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CBS Atlanta adds ‘Better Mornings” on weekends with Paul Ossmann, Jocelyn Connell

Jocelyn paul ossmanTV executives are not always known for patience. But CBS Atlanta has been impressively patient with “Better Mornings.”

The early morning program for years generated very modest ratings after it debuted in 2007, at times pulling in less than one-tenth of the audience of what WSB was attracting from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.

But over the past 18 months, the show – which is rigorously promoted on billboards and promotes itself as a looser, more fun-loving crew compared to many of its cohorts – has shown more signs of life. In fact, it has generated strong enough numbers to merit adding a weekend version for the first time.

The weekend shows will feature two hosts: reporter Jocelyn Connell and Paul Ossmann. It starts the weekend of Sept. 29 and 30.

Ossmann, who worked at WXIA-TV and WAGA-TV over 24 years, is currently serving as the weekend meteorologist for CBS Atlanta. He used to host “Good Day Atlanta” on WAGA-TV from 1992 to 1998.

The pair do not know each other well but Ossmann, who has worked at CBS Atlanta since January, said she’s “very bubbly, very friendly.” She has filled in for Tracye Hutchins, the host for the weekday “Better Mornings.”

For Ossmann, this is an opportunity to spread his wings. And his 2012 has certainly been more stable than his 2011, when he lost his job at WAGA, his home to foreclosure and his wife all in the same month.

Since his gig with WGCL is part time, he continues to work in real estate as well, he said. His bankruptcy filing in early 2011 has been cleared so he has been able to start over financially. His divorce is still pending. “It’s been a good year,” he said. “I like what I’ve been doing. I’m excited about this new venture.”

Starting this weekend, CBS Atlanta will air a one-hour version on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and a half-hour version on Sundays from 8:30 to 9 a.m. That could expand if it’s successful. CBS is replacing paid programming.

“We will offer a detailed look at the news of the day, along with a healthy dose of fun and audience engagement,” said Eric Ludgood, news director in a press release.  The new hosts “will bring a special energy to weekend mornings.  Jocelyn is already well-known to our morning audience and Paul is one of the most well-known talents in the market.  The two share a wonderful sense of humor and curiosity.  I’m looking forward to some interesting conversation.”

Year over year, “Better Mornings” weekday May numbers have doubled, though it still usually lags behind Fox 5 (WAGA-TV), Channel 2 Action News and 11 Alive (WXIA-TV).

“We really believe in this show,” said Kenny Lawrence, director of programing for CBS Atlanta. “I think the composite of the four personalities [Hutchins, Brandon Rudat, Jennifer Valdez, Justin Lock] is fantastic.”

As for the new show, Connell “is coming into her own. We think the world of her.”  And Ossmann: “He brings nothing but positive to the role. He’s the epitome of a team player.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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[...] affiliate will be expanding its “Better Mornings” show to the weekends, according to ajc.com. The weekend shows will feature two hosts: reporter Jocelyn Connell and Paul [...]

Eric

September 22nd, 2012
12:11 am

I remember WGCL previously experimented with weekend morning news from 2003-2005. It would remain to be seen if weekend morning news on WGCL will be successful this time around. If only WGCL would bring back its weekday Noon newscast… and Better moving back to the 12:30PM slot… The Young & the Restless staying in the 3PM slot.

The Real Fan

September 22nd, 2012
10:58 am

Just glad to see more of Ossmann

Sandra

September 22nd, 2012
12:20 pm

Ossmann is Awesome!!!!

ATLRadioInsider

September 23rd, 2012
1:45 am

Could Cumulus or Clear Channel be relaunching the Oldies format?

http://atlradioinsider.blogspot.com/2012/09/is-oldies-coming-back-to-atlanta.html

Atlanta Radio Insidier

jd

September 23rd, 2012
9:56 am

I will watch whatever Paul Ossman does, class act, great personality. I have not watched ONE MINUTE of 11 alive since they replaced him….way to go Paul!!!

ATLRadioInsider

September 23rd, 2012
10:04 am

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Ima Hogge

September 23rd, 2012
1:55 pm

I like the CBS Atlanta morning show much better than channel 2 in the mornings. The hosts seem much friendlier. They come across like they are actually enjoying themselves, and they might be at that hour of the morning. It’s looser, more laid back. While channel 2 does a good job, it’s a little stiffer. For all of the morning shows, stop with all of the weather and traffic every five minutes. It’s too redundant. Bring back the local sports report in the morning.

rod

September 23rd, 2012
3:16 pm

met Paul years ago when I emceed Festival of Trees. Couldnt have met a nicer guy as he was there as a judge. I stopped watched the 11 Alive or Dead Wiz’er (reminds me my frat days) when he was not renewed. He should be the main weatherperson at CBS. Time they ended their multi year run as the Hooters weather outlet with Dagmar and Markina

BigSister

September 24th, 2012
6:05 pm

Watched Paul this weekend and found myself smiling at his antics as he had a funny discussion with one of the co-anchors. He does not appear to be manufactured, there was no weather gadgetry (Wizometer), and his banter was effortless and genuine. His weather delivery was smooth, comforting, and believable. I wish him well in his new endeavor. I’ll be watching weekends.

Rick James

September 24th, 2012
8:23 pm

I hope Paul bounces back strong and gets a full time gig..After the divorce is final.

Not To Nitpick

September 24th, 2012
9:19 pm

Paul, while he did once work at WAGA, was let go by WXIA (11Alive) in 2011.

Chris Cornell

September 24th, 2012
11:39 pm

Feel the rhythm with your hands
(Steal the rhythm while you can)
Ossman
Speak the rhythm on your own
(Speak the rhythm all alone)
Ossman

Ossman, come together with your hands
Save me, on together with your plans
Save me, yeah
Save
Oh

All my friends are Indians
(All my friends are brown and red)
Ossman
And all my friends are skeletons
(They beat the rhythm with their bones)
Ossman

Oh
Mm

Ossman, come together with your hands
Save me, on together with your plans
Save me
Save
Save me
Save me, yeah
Save
With your
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Come on, come on, (come on)
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Come on, come on, (come on)

With your
With your hands
Come on
Come on
Come on
Come on
Yeah

Come on while I get off
(Ossman)
Come on while I get off
(Ossman)
Come on while I get off
(Ossman)
Come on while I get off
(Ossman)
Come on while I get off
(Ossman)
Come on while I get off
(Ossman)
Come on while I get off
(Ossman)
Come on while I get off

Ossman, come together with your hands
Save me, on together with your plan
Save me
Save, yeah
Save me, yeah
With your
With your
Hands

Feel the rhythm with your hands
(Steal the rhythm while you can)
Ossman

BuckheadEngineer

September 26th, 2012
8:50 am

So excited to see Jocelyn on her own show. She seems like a class act and apparently has Emmys (surprised they didn’t mention that in the article). Atlanta needs more smart, funny, relevant, and influential women like her leading the news, not these ditzy types or the ones who seem to have a chip on their shoulder. I am excited to watch the show and am telling my friends and coworkers so they can tune in as well.