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Joanne Feldman replaces Jeff Hill on ‘Good Day Atlanta’

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Joanne Feldman has joined the "Good Day Atlanta" team, taking over for Jeff Hill. CREDIT: Fox 5

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Changes keep on coming on Fox 5’s  “Good Day Atlanta.”

Weekend meteorologist Joanne Feldman takes over for Jeff Hill in the mornings. A Lassiter High School graduate, Feldman has been with Fox 5 since 2007.

Hill, part of the “Good Day Atlanta” team for nine years, moves to weekends with additional weekday noon and evening duties as well. Hill, on his Fox 5 Facebook page, explained after people wondered where he had gone:

Hey everyone! Thanks for all the comments. Just wanted to let you know that I have not left the FOX 5 Storm Team, and for the first time in years (9 to be exact) I get to sleep in. You’ll be able to catch me during the week on FOX 5 News at Noon, and in the evening with Ken Cook on FOX 5 News at 5 & 6. On the weekends I’ll be there at 6 and 10pm. As for Good Day Atlanta, my good friend and colleague, Joanne Feldman will take over the weather duties. She is awesome and has promised not to sleep through her alarm (something I did..just a few times). See you on the tube!

Hill has been with the station for more than a decade, most of it as the weather guy on “Good Day Atlanta.” He also briefly co-hosted with Karen Graham at the 9 a.m. hour in 2009-2010 era.

Why this move? No word from the station.

But new management, which took over a year ago, has been fiddling quite a bit with the line-up at “Good Day Atlanta” the past year. In late December, Suchita Vadlamani stepped down (and has not yet picked up another TV job). She was replaced by Gurvir Dhindsa, who used to host “Good Day Atlanta” in the late 1990s. Long-time anchor Mark Hayes was recently bumped off the 7 to 9 a.m. slot for Buck Lanford. In the meantime, Hayes adds some reporting duties while keeping anchoring duties from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. And “Road Warrior” Stacey Elgin was cut last month with no official replacement yet.

According to Feldman’s bio on WAGA’s website, she is married with two children and lives in Alpharetta. Hill has a wife and two daughters.

Feldman, on her Fox 5 Facebook page, wrote this reaction last week to someone congratulating her on the new gig: “Thank you! I’m excited to be taking on this new challenge…and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with during these very early morning hours!”

The last time I checked the ratings in July, Fox 5 was a solid second in the mornings behind perennial leader Channel 2 Action News and its ratings were up year over year.

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I'm sorry, but...

October 11th, 2011
11:05 am

I have to take motion control pills to watch Gurvir…seems like watching someone being pinched here and there.

Good Day Atlanta keeps jumping the shark...

October 11th, 2011
11:31 am

The Fab 5 Crew is steadily dissolving (Karen, Mark, Jeff, Suchita, and Cheryl).

OK, so it’s time for a change every once in a while, but changes should be made for the BETTER, not the worse. (Don’t get me wrong, I like Joanne, but I do not like Buck sitting at the desk, nor do I care for Gurvir this second time around, etc., etc.). I stopped watching GDA after they brought Buck inside.

deedy

October 11th, 2011
11:36 am

the cast was Mark, Suchita, Jeff, Cheryl, & Bret, it was fun, entertaining & informative.

deedy

October 11th, 2011
11:36 am

the best cast was Mark, Suchita, Jeff, Cheryl, & Bret, it was fun, entertaining & informative.

jay

October 11th, 2011
11:43 am

why didn’t they promote another sports person to weather guy/gal? after this change I’m done with these guys and changing the channel back to sportscenter as old as that has gotten.

ms. deeds

October 11th, 2011
12:03 pm

Gurvir=needs off air job.
Buck, karen=no thanks
fox5=bad station

God-awful

October 11th, 2011
12:07 pm

Gurvir looks like she just sat up out of a coffin. I always liked Jeff, but the show lost me when Suchita took off.

And yeah, how long is that Valdez chick going to stay on maternity leave? She must have really ballooned and now can’t get the weight off.

Hillbilly D

October 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

After watching her on last night’s forecast, somebody needs to teach her the correct pronunciation of Forsyth County. Ken Rodriguez is one of the few on Atlanta TV, who gets it right.

It amazes me how often the local news, weather and sports people mangle the local place names.

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Ms Nell

October 11th, 2011
4:21 pm

I really enjoy Jeff w/ my morning weather, just keep him somewhere in the news, etc. and you’ll keep a happy viewer — Jeff Hill is awesome and an asset to FOX. He’s very upbeat and does a very professional job with any segment he is presenting…

David Early

October 11th, 2011
5:43 pm

Wow, these are such foul, hateful remarks. This is a morning show with people delivering news and weather yet some writers seem more concerned with how people look. It’s a job. What if someone came to your office and said, “Hey, stand over here. Let me see how you look. Ahh, no, too ugly. I think I’ll get my groceries someplace else.” Unbelievable. These folks may read this. It’s just mean.

Glenn Burns

October 11th, 2011
6:42 pm

What does everyone think about my new hairpiece?

