Arkansas native Meredith Mitchell was introduced to the KSN audience during the 5 p.m. show today. Ms. Mitchell, who speaks with a delightful drawl (that's what they say about us in Arkansas), will do the weekend weather, while Toni Valliere, who has shined in that job, will move to the morning show.
I have not heard who she will be replacing there, and to be honest with you, since school started, today was about the first time I have had the opportunity to see the five o'clock news, so I just happened upon this story.
I'm still more than happy with Sarah Pierik and Dave Pylant on the KOAM Morning News, but with Ms. Valliere on the KSN morning show, I will give it a looksee and see how it works. The problem with KSN's morning show has been that it has stuck with a format that was more suited to the personalities and styles of Gary Bandy and Tiffany Alaniz long after those two were gone. They were able to pull off the pep rallies and the constant remotes, but their successors have not fared quite as well.
The same problem has plagued KODE's morning show, though Alan Matthews has remained a steady influence on the program since the station promoted Malorie Maddox to 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor a couple of years back. Though he has gone through three or four co-hosts during that time, he has lent the station a touch of professionalism. And though I really don't have any complaint with Brian Hamman as the new evening anchor, it seems a shame that Matthews did not receive a decent shot at that position.