WNBC-4 Names New 5 p.m. Hosts: Goodbye, Sue Simmons! Hello, ‘Oracle of Panache’!

And so the sometimes tumultous transformation of local TV news continues.

Today, NBC Universal executives in charge of local programming officially announced the hosts of their new daily lifestyle show, LX New York, which on September 14 will replace the 5 p.m. news on WNBC-4.

Out: longtime, seasoned journalists Sue Simmons and David Ushery. 

In: Sara Gore, Siafa Lewis, and Michael Flocker.

Who are the new hosts at NBC’s flagship station in New York, charged with helping NBC Universal reinvent local media in the 21st Century?

Mr. Flocker is the author of The Metrosexual Guide to Style, The Hedonism Handbook, The Fame Game, and Death by PowerPoint. According to today’s press release, USA Today once proclaimed him the “oracle of panache.”

Ms. Gore is a lifestyle anchor, who not long ago memorably observed that anyone who suggested that New York was “losing its mojo” was “completely insane.”

And Mr. Lewis is the past winner of a 2004 “Best Summer Gig Ever” contest at an NBC station in Philadelphia, who transitioned into sports coverage and recently anchored Mets Weekly for Sports Net New York.

More from the release:

Sara Gore is the current anchor of weekly luxury lifestyle programs LX.TV “First  Look New York,” and “Open House NYC” on WNBC.  In “First Look NY,” Gore guides viewers through the newest and most exclusive New York City destinations in food, nightlife, art, shopping, fashion, wellness and weekend escapes.  In “Open House NYC,” Gore gives viewers behind the scenes access to distinctive and noteworthy properties in the New York tri-state area. She is also a contributor on WNBC’s “Weekend Today in New York,” has contributed to NBC News’ “Today” show, and appears daily in NYC Taxis screens.  Prior to joining LX.TV, Gore worked as a caterer, a private cooking instructor, a food columnist, a personal chef, and line cook for Jean Georges Vongerichten. s Gore also serves on the Entertainment Council for Feed America.

Siafa Lewis is a correspondent for LX.TV and appears on “LX.TV First Look” and “Open House NYC.”  He got his big break when he won he won a contest held by WCAU-NBC10 in Philadelphia, “Best Summer Gig Ever.”  Lewis’ best gig was delivering on-air traffic reports in the tri-state area for the station in the summer and fall of 2004.  He joined Sports Net New York when he served as general assignment reporter for the news division and co-host for the program “Mets Weekly.”  In this capacity he covered all New York City teams.  He also served as the network’s exclusive beat reporter for the 2007 Giant’s Super Bowl.

Michael Flocker is an accomplished author whose very first book, “The Metrosexual Guide to Style,” landed him on the New York Times Best Seller list in 2003. The book was eventually published in 22 countries and led to appearances on CNN, BBC, NPR, the “Today” show and red carpet commentary at the Golden Globes for the E! network.




  WNBC-4 Names New 5 p.m. Hosts: Goodbye, Sue Simmons! Hello, ‘Oracle of Panache’!