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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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bigboy

October 10th, 2011
9:15 pm

first i guess. don’t watch so don’t care. yawn.

Slappy

October 10th, 2011
9:16 pm

The perfect woman…Mr. Feldman is a lucky man!

U_Gotta_Be_Kidding

October 10th, 2011
9:18 pm

There are more paragraphs in this story than “Good Day Atlanta” has viewers. I had no idea who was even on this show.

SAWB

October 10th, 2011
9:21 pm

Maybe if they had the Falcon Cheerleaders host along with Buck Belue and Larry the Cable Guy make frequent guest appearances. Then they could broadcast live from various Barbecue restaurants around Atlanta except for Fridays of course when they could be live at a fish fry. Then they could give out free food to all the fans that show up while the cheerleaders dance. Man that would be a number one show.

THEX

October 10th, 2011
9:31 pm

I like karen and buck doing sports, along with k-rod!

northbeach Scott

October 10th, 2011
9:37 pm

Joanne is mighty fine and talented. She reminds me of my lovely bride and she is smoking hot.

hd

October 10th, 2011
9:38 pm

Gurvir Dhindsa is the worst.

JaniceF.

October 10th, 2011
9:43 pm

“Bigboy” (yeah, right), if you don’t watch, why are you bothering to comment.

All the Fox 5 weather forecasters are great except Ken Cook. I’m sick of him; he should retire.

rojer

October 10th, 2011
9:46 pm

She does suck. What happened to the guy that used to do remote segments a couple years ago before Stacey started doing it (she was pretty good though). He was funny.

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ron

October 10th, 2011
10:24 pm

Bring back Suchita……Gurvir is garbage. I’ve never seen a 60yr old woman use so much makeup.

GeorgiaBorn

October 10th, 2011
10:36 pm

I quit watching this morning show a while back when Karen Graham made comments in defense of Michael Vick. The other reason I quit watching is that I don’t need them telling me the weather every 3-5 minutes. Not just the current weather in the Atlanta area, but the 10 day forecast, what it did yesterday and the weather in cities that have no viewing capabilities for the show. Honestly, in one hour the time spent on commercials and weather must be at least 45 minutes. Stacey Elgin’s 2 minute piece every hour was refreshing. It’s just amateur hour anyway. Not worth watching.

Bama Bill

October 10th, 2011
10:52 pm

I have truly enjoyed Joanne hosting the Cobb County Miss Cobb production – she is a classy lady, homegrown and glad to see her moving forward ! Joanne will be great !

bedtime

October 10th, 2011
10:52 pm

these weather goons are rarely right. i can’t even count how many times this year they were dead wrong on rain and in many instances it was a 24 hour forecast.

Irma chavez

October 10th, 2011
10:56 pm

I love the news more whith fox 5 love the way they keep us inform way to go fox 5 time:)

kong

October 10th, 2011
10:59 pm

Nobody can top Channel 4’s weather gal, Markina Brown. Looks, personality and knowledge all wrapped up in one sweet package!

Twiggie

October 10th, 2011
11:07 pm

She has my figure. (And by that I mean none at all.) Where the hell is Jennifer Valdez? Maternity leave has gone far enough!

None

October 10th, 2011
11:16 pm

Good move, my girl and I would watch fox5 in the AM while getting ready for work. I always joked about how Jeff looked like he still asleep, maybe thought some of the morning humor was stupid. Now I will really enjoy the weather.

SAWB

October 10th, 2011
11:49 pm

Anyone notice that Ken Cook looks like one of The Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz? Just sayin…

M

October 11th, 2011
12:05 am

Feldman is a hot piece. I like watching her at 10p.

Good Day hit the crapper when Suchita left. I like Karen Graham, but her and Buck Lanford aren’t a good duo. New manangement sucks.

Next Plato

October 11th, 2011
12:20 am

@kong….yeah, love me some Markina Brown, especially when she turns sideways while illustrating the weather report, talk about thunder and lightning!!! My God, OOOOOOOO WEEEEEEEE!
Joann is a class act although it would be nice if she would change her hairstyle sometimes to compliment her classy choice of clothing. Changing her hairstyle up sometimes wouldnt hurt as long as it isn’t as frequent as a Monica Kaufman Pearson changes hers!!!

Doobeedoobeedoo

October 11th, 2011
12:25 am

Their traffic reports are the most uninformative and irritating segments on tv. Whoever that woman is is just brutal to watch. The parade of pantsuits is never-ending.

April

October 11th, 2011
12:26 am

Y’all get over the repetitive thing. You aren’t meant to watch this or any other news program for hours on end. You’re supposed to watch it for one cycle and get on with whatever you are doing. Same thing with the radio news. Listen for 10 minutes or half hour tops and get on with life.

If you watch and/or listen for three hours and get tired of hearing the same thing 20 times,, that’s your problem.

NH

October 11th, 2011
1:02 am

She needs to wear a fitted dress! Let me see what she’s working with :shock:

Gandalf the Wise

October 11th, 2011
1:06 am

She’s hot!

Vetta

October 11th, 2011
1:48 am

@rojer–that was Brett Martin–they got rid of him as well. I stopped watching not long after I find out he was no longer on the show.

m60

October 11th, 2011
6:18 am

I could watch her do the weather all day! Jeff is good but sometimes you can tell he is bored doing the show for all these years. He can be like Johney Beckman at times, and put you to sleep.

