WISH is known for promoting its weekday morning newscast (weekdays from 4:00-9:00 a.m.) as being All Local. All Morning. But now, it will be All Local. All Morning. Literarry.
Starting Monday, September 11th (the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks), WISH 8 will be expanding its weekday morning news, move its lifestyle show an hour later and move its midday news up an hour.
First off, WISH 8’s weekday morning newscast, 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak, will be expanding to another hour at 9:00 a.m. and by then, it will offer six hours of local weekday morning news from 4:00-10:00 a.m., which will allow WISH 8 to fully compete against WXIN 59 (FOX) for local morning news in those timeslots in the market. It will continue to compete against the station that’s home to the #1 weekday morning newscast, WTHR 13 (NBC) from 4:00-7:00 a.m., against WRTV 6 (ABC) from 4:30-7:00 a.m. and against WTTV 4 (CBS) from 5:00-7:00 a.m.
The entire team will continue to hold down the weekday morning newscast, Scott Sander, Lauren Lowrey and Kylie Conway as well as StormTrack 8 Meteorologists Stephanie Mead and long-time Indy TV veteran Randy Ollis. Plus TrafficWatch 8 from Ken Brewer.
The new hour displaces Indy Style, the station’s lifestyle talk show. However, it won’t be canceled as it will move an hour later to 10:00 a.m. and the program will continue to be hosted by Tracy Forner and Amber Hawkins. It’s currently in its 7th year as the Indy market’s ONLY lifestyle talk show.
Afterward, the hour-long midday newscast at noon will be bumped up an hour to 11:00 a.m. and become 24-Hour News 8 Midday, home to the ONLY hour-long 11:00 a.m. newscast in the Indy television market. Lawren Lowrey, David Barras and Meteorologist Randy Ollis will continue to helm the midday newscast.
Because of this, WISH 8 will be LIVE ‘All Local. All Morning.’ Literarry. It all begins on Monday, September 11th:
- 4:00-10:00 AM: 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak
- 10:00-11:00 AM: Indy Style
- 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: 24-Hour News 8 Midday
Programming changes are duly noted here: Rachael Ray will be moved from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon while Celebrity Page is going off-air due to low ratings and Access Hollywood might or might not be seen again on WISH 8’s fall schedule as they make their schedule moves on weekday mornings.
WISH 8 and sister station WNDY 23 (MyTV)’s Vice President and General Manager, Randy Ingram:
“WISH-TV’s expansion to ‘All Local. All Morning.’ further enhances our commitment to 24-hour news and local programming. These additional hours allow us to deliver more breaking news, investigative journalism, traffic and weather coverage in new, underserved time periods for viewers.”
This becomes the third morning news expansion made by WISH 8 since losing CBS in 2014. First, they added the 8:00 a.m. hour on its first day as The CW and the second one was when it expanded a half-hour earlier to 4:00 a.m. just less than a year later.
WISH 8 loves delivering local news and now they’ll have local programming all morning long. Just the way they currently promote it. Nice.