FIRST ON THE BLOG: WJZ is finally moving into the 21st century. I’ll explain more on that in this post.
WJZ 13 today unveiled its new set, graphics and look, with the new set being the first one for the station THIS CENTURY! The old set debuted in 1998, 20 years ago in the 20th century. WJZ has now adopted the CBS mandate and yet, they have kept its current production music and the 31-year-reign of Chroma Cues is retained. Its why There is Only One ‘JZ.
Also announced is that starting in less than two weeks on Monday, August 20th, WJZ will expand its weekday morning newscast to start a half-hour earlier at 4:30 a.m. WJZ News at 4:30 a.m. will be anchored by the current weekday morning news team, Linh Bui and 40-year WJZ veteran meteorologist Marty Bass. They’ll be joined by newcomer Nicole Baker who joined the team last week from WJCL 22 (ABC) in Savannah.
WJZ will become the last station in Baltimore to expand to 4:30 a.m. as WMAR 2 (ABC) has aired theirs at that timeslot since 2011, WBAL 11 (NBC)’s since 2015 and WBFF 45 (FOX)’s since 2016. WJZ has always been reluctant to expand to that timeslot because when WJZ was known as Eyewitness News, it had the long-running names Rise and Shine starting at 5:00 a.m. followed by The Morning Edition at 6:00 a.m., leading may to think that it wouldn’t be a Rise and Shine at 4:30 a.m. since its too too early to do so. But with just a general news name as WJZ News, they have finally given in to do so.
A historic day for WJZ indeed and it gets better as they finally move forward into the 21st century.