WLAJ Evening News expands to hour
Freedom Broadcasting has announced that ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV is extending its 6pm newscast to a full hour of local news coverage. Starting tonight, Oct. 6, ABC 3 News will air at 6-7 p.m. every weekday followed by World News with Charles Gibson at 7 p.m with Millionaire airing at 7:30 p.m.
"This move reflects the lifestyle changes for our viewers, and will give them better news options throughout their evenings." says Jim Lutton, WLAJ vice president-general manager.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase the WLAJ news team in a time period where Lansing area viewers will have the only opportunity to see local news and weather that affects them." says Cathy Younkin, WLAJ news director.
If you're of a certain age and wonder whatever happened to the quaint local TV programming of your youth, part of the answer may be that its time simply ran out. Part of the deal that allowed WJRT-TV (Channel 12) to go on the air 50 years ago -- at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12, 1958 -- was a 10-year commitment by the station to air several hours of locally produced programming each day. That led to homegrown shows such as "Mr. Magic," "Bozo's Big Top," "Colonel Gyro from Outer Space," "Romper Room with Miss Margie" and "Theatre of Thrills" with host "Christopher Coffin." In fact, original staffer Lytle Hoover said that in 1958, it took 55 hours of live programming each week to fill in around ABC's network shows... Local, live programs once filled the airwaves (Sat, 10/4)