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Published September 08, 2010, 10:26 PM

WDAZ Announces Expanded First News Programming

WDAY-TV6 and WDAZ-TV8 announce the expansion of our First News program. Starting October 18, 2010 First News will expand to 2 hours from 5am to 7am.

WDAY-TV6 and WDAZ-TV8 announce the expansion of our First News program. Starting October 18, 2010 First News will expand to 2 hours from 5am to 7am. Chastity Walberg and Lauren Gawthrop will continue to anchor the news along with Meteorologist Daryl Ritchison. The expanded version will include more local and national news, weather and sports. First News airs Monday –Friday on WDAY-TV6, WDAZ-TV8 and you can listen to it on WDAY-AM 970.

First News will continue from 7am – 8am on WDAY-AM 970. Eric Johnson will join the First News Team with continuing local news, weather and sports coverage along ABC News and Sports. Popular segments including the Roe Report, Bloomberg Report, Medical Minute, Kim Komando will be heard in the 7am to 8am expanded WDAY-AM First News.

Starting September 20, 2010 the WDAY-AM 970 Monday –Friday lineup will include the Glenn Beck show from 8am-11am, Christopher Gabriel 11am-2pm, the Jay Thomas Show 2-5pm, WDAY-TV6 news at 5, ABC World News 5:30 to 6pm, WDAY-TV6 News at 6.

Starting September 27, 2010 at 6:30pm WDAY Sports Director Domenic Izzo will host a 30 minutes radio sports program.

WDAY-TV6/WDAZ-TV-8 also announced today the Saturday and Sunday newscasts will become a combined into a single production starting September 17, 2010. Stephanie Goetz and Travis Skonseng will anchor the news along with, Meteorologist Rob Kupec, and Sports Anchor Matt Warner.

Cassie Walder, WDAZ News Director says, “These changes will allow us to better cover breaking news, weather and sports on the weekend without affecting our ability to cover the news during the week. We will actually have more people on the streets then ever before and this will give our reporters more time to devote to the many community events we take pride in reporting. This move will also help us cover more news Monday through Friday.”

Jeff Nelson WDAY-TV6 News Director says, “First News starting at 5 in the morning will be great for all the earlier risers. Combining the local news along with the national news from ABC on TV6, TV8 and AM-970 will be a big advantage for our viewers and listeners. As far as the TV weekend news, in reviewing the news content at both WDAY and WDAZ many stories we report on the weekends are of interest to our entire coverage area. Without duplicating behind the scenes jobs the reporters and photographers will be able to cover more news and sporting events every weekend for the WDAY and WDAZ viewers. The number of reporters and photographers at both WDAY and WDAZ gathering the news and sports will remain at our current levels.”

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