FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than TV and Radio in Southwest Alabama – the link to the website is under the “links” page): A new newscast has debuted earlier today in Mobile and Pensacola. This time, it involves WKRG. It looks like Media General is stepping up its stations in a good/big way.
WKRG 5 has debuted its weekend morning newscast earlier today. The new newscast, still titled WKRG News 5 This Morning, went on the air earlier today and will be shown on Saturdays from 5:00-6:00 a.m., before CBS This Morning and Sundays from 6:00-8:00 a.m. before CBS News Sunday Morning. WKRG 5 will be the ONLY ones on during the Saturday 5:00 a.m. hour and the Sunday 7:00 a.m. hour while the Sunday 6:00 a.m. hour will compete against WEAR 3’s long-established weekend morning newscast, 3 in the Morning Weekend.
The newscast is anchored by Chad Petri and First Alert StormTeam Weather with Meteorologist and WKRG’s newest meteorologist Melissa Constanzer, who joins the station and the program next week. This week, they had Meteorologist Jonathan Owens deliver the weather on the weekend morning newscasts.
But this is a step in WKRG’s promise to expand news programming, as they already did with the 9:00 a.m. weekday morning newscast, which debuted earlier this year and now, this with the new weekend morning newscast on WKRG 5.
I say, good for them and good for this area. They really do need it.
UPDATE: This post has just been recognized by WKRG 5’s morning anchor Avery Cotton and by WKRG 5 themselves on Twitter. Apparently, they saw my post on Twitter and decided to retweet it. Plus, they now follow my blog on twitter! Thank you guys! I really do appreciate it.
See what happens when you follow us on Twitter? Newscasters and news organizations are starting to notice us. Already, WEHT 25/WTVW 7 follow us on Twitter and now, WKRG 5 is the latest. I wonder who will be next?