If you’re looking for more morning news in Orlando, then one station has jumped the gun and is now starting earlier than anybody else in Central Florida.
Since this past Monday April 25th, WOFL 35 has expanded its weekday morning newscast, FOX 35 News – Good Day Orlando to a full 6 hours with an extra half-hour, now starting earlier at 4:00am. With this change, WOFL 35 becomes the first (and so far, only) station to start airing its weekday morning newscast at 4:00am, since WESH 2 (NBC) starts at 4:30am and WKMG 6 (CBS)/WFTV 9 (ABC) begin at 5:00am, an hour after WOFL 35 begins.
The program now airs for a full 6 hours on weekday mornings from 4:00-10:00am. The Orlando Sentinel reports about the new teams because of the 4:00am expansion:
FOX 35 News
- 4:00-6:00 AM: LuAnne Sorrell and Ryan Elijah
- 6:00-10:00 AM: Amy Kaufeldt and John Brown
FOX 35 AccuWeather and Traffic
- 4:00-5:00 AM: Kristin Giannas (weather/traffic)
- 5:00-10:00 AM: Jayme King (weather)
- 5:00-10:00 AM: Kristin Giannas (traffic)
This change also affects their sister station WOGX 51 in Gainesville as they also carry WOFL 35’s weekday morning newscast. The 4:00am half-hour expansion does count and therefore, WOGX 51 airs their weekday morning newscast in its entirety from 4:00-10:00am as well. Other newscasts that WOGX 51 simulcast from WOFL 35 are nightly at 5:00 and 10:00pm for an hour. It doesn’t carry their 6:00 or 11:00pm weeknight newscasts, nor does it carry the weekend morning edition of Good Day Orlando from 8:00-10:00am.
But yes, another extra half-hour on WOFL 35 makes Central Florida now joining Tampa as Florida’s ONLY markets to broadcast local morning news, as early as 4:00am. What an amazing thing that WOFL 35 (and WOGX 51) did for their viewers on this one, considering how busy our lives are getting in the morning now.