambit. Ratings were abysmal. They eventually moved to a more traditional format with regular news mixed with light features. Ratings are better but still far behind Fox 5, WXIA and WSB.

He is being replaced by Brandon Rudat, who arrives after a very short stint with KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. Before that, he was a weekend anchor in Boston.

Schwaid said he worked with Rudat during the Torino Olympics and liked his work. “I don’t have Mike Brooks. He’s the next best thing for ‘Better Mornings.’ ”

Here’s a sampling of Brooks:

And here’s some Rudat:

Tracye Hutchins remains as co-host while Jennifer Valdez is the meteorologist. (Dagmar Midcap started in the early mornings in 2007 but was soon moved to evenings.)

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pcbobby

May 10th, 2010
7:47 pm

I’ll miss you Mike!

Rich

May 10th, 2010
7:56 pm

No one watches this show.

Marcus Graham

May 10th, 2010
8:03 pm

14th word in……WHAT’S WRONG?

He is being replaced by Brandon Rudat, who arrives after a very short sting with KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. Before that, he was a weekend anchor in Boston.

Hetch Hetchy

May 10th, 2010
8:04 pm

I watch it sometimes. Those guys wake up at 3 am everyday. It’s a grind.

Biff Pocoroba

May 10th, 2010
8:08 pm

Mike probably got tired of getting sent to Clayton county for the “cool schools” segment. Looking at the “students” flashing gang signs behind him while he was trying to talk, I can’t blame him.

John

May 10th, 2010
8:17 pm

Who cares? And that Jennifer Valdez is the most annoying person I have ever seen on TV.

Hetch Hetchy

May 10th, 2010
8:26 pm

LOL Biff, you hit it.

Jimmy

May 10th, 2010
8:36 pm

WGCL has a morning show? Huh. I forgot they had a news department. I do watch CBS but then I switch over to WSB or WAGA.

Kevin

May 10th, 2010
8:44 pm

John and Biff are hilarious!

Target Demographic

May 10th, 2010
8:47 pm

I liked it when they had Helen Neil. I’m glad they got rid of Laura Huckabee, and I like Jennifer.

I only watch WGCL for local news. That could change, depending on personnel.

Buford Murdock

May 10th, 2010
9:02 pm

Good Ridence. Now lets start the line out the door for Dagmar>>Jennifer>>definitely Kim Fettig with her fake smile. Everyone else is safe for time being…oops forgot the guy that hired Dagmar…Bring back Laura Huckabee..

phillip

May 10th, 2010
9:05 pm

Laura Huckabee and Dagmar are fine as hell.

Rich

May 10th, 2010
9:10 pm

Bring back Tom Sullivan.

Target Demographic

May 10th, 2010
9:12 pm

I also like Wendy Saltzman. She is the best. The best.

Wendy really is courageous. If you haven’t seen her in action, you’re missing something.

sean

May 10th, 2010
9:44 pm

I ONLY watch because of jennifer valdez! The rest of the show sucks

Target Demographic

May 10th, 2010
9:48 pm

love jennifer. not too crazy about her dog, but she’s a cutie.

Sluggo

May 10th, 2010
9:54 pm

All of these morning shows are the same. Weather, traffic, weather, traffic, weather and more weather and then traffic. Enough with the weather already!! I like 46 in the morning because along with all the weather and traffic (by the way, I’m not in my car yet!!) at least 46 gives a little more news and some interesting features. Where is Randy Waters on 11? I guess they needed his few minutes for sports for more freakin weather. Enough already with the weather!!

Jake

May 10th, 2010
9:59 pm

Wendy is the best! Pretty, dedicated, smart and very bold!

I’m so sick of that Tough Question slogan! Give it a rest!

Jennifer is a pain in the butt. Over opinionated of people in the news; judges others too harshly. And what’s with her hair. It’s awful.

I’ll miss you Mike! :)

Jake

May 10th, 2010
10:03 pm

Oh yeah I forgot . . .I can’t stand Danielle Knox the weekend anchor either. Who puts her make-up on, an undertaker? Way too much!

Tom

May 10th, 2010
10:20 pm

This show is sucks. I never watch it…so bad…get it off the air…

Target Demographic

May 10th, 2010
10:33 pm

one more thing about the station. those snippets where they show the interviewee stumbling for a response. Hilarious! The one with the lawyer representing the gay bar public sex perverts is hysterical!

Jeff

May 10th, 2010
10:39 pm

John (8:17 p.m.) must either be blind or of the other persuasion… Jennifer Valdez is the ONLY reason I watch Better Mornings! She is AMAZING! The classic funny, smart, cute, sexy, adorable girl next door… I’d watch her read the phone book.

If they could just clone her and make 3 of her as co-hosts, they would be doing great.

I cannot FATHOM why they are 4th in the ratings… the hacks at Fox 5 are stiff as a board, and over at 11 Alive, Jill Becker is 60 years old and wearing sleeveless sweaters (ick!) and Chesley is some Buffalo transplant who thinks that he’s hilarious but isn’t. And over at WSB, they are pretty decent with their morning stuff, but it gets VERY repetitive every day… weather and traffic every 30 seconds, surrounded by this shooting or that shooting or this random house fire. Their show gets old after 10 minutes.

