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Changes at Fox 5’s ‘Good Day Atlanta’

Buck Lanford takes over the 7 to 9 a.m. "Good Day Atlanta" slot for Mark Hayes, who remains anchor from 5 to 7 a.m.

Buck Lanford takes over the 7 to 9 a.m. "Good Day Atlanta" slot for Mark Hayes, who remains anchor from 5 to 7 a.m.

Buck Lanford co-anchoring with Gurvir Dhindsa 7-9 a.m.

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Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta,” which now airs nonstop from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., is getting a line-up makeover at least through the summer.

To give WAGA-TV’s reliably hard-working Mark Hayes more time to do reporting, he will now be anchoring only from 5 to 7 a.m. (He had previously been doing a bulk of anchoring work from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with only a short break.) Hayes has worked with “Good Day Atlanta” since 2002 when he teamed with Suchita Vadlamani. She left last December and I have heard nothing about her future plans.

Karen Graham will continue to helm the 9 a.m. hour but will also take over 4:30 a.m. for Hayes. She’s been with Fox 5 for more than a decade.

Weekend sports anchor Buck Lanford, who has been with Fox 5 since 1998, will replace Hayes from 7 to 9 a.m. and also do reporting.

Gurvir Dhindsa, who re-joined “Good Day Atlanta” from Washington D.C. in March, won’t see her hours change. She will continue to work with Hayes from 5 to 7 a.m., then co-anchor with Lanford at the 7 to 9 a.m. time period. She worked at Fox 5 in the late 1990s as well.

I’m told this is not necessarily permanent but will be the lineup for the time being.

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By Rodney Ho,, AJCRadioTV blog

109 comments Add your comment


July 18th, 2011
5:56 pm

Who’s left in the Fox 5 sports department?
Will Ken Rodriguez anchor the 10-11am hour?
Pretty soon, it will be Good Day Atlanta 24/7.

Dirk Newcombe

July 18th, 2011
6:14 pm

Sports on local televison is over.
WAGA is fading.


July 18th, 2011
6:16 pm

I am sure any of the folks at 790 or 680 would be all over the chance to appear on TV. How about Sandra Goldman? At the very least we would have some eye candy now that Dagmar is gone.


July 18th, 2011
8:17 pm

The show stinks without Suchita… She was the whole F’in show. I hope she gets with another local station and buries Good Day Atlanta.

Sexy Bro

July 18th, 2011
8:22 pm

Suchita has been hired by Eric Von Hessler to work in the Regular Guys news division.

Dude Love

July 18th, 2011
8:23 pm

Oowwww.. Really dug that Suchita! Yowza! And that Stacey was real easy on the eyes too. Need me some more of that.

TV Critic and Human Resource Director

July 18th, 2011
8:25 pm

Ok Let’s just completely replace Haynes,Graham,Rodriquez,Ken Cook,The Heavy Chick in the am and get new professional personnel. Hmm thinks I probably have a great idea. Let me call Murdock since he’s cleaning house. Yeah that’s what I am going to change.

Rich Black

July 18th, 2011
8:25 pm

I’ve never heard of any of these people.

Question box

July 18th, 2011
9:07 pm

So Karen Graham will work only 4:300-5:00 am? Is she still doing the 9-10 hours as well?

Rodney Ho

July 18th, 2011
9:09 pm

@Question box. Sorry to not make it clear. Yes, she also works 9 a.m. as is. I’ll clarify that.


July 18th, 2011
9:21 pm

sandra goldman look sorta like a waffle house employee


July 18th, 2011
9:28 pm

How many people who are rabid sports fanatics actually wait to get their sports news on local TV news? Not many. They have other ways to get the info they want. And probably most other people don’t care about sports anyway. So no great loss if local news drops it. 46 already farmed out their sports department and it hasn’t hurt the station. Hasn’t helped either but didn’t hurt.


July 18th, 2011
9:35 pm

Ugh, Karen Graham stumbles over everything, she’s terrible. There was a reason she was only doing sports. I love Mark Hayes but I only get to watch after 7am, so I will be switching to another station.

Lodney Ho

July 18th, 2011
9:41 pm

Who’s Sandra Goldman, my dentist’s wife? I think my gentile friends Rod and Keith are thinking of Sandra Golden.


July 18th, 2011
9:44 pm

April.. are you serious? how often does ESPN show our local teams? They are too involved in the Red Sox and Yankees to pay attention to the Falcons, Braves, UGA etc. No one in this day “waits” to get anything.. news, weather or sports. It’s all instant. You wait to see if your favorite team won on ESPN? doubt it.. WEAK ARGUMENT

680 Fan

July 18th, 2011
9:48 pm

Sandra Golden eye candy????? Uh, don’t think so.


July 18th, 2011
9:53 pm

Soooooo they send Suchita away and put Mark down to work 5-7am.? That’s crazy. And now dorky Buck and Gurvir keeps Her Job even though she boring and her suits don’t fit. She looks like she’s wearing Cheryls clothes. Mark was the glue who held whatever remained together. He and Suchita were soooo funny together. I miss them. Buck and Gurvir will have the chemistry of a snail and stapler. I will not watch anymore.. I tried to watch Stupid Stacey, and tried to put up with stupid Karen, and Mark has to go? Unbelievable


July 18th, 2011
9:55 pm

First, no Suchita and now no Mark Hayes after 7 a.m.? I’ll be moving to another news show. That Stacy Elgin is TERRIBLE – she has no culture and mispronounces everything. I don’t like Gurvir, but it’s not her fault that she’s no Suchita.


