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WMAQ Expands Weekend Morning Newscasts

WMAQ, the NBC owned station in Chicago, is expanding its weekend morning newscasts by two and a half hours.

Starting July 27, the station’s Saturday morning newscasts will air from 5 to 7 a.m. and from 9 to 10 a.m. On Sundays, the morning newscasts will run from 5 to 7 a.m., 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 10:30 a.m. Kim Vatis and Anthony Ponce remain the co-anchors.

The weekend edition of “Today” airs on WMAQ from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 7 to 8 a.m. Sunday.

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VIDEO: Reporting Chicago Brothers Sing For Charity

Here’s a little musical interlude while you digest your Thanksgiving turkey or tofu substitute, if you’re a vegetarian.  Chicago’s reporting Ponce brothers, Anthony and Dan Ponce flashed their musical talent for charity at Chicago’s Newsapalooza3 singing their own TV version of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.” Dan is a reporter for Chicago’s CW affiliate WGN while Anthony reports for Chicago’s NBC owned station WMAQ.

“This was the first time we’ve ever performed anything together and we’re flattered the audience liked it,” Anthony Ponce told TVSpy.  “It was a lot of fun, so hopefully it’s not the last time. We collaborated on the lyrics and tried to stay as true to the sound of Billy Joel’s words as we could so as to not completely butcher a classic.”

Newsapalooza is a musical benefit where news talent showcase their skills in the name of charity. This year, the event raised money for Clearbrook, the largest private provider of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities in the State of Illinois.

Chicago’s WMAQ Shuffles Weekend Anchor Lineup

WMAQ, the NBC O&O in Chicago, has announced a shake-up to its weekend anchor lineup beginning next month.

Anthony Ponce has officially been named weekend morning co-anchor. Ponce has been filling in alongside Kim Vatis since Stefan Holt‘s promotion in February.

Dick Johnson, who currently anchors the Sunday evening newscasts, will add the Saturday evening newscasts to his anchoring duties, replacing Lisa Parker. She will return to reporting full-time and will fill in as an anchor as needed, according to a WMAQ statement. Read more

Lester Holt’s Son Set to Join NBC O&O

Stefan Holt, the son of NBC’s Lester Holt, is returning to the city where he grew up and joining Chicago’s WMAQ, an NBC O&O.

The junior Holt has been a reporter-anchor for WPBF in West Palm Beach, FL since 2009. He is set to join WMAQ as a reporter and weekend morning anchor beginning in June.

“We are happy to bring Stefan home,” Frank Whittaker, WMAQ’s station manager and vice president, said in announcing the move. “He spent most of his childhood growing up in Lincoln Park.”

Lester Holt worked in Chicago for 14 years as an anchor for CBS O&O WBBM in the 80s and 90s.

The Chicago Tribune‘s Phil Rosenthal points out that Stefan is joining other WMAQ staffers with Chicago broadcasting lineage, including Anthony Ponce (the son of Phil Ponce), Lauren Jiggetts (the daughter of Dan Jiggetts), and Christian Farr (the son-in-law of WGN’s Robert Jordan). Read more