FIRST ON THE BLOG: WTOC has always been the #1-rated station in the Georgia Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. WTOC already has several exclusive newscasts under their belt. Just recently, another one was added to that list.
Since Monday August 24th, 2015 (the first day I returned back to MDC to continue my studies on Journalism), WTOC 11 added a half-hour weeknight newscast at 7:00 p.m. called THE News at 7:00. The newscast is the ONLY local newscast on at that time in the area and is anchored by Wendi Redman (who also anchors the 4:00 p.m. news and the 10:00 p.m. news for sister station WFXG 54 – FOX – in Augusta, in which WTOC 11 produces for), Mike Cihla (who also anchors the 4:00, 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts, as well as the 10:00 p.m. newscast with Wendi on WFXG 54) and First Alert Doppler Max 11 Weather with Meteorologist John Wetherbee.
This is a return to the market, as WSAV 3 (NBC) used to produce a local newscast at 7:00 p.m. for its digital subchannel, MyLC (WSAV-DT 3.2 and MyTV/Me-TV). It was an hour-long program, before becoming a half-hour program and eventually, the program’s discontinuation in 2014, as it was moved from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (It still continues to this day at 10:00 p.m. and as a half-hour program, seen exclusively on MyLC as WGSA 13 – CW – dropped it for a local program, last month.)
This program now compliments WTOC 11’s existing 7:00 p.m. newscast on Saturdays and it has been on for years, just in case sports programming from CBS pre-empted WTOC 11’s 6:00 p.m. Saturday newscast. That newscast is currently anchored by Ben Williamson with First Alert Doppler Max 11 Weather from Meteorologist Ron Wallace and Sports with Cristina Tuso.
Even more local news on WTOC 11. Not surprising for a station that has been widely known as “The Southeast News Leader.” (They took that slogan down last month for LIVE. Local. NOW.)