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WGN Announces Morning Show Expansion and Changes to On-Air Lineup

Chicago CW affiliate WGN has announced changes to its on-air lineup and an expanded morning news.

Starting September 3, Dan Ponce will join Erin McElroy as co-anchor of the WGN Morning News at 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. Before coming to WGN in 2010, Ponce was a reporter at the Chicago ABC owned station WLS.

“News, music and humor – there’s only one newscast in the city where I can do all three,” said Ponce in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be joining Chicago’s most popular morning TV team.  It’s going to be a big adjustment waking up that early, but anchoring with Erin McElroy every day will make it well worth it.” Read more

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WGN Traffic Reporter Nearly Crashes on Expressway

Erin McElroy, who knows a thing or two about Chicago roadways having served as WGN’s traffic reporter over the past year, narrowly escaped a serious collision on Chicago’s Edens Expressway while driving to work Thursday morning around 2:30 a.m.

McElroy was driving south on the expressway when, according to the Chicago Tribune, a car came barreling down the wrong way of the freeway, heading directly for her.

“Driving in this morning I almost was hit by a car barreling at full speed THE WRONG WAY on the expressway,” McElroy wrote on her Facebook wall, following the incident.  “Just a reminder to keep your wits about you behind the wheel. It can all happen so fast.” Read more

WDIV’s Frank Holland Named Anchor at WGN

Frank Holland, who has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at Detroit’s WDIV for the past two years, is joining Chicago’s WGN as the morning co-anchor.

Holland will anchor the CW affiliate’s 4 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. broadcasts alongside Erin McElroy beginning September 12. WGN — which launched the early-morning broadcast about a month ago — has had Tom Negovan in the anchor chair on an interim basis while the station searched for a permanent anchor. Erin McElroy (formerly known as Erin Mendez) was assigned the 4 a.m. broadcast in April.

“We look forward to adding Frank to our AM team of personalities and we know our viewers will appreciate Frank’s energy and passion for good story-telling,” WGN news director Greg Caputo said in a statement.

Prior to joining WDIV, Holland was a general assignment reporter at News 12 Westchester in New York and WMGM in Atlantic City. He started his career in Fairbanks, AK, working at KTVF and KUAC.