Ron Corning Will Save WFAA's Morning Show?

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A few weeks ago, Ed Bark noted that WFAA-Channel 8 was moving Chris Flanagan, co-host of its morning-news show Daybreak, to Good Morning Texas, whatever that is. His replacement: Ron Corning, who's leaving Kabletown's Long Island affiliate to pair up with Cynthia Izaguirre, the sixth-most famous graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School.

Corningstone (who was "infamously ousted from Fox 5/WNYW's Good Day New York while on vacation in April 2008") speaks today to MediaBistro's Fishbowl NY about why he's coming to Dallas. Long story short: They asked.
"When I met these folks in Dallas, it was like somebody who decides they're going to be single but they just reluctantly go out on one date, and it's such a match," Corning tells FishbowlNY exclusively. "How could I not pursue this?"

So after some cajoling, Corning accepted the co-anchor position for their morning newscast. Corning is proud to join the 'FAA news tradition (first TV station on the air to cover the President Kennedy assassination). But he'll need to help rebuild the ratings for the struggling morning show, a challenge Corning is more than up for.

"They're all about their legacy in journalism, and given that ... they are outside of that to create something that's a little more personality-driven, a little more casual, and a little more conversational," Corning says.
Corning, whose résumé includes stops at Extra, E! and ABC, starts this week. Delkus and Hansen are picking him up from the airport.

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shaziamb
shaziamb

The show is good if you let Ron go...I kind of liked jonathan

jsmckee
jsmckee

@DG stephens You really left a negative remark, maybe that's your personality. Remember the old saying, if you having nothing nice to say, it is better left unsaid! Hopefully, you haved moved on to another local station, like Ch. 4, 5, 11, or even a radio station might work for you instead of criticizing others. Have a good day!

Ccbhistory
Ccbhistory

Ron Corning is the best thing that ever happened to Channel 8!  He has livened up everyone - especially Greg Fields (who knew he had a personality?).  His manner is engaging, he'sgreat to look at, a good reporter of serious news, and lots of fun.  What a find!

DG stephens
DG stephens

Just another celebrity wannabe behind the anchor desk.  Basically, "I'll do any job to stay on TV."

Bam
Bam

I just saw the advertisement on TV with Corning and Dale Hansen. Corning is really obnoxious and pompous. I had thought there was hope for him fitting in with Cynthia and the others but he proved me wrong. he is arrogant and obviously does not care about anyone, including the people watching but himself. He does not fit in with the others they are way too nice, efficient and caring, he is not. What a way to ruin a morning show

RIPTRACK
RIPTRACK

the experiment isn't working...you can tell Ron and Izzy are getting on each others nerves.  Izzy is trying to one up Ron and it isn't working........Alexa has to go......Bring in Jane Slater or Alexis which isn't doable is she already has a job but Alexa has to go.  She starts talking then 15--20 seconds later her body shows up on tv.  Then that's she's off to get coffee or do makeup.....She doesn't even do the noon news anymore to spend more time with her kids........take a permanent vacation.  Izzy is getting annoying.  Greg gets annoyed with all the banter going on.  They made changes around Izzy and it hasn't worked.....Alexa looks fake with her arm motioning when she does traffic, looks like something learned out of beauty and charm school.  I haven't seen Cynthia Vega on at 530.  She has a huge neck.  She must work out or it came natural.  Either way, changes has to be made.  WFAA is a long ways from catching up to Fox 4.  Ron could do it but he needs a better supporting cast.

Vboyd01
Vboyd01

I LOVE THE CHANNEL 8 NEWS TEAM!!!!!!  Channel 8 has the ability to ALWAYS add a really great person.  I miss Chris, since I watch the 5:30am news but I am thoroughly enjoying Ron who seems to have paired up beautifully with Izzy.  I've watched other channels but I always prefer to watch channel 8.  Debbie, Izzy, Chris, Ron, Alexis - oh and especially GREG, Dale, Delkus - these are all my favorite people.  :o)

Carvelg2
Carvelg2

I would think a professional newscaster would dress and groom the part. If he's proud of his haystack or birdnest hairdo, then so be it.

Knophat
Knophat

I liked Cynthia and Chris and enjoyed the show. I didn't make it two weeks with the new guy....

Jpaulw4
Jpaulw4

Cynthia was the reason I quit watching. I liked Chris

renee
renee

I watch WFAA every morning. I think Ron Corning is great!!! I wasn't sure at first, but he has definitely groen on me... I love him!!!

M0915
M0915

Have loved watching your program but please tell the new guy to get w/ the program. The way he undermines you all....thinks he is making jokes- which are not funny...is going to lose viewers. I understand it takes time to find your place so for time being just back off...let the pros that have been there be able to run the show and gradually he can add his comments...if his antics don't change I am going to change...channels that is. Program was doing great w/out him...we are trying to welcome you...but sit back and don't try to take the lead...you will not win. You are working w/ pros that we love...so you can't come in and think you are the star...you're not.

