Rick Mecklenburg is the new chief meteorologist at WXMI (FOX 17) in Grand Rapids. Mecklenburg replaces Peter Chan, who departed the station in March.
WXMI-TV FOX 17 has named Rick Mecklenburg its chief meteorologist, succeeding Peter Chan, who departed in March.
Formerly chief meteorologist at WSBT-TV in South Bend, Mecklenburg filled in for Chan last August and September when Chan was sidelined with a torn Archilles tendon.
WXMI-TV (Channel 17) hasn’t yet acknowledged the appointment on its website, but Mecklenburg announced on Wednesday on his Facebook page that he had taken the job.
“It was a tough choice between Grand Rapids and Anchorage, but in the end being closer to the kids won out,” he said. “And moving up 50 market sizes from South Bend is cool, too.”
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LIN Media’s WOOD-TV (Channel 8 ) in Grand Rapids will launch a 4:30 A.M. newscast on Monday, April 30. The announcement comes a few days after market rival WWMT started a 4:30 A.M. newscast on April 23.
Beginning Monday, April 30, 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak will begin at 4:30 a.m.
“We’re responding to changes in viewers’ habits being seen all over the country. 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak is West Michigan’s #1 morning show,” said WOOD TV8 News Director Rebecca Sapakie. “Our entire team will be here ready to go at 4:30 a.m. We’re committed to making sure our viewers are prepared for the day with the latest overnight news, big stories still ahead and the Storm Team 8 forecast.”
Sinclair Broadcasting’s WWMT (Channel 3) in Kalamazoo debuted the market’s first 4:30 AM newscast this morning.
WWMT in Grand Rapids, MI debuted the market’s first 4:30 a.m. newscast today.
“We are proud to be the first to offer a 4:30 a.m. local newscast to Western Michigan,” WWMT vice president and general manager Jim Lutton said, announcing the newscast’s debut. “We are dedicated to being the news leader in the market and this shows our commitment to those efforts.”
Now appearing a half-hour earlier every weekday, is the WWMT morning team of Josh Roe, Marcie Kobriger, and Jeff Porter.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has closed on its acquisition of Freedom Communications’ broadcast stations. The deal includes WWMT (Channel 3) in Kalamazoo and WLAJ (Channel 53) in Lansing.
Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Monday that it has closed on its acquisition of the Freedom Communications broadcast assets for $385 million. The deal was announced last November.
Sinclair financed the acquisition and a portion of the closing costs with a draw under a recently raised $157.5 million incremental Term Loan A and a $192.5 million incremental Term B Loan commitment under its amended Bank Credit Facility, plus a $38.5 million cash escrow previously paid in November 2011.
Dawn Jones will return to SJL Broadcasting’s WJRT (Channel 12) in Flint at the end of May. She will take over some of Karen Gatlin’s anchoring duties.
Dawn Jones is headed home to TV after a stint at City Hall.
Jones was a reporter and anchor at WJRT (Channel 12) but left in 2009, when Flint Mayor Dayne Walling appointed her communications director for City Hall.
Now, she’s headed back to the news desk at the end of May.
“I enjoy the news. I really enjoy it,” Jones said. “It’s always wonderful to go back home.”
WJRT anchor Karen Gatlin is retiring, and Jones will take over some her duties, anchoring at noon and 4 p.m.