FIRST ON THE BLOG: Well, thanks to the JSA agreement between Four Seasons Broadcasting (owners of WAOE) and Granite Broadcasting Company (owners of WEEK) are ending, so does the 9:00 p.m. newscast on WAOE.
That’s right. After 8 years delivering Central Illinois with an alternative primetime newscast, News 25 at 9:00 on My 59 is scheduled to end on December 31st. The half-hour weeknight-only program has been on for 8 years, since 2006 when the JSA agreement started between WEEK 25 and WAOE 59. It was on, 7 nights a week, but later cut the weekend editions. It has been on weeknights only, longer than the 7-night newscast era itself.
But now that the JSA agreement between WEEK 25 and WAOE 59 is ending on December 31st, due to WEEK 25 being brought by Quincy Newspapers (owners of WGEM 10, WXOW 27, WSJV 28, KWWL 7, etc.; still needs to be approved by the FCC), the newscast will now be replaced by The Dr. Oz Show at 9:00 p.m., leaving WYZZ 43 (produced by WMBD 31) as the ONLY ones on with a primetime newscast at 9:00 p.m. in Central Illinois, which is an hour-long newscast and also weeknights only.
It’s sad to see WAOE 59 lose a newscast after 8 great years, but then again… Times are changing.