WOOD is expanding their “Daybreak” to 5:00 a.m… on weekends.

WOOD-TV 8 / Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo – Battle Creek (“WOOD-TV 8”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG (other than WOODTV.com): If you’re looking for a bigger Daybreak on weekends in West Michigan, then look no further to some more WOOD. No you dirty minds, its not what you’re thinking. I mean by WOOD-TV.

Starting Saturday September 26th, 2015, WOOD 8 will be expanding their weekend editions of 24-Hour News 8 Daybreak to a third hour, starting at 5:00 a.m. The new hour will compete against WXMI 17 (FOX)’s FOX 17 Morning News for weekend morning news in that timeslot in the area. The expanded newscast will be anchored by Koco McAboy and Evan Dean with StormTeam 8 Weather from Meteorologist Ellen Bacca.

Koco McAboy (left), Evan Dean (center) and Meteorologist Ellen Bacca (right), will become the new weekend morning team starting September 26th, 2015, when the weekend editions of “24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak” expands to 5:00 a.m.

McAboy has worked on the station for 2 years, as reporter and filling-in for time to time on anchoring on the weekend morning newscast. Dean came to WOOD 8 in June of 2015 from WWTV 9/WWUP 10 (CBS) in Traverse City/Cadillac, where he was the weekday morning anchor for 9&10 News – Michigan This Morning. The new expanded weekend morning newscast will launch during ArtPrize at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Studio in Downtown Grand Rapids, an international art competition that is one of West Michigan’s most popular events. So much so that WOOD 8 has a LIVE studio inside ArtPrize during its newscasts. (For more information on ArtPrize, visit artprize.org)

WOOD 8’s News Director, Dan Boers:

“Mornings are an increasingly important time period as people get up earlier. Our team is focused on covering breaking and developing news and weather while preparing West Michigan viewers for their weekend ahead.”

WOOD 8’s new weekend morning anchor, Koco AcAboy:

“Over the past couple of years, West Michigan has become home for me. I’m thrilled to take on the greater role of weekend co-anchor and deliver engaging and important news stories to the community.”

WOOD 8’s other and new weekend morning anchor, Evan Dean:

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity. I look forward to connecting with the viewers in West Michigan to make sure they know what’s happening to start their day.”

So more weekend morning news is coming to West Michigan and during one of West Michigan’s most popular events. What a great combination for West Michigan.

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12 thoughts on “WOOD is expanding their “Daybreak” to 5:00 a.m… on weekends.

  1. At one time maybe back over 10 years ago WOOD-TV 8 in the late 90’s and early 2000’s use to have a 24-hour local cable all day news channel and the all day news channel was called 24-Hour News 8. I think 24-Hour News 8 cable news channel during non live broadcasts time aired repeats of News 8 newscasts. 24-Hour News 8 cable news channel was a 24-hour local all day news channel that had the same format as KTVK in PHX, KRON in SFO, WREG in Memphis, KWTV in OKC, KOTV in Tulsa, and WWL in NOLA 24-hour newschannels have. I think it has been over 10 years that 24-Hour News 8 cable news channel has been discontinued in the same way that WVEC-TV in Norfolk, VA use to have the same kind of 24-hour local cable all day news channel and some years back WVEC newschannel also discontinued.

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    • Really? I didn’t know that. But I’m not even sure if WOOD 8 ever had that. Remember, “24-Hour News 8” is just a name for the news operation, not a name for a cable channel. But if true, then I didn’t even know that.

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      • KMGH in Denver, WBIR in Knoxville, TN and KGTV in San Diego used to have the same kind of 24-hour local cable all day news channels I don’t know if they still have those channel’s. I know San Diego used to because back in 1998 when I went on vacation to San Diego it was on the cable system in the hotel. Las Vegas used to have the same kind of 24-hour local cable all day news channel called LV One and it was discounted several years back. I think Boise I use to have the same kind of channel that KTVB operated and I think it was an over the air channel called 24/7 (news channel) I the channel is still there but its has replaced 24-hour all day newz with syndicated programming I think the new FAB Life show airs on that channel at 4:00pm.

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      • KMGH 7.4 = 24/7 News Channel
        WBIR 10 = 10 News (2) on Cable.
        KGTV 10 = I think they still do, but on a different channel slot.
        LV One = long discontinued.
        Idaho’s Very Own 24/7 = No longer 24/7 news.

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