FIRST ON THE BLOG: WLUK is soon adding an hour’s worth of more local news: An expansion to its morning newscast and for the first time in a decade, 10:00 p.m. news.
Starting Monday September 21st, 2015, WLUK 11 is expanding its weekday morning newscast, FOX 11 News – Good Day Wisconsin to 4:30 a.m. The new half-hour expansion will join long-time market leader WBAY 2 (ABC) as the only other option for local news in that time slot in the market. The weekday morning newscast is anchored by Rachel Manek with Weather from the FOX 11 Severe WeatherCenter by FOX 11’s Director of Meteorology, Pete Petoniak (Mon. and Tue.) and Meteorologist Katy Kramer (Wed.-Fri.). LIVE reports on the morning newscast are delivered by Emily Deem and Pauleen Le.
Also on that same, for the first time in a decade, WLUK 11 is bringing back its half-hour 10:00 p.m. newscast, it has once discontinued in the Early 2000s. FOX 11 News at 10:00 will compete against the BIG three in the market, WBAY 2, WFRV 5 (CBS) and WGBA 26 (NBC). The newscast will be anchored by the current 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. weeknight news team, Tom Milbourn (21-year veteran of WLUK 11 and one of the most respected anchors in the market, alongside Tom Zalaski who works at WFRV 5), Michelle Melby (a dominant part of WLUK 11’s 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. newscasts with Tom), AMS-CBM/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Patrick Powell from the FOX 11 Severe WeatherCenter (Is a member of the AMS and is one of several meteorologists who reviews the test, another example being WRAL 5 (CBS) in Raleigh’s Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel, who was the first to receive the AMS-CBM Seal) and Sports Director Drew Smith (worked before in Las Vegas and Utah).
With these new expansions, Good Day Wisconsin will go from 4:30-9:00 a.m. on weekdays and the weeknight news block will go from 9:00-10:30 p.m., a position it once held until WLUK 11 discontinued the 10:00 p.m. newscast, originally in the Early 2000s.
This is a great thing for WLUK 11 to do and I think viewers will enjoy watching WLUK 11, or Lucky 11, even more.