FIRST ON THE BLOG: I understand, its late. We are at the midnight hour EST as of this post, but I saw something last night and I had to report it. Just in case TVSpy, TVNewsCheck or FTVLive reports on this later, other than the Newspapers in North Dakota that are owned by Forum Communications that have reported on this and WDAY/WDAZ itself, this is truly FIRST ON THE BLOG, since no other local TV news media source (TVSpy, TVNewsCheck, FTVLive, etc.) has reported on this yet. And this is a historic first for North Dakota.
Starting later this morning, WDAY 6 in Fargo, WDAZ 8 in Grand Forks, KBMY 17 in Bismarck and KMCY 14 in Minot (all owned by Forum Communications and all ABC stations, as you can tell) as well as WDAY’Z Xtra on 6.3, 8.3, 17.3 and 14.3 respectively will begin airing a historic first, a LIVE one-hour Saturday morning newscast. First News Saturday will air LIVE from 7:00-8:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings on the stations mentioned. The program, according to WDAY, will be anchored by Becky Palmer with StormTracker Weather from meteorologist Kellen Peters. GMA Weekend will be moved an hour earlier to 6:00 a.m. to accommodate the new hour-long Saturday morning newscast.
This is a historic first and it will become the ONLY weekend morning newscast in the Red River Valley (Fargo/Grand Forks) and in Western North Dakota (Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson). The program will be available LIVE on WDAY.com, WDAZ.com and on the Watch WDAY/Watch WDAZ smartphone apps. And no, WDAY/WDAZ will not broadcast a Sunday morning newscast, opting to air ABC News and religious programming, instead.
Truly a historic first and I’m glad WDAY/WDAZ is taking these historic first steps into getting the viewers, something they’ve never had before. And I’m glad about that.