Former Fox25 traffic reporter Doug Meehan has landed a new TV job in Phoenix. The popular TV guy-turned-radio host announced late Wednesday night that he has taken a job with KPNX, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, where he will co-anchor the station’s morning newscast.
After being let go from the Fox O&O in 2010 after a local news service between Fox25 and WBZ grounded the station’s helicopter, Meehan resurfaced at FM talker WTKK where he hosted a talk show. Following his departure from the station amid swirling rumors of a format change by owner Greater Media, Meehan teased a move back to TV. His first day working mornings will be January 14th.
Doug Meehan, best known for his role as traffic reporter on the Fox 25 Morning News, wants to succeed Regis Philbin on his eponymous talk show. The Live! co-host announced recently that he would be leaving the show, which opens the door to a search for a new co-host.
Meehan started a Facebook group a few weeks ago, and it now has over 2,500 fans. He hopes that the page will serve as a petition for consideration for the job, quoted as saying “it worked for Betty White.” White, of course, launched her own Facebook petition with culminated in her hosting Saturday Night Live. Meehan is no stranger to hosting a post-breakfast talk show, as he hosted Good Morning Texas on Dallas/Ft. Worth’s WFAA from 2000 until 2001. However, for Live! with Doug and Kelly to take off, the show’s producers will have to take more notice of this campaign. The current managing editor of btvn wishes Doug Meehan the best of luck in his quest.
Doug Meehan, as you may know, was let go from Fox25 in early 2010 after SkyFox was grounded due to a Local News Service agreement between Boston’s two network owned-and-operated stations, WFXT and WBZ. When viewers staged their own online protest, ‘FXT brass made Meehan an offer to return at a lower salary. He rejected the lower offer, choosing to find work elsewhere. The station has since made other cuts to their news department, sending nearly half a dozen reporters out the door since 2009.