FIRST ON THE BLOG: Doesn’t WHIO’s 7 look like WSVN’s 7 ? Compare the 2 and come back to me and tell me they don’t look similar.
Anyways, I’m here to report that today, December 1st, 2014, WHIO 7 effectively discontinued 7 Weather NOW, their 24-hour local weather channel. The station that was affiliated with The Local AccuWeather Channel is now affiliated with Me-TV on WHIO-DT 7.2. More demand into family-oriented programming as well as increased demand in local weather through mobile phones and online devices, resulted in the change of programming on 7.2. But why is this news to us?
It’s news to us because it means that WHIO 7 no longer airs a LIVE broadcast of NewsCenter 7 Daybreak, which was on for an hour at 7:00 a.m. for WHIO 7.2. Instead on Me-TV, it’s a repeat of the 6:00 a.m. hour of NewsCenter 7 Daybreak at 7:00 a.m. The point is, it’s not a LIVE broadcast at that hour, which now just leaves WDTN 2 on WBDT 26 and WKEF 22 on WRGT 45 as the ONLY 2 stations in the Dayton – Springfield market to air LIVE news at 7:00 a.m. Unlike WHIO 7 which used to end at 8:00 a.m., both WDTN 2/WBDT 26 and WKEF 22/WRGT 45 kept going for another hour until 9:00 a.m., something both stations still do today.
If viewers don’t want more news at 7:00 a.m. as well as having a 24-hour local weather channel that can be crucial during severe weather events, then that’s their loss. Btw, if you are interested, 7 Weather NOW still exists as a LIVE stream online at the weather section of WHIO.com (WHIO, not WHIOTV because the website houses both WHIO-TV 7 and their sister radio stations, WHIO (AM) 1290/95.7 WHIO-FM)