FIRST ON THE BLOG: WDAY loves to showcase its news, statewide. They will prove that again, even further on Monday September 14th, 2015.
On that day, WDAY 6 will expand its weeknight and Saturday 6:00 p.m. newscast to viewers in Central and Western North Dakota, who watch on sister stations KBMY 17 in Bismarck and KMCY 14 in Minot. All stations are ABC affiliates and all owned by Forum Communications. The newscast, WDAY News at 6:00, will also be seen on WDAY’Z Xtra, WDAY 6 and sister station WDAZ 8 (ABC)’s 24-hour local weather and sports channel on WDAY 6, WDAZ 8, KBMY 17 and KMCY 14’s subchannels.
The weeknight newscast is anchored by Dana Mogck (who started at WDAY 6 as a sports anchor) and Kerstin Kealy, two of WDAY 6’s long-time veterans. StormTracker Weather is delivered by Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler and Sports from Sports Director Dom Izzo. The Saturday newscast is anchored by Amy Unrau, StormTracker Weather from Meteorologist Aaron White and Sports from Sportscaster Jody Norstedt. The entire Saturday crew is also seen on Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
Jeff Nelson, WDAY 6’s News Director, says he is excited to expand the weeknight and Saturday 6:00 p.m. newscast to areas of Central and Western North Dakota, as well as a small portion of Eastern Montana and expand WDAY 6’s presence in those areas and that the move to further west made sense:
“We’ve had very positive feedback from the viewers in the western part of North Dakota. We hope in the future, we will be able to bring the viewers of these areas more news programming options.”
WDAZ 8’s very own 6:00 p.m. weeknight newscast will remain separate as is and will continue to focus on the Grand Forks and Devils Lake areas. Currently, KBMY 17/KMCY 14 airs The Middle at 6:00 p.m. and 12:05 a.m., but will soon move to just one episode airing at 12:05 a.m.
KBMY 17/KMCY 14 already simulcast several newscasts from WDAY 6/WDAZ 8, including First News from 5:00-7:00 a.m., WDAY 6/WDAZ 8’s weeknight news at 5:00 p.m., the Saturday morning edition of First News from 7:00-8:30 a.m. (as well as Forum Communications’ own ag-related TV show, Ag Week TV from 8:30-9:00 a.m.) and the Sunday 5:30 p.m. newscast.
What this means is that WDAY 6 will have a further presence out west and throughout the state, than from KVLY 11 (NBC/CBS) and KVRR 15 (FOX) in Fargo, as well as KFYR 5 and its satellite stations (NBC) and KXMB 12 and its satellite stations (CBS) in Bismarck-Minot, even though KVLY 11 and KFYR 5 are sister stations, through Gray Television ownership.
There you go. More news from WDAY 6, coming to Central and Western North Dakota. Congrats, KBMY 17/KMCY 14. You love WDAY 6 even more than anything.