FIRST ON THE BLOG: If you’re looking for even more news in San Antonio, then look no further. Two more stations in the market will take the jump.
Starting Monday March 27th, the San Antonio duopoly of WOAI 4 and KABB 29 will add an extra 30 minutes to their midday newscasts.
First off, KABB 29 will add an extra half-hour at 11:00am with their midday newscast, FOX 29 News Midday. It will be the ONLY hour-long midday newscast on at that time in the market (11:00am-12:00pm) since the others are on at 12:00 Noon, including their sister station WOAI 4. This newscast is anchored by Ernie Zuniga and Jessica Headley. With this move, KABB 29’s daytime lineup is moving with The People’s Court at 12 Noon followed by Hot Bench at 1:00 and Divorce Court at 1:30pm.
After that, WOAI 4 will add an extra half-hour at 12 Noon with their midday newscast, News 4 San Antonio at Noon. This newscast will become the second hour-long noon newscast in the market after KSAT 12 (ABC)’s hour-long noon newscast while KENS 5 (CBS) will keep theirs at a half-hour, also airing at noon. This newscast is anchored by Leslie Bohl and Mike Garofalo with Weather from Meteorologist Jeannette Calle. This also comes after the station added the newscast in January of last year.
All of this comes after KSAT 12 announced weeks ago that they’ll be launching a new hour-long morning newscast at 9:00am, basically an extension of the station’s 4:30-7:00am early block of its morning newscast. That hour, KSAT 12 News – Good Morning San Antonio at 9:00am will be anchored by Leslie Mouton and Mark Austin. All of this by the way, including the addition at 9:00am on KSAT 12 and expanding the midday news to an hour on both WOAI 4 and KABB 29, will start on the EXACT same day, Monday March 27th. Yep, it’ll be a busy TV news day in San Antonio, indeed.
WOAI 4’s General Manager, John Seabers in a news release:
“In the case of local origination news programming, more is better. We are proud of our award-winning news products and pleased we can bring these extended broadcasts to the viewers in San Antonio and our many surrounding cities and communities from Del Rio to Kerrville and all points in between.”
KABB 29’s General Manager, Dean Radla concurred in the same release that the midday broadcast launched on the duopoly have been successful and that “with the ever growing appetite for local news, the expansion to a full hour was the next logical step.”
So on March 27th, three of the four stations in the market will provide more local news for San Antonio, whether it’s mid-morning or at midday. Enjoy it, San Antonio.
DISCLAIMER: Some of the information used in the story, especially the quotes and the programming information for KABB 29, was taken from a story on mySA.com, the home of The San Antonio Express-News.