FIRST ON THE BLOG: If you’re looking for more local news in The Susquehanna Valley, then look no further than WGAL. The market’s news leader is adding more to make sure you’re tuned to them.
Starting Monday August 22nd, once the 2016 Rio Olympics are over, WGAL 8 is scheduled to add an hour-long 4:00pm weekday newscast. WGAL News 8 at 4:00 will become just the second local newscast on at that timeslot in the market after WPMT 43 (FOX)’s already-established hour-long FOX 43 News at 4:00. According to WGAL 8, this will push the weekly news total to nearly 40 hours/week.
WGAL 8’s President and General Manager, Kyle Grimes:
“WGAL 8 is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to improve how we deliver news to our viewers, via all of our platforms.Localism has long been the hallmark of WGAL 8. This expansion furthers the commitment to leading the way with important news and weather coverage you can count on, regardless of the time of day.”
The new newscast will be anchored by WGAL 8 veterans, Kim Lemon (been at WGAL 8 since 1979; in news since 1985) and Janelle Stelson (been there since 1997). News 8 StormTeam‘s AMS/Sealed Chief Meteorologist Joe Calhoun will handle weather forecasts (been there since 1987).
WGAL 8’s News Director, Dan O’Donnell:
“With the addition of this new newscast, WGAL is better positioned to provide the news our viewers want at the times they want it. WGAL will provide a powerhouse block of news and information to our community including local and national news.”
Because of this, WGAL 8 has highlighted programming changes because of this. Effective Monday August 22nd, Dr. Oz moves from 4:00 to 3:00pm and Steve Harvey moves from 3:00 to 2:00pm.
The entire weekday schedule on WGAL 8 as of Monday, August 22nd, 2016 (from 4:00am-7:00pm):
- 4:00-4:30 AM: NBC News – Early Today
- 4:30-5:00 AM: WGAL News 8 Today at 4:30am
- 5:00-6:00 AM: WGAL News 8 Today at 5:00am
- 6:00-7:00 AM: WGAL News 8 Today at 6:00am
- 7:00-11:00 AM: Today Show
- 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Harry (featuring Harry Connick, Jr. and this show begins Monday September 12th)
- 12:00-12:30 PM: WGAL News 8 at Noon
- 12:30-1:00 PM: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
- 1:00-2:00 PM: Days of Our Lives
- 2:00-3:00 PM: Steve Harvey
- 3:00-4:00 PM: Dr. Oz
- 4:00-5:00 PM: WGAL News 8 at 4:00
- 5:00-6:00 PM: WGAL News 8 at 5:00
- 6:00-6:30 PM: WGAL News 8 at 6:00
- 6:30-7:00 PM: NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
So get ready for yet more local news for The Susquehanna Valley and WGAL 8 is ready to deliver. By the way, they’ve been the long-time leader in local news so not surprising that WGAL 8 is doing this to expand its lead in local news. Good to see them do something like this.