So, for my money, I LOVE the Better Mornings format… it’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s informative and Jennifer Valdez is the sexiest thing on Atlanta TV in quite a while… keep it up CBS 46, you’re doing great!

CmdrR

May 10th, 2010
10:57 pm

Best of luck, Mike.

CHRIS

May 10th, 2010
11:43 pm

SO LONG MIKE, You will be missed. Can you do all of us a big favor? As you head down to Florida, can you dump that JENNIFER VALDEZ and her fake smile into the Gulf of Mexico, so it can remove all that oil? Thanks a fan

Mike Cavander

May 10th, 2010
11:47 pm

Both of their viewers are devastated…DEV-A-STATED!

Jake

May 11th, 2010
12:14 am

Jeff you don’t get out much if you think Jennifer is sexy. I have to agree with you about 11 Alive though, Jill Becker sleeveless is pretty bad, and Chesley is flat.

Beau Bock

May 11th, 2010
1:13 am

The new guy they are bringing in COULDN’T HOLD MY JOCK.

NCBaller

May 11th, 2010
3:19 am

Tracy is the reason I watch the show.

NCBaller

May 11th, 2010
3:22 am

Who ever said Jennifer Valdez is hot definitely needs to get out more. She’s as average as 90 degree days in the summer.

Tim

May 11th, 2010
4:52 am

I actually watch this show and it is pretty good. I don’t know what happened to Corinna Allen. She was very easy on the eyes.

Jim

May 11th, 2010
6:08 am

This show seems to be based on the idea that what we need in the morning is light banter between airheads. “Mornings don’t have to be sooo stupid!”

Rizzo

May 11th, 2010
6:16 am

Wendy Saltzman is what gave Hitler some of his out of the box thinking

bills

May 11th, 2010
6:36 am

mike is the # 1 reason I watched this show, which i really enjoy. He is funny, great looking, and a good sport

Brett

May 11th, 2010
7:02 am

Mike had a great gig sitting next to Tracye Hutchins, who in my opinion is the most beautiful woman on Atlanta TV.

Brad

May 11th, 2010
7:02 am

Laura Huckabee looks like Skeletor’s grandmother and Dagmar is fine but to robotic. I would leave Atlanta too, good luck Mike.

nonya

May 11th, 2010
7:21 am

Mike Brooks we will miss you, the guy who replaces you had better not be a stiff, he’d better have a sense of humor, of course no will ever replace you, you are one of the best. We wish you well !!!!!!!!!

nonya

May 11th, 2010
7:27 am

They should bring in George Lopez to replace Mike Brooks, the new replacement for Mike is too serious for the morning show, he will bring the ratings down.

Old McDonald

May 11th, 2010
7:32 am

As Tim mentioned, what happened to Corinna Allen as I just checked the Better Mornings web page and her bio is no longer listed..only Mike, Jennifer and Tracye bios are there?

Please enlighten us Rodney or anyone else on her status? Thx!

John

May 11th, 2010
7:48 am

Who? Leaving what?

Kay

May 11th, 2010
8:16 am

Sad to see Mike go. Those 3 worked great together!!

TrafficHeadache

May 11th, 2010
9:07 am

I’m surprised that CBS has kept WGCL as an affiliate for this long, as poor a showing as they’ve had since 1994 (when they became a CBS affiliate). WWJ in Detroit does better and that’s on channel 62.

Pat T

May 11th, 2010
9:49 am

Apparently you have to be a complete douchebag tool to anchor “Better Mornings”. C’mon Schwaid. Can’t you start hiring better talent??

Russ Minchew

May 11th, 2010
11:41 am

Every time I see Jennifer Valdez talk out of the side of her mouth or do her “It’s My ANIMAL House!!!!” promo, I throw up a little. We lost Laura Huckabee for this???

Mike

May 11th, 2010
12:54 pm

I gave up waking up to Robin Meade for Jennifer! She’s the best! Love ya Jen!

corey

May 11th, 2010
1:10 pm

tracye is the reason i watch she is beautiful

levelhead

May 11th, 2010
1:21 pm

Ditto Brett and corey. Tracye is a catch

songbird

May 11th, 2010
1:23 pm

WGLC is the worst local news in the City. They are also the worst offender of interrupting programming to report something that’s just not an emergency. I wish CBS would yank the station from them and give it to someone else.

kelly

May 11th, 2010
1:29 pm

I went on their show to do a couple of segments and let me tell you, “they all as fake as they come”. The only people Iiked were the camera people. Jennifer isn’t organzied at all, it’s crazy she’s lasted this long. I could tell Mike was almost of there because he didn’t smile until the camera came on.

steve

May 11th, 2010
5:51 pm

hmm, i don’t get up till noon, and even then i wouldn’t b watching cbs atlanta, but i stopped liking jennifer valdez when she stuffed that dollar bill down the shirt of the calendar fireman, then they turned it into a promo. if a man had done that to a woman model, he would’ve been fired, i’m sure

Englebert

May 11th, 2010
10:17 pm

What channel is this on my cable? Never heard of it.