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.