Houston’s Mia Gradney To Anchor Segments of Local News, Traffic and Weather
KIAH-TV today announced that on May 9th it will launch a weekday morning news, information and entertainment show called “Eye Opener,” anchored locally by Houston’s own Mia Gradney. The show will air from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and feature local news, traffic and weather reports as well as a variety of special segments devoted to topics ranging from health and wellness to parenting issues to the latest tech gadgets.
“The Houston television market is crowded with traditional network morning shows and doesn’t have anything like ‘Eye-Opener,’” said Roger Bare, KIAH-TV’s vice president and general manager. “It is designed to be provocative and unpredictable—we want viewers tuning in to get a quick dose of the news they need, and to come back because they saw something new that they didn’t expect.”
Gradney is a native Houstonian who returned home in 2000 to help KIAH launch news on Channel 39. She’ll anchor segments every half-hour aimed at giving viewers the basics on local news, weather and traffic.
“It’s time to rise and shine,” said Gradney. I love morning television and welcome the opportunity to bring people the news before they hit the door.”
The main anchors for “Eye Opener” are Kirby O’Connell, Sean Dowling and Adam Lee Campbell. The show will feature a variety of experts, including Dr. Steve Salvatore, a board certified Emergency Medicine physician who covers a mix of wellness topics including fitness and nutrition, Teresea Pelham and Sarah Cody with the “Mommy Minute,” focused on parentling issues, and “Wrench,” the hunky handyman who offers helpful hints on keeping your house in shape. “Eye Opener” has a wide range of special segments aimed at women that can be found on the program daily and accessed anytime on the show’s web site, eyeopener.tv.
Four-time Emmy winner Raymond J. Brune serves as executive producer of the show; Brune has produced more than 15,000 hours of live network, syndicated, cable, local and broadband television. Brune’s previous posts include a stint as VP/News at E! Entertainment and executive producer of “Good Morning America Sunday” and “World News Now.”