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Fox 5’s ‘Good Day Atlanta’ adds former Braves Ron Gant to host

Ron Gant will join "Good Day Altanta." CREDIT: Fox Sports South

Ron Gant will join "Good Day Altanta." CREDIT: Fox Sports South

Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta” is adding a fourth member to its “Good Day Atlanta” team: former Atlanta Brave Ron Gant.

He starts next month, joining Gurvir Dhindsa, Karen Graham and Buck Lanford.

[UPDATE 10/22/12: The start date for Gant is Thursday, October 25.]

Gant had been a Braves analyst the past four years for Fox Sports South.

“ He is a good communicator, with an engaging personality and will be a refreshing addition to morning news,” said Bill Schneider, general manager, in a statement.

Gant effectively replaces long-time “Good Day Atlanta” host Mark Hayes, who joined an NBC affiliate in Dallas in April.

The press release does not specifically state what Gant’s role will be on the show, which airs from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. A spokeswoman said he will mostly co anchor from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with Lanford and Dhindsa but will have other roles as well possibly during the other times.

Gant has been a studio analyst for the MLB Network for “Hot Stove” and “MLB Tonight” and a commentator for the Atlanta Braves on TBS. His 16-year Major League Baseball career included stops with the Cardinals, the Phillies and six years with the Braves.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

37 comments Add your comment

mike

September 24th, 2012
1:17 pm

my favorite braves player growing up, good for him.

DAWG POUND

September 24th, 2012
1:22 pm

Will miss seeing him of FSS! Really good guy and good for him.

bulldogbubba

September 24th, 2012
1:41 pm

They need help on that show. I like Ron Gant but am not sure He can save them. He is soft spoken when I have seen him but maybe we will see him more excitable on GDA.

WTF

September 24th, 2012
1:50 pm

Glad to hear. I always enjoyed him on Sports South.

maxman

September 24th, 2012
2:10 pm

i manage a local ATL area golf course,ron gant used to come by and play a lot,a really super nice guy

cc

September 24th, 2012
2:10 pm

Will be interesting to see how they fit him in. Love Ron Gant the player, but not impressed with Ron Gant the commentator. Buck Lanford does a great job so not sure why they decided to make it more crowded.

Curious George

September 24th, 2012
2:13 pm

Will he still be doing MLB Network and Braves TV coverage?

LOVE ME SOME RON

September 24th, 2012
2:17 pm

WHAT A GREAT GUY! ALWAYS NICE AND VERY WELL SPOKEN. HE IS SOFT SPOKEN BUT, HIS PERSONALITY SHINES LIKE A BRIGHT LIGHT. HE IS AWESOME; YES IT MAY BE A BIT CROWDED ON THE SHOW BUT —– GDA IS A SLEEPER!

Curious George

September 24th, 2012
2:18 pm

Will Mr. Gant be doing any dirt bike stunts on the air for GOOD DAY ATLANTA?

R Gant

September 24th, 2012
3:08 pm

Hey Tina, if you’re still out there….

KEEP CHOPPIN’!

Blupaisley

September 24th, 2012
3:26 pm

That show definitely needs all the help it can get. It has been so bad since they cleaned house last year. I’ve tried to watch but it’s just awful. Good luck Ron.

Jeb

September 24th, 2012
3:33 pm

How does this affect the Dawgs’ 2013 recruiting class?

Rick James

September 24th, 2012
3:49 pm

Leave to channel 5 to use atheletes to boost ratings..As a kid in 70’s I remember them calling the sports segment Superstar Sports.They would rotate Lou Hudson from the Hawks,Phil Niekro from the Braves,Curt Bennet from the Flames and Alfred Jenkins from the Falcons as anchors.Awful!! But I guess people watched.Best of luck to Ron.

duke

September 24th, 2012
4:06 pm

great move ! get him off the Braves pregame/post game shows. he is so repetitive and expounds nothing but clichés’ that it’s painful. he is not comfortable on camera….

Happy in The "A"

September 24th, 2012
4:28 pm

Happy to see Atlanta use some of the great talent that surrounded the Braves Team from back in the day! Good Luck Ron!!!

Curious THRASHERS Season Ticket Holder (Retired)

September 24th, 2012
4:46 pm

How will this addition to the morning show help us get back the ATLANTA THRASHERS?