Shaun

October 11th, 2011
6:27 am

Bring Brett back….. He was the best road warrior ever…

Jeff Hill is very good on tv---another dumb fox move

October 11th, 2011
6:37 am

I liked Jeff Hill—why would they trade him for Feldman—put Jaquitta out to pasture and move Jeff to the anchor desk

Kat

October 11th, 2011
7:10 am

Irma chavez
October 10th, 2011
10:56 pm

Maybe it’s the early morning hour, but I have no idea what you are saying. I bet that you didn’t either when you wrote your comment.

Big Bubba

October 11th, 2011
8:34 am

Bring DAGMAR back to Atlanta!

Ron Burgundy

October 11th, 2011
8:34 am

Not bad…she can jon my news team….in my pants!

darb

October 11th, 2011
8:37 am

I dont ever watch this channels news, and the addition of a pretty face will not change that. btw, Atlanta news sucks, nothing but murder, rape, robberies, etc which usually centers around blacks and hispanics.

randy ray

October 11th, 2011
8:59 am

darb ,i’m thinking the same thing

CBS NOW FOR ME

October 11th, 2011
9:02 am

I quit watching when Suchita left! Bring her back and I promise I’ll come back.

Billy Bob Thorton

October 11th, 2011
9:05 am

A meterologist is the only position in America you can screw up on a daily basis and not get fired.

MB

October 11th, 2011
9:17 am

I thought Jeff Hill was awesome in the morning – witty and not trying too hard. Not corny and fake like many others (hint hint)…I guess she wins the popularity contest within FOX!

Bubba Grump

October 11th, 2011
9:20 am

Here it is in a nutshell:
Joanne is fine. Jeff is good and I would think he got a promotion with this move and will someday replace Ken Kook. Mark Hayes is awful and is basically just SAYIN the news and seems like he is not into his job at all. Suchita was bad but Gurvir is MUCH worse. Buck and Karen are good. Stacy Elgin was hot and one of the highlights of the show. The birthday wishes need to go. As someone said earlier they go overboard with the weather and traffic. The reporting does seem to center on blacks and minorities and most of the reporters and talking heads ARE blacks and minorities.
If channel 2 had news on when I am getting ready for work I would never watch this channel at all.

Speedygurl

October 11th, 2011
9:21 am

Gurvir Dhindsa….says “UMM” way too much. Now I only watch Fox 5 in the mornings from 6:15 – 6:30. Traffic, weather, and brief news. That’s it. I couldn’t take it anymore.

pmuckle

October 11th, 2011
9:37 am

to be honest i only watch fox 5 for high 5 sports in your face!

Kaseem Reed

October 11th, 2011
9:38 am

per darb @ 8:37AM:

“btw, Atlanta news sucks, nothing but murder, rape, robberies, etc which usually centers around blacks and hispanics.”

WELCOME TO THE ATL !

mt

October 11th, 2011
9:54 am

I love Jeff Hill. I’ll miss seeing him in the morning.

Ron Burgundy

October 11th, 2011
10:02 am

She looks tohave a nice turd cutter

Nom Nom Nom

October 11th, 2011
10:04 am

I thought it was going to be Corey Feldman. Damnit!

danny

October 11th, 2011
10:18 am

Joanne Feldman is the best meteorolgist in Atlanta, pleasant and pretty!

artyc

October 11th, 2011
10:20 am

Jeff hill was great and so was mark hayes the new guy stinks (buck)

Suchita's Slave

October 11th, 2011
10:42 am

When Suchita left the show tanked. She was the whole “F’in” show period. JoAnne is some good eye candy no doubt so I’ll give her a fair chance but if I had my way here’s the line up I’d choose:

Anchor – Suchita
Weather – JoAnne or Dagmar if they could woo her back or go into the vault and find Nancy Loveland again!
Road Warrior – Stacey Elgin
Traffic – Cheryl (For a big girl she’s hot)

At the very least this would be some good eye candy in the morning…

Kenny Powers

October 11th, 2011
11:02 am

The new FOX 5 MANAGEMENT are a bunch of IDIOTS!! It is obvious they don’t know much about the TV business…as it is all about ratings…which are on a fast downhill slide for Good Day.

Let’s review some of the recent ineptitude of Fox 5 management…1) replacement for Suchita certainly a big downgrade 2) Road Warrior WAS a bright, energetic, and entertaining feature and would have been more so with her pending pregnancy 3) Jeff Hill is very knowledgeable and very entertaining 4) an anchor change every hour makes does not make for nice morning TV 5) Increasing weather reports every 3-5 minutes is overkill when everyone can access weather via smartphone.

I look VERY forward to reading about the demise of the Fox 5 NEWS DIRECTOR and the GM and others in this column very soon.

Over and out.
KP

DJ

October 11th, 2011
11:05 am

The weather forecasters claim the victory the 2% of the time they are right, when they are wrong, they blame “the computer models.”

Suchita's main Slave

October 11th, 2011
11:05 am

I stopped watching as well when Suchita left. So as for this new move, it doesnt really affect me, although i do have to say i thought Joanne was pretty hot from watching her on the weekends. Jeff was the only comic relief on that show, dude is just too funny. I remember one show where they were interviewing some WWE wrestlers, so after the interview they throw it over to Jeff to do weather and he says “Feels like a wrestling match every sunday morning trying to get my kids ready for church”. I lol’d.