KTXD-TV's The Broadcast will be without Suzie Humphreys after July (updated with comments from her)
07/03/14 10:33 AM
By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Suzie Humphreys, the resident firecracker on KTXD-TV’s (Ch. 47) locally produced The Broadcast, will be leaving the program at the end of July.
The announcement came Wednesday on the program’s Facebook page. “We have SO enjoyed having Suzie on board with us and we will miss her dearly,” it said. “Here’s to the next adventure!”
Humphreys appeared on The Broadcast’s Thursday, July 3rd edition and has been with the show since its Feb. 18, 2013 premiere. The two-hour program airs on weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and is repeated from 4 to 6 p.m. Ratings almost always are “hashmarks,” the TV industry term for no measurable audience. But The Broadcast, which also is shown in other smaller Texas TV markets, has persevered and continues to draw a wide array of guests ranging from local chefs to nationally known stars such as Linda Gray and cast members from Hot in Cleveland.
“My leaving is bittersweet,” Humphreys said in an email reply sent on the Fourth of July. “Half of me wants to remain on the show. Half wants to end the 600-mile round trip commute from Fredericksburg to Dallas (where her husband of 37 years, Fred, resides). I already miss him every time I roll out the driveway and head North.”
KTXD allowed her to do The Broadcast “every other week for as long as I like,” Humphreys said. “But there just comes a time when ‘A lady knows when to leave.’ Can you believe that at 74 years of age I was invited back on television? What fun it has been, too. Every time I throw one more scarf around my turkey waddle neck, I think of an old friend, Ruby Black. She did a double-take when she saw a photo of me when I was younger. She looked at me -- then the photo -- and snickered, ‘Oh Lord. Ain’t time a killer?’ “
Humphreys, at least a generation older than her co-hosts on The Broadcast, was best known for years as D-FW radio legend Ron Chapman’s co-host on his No. 1-rated KVIL-FM morning drive time program. She is unafraid to bluntly express her generally conservative opinions and regularly has clashed with her colleagues on The Broadcast, primarily Courtney Kerr and Lisa Pineiro.
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