FIRST ON THE BLOG: WHAG is the little-known station under a BIG market in Washington, D.C. Licensed to Hagerstown, Maryland, WHAG serves a 4-state area and has NBC at the moment. However, its scheduled to lose NBC next month. But no worries for those who live in this area, WHAG will continue to provide local news. In fact, WHAG has already made some changes and is introducing a new newscast soon, its first new one after becoming Independent.
The one change that WHAG 25 has already made is replace its weeknight 5:30pm newscast, WHAG News at 5:30 with West Virginia Tonight, a state-wide newscast at 5:30pm out of sister station WOWK 13 (CBS) in Charleston – Huntington. But the real story is more new newscasts for WHAG 25…
Starting July 1st, WHAG 25 will be introducing a new concept in local news by airing a newscast called I-270 News. Apparently, this will focus on the Frederick and Montgomery counties of the viewing area and will be aired weekday mornings at 7:30am and weeknights at 7:30pm with the latter airing after WHAG News at 7:00.
Don’t expect this to be the last of expansions as WHAG 25 is planning to air at least 50+ hours of local news a week under Independence once it becomes one on July 1st. Also expect new graphics and new music and even a new logo since WHAG 25 will have to get rid of all NBC references before then.
Again, this will be the first of many and don’t be surprised if I hear about more weekend news as well as a nightly 10:00pm newscast coming to WHAG 25. I’ll let you know so stay tuned to The Changing Newscasts Blog as the news expansion at WHAG 25 is about to begin.