It looks like the "Luck" has run out for the Andy Griffith show at 5:30PM on WFMY in Greensboro.
The Andy Griffith Show, a staple at 5:30 p.m. on WFMY Greensboro for about a half-century, is being moved to 3PM to make room for what WFMY is calling an “investigative/consumer news program” that launches Thursday.
WFMY has hired anchor Julie Luck from WGHP; her start at the station coincides with 2 Wants to Know’s debut April 25.
WFMY’s promotional materials call Luck “The Piedmont Triad’s most popular news anchor.”
Andy Griffith is simply massive in the market; the show’s iconic Mayberry is a stand in for Mount Airy, NC. According to the local Times-News, “the series has been on WFMY since it first started airing in the 1960s. It has been in the 5:30 timeslot in reruns for much of that time.”
WFMY debuted “After School Andy”, at 3 and 3:30 p.m., last month. The Times-News says not all viewers in DMA No. 46 are pleased with the change. GM Larry Audas reminds them that it is actually twice as much Andy Griffith in the 3-4 p.m. slot.
“This is a great opportunity to deliver classic episodes of a great show at a new time for a new generation!” said WFMY.