FIRST ON THE BLOG: If you’re looking for local news in the early-evening at a much later time in West Michigan, because you’re not home until 7:00pm, then good news. WOOD is here to deliver on that.
Knock on WOOD (no pun intended) and I’m here to let people know that starting Tuesday September 20th (such an odd day for it to debut), WOOD 8 will debut a half-hour weeknight newscast at 7:00pm. Titled 24-Hour News 8 at 7:00, it will be the ONLY local newscast on at that timeslot in the market and is possibly the first television station in the market to add and air a local evening newscast at 7:00pm.
The newscast will be anchored by Marlee Giner with StormTeam 8 Weather from AMS & NWA/Sealed Meteorologist Kyle Underwood.
WOOD 8/WXSP 15 (MyTV)’s News Director, Dan Boers:
“On top of the big stories of the day, the newscast will give us an opportunity to take a deeper look into issues impacting our communities. It will be at a time of day that is more convenient for some viewers who are just getting home from work or after-school activities.”
WOOD 8/WXSP 15’s General Manager, Diane Kniowski:
“24-Hour News 8 is dedicated to bringing viewers more news at a time of day that is convenient for viewers to access breaking news, weather and investigative reports throughout the day. It is just another way we serve our community.”
Ginter already anchors the 10:00pm half-hour news on WXSP 15, known as WXSP – The X and the 11:00pm news on WOOD 8. She will continue into those roles as well as continuing as investigative reporter for the Target 8 investgative team. Meanwhile, Underwood will continue to deliver StormTeam 8 forecasts at 5:30pm on WOOD 8 and at 10:00pm on WXSP 15. So basically… Ginter and Underwood will now work twice together at 7:00 and 10:00pm.
According to the station, the debut will take place at their ArtPrize studios at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and will remain there for three weeks. It will then shift into the station’s regular studios on Monday October 10th. Btw, if you don’t know what ArtPrize is, it’s an international art competition in Grand Rapids that takes place around this time every year and has been since it first started in 2009.
Because of the new newscast, programming changes for the station. Inside Edition with Deborah Norville will now air at 7:30pm, previously from the 7:00pm timeslot while Access Hollywood moves from 7:00pm on WOOD 8 to 7:00pm on its sister station WOTV 41 (ABC).
So an extra half-hour of local news is coming to West Michigan and is probably a first for the market. And its from a station that still calls itself 24-Hour News 8. Yes, 24-Hour News. Only three stations use that branding now (WOOD 8, sister station WISH 8 (CW) in Indy uses it for news branding and KCRG 9 (ABC) in Cedar Rapids for its slogan) so it just shows you that WOOD 8 is THAT good.