Veruca Salt

October 11th, 2011
6:59 pm

Rodney – thanks for updating us on what happened. I had heard a rumor that Cheryl White forgot to bring her breakfast to work one morning and wound up eating Jeff Hill.

azcat225

October 11th, 2011
9:28 pm

Obviously I’m in the minority here, but I’ll take Gurvir over Suchita any day, or morning…..for hosting the show. Suchita was smokin’ hot but a complete ice queen. No warmth, no empathy, half the time she looked there was a thousand places she would rather be than sitting on the Fox 5 morning set. Gurvir is classy, professional and smooth. No idea where one poster got the idea she’s all ummm’s. Mark Hayes, please leave. Just goin’ through the motions, my friend. Classic moment for him was when he had to interview Laila Ali a couple of months after dissing her live during the first interview. She clearly wanted to kick his a$$ and he clearly was worried that that was exactly what was going to happen. Stacy did get the shaft, I enjoyed her Road Warrior spots. Not nearly as much as Brett Martin, but she was a strong second in the final polls. ;-) Oh, and Joanne? Flawless.

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Brett Martin (Road Warrior 1999-2007)

October 12th, 2011
7:08 am

I’m sorry to see that Jeff has left the Good Day Show. I worked with him over the years and I must say he is a stand up guy who is perhaps the most qualified meteorologist in the market. Some of my favorite stints was when he and I would do live remotes out at the Renaissance Festival every year. I really got a kick out of that. He is truly a funny guy. I used to tell him that we could have OUR own show, we would then chuckle, sip some java, put on our English nickers, and do some live tv.

Not knowing all the details I can only assume his move has something to do with MONEY. I only wish him and his family the best.

I truly believed that when Jeff, Suchita, Mark, Cheryl, and myself did the show it was at the best it has ever been. Fox, at that time, spent money to scout out the talent and bring it together. Now its just a smorgasbord of people, brought in from other departments of the newsroom, who are just happy to have a job.

In closing, I will use this analogy:
Anyone can take a pictures, that doesn’t make them a photographer.
Anyone can drive, they are not a NASCAR driver.
Anyone can fill in on the morning show, it doesn’t make them a real member of Good Day Atlanta.
Its all about the MONEY folks. You get what you (Fox 5) pays for.
Don’t expect a five course meal when it comes to this show folks. Fox only has money for a PBJ sandwich, a bag of chips, and a capri sun (with a missing straw).

Hugs,

Brett “Road Warrior” Martin

Jed Clampett

October 12th, 2011
8:13 am

She looks a lot like Barbara Feldman from the Get Smart show . Is she related?

ThinSkin

October 12th, 2011
10:56 am

Jeez, how old is that picture?

Goodday gone bad

October 12th, 2011
1:09 pm

Not a good move. I agree with most. Mark is not a happy camper now! He has to look at G.D. when he wakes up in the morning? :-( Bring Suschita back and Stacey Elgin. Fox needs to take a page from Channel 46 news. They make it a point to have you watching news in the A.M. Also, I agree…we don’t need the weather report every freakin 3 to 5 minutes. If there isn’t enough to talk about Atlanta in a 4 hour period then cut the show to two hours and find something else to replace it with. Like Real “Fake” Housewives reruns. LOL

SAWB

October 12th, 2011
4:42 pm

“Gurvir looks like she just sat up out of a coffin.”

LOL – When I saw her this morning this is the first thing I thought about cracked up laughing dog thought I was crazy.

NY Nick

October 12th, 2011
5:59 pm

Use to watch everyday but they have seemed to go conservative……..BORING!!!~ Now I watch my wife get dressed and do her makeup!!!!

jan

October 12th, 2011
9:56 pm

I love Cheryl with traffic & if you watched during the icestorm she is the only one that made it in & stayed for days. Thanks to her she kept everyone informed about weather & we had NO Traffic just clogged roads. I don’t like Karen, Gurvir but Jeff is a real nice guy. I guess it’s just a matter of time that 5 will be like 11 and I will have to find new station if Cheryl ever leaves. This station use to be best because of the personalitys now they want people with NONE.

woowoo

October 13th, 2011
8:25 am

Jeff Hill needs to come back him and Mark Hayes were funny together.Buck needs to go back to doing sports, period. Stacy can stay wherever she is but in the meantime since all the changes I will switch over to Frazier on TBS. that’s all.

Used to Love Fox 5 news

October 13th, 2011
2:13 pm

FOX 5 management is making mistake after mistake. The Dream Team was Suchita, Mark, Jeff, Brett and Cheryl. This show is in the dumper now. And to add insult to injury, they have hired rookie producers and camera people (captions and photos are wrong, anchors looking at wrong cameras, etc…). You can tell there is tension and the anchors are not happy. I actually like Cheryl and I think they need to give her more responsibility. And if they do anything to Karen, I’m so gone. As it is, the morning show is difficult to watch and I’ve actually started watching CBS 46 which isn’t half bad.

LD

October 14th, 2011
3:31 pm

Jeff is the man!!!

HOWARD & PRISCILLA BAREFORD

October 15th, 2011
11:28 am

We just love Jeff Hill and were very sad when he left Richmond,VA but, we were very happy for him when he went to Atlanta, with FOX 5. We travel to Atlanta a lot and have seen him, think he is doing great job there as well. Go Jeff :

bored in dacula....

October 15th, 2011
1:41 pm

I used to be a FOX advocate (I switched from NBC to watch Jeff). I agree – management SUCKS. I am 95% close to switching. Suchita gave some realness to the news and Jeff was awesome. Get a clue FOX management before you destroy everything……………