Good Day L.A.
|Good Day L.A.|
|Presented by||Steve Edwards (1995–present)
Maria Sansone (2011–present)
Julie Chang (2012–present)
Maria Quiban (2011–present)
Rick Dickert (2008–present)
|Opening theme||"Good Day" by Gari Media Group|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location(s)||Fox Television Center, South Bundy Drive, West Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||180 minutes
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original run||June 18, 1993 – present|
Good Day L.A. is a morning television news and entertainment program airing on KTTV (channel 11), a Fox owned-and-operated television station in Los Angeles, California that is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The program broadcasts each weekday morning from 7 to 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Differing in format from the conventional 2½-hour morning newscast that precedes it, the program features news, traffic and weather segments, but emphasizes entertainment and feature stories (including celebrity interviews – which are mainly done in-studio, although are occasionally performed via satellite – as well as features such as fashion and food segments).
The program is currently co-hosted by Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone, alongside weather anchor and social media correspondent Maria Quiban, entertainment reporter Julie Chang and traffic reporter Rick Dickert.
Good Day L.A. debuted on June 18, 1993 as a competitor to then-independent station KTLA (channel 5)'s own morning news program, the KTLA Morning News, which premiered two years before in 1991. At its inception, the show carried a similar format to KTLA's program. It was a two-hour newscast that was originally anchored by Antonio Mora and Susan Lichtman. Mark Thompson moved from the station's 10 p.m. newscast to serve as its weather anchor; Dagny Hultgreen served as the entertainment anchor; and Suzanne Dunn was the traffic reporter, reporting from the station's news helicopter Sky 11 (now SkyFox).
The format was unsuccessful, and the show had suffered from frequent anchor turnover. Mora left for ABC News and was replaced by Thompson and later Tony McEwing (who has anchored the early morning Fox 11 Morning News since its 1993 launch). Hultgreen was replaced by Lonnie Lardner; Dunn was replaced by Will Kohlschreiber.
The show was retooled in March 1995 when Steve Edwards was brought in as anchor alongside Jillian Barberie (now Jillian Reynolds) as weather anchor (swapping positions with Thompson, who took over her former post reporting weather on the station's 10 p.m. newscast), and Dorothy Lucey handling the entertainment reports; Rod Bernsen took over the traffic reports from the helicopter, and McEwing reported headlines from the newsroom.
In mid-2012, the show saw its first major lineup change in nearly two decades with the departure of Lucey, whose contract was not renewed, in May. Lucey claimed on her personal blog that new management at the station let her go because of her voice (which is naturally raspy in tone). Around the same time, Reynolds was downgraded to a freelance employee at KTTV and began appearing less frequently on the program. Reynolds was then let go completely in September of that year after frequent guest host Maria Sansone was made a full-time co-host of the program, alongside Edwards.
Good Day Live
In 2001, Good Day L.A. spun off a nationally syndicated program called Good Day Live, which was an hour-long version of the local show with the same hosts; the program, which featured the same format as Good Day L.A. (although with more of an emphasis on entertainment news, interviews and feature stories over news headlines), was distributed by Twentieth Television and was originally launched on the Fox Television Stations, the parent of KTTV which operates Fox's owned-and-operated stations. Jillian Barberie was fired from the show and Dorothy Lucey left the syndicated version in 2004, yet both continued to host the L.A.-based version. They were replaced by Arthel Neville and Debbie Matenopoulos. Good Day Live was cancelled a year later due to low ratings.
Expansion to three hours
Following the cancellation of Good Day Live, KTTV expanded Good Day L.A. to three hours, running until 10 a.m. local time (becoming the first Fox-owned station, and one of the earliest stations not affiliated with the Big Three networks, to expand their morning newscast into the 9 a.m. hour). Also in 2005, Good Day L.A. added a Sunday edition of the program that was hosted by Robb Weller, Nischelle Turner and Elizabeth Espinosa (in July 2006, the Good Day L.A. branding was removed from the Sunday edition and the format was changed to a more straightforward newscast; Turner and Espinosa were reassigned to other news programs, but Weller remained and co-anchored the Sunday morning newscast with Gina Silva until that program was cancelled by the end of the decade).