Gary

September 24th, 2012
5:34 pm

The cast of characters they have had hosting the show since Mark Hayes and Suchita left has made the show almost as tough to watch as The View. Buck does a good job, but when he’s not there, it’s painful to listen to three women talking over each other. Good luck, Ron.

Buck has a face for radio...

September 24th, 2012
5:41 pm

He’s too plain Jane. Why can’t Atlanta bring in morning eye candy for us female viewers for once?

Rick James

September 24th, 2012
5:42 pm

Hope Fox 5 put a clause in his contract that keeps him off motorcycles..Maybe he learned his lesson with the Braves.

TG

September 24th, 2012
5:54 pm

Buck, “plain Jane?” Compared to whom? The Mark guy who left would be considered plain. I think most would consider Gant an attractive guy.

Marie

September 24th, 2012
6:19 pm

Congrats Ron Gant! Nice move Fox5!
I would love to see Buck and Karen go back to sports – where they belong. They both do a great job with sports.

Skeezix

September 24th, 2012
6:25 pm

Good luck Ron Gant with this new opportunity.

Rick

September 24th, 2012
7:53 pm

This guy is an athlete moving to some panzy brown nosing news job.

Shame on your manhood Ronnie!

Lol… Moving on up!

JoanDaviss-Reid

September 24th, 2012
8:04 pm

This is great news….. Congratulations, Ron!

Busterbrown

September 24th, 2012
8:14 pm

Good move for Gant. Loved him on FSS with the Bravos now I hope he does well at Good Day. I miss Stacy, she was real easy on the eyes.

say what?

September 24th, 2012
8:15 pm

Eye candy for the morning! I am loving it,

Stuck In Traffic

September 24th, 2012
8:18 pm

Why is Gant working broadcasting gigs? He is a retired baseball player from the big money years. He must be broke. All those white women from his playing days took the money and ran.

Joe

September 24th, 2012
9:01 pm

I’m very much a Ron Gant fan and will tune in to see what he does. Good call Fox 5. Not a blanket endorsement of the show because it’s not that good, but I will give it a look-see with Mr. Gant.

Mitchell

September 24th, 2012
11:06 pm

Curious George

September 24th, 2012
2:18 pm

Will Mr. Gant be doing any dirt bike stunts on the air for GOOD DAY ATLANTA?

HA!

Always loved Ron Gant, I have to admit.

He had one of the best home run swings.

Didn’t love his clutch hitting in October cause it didn’t exist.

The guy had a chance to win a World Series with one swing of the bat and send the ‘92 WS to a Game 7 with another but came up empty both times.

But I still like him.

Best of luck to him.

The Truth

September 25th, 2012
8:04 am

So enough about Ron Gant. Where da heck is Joanne at this morning? Now THAT is some eye candy for us guys! Yeah come on!

[...] Atlanta Braves broadcaster and sometimes-pregame/postgame show host Ron Gant will be joining a different kind of show: [...]

stephanie perry

September 25th, 2012
11:36 am

very nice on the eyes

dick whiskey

September 25th, 2012
12:58 pm

ron gant was one of the nice guys off the early 90’s braves teams,had their share of pricks also,like that old washed up has been a-hole tom glavine

Falling over the Briar Cliff.

September 25th, 2012
1:27 pm

Our ratings are slipping. Panic setting in. Ohhhhhhhhhh !! Noooo!!!!

th

September 25th, 2012
4:40 pm

Looking forward to Ron joining the show. I hope he has a sense of humor like Mark Hayes. I miss Mark!!

casper09

September 25th, 2012
7:07 pm

i have to admit he was one of favorite braves actually met him one night while out grabbing a bite to eat once and hewas very nice to me and my guest god luck ron we are sure you gonna do great we look forward to seeing you

sheila

September 26th, 2012
5:20 pm

sorry for getting on here so much after the initial story. I’ve been a FOX 5 listener for a long time. I LOVED the messiness of the morning group – the laughing, the stories, the way you felt that they actually liked each other. Now Jeff is on at night, Suchita is gone, and I didn’t realize just how much I missed Mark until I saw him this summer while on a business trip. I keep expecting to turn it on and find that Cheryl is gone now too. For that 20 minutes I watched in the morning, I got my traffic and weather and left my home more often than not in a better state of mind. So, good luck to the next new addition – hope he has better luck at finding a way to join the family and stick around.