WADL Hires Owner’s Wife as News Director

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By Andrew Gauthier

After a tumultuous couple of weeks in which the station abruptly fired its president and news director, WADL announced today that Joelle Lukasiewicz, wife of station owner Kevin Adell, had been named news director.

Lukasiewicz, who once worked as a reporter at Detroit’s WXYZ and WDIV, currently hosts WADL’s “Motor City Movie Night,” which airs every Saturday.

A WADL spokesperson told TVSpy today that the station considered “a lot of people” for the job but Lukasiewicz was chosen because she has “a strong connection” to the market.

In her role as news director, Lukasiewicz will oversee WADL’s 9 p.m. newscast, which launched earlier this year.

In addition to “Movie Night” appearances on WADL, Lukasiewicz currently co-hosts a local community access show called “Executive Focus.”  Here’s a recent episode…