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Monday, September 26, 2011

Moving To Mornings (For A Few Months)

As many of you know, FOX added an extra hour to the morning show, starting today. The AM News now extends from 4:30 AM - 10 AM. You could fly to Los Angeles in the amount of time we are on air every morning!

The last hour of show 9-10 AM is NOT your typical newscast. The show will be more of a conversation between Erika Arias and Rachel Lutzker about current events, health issues, style, cooking, even funny internet videos. No topic is off limits!

While Rachel Lutzker is on maternity leave (any minute now) I was given the opportunity to fill in on this new show. It was a very hard decision for me. Obviously, I knew I would have to give up the 10 PM newscast. I love working nights. I love who I work with. And most importantly I love the weather and presenting the weather each night to all of you!

But ultimately I decided that this would be a fun adventure for me! I will still be the meteorologist on the News at 4 (Monday-Friday). You know I could never cut weather out of my life! But for a few months I have the opportunity to try something I never pictured myself doing. This new show will be out of my comfort zone. But I’m excited to be able to show a little more of my personality.

Geoff Fox will be stepping in for me while I’m on the morning shift. My news director has promised me that my position on evenings is safe and I will resume my old shift when Rachel returns as a proud Mommy. So don’t worry about me! And I won’t abandon you…I’ll still be around for late night YouTube weather updates with Rambo.

Weather is still my #1 passion. I don’t want to be Oprah one day. But is there room for doing a little bit of everything? That seems to be the direction a lot of news organizations are taking these days, especially on the networks. Wish me luck, and I hope you get a chance to watch! Maybe you should give me a few weeks to warm up before you tune in. ;)

3 comments:

DorisC said...

Rachel,
I cannot wait to see you in the am. I am sure you will be great. You have a fantastic personality, the camera loves you, and you are very personable with your audience. Enjoy yourself! See you in the am! (and give Rachel L best wishes)

Anonymous said...

Your sunny-side-up persona will be a great addition to New England mornings and you are going on in weather "prime time": Winter storm watch, school delays and cancellations. I am going to count on that megawatt smile to melt my ice!

Anonymous said...

Is there an internet stream so those of us in Pennsylvania can catch you in the morning???