WZZM 13 adding a 5:00 p.m. newscast.

WZZM 13 / Grand Rapids (“WZZM 13”)

Well, it’s about time. WZZM 13 has announced that it’s launching a brand new 5:00 p.m. newscast, starting September 8th. Juliet Dragos and Nick LaFave are scheduled to anchor the new broadcast that will replace Judge Judy which was on from 4:00-5:30 p.m. followed by the news from WZZM 13. Now it’s evening news will run at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., followed by ABC World News at 6:30 p.m. This is the 4th such expansion at WZZM 13 since May.

  1. The Noon News expanded from 30 minutes to an hour, back in May.
  2. The Sunday Morning News added a 9:00 a.m. hour, back on August 10th. (yesterday at the time of this post)
  3. The Weekday Morning News is scheduled to start at 4:30 a.m., instead of 5:00 a.m. starting August 18th (1 week from today, at the time of this post.)
  4. A brand new 5:00 p.m. newscast is scheduled to start September 8th.

We don’t know what WZZM 13 is scheduled to do next after this, but IMO, I think WZZM 13 is scheduled to be a lot more competitive now. WWMT 3 (CBS), WOOD 8 (NBC) and WXMI 17 (FOX) already have news at 5:00 p.m. and WZZM 13 is ready to do it.


2 thoughts on “WZZM 13 adding a 5:00 p.m. newscast.

  1. I saw where Gannett had discontinued 5PM newscasts on its Tampa Bay, Atlanta, and Cleveland stations to accommodate Dr. Phil show in that hour. Dr. Phil couldn’t air opposite Oprah, until her show ended in 2011. WTSP Tampa Bay brought back 5PM news in 2009, discontinued 4PM news. Not sure if Gannett plans on bringing 5PM newscasts back to WXIA Atlanta and WKYC Cleveland in 2015. Whether or not 7PM newscasts would remain in place would be another story.


    • First off, thanks for the comment. And second, yes. Gannett did discontinue 5:00 p.m. news in Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Cleveland. WTSP 10 restored theirs in 2009. WKYC 3 and WXIA 11 like to be the alternatives by showing Dr. Phil at 5:00 and have local news, starting at 6:00 p.m. Now, unless if something bad happens to their ratings at 5:00 p.m. (which btw, WKYC 3 and WXIA 11 are already suffering in the local news ratings. WKYC 3 is trailing WEWS 5 and now dominate, WJW 8. WXIA 11 is behind WAGA 5 in all newscasts but both are still way behind long-time blowtorch king station WSB 2), then I don’t see any programming changes anytime soon for either WKYC 3 or WXIA 11.

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