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Former Fox 5 ‘Good Day Atlanta’ anchor Mark Hayes joins NBC affiliate in Dallas

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Now we know why Mark Hayes so willingly stepped away from his gig at “Good Day Atlanta” on Fox 5 earlier this month: he has a new gig in Dallas as a morning anchor for the NBC affiliate, KXAS-TV. He will start in May, anchoring from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.

“When a viewer turns on the news in the morning, Mark is the kind of person they want to see,” said Susan Tully, NBC 5 Vice President of News, in a press release. “He has a warm delivery and makes the early wake-up just a little more enjoyable. Mark had a deeply loyal following in Atlanta because of his personable approach to giving viewers their first news of the day.”

Tully declined to be interviewed.

Hayes, who was at “Good Day Atlanta” for ten years, hasn’t returned a phone call or text yet. He did emote in the press release using all sorts of big adjectives:

Their extraordinary vision and passion for journalistic excellence was what attracted me to this opportunity and I can’t wait to be part of such an outstanding news organization, rich with history and tradition, and dedicated to covering North Texas news. It is an honor and privilege to join NBC 5.”

According to Ed Bark, who has covered Dallas TV for more than a quarter century, Fox4 in Dallas is No. 1 and the NBC affiliate is a solid No. 2. I sent him an email and this is his response:

It’s a very competitive and close early morning race, with NBC5 trying to hold off the ABC affiliate, WFAA-TV, while also trying to catch front-running Fox4.

NBC5 still has an early morning overhaul in progress, and will still be adding a new featured meteorologist. So I don’t think it’s a bad movie for Hayes. And I’m sure he’ll be getting a fairly substantial promotional campaign in times when NBC5 seems to be serious about upgrading its product.

Brett Martin, the former Road Warrior at Fox 5, called this “a good move. He ran his course at Fox 5. But he’s a huge Giants fan. He’s going to have to adjust to life in the big D [with the Cowboys.]”

In case you missed Hayes’ goodbye on April 6 from “Good Day Atlanta,” here it is:

Mark Hayes Says Goodbye to FOX 5: MyFoxATLANTA.com

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

136 comments Add your comment

skeeter

April 16th, 2012
1:08 pm

Congrats to Mark. A step up from the A to Big D; in terms of a larger market.

Mark

April 16th, 2012
1:14 pm

Good Bye! Way over rated with his trying to be macho when delivering sports. You will not be missed

TG

April 16th, 2012
2:06 pm

He’ll try to come back. They always do. Most people try to return to Atlanta once they leave.

MH

April 16th, 2012
2:24 pm

He surely WILL be missed! Hate that he’s leaving the Atlanta market, but wish him much success in Dallas!

Really

April 16th, 2012
2:31 pm

Congrats to Brother Mark. The Ques continue to do it big. I wish him much success in Dallas.

GC

April 16th, 2012
2:31 pm

Mark and his old team at Fox 5 were great. The show has changed so much. They had chemistry. Have been trying out new morning shows since Mark left. Fox 5 in the morning is just hard to watch now.

Rick James

April 16th, 2012
2:32 pm

Glad he landed on his feet..

Brooke

April 16th, 2012
2:32 pm

Bye Mark!! I will miss you!

Ms MJ

April 16th, 2012
2:33 pm

It seems like quite a few people here in Atlanta are heading to the Big D or Houston. I don’t blame them!!

mrj

April 16th, 2012
2:34 pm

I liked Mark Hayes in the mornings. Of ALL the people on mornings on all the networks in ATL the past few years, he was the one that you could seem to trust to give The News, without being just a talking head, reading what he was provided. He displayed a likable personality as well. His smile seemed genuine, as opposed to the canned, rehearsed tv smiles. One of my favorite parts of his morning routine was when he would introduce the Fox financial news analysts. He was always clever and unscripted with that toss to them, and you could tell by their reaction that they appreciated it as well. Buck Lanford, who has been groomed to replace Mark for awhile now, is good at sports, decent with news and is just ok for a morning show. Durvir is too rehearsed, and too much of a tv personality.

