FIRST ON THE BLOG: Something new is coming to Central New York in a way it hasn’t had before.
Starting Monday, October 7th, WSTM 3 will be launching a half-hour weeknight newscast at 7:00 p.m., the area’s first-ever newscast at that timeslot (unless you have cable-ONLY Spectrum News Central New York). The newscast will be anchored by Michael Benny, who’ll continue to anchor sister station WTVH 5 (CBS)’s weeknight newscasts at 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
Megan Coleman and Matt Mulcahy, the current main weeknight team on WSTM, will continue to helm that station’s 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts, with Mulcahy also anchoring at 10:00 p.m. weeknights on WSTQ 14 (CW; Cable 6).
WSTM, WTVH and WSTQ General Manager, Amy Collins:
“At a time when many local news operations are shrinking, I am thrilled to keep growing our news content in a way that provides even more options for our viewers to be better informed. That’s a testament to the work our entire team has done with an already strong line up of newscasts airing each week across three stations.”
WSTM, WTVH and WSTQ News Director, Sean Carroll:
“Our NBC 3 News Team is always Working For You and adding Michael Benny to the successful evening and late news team lead by Megan Coleman and Matt Mulcahy is just the latest example of our commitment to serve this community with impactful journalism. In Michael Benny, our NBC 3 News at 7 audience will find a journalist who is able to identify the emotional connection they share with each news story.”
News anchor Michael Benny, who’s been at WSTM since 2000:
“So many homes are just settling down at 7 o’clock and I can’t wait to be with you at that time. If you’re ready for a newscast that takes a day of news alerts, cuts through the clutter – and calms things down with unique context and perspective, I’m ready to deliver it.”
So it’ll be unique for WSTM to be the ONLY ones on at 7:00 p.m. in the market. Will viewers tune in? That’s a question to be determined for later.
DISCLAIMER: Some of the information used in this story, especially the quotes, came from a story done about this at CNYCentral.com and Syracuse.com, home to The Syracuse Post-Standard.