KAAL is adding a 6:30 p.m. local newscast, creating the area’s first hour-long early-evening newscast.

KAAL 6 / Austin – Albert Lea – Rochester, MN – Mason City, IA (“ABC 6”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: KAAL is not known for having as much news as its competitors, but it will make history with this addition on Monday September 14th, 2015.

Starting on that day, KAAL 6 is adding a half-hour weeknight local newscast at 6:30 p.m. with ABC 6 News at 6:30. With this addition, it will create the area’s first hour-long early-evening newscast, with ABC 6 News at 6:00 and ABC 6 News at 6:30. The newscast is expected to be anchored by James Wilcox (who does the 10:00 p.m.) and by either Betsy Singer (who does the 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.) or Laura Lee (who also does the 10:00 p.m.), or it could be anchored by both Betsy and Laura, I’m not sure at this point. StormTracker 6 Weather comes from Chief Meteorologist Chris Kuball and Sports from either Jeanna Radz or Sean Tehan.

This newscast will be the ONLY ones on in the area at 6:30 p.m., as well as, I already mentioned, the area’s first hour-long early evening news block, since KIMT 3 (CBS/MyTV) and KTTC 10 (NBC) only broadcast a half-hour local newscast at 6:00 p.m.

Pretty good for a station that doesn’t broadcast much news, but it’s known for being “The Austin Station.” (For the station’s city of license)


7 thoughts on “KAAL is adding a 6:30 p.m. local newscast, creating the area’s first hour-long early-evening newscast.

  1. Interesting yet inaccurate assessment. Blog writer apparently doesn’t view our newscasts, website and social media sites. If blog writer did, blog writer would see many more stories than said competitors. We have a larger staff and more experienced reporters. Before calling us third in the market, please check your latest ratings… We are second and aggressively working to become number one. A hard hill to climb since we have been thought of as “The Austin Station” for decades.
    Thanks for the free PR, blog writer but your facts need MUCH checking before publishing. Btw, email me anytime. I’ll give you accurate, non-sugarcoated truth. Have a great day!


  2. You have a new “fan” in me 🙂 Going to follow your blog and your other social media accounts. I’ll also be “keeping you honest” if I see you’re putting stuff out there that needs more research 😉


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