If you were looking for local news at midday in West Michigan, then you have the news at 12:00 Noon on WWMT, WOOD and WZZM. If you were looking for an earlier local news option at midday in West Michigan, you didn’t have that option. That is until now…
… Since January 5th of this year (looks like another TV station in that day to add a newscast), WXMI FOX 17 has added an hour-long newscast at 11:00 a.m. with FOX 17 News Midday. According to MLive.com, the newscast is anchored by Mike Avery and Deanna Falzone. This is now, the ONLY option for local news at 11:00 a.m. in West Michigan as WWMT 3 (half-hour), WOOD 8 (hour-long) and WZZM 13 (hour-long) all air their midday news at 12:00 Noon.
WXMI 17’s News Director, Brooks Blanton:
“West Michigan residents have busy lives so they can’t always get the news and information they need when they want it. FOX 17 News Midday offers our viewers another full hour of news so they can stay up to date on what’s happening in our state, across the country and around the world.”
WXMI 17’s General Manager, Patty Kolb:
“We’ve been very aggressive when it comes to news expansion recently. FOX 17 has a history of being available to local viewers at a time that’s convenient for them. We’re very proud to produce more local news than any other station in West Michigan. We know that means viewers will have more chances to get their news and weather at a time that works for them.”
She’s not kidding. WXMI 17 is on from 5:00-9:00 a.m., then 11:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon, 4:00-7:00 and 10:00-11:30 p.m., MORE than anybody else. Plus, WXMI 17 recently added weekend morning news in 2013 and a weekend 11:00 p.m. newscast last year to compliment the weeknight 11:00 p.m. launch. And WXMI 17 launched a lifestyle/talk show morning program last year called FOX 17 Morning Mix with Leigh Ann Towne on weekday mornings at 9:00 a.m. (even though TV listings still have Maury in that timeslot. that’s funny.)
The station with “The Most Local News in West Michigan” is at it again.