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WDRB Morning Co-Anchor Barry Bernson Retiring

After 47 years in the journalism business, Barry Bernson, who has co-anchored WDRB in the Morning since 2003 on the Block Communications-owned Fox affiliate in Louisville, Ky. (DMA 50), has announced plans to retire in the fall. His final day on the air will be Friday, Oct. 7.

Bernson originally came to Louisville in 1969 as a radio news anchor for WAVE-AM. From there, he moved to WAVE-TV in 1971.

Bernson originally came to Louisville in 1969 as a radio news anchor for WAVE-AM. From there, he moved to WAVE-TV in 1971.

After heading to Chicago in 1976 for a stint as feature reporter and movie critic for NBC-owned WMAQ, he returned to Louisville in 1985, continuing on the features beat for WHAS and co-anchoring Good Morning Kentuckiana.

Bernson joined WDRB in October, 2003 as co-anchor of WDRB in the Morning with Candyce Clifft. Since their pairing, the show has steadily risen in Louisville’s morning ratings, and during this past May sweeps the show was watched in more local households from 7 to 9 a.m. than The Today Show, Good Morning America or CBS This Morning, according to WDRB.

“It’s hard to overstate the role Barry has played in the success of WDRB in the Morning, said WDRB News Director Barry Fulmer. “Ever since he joined the team, he’s played a major role in shaping the personality of the show and viewers have come to think of him as a trusted friend. He’s also been one of the most professional people I’ve had the opportunity to work with, and we’ll certainly miss him.”

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Even though he’s leaving his full-time post, Bernson has agreed to remain available to WDRB as a periodic fill-in anchor and for occasional special reports.


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