People tuning into Beaumont's CBS affiliate, KFDM, for the news at noon will notice something unusual: It will be anchored by a newscaster from the local Fox affiliate.
And here's why: KFDM's beloved anchor Bill Leger was killed in a car accident in Louisiana December 22, and other newscasters are filling in for Leger's coworkers so they can attend a memorial today. After KFDM's morning meteorologist, James Brown, posted the news on the station's Facebook page Thursday, it didn't take long before thousands of people "liked" his post.
"How wonderful is this?" Brown wrote. "Channel 4 and 12 are covering for us so we can attend Bill's memorial tomorrow. Fox 4 anchor Jessica Guidry will anchor the News at Noon show and Meteorologist Dana Melancon will cover the weather for me on KFDM. Thank you for doing this for Bill and for us."
KFDM's Executive Producer, Scott Lawrence, also told us that Beaumont's ABC affiliate has offered to provide coverage of any breaking news that may occur during the memorial. The goodwill even stretched to KFDM's CBS sister KHOU, which Lawrence said ran a story on Leger.
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"We have a good relationship with KHOU in Houston...they even ran a story, which, you know, in a Houston market, they certainly didn't have to do that," he said.
Leger had been a part of KFDM for 20 years, and Lawrence described him as a "very well-liked and respected anchor. As we've said in our stories, [he was] much more than a TV anchor; he was involved in innumerable community groups and organizations and served on boards and emceed telethons...." The MDA telethon and the Children's Miracle Network were two causes close to his heart, Lawrence said.
A tip of our hat to the news stations that offered to fill in so Leger's KFDM can formally pay their respects -- way cool.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bill Leger Children's Educational Fund, c/o DuPont Goodrich Federal Credit Union, 7505 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, Texas, 77708.