JT

April 16th, 2012
2:37 pm

TG

April 16th, 2012
2:06 pm

He’ll try to come back. They always do. Most people try to return to Atlanta once they leave.

STFU!

joe white

April 16th, 2012
2:38 pm

Have a great career sir miss ya

TroubleFunk

April 16th, 2012
2:42 pm

Good Luck Mark you will truly be missed. Go Cowboys

Trippin

April 16th, 2012
2:43 pm

Mark will truly be missed as Sachita. The entire mix of the morning show has put a sad face on me. I hardly ever watch it now, hopefully they will find an exciting crew to replace them both. Mark always put a smile on my face, something about him just got you going once you’ve heard what he had to say. Truly missed, wish I had met you before you left, but maybe in Dallas as I am a huge Cowboy Fan. Go Cowboys.

Gman

April 16th, 2012
2:47 pm

I liked him and Suchita better. I hate this Guvir chick.

Giantfanforlife

April 16th, 2012
2:49 pm

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I will miss Mark and the former anchors of Fox 5 morning team……the show now lacks any humor or warmth…I have stopped watching. Best Wishes in Dallas Mark…..(you will have a hard time there with those fans of the ‘Boys!)….Go Giants!

DL

April 16th, 2012
2:53 pm

The morning show is not the same will him gone. I’m searching for a new morning show to watch.

Kevin

April 16th, 2012
2:53 pm

Good for him… he was okay, but I just can’t get with the FOX 5 news format. I like the changes 11 Alive has made in recent years. Ted Hall is the best in the Atlanta market for any time slot right now IMO. He always throws in a little humor and ad libs well… he actually filled in for a couple of hours on 680 the fan’s “Buck and Kincade” (on the local ESPN radio affiliate). He did really well talking sports, and was enjoyable ‘unscripted’ as well.

fes

April 16th, 2012
2:55 pm

good luck with the new gig and the eyebrows.

Sirius

April 16th, 2012
2:56 pm

Agreed with Kevin 110%.

Bob in Sandy Springs

April 16th, 2012
2:56 pm

Mark was/is truly a class act……

PM

April 16th, 2012
2:56 pm

Oh, yes, he will be missed. I thought he had a great sense of humor, a quick wit! Congratulations to you, Mark. (and I’m always a cynic!)….

Good Day Fan!!!!

April 16th, 2012
2:57 pm

GooD Luck in Dallas not that you need it. You’ll be missed in the ATL.

Renee

April 16th, 2012
2:59 pm

What a great opportunity for Mark. The local news in Dallas is far superior to the Atlanta market – which is beyond pitiful. I wish him the very best in his new home.

Lola

April 16th, 2012
2:59 pm

Dang, now I have to move to Dallas

Dave

April 16th, 2012
3:03 pm

Why is it that people living in Atlanta always say that life, television, etc. is always better somewhere else. I’ve lived all over the US and had my pick of places to settle down. Atlanta is by far the best pick….and I’m from Philly!

Tex Gfield

April 16th, 2012
3:03 pm

Good riddance.

pw

April 16th, 2012
3:04 pm

Congratulations to Mark for landing a great new job. Sad that he left but they’d made so many changes that the show wasn’t the same anyway. I’ve not watched Fox5 since he left and have migrated to WSB-not my favorite but great traffic reports. I’ll try 11 Alive on Kevin’s recommendation.

Tex Gfield

April 16th, 2012
3:04 pm

Dave from Philly. We know its bad there. Please go back there. We dont want you here. You will just screw up our town like you guys did your own. Please leave now.

am surfer

April 16th, 2012
3:05 pm

Thank goodness. Maybe they will actually have people report the news, weather and traffic without their personal opinion and extra comments. Save all the small talk and joking around for the segments where it is appropriate. You do not have to be stale or impersonal, but I turn on the news for just that purpose.

