WOND Adds News Programming With NBC40's Demise
January 2, 2015 at 4:02 AM (PT)
LONGPORT MEDIA News-Talk WOND-A/ATLANTIC CITY is launching a nightly news half-hour at 6p (ET) weeknights to fill the gap left with the demise of the news operation of crosstown local NBC affiliate WMGM-TV (NBC40), the TV news show of which WOND previously simulcasted.
WOND midday anchor DAVID SPATZ and former NBC40 weatherman DAN SKELDON and sports anchor PETE THOMPSON will host the news block, which will also use the newly relaunched ABC NEWS RADIO. In addition, WOND is adding a daily local hour at 3p, "OFF THE PRESS," with THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY's SCOTT CRONICK hosting.
WMGM-TV lost its NBC affiliation at the end of 2014 after the network chose to end the long relationship due to duplication with its own O&O WCAU-TV (NBC10)/PHILADELPHIA and the sale of NBC40 by ACCESS.1 to spectrum speculator LOCUSPOINT, which reportedly plans to sell off the station in the FCC's spectrum auction. ACCESS.1, which programmed the station until WEDNESDAY (12/31), plans to relaunch the news programming on another channel sometime in 2015; LOCUSPOINT replaced all NBC40 programming with infomercials and the SOUL OF THE SOUTH satellite TV network as of THURSDAY (1/1), ostensibly until the license is sold off in the auction and the station signs off for good.