“I could bring in elephants, I could bring in a chorus, I could bring in a car,” said Szesny of the custom-designed set. “My job is to build the playground and provide the toys.”
After a year-and-a-half in the making, “Great Day Live!,” a daily lifestyle and entertainment show, is set to debut on Monday, Aug. 22.
Veteran broadcasters Rachel Platt, WHAS11 news anchor, and Terry Meiners, 84 WHAS radio personality, will host the one-hour show, which will air weekdays at 9 a.m. on WHAS11.
“Rachel and Terry are talented and versatile people who are also excellent interviewers, so we’re excited to see their talents at work in this new show,” said WHAS11 President and CEO Mark Pimentel.
Voice-Tribune Managing Editor Angie Fenton has signed on to the cast as the show’s entertainment correspondent. She’ll be joined by Laura Rogers, who will serve as a reporter and assistant producer.
“I’ve known Terry for years and years and years, but this is the first time working side by side. I’m scared,” Platt said with a laugh. “But I tell you what, it’s going to be fun. He’s going to keep me on my toes.”
“Rachel and I are going to be a great tandem because we balance each other in a lot of ways,” Meiners said. “I’m delighted to be a part of the launch of fresh, local TV. I like to call it news, knowledge and nonsense.”
“It’s going to be a slice of our area – what different people are talking about and what they are doing,” Platt added.
“It’s lifestyle, entertainment, fashion, fitness, food,” Rudolph said. “It’s going to be a little bit different everyday. We want to keep people’s interest by keeping them surprised and not always knowing what to expect.”
The show also will include guests such as new Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth.
The studio is designed to be flexible, said Szesny. It includes a demonstration area with a built-in kitchen, a motorized green screen and a wrap-around couch that Szesny calls “home base.” It’s where Platt and Meiners will kick things off discussing the news of the day.
“A lot of things happen in the morning … so the set and show concept is meant to be very topical right off the top,” Szesny said. “Every day this show is meant to entertain, be relevant to the market and have some fun.”
The Voice-Tribune’s Fenton will handle live remotes for the show.
“We are very happy for Angie and thrilled that she has extended The Voice-Tribune brand and her reach into this wonderful new form of content from which everyone in our great city is able to benefit,” said Jonathan Blue, chairman and managing director of Blue Equity LLC, of which The Voice-Tribune is a portfolio company. “We fully endorse this partnership with our good friends at WHAS and know that it will be a great success.”
Szesny expects the show to evolve in the next few months, but a constant will be its entertainment value.
“At the end of the day, I want people to say, ‘I learned something and I was entertained, and I feel like this is truly a reflective show of Kentuckiana’ – and that’s what local programming is all about,” Szesny said.
‘Great Day Live!’ Cast/Crew
Rachel Platt, host
Terry Meiners, host
Kirk Szesny, executive producer
Holly Rudolph, senior producer
Laura Rogers, reporter/assistant producer
Jim Ghrist, director
Angie Fenton, entertainment correspondent
Phil Dunaway, director of photography
Tony Wyleta, editor and photographer
Sam Gray, audio operator
Eric Severs, camera operator
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Jacob Glassner, News Editor/Plate Spinner
Jacob usually has his eyes glued to a computer screen, editing stories and making sure the paper gets out the door each week. Multi-tasking is his modus operandi – similar to the plate spinners you’d see on the old “Ed Sullivan Show.” Turn ons: freshly-sharpened pencils. Turn offs: exclamation points!!!