Thursday, 06 November 2008 11:58
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WEEK-TV is producing local prime time newscasts for partner station, WAOE-TV. The half hour newscast, titled NEWS 25 AT 9PM ON MY59, premiered on Monday June 5, 2006 on Channel 59 and airs Monday through Friday each week. WAOE-TV broadcasts over the air on Channel 59 and can be found on Insight Cable Channel 11. Anchors for this local newscast will be WEEK News Anchor Mike Dimmick and WEEK Weatherman Lee Ranson.
The 9pm format will focus on local and regional news utilizing the talent and skill of Mike Dimmick, a twenty year veteran and one of the most trusted and popular news anchors along with the evening’s first look at tomorrow’s weather with Lee Ranson who for more than 30 years has been Central Illinois’ most popular and accurate weatherman.
"We are making News 25 at 9pm on My59 a high priority project," said News Director Jim Garrott. "That is why we are assigning our best people and have expanded news department resources to ensure a top-quality newscast for Central Illinois viewers who need and want their local news at an earlier time."
Research has shown that many people in the hard-working Midwest, such as those working third shift as well as those who prefer to be in bed earlier than 10pm, prefer the convenience of local news at 9pm. News 25 at 9pm on My59 will allow viewers access to the dominant and most-watched news operation at a more convenient time based upon their schedule. This newscast will include material gathered by the entire WEEK News 25 team of anchors, reporters and photo-journalists giving Central Illinois the full benefit of WEEK’s award-winning news operation. Mike Dimmick will continue to anchor WEEK’s 5pm and 10pm newscasts as he does now and Lee Ranson will continue to anchor weather on WEEK’s 5pm, 6pm and 10pm newscasts.