Good News Day

April 16th, 2012
3:06 pm

Once the camera caught him picking his nose when he didn’t realize it was back on him. I could never watch Fox 5 after seeing that on tv.

Meeks

April 16th, 2012
3:06 pm

I will miss Mark and that very good looking Stacy Elgin. They brighten my day many of times.

Ned Puddleman

April 16th, 2012
3:07 pm

Joanne Feldman rocks!

RIcky Booby

April 16th, 2012
3:07 pm

I can think of one city in the nation worse than Atlanta…Hays, Kansas.

Steve

April 16th, 2012
3:08 pm

A great job for a deserving man. We miss you already Mark. Take care and have fun in Dallas.

hlp123

April 16th, 2012
3:11 pm

That’s great! We relocated from Atlanta and Dallas a few months ago and I will be so happy to see a familiar face. I always enjoyed him on Good Day Atlanta! Yay!

Vetta

April 16th, 2012
3:15 pm

I wish him good luck at his new “home.” It would have been nice if he could’ve find it at another local Atlanta station though. :-)

CaliPeach

April 16th, 2012
3:16 pm

I started disliking GoodDay Atlanta ’somewhat’ when Suchitha V. left, but could stomach it because of Mark H. Now that he has left, I have since switched to 11alive. They have an awesome, positive format with news that is actually important to the viewer as opposed to Channel 2/WSBTV’s crime blotter format.

willie lynch

April 16th, 2012
3:18 pm

What a gracious exit. Good luck man, you were a breath of fresh air.

chc4

April 16th, 2012
3:21 pm

DId he really have a “deeply loyal following in Atlanta”? I am not aware of that.

david c

April 16th, 2012
3:24 pm

I didn’t even know he was gone.

mary

April 16th, 2012
3:25 pm

Congrats Mark, Dallas is lucky to be getting you. You’ve done a great job here and I will certainly miss seeing you every morning.

Omega20

April 16th, 2012
3:33 pm

A Great Omega Man! We wish you well in your new assignement. A truly great guy!

Sidewinder

April 16th, 2012
3:38 pm

Welfare recipients have to be drug tested but our wonderful Public School Teachers and anyone who works in Education does not. Maybe if the Welfare recipients could form a union as powerful as the Teachers Union they too could tell everyone they’re not pissing in no cup. I know a lot teachers who use drugs but they still get to interact with Billy and Susie during the week. Burn one coach!!

Kady

April 16th, 2012
3:43 pm

I miss Mark, Suchita and even the resident dumb blonde, Stacey Elgin. The morning show now is AWFUL! Lacks all the warmth and chemistry from the last crew. I no longer watch. Buck and Suchita are as boring as saltines.

The Chocolate's Melting

April 16th, 2012
3:44 pm

Since the ATL is known as “The Black Hollywood” it seems weird to be losing one if media faces.

Mark seems like a nice, happy, guy’s guy. Would probably be fun to have beers (or L.I.T.s) with the guy.

Good move for his career. A loss for the real Chocolate City.

Diego

April 16th, 2012
3:52 pm

Great that he found a good new job. I had a couple of group lunches with him a few years ago in connection with charity fundraisers–basically one of those off-the-clock type commitments these tv hosts just have to do after their morning gigs, and he was a very down-to-earth, jolly (as my mother-in-law would say), great guy. A couple of fun, relaxed lunches. My colleagues and I enjoyed the lunches and I think Mark did too.

david

April 16th, 2012
3:54 pm

Good Day Atlanta now has completely fallen apart. They are lucky that they don’t have any competition here in the ATL or this would have sunk their ship. What’s going on @ Fox 5?

N-Dawg 77

April 16th, 2012
3:55 pm

Loved Mark, along with the old team. Good luck in your new endeavor!

bali high

April 16th, 2012
3:56 pm

Liked him better than the people on there now.