FIRST ON THE BLOG: For those of you looking for local morning news after 7:00am in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA; Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC), you’ve never had much luck. Probably never really. But in less than two weeks, it will finally arrive in the area.
Starting Monday February 6th (the day after Super Bowl LI), WFXG 54 will be producing and airing a LIVE three-and-a-half-hour weekday morning newscast. Titled WFXG FOX 54 Morning News NOW, it will air weekday mornings from 5:30-9:00am. It will start an hour later than its competitors (WJBF 6 – ABC and WRDW 12/WAGT 26 – CBS/NBC; both start at 4:30am) but will join the competition starting at 5:30am and will then be home to the CSRA’s ONLY local morning newscast on from 7:00-9:00am.
The newscast will be entirely produced in-house and not rely on the resources of its sister station WTOC 11 (CBS) in Savannah, just like it does for the nightly 10:00pm newscast. The entire newscast will be co-anchored by Jake Rakoci (been with WFXG 54 since June of 2015) and Destiny Chance (who joined the station this month after working at WACH 57 – FOX in Columbia) with WFXG FOX 54 First Alert Weather from popular CSRA Meteorologist Jay Jefferies (who joined WFXG 54 after leaving WAGT 26 last year due to that station being taken over by WRDW 12 and their owners at Gray Television).
This comes after WFXG 54 remodeled its building last year to sorta expand its local news programming and department to soon go 100% in-house and go in-house for the 10:00pm news in the future. For now, the 10:00pm is still relying on WTOC 11’s resources out of Savannah.
But this is amazing news for those who live, work and play in the CSRA who want more local news in the morning. They’re finally getting their wish and WFXG 54 will deliver. And in case they read this story… I wish everyone at WFXG 54 much luck in this new newscast and I hope they get the best TV ratings in the CSRA for their morning news. It will be well deserved.