Ted Hall will be joining Karyn Greer in mornings, replacing retiring Jill Becker in September.
Hall has been a floating host/reporter since February, when Jeff Hullinger took over as co-anchor with Brenda Wood at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dubbed an “experiment” at the time, that move appears permanent.
Hall joined WXIA-TV as an evening anchor in January 2006 after 18 years in Knoxville.
“It wasn’t something I wanted to do until I tried it,” Hall said in a phone interview today, referencing the move to mornings. “The show is such a great fit. For me, the best thing is the schedule will give a lot more time with the kids.” (He would often go home in the evenings between the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news.)
Hall will do the 5 to 7 a.m. and noon show in September when Becker retires. Until then, he will continue to float around the schedule, including stops at 6 p.m and weekends.
Once the fall rolls around, he plans to still do reports of his choosing. “I’ll get to do stories I like to do,” he said, “stories that make you say, ‘No kidding!’ That will mesh well with the morning show.”
Ellen Crooke, the news director, in a press release, said: “We hope now Ted’s fans who have been missing him in the evening understand that we needed to move Ted to a dayside shift to allow him to slide into the morning show from time to time over these past months so we could see how Ted liked the morning. The chemistry among Karyn Greer, Ted Hall and Chesley McNeil has been magical and fun to watch.”
By Rodney Ho, email@example.com, AJCRadioTV blog