July 18th, 2011
9:57 pm

The lady who replaced Gurvir the first time she left, I don’t recall her name, but my god!!!, that’s was a FIIIIIINE lady. I might drink her bath water :shock:


July 18th, 2011
9:59 pm

Who Cares???

Jack Sartain

July 18th, 2011
10:20 pm

Bring back Suchita!!!!!!


July 18th, 2011
10:21 pm

I watch Good Day Atlanta everyday and enjoy it. I think you are trying to be too professional on the air. Mark and Jeff make me laugh sometimes. They do not take things so serious. They have good personalities. I miss Suchita, but Stacy does a wonderful job. Karen is a local lady and we need that knowledge of Atlanta. Leave things alone!!


July 18th, 2011
10:27 pm

No Suchita, Less Mark. Will not watch much.


July 18th, 2011
10:29 pm

Bulldawg Keith – If you think Sandra Goldman is eye candy you need your eyes examined fast. Or, you’re not real sure what eye candy is. Google Ainsley Earhardt for the definition of eye candy!


July 18th, 2011
10:30 pm

I meant Sandra Golden


July 18th, 2011
10:31 pm

there is something so adorable about buck lanford – with that georgia boy look. um hmmm

Curry Power

July 18th, 2011
10:31 pm

Well, this is a good time to bring Paul Ossman back. 11Alive got rid of him and he was very popular on Fox5 before he crossed over to the dark side at Channel 11. Just don’t bring the Wizometer with you Paul!


July 18th, 2011
10:31 pm

Bulldawg Keith – Dagmar was on another channel not Fox.


July 18th, 2011
10:39 pm

To poster hmmm: are you talking about Janette Smith? I thought she and Marc Bailey were the weakest GDA team in the show’s history.


July 18th, 2011
10:52 pm

Thanks BBD, yes she’s the one. Just googled her, still looking good :-)

James, Sr.

July 18th, 2011
10:56 pm

My wife and I love Mark Haynes! We miss Suchita, but Gurvier is growing on us, We leave for work about 7 so the change will not have a major impact;

Go Mark!


July 18th, 2011
11:09 pm

Just glad it’s not Buck Belue. That hick is annoying


July 18th, 2011
11:11 pm

First, I miss the cancelled FOX morning show “Mike & Juliet”. These changes make me miss that show even more. Rodney: I remember when they started the 9:00 hour it used to be both Jeff Hill and Karen anchoring. Why did they move to a sole anchor?


July 18th, 2011
11:15 pm

bulldog keith, are you seriously comparing Sandra Golden to Dagmar? I mean, Sandy’s cute, but Dagmar was world class.


July 18th, 2011
11:18 pm


July 18th, 2011
11:31 pm

Love Buck, love Karen, love Jeff too!! Hated losing Karen’s sports reporting and now ditto for Buck – but count me in for GDAtl!! Btw- Suchita was such a snooty priss – don’t miss her nor would I miss the dip road warrior. Enjoy Cheryl much more!


July 18th, 2011
11:46 pm

there are people in the world that actually have time to watch the news still?


July 19th, 2011
12:36 am

I do not care for Mark at all, can stand the way he speaks and do not care much for Girvir. Karen is OK but seemingly not very sure of herself. The other day, Karen looked like she had taken a bath in oil. So will not miss Mark at all. Let him stay outside reporting for a long time

Clayton Bigsby

July 19th, 2011
12:38 am

To all crybabies and teabag draggers. Suchita will not be coming back and she is not or never will be God’s greatest gift to TV. If you dont like watching Fox 5, get your fat arse up and turn the TV. Complain complain complain.. Thats all you dirty Gringos are good at doing.


July 19th, 2011
12:56 am

Clayton Bigsby, you are a sick minded individual and eat my teabag!!!!!!!!!!!!!


July 19th, 2011
1:13 am

WHO FREAKIN’ CARES ?????????????????????????????????????

Beverly Harvard

July 19th, 2011
1:40 am

armchair producer

July 19th, 2011
3:21 am

Hey, times are tough all over. Why hire hard-news reporters when you can repurpose your sports people? Think they’ll interview each other in the newsroom about what’s happening from the scene?


July 19th, 2011
4:23 am

I remember when Dagmar came to town and I said “There’s nobody by that name!” I sure miss her now–loved the billboards!!


July 19th, 2011
7:47 am



July 19th, 2011
7:50 am

Would love to have Buck Belue join the show and bring his great insight for college football and baseball. Also I enjoyed Dagmar when she was on channel 46 but I don’t want to see Sandra Golden on GDA.

I watch local sports for some of the more in-depth replays and interviews than ESPN or the web provides. I hate Channel 11 though because they are pro-tech so I primarily watch Zach Klein and WSB for replays of Braves wins and the Dawgs, especially their 42-34 victory over tech.


July 19th, 2011
7:51 am

I think I might move to another news show. First they took Suchita, now they wanta to fizz out Mark Hayes. What are these bozos thinking

Al Fredo

July 19th, 2011
8:03 am

WOW…this is earth-shattering news. I don’t understand why the major news outlets have not picked up this story? Atlanta news anchors getting their hours changed around…..can the Apocalypse be too far behind?


July 19th, 2011
8:05 am

to much local news on,same old stories over and over,and same old news anchors and reporters


July 19th, 2011
8:07 am

Does Mark Hayes have a suit that is not about 2 sizes too small? He looks like the Chocolate Pillsbury Doughboy. Hey Mark, get on a treadmill.