Not impressed.... but understand you need time to adjust.....couple weeks obviously is not enough....you get one more and then I'm changing channels...just as quickly as you obviously use your Rogaine...do we really care to know about that?! NOT!

Tina
Tina

Flanagan will be missed ...

Laurafig99
Laurafig99

Your ratings are probably dropping because of Cynthia rather than Chris. She is arrogant and seems to be anything of a know it all.

Ally
Ally

As soon as Alexa starts, I change the channel. As soon as I see that it's going to be Cynthia Vega report, I change the channel. As soon as Greg Fields has to have stupid banter he has no interest in, I change the channel. I used to love channel 8 news. It's so pathetic now. I'll miss Chris Flanagan. I like Izzy but please tell her to cut so much bs banter, it's painful.

Craigh88
Craigh88

Was forced to watch in an ER waiting room. Izzy is gorgeous, but their banter is way to cutesy. Pretty awful. And the content is apparently happy news for those in their 70s. We only get local news if we turn to the Spanish speaking stations?

GAA
GAA

Number 11, eh?

Ray Valentine Capricorn
Ray Valentine Capricorn

There is absolutely no way this morning team of ill fitting parts will make it. Let's face it, Belo is too up tight to make a morning show as laid back as FOX 4

MAMA
MAMA

Let Mike Devlin know how you feel....

Mike Goat
Mike Goat

Bring back Doug Fox and the old-school sign language interpreter.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

I told a friend last week that I flip between the morning shows because each has at least one person that makes you want to change the channel. So my suggestion was to pool all four and create an all-star team that broadcasts on all four stations.Or just have a brawl between the news teams similar to the one in "Anchorman" and televise that each morning. News team! Assemble!

Danshelwil
Danshelwil

Chris was not the weakest link.Izzy is so busy trying to be cute that she mispronounces words that are eighth grade level.

LaceyB
LaceyB

You didn't even make TJ's "Top 10 Famousest Grads" for all the play you give them, Robert? I'd be editing the Wiki page right about NOW.

Unlisted
Unlisted

Just what this market needs: a New Yawker. NOT! That doesn't create a "legacy." A LEGACY?? What b.s.!!!

Pwil0904
Pwil0904

It would help to have actual news rather than fluff and the stupid co-host "banter". Changing talking heads won't help.

jfpo
jfpo

I'm Ron Corning??

shaziamb
shaziamb

Spot on...cynthia is too good and the show is ruined because of his personality!

Jpaulw4
Jpaulw4

I just do not like her andf never have she just acts to cutsy, I doubt 8 will ever make it if they keep her.

Emily
Emily

Right. Waytoocutesy. I thought they were auditioning for SNL. For your records - am not. 70 but 67 am today.

Melody
Melody

Cynthia Vega looks like somebody who is forced to get up regularly at 2 a.m. to stand in front of empty buildings to talk about stories that either happened the day before or will happen later in the day. When they LET her, Cynthia Vega actually REPORTS. I miss News You Can Use, the segment they used to have her do. Now, she spends half her time dodging chunks of ice falling from the sky or standing in front of the one place safe to be at dawn in a tornado-swept city that has no electricity to give them an excuse to cue up day-before footage. Depressing for all concerned.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I was thinking I may have to start going out to JR's again to see this guy in person.

Jon
Jon

At least Izzy makes my pants go crazy. If you want a clinic in verbal mistakes you should check out the fine work of Shon Gables on the weekend. She can't complete three sentences without tripping on her tongue.

TimCov
TimCov

I agree with you, and it goes for all the morning news shows. I make my choice based on the one that has the least amount of inane morning show banter. I don't want their comments about the weather, their kid's lives or anything else but the news and weather. And, the more local news they show the better.

Melody
Melody

Couldn't agree more. They should 86 the junk (this morning, a national poll on the downtick in US french-fry consumption) and spend more than 2 minutes on breaking local news. And, while they're at it, do we REALLY need to see another reporter pelted with rain, ice, hail or snow anywhere along the Hi-5, I-20, I-35, Loop 12, 635, the Bush Turnpike or, really, anywhere else?

Beer_rocks
Beer_rocks

Shon is a joke. Just as Alexa's "It's 7:35 - 25 minutes to go until 8:00" comments. REALLY? We know how to tell time.

G_David
G_David

I actually wouldn't mind seeing a reporter getting pelted - it's when they have to do an EXTREME close-up to just barely get a glimpse of a snowflake or ice pellet on the ground that I want to throw a brick through the TV. Local news is a disaster.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

pete.....i have a i love lamp t shirt but have no clue what it means.......

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