It's a clean sweep at Fox Charlotte, the most extensive recasting since the station launched a 10 p.m. newscast in 2000.
With the departure of the news team of Rebecca Clark and Brien Blakely, WCCB (Channel 18) announced this week that Morgan Fogarty, "Fox News Edge" co-host, and Israel Balderas, who handled news on the morning "Fox News Rising" show, will become the station's 10 p.m. anchor team.
Fogarty joined Fox Charlotte in 2005 and is best known for hosting "Fox News Edge" since 2007 with radio host Christopher Frederick, better known as Brotha Fred, who departed last month for a new job in Chicago.
Balderas worked for Fox News Channel in Washington while pursuing a law degree at Catholic University. He came to Charlotte from the Fox affiliate in El Paso, Texas.
Balderas will start Sunday on the anchor desk but will continue to handle newscasts on the morning show until a replacement has been named. "He volunteered for that," said station manager Jim White.
Balderas was out of town late last week, and Fogarty declined to be interviewed by the Observer.
On "Fox News Edge," the new thing will be the team of Matt Harris and Ramona Holloway, who finished a two-year run on the show in 2006. They will continue their popular afternoon show on WLNK-FM ("Link" 107.9). Harris has been a substitute host on the "Edge" since Brotha Fred left.
This week, Harris was discussing Steven Tyler's appearance on "American Idol" and bantering with Fogarty about the possibilities of Tyler getting cut from the show for saying something inappropriate. "Pretty hard to get kicked off Fox," said Harris, leading to some awkward laughter: It had only been days since Blakely left the station after getting involved in a fracas with a producer that came to blows.
On "Fox News Rising," Derek James replaced Mark Mathis, who left in the fall and is now on a morning show in Sacramento.
Terrance Bates will join Fox Charlotte as a reporter and weekend anchor beginning next week. A University of Maryland graduate, he most recently worked at the ABC affiliate in Memphis.
Mark Packer has a new gig: hosting "College Basketball Today" on XM radio's College Sports Nation channel noon to 3 p.m. weekdays. Packer, who left WFNZ-AM ("Fan" 610) at the end of 2010 after 13 years with the station, can't go on Charlotte radio stations until July because of a non-compete agreement, says he is also working on other broadcast opportunities ...
CNN focuses on evidence problems in the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation in a report by Drew Griffin, "Rogue Justice," 8 p.m. Sunday. Among the cases are that of Floyd Brown, who was detained in a mental institution for 14 years ... Among those nominated for regional Emmys: Mike Lassiter and Scott Galloway, both of Davidson,for the WTVI (Channel 42) documentary "Our vanishing Americana - A North Carolina Portrait."