It starts with Sukanya Krishnan (left), the longtime WPIX morning host. There she was this week as co-anchor of the Channel 5/WNYW precursor to Good Day New York. She is teaming with Jennifer Lahmers, who is usually seen in the evening at the desk or covering a story in the field. Now, the two ladies get the Good Day New York lead-in from 4:30-7am each weekday.
But WNYW has more surprises up its sleeve. As first reported by FTV Live, Lori Stokes, who recently ended a 17-year run on WABC/Channel 7, is moving onto the Fox O and O.
What happens next is still to be determined. Sources say Stokes is expected to join Channel 5 in November as co-anchor of the popular Good Day New York. Reportedly, she will team with Rosanna Scotto, thus ending the longtime duo with Greg Kelly. If that does materialize, Kelly could be the odd man out.
“I always said I’d like to see him back in the trenches doing the war correspondent thing,” Former Fox5 colleague says. “It’s in his blood. I’d love to see him as spokesman for his dad’s [former police commissioner, Ray Kelly] campaign for mayor, or better yet–president!”
While we don’t know the inner workings, it’s clearly a gamble upsetting the chemistry with Greg and Rosanna. Stokes (right) has a strong track record in the daypart and WABC is usually rating winner in the morning (if not the rest of the day), but will she and Scotto gel? Is it risky to have two females anchor the broadcast? Time will tell.
Channel 5’s Antwan Lewis, the likable early morning anchor and reporter, is on the move. Lewis, who joined WNYW in 2010, has been promoted to weekend co-anchor alongside Christina Park.
Lewis was the epitome of a team player in January when he was pressed into service as Good Day Early Call/Wake Up anchor. He joined Juliet Huddy from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. That slot opened when Dave Price immediately resigned after being demoted to the early morning newscasts.
Lewis and Park will begin their new tandem Saturday.
Station publicists and even VP/GM Lew Leone refused to confirm or give any comment to Tuned In. However, Lewis’ WNYW bio page has been updated stating his new role at Channel 5. The bio adds that Lewis is a four-time Emmy winner.
The station has not revealed who will replace Lewis in the early morning slot.
Did the latest round of musical anchor chairs prove successful for WNYW?
Now that Steve Lacy has been the station’s lead anchor for three months, Tuned In explores if the changeover worked.
Just to get readers caught up, Lacy assumed the anchor duties at 6 and 10 p.m. on January 25, while the Greg Kelly nighttime experiment ended abruptly seven months after it started. Kelly is back with his Good Day cohort Rosanna Scotto, while Lacy is now teamed with Dari Alexander for the Channel 5 late newscast.
“[Lacy] was really surprised that he got brought to nights,” a source close to the situation tells Tuned In.
Because of good rapport with former Good Day Wake Up/First Edition co-anchor Juliet Huddy, the source says it was a “bittersweet” move from mornings.
“But, overall it’s worked out,” the source says, “because he’s a solid guy.”
Whenever Lacy broadcasts, the source says, he gets along well with all colleagues.
“He’s known as somebody who is easy to work with.”