Steve Edwards is presently the longest-serving host of the program, having been primary host of Good Day L.A. since 1995.
- Steve Edwards - host and news/opinion anchor
- Maria Sansone - co-host
- Julie Chang - entertainment
- Maria Quiban - weather/social media anchor
- Lisa Breckenridge - entertainment/lifestyle reporter
- Bob DeCastro - reporter
- Rick Dickert - traffic reporter ("SkyFOX")
- Gigi Graciette - field reporter
- Tony McEwing - newsreader; also fill-in anchor
- Gina Silva - field/investigative reporter; also fill-in co-host
- Phil Shuman - reporter
- Lauren Sivan - field reporter
Former on-air staff
- Dagny Hultgreen - entertainment reporter
- Will Kohlschreiber - traffic reporter
- Lisa Joyner - entertainment reporter
- Susan Lichtman - co-host
- Dorothy Lucey - co-host/entertainment reporter
- Antonio Mora - co-host
- Jillian Reynolds - co-host/weather anchor
- Mark Thompson - weather anchor
KTTV morning newscasts
The station's early morning newscast, Fox 11 Morning News, premiered alongside Good Day L.A. in June 1993; it was originally anchored by Diana Koricke and Tony McEwing, with veteran KTTV reporter and former anchor Tony Valdez serving as an occasional fill-in anchor. Koricke left television news in June 1996 and was replaced on the broadcast by Jean Martirez (who joined the station from KCNC-TV in Denver). The show originated as an hour-long newscast beginning at 6 a.m., but was later expanded to 90 minutes, with a 5:30 a.m. start time. In 2004, an additional half-hour was added, expanding the morning newscast to two hours beginning at 5 a.m. (long after many other stations around the country, particularly in markets as large as Los Angeles, expanded their morning newscasts into the 5 a.m. slot). The morning newscast was expanded to 4:30 a.m. in April 2010.
On July 14, 2008, KTTV debuted a half-hour late morning newscast that immediately follows Good Day L.A. at 10:00 a.m. The program is currently anchored by McEwing and Araksya Karapetyan. In December of that year, a half-hour noon broadcast debuted on the station, which was reformatted in September 2011 from a traditional midday newscast to a mix of news and features with Good Day anchors Edwards and Sansone brought in to anchor the broadcast.
Reception and controversy
Critics of Good Day L.A. have praised the show for being "so wonderfully bonkers", particularly in comparison with its competition, including KTLA's morning newscast as well as the national network morning shows seen on ABC, CBS and NBC.
In-fighting has been a problem in the past. Reynolds appeared as a guest on The Howard Stern Show where she blasted co-host Lucey for being "bible-thumpy". Reynolds has also stated there were times when she and Edwards did not get along. On Lucey's last day, Reynolds issued an apology to Lucey as part of her farewell, of which some critics accused of being insincere.
In other media
- Good Day New York - a similar morning news and entertainment program on sister station WNYW in New York City, New York.
- "Dorothy Lucey: Fired because her voice made boss' 'eyes bleed'?". Los Angeles Times. 6-Sep-12. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "KTTV’s ‘Good Day LA’ Co-Anchor Dorothy Lucey To Exit, Jillian Reynolds To Freelance". Deadline. 21-May-12. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
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- "Jillian Barberie Tweets She's No Longer on 'Good Day L.A.'". LAist. 27-Sep-12. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Anchors and Reporters
- Meet the Good Day LA Team
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- "Dorothy Lucey purges co-host's 'mean' at 'Good Day L.A.' [Video]". Los Angeles Times. 4-Jun-12. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "Jillian Reynolds Pretends to Cry While Bidding Adieu to 'Good Day L.A.' Co-Anchor". LAist. 24-May-12. Retrieved 28 September 2012.