Brandon Rudat let go from CBS46 after three years

Trey Fabacher, general manager, said they were going a different direction in the mornings but didn't have an immediate successor to Rudat.

The station's morning show has made progress over the years gaining viewers but still usually lags behind the other three morning shows on WXIA, WAGA and WSB.

Rudat, a California native known with bushy eyebrows and tattoos, was the second host of "Better Mornings," spelling Mike Brooks in 2010.

In an interview last year, he said he interned at NBC's "Today Show" where Ann Curry once told him on an elevator, "You need to go on TV with that voice."

He subsequently landed broadcast jobs in Hartford and Boston, then freelanced in Los Angeles before the Atlanta gig came along.

"They allow me to be me," he said at the time. "There's no fakeness on the air. The banter is not fake."

His tattoos are frequently a topic of conversation, he said. And CBS Atlanta even made fun of them by having other "Better Mornings" anchors wear fake tattoos in a long-running billboard campaign.

He was near the World Trade Center during 9/11 and that inspired him to get his first tattoo. "It gave me a perspective on life," he said. "I don't live to work. I work to live. And I love my job. News is in my DNA."

Rudat is also a regular kickboxer and does graffiti artwork You can check out his work at www.graffitipainter.com. "I'm so happy outside my work," he said. "It allows me to get up at 2:30 in the morning and enjoy my job."

He also made cameo appearances in the film "Green Hornet."

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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