DiDonato was shooting a live tease outside of a local microbrewery during the Fox-affiliate’s morning newscast when the stray cat decided to make a cameo (video above).
Dowling was a crime and courts reporter and fill-in anchor at CBS-affiliate WWMT. She joined the station in 2010 from WILX, the NBC-affiliate in Lansing, MI. She has also worked at KEVN in Rapid City, SD, KTIV in Sioux City, IA and WHO in Des Moines.
The Michigan native began at Fox-affiliate WXMI last week.
Mecklenburg officially joined the station on May 1. He made his on-air debut last week.
Grand Rapids ABC-affiliate WZZM is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of “retro newscasts.”
Last night, the station invited three on-air personalities from the 70s — anchor Barry Shanley, sportscaster Sam Hooks and weathercaster Craig James – back to the anchor desk for the 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscast, which is still anchored by Lee Van Ameyde.
“I haven’t made a mistake here in 26 years,” Shanley joked. Watch Hooks’ sportscast and James’ forecast after the jump… Read more
Starting Monday, Grand Rapids NBC-affiliate WOOD will start the morning newscast at 4:30 a.m.
“We’re responding to changes in viewers’ habits being seen all over the country,” news director Rebecca Sapakie said in a statement. “Our entire team will be here ready to go at 4:30 a.m.”
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.”
Sinclair Broadcast Group officially closed the $385 million acquisition of Freedom Communications eight-station group yesterday, and the stations — which have been operated by Sinclair since December — are already seeing changes.
Lutton said WWMT has been equipped with new “live stream” technology, which increases the number of areas WWMT can broadcast from using cellular and Web-based devices. The station has also hired new employees. Read more
DiDonato will be a multimedia journalist on the station’s morning newscast. Until 2010, she was a weekend anchor and reporter at WFIE, the NBC-affiliate in Evansville. A Michigan native, DiDanato begin her career at WXYZ in Detroit, where she was a writer, associate producer and production assistant.
Bond, also a Michigan native, will be a multimedia journalist for the station’s evening newscasts beginning on March 14. She joins WXMI from KRBC in Abilene.
In a statement announcing her hire, Schieber said the move was a natural step from her reporting position at WOOD.
“My goal as a reporter has always been to take what is important and make it interesting, not the other way around,” she said. “I look forward to investigating complex policy issues and showing how they impact people’s lives.”
Schieber joined WOOD in 1998. Her last day on